MFF enjoyed a beautiful fall day *cruising* through some of Wisconsin’s best “Alphabet Roads”, visiting the Nelson Creamery for lunch, Elmer’s Auto Museum, and then dining in Winona before a “leisurely” return trip.
Anyone want to go do it again?!
Northern Illinois Fiero Enthusiasts celebrated the 20th Annual Fierorama weekend in September. It was a fun weekend that saw over 73 Fieros take part in 3 days of fun.
The weather held off on Friday as a dozen or so Fieros cruised from the host hotel in St. Charles IL to a cruise night at The Lodge in nearby Wasco IL. Everyone enjoyed checking out the Fieros, and we enjoyed some good food. Congratulations to Robert Vogt from Greenville IL who won the Sponsors Award for the evening.
Saturday was a whirlwind of activity. In the morning we all gathered at the host hotel and cruised to a Cars and Coffee event at the IronGate Motor Condos in Naperville IL. The Motor Condos are still under construction, but their events are already attracting an eclectic mix of cars. After grabbing some coffee and donuts and showing off our Fieros, many of us stopped for lunch at a nearby Sonic Drive in where we filled up the parking lot.
After lunch we met once again at the host hotel and cruised thru the woods to the Air Classics Museum in Sugar Grove IL. The museum has a number of planes from different eras of flight as well as a large collection of aviation artifacts.
Saturday night it was time for the traditional Fierorama dinner at Gino’s East Pizza. After filling up, many people headed back to the host hotel lobby to continue good conversations.
Sunday was the big day. The 20th Annual Fierorama. A huge congrats to Jim Hallman who has overseen them all. The weather turned out perfect and the show was well attended. One of the fun features was a game sorting all the dash plaques for the previous 19 Fieroramas. Ray Dyerson was given a special award as the only person besides NIFE officers to have registered for all 20 Fieroramas. Congratulations to Scott Campbell and Nick DiMonte who won Best Modified and Best Stock respectively. We are looking forward to another 20 Jim, see everyone Sept 9th-11th 2016 for Fierorama 21!.
The 2015 Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show was another great one. Everyone who has been to at least one Shipman show, knows its much more then just a car show. Many have characterized it as more a family reunion then a car show. This was my fourth one and its already on my calendar for 2016.
I arrived on Thursday as I have in the past. As soon as I got there Carter took me for a spin in his latest project car (a Vega with a lot of potential). I like getting there early as its more relaxed and gives me more time to set up camp. Although this year I was privileged to get to stay in Cousin Eddie’s Camper (thanks Jay and Nellie). It was a great evening for a drive out to Zorbaz on the lake for a good dinner and a show (the show being a guy driving by launching a jet ski off a trailer).
Its always a good time greeting the Friday caravan as they arrive at Camp Shipman, then its time for a feast. A large crowd of folks in town for the show and locals descend on Camp Shipman for a great meal. No one left Hungry. A nice bonfire and conversation was the perfect end to another great day at Camp Shipman.
Saturday was a whirlwind of activity. The show itself is in Downtown Frazee coinciding with their annual Turkey Days festival. The show was well attended by both Fieros and a range of hot rods and trucks. After the show it was back to Camp Shipman for the first ever Camp Shipman Hay Ride. We rode behind Jay’s antique Oliver tractor thru the countryside spotting deer and swapping stories. Then it was back to Camp Shipman for another outstanding meal. After dinner it was movie time as we watched Spaceballs on an outside screen. Somehow we also managed to fit in a game of Cards Against Humanity and more conversation around the bonfire.
It was sad leaving Sunday saying goodbye to my Frazee family. I missed the parade this year, but many Fieros took part in the Turkey Days parade and I am sure more fun was had back at Camp Shipman.
As always the Dells Run provided four days of fun the weekend after Memorial Day!
On Thursday it was great catching up with many friends I had not seen since the previous summer. It was a lovely evening for a nice cruise and stop for dinner
Friday was a fun and busy day, starting with breakfast at Stuffs, then a trip to Baraboo Wisconsin for a private tour of the Ringling House and historic theater. The evening was capped off with a nice dinner followed by socializing at the Chula Vista Resort.
Saturday is show day at the Dells Run. Unfortunately most of the day was spent dodging rain drops. The rain did finally clear and a great show was had. Sunday morning it was time for awards and then goodbyes. The long weekend always goes too fast.
Thanks everyone for coming out to Wagner’s on Saturday for our little gathering. Even with the change of date and happening during Car Craft Summer Nations we had a total of 12 Fieros that came & went. Always nice to see some old faces, as well as to meet some new ones (not sure how Woody escaped without me grabbing some pics of his engine swap).
Pete Grosz, Wayne Hudson, Chris Kliewer, Kevin Lindeman, Lisa Lindeman, Nick Laffen, Anita Krueger Laffen, Jon Coan, Stephanie Coan, Peggy Jarzynski, even Eric Hinnenkamp made an appearance!
The sudden, but brief downpour about 1pm scatter all except the toughest… who then left for Car Craft Summer Nationals 2014 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds!
The Heartland Fieros 12th Car Show was held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. The weather was great and so was the turnout. The Heartland show is unique on the MFC Show Circuit in that it is the only Points Judged show. I enjoy bringing my Fiero every year and competing against myself to see if I can exceed last years score. Its also unique in that its the best chance to see a collection of rare GM Prototype and Pilot cars maintained by Heartland Chairman Fred Bartemeyer and Ed York.
After awards and a quick trip back to the Hotel to freshen up, it was off to Fred’s house for the best backyard BBQ of the year. As if the great food and yard full of Fieros and friends were not enough, Mary Bartermeyer arranged for rides in her’s and another Model T. I was lucky enough to ride in both and witness Fred giving 15 year old Carter Shipman a lesson in how to drive one. Keep an eye out on the 2016 calendar for this show, its always a fun one.