Get your motor running…

You’d think being the publishing home of Antique Trader would be the claim to fame for little Iola, Wisconsin. But, alas, that is not the case.

IOCSPoster2008.jpgThis weekend, upwards of 150,000 people will converge on this tiny village to drool over chrome, inhale the sweet smell of exhaust and hug newfound hubcaps. Yup. It’s time for the 36th annual Iola Old Car Show.

As always, our sister publication, Old Cars Weekly, has some exciting (and exclusive) coverage plans for the event, which takes place on the grounds surrounding our publishing house.

This year’s theme tent will feature “roadsters, ragtops and rumble seats.” For the blue-bloods, of course, there is always the Blue Ribbon display, a showcase of the best unrestored vehicles one can find on this planet. For those with a little rust running through their veins, there’s acres and acres of swap meet vendors (heaven for petroliana fans, too!).

For people like me who like looking at pretty things, there’s Johnny Depp.

No kidding. There will be a special display of cars used in the recent filming of the “Public Enemies” movie, something all of Wisconsin was excited about. I am told by Old Cars editor Angelo Van Bogart that the display will feature such screen stars as a 1933 Nash sedan, 1935 Plymouth coupe and Model A truck. What? The cars are the screen stars? No Johnny Depp?!

Sigh…

If you want to see what you’re missing — who knows, maybe Johnny will drop by — you just have to check out the LIVE streaming video web cams. Just click on the camera links found here. It’s a great way to kill time in the comfort of your air-conditioning this weekend.

I can tell you, though, it is definitely worth the trip if you can make it. Click on the Old Cars Weekly Web site for a schedule of events and continuous coverage — which hopefully includes an interview with a dark-haired celebrity. (Yes, OK, I have to get over it. Where’s the funnel cake stand?)

— Robyn

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