Retro Road Trip 2015 - Trip Info
UPDATE - January 09, 2016: The dates have been set for the 2016 2016 River to River Retro Road Trip. Our 7th annual cruise across Iowa will be held September 16-18, 2016. We will once again do something special on the 15th in downtown Davenport, and the Old Car Home Tour returns! Stay tuned for more details!
UPDATE - December 22, 2015: We will be announcing the dates for the 2016 River to River Retro Road Trip soon. Watch this page for details.
Thank you for joining us on our 5th annual River to River Retro Road Trip - September 17th-20th 2015!
The 2016 6th on the 6 is already in the planning stages, so keep an eye on this page for details..
We'll travel across Iowa on Historic US 6, and see the towns and landscape you would otherwise miss from the interstate. Remember, our motto is No Interstates, and no chain restaurants - Just two lane blacktop, and mom and pops.
**NOTE** Early runs of our postcards mentioned lunch at Iowa River Power. We enjoyed our lunch there last year, and may return in the future. This year we will be enjoying lunch at one of four restaurants in Tiffin. Also, because of the premiere of River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6, there will be no Open House at Dahl Ford's Old Car Home, in order to allow the Dahls to attend the movie premiere.
Join us for the Road Trip of the year, as we travel across Iowa on America's longest highway! It's not too late to join. Simply pre-register online, and or show up at one of our stops. Don't have a classic car? Follow along, or come to the event stops!
For 2015, we are soliciting a voluntary donation of $20.00 per vehicle (which includes a 2015 dash plaque for pre-registered participants, or while supplies last. This donation is necessary to help cover the expenses of putting on this event and getting the publicity needed to promote this great highway. Because we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your $20.00 donation is tax-deductible and helps cover our costs and to reach accomplish our common goal of putting Historic Highway 6 back on the map.
Donations may be sent to:
Make checks out to Route 6 Tourist Assn.
and send to:
River to River
2048 Devil's Glen Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Thursday September 17th
5:30pm — Cruise the Ones event.
Meet at Florian Keen Parking Lot 209 S Gaines St. Davenport. “Cruising the Ones” (one way streets in downtown). Relive the classic tradition of cruising the one-way loop in downtown Davenport. The downtown restaurants will be open and participating in special deals just for us. Cruising the Ones is open to anyone with a classic car at no charge. Spectators are also welcome - bring your lawn chair and a camera! Be sure to come down early - Downtown Davenport has some great locally owned restaurants that will be offering special discounts to cruisers!
7:00pm — Movie Premiere at the Putnam! The evening will feature a special treat - The premiere of "River to River - Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6" documentary by award winning filmmakers Fourth Wall Films at the Putnam Museum. The event starts at 7PM. This documentary tells the story of the Iowa stretch of America's longest highway, and is how the River to River Retro Road Trip began.
Friday Sep 18th
9:30am — Official start of River to River Retro Road Trip
Assemble at the Florian Keen Parking Lot by 9:00AM. Roll out with a police escort at 9:30AM.
11:30am — Lunch stop in Tiffin, Iowa
12:30-1:00pm — Gather on 6 to head for Marengo.
1:30pm — Tour the Pioneer Heritage Museum in Marengo.
3:30pm — Leave for Newton.
5:00pm — Car Show at the Newton Visitor Center Parking Lot with live music.
The Friday overnight stop is in Newton.
Saturday, Sep 19th
8:00am — Depart Newton Saturday leave Newton from Square 8:00 am.
9:00 am — Tour the Iowa State Capitol Building
10:00am — Depart Des Moines
Travel to Redfield Iowa on Historic 6, for lunch at the Dexfield Diner, and a tour of Iowa's oldest Grand Army post.
. 2:00pm — Gathering point at TBA
pm — Leave for Council Bluffs Travel to Council Bluffs for the Bluffs Downtown Classic Car Show
. 5:30pm — The Car Show will be held on the Historic 100 block of Broadway. Admission and show parking is free to Retro Road Trip participants.
Sunday September 20th
Start 9am — Travel East with stops including the Freedom Rock
T-Shirts can be purchased during the cruise stops. Thursday September 17 from 7:00-9:00 pm at TBA. Davenport. Friday September 18 from 7:30 to 9:00 am at Florian Keen parking Lot, Davenport. Friday evening in Newton.