We've been trying to catch our breath ever since the Iola Old Car Show weekend concluded July 15, but in that time, the facts behind the show have been trickling in. The final numbers from Joan Schultz, executive director of the Iola Old Car Show, read like this: 110,000 attendees, 1,204 camp spaces, 628 cars in the car corral, 1,791 registered show cars (not every car owner registers once they arrive on the grounds) and 4,430 swap spaces sold out.
There is no denying 2012 was a scorcher, but the cars were as hot as the temperature, from the Ardun overhead-valve flathead in Bob and Diana Anderson's 1932 Ford highboy roadster to the chopped 1969 Ford Mustang SportsRoof to the Mercury XM-800 concept car — and that's just a sampling of the Ford Motor Co. products present! This year also celebrated Mercury, Oldsmobile, Plymouth and Pontiac, so I've included a few of those cars and others that won't appear in the Aug. 16 issue of Old Cars Weekly. Be sure to join us next year from July 11-14 when the Iola Old Car Show pits Ford against Chevrolet with displays to show how competition between these popular brands has benefit the hobby.