The Iowa Pioneer Men's Club (IPMC) is relatively small; founded in 2013 by three members to bring fun to communities such as Atalissa while raising money for charities. Their first real test came Sunday, Aug. 4.
Around 33 cars showed up for the first annual IPMC Car Show in Atalissa, a much larger response than the group expected. Needless to say, its members were thrilled by the success.
"When the first couple of cars showed up it was a big moment for us," said IPMC Vice President Matt Wigim. "Then they started showing up four to five at a time, I don't think it could have went more perfectly."
The event raised over $1,300 for English River Outfitters, a charity run by war veterans to help and provide other veterans with outdoor activities where they can "realize their strengths and independence," according to the website.
Spectators filled Cherry St. to look at and vote on the classic cars. The event also held a minnow race, as well as sold food.
"When we announced we were serving pork everyone made a beeline for it," added Wigim. "We made a lot of our money for the charity from that."
They chose to do a car show because it "seemed like the manly thing to do," according to Wigim. However, there was also a deeper reason.
President and Co-founder Bob Schmidt recently lost his father to lung cancer. Cars were a past-time they both enjoyed together.
The ultimate goal of the IPMC is to hold community events every couple of months, they're discussing putting together a hay rack ride for the next one.
The idea for forming the group came to them one day while sitting in a garage. Now, with the car show behind them they can't wait to move onto the next project.
"Overall we just want to benefit our community," Treasurer Travis Lang said. "We want to show people that we care and actually do something productive, while having fun doing it."
Men’s club holds car showJacob Lane · Thursday, August 22, 2013