La Porte City, Iowa: Auto Thrill Show Memorabilia

One of the few, and perhaps only, displays of Auto Thrill show memorabilia in the U.S.

The Real Deal

Address:
301 Commercial St., La Porte City, IA
Directions:
In a consignment shop named The Real Deal. One block north of Main St., on the west side of Hwy 218/Commercial St., at the corner of 3rd St.
Phone:
319-342-3300
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Thrillcade, 1950 Lousiana State Fair, Shreveport.

Real Deal Auto Thrill Show Memorabilia

The best display of Auto Thrill Show memorabilia I have ever seen. Chad is courteous and willing to discuss his awesome collection. I miss the thrill we used to enjoy of seeing daredevils using cars doing stunts at the county fair. This display brings back many exciting memories. If you are in this area be sure to stop in to see this one-of-a-kind stunt show daredevil display.

[Don Oakley, 03/13/2014]

We've held onto promo pix of the Auto Thrillcade for years, memories of a time when no one thought to put the inflatable bag of air *inside* the car.

Thrillcade at the 1952 Texas State Fair.

Auto Thrill Show Memorabilia Museum

The auto thrill shows at one time crisscrossed the country and made for some pretty exciting events at county fairs and dirt tracks. This collection of items devoted to those shows is well worth the trip to see, plus you get to talk with the owner, who has an incredible range of stories and images from these glory days of automotive thrills and spills.

[Jim Volgarino, 02/03/2014]

Junker cars, a few props, and daredevil drivers: that's entertainment. The Figure 8 Bus Race is a rare thrill show survivor.

Auto Thrill Show Memorabilia

My husband talks about going to Auto Thrill Shows when he was a kid. When I saw this on Roadside America, I knew we had to see it. Chad was great to tell us about his time with the thrill shows and chatted about other stuff to see in Iowa.

[Chrys Eggum, 08/06/2011]
Auto Thrill Show Memorabilia Museum

One of the few, if not the only, displays in the United States of Auto Thrill show memorabilia. Unbelievable quantity of posters, magazines, photos, etc of the old County Fair motor Thrill Shows -- all for sale or just to look at and enjoy. Plus footage of many thrill shows of their day as well as toys, helmets, uniforms, caps, press photos, advertisements, dolls, banks -- you could pretty much name it and it's probably going to be there.

[Janet Liming, 08/28/2007]

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