Society of
Automotive Historians

2021 WSAH Summer Meeting and Iola Car Show

The WSAH Summer Meeting was called to order by Chapter President Ken Nimocks at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Iola Car Show, with nine members and guests in attendance. In his report, Treasurer Gary Koehnke verified that even without receiving the usual payment for show set up and information table services rendered by the Chapter to the Iola Car Show, due to the cancellation of the 2020 show, the Chapter’s treasury was still in sound financial condition.

Old Business:  Adding more links to the website, to steer visitors to such topics such as The Museum of Speed, Wisconsin produced vehicles, the story of the Pug, and other not so well-known Wisconsin vehicle manufacturing startups, was discussed. Also, period newspapers would be an important source of information on some early auto makers. Webmaster Jessica Zdanowicz has brought the website up to date with postings of The Carhart Chronicles chapter newsletters, as well as the predecessor Spark newsletters. Updating the WSAH brochure, with an improved format for joining and paying dues, was discussed. The updated brochures could be made available to potential members by being placed at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford and The Automobile Gallery in Green Bay.

Iola Car Show:  Members roped off and set up the display areas and guided each car into position. The Lindsay Room and the Theme Exhibit area, “The ’70s Show – Rerun,” were completed on Wednesday, July 7th. The car show areas were at full display capacity and some cars had to be turned away on Friday. Attendance set a record at 121,500.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 PM.

Part of “The ’70s Show – Rerun” display inside the Theme Exhibit building. (Don Gullikson Photo)
Three drag racing greats at the 2021 Iola Car Show. (l-r) Bruce Larson (Funny Cars), Don “Big Daddy” Garlits (Top Fuel) and Larry Lombardo (Pro Stock, drove for Bill Jenkins). Photo courtesy of Sharon Lombardo.
(l-r) WSAH Treasurer Gary Koehnke and President Ken Nimocks. (Don Gullikson Photo)