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75 years of the Great River Road Ramble in Winona


WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Hundreds of thousands of miles are being racked up as motorists are driving their antique cars nearly 500 miles for the 75th anniversary of the Great River Road Ramble.

More than 70 cars that are around 25 years old are traveling the Upper Mississippi River, heading from Hastings down to St. Charles, Missouri.

On Thursday, the cars made a stop at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. The vehicles are expected to reach their final destination on Saturday.

Jerry Schnepf from Johnston, Iowa drives a 1959 Buick Electra 225 Convertible. He said every time he gets behind the wheel it's a trip down memory lane.

"For every one of these cars, for the people that drive them, it's like a time machine," said Gerry Schnepf of Johnston, Iowa. "When they get back into that vehicle, it takes them back to that era. That's the car they end up buying because it's the era they knew."

You can imagine the gas money the car owners put into this trip every year. But Jerry chooses to rather think about the late 1950s when gas was 33 cents a gallon.

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