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WALCOTT, IOWA — The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as a lunch stop by MotorIoway 1000, an Iowa vintage vehicle road rally. The lunch stop will be held on Monday, September 22, 2008 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, Interstate 80 & Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa, and is the only Quad Cities area stop for the tour. The general public is encouraged to come to the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum for the chance to view over 80 vintage cars, trucks and other specialty vehicles entries.
“MotorIoway’s stop at our museum is the perfect fit. When you combine our antique trucks on display with all of the vehicles in the road rally, the general public will have a chance to view over 120 vintage vehicles in one stop. This event also helps us further our mission of celebrating trucking history,” says Delia Moon Meier, Senior Vice President.
This is the thirteenth MotorIoway 1000 tour. The vintage vehicle tour will be held September 21, – September 27 and is one of the largest events of its type in North America. The tour will start in Coralville-Riverside, finish in Springfield, Illinois and visit 9 other communities via ‘pit-stops’, lunch stops or overnight stays. Vehicles and drivers will be from 5 states and over 50 Iowa communities.
This year’s theme, ‘The Presidential Tour’ salutes the four Presidents that were born or spent a major portion of their lives along the tour route. The first pit stop is West Branch, birthplace of Herbert Hoover and site of his grave and Presidential Library. The first overnight is Galena, Illinois where Ulysses S. Grant lived for many years. Continuing through northern Illinois, stops will be made in Dixon and Tampico, birthplace and hometown of Ronald Reagan. The tour will culminate with a two-day stay in Springfield; a time to celebrate Abraham Lincoln as well as to participate in the Route 66 Mother Road Festival.
The MotorIoway 1000 began as an Iowa Sesquicentennial celebration in 1996, then became an annual event, and has now evolved into multiple vintage vehicle tours each year. ‘Shine Times’, where this “traveling museum” is on display for the public take place at each of the formal stops.
The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum displays over 35 antique trucks dating as far back as 1910, and also includes a movie theatre and gift store. A donation is requested for admission. The museum is also available to host group tours. More information about the museum can be found at http://www.iowa80truckingmuseum.com.