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An Iowa Dad's Legacy: Car Shows & Cruises
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An Iowa Dad's Legacy: Car Shows & Cruises

Engines are roaring, tailpipes are rumbling, and the smooth frames of custom paint jobs come into view as the sunlight beams down on classic cars. Where are they? They're cruising through the rolling hills of Clayton County of course! 

Summertime car cruises are up and rollin’ down the highways in Northeast Iowa. The Great River Annual Car Show and Cruise kicked off Saturday, July 21, 2018. 

When I was a young girl, my mom bought a 1979 black Chevy Monte Carlo. It was a really nice car. I'm sad to say, it collided with a train one foggy May night. After that, my dad decided to upgrade to a 1980 black Chevy Monte Carlo with a Turbo. There were very few Monte Carlos made with the Turbo, so dad loved showing the car off. The 1980 Monte Carlo went to car shows around Clayton and Delaware County in the late 1990’s.

My parents and two older brothers really enjoyed these car shows. Before my dad passed away, he brought a 1972 Buick Skylark bright orange with black striped hood. This car also went to the local car shows. My oldest brother has a black with gold stripped hood 1970 Chevy Cutlass that he rebuilt it from the ground up. In 2010, he won 1st place at Nationals in Pennsylvania. Needless to say, my family has a love for shined up cars ready for a show.

Every Saturday morning, the park will be filled with of a variety of cars, waxed, wiped, and shined up for the judges. Music will be playing throughout the park and you can walk around to see all the different car models. And trust me, car owners will be more than happy to chat it up with you about their prized car. I personally admire all the wonderfully restored Ford Model T’s. Appreciate the car owners who have custom paint jobs with detailed pin stripping or graphics done, specialized chrome work, custom-made seats, and engines. You might even need your sunglasses on to protect your eyes from the shine coming off of the cars in the sunlight.

You will also smell the mouthwatering aroma of burgers sizzling on the grill. When your stomach grumbles, make a purchase of that savory cheeseburger. It's all part of the experience. And with your sandwich in hand, quench your thirst with a refreshing cold glass of lemonade.

In the afternoon, the engines will rev up and The Great River Cruise will head down the highway.

Image credit: Darla Kelchen CCDG

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