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An Elephant in An Essex? It's A Real Circus

One particular photo in an advertisement in the August 2 issue of Old Cars Weekly really caught our eye. It showed the posterior of an elephant who was trying to climb into a 1920s automobile. And not an elephant-sized old car, either. It was more in the size class of an Essex or an Erskin. The ad certainly intriqued us, and even more so when we found that it was for a car show being held ar the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin on Saturday, August 11. Scheduled for 9 am to 5 pm, the show advertises four judging classes for prewar cars only. There is a class for 1910 & earlier cars, 1911-1920 cars, 1921-1930 cars and 1931-1940 cars. (Our original 1936 Pontiac will it right in!)

In addition to prewar cars, the show will display hundreds of historic photos from the 1890s-1940s depicting the great circus stars of the day posing with new cars and trucks. Plus, there will be behind-the-scenes photos of the trucks and cars of the circus. In addition, the world-famos (or at least Midwest-famous) Model T Ford assembly team will be demonstrating its prowess in putting a T together in just a few minutes.

This sounds like a show that has some new and different features and it should be fun for “kids of all ages.” Information is available by calling (608) 356-8341. The Circus World Museum is located at 550 Water St., Baraboo, WI 53913 or email dmccarthy.cwm@baraboo.com. Hope to see you there.

 

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