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Show Car

The Iola Car Show Is One Of America's Best Car Shows!

Wondering where your classic fits in? We hope the following descriptions will help you to display your vehicle in the area where it will be seen and appreciated most!

Please note the following:

*Some categories have differing requirements for years of production accepted.

*Iola is not a competition. Each vehicle receives a dash plaque, but there are no trophies or awards.

*Each show car receives two wristbands for participant and one guest.

THEME SHOW CARS

Iola 2023 theme has not been announced yet. Stay tuned!

CLASSIFICATIONS:

Pre-War Display

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.

Post-War Display

Open to all presentable vehicles produced from 1945-1995. 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.

Modified Display

Welcoming vehicles 1995 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 mary@iolaoldcarshow.com.​

Survivor Display

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. ** Photographs are required and when approved are allowed in the Survivor Display if they do not make changes. Enter Gate 4, park west of the entrance. To be considered for this classification, please send registration and pictures to mary@iolaoldcarshow.com.​

Original Owners

This is a new category dedicated to celebrating vehicles that have been owned by the same person, or within the same family, since being purchased new in 1976 and earlier. To qualify and pre-register, we would need you to verify with a copy of your Vehicle Title. Once we confirm it to meet the “Original Owner” category, we will include a window cling badge that you’re welcome to retain with the vehicle at your discretion. Original Owners will park together unless you already qualify for a different class and prefer to park there. A $15 fee is required and you must pre-register. Enter Gate 4. To be considered for this classification, please send a copy of your vehicle title and and pictures to mary@iolaoldcarshow.com.​

Late Model Vehicle

This category celebrates 1995 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 mary@iolaoldcarshow.com.​

Women With Wheels

This display will highlight and celebrate women in the car hobby. Our goal is to empower others to pursue and participate in the hobby as well as demonstrate that gender is not a determining factor in classic vehicle interest, ownership, or knowledge. Participants will need to pre-register for this section and there is a $15 registration fee. They will enter Gate 5. To be considered for this classification, please send pictures to mary@iolaoldcarshow.com.​

Show cars can arrive at 6:00 AM starting each day of the show!

For classifications that require it, Please supply quality photographs of all four sides of your vehicle, the engine bay, dash/instrument panel, wheels (1 is sufficient), and seats/interior.

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