Okoboji Classic Cars Museum

The Ultimate Man Cave &
Vinyl Record Memories

Visit the Toby Shine Okoboji Classic Cars museum, where cars like this classic 1957 Chevy are available for purchase.

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.

The Okoboji Classic Cars Museum comes alive with beautiful hand painted murals.

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." 

Do What You Love...
And never work another day in your life!

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. 

Okoboji Classic Car visitors share a passion for a freeze-frame period of time in history. 

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.   

The Chordettes
Lollipop & Mr. Sandman

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 ...

The beautiful background music provided with this video comes from Network Music. The Album is called California Ease and the song is Love Street. Perfect fit for the video. 

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The Del Shannon Story

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 ...

A wonderful song and a talented artist with a sad ending. Read my vinyl record memories about this caring individual, Del Shannon.

It was 1958 and Short Shorts by The Royal Teens was #3 on the charts.  Read their remarkable story here.

Go to Royal Teens page, read their story and watch video.

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.

Watch Dodie sing Pink Shoe Laces in two videos, 40 years apart...both fantastic.

The real "Little Deuce Coupe" story includes video showing where this historic vehicle is located.  Read more.

Read the Little Deuce Coupe Story here.

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 ...

Go to the Blue Moon page and join in on the fun.

The Duke of Earl Story

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 ... 

Duke of Earl vinyl record memories.

"Why Do I Love You So"

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 ...

Johnny's re-issue of this classic in 1965 proves that some do turn out better.

"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"

Go to the Kenny Vance page to enjoy this wonderful song.

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.

Cruzin' the drive-in restaurants where guys with ducktails met gals with pony-tails.

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