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Round the world in a 1949 Buick: Patrick & Mary Brooks

Patrick & Mary Brooks
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Only about 25% of the cars entering were successful in completing the entire route under their own power. The Brooks 1949 Buick Super Woody Wagon was one of the entrants that completed the entire route under its own power. Patrick and Mary were co-drivers and Mary the primary navigator. The Route through Asia followed the path of Marco Polo’s Silk Route with the cars airlifted from China to Alaska and from New York to Morocco.

Pat and Mary have participated in many other rallies including Peking to Paris in 1997, The Inca Trail in 2001 and London to Brighton in 1996. 

Pat has long been aware of the Spaulding legacy in Grinnell as his father (Mark Brooks) ran a café two blocks from the factory location.

Pat was one of several individuals honored by the Iowa Transportation Museum in 2009 for his work in re-creating the Spaulding auto. Pat was the chief assembler who with the help of other volunteers set about re-creating the only remaining Spaulding of the 1400 manufactured in Grinnell.

Pat & Mary Brooks-1949 Buick Super Woody Wagon
Hero By Example Award presented by ITM President Gerry Schnepf
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