The 10th Annual “MotorIoway 1000” tour wrapped-up it’s seven-day run Friday in Atlantic. The tour features vintage vehicles that drive across the state and this year the theme was “Rediscovering the Lincoln Highway.” And, for many of the event’s participants, like Marvin and Judy Pezley, it was a chance to rekindle old friendships. The couple from Keokuk drove their 1971 Olds Cutless convertible on this year’s tour. Marvin Pezley says he’s had the car for about ten years and it took him three years to get it running. Marvin says the event is so much fun, they’ve already got their application filled-out for next year’s tour. The vehicles that tooled around Iowa’s less-travelled roads over the past week weren’t “trailer queens.” For many of the participants, like Sue and Jerry Adams of Creston, the vehicle was their “daily driver.” On their seventh tour of the event, the Adams’ drove Sue’s 1968 Ford X-L convertible. Sue says it became her car after she helped put on the new top. She says it was a terrible, rough two days our of her life trying to put the top on. Also on their seventh MotorIoway tour were Jim and Jean Richter from Glenwood. Jim says it’s the love of old cars that keeps people coming back to the event year-after-year. He says beyond that it’s the people and he says the cars are really a way to get the people together. The couple drove their 1964 Studebaker Hawk — with over 110,000 miles on it — during this year’s trip. The car is powered by a 289-cublic inch V-eight engine, and capable of doing about 120-miles per hour. But Jim says the event isn’t about speed, or who’s first at the finish line. Over 120 vintage vehicles traversed the state on this year’s tour that began last Saturday in Cedar Rapids. The next MotorIoway event — a 500 mile trip — is scheduled to take place June 2 through 5, 2006. For more information, surf to www.motormemories.com.
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