SPILLVILLE-- It appeared as if the entire town of Spillville had gone back in time, when vintage cars lined the streets of the historic town on Wednesday. Many spectators stopped to gaze at the many vintage cars. More than 100 people toured The Bily Clocks Museum and then set up their lawn chairs around the building to enjoy the perfect summer day. There was a cool breeze beneath large green shade trees, accompanied by beautiful blue skies and white puffy clouds, which floated above. Mabe’s Pizza (out of Decorah) set up tables and provided a chicken dinner on the grounds after the tours. The group even assured this writer that I would get a chance to sample Mabe’s pizza for dinner that evening. People from across the country enjoyed seeing the clocks and hearing about the historic village. Their vintage cars looked like they belonged parked outside of the classic museum.
Tom Peters of Idaho brought his two miniature Shelties, Duchess and Suzanne, as his co-pilots. According to Tom, the pups have gone on the vintage tours with him for more than eight years. He says they love to hang their heads out the window when he drives his 1928 Chevrolet. Tom went on to say that our area is incredibly beautiful, and since he weather is cooperating too, he sits under a big canopy of shade trees by the museum. On display was a 1927 Touring Car owned by Vintage Chevrolet Club National Board Member Clay Perrine of Texas. Perrine pointed out that the spokes on the wheels are made of real wood, as well as the steering wheel. It was truly an education for anyone who came to appreciate our little community and look at these shiny beauties glinting in the sun.
The wide array vintage cars truly came from all over the United States, driving the back roads of our beautiful upper Northeast Iowa and southern Minnesota. All Fifty cars on the tour were four-cylinders, originating somewhere between 1918-1928. The group’s main base was in Decorah. From there, on Monday they drove along the Mississippi River touring the river towns of Marquette and McGregor. On Tuesday they meandered through Lanesboro and Harmony Minnesota. Wednesday we caught up with them in Spillville touring the Billy Clocks, as I described above. And Thursday, they were headed to Seed Savers in Decorah, and ended their tour with a banquet at Luther College. Throughout, they drove back roads of northeast Iowa and southern Minnesota along the Mississippi River. The old time charm of the speedsters fit in perfectly with among historic Midwestern communities. What an amazing display.