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Fox Valley Street Rods Visit Iola Area

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1948 Pontiac Streamliner.

1948 Pontiac Streamliner.

On Friday May 24 about 50 members of the Fox Valley Street Rod Assoc., of Grand Chute, Wis., came to a dirt airport in Ogdensburg to put on an impromptu car show and help Aviators by Design ( draw attention to their STEM education program for teenagers interested in planes.

The cars at Central County Airport included Dave Lindsay’s original restored coffin-nose Cord, a Boyd Coddington built glass-bodied Ford coupe, a flamed ’40 Ford coupe, Lloyd Guerke’s 1933 Willys-Knight coupe and dozens of other original or modified cars from Packards to Pontiacs.

Two-tone Packard.

Two-tone Packard.

Mark Geske of Gunner’s Great Garage ( brought his 1961 Corvette roadster and this blogger came in his ’53 Pontiac Catalina. The old gal is a little noisy due to an exhaust manifold leak that needs to be taken car of for a planned trip to the Pontiac Oakland Club International ( national convention in Wichita, Kan., in mid-June.

With the addition of the Fox Valley Street Rod Assoc., members, the regular Friday lunch at the Central County Airport wasn’t enough to feed the crowd of about 125 people and the staff rushed to cook burgers and beef stew dishes that were sold for the reduced price of $5 instead of the normal $8.

Boyd Coddington built this coupe.

Boyd Coddington built this coupe.

Lunch at the airport is a regular Friday thing and there are always a few collector cars on hand to add interest. A $10 lifetime membership is required of first time visitors. About 50-60 aircraft will show up for lunch when the sun is out.

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