‘All Iowa Car Show’ returns for first time since pandemic began


DES MOINES, Iowa – In March 2020, the All Iowa Auto Show opened its doors to the public as usual with lots and lots of cars to see. But on Saturday, the show had to close before its last day as the state limited large gatherings due to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think on Tuesday when we came in, that’s when the NBA shut down, and then Wednesday minor league baseball shut down and we were exactly like what’s going on,” James said. Maurer, All-Iowa Car Show Organizer. “At the end of the week another state basketball tournament was still going on but on Friday it was closed to the public and it was family only and then Saturday night the health department of the state said there were no gatherings of 250 or more, so we ended up closing on Sunday. »

Maurer thought he might be off the show circuit for a few days.

“For me, it’s kind of an anniversary of getting back to normal,” Maurer said. “For me, it’s the last thing I did when they started, it’s going to be one of the first things I do now that we’re past that.”

A small car show was held last year at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. This year’s show is also smaller, not because of COVID, but because of inventory shortages in the automotive industry.

The show will aim to let people know what’s new in the major automotive groups, without the pressure to buy something.

“One of the things we’re proud of is that people can come here, on low pressure, and talk about it with some really good product experts,” Mauer said. “They’re not trying to sell you the car today, they just want to help you make a good decision.”

The show features eye-catching cars from Karl Kustoms. Also the new Ford Bronco and the Mustang are here. GM has the new mid-engine Corvette. It looks like the engine is where the back seat of the car would be.

The show also features a few electric BMWs for the public to view. GM is also offering five car models for a live test drive on the streets of Des Moines.

The All-Iowa Auto Show runs through Sunday.

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