Welcome to the Iowa CrossRoads Region of the Cadillac and LaSalle Club!

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):

  • 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
Iowa CrossRoads Region CLC

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News & Press

Read about recent events, essential information and the latest community news.

The Self-Starter Teasers - June 2017

Steve Stewart >> Caddie Shack

An auction in Houston

A century ago, towns and villages came alive when the circus arrived…

Letters to the editor

Hi, Steve:

Just got my May The Self-Starter and read the letter from Pete Jakstas regarding four-door convertibles…

News for Driving Tour enthusiasts

By Stephen Page

At the March 4 meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., your board decided to increase the rewards for your driving tour participation…


By Yann Saunders

The La Salle II roadster is one of three show cars designed by Harley Earl and shown during the 1955 General Motors itinerant “Motorama”…

Two Weddings for a Cadillac Queen

By Lauren Schweitzer

As Jon and I began to put our guest list together, it became clear that half of the people on the list lived in Nevada, and the other half in Wisconsin…

The perfect wedding gift

By Phil Esser

Kristopher and Eryka Lowe were married on Thanksgiving Day 2016 in Southbury, Conn.

An old Cadillac and a newly-married couple…or vice versa

By Yann Saunders

These photos were taken in Geneva, Switzerland, this past fall…

1940 LaSalle

Perfect car for a wedding

By William and Melanie Porter

A true definition of class would be the exquisite 1940 LaSalle…

Tech Tips

How is your polarity?

By Bob Schuman

Is the polarity of the ignition system in your Cadillac or LaSalle correct?

John Washburn >> Washburn’s Wisdom

He’s a real spark plug

Once again, I’m trying to make sense of a comment made by fellow CLC member Brad Ipsen, who is very knowledgeable about vintage Cadillacs…

Paul Ayres >> Museum Corner

A real self-starter

This, the Cadillac & LaSalle Club’s periodic publication, is named The Self-Starter

Posted: May 22, 2017, 2:49 pm

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.
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!
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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