September 19, 2016

The moon was playing hide and seek last but failed to inform
me in the newsletter. I kept going out, camera in hand, to
get a picture of my old friend and he wasn’t there. After a
few attempts I remembered that sometimes he liked to visit
the north side of the house.


When I went around the house to the north side he was
there with a smile on his face. He seemed pleased. And that
reminded me that all things change and nothing is forever.
The moon was out this morning too highlighted by a bright
blue sky.


This made me think of Saturday when we attended a cruise-in
that had been around for a long time. The wife had the night
off, the weather was perfect, and we met some old friends we
hadn’t seen in some time.




We were told that we were attending the next to the last
cruise sponsored by the car club. For many years we have
enjoyed the hospitality, the people, and of course the cars.
But there will be no car club next year if we hear correctly.

The greying of the hobby as older people remain and fewer
young people join, and the continuing restrictions put on
such events are a part of the problem. Hence, nothing is

All that being said, mark your calendars. October 1st will
be the last NorthPark cruise-in sponsored by the River Valley
Classics Car Club and it is also Toys for Tots night. So even
if it’s raining, drop out and drop off a new toy as the club
will be there rain or shine.

We wish them fair weather for the event, plenty of cars, and
donations enough to help the kids. Great job over the years
and thanks for the memories.
Comments are always welcome.


September 16, 2016


Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day here in the U.S.
of A. We still have over 80,000 MIAs going back to WW II.
So if you could take moment to remember the Prisoners of War
and the Missing In Action, many of us would appreciate it.

That being said, it’s Friday and there are a few car related
things going on. Today through Sunday is the 6th Annual Race
to River Retro Road Trip starting here in Davenport, Iowa,
and ending in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Tomorrow is the “Rollin in the Oldies” Cruise-in at
NorthPark Mall in Davenport, Iowa and hosted by the River
Valley Classics. Things get started around 5 pm and there is
a $2 suggested donation.

Also tomorrow is the LaSalle Annual Car Cruise Night held on
2nd Street in LaSalle, Illinois.

And on Sunday if you still feel the need for speed, NASCAR
will be at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

We mention things happening that are important to us and
this short list is in no way meant to be an event calendar.
Give a nod to the POW/MIAs if you feel so inclined. They
should be in Heaven because they went through Hell on Earth.

Enjoy the weekend and remember to keep the shiny side up.
Comments are always welcome.

Some weekend things to do

September 9, 2016


It’s Friday and for once we’ll mention some events going
on in and around the east coast of Iowa. The weather is
supposed to clear up tomorrow and stay that way for the
rest of our weekend so after the yard work you may want to
check one of these events out.

Starting yesterday and through tomorrow is the Quad
States 36th Annual Car Show & Swap Meet- Cruising Americas
Highways Oldsmobile Families at the Isle of Capri Casino
in beautiful downtown Bettendorf, Iowa. Not sure of the
hours, but have heard this is free to spectators.

Also yesterday through tomorrow is the Mecum Auction
held in Louisville, Kentucky.

Today through Sunday is Rustemberfest at the I-29 Dragway
in Pacific Junction, Iowa.

Also today through Sunday is the 2016 Muscle Car
Adventures at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells,

Tomorrow is the Planes Trains & Automobiles Show held in
downtown Geneseo, Illinois.

And tomorrow is the Quad Cities Cruisers Cruise In
located at Mills Chevy at Southpark Mall in Moline,
Illinois. Things should get hopping around 6 pm.

If you think you’d like more refinement and can wait a
week, the Riverssance Art Fair will be held September 17,
and 18 in the Village of East Davenport. Hours are
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

The admission is $4 per person each day, $6 for a two day
pass, and children 12 and under get in free.

We would share more non-car related events if we knew of
any. Enjoy the weekend. It seems to go by in a flash.
Comments are always welcome.

Going to rain?

August 24, 2016

We made no plans for today as the weather forecasters
told us we would get heavy rain with high winds starting
in the early morning hours and up to 1-3 inches total by
tomorrow when the storm ends. Late morning I ventured
outside and saw the following.

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Since we did get rain earlier, but these clouds looked
harmless to me I was out many times throughout the day.
. The birds were singing, baby monarch butterflies were
darting around from flower to flower, and even a few
critters even made an appearance.

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The rain still may fall in copious amounts and the wind
may pick up, but it turned out to be a great day on the
east coast of Iowa. A friend stopped by and over a pot of
coffee we talked of races run, cars owned and sold, and
which ones we should have kept.

