Seeing the rows of cars displayed in front of the Dallas County Courthouse brought Julie Myers back to the days of her youth.
“It makes you go down memory lane. It’s fun seeing all the cars you don’t see on the road anymore,” Myers, of Adel, said of the Dallas County Sheriff’s All Wheel Show on June 2.
“It takes you back,” said Paula Davis, of Nebraska.
The sisters were looking at a 1972 Nova owned by John Mullins. Myers said she rolled around in a Nova when she was younger.
“It’s fun to see all the cars like I had and my friends had,” she said.
Bob Hall, of Adel, was showing his grandsons some of the cars he used to own. Those cars are now worth quite a bit more.
“They can’t believe how much they’re worth,” Hall said of his grandsons.
The group made their way to another car parked around the Dallas County Courthouse on June 2.
“It’s incredible. There’s not a car that’s not beautiful here. It’s a high quality show,” Hall said.
Dale Klocke, of Adel, agreed as he was looking over a 1970 Ford Boss 429 Mustang with T.J. Klocke.
“That one is very collectible,” Dale Klocke said. “They only made it for two years, so it’s a limited edition.”
The pair moved in to get a closer look at the engine.
“We can go out and look together,” Dale Klocke said of coming to the All Wheel Show. “It’s something I can never afford at around $300,000.”
Ed Origer, of Adel, was chatting with Scott Swihart, of Waukee, about his 1970 Mustang during the show.
“It’s like a piece of history. They don’t make them anymore,” Origer said of his rare car.
While this was the first year Swihart was participating in the show, Origer likes bringing his cars back year after year.
His son has cerebral palsy and is involved with the Special Olympics. All of the proceeds from the Dallas County Sheriff’s All Wheel Show goes to the Special Olympics of Iowa.
Sheriff Chad Leonard said the organization is one that the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has always supported. The All Wheel Show is the office’s main fundraising event for the Special Olympics.
He estimated there were around 125 cars parked along the Dallas County Courthouse on the morning of June 2. Leonard hoped another 25 would show up to register before the awards were handed out in the afternoon.
He said the sheriff’s office received a number of calls about this year’s show. A record 164 cars registered for last year’s show.
“We expected 200, but due to the rain and black clouds moving in, people were hesitant to pull their cars out of their garages,” Leonard said.
Still, he said there was a great turnout for the 10th year of the All Wheel Show.
“A lot of things have changed over the years, but the support has always been amazing,” Leonard said. “The show has always grown. There are a lot of new cars from a lot of new areas this year.”