Cruising to Forest City

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Over 25 antique cars rolled through Forest City on Wednesday to visit Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum. The cars, which were all at least 100 years old, were part of the Cabin Fever Tour that began in Lenoir.

"We are really excited they are here and pleased they picked us to visit," Christi Hutchins, general manager of the museum, said.

Dan and Roseann Gernatt, owners of a 1913 Pierce Arrow, organized the tour for cars that predated 1914. They found a brochure of the Bennett Museum and came to visit before making a decision. The Bennett Classics Antique Museum opened in May 2007 and is owned by Buddy and Joe Bennett.

"We had heard so much about Forest City and the Bennett brothers, it sounded like an interesting stop," Dan Gernatt said.

The Cabin Fever Tour runs Saturday, April 5- Friday, April 11. Tour stops include North Wilkesboro, Blowing Rock, Hickory, Morganton, Mt. Holly, Huntersville and Granite Falls.

"We do the tours because they are a lot of fun. You meet the most wonderful people in the world," Roseann Gernatt said. "The people here are wonderful."

Cars on the tour included several Packard tourings, a 1914 Lewis, a 1913 Stevens- Duryea and an Original Ford Model T. During the stop at Bennett's the tour members explored the museum and enjoyed a catered lunch by the Forest City Diner.

"It makes us feel good that we have this quality of people and cars come through our town," Buddy Bennett said.