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The Standard of the World


2017 State of the Region Report


WELCOME to the online home of the Iowa CrossRoads Region of the Cadillac and LaSalle Club!

Please take time to browse our site. We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can make it better.

Not long after its humble beginnings in 1902, Cadillac gained the reputation of being in a league of its own! From Henry Leland’s passion for close tolerances and parts interchangeability (which led to its first Dewar Trophy in 1908, and the adoption of the slogan “Standard of the World”), there has been no car quite like a Cadillac!

Charles Kettering’s self-starter would earn the 1912 Cadillac the nickname “The Car That Has No Crank,” and his electric lights developed the same year would lead to a second Dewar trophy. Harley Earl’s LaSalle was another first for Cadillac in that it was the first car in which styling was considered equally important to the engineering task!

Our Club, likewise, had humble beginnings in 1999, but we strive to be the best—the STANDARD of car clubs–the club by which all others are compared!

Please peruse our site, view some of the pictures of some of our members and their cars, scan a few of our newsletters and you’ll discover many of the great people and events which makes our car community what it is. Then click the “JOIN US” link, and be a part of our association.

We come from many backgrounds, but what draws us together is our love for our cars! If you like old Cadillacs and LaSalles and enjoy socializing, come join us.

Here are our next club events to which you may look forward in 2018:

(Please consult your copy of “The Voice” for dates and times or go to the “Members Only page”. They are not published here for reasons of security):

  • February 2018: Valentine’s luncheon and tour at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa.
  • March 2018: Tours of Trinity Wind Towers and TPI Composites wind-power factories in Newton, Iowa.
  • April 2018: Tour of the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa.
  • May 2018: Our spring weekend retreat in Okoboji and Spirit Lake areas.
  • June 2018: Our annual Olmsted-Urban House Ice Cream Social in Urbandale, Iowa.
  • July 2018: A summer club picnic event near the old gas station in Brooklyn, Iowa.
  • August 2018: A summer weekend retreat in Guttenburg, Iowa including a driving tour through Elkader and Balltown and a tour of the Old Governor’s Mansion in Clermont.
  • September 2018: Our annual participation in the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance weekend extravaganza at Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines.
  • October 2018: Tour of the fabulous Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • November 2018: Tour of the Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield, Iowa.
  • December 2018: Our annual Christmas luncheon and gift exchange in Ankeny, Iowa.

Steven Fox
Director
Iowa CrossRoads Region CLC


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Cadillac Bob’s story

At one of the first car shows I attended with my just-restored 1955 Caddy Coupe de Ville, I saw a guy wearing a T-shirt that said: “I LOVE CADILLACS”!

I thought, I might as well introduce myself to this guy, who turned out to be none other than our past Treasurer, Larry Lesiger—the year was 1979, and we have been great friends all these years.

Larry introduced me to both the CLC and the Valley Forge Region, which I joined immediately.

I attended all of the Valley Forge Region car shows, and, in 1985, the Grand National they hosted.

My job as VP and office manager of a company that sold classroom furniture precluded me from attending most summer functions, as that was the busiest time of the year.

 In 2001, I started attending the CLC winter board meetings with Larry (who was my mentor). In 2002, I attended the 100th Anniversary Grand National in Detroit and have attended every GN since (I suffered afterwards with work left in my absence, but it was well worth the price).

In 2002, The Raritan River Region-CLC was formed, and I was asked if I would take on the job as their National director (which I have been and still am). I’m also the secretary of the RRRCLC.

Also, in 2002, Bill Edmunds asked me to become a member of the Publications Committee, taking over as chair in 2009.

This entails working closely with the editor and the art director on matters of content offered in the CLC’s the self-starter and working with the other members of the Publications Committee.

This is a very rewarding and demanding job, and I am extremely pleased that we are blessed with an award-winning editor, Steve Stewart, and No. 1 art director, Tim Coy!

In 2006, Glenn Brown became president of the CLC and had to relinquish his job as Chapter liaison. Glenn asked if I would take on the task.

This entails making sure the current 13 Chapters are performing in accordance with Club rules and regulations, filing the required reports at each board of directors meeting on the well-being and goings-on of the various Chapters and being available to assist in any and all situations which may arise.

My love of cars goes back to a young kid, growing up in Weehawken, N.J., always curious about cars—what make, year, model, so, after a few years of questioning older adults, I knew my cars!

As for Cadillacs, well, my mother had a wealthy Aunt Ada, who lived in Kansas City, Mo., whom I visited after I got out of high school. Little did I know she would be driving a baby blue 1952 Cadillac Fleetwood! Not brand-new, but what a beauty, well cared for by Greenlease Cadillac.

Wow, what a thrill, and then she asked if I’d mind driving her and her sister, my Aunt Margaret, around the country to visit friends—yes, of course, I’d be happy to!

My current collection of Cadillacs includes a 1955 Coupe de Ville (purchased in 1977), a 1955 Eldorado Convertible (purchased in 1996), and a 1993 Fleetwood Brougham (all original), purchased in 2001.

Over the years, I have had other Cadillacs, including a 1974 Coupe de Ville, 1966 DeVille Convertible, 1967 Fleetwood Brougham and a 1955 Fleetwood. Of course, I wish I still had them, but in many ways, they made way for the other Cadillacs that I have today.

Being a member of and working with the Cadillac & LaSalle Club has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my life! We are indeed fortunate to be part of this fantastic organization.

—Bob
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Posted: December 20, 2017, 4:58 pm

GENERAL OVERVIEW
GENERAL OVERVIEW
The Iowa CrossRoads Region is a local region of the Cadillac and LaSalle Club (CLC) which seeks to preserve the history of collectible automobiles built by Cadillac, and assist owner families with technical information, and social opportunities.
WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE
The majority of our membership resides in the Central Iowa in the Des Moines area and gathers for monthly events. We come from many backgrounds, but what draws us together is our love for our cars! If you like old Cadillacs and LaSalles and enjoy socializing, we cordially invite you to join us!
MEMBERS' GARAGE
MEMBERS' GARAGE
Please enjoy some of our members and their beautiful Cadillacs and LaSalles! Members: please submit high-resolution pictures of your rides for inclusion on this page! We'd prefer that you and your loved ones be in the picture if possible. Please share a paragraph of two about your car.

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