IMOA Annual Show Combines Cars, Design And Art


By Don and Joyce Culling

We hope that everone is enjoying the winter, whether IMOA members are in a warm and sunny climate, or  in the cold and snow.

The IMOA national show is coming up slowly, set for Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9, 2017, in Sheboygan, Wis. A visit to the famous Road America facility, in nearby Elkhart Lake, is a highlight of the show.

The host hotel is the Blue Harbor Resort and Convention Center in Sheboygan, located on the shore of Lake Michigan.

The Road America visit will be held on Thursday, while the judged  car show and awards presentation are on Saturday.

There’s a lot of interest in this show and the limited number of rooms the IMOA has reserved are filling up, so send in your registration soon.

Could the interest be the idea of running your Mercury on Road America’s road course, or catching IMOA club president Jerry Robbin on the beach in a speedo? Now try to get that picture out of your head!

Thursday, Sept. 7, is the day the IMOA will be cruising to Road America from the Blue Harbor Resort for a sunset cruise on the track. We will be taking a bus tour of the track facilities prior to a couple of laps around the track in your Mercury.

On Friday, Sept. 8, we have scheduled a tour of the Kohler Factory and Design Center. We will leave from the Blue Harbor Resort at about 7:50 a.m. and cruise the 20 minutes to Kohler. The guided tour begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Kohler Design Center is a three-level showcase of innovative product design and technology, creative achievement and American history.

A fusion of old and new, the space offers a comprehensive representation of Kohler Company’s state-of-the-art products and stunning examples of the company’s contributions to gracious living and interior design.

The building was originally used as a recreation hall for residents of the village of Kohler. In 1985, it was transformed into a 36,000-square-foot showcase for the extensive array of products offered by the Kohler company.

The Kohler Design Center has grown to become a dramatic exploration of design ideas, the quintessence of Kohler’s commitment to providing products that contribute to a higher level of gracious living.

The Kohler company is a source of inspiration for consumers, builders, architects and designers.

The factory tour requirements are: minimum age of 14, closed-toe shoes and no cameras. If we arrive at the same time, Kohler will try to keep the group together or we might be split into two groups. The factory tour is guided and the design center tour is self guided.

After the Kohler factory tour, we can  cruise the three miles to Sheboygan Falls. Sheboygan Falls has 40 buildings restored to their original 1800’s splendor. The downtown district is in the National Registry of Historic Places.

For those of you that try to play golf there are a couple of  courses in Kohler (Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run).

For those of you that like wine (we know who you are) there is the Blind Horse Winery in Kohler and the Vintage Elkhart Lake in Elkhart Lake.

We are still checking out other possible activities to do as a group. You can go to the Web site to check out other attractions that may interest you in the Sheboygan area.

The Road America visit will include a shuttle tour of the interior of its Motorplex and the beautiful grounds surrounding the facility. It will end with members being able to  take paced laps on its famous four-mile, 14-turn racetrack.

So plan on spending time with us at the IMOA annual show and stay longer to enjoy this beautiful area.

More details on Elkhart Lake, attractions and other activities will be online and in future issues of Quicksilver.