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Preserving the World's Professional Car History™ since 1989.

The Northland Chapter is an official, registered chapter of The Professional Car Society, Inc. (PCS) and was founded over 21 years ago in August, 1989.  We are a group of professional car enthusiasts primarily in the Northlands (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba, Canada), however we are privileged to have members from across the United States and Canada.  We are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of professional vehicles such as ambulances, hearses, limousines, and flower cars. In this website you will find a vast collection of information and pictures on these unique automobiles, from the horse-drawn hearse era to today's newest models offered by the coachbuilders.



Visit our SPONSORS page to see the great companies that support the Northland Chapter!

Northland Professional Car Archives - Preserving the World's Professional Car History
          See hundreds of photos ranging from the horse-drawn hearse era of the 1800s to the 2010 professional cars. Hearses, ambulances, combinations, flower cars, limousines; you name it, we've got it!

Past Events in the Northlands
          Check out the photo galleries of events spanning the 21 year history of the Northland Chapter, including photographs of five PCS International Meets, including the 1996 International Meet hosted by the Northland Chapter!

About Us, the Northland Chapter Story
         A brief history of the founding of the Northland Chapter 21 years ago.

Online Museum Pages
          In the Museum section, you'll find a gallery of photographs of professional cars throughout the years, an exhibit of Miller-Meteor Cadillac Criterion Ambulances, several hundred photographs of past meets in the events exhibit, and a member's exhibit featuring the Northland members' professional cars.

Links, Links, and more Links!
          Peruse the Links page for perhaps the most extensive collection of professional-car related web links on the internet!

 The Northland Crown Journal
          The Crown Journal is the official publication of the Northlands.  Join the Northland Chapter here to get your copy of the current issue published in August, 2010, featuring the story of a "65 Destined to Survive." read the Chapter President's message and a recap of the Spring Fling Meet, and be sure to see the ads and (hopefully!) do business with the generous corporate sponsors of the Northland Chapter!  There are lots of color pictures in this issue!


Respond To Rochester!

2014 International PCS Meet to be held in Rochester, Minnesota Tuesday, August 12 through Saturday, August 16. This meet, "RESPOND TO ROCHESTER!" is being hosted by the PCS Northland Chapter. We have planned what we feel will be a fun, relaxing, enjoyable, and educational time for you in an area that is metropolitan enough to have ample amenities, yet rural enough to let you experience beautiful country lifestyle. And what a better place to bring your professional car than to an area with miles and miles of easy 2-lane country touring and lack of traffic congestion!

The city of Rochester is known for it's rich Medical significance and history, as well as many other attractions and opportunities. Between the activities we have planned for you, the opportunities you'll have to explore the area on your own, and our ongoing tradition of warm Northland hospitality, we are confident you'll find "RESPOND TO ROCHESTER!" well worth attending. As I have said many times before, we do not take for granted those who take the time and incur expenses to attend our meets; our mission is to make your Northland experience great so you'll want to keep coming back to play cars with us!

So, if you want to get out into the country, kick back and enjoy some down-home hospitality while enjoying those professional cars the way they were intended to be, then plan to join us as we "RESPOND TO ROCHESTER!"

To learn more about the city of Rochester and it's offerings, I've included a link to the visitor's section of the city's website:


Our headquarters host hotel is the RAMADA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER, very conveniently located just off Hwy. 52 at the 16th Street SW exit. The hotel has all of the comforts and amenities that we seek in a PCS International Meet headquarters including recently renovated guest rooms, ample parking for our large vehicles, business center, large meeting spaces, and indoor pool area with waterslide and whirlpool. Many options for food and beverage are just steps away. For that matter, basically everything in Rochester is just a short distance away with such simple navigation, you won't need to worry about losing your way back to the hotel!

A block of rooms has been reserved for the meet at a special rate of $94 (plus tax) per night and includes continental breakfast. Please make reservations directly with the hotel by calling (507) 289-8866. If you call between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM CST, you are most likely to actually speak to someone at the hotel, rather than being transferred to the main reservations center. Either way, if you have any difficulty making a reservation, please notify us right away and we will assist you.

Ramada Hotel & Conference Center - Rochester
1517 - 16th Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 289-8866

For more information about the hotel, see:


Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Presentation: History of Gold Cross Ambulance Service, presented by Mr. John Perkins, former owner of Gold Cross. Complete historical presentation with accompanying photos. Vintage ambulances and equipment on display.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Scenic Mississippi River Valley Tour
Lark Toys – Kellogg, MN
National Eagle Center – Wabasha, MN
Lunch – Slippery’s Restaurant (from the movie “Grumpy Old Men”)
Elmer’s Toy & Auto Museum – Fountain City, WI

Thursday, August 14, 2014
PCS Board Meeting
Road trip to Austin, MN
SPAM Museum
Mower County Historical Society
Evening barbecue and social at a rural Rochester farm

Friday, August 15, 2014
Trolley Tour of Rochester
Mayo Clinic – Heritage Hall
Mayowood Mansion
Lunch – Garden Marketplatz
Assisi Heights
Plummer House and Gardens
PCS General Membership Meeting

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Concours d’Elegance Professional Car Show in Soldier’s Park, just south of downtown Rochester
Evening Awards Banquet
Light and Sound Show

There will be ample time for attendees to explore Rochester and the surrounding area on their own. It is a very easy city to navigate, offering many dining, social, and leisure time options; basically big city amenities with rural character."

Please contact Northland Chapter President Tony Karsnia with any questions by e-mailing him at


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