The Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet is slated for July 12-15 on the Old Car Show Grounds east of Iola.
The featured vehicles are “21st Century Orphans:” Plymouth, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Mercury.
For the first time, four vehicles are featured on the poster to illustrate the theme.
The Iola ’12 poster photo features a 1938 Plymouth Pickup Truck owned by Vernon Meyer of Wisconsin Rapids; a 1950 Mercury Coupe owned by Matt Gilson of De Pere; a 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible owned by Chuck Richardson of Fitchburg; and a 1969 Hurst Oldsmobile owned by Bob Blattler of Manitowoc.
Clay Miller of Waupaca photographed the vehicles and designed the poster.
The Teamed to Learn® Education/Workshop Tent will again provide a great variety of topics and stories to help expand horizons in the car restoration/collecting interests.
Started in 2008, “Teamed to Learn” offers an educational opportunity for Iola Old Car Show attendees. A variety of workshops and experiences relative to car restoration and automotive history are shared in the Teamed to Learn® tent. Located west of the tower and activity center, the tent offers a place to sit back and enjoy.
Fred Beyer, who founded the Hot Rod High© Student Motivational Technology Education Program, serves as host and educational director for the Teamed to Learn tent. Noted for his musical talents, Beyer incorporates music with learning. He will share ragtime piano selections as part of the entertaining and learning experience.
“Old Cars, Young Drivers” is a special feature that was started in 2010 to recognize younger drivers who are active in the collector vehicle hobby. Young drivers can show off their rides, whether they’re primered or painted, rodded or completely restored.
This special section of the Iola Old Car Show is for hobbyists who are 25 years of age or younger who drive a collector car that is 25 years old or older. Cars and trucks need not be show-quality, but must be presentable and driven onto the grounds under their own power. Stock and modified vehicles are welcome.
Hobbyists participating in “old cars, young riders” will not be charged admission when driving their car into this display.
With over 4,400 swap spaces, hobbyist can find that certain part to complete their car restoration or visit with many vendors that offer specialty car restoration services. Or check out the Car Coral with up to 1,000 classics for sale.
The “Blue Ribbon Concourse” will feature some of the nicest restored stock vehicles in the Midwest. There is also a great display of modified and hotrods in the modified section.
New in 2011 was the “All Original (unrestored) Show Car Display”. Manufactured 1976 or earlier, these vehicles will be admitted at the discretion of the Iola Old Car Show and must be pre-approved. The vehicles must be at least 75 percent original relative to interior and exterior, without modifications.
A full-line of food service is provided all four days of Iola ’12 – everything from ham and eggs, pancakes and sausage or egg sandwiches, hamburgers, brats and chicken fillets. For the afternoon and early evening hungry appetites, try a full chicken, pork chop or ribeye steak dinner.
Also produced by the Iola Old Car Show, Inc. is the Iola Vintage Military & Gun Show with Vintage Tractors & Equipment. The 21st Annual Iola Vintage Military Show will be held Aug. 11-12 on the car show grounds. The show features historic military vehicles and memorabilia, encampments, vintage tractors, vehicle parades, swap area, gun show and battle re-enactments.
The Iola Old Car Show Inc. is a non-profit corporation operated for the 125 civic/service and charitable groups that provide services and volunteer labor for staging the show. All proceeds benefit these groups and help support community services and projects in the area, along with national and international charities.
Mitchell Swenson is public relations director for the Iola Old Car Show.