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Drive Down Memory Lane

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Car Show For A Cause

So many things can be tied to memories, from smells to sites. Some of the fondest memories come in the form of a vehicle: their first car, the restoration project they fixed with their dad, or maybe the first car they bought on their own. That’s what inspired us to create our annual charity event car show, Drive Down Memory Lane supporting the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Iowa. We invite all types of vehicles to come out for the day and show off their favorite set of wheels. With the help of many local Iowa businesses and even some national partners, we’ve continued to grow this great charity event each year. In 2016 and 2017 we held the event at Principal Park in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa.

 

We give out 3 awards during the car show, as well as other prizes throughout the day. Our awards are Most Nostalgic for the oldest in attendance, Farthest Distance Driven for the one who drives the most miles, and our crowd-voted Most Memorable.

 

2016 ~ Inaugural Event

Being our first event, we were very pleasantly surprised by the attendance and overall support received. There were 35 cars who joined us on Sunday, September 18th. Along with our sponsors MyKlassic.com and Caveman Toys, and vendors of all kinds. We were able to raise $3525 for the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as awareness through an impromptu interview on WOI TV channel 5, and a very nice write up in the Des Moines Register Sunday paper. 

Car Show 2016-Cars

A few of the cars that attended

 

Car Show 2016-Cars 2

From personal connections to a heart for charity, we had all kinds

 

Car Show 2016-Sponsors

So thankful for our sponsors, MyKlassic.com and Caveman Toys

 

Car Show 2016-Vendors

A little bit for everyone thanks to our vendors

 

Car Show 2016-Winners

Our 3 winners: Most Memorable, Most Nostalgic, and Farthest Distance Driven

 

2017 ~ Second Annual Car Show

Our second year didn’t let us down. With the help of many more sponsors (MyClassicNews, Advance Auto Parts, Blue Compass, MVP Services, Heartland HVAC, Midwest Basement Systems, Thrivent Financial-Nathan Beattie, Quick Performance, Stivers Ford Lincoln Waukee, and Westside Auto Pros), along with 61 participants, vendors, and many others in attendance, we raised $6233 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Such great variety of vehicles who came to support Alzheimers

Such great variety of vehicles who came to support Alzheimer’s awareness.

 

Thanks to Jay Casmirri for providing music and Over the Top, Smoke Signals, and Yellow Food Wagon for bringing such great food!

Thanks to Jay Casmirri for providing music and Over the Top, Smoke Signals, and Yellow Food Wagon for bringing such great food

 

Thanks to one of our sponsors, Auto Zone, for coming out to support

Thanks to one of our sponsors, Advanced Auto Parts, for coming out to support

 

Cubbie was a great sport as well as the Porsche Club

Cubbie was a great sport as well as the Porsche Club

 

We invited vehicles of all shapes sizes and colors, as well as had great prizes you could win

We invited vehicles of all shapes sizes and colors, as well as had great prizes you could win

 

The Porsche Club helped us also celebrate Oktoberfest - the purple buckets helped us vote for the Most Memorable Car at the show

The Porsche Club helped us also celebrate Oktoberfest – the purple buckets helped us vote for the Most Memorable Car at the show

 

All ages could enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the day

All ages could enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the day

Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the day and support our great cause

Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the day and support our great cause