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Event Coverage Iowa traditional hot rod and custom gathering and cruise.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by justabeater37, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. linechaser32
    Joined: Apr 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,232

    from Iowa

    I’m in! Don’t think my car is as traditional as you want ,but it’s my daily driver until they start throwing salt all over the roads.
  2. Another "Iowegian" keeping an eye on this for sure....
    While I have a beautiful old Hotrod built in my head (several actually) & a few boxes of misc random parts in the garage, I'll likely have to sneak along in the back in the daily driver.
    Just ignore the man behind the curtain, er- Not really that old, old Dodge....
    Hey, at least it's got a Hemi!
    : )
    But seriously, the rolling show/ tour a great idea!
  3. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 3,135

    Corn Fed

    Interesting idea. But I think if you make it too restrictive, it won't survive....there just arent that many cars here that fit the bill. You'd probably just end up with 4 or 5 cars. Not that you cant have fun with just a few cars, but I think you are envisioning 30 or so.
    My opinion is if you went with HAMB friendly cars, it would work. Otherwise it might be tough to get going.
  4. justabeater37
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,546


    That’s why we are putting the feelers out to see what’s out there. Yes 30-40 would be the target figuring we would be doing good if 10-20 showed up at any given run.
  5. chop job
    Joined: Feb 16, 2013
    Posts: 596

    chop job
    from Wisconsin

    Stick with your original idea and they will come.
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  6. ...I plan a Fall cruz every year for our club & friends,..we've had 20-24 cars in our group, we were stretched out for about a mile long,...keep this in mind as it's hard for the lead car to know if everyone is still back there,
    Maps of the route would help as well as the last few cars have phone numbers of lead cars if needed.
    good luck
    club cruz 10-23-16 107.jpg
  7. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,733

    from wyoming

    With the antique car club tours I have been on everyone has a map and instructions and usually people travel in groups of 4 or so cars and travel at their own pace. Then there is a donut stop or lunch stop there is a time window for that stop. Doing it like that helps prevent a parade formation rolling down the road. Some of those tours have more than 150 cars.

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  8. 36cab
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 808


    Doug, you just won the quote of the week!
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  9. justabeater37
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,546


    This right here is what I envision. That way nobody is waiting for anyone everybody can travel at their own pace just end up at the stops to rendezvous once in a while
  10. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 2,427


    We have an impromptu "bring what you have" early Saturday mornings at a shopping plaza.
    We have a wide variety every week. Everyone is heading home at 9am.

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  11. justabeater37
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,546


    Not what I’m wanting it all. Looking to get together with a good part of the day, who’s around in your hot rod, eat some food, see the sights, and just hang out with friends all day. There are lots of parking lot shows around that Is notwhat this is going to be
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  12. scoop
    Joined: Jul 4, 2001
    Posts: 1,369


    See avatar,qualify? Sounds like fun.
  13. justabeater37
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,546


    Looks like it should fit.
  14. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 18,193


    I am all for the one day cruises, but a weeklong cruise wouldn't be possible for me.
  15. tractorguy
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
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  16. justabeater37
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,546


    I think the week long deal would be further down the road once we get a core group built up. Then it would be like a vacation for some and people could always hop in or out as needed, or just come hang out at the overnight stops. That will take longer to plan so that may or may not happen. Brock has said he is interested in doing a Lincoln Highway cruise weekend up your way.
  17. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 18,193


    I know of a hot rod heaven located right on the original Lincoln Highway that might like to host a stop. Plenty of cool cars and parts to see.
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  18. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 793


    I'm in! Sounds like fun. Something like the CrossMembers reliability runs.
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  19. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,438


    It sounds interesting to me. I am in Western Iowa and the scenery in Eastern Iowa along the Mississippi is far more interesting but I'd probably not drive that far. A group out of Corning Iowa has orchestrated a similar cruise on a Sunday visiting several places on a preplanned route, but was open to all years, etc, the overall idea is great and driving is so much more satisfying (to me) than sitting in a lawn chair.
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  20. Philroy
    Joined: Jul 9, 2012
    Posts: 150


    For what it’s worth, we have a cruise-in down here in Chariton (about an hour south of Des Moines) on the second Friday of every month on the town square from 6-9pm. We’ve had from 20-40 cars, depending on the weather. There’s at least 10 of us that would be very interested in a traditional-type cruise! Just don’t have the annual meeting on the same weekend as the HAMB Drags... We’ll be in Joplin! Haha!

