DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Sometimes life in the slow lane is the way to see America.
A group of Californians are doing just that and taking a brief rest in Duluth.
Dave Anderson caught up with fans of old Fords that are stopping to smell the roses one rest stop at a time.
The sight of one Model A Ford in a parking lot full of modern metal is enough to make an old car buff look twice.
Over a dozen of Henry Ford's finest makes everyone look twice.
The Inn On Lake Superior played host this weekend to twenty Californians on a cross country journey in Model A's.
"We're on our way to Marquette, Michigan for the Model A Ford Club of America national convention," John LaVoy said.
John LaVoy is the publisher of the Model A Times magazine.
He's led several tours like this over the years for his subscribers.
The 1928 to 1931 cars generally handle the trips well.
"For an 85 year old car, they can run along. Most of these have been modified with an overdrive," Lavoy said.
That addition to the transmission lets the antiques cruise along at 55 mph.
This cruise hasn't been completely perfect, though.
"Going into Yellowstone, we got into a lot of sleet and snow and my car doesn't have a windshield wiper on it," John Frazee, a Model A Fan said.
The group has found out, though, that the enduring popularity of the Model A makes parts easy to find even today.
Another tour member found that out after a break down out west.
"We were in Cody, Wyoming and we called somebody there locally and they had the part we needed," Lavoy said.
From Duluth, the Model A caravan will head to Marquette for the convention, then down through Michigan to Ford headquarters and then back to California.
"It's a chance to slow down and see what's happening around you," Frazee said.
The entire tour from California to Michigan and back will take the car buffs 28 days.
They average about 300 miles a day in their vintage autos.
Written By: Dave Anderson