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Classic cars cruise into the Quads

Dispatch/Argus Photo By Gary Krambeck

New model cars, trucks and vans filled the RiverCenter in Davenport at the opening of the third annual Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show.

The Quad-Cities loves cars. Shows for classic hot rods and foreign models occur nearly year-round from Cambridge to Prophetstown.

The shows give people devoted to cars the chance to look under the hood and check the chrome and paint of some fine rides.

The present and future of automobiles also gets a chance to shine at the Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show.

The regional show, which recently celebrated its third year at the RiverCenter in Davenport, displays the hottest new cars and trucks, along with concept cars that test automotive ideas of the future.

Vintage Detroit muscle cars also get plenty of chances to flex in and around the Quad-Cities.

For 11 years, the Coon Creek Jaycees have cruised the Prophetstown square for its Cruise Night once a year. Besides cruising, it features an auto show and chance to dance the night away to music from the same era as the autos.

The Vintage Rods Annual Car Show may be the oldest show in the area, showing off several classes of classic cars for 26 years. Scott County Community College has offered ``Cruisin' Into the Valley'' for six years, giving enthusiasts a chance to check out antique, custom or original cars.

Last year, the County Line Cruisers Car show roared to life in Erie, while the Henry County Sheriff's Department locked up the DARE Car and Truck Show at College Square Park in Cambridge.

Not to be forgotten are British autos and Volkswagen Beetles. The Brit cars gathered at the Village of East Davenport's Lindsay Park, while the Bug people bonded at Illiniwek Park in Hampton last year.

-- By Kurt Allemeier (February 2, 1998)

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