2024 IMOA car show celebrates Route 66 Mother Road

The location of the 2024 annual IMOA car show has been announced and will be held in Springfield, Ill., Sept 26-28.

The show includes visits to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, National Corvair Museum and Ace Neon Sign Museum.

It is also in conjunction with the Route 66 Mother Road Festival in Springfield. The IMOA judged car show will be held in downtown Springfield during the festival.

The host hotel is the Northfield Inn and Suites in Springfield.

The show starts on Thursday, Sept. 26, with visits to the Lincoln museum and home. Explore Abraham Lincoln’s early life from his boyhood in a Kentucky cabin through his 1860 campaign for President of the United States. When he won the presidency, the country was in crisis – the Civil War would begin just weeks after his inauguration, and Lincoln would wrestle with the human toll of battle and slavery.

Family tragedy struck as well, with the death of son Willie in 1862. Cruel personal and political attacks that greeted the Lincolns when they arrived in Washington, D.C., gave way to an outpouring of grief following his assassination on April 14, 1865.

The Lincoln home site offers guided tours, giving visitors a look into the Lincoln family during the 17 years they lived in the house on the corner of Eighth and Jackson Streets. Visitors will get a glimpse into Lincoln’s life as a family man, as well as explore his rise as a successful lawyer and politician through the context of the Lincoln Home.

Friday will take IMOA members to the National Corvair Museum, the officially designated Corvair museum by General Motors. The museum exists to celebrate, preserve and showcase the rich heritage of the Chevrolet Corvair. It is the pre-eminent collection of Corvair vehicles, memorabilia, and technical and historical information.

The next stop on Friday is to the Ace Neon Sign Museum. It has a collection of more than 85 historic signs from Springfield and Route 66. The collection is constantly growing and transforming as we strive to maintain some of the most memorable and iconic signs in the area. Experience the ambiance and character of the neon glow under wood-barreled ceilings alongside a state-of-the-art modern sign manufacturing facility.

After the Ace visit, members can take part in the Route 66 Mother Road show parade in downtown Springfield.

Saturday features the judged IMOA car show, to be held at a location to be announced in downtown Springfield, followed by the awards ceremony.

The show registration forms can be downloaded here: IMOA 2024 Registration

A more detailed tentative show schedule can be downloaded here: Show Schedule

More information on museum visits will be in upcoming issues of Quicksilver.

A big thank you to Wayne Miller, the show manager who helped put the show together for this year.