July 2016 – From the Driver’s Seat


Gerry Schnepf, President
Gerry Schnepf, President

Another “thank you” adventure behind us. The Silent City Tour included 34 Early Wheels members. We toured several museums and collections of vehicles, trolleys, planes and historic sites. It is always impressive to meet and travel with such a wonderful set of people and enjoying the fellowship of our club members. Everyone gained a greater understanding of the Native American heritage in our visit to the 3,000 acre Blood Run Historic Landmark site located along the Big Sioux River in both Iowa and South Dakota. We never stop learning. For example – in addition to learning about our Native American heritage we also learned about an Iowa trolley manufacturing plant. Most Iowans probably don’t know it even exists.

The display of places where the trolleys from the Godberson Trolley Company have been sold.

As a follow-up to the tour – I have sent out the electronic poster for our Swap Meet to all of those on the tour that have the opportunity to post and promote the event – Godberson Museum in Ida Grove, Granite Threshing Association in Lyon County, Jim Zangger of Larchwood, Steve Simons with the Lyon County Economic Development group and Toby Shine with the Okoboji Classic Car museum at the Iowa Great Lakes. In addition I have sent the electronic version to several car clubs and organizations. Ken Breeher is going to follow-up with printed copies to some of the above. Thanks Ken for the help.

The summer is ahead of us and the opportunities for enjoying the world of vintage and collectable vehicles increases all of the time. The large number of shows and events is evidenced by the “Area Auto Calendar of Events & Resource Directory” produced by the Eastern Iowa / Western Iowa CAR COUNCIL. Our thanks to Wayne and Ruth Henderson for representing Early Wheels of Iowa on the Council.

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