“History on Wheels” is HSM fundraiser August 21

1955 Ford F100 pickup

Reservations are now being taken for a unique opportunity to see a collection of rare vintage vehicles at an August 21 fundraiser for the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM).

Denny Herzberg will host the event from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at his lovely property off Walker Road in Denver. Directions will be provided to those who reserve their spot ($30 for an individual, $50 per couple) by calling 845-586-2860 by August 15.

Herzberg will guide visitors on an open-air tour of his collection of 14 cars and one cherry red pickup truck, explaining their unique histories and describing the often unusual circumstances in which he acquired them.

1932 Buick “gangster car”

Among the meticulously restored vehicles is the 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible that once belonged to Eva Peron (“Evita!”) of Argentina; a 1952 Ford taxi with 600,000 South American miles on it; a 1942 Packard 180 Clipper, one of only two in the world, said to have carried Harry Truman a time or two; several classic Fords from the ‘40s and ‘50s and a 2008 Shelby GT 500 convertible. “It’s very fast,” Herzberg says.

In case of rain, the tour will be held in the converted dairy barn on the property. Herzberg also collects vintage radios and phonographs and will have a selection on view.

An array of light refreshments by Mary’s Cookin’, along with beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, will be available beneath a tent where an exhibit on the 1903 Automobile Endurance Run will also be on display. The Endurance Run drew 34 early automobilists who navigated heavy rain and thick mud on State Route 28 (now the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway) in a legendary test of cars and drivers. The event will be commemorated at the 5th annual Catskill Conquest Rally September 25. For more information, visit 1903autorun.com.