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Weather Update - Richland cancelled. Will be rescheduled in September 2014. Stay tuned.   Fairfield 175th Car Show - July 6 - Rain or Shine

20th Anniversary Show Results - May 31

A couple of weeks ago, we were unfortunately rained out of our 20th Anniversary Show. It has taken us awhile and I sincerely apologize for the delay. But I have results for the Special Awards that were to be presented had Mother Nature not interfered. But nonetheless, the winners are posted below.  The awards will be sent out the addresses we were provided. If you see your name as winning an award and know you did not leave a full address, please email Andy at anelson@hrtldcorp.com and let me know.

20th Anniversary Awards

Most Unique: John Hiatt, Des Moines  1970 Chevy Nova                                               Best Under 21:  None

Best Motorcycle: Mike Robertson, Ottumwa   2008 Kawasaki Drag Bike                      Best Convertible:  Bob Davis, Traer  1963 Ford XL Conv

Best Drag Vehicle: Still under consideration                                                                Best Charger: None

Best Mustang: Dave McCrory, Des Moines  2008 Ford Mustang Shelby Super Snake   Best GM: Kenny Ball, Kahoka, MO  1957 Chevy BelAir

Best Mopar: Rob Bassett, Knoxville  1968 Dodge Dart                                                  Best Ford: Charles Tyrrel, Albia   1956 Ford Crown Victoria

Best Truck: Dan Duryee, Brashear, MO  1947 Dodge WD-15                                          Best Import: None

Best Vette: Larry Gilliam, Des Moines  2005 Chevy Corvette                                         Best Street Rod: None

Best Camaro: Jerry Qualls, Montezuma 1984 Chevy Camaro Z28                                

Eddyville Raceway Choice: Joe Grelk, Crawfordsville  1969 Chevy Chevelle SS

Karl's Performance Choice: Carl Badtram, Bennett  2013 Ford Mustang GT/CS Convertible

Blue Band Choice: Ralph Trotter, Des Moines  1963 Chevy Nova SS - Bahama Blue

Carson's Choice: Scott Mitchell, Bondurant  2009 Chevy Corvette

Twins Choice: Paul Tyrrel, Albia  1967 Chevy Nova SS                              Twins Choice: John White, Ottumwa   1971 Chevy Chevelle

Heartland Choice: Gene Fox, New Sharon   1968 Chevy Camaro Z28        Heartland Choice: Kenny Ball, Kahoka, MO 1957 Chevy BelAir

"Best of Show" Rob Bassett, Knoxville    1968 Dodge Dart

Thanks, Andy Nelson - Owner

Special Thanks!

Hello Car Show enthusiasts and attendees of Heartland Rod & Custom Shows.

2014 marks the 20th year for Heartland Rod & Custom Car Shows, it also marks a time where I am going to change gears. At the end of this summer, I will be only be doing select car shows. It has been a hard decision, but the time has come to adjust our business platform. I have twin 6 year old girls and a 14 yr old son who want to spend more time with dad.  I will continue working on special events and new opportunities.

For many of you that do not know, Heartland Rod & Custom is a one-man operation. From planning the dates, working at the site locations, developing artwork for each year's show, producing the shirts, dash plaques, awards, going every weekend to pass out flyers, providing music for all shows, setting up and tearing down and lately registration and balloting. It is alot of work for a group, let alone one person. Putting on these shows have been a great passion of mine, as are collector cars and trucks. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. 

I do want to recognize the people who have helped make these shows possible, without them, I could never have made the shows work.

Troy Elmore, has been my partner and best friend the last 15 years. He has helped so much and done soe much on the day of the shows, that is is immeasurable to calculate. If you have been to our shows, Troy has been instrumental in our photography and how we get vehicles situated among other things. I sincerely thank him for his dedication to our shows.

Amber Earnest, my ex-wife, has been a huge supporter of our shows since 1999 and I am very appreciative of all her time and effort she put forth in handling registration and balloting. She and Anissa Elmore, Troy's wife were the best Registration duo out there. They handled the participant info and balloting of classes like pros. I cannot express my thanks enough. For those of you who have done a show or have had to do registration, you can appreciate the level of organization that is required. Again, thank you both.

Jason Rippey, is another individual who has helped out over the years. He was great in assisting with the parking of vehicles and helping with miscellaenous jobs. Jason, thanks for all your help.

Others who have helped over the course of the last 20 years: I can't list them all as there have been many. If I forget, I apologize: my parents, Denny and Marty Nelson, my girls, Rylie & Lexa Nelson, my son, Mason Nelson, the late Glen "Doc" Shelangoski, Travis Elmore, Nick Morton, Korwin Hinshaw, Kirk Puttmann, Rick Stauffer, John McCarty, Rick Canode, Gerald Kramer, Rayzor Harvey, Keith Caviness, The Drifters Car Club, Mississippi Rat Pak, Carole Halicki, Bill Fry, Larry Lewis, Rick Prevette, John Manush. Pam Craff and the City of Fairfield Streets and Parks Dept, and as I think of more. I will continue to list. 

In our 20 years, we have hosted over 100 car shows in Iowa. The cities where we have held shows are Fairfield, Eddyville, Mt Pleasant, Richland, Buffalo, Batavia, Eldon, Washington, Oskaloosa, Cedar Rapids, Burlington, Fort Madison, and Orange City.

I am hosting a monthly cruise night at Advance Auto Parts in Mt Pleasant, IA. Dates and times are below.

I look forward to seeing all of you this year at our shows and Cruise nights. I am also looking forward to completing the resto-mod of my 1951 Chevy truck and coming to shows in 2014 and beyond.



Andy Nelson, owner & promoter

Heartland Rod & Custom


Notable Show Events -

Advance Auto Parts Cruise Night Mt Pleasant, IA. Thursdays from 5pm - 8pm   Door Prizes and Music

Dates: May 8th, June 5, July 3, Aug 7, Sept 11, Oct 9

Saturday, July 5 - Richland, Iowa Fourth of July Celebration Car Show

Sunday, July 6 - Fairfield Iowa's 175th Birthday Celebration Car Show. 

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