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The Standard of the World

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 some of the upcoming events you may look forward to this year:

(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):

  • April 2017: A Spring antique adventure in Walnut.
  • May 2017: Weekend getaway at Lake Okoboji including Okoboji Classic Cars and other fine amusements.
  • Early June 2017: Scandinavian Days Car Show in Story City.
  • Late June 2017: Olmsted House Ice Cream Social in Urbandale.
  • July 2017: Adams County Tour including Johnny Carson’s Birthplace, Corning Opera House and R&S Collectibles Showroom in Corning.
  • August 2017: AACA Mississippi Valley Region Central Fall Meet and Car Show in Bettendorf.
  • Early September 2017: Des Moines Concours d’Elegance at Pappajohn Sculture Park in Des Moines.
  • Late September 2017: Cadillac Fall Festival at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan.
  • October 2017: Overnight weekend touring event to House on the Rock & Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin House in Spring Green.
  • November 2017: Kinze Innovation Center & Weekday Factory Tour in Williamsburg.
  • December 2017: Holiday Luncheon and touring event in central Iowa. (location to be determined).

Steven Fox
Director
Iowa CrossRoads Region CLC


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"The Self-Starter" Teasers - April 2017

Steve Stewart >> Caddie Shack

Barn finds


Seems as though the phrase “barn find” has, of late, come under some scrutiny, resulting in a flurry of literary activity…


Letters to the editor

Dear Steve,

I think our members would enjoy seeing the photo of Jim Verraster’s black 1963 Cadillac Park Avenue (Four-Window Short Deck) on display…


DIPLOMATIC ARMOR

By Gregg D. Merksamer

The Self-Starter’s May 2016 feature on Bill Wolf’s “NY Cadillac Sightings” got me thinking that its readers will enjoy these photos…


2016 GREAT LAKES INTER-REGIONAL MEET

A view in retrospect

By Bill Shepherd

Having been involved in many of these types of events, I find it difficult to judge them for success.


A 1912 Cadillac named Mabelene

by Peter Ratcliff

Many thousands of cars have crossed the Pacific from North America to Australia, but only a few have done the trip twice…


John Washburn >> Washburn’s Wisdom

Engine rebuild: Bag, tag and shoot

I’m not sure how this article will work out, nor do I have any idea where it will take us…


Paul Ayres >> Museum Corner

Contact us

The Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum & Research Center strives to be a resource for all owners of Cadillacs and LaSalles…

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Posted: March 22, 2017, 4:05 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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2017

Current year’s newsletters are abridged. Full version is available to members in the Members’ Only Area!

2016