Iola 2017 to include 2nd Generation Collector Vehicles
Photo: Guy Carpenter with his Excalibur
The Iola Car Show has a long tradition of honoring some of the oldest vehicles in the industry. As the show has grown throughout the years, it’s size and the public’s general interest in various parts of the hobby have played a role in dictating the direction of the show. With the inclusion of Second Generation Collector Vehicles, or Neo-Classics, 2017 will be no exception.
“When Guy Carpenter approached us with his hopes to see this class of vehicles included in the show, we took the opportunity to sit down with him and learn more about his passion,” said Joe Opperman, PR and Marketing Director for Iola. “Guy is not only an enthusiast of this class, but also somewhat of a historian.”
Included in the Second Generation class are such vehicles as the Avanti II, Clenet, Duesenberg II, Excalibur, Pray Auburn, Pray Cord, Shay Model A, Thunderbird, Zimmer and more. “Neo-Classics were, in the beginning, a modern vehicle with classic styling,” explained Guy, “They became a new niche vehicle with their own unique following.”
One of the biggest items that separates the Iola Car Show from many other shows is size. Spread out over their 300 acre venue, that size affords the attendee the luxury of variety. “The more we thought about it, it just made sense to include this group in the show,” Opperman said. Anyone interested in sharing their 2nd Generation Collector Vehicles at Iola are encouraged to contact and register with the show. The Iola Car Show is big enough for everybody.
Pictured in photo: Aaron Geitner of Rawhide and Joan Schultz of Iola Car Show
The Super Saturday Give Away has fast become a fan favorite of the Iola Car Show in recent years, and it’s no surprise why. All attendees are invited to register for the FREE raffle-style drawings throughout the days of the show. Prizes are contributed by the show’s numerous sponsors ranging from gift certificates, SWAG and others, and are headlined by bigger items including equipment and auto accessories.
For the third consecutive year, the give away will be headlined by a vehicle. “We really enjoy our partnership with the Rawhide Boys Ranch. They’re a great group of people that share many of the same values as the car show,” stated Joe Opperman, PR and Marketing Director of the Iola Car Show. “There’s a long history between these groups, and once again Rawhide has absolutely nailed it with an awesome car that fits well into this year’s theme.”
One lucky winner will be driving home in a white 1999 Pontiac Firebird. The car was a donated vehicle under Rawhide’s program, and is now a co-sponsored item between the two parties. The vehicle will be on display near the tower during the show, July 6-8th, with Rawhide representatives nearby accepting registrations for the drawing.
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