With 2,500 show cars, 4,000 swap spaces, 1,600 campsites, 700 for sale car corral spaces and some of the best food anywhere, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The event offers free parking, free admission for children 12 and under, and affordable fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to register for the incredible giveaways, and visit the awesome national sponsor displays.
Classification of cars at Iola Old Car Show:
Open to all vehicles produced up to 1942 with few to no modifications. Vehicles will gather on the west side of the theme area. There is no fee.
Open to all presentable vehicles produced from 1945-1990. Fee is $15 for duration of event. Parking is west of the tower through Gate 3.
Blue Ribbon Concours
Invitations to the Blue Ribbon Concours will be mailed mid- January! At this time, we are not taking new submissions.
Welcoming vehicles 1990 and older that are considered hot rods, street rods, customized, low riders, rat rods, kit cars, tributes and replicas. Fee is $15 for duration of event. Parking is on the east side of the Iola Car Show Offices. Enter at Gate 5.
Old Cars/Young Drivers
We celebrate our hobbyists under the age of 25 who own and/or have built a classic vehicle. Cars are encouraged to be at least 25 years old but exceptions may be made if approved. These vehicles do not have to be show-quality, but should be visually presentable and in running/driving condition. Stock and modified vehicles of all manufacturers are welcome! Pre-registration is required, and there is no fee. Please enter by Gate 3. To be considered for this classification, please send registration to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1976 or earlier production vehicles that are presented as they came from the factory, wearing original paint, interior options, upholstery, chrome, wheels/hubcaps, and original power/drive train with no mechanical modifications. A survivor has been driven and may show signs of wear but is in very good, presentable condition and has obviously survived due to great care taken by owner(s), maintenance and proper storage. It is a time capsule that has been maintained, but retains 80% or more of what it left the factory with (not including regular maintenance items, such as belts, hoses, tires, exhaust, etc.) Survivor cars must be pre-approved, and there is no fee. Enter Gate 4, park west of the entrance. To be considered for this classification, please send registration and pictures to email@example.com.
Second Generation Specialty Cars
This display is for those vehicles 1990 or older that revive a marque discontinued by the manufacturer for some reason, then later reintroduced as an upgraded, more modern car by the original manufacturer (ex: Ford Thunderbird) or by a company that may have purchased the rights to do so (ex: Avanti ll, Duesenburg ll). These vehicles have updated safety features, modern driveline and chassis, and may also feature fiberglass body components. The interior may have modern accessories, but the exterior of the car is classic-themed. Other types of cars in this class include Clenet, Excalibur, Cobras (made by several companies), Pray Auburn, Pray Cord, Shay Model A, Zimmer, and others. Other terms used to describe these cars include Replica, Replicar, Neo Classic, and Contemporary Classic. Vehicles accepted into this class must have the manufacturer’s build sheet or production order on display. There is no fee and they will enter Gate 4.
Late Model Vehicle
This category celebrates 1990 and newer unique and prestigious late model productions. For this display, vehicles must be pre-approved and there is a $15 registration fee. They will enter Gate 3. To be considered for this classification, please send registration and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show cars can arrive at 6:00 AM starting each day of the show!
Thursday, July 9th
Friday, July 10th
Saturday, July 11th