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.
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 vinyl record memories 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 replied..."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.
If you lived and breathed in the fifties those songs of the past reminds us of our connection to innocence and the fabulous harmonies of these four pretty gals.
More than 60 years later, the emotional power of these two songs still resonates with listeners, and as a result, still remains current. Read more ...
Wanna return to that good music era? Come with me and relive yet another great time in history when "One Fine Day" lit up the summer of '63. Read more ...
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.
The Beautiful background music in this video is titled
"Love Street" from the album "California Ease."
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Few songs remain as 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.
The real "Little Deuce Coupe" story includes video showing where this historic vehicle is located. Read more.
This Darling Lorraine page returns to 1959 and the remarkable story about a determined song writer. Includes memorable video clip with original lead singer. Read more here.
The "Marcels" were named after a popular hairstyle of the day. A great song, a great group and the live video will have YOU dancing in the aisle. Read more ...
Vee-Jay records were responsible for some great music in the 50s and 60s and "Duke of Earl" was one of their mega hits. However, Gene Chandler almost prevented this from happening until Vee-Jay stepped in and offered him a choice. Read more ...
This 1960 teen love song was a short song with a long-lasting heartbroken message. One of the more romantic teen ballads written at the time. Read More ...
"Looking For An Echo" is street corner music with soul. A time when the ability to sing was mandatory. Read more...
"We practiced in a subway,
In a lobby or a hall
Crowded in a doorway
Singing "Doo-wops" to the wall"
It was simple and good back then never thinking it would end. Cruising the drive-in restaurants where guys with duck tails 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.