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Historic highway hosts vintage vehicles July 12

The fifth annual Antique Auto Tour will travel from Hood River to Rowena Crest Saturday, July 12, along the Historic Columbia River Highway, including the Mosier Twin Tunnels.

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which was created in 1986 by Congress’ passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, included funding for the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and was used to open and restore the Mosier Twin Tunnels, primarily for pedestrian and bicycle use.

This is a rare opportunity for antique vehicles and their occupants to “live in the past”!

The tour begins and ends at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM), 1600 Air Museum Road in Hood River. It will proceed through Hood River to the Senator Mark O. Hatfield West Trailhead just east of the city, then drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, through the Mosier Twin Tunnels, through Mosier to Rowena Crest and return to WAAAM.

The purpose for this tour is to allow people who cannot walk to the Mosier Twin Tunnels an opportunity to experience them, so owners of vehicles willing to take passengers are encouraged to register. Vehicles circa 1949 and earlier may participate up to a maximum of 80.

Antique vehicle owners can register by sending a completed registration form to: Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway, P.O. Box 50, Bridal Veil, OR 97010.

Registration closes June 15. Potential passengers should also contact the Friends through the P.O. Box or email to FHCRH@comcast.net .

The Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway support the restoration and reconnection of the historic highway through the Columbia River Gorge.

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