The Heartlands Driving Tour Info
September 7, 2019, 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Please join us for the 13th annual Heartlands Driving Tour by registering below. This is an exclusive event of the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance! All net proceeds of this event will benefit Children’s Cancer Connection.
This year’s Tour will have a little twist and will be a poker run. Each paid entry will be entered and receive cards at predetermined stops along the route. At the end of the tour, the highest poker hand will win a prize. The tour will start at the Iowa Capitol Building and travel to the site of the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. Along the way, the route will follow Saylorville Lake and Big Creek Lake. After departing Boone, we will travel through Ledges State park on the way to lunch at Camp Dodge where we will have access to the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum.
The Tour is neither a parade nor a timed rally; rather, a drive at your own pace along a specific route that uses two lane scenic roads to the fullest extent possible, all paved. The Tour is a rain or shine event.
A Guide of the Tour will be distributed at check-in. For those with no passengers along to navigate, we suggest you follow a car with a navigator. The tour will start at the Iowa Capitol Building, lot 14 on the south east side. Ground was broken for the Capitol Building in 1871 and construction was completed in 1886. The main features are the five domes with the center dome covered in gold leaf. The interior of the Capitol Building contains marble staircases, art, displays of Iowa history, and a beautiful law library. The Capitol Building is primarily used as the house of the Legislative Branch of the Iowa government. Many other functions are held in and on the grounds. This includes the award ceremony for the World Food Prize each October.
The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad operates train tours in and around Boone and along the Des Moines River Valley. They provide a variety of tours from a basic train ride to a dinner tour. The dinner tour riders will dine in train cars used on the Union Pacific Railroad’s city of Los Angeles and city of San Francisco streamliners. Along with the train rides there is also the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum. In the museum, there is memorabilia from all eras of railroading in Iowa. The displays include collections of track equipment, toy trains, dining car china, passenger train timetables, lanterns, and more.
The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum is a military museum focused around the history of Iowa Veterans and military items. The exhibits cover wars spanning from the Spanish-American War to Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as an Iowa State Patrol exhibit.
Since we are ending at Camp Dodge everyone over the age of 16 will be required to present a photo ID (driver’s license or military ID acceptable). This will give everyone an opportunity to talk to other participants over food around a great collection of cars. Lunch concludes the tour and you will be able to follow the given directions back to the Wellmark building where the cars will be stored overnight and the banquet later that evening.