The Okoboji Classic Cars Museum contains dozens of beautifully restored classic cars from a bygone era displayed against life-size three dimensional hand painted murals.
The interior design was recreated from memory from a specific time and place by the men who lived the memory half a century ago.
Specifically, it looks like Okoboji and Spencer, Iowa and the surrounding areas circa 1960.
From the moment you step inside and see "The Ride of Your Dreams" you are transported back in a time that looks and feels like an American Graffiti movie set....truly nostalgia reincarnated.
The building itself is 65,000 square feet and includes not only mint condition classic cars but another very unique star feature as well.
Inside this "Back to the Future" museum is an all-encompassing mural painted across every single wall by a retired construction man named Jack Rees.
Classic sounds from the 50s and 60s can be heard playing as you walk the streets of downtown Spencer, Iowa surrounded by the largest know indoor mural at 28,000 square feet.
Owner Toby Shine said his ongoing painting investment is "the best buy in artwork in the country."
Jack Rees agrees and said "No artist gets this opportunity."
What a perfect combination for both Toby Shine and Jack Rees. No matter what your financial status, as the saying goes "If you do what you love you will never work another day in your life." Oh how true that is...
And especially true for these two gentlemen. I do not know Mr. Shine or Mr. Rees but it's obvious both are doing what they love.
Jack was commissioned to paint a masterwork of the most memorable time in his life, the magical moment between youth and adulthood, when nights were spent cruising the town and meeting the girl who would become his wife.
Toby, in turn, built an entire business around his love for classic cars, hired the best people and can relive his memories through Jack's paintings, and the great people around him, who share his memories.
A wonderful experience for both men, I'm sure.
At times Toby will change his mind and add things to the project. This allows Jack to keep doing what he loves...painting.
The following video reveals a tell-tale secret. Listen to the passion these people share about a freeze-frame period of time in history.
Were they more amazed by the murals or the vintage cars displayed within the walls of this wonderful Okoboji Classic Cars Museum?
They came to see the cool classic cars but many were obviously in awe of the beautiful murals that captured this special time in history. A time so many were familiar with. A sincere testimonial video...well done.
You can also click on any of the photos or links on this page and read my stories about the golden age of vinyl records.
Few songs remain so enduring and haunting as the 1961 No. 1 hit, "Runaway." Written by Del Shannon and his keyboardist, Max Crook, it outlines in tear-streaked detail a guy who's lost his girl. Read more...
It was 1958 and Short Shorts by The Royal Teens was #3 on the charts. Read their remarkable story here.
Pink Shoe Laces was a cute #3 hit song for 13 year old Dodie Stevens in 1959. Forty years later she performs with her daughter in a 1999 special called "Rock-n-Roll Graffiti" and...WOW! Read more.
Vinyl Record Memories- The 50s, 60s, & 70s. Read my stories, listen to all the great oldies. Read more...
Cruise on over to the Doo Wop page and listen to those wonderful street corner sounds from the 50s & 60s. Read more.
It was simple and good back then never thinkin' it would end. Cruzin' the drive-in restaurants where guys with ducktails met gals with pony-tails. It was Burgers and Fries and Cherry Pies in a world we used to know. Read my Burgers & Fries story here.
Joyride - An Elvis poster print by Helen Hunt.