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  21. Schwanke Engines
    Joined: Jun 12, 2014
    Posts: 784

    Schwanke Engines

    Not in Iowa, but only 1hour away from boarder in MN. Be more than happy to have people in our shop.

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  22. 18n57
    Joined: Jun 29, 2007
    Posts: 577


    Last edited: Oct 1, 2018
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  23. Joel W
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 143

    Joel W

    I would be interested. Need to get a car finished. Subscribed!

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  24. ahshoe
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 899


    I'm in.....I could help organize things on the eastern side of Iowa. Very scenic, beautiful river bluff views.With a little thought I could probably come up with some shop tours in the area. Let me know
  25. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

  26. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,472

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    I think it's a great idea.
    I'd start out small with an invite to a dozen or less known associates and build from there (think: a group of close acquaintances/club members getting together for a lunch/dinner run in the Hot Rods). Invite only. No flyers or open invites to start as you may get too big of an initial response (or the 'wrong' people showing up). You want this to be small scale fun, NOT WORK.

    Consider keeping it limited to 12 or so cars for starters. Consider the capacity of seating and staff at the "roadside diner" that you'd like to utilize for lunch/dinner. 12 cars = about 2 people per car. Can the establishment's staff, seating and parking handle 24 people dropping in with/without a reservation? Perhaps they have a banquet room and back parking area that can be reserved?

    I'd shoot for a simple, early/mid 70's Rod Run vibe focused on good cars, good friends, good food and good fun. It was the pre bullshit era.

    • '48 and under. Maybe '59 and under if there's too much push back. This will keep it early, without muscle cars, daily's, etc in the lineup.
    • No ego's, power parking, lawn chairs, trophy's, cry baby dolls, Betty Page contests or Rockabilly wanna be's.
    • Leave in small groups (4-6) so it's not a funeral procession.
    • Build in a Poker Run for a bit of fun. With the route directions are 5 defined stops along the way with a card draw. You can set it up with a start and end draw and 3 stops if you prefer. Best poker hand at the end wins a door prize which could be something as simple as dinner for two at the restaurant you'll all be patronizing or a gift card or case of oil donated by your local auto parts store.
    For the week long trip, maybe build a 1-2 day drive each way to/from a large weekend event with some interesting stops along the way (shop tour, road side interests, lunch in an old timey town with time for a museum or antique shop walk, etc) , sort of a small scale Power Tour. Leave on a Thursday, return on Monday.
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  27. “No Crybaby dolls”. In that case I’m in.

    Outsiders CC
  28. How precisely “traditional” are ya gonna be?

    Mine is fairly traditional but wouldn’t pass inspection for TROG or the HillClimb. (9”, 5speed are behind the Flathead). And, it’s not on the road yet, so there’s that.

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  29. justabeater37
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,546


    If I had enough friends that could actually make it, I wouldn't need to throw this out there so there's that. We need to sit down and have a serious discussion now that we know there is interest. I am not against making it an invite only deal but was trying to avoid getting to that level. Just trying to get together with a group of like minded people. As far as the criteria are looking, it will be a 54 cutoff at the newest, possibly earlier. The discussion is keep it even earlier and be hot rods only or loosen it up to the early customs. Thinking engine cutoff around 62-65 which would catch most of the popular engines and keep the new fangled stuff out. 5/6 speeds and 4 speed autos not a problem as they aid drivability. newer rear ends as long as its not IRS will likely pass as most ditched the banjos years ago. Disc brakes up front will likely pass to. If there ends up being a really great group of cars that would fit a tighter criteria we may reconsider. Every time I try to do something, 100 people say they will come and 5-6 show up, or less. I am finding there are more cars out there that fit that don't go to the regular shows as they have lost their fun and became tent cities with lawns chairs.
    If everyone who is interested could post pictures of what you are thinking of driving, we could maybe go from there.
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  30. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 18,193



    Ready for a nice fall cruise.

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