Iron Industry Museum plans annual antique vehicle show

NEGAUNEE – The 24th Annual Antique Automobile Exhibit at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event will include more than 50 antique automobiles, light trucks and motorcycles dating from 1900 to 1969. Family activities, music and a food concession are also planned for the Father’s Day event.

Celebrating a vital link between Michigan’s iron, steel and automotive industries that has lasted more than 110 years, “Iron, Steel and the Automobile” will feature vehicles owned by residents of the central Upper Peninsula and from as far away as Rochester, Minn.

All exhibited vehicles must be in original or restored-to-original condition. Pre-registration is required and may be arranged by contacting the museum.

“Featuring vehicles from six decades, traditional jazz, Golden Oldies, summertime food and refreshments, the event promises a ‘Pure Michigan’ experience of family fun for kids of all ages,” said Troy Henderson, a historian for the Michigan Historical Center.

Exhibit vehicles are set to include the 1900 American Metropolitan horse-drawn, steam-powered fire pump from the Michigamme Historical Society; a 1914 Model T delivery truck owned by Dick and Nancy Lutey of Marquette; a 1923 Hudson Touring Sedan shown by Jorma and Kathleen Lankinen of Marquette; a 1925 Ford Model T Doctor’s Coupe displayed by Larry and Tammy Bicigo of Crystal Falls; a 1931 Ford Roadster owned by David Vandenburg of Gwinn; and a 1959 GM Cadillac 62 Deville convertible shown by Ron and Marlene Nier of Marquette.

Museum visitors will also see Model As, Model Ts, touring cars, pick-up trucks, the 1937 Marquette Township and 1930 Breiting Township fire trucks and a 9.2-horsepower 1958 King Midget shown by Don Balmer of Marquette. Other featured vehicles include Greg and Joanne Linstrom’s 1958 BMW Isetta “Bubble Car,” Dennis Sobczak’s 1964 Buick Riviera, and a 1965 American Motors Ambassador Rambler 990 convertible shown by Raymond Pellisier.

Throughout the afternoon visitors will enjoy traditional jazz and popular music of the Swing Era by the Bluffs Orchestra, as well as music that stirred the youth of the 1950s and early 1960s provided by Thunder and Lighting Production of Marquette. The popular Next Generation Barbershop Quartet will also be touring the museum grounds during the event.

Other attractions at this Father’s Day event include a food concession offered by Teaching Family Homes, specializing in hot dogs, bratwurst, hamburgers and more. There will also be ice cream, popsicles and popcorn available.

At 1:30 p.m., the museum will show the new PBS documentary “Henry Ford” in the auditorium. There is no charge for the showing.

Public admission to the car show is $3 per vehicle to help defray the cost of the event. Museum admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Michigan Iron Industry Museum Advisory Board.

For more information about the auto exhibit or other upcoming events, call 475-7857 or visit