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

Sep6

Date:
September 06 - November 16, 2019

Time:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location:
Grout Museum of History & Science
503 South Street
Waterloo, IA 50701
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Contact:
Erin Dawson (email)

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 Red Droste’s NEITA Raceway. Soak up the excitement of harness racing at 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 1920s Black Hawk Motorcycle Club as they prepare to “get ready, get set, and GO!”

SIGN UP FOR OUR COINCIDING SPEAKER SERIES! September 27: Susan Card, November 8: Jim Volgarino

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