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Firman Brown's 1912 SUV The IHC Auto Wagon To Be Shown at Ironstone Concours d' Elegance on Saturday
Angels Camp, CA...Angels Camp's Firman Brown will be taking his 1912 IHC Auto Wagon to the Ironstone Concourse d' Elegance on Saturday. The Auto Wagon was arguably the worlds first SUV. The rear seats could be removed and the back area converted to a truck bed for work duty and then converted back for those weekend jaunts with the family. We met Ironstone's Stephen Kautz and Firman Yesterday as the Auto Wagon was getting ready for it's showing...
The Auto Wagon is powered by a 22 hp air cooled engine with the power being transferred by chain to it's very tall wooden wheels. These were a perfect fit for the less than perfect rural roads of the era.
The Auto Wagon was formerly owned and restored by Stu Laidlaw and Stu who is a legend in auto restoration circles and a former long time local resident.
Stu was on hand yesterday helping with last minute touch up and prep getting the beautiful red SUV ready for it's public outing. It is even outfitted in Murphys Stage Company livery.
This and over 300 beautiful cars, motorcycles, classic camping trailers and the crowd pleasing race care collections will be on hand.
About the Ironstone Concours d' Elegance
The Ironstone Concours d’Elegance takes place each year on the last Saturday of September. Founded in 1993, the concours is held at the Ironstone Vineyards, just outside the historic gold-rush town of Murphys, California. The event typically attracts 300+ antique and classic cars from Northern and Central California, plus vintage trailers, motorcycles and wooden boats.
Ironstone’s honored marques vary from year to year. Names like Stutz, Packard, Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and other elegant classics are regularly featured. Emphasis is likewise given to sports cars, Ford Model T, Model A and early V8s, coachbuilt luxury marques, as well as unrestored and original automobiles.
The Ironstone Concours d’Elegance is put on by the non-profit Ironstone Concours Foundation. For years, concours proceeds have benefited Central and Northern California FFA and 4-H youth activities, including Horse Classics, Guide Dog and Service Dog programs, Computer Corps and Citizenship Service Learning.
Within the concours, you’ll find demonstrations and projects populated by young people from local 4-H and FFA groups. Additionally, the Ironstone Concours Foundation has pledged generous donations to the building fund for the California State FFA headquarters in Galt, California, along with regional FFA high-school education programs. The concours continues to fund scholarships in partnership with the California State Fair Scholarship Fund and the Calaveras County Fair Scholarship program.
Admission is $20 per adult or $35 per couple or family of two adults and two children (those under 14 admitted free). Discount coupons are available on this website.