PRESIDENTS TOUR 2011
This tour was the first tour of the 2011 touring season for the Hawk-A Model A Ford Club.
On the 6th of May, bright and early in the morning, 27 Club members driving 10 Model A Fords met at Oscar's restaurant in Hiawatha, had a short meeting and started out on the tour heading for Grundy Center with one rest stop in between. In Grundy Center we were joined by 2 additional members from Waverly and had a nice buffet lunch at Johnny Ray's grill on the west edge of town.
After the lunch, the group headed west and north to Williams, a drive of about 47 miles, and stopped at the Hemken's car museum. A large assortment of original (unrestored) convertibles in excellent condition and other cars, mostly from the late 30's, 40's and 50's on 3 floors of the museum were observed along with many toys and artifacts from that era.
Then the group headed east to Iowa Falls where they would stay overnight have an evening meal at Camp Davids restaurant overlooking the Iowa river.
In the morning the group assembled and headed south to Steamboat Rock and helped the town celebrate the opening of the Steamboat Rock Historical Society Museum. While there, we were joined by a 1917 Hudson that had driven up from Cedar Rapids.
The group then drove to Eldora to visit the Hardin County Farm Museum. Heading south, the group had an excellent rib dinner in Gifford at an early gas station converted to a restaurant that had been reserved by the owner to accomodate the Club.
After leaving Gifford, the group visited the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook. There were several displays of ships, the US Capitol, airplanes and even a building from Harry Potter. All display items were made by gluing hundred of thousands of wooden matchsticks together.
This was the last stop of the tour and all members on the tour headed back to Cedar Rapids.