LE MARS, Iowa -- A group that began two decades ago among three friends has accelerated into a massive summer shindig.
The Tri-State Drive-In Cruisers can be spotted around Siouxland each Wednesday evening during the spring and summer.
"Three or four of us got together with our cars 20 years ago and pretty soon we had more people coming," said one of the founders, Terry Gries of Merrill, Iowa. "We were in Moville last Wednesday and had at least 300 cars there."
There are no club officers. There are no dues. There are really no regulations. The club exists only as a way for people to share their love of vintage autos. Drivers arrive, park and wander to examine what other car-lovers have.
"I've got a big block Chevy motor with a blower," said Gries. "We get cars from 1928 and 1929. Your street rods are from those years. There are some Studebakers; just lots of different kinds of cars."
The Wednesday sites are always positioned at or very near a restaurant. The "tour" covers a 50-mile radius surrounding Sioux City.
If a community would like the Tri-State Drive-In Cruisers to visit, please call Gries at (712) 983-2471. The 2011 calendar is already getting in gear.
Tri-State Drive-In Cruisers convened at Bob's Drive Inn in Le Mars, Iowa, on Wednesday to kick off the Ice Cream Days celebration. (Journal photo by Jerry Mennenga)