Kenosha Transportation Homecoming

From an article in a Kenosha newspaper, with thanks to Bob Kermgard:

This is the 150th year of the state of Wisconsin, and there are many events scheduled all through the state as well as in Kenosha. One of the highlights to celebrate Wisconsin's statehood anniversary is called "Kenosha Transportation Homecoming Celebration," to be held in Kenosha July 22nd through July 26th.

"The homecoming will celebrate Kenosha's 146 years of transportation manufacturing history. Kenosha has been the home of Bain Wagons, Sterling Bicycles and Peter Pirsch fire engines. Car manufacturers have included Rambler, Jeffrey, True, Petrel, Earl, Winther, Nash, Hudson, American Motors, Renault and Chrysler."

The Kenosha Sesquicentennial Committee has invited car clubs, private collectors and others across the nation to "bring their piece of Kenosha history back to the community for the celebration." The vehicle show is the celebration's centerpiece event.

It will be held from 9 am to 4 pm in Kennedy and Pennoyer Parks along the shore of Lake MIchigan on Saturday, July 25. Between 800 and 1,000 Kenosha-built vehicles are expected to be on display.

"Organizations such as the Nash Car Club of America, the National American Motors Drivers and Racers Association, the American Motors Owners Association, AMC World Clubs and the AMC Rambler Club are promoting the celebration among car collectors. The oldest car registered for the event so far is a 1915 Jeffrey."

Other activities are planned during the celebration, including a drive-in restaurant cruise night, a band shell concert, a drive-in movie night, and racing at Wilmot Speedway in Kenosha county.

Patrick Foster, author of "AMC: The Last Independent" is scheduled to attend.

More information about the homecoming event is available at the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau, 812 - 56th Street, Kenosha, WI 53140 as well as on the Internet at