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Summer cruising ends at Kafka's Open House

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In Northern Colorado, the grand finale of the car show and cruising season is Kafka’s Open House. Every year on the first Saturday in November, Ken Kafka hosts an open house at his rural home, east of Fort Collins outside of Pierce, Colorado. At the Open House, Ken displays his own collection of antique cars, trucks and tractors, along with numerous other vehicles from regional collectors as well as car, truck and tractor clubs. We’re talking rare cars, trucks, military vehicles, tractors and farm equipment. It’s virtually guaranteed you will see a vehicle here that you never knew existed.

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Kafka's Open House has the flavor of a county fair. Take the family on a ride on the ½ scale train (scratch built by Ken) around the grounds. Watch antique tractors compete in the sled pulling contest. Ride in a brass-era antique car down the dirt road in front of Kafka’s home. Admire the hand-made quilts on display. Enjoy a barbeque sandwiches, soft drink and piece of chocolate cake. This is Americana at its best!

Many of the vehicles at Kafka’s Open House are “orphans”, vehicles whose parent companies are long gone. Check out the attached slide show to appreciate the great eclectic mix of vehicles that were at Kafka’s Open House. After viewing the slide show, follow this link to another article about the fascinating story of "Charlie", Ken Kafka's 1929 Coleman truck included in the slide show: http://coloradogambler.com/charlie%E2%80%99s-odyssey-mountain-submarine-on-display-at-gilpin-county-history-museum/

This week’s Trivia Question: Where was the Coleman heavy-duty four wheel drive truck manufactured?

Answer to last week’s Trivia Question: The resourceful Henry Ford used wood scraps from the production of Model T's to create charcoal, sold under the name Kingford Charcoal.

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