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307: What’s with Iola Car Show and Wisconsin Street Rod Association.

Show Date: 05/02/2020

(Season 14 EP 18)

We will have two guest on the show talking about how COVID-19 will impact their shows. Joe Opperman and Kenny Dukow.

Posted Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Since this show aired the Iola Car Show has been canceled. See their website for more information.

Joe Opperman is the Executive Director for Iola Car Show and Swap Meet. This is one of the largest shows in the country with over 300 hundred acres filled with more than 2,200 show cars, 4,000+ swap spaces, a mini city of workshops and food. Then pushed up against that is one of the largest campgrounds every seen.

It’s now wonder national brands and celebrities want their name associated with it. It’s huge!

Every year Iola has a themed car show. This year it’s “the 70’s” show! Who better to celebrate the 70’s with than Barry Williams from the TV show Brady Bunch. That’s right Greg Brady will be there. Other greats will be “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Linda Vaughn “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” gal, Greg and Leah Stelse from the unique Greg’s Speed Shop, Jo Coddington a global automotive spokesperson and TV’s American Hot Rod, Captn’ Bob and Arlo with Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio, custom car designer Gene Winfield along with TV’s Full Custom Garage’s master builder Ian Roussel and then USA 1 racer Bruce Larson.

The big question is “What’s going to happen if the virus continues into July?”

Everyone has been waiting to hear from Joe. So tune in.

The show runs from July 9th through the 11th.

Iola, Wisconsin

Kenny Dukows is the President of the Wisconsin Street Rod Association WSRA.

The WSRA manages a car show in early May that has been called “Never Let a Good Car Show Die”. This show used to be managed by the locally known Boondockers Car Club. A few years with declining membership and everyone busy with their business and families the club decided to stop hosting this show. A unique feature of this show was it’s location. It was held in an old dance hall that had several stages and timeless bars. It was owned by one of coolest guys around. He also owned Jacks Auto Ranch.

When the WSRA heard that this show was going to stop they jumped in to keep it going. The first year they worked with the Boondockers and eventually took complete ownership.

If the name Wisconsin Street Rod Association sounds familiar it’s because they successfully ran the Corn Roast Car Show in the Fond du Lac area. That show was unique because it was held over several days with vendors, swap and music.

Kenny and the club have a big decision. Do they keep the show going or cancel this year?

Tune in to hear what Kenny has to say about their big decision to stay open or close it because of COVID-19.


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