Sulkies to Speedways: A Need for Speed in the Cedar Valley


September 06 - November 16, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Grout Museum of History & Science
503 South Street
Waterloo, IA 50701

Erin Dawson (email)
(319) 234-6357

Speed attracts our attention and ignites the competitive spirit. The rotation of the wheel, the blur of spokes, the engine’s roar, the exhilaration of the dropped checkered flag; all feed the racer’s passion.  Throughout the decades, the need for speed has drawn together drivers, mechanics, fans and promoters alike.

This exhibit explores some of the most popular racing styles and venues in the Cedar Valley from the past 125 years. Relive the thrills of Tunis Speedway greats like Bob Hilmer, Merlin Benning and Bill Zwanziger. Feel the adrenaline rush at Ray Steward’s and Red Droste’s NEITA Raceway. Soak up the excitement of harness racing at South Park in Cedar Falls, Home Park in Waterloo and Rush Park in Independence and see the craftsmanship in sulky carts used at tracks all over the world that were built by renowned manufacturer, the Jerald Sulky Company of Waterloo, Iowa. Rally with the 1930s Black Hawk Motorcycle Club as they prepare to “get ready, get set, and GO!”

SIGN UP FOR OUR COINCIDING SPEAKER SERIES! November 8: Jim Volgarino, January 31, Craig Bravender

SPONSORS: Marie Brown (In Memory of Carol Kayser), The Jerald Family, Bill Colwell Ford, Performance Bodies, Superior Welding Supply Co.