More than 50 vintage cars on display June 1
Horse-drawn carriages arrive June 2
Free second-day admission
(STURBRIDGE, MA) – May 13, 2013: Old Sturbridge Village will go from chrome to carriages as it highlights an array of antique vehicles, starting with the museum's third annual Antique Car Rally on Saturday, June 1, followed by the second annual OSV Horse-Drawn Carriage Rally on Sunday, June 2. Each rally is set for 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and the highlight of both is a grand procession of the antique vehicles (cars at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday; carriages at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday). Visitors attending the Antique Car Rally on Saturday will receive free second-day admission to the Antique Carriage Rally the following day. More than 50 antique cars and carriages will be on display during the weekend. Details: 800-SEE-1830; www.osv.org
The first visitors to Old Sturbridge Village in 1946 were allowed to tour the living history museum in their cars. As a nod to those early days, the Antique Car Rally focuses on pre-1946 automobiles. Entrants include rare vehicles like a 1901 Lane Model 0, a 1910 Stanley Steamer Model 70, a 1919 Cadillac Type 57, a 1927 Chrysler Finer 70, a 1926 Dodge Brothers Touring car, a 1931 Packard 840 Phantom, a 1941 Buick Roadmaster Phaeton, and many Ford coupes, cabriolets, sedans, and station wagons from the 1910 through the 1930s. For a full list of antique auto entries visit www.osv.org.
From hubcaps to hooves
"For many, the Antique Carriage Rally offers double the fun – not only are there beautiful carriages, there also beautiful horses pulling them," notes Jim O'Brien, coordinator of special events at Old Sturbridge Village. He added that the carriage rally is similar in some regards to the Village's popular wintertime Antique Sleigh Rally, with dashing horses and rare vehicles, only this time with wheels, not runners. Horses participating this year include a Morgan, an Arabian, a VSE Shetland, miniature horses, and a spotted draft Saddlebred. Entries include a Black Fancy Sunday Doctor's carriage, and an English Gig made in England. For a full list of carriage entries visit www.osv.org.
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the largest living history museums in the country. The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. OSV offers free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. Admission: $24; seniors $22; children 3-17, $8; children 2 and under, free. For information: www.osv.org or call 800-733-1830.
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