Central Iowans may have noticed more of a particular make of car on the road the past few days. That’s because hundreds of Buick lovers are cruising around the region as their national convention runs through this weekend in Ames.

Organizer Rick Young, of Jewell, says they’re holding a large car show today. The show will feature about a thousand cars, as well as tractors, motorcycles and “anything with wheels,” as a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The national convention opened Tuesday and was expected to attract more than 800 Buick enthusiasts in some 350 vintage vehicles. Young says one of the cars should be attracting more attention than the others.

It’s a one-of-a-kind 1954 Landau Buick which was a “concept” car and may be worth as much as a million dollars. One highlight of this week’s convention was a “cruise” featuring hundreds of cars from Ames to Jewell and back. For more information on the club, visit “www.buickclub.org“.

By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City