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1917 Oakland Nearly Set for Yellowstone Trail Tour

Words & Photos: John "Gunner" Gunnell

We’ve been cranking to get my ‘17 Oakland Touring ready for a trip across Wisconsin. It’s part of a plan to celebrate the car’s 100th birthday. Dave Sarna, a Lions International member and former auto technology instructor at Fox Valley Technical College (, came up with the idea of driving the car over the Wisconsin portion of the Yellowstone Trail to raise money for a Lions Camp for disabled kids located in Rosholt, Wis. (

There’s more to it. This Oakland is kept in an old building in the YT city of Waupaca, Wisconsin that became an Oakland dealership in 1917. The building was a Yellowstone Garage. A 1913 Oakland blazed The Yellowstone Trail. In addition to the Oakland reaching 100, the Lions International is also 100 this year. So, the plan is to take charity pledges for every mile the car goes over the trail without major problems.

The Yellowstone Trail tour starts October 9 in Hudson, Wis. From there we will travel east to Waupaca, where the Yellowstone Trail turns south. If all goes well, we will arrive in Kenosha the afternoon of October 14. Some details are still being worked out, but our tentative schedule is below.

There is a Facebook page “Century For Sight”: that has all the latest information about the Wisconsin Yellowstone Trail Oakland Tour.

Day 1: Monday Oct. 9 Hudson, WI 9 am - Menomonie, Lunch - Eau Claire, Supper
Day 2: Tuesday Oct. 10 Cadott, lunch - Abbotsford, Dinner
Day 3: Wednesday Oct. 11 Marshfield, WI - Stevens Point, Dinner
Day 4 Thursday Oct. 12 Waupaca, Lunch - Oshkosh, Dinner
Day 5 Friday Oct. 13 Yellowstone Trail Park, North Fond du Lac, Lunch - Hartford, Supper
Day 6 Saturday Oct 14 Hales Corners, Lunch - Kenosha, Supper

In most cities, lunch/dinner stops will be arranged by local Lions Clubs. In Waupaca, the lunch will be at Hansen’s at 112 Granite St. In Hartford, we hope to stop at the Wisconsin Automobile Museum. The Kenosha stop may be at Gateway Classic Cars. We hope to see you along the way!