Iola ’08 Welcomes Rumble Seats and Ragtops, Increases Show Car Cut-Off to 1979

The 2008 Iola Old Car Show and Swap Meet in Iola, Wis., will let the sun shine in on its feature cars, “Roadsters, Ragtops and Rumble Seats,” for its 36th annual event.

    Featured at the July 10-13 event will be open vehicles from the start of automotive history up through 1979. While that brings to mind a variety of passenger cars, there were also a number of trucks that qualify, especially from the era before World War II.

    Knowing no bounds, show officials will welcome rumbling roadsters, classy convertibles, sassy open sports cars and cars with that legendary place for the in-laws, the rumble seat.

     Both domestic and import makes will be welcome.

    Also, the Iola Old Car Show has expanded its show vehicle qualifications to allow vehicles built through 1979 in the postwar show field, up from the 1975 model year in previous years.

     Additionally, the car corral will now accept cars up to 1995.

    The Iola Old Car Show is spread across 300 acres, features up to 2,500 show cars, more than 4,000 swap spaces and attracts more than 130,000 spectators, making it the Midwest’s largest automotive event, as well as one of the country’s biggest. The show also includes a car corral, toy barn, campground facilities and free parking. 

    International Classic Auctions (ICA) will again host a classic car auction in conjunction with the Iola Old Car Show on July 12.

    Admittance to this event is included with IOLA ’08 admission.

    For more information about the show, call 715-445-4000, or go to To learn more about the International Classic Auction events, call 800-243-1957 or go to


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