Posted Online: Oct. 03, 2012, 8:32 am

Vintage auto tour to hit Centennial Park

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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A 1954 Packard Caribbean convertible, owned by David Krieg of Dubuque, has been part of previous Motor Memories tours.
Seventy vintage vehicles from six states and 43 Iowa communities will tour eastern Iowa and western Illinois this week, and they'll be available for public viewing Saturday at Centennial Park, Davenport.

"A Quad Cities Odyssey" is the theme for the 17th annual MotorMemories fall tour, which will allow participants to get a closer look at some of the places that make the region special. The tour will include a visit today to the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, followed by a drive to Deere & Co. headquarters and then on to Grand Detour, Ill., to tour the John Deere Historic Site near Dixon, Ill.

Friday's schedule includes visits to LeClaire, Savanna and the Albany Mounds, and Saturday will feature a visit to Arsenal Island. The cars, all of which are 25 years old or older, will be displayed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Centennial Park, off Marquette Street and River Drive, Davenport, in cooperation with the Quad-Cities chapter of the Antique Auto Club of America.

The MotorMemories tours began as the MotorIoway 1000, an Iowa Sesquicentennial celebration in 1996. It became an annual event, and has evolved into multiple vintage vehicle tours each year. Tours are open to any licensed, insured motor vehicle manufactured in 1987 or earlier. For more information, visit motormemories.com.