The story of the Manitoba Antique Auto Museum starts with one man by the name of Isaac Clarkson. Clarkson’s passion for cars can be typically traced back to his youth, when he would gaze in awe every time the 1909 Hupmobile (owned by Mathew Black of Two Creeks) sped by the home and farm where he lived and would later work. As fate would have it, in 1946 Clarkson purchased the very same Hupmobile and began the tedious task of restoring it to its former glory. This was only the beginning of a new appetite for restoring cars, and the very one that would lead to the creation of the museum in 1967, when Clarkson offered up his collection and life’s work to the Village of Elkhorn and the newly formed non-profit organization, the Manitoba Automobile Museum Foundation.
In a way, a visit to the Manitoba Antique Auto Museum is not only a step back in time to see some of the greatest cars in the 20th century, it’s also an ode to the tinkerers, the curious and the passionate Manitobans like Isaac Clarkson who have contributed immensely to their community. Here are just a few of the cars you can find in one of the most extensive antique automobile collections in North America…
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