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Antique Car Tour stops in Brazil

Monday, May 2, 2011

Indianapolis resident Bob Hein drove his 1949 De Soto through the streets of Brazil Monday as part of the Indiana National Road Bicentennial car tour. [Order this photo]
The City of Brazil was treated to a taste of the old Monday afternoon.

A handful of Indiana residents took part in the Indiana National Road Association (INRA) Antique Car Tour, which made a pit stop in Brazil.

INRA Executive Director Joe Jarzen told The Brazil Times the tour began in Vandalia, Ill., and will conclude this weekend in Cumberland, Md.

Jarzen said the tour was set up to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking of National Road (United States 40).

Antique cars from across Indiana began the tour in Terre Haute Monday and were headed to Richmond. The Indiana portion of the tour was to conclude Tuesday.

While in Brazil, the antique car owners were treated to lunch at The Renaissance, 101 W. National Ave., courtesy of Creative Catering. North Franklin Street was blocked off so the cars could park by the business for lunch.

"We have a wide variety of vehicles," INRA President Meg Purnsley said. "A very nice assortment."

While on the tour, Jarzen said the lead vehicle of each state caravan would carry a set of bells, which represented the oxen pulling the wagons during the construction of the road. Jarzen added the bells would be presented to the City of Cumberland at the conclusion of the tour.

In addition, they received a welcome by Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw, who also presented the group a key to the city.

"I'm very pleased that you stopped in our city," Bradshaw said.

The group also had plans to stop by the Clay County Historical Museum.

The group planned to stay in Indianapolis Monday evening before heading to Richmond Tuesday.

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