by Nancy DeWitt
© Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
The weather in Fairbanks this summer has been much rainier than usual, which means our opportunities to get cars out on the road have been severely limited. We finally had a two-day stretch of sunshine last week, so Willy and the Pit Crew prepped and drove three cars. I had to get in on the action!
First out was the 1905 Franklin. Until we purchased it this summer, the Franklin had been sitting in storage since 1991. The car is in great shape but needed a bit of work to get it running. Once cranked and on the road, it zipped right along as it motored around Wedgewood Resort. I love air-cooled Franklins and it was a treat to go for a ride in this newest addition to the museum collection.
Next up was a faster and louder ride in the 1927 Stutz Black Hawk boattail speedster. It was lunchtime, so I had Willy take me to the Tanana Valley Farmer's Market for a little "guerilla marketing" and some of Lane's Quickie Tacos. We can't go anywhere in this car without people honking, waving, and flashing us thumbs-ups! Willy thought it needed more exercise, so he took it on the local car club's run-around that same evening. Hardship duty.
Biddle Town Car. Women love this Biddle, which looks like a motorized version of Cinderella's coach. If you haven't already, be sure to look inside the Biddle when you visit the museum, because the interior is exquisite. The only thing missing is a speaker tube for me to order the chauffeur where to take me next (and no, I didn't ask anyone if they had any Grey Poupon).
Coming to Fairbanks to see the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum and other area attractions? Support the museum by staying right here at Wedgewood Resort. All guests receive half-price admission to the museum!