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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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My Babies

After all the questions and requests, I promise this is the only article about the various Cadillacs that I have owned or were part of my life. I promise.

I may have said in an earlier article that my father was a funeral director in Munhall, Pa., located about 10 miles up the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh. That’s where it all began: those Cadillacs and that one LaSalle.

The business’ professional cars were a 1954 Fleetwood, in black; a 1958 Sedan de Ville, also black; and a 1961 Fleetwood in a gunmetal gray, with a Dove Gray interior. I had taken my driver’s test in that 1961 Fleetwood, and I had also driven my date, Judy Price, to my high school prom in that car; very impressive.

The LaSalle, the “Black Mariah,” was a 1939 Superior limousine-style coach, a professional car that has glass windows front to back, no blank-painted metal panels with landau bars at the rear.

My job was to keep the fleet clean for services all year long. It was tricky trying to wash those vehicles when the outside temperature was below freezing. The secret: I used hot water and worked fast, very fast. Now I live in Tempe, Ariz., 10 miles outside of Phoenix, where freezing-temperature days are extremely rare!

The first Cadillac I bought was a 1953 Series 62 Coupe, white, with a red interior, which I affectionately called the “Mayflower.” Historically speaking, it makes sense on various levels, and it looked like a puffy marshmallow. I also purchased a 1953 Series 62 Convertible; it was painted white, but the factory color was yellow, which, during restoration, was repainted the correct yellow color. This convertible had a black leather interior, black Haartz top and wire wheels. I didn’t install the continental kit, but should have. Still, what else could you need?

As an aside, not a Cadillac, but in 1965, I drove a 1965 Corvair Corsa convertible, yellow with a black interior and black top, after my high school days in Munhall. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ colors are black and yellow!

Oh, what excess, a 1958 Eldorado Seville, white body, black vinyl top, black-and-white leather interior, a tri-power car, with sabre wheels and chrome everywhere. That was a load, for sure.

Then, in Green Valley, Ariz., I found a 1961 Fleetwood, aka “Beluga.” White in color, the interior was Dusty Rose, needed a full restoration. This car originally belonged to Isbell Fitz from Lebanon, Tenn. The car had been entered in the 1992 Grand National in Phoenix, winner as Senior car No. 133. Cover photo, January 1992 issue of the self-starter. I gave this skeg-finned car to my mom as a Mother’s Day present.  Along came the second 1961 Cadillac, a Coupe de Ville; color, yep, white also with a Dusty Rose interior, matched the Fleetwood, also needed work. Well, don’t they all? The Cadillac I just missed was a 1961 Eldorado in white, with a red leather interior. It would have been the perfect hat trick, trifecta.

Another yellow car was a 1973 Eldorado, white Cabriolet padded top, 500 CID, like driving your living room sofa, handled like a piece of plywood. Just helping a guy in need, sold!

The next white car was a 1985 Seville, bustleback, blue cloth top and blue leather interior. Ah, a change, but wait. The third Seville was a 1999 STS, dark navy, navy interior. I’m told it was a brass hat car. It does more than I’ll ever know, or probably will ever need. Amazing, just amazing.

What’s with all these white and yellow cars? It was a conspiracy.

Today, I’m sitting here looking at my most recent purchase, a 1993 Allanté in Pearl Flax (yellow), one of 88 produced. Could this be the final Cadillac for me?

I have a 1993 Allanté in Pearl Flax for sale, best offer.

Please help stop the madness.

See you in America.

—Dave
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Posted: April 25, 2017, 12:57 am

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

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