His car is getting some finishing touches and should be
race ready just about time to store it for the winter as
I still seek the perfect project. If it’s out there I’ll find
it, but if it isn’t I’ll keep looking anyway.

This will be short as I have to rescue a pizza from
getting freezer burnt. So keep the shiny side up and don’t
aim at anything you don’t plan to shoot. Have a great day.
Comments are always welcome.

A little late, but…

July 15, 2016

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It is Friday, so if you have the weekend off we have a few
events that may be of interest. We’ll list some that caught
our eye then end with the usual nonsense.

Now through Sunday is the Meltdown Drags at the Byron
Illinois Dragway in Byron, Illinois.

And tomorrow, Saturday July 16 is the “Rollin in the
Oldies” Cruise Night held at NorthPark Mall in Davenport,
Iowa. Things kick off around 5 pm.

Iowa’s slogan used to be “Is this Heaven?”. Now it seems
the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has stated that it is
against the law to preach the Bible! Their reasoning is
simple if not idiotic. You can read one story on it here.

Said Commission claims that since churches are places of
public accommodation they cannot discriminate against
anyone on the basis of sexual orientation. Yes, fellow
Iowans and Christians nationwide, the Civil Rights
Commission interpreted Chapter 216 of the Iowa Code to mean
that if a pastor discusses anything in the Bible that
relates to sexuality or marriage, he has broken the law!

Isn’t it about time we give these groups a reality check?
If you aren’t religious, don’t go to church. If some of the
Bibles used in said churches offend you, don’t go to
church. The government cannot tell us what our Bibles can
or cannot say. We need to stop the nonsense.

And now I go in search of something that looks like a
pizza, smells like a pizza, and burns my mouth like a
pizza. I need a little something to put out the fire from
from chicken with sweet chili sauce I consumed earlier.
Have a great weekend, ensure you have enough pizza in case
of a storm, and keep the shiny side up.
Comments are always welcome.

A different course

July 8, 2016

Since our president has once again spoke down to all in
law enforcement and with all the craziness and misdirected
anger of some, we are not going to talk of the events in
Dallas. Other than to say our sincere condolences to
families and force.

Today is National Collector Car Appreciation Day so if own
such a critter be sure to give it hug or take it for a


There isn’t much going on today here on the east coast of
Iowa across the river from Illinois as far as collector car
events go. We couldn’t find any. There some events tomorrow
in and around our community.

Saturday, July 9th is the Hib Reber Memorial Car Show that
is held in conjunction with the Byronfest in beautiful
downtown Byron, Illinois.

Tomorrow is the 1st Annual Coal Valley Days Car Show held
in Coal Valley, Illinois. Sounds like a good time and Coal
Valley is a neat little town.

And tomorrow is also the Quad Cities Cruiser’ Cruise-in
held at SouthPark Mall in Moline, Illinois. Things kick off
at 6 pm and the featured charity is Quad City Warriors.

Finally, on Sunday July 10th is the 27th Annual Main
Street Cruisers Car Show held at the Dubuque Arboretum &
Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive off 32nd and JFK
in Dubuque, Iowa.

Pray for Dallas and our country.
Comments are always welcome.

Big weekend

July 1, 2016


Once every generation an event is scheduled that has the
men tweaking and waxing the car in preparation, the women
making for sure everybody has clean underwear in case the
family gets hit by a bus, and the kids fidgiting for days
prior to said event.

There will none like that listed here but they do occur.
Instead we’ll list some events leading up to our 4th of
July fireworks.

Tonight will Midnight Mayhem at Cordova International
Raceway in Cordova, Illinois. Gates open at 11 pm and the
races end at 3 am. This event is open to all street legal
cars and trucks with mufflers and DOT tires.

Tomorrow is the Maple City Cruisers Freedom Fest Cruise In
at 102 South State Street in Geneseo, Illinois.

Also tomorrow is the Buffalo Days Car Show held at the
City Park in Buffalo, Iowa. The event runs from 8am to 3 pm
and the rain date is July 3rd.

All weekend, when the sun goes down the fireworks will go
off. Many cities and towns across the country will sponsor
some form of a fireworks display and some will even receive
TV coverage on Sunday and/or Monday.

Please be considerate of others when you decide to make
enough noise to rasie the dead. Some neighbors may not
fully appreciate your enthusiasm.

Regardless of your plans, or lack thereof, please enjoy
your weekend.
Comments are always welcome.