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About the Club
We are a club of many ages and like to have fun. We have monthly meetings. We have around 135 active club members and always looking for new members.
A few dedicated people who laid a solid foundation for the club to grow based, on the motto “Food, Fun and Friends”, started this club. A short history of our club is as follows:
1999 - The 1st meeting was December 1999 with 31charter members. Membership consisted of a wide variety of cars and trucks. First Christmas party was in December at the Royal Fork restaurant.
2000 - Our first trophy was received from the Chili Feed in Ames as the club with the most members in attendance. Ace Hardware in Ankeny asked our club to display our cars for their grand opening in June. Our first potluck was at Good Guys and we sure made an impression especially with the grass fire as we grilled. The club participated in the Festival of the Trees for the first time. Not only did we do one tree we did 2 more as we had that many decorations for a total of 3 trees and they all sold.
2001 - We hosted our first car show and named it the Carousel Car Show. We earned our largest amount of club participations at shows. We continued the Festival of Trees activity.
2002 - The Carousel Show and Festival of the Trees became annual events. Valentines parties and potlucks were fulfilling our motto.
2003 - Steve Klinkefus hosted our first “Garage Night”. The Food trend continued.
2004 - We suffered a monsoon in July at the Carousel Show but that did not stop our first and only motorcycle entrant. The concessions did very well as the crowd under our circus tent could only stand and eat.
2005 - Sheila Middleton became our first woman president. We had “Kick Ass” Halloween and Christmas parties. We spent an evening scooping the loop downtown.
2006 - We were asked by the Iowa Motor Truck Association in Ames, IA to show our cars as they had their awards for the evening. They gave us $250.00 and supplied a great meal to all the members who brought their car. We also lost our first club member Mike Hickey, and a former club member Tom Snyder.
2008 - We started the year out with a Trick my Ride For Gabe Stump .Members from the club & Eric Schmidt took Gabes wheel chair and painted Flames, put neons on it. and Linda Ladd made him a new flamed seat covers . He also was the Guest of the Goodguys on the 4th of July. We had a really good year for the car show the weather was just perfect and we had a great # of cars show up. We had the Bright Yellow T-shirts for the staff so people could ask or see where to go for parking and such.(now a lot of other clubs are doing the same type of thing.)
2009 - It was a very busy year for car shows, including the Hero's Cruise on May 16th GREAT turn out, cruise and show. The Cruise to the Carousel Car Show turned out great also. Bob Lehrkamp server hungry workers omelets to get the day started, a total of 171 registered cars! In October the Club and thousands of other mourned the loss of KIOA's Dic Youngs, gone but not forgotten!
2010 - Several braved the cold to attend the annual Chili feed on Feb 6th in Ames, hosted by the Klassy Kruisers. The Relics had a nice display of cars at the World Of Wheels Show, and won the award for Best Club Display. Many members went to Newton to be part of the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour, and a fun day was had on a cruise to Williams, Iowa put together by Tim & Pat Schmidt. Cruise to the Carousel hosted 185 cars! John McClain set up a tour of Dennis Albaugh's car collection in November - Great time was had at the annual Christmas Party.
2011 - The meeting place for the Club was moved to Bennigan's on Merle Hay Road. The Good Guy's 4th of July car shows continues to grow and be a fun time for members! Operation Hero's Cruise is one again a big success! 164 cars registered for our Annual Carousel Cruise. Sept 24th, we had a picnic at the old Porky's location on Douglas with approximately 20 cards and a ton of food! The Annual Christmas Party was moved to Colby Park, what a beautiful place for this event!