Newton will be the overnight stop Friday for the Iowa division of the US Route 6 Tourist Association's two-day classic car ride across Iowa that is being recorded for an upcoming documentary film about the scenic and historic attractions along US Route 6 in Iowa.
The ride begins Friday in Davenport with stops planned for Wilton, Ladora and Victor before ride participants stop in Newton for a visit to the Valle Drive-In, Iowa's oldest drive-in movie theater, and overnight stay. Ride attendees will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Midtown Cafe in the former Maytag hotel before heading out on their way to Council Bluffs.
The documentary, being produced by Fourth Wall Films of Moline, Ill., is designed to educate the public about the history and original route of Highway 6 and to increase awareness, traffic and commerce in towns along its path.
"We want to encourage people to leave the interstate and head out on the old two lane highway, to leave the rat race of today's world and stop and smell the roses," said David Darby, Iowa Route 6 Tourist Association executive director. "Not only is it more enjoyable, but it benefits the local economy."
As director of the non-profit association, Darby works to encourage state and local governments to place historical signage designating Route 6 roads, preserve historical buildings, bridges and alignments along the highway and to encourage cooperation among communities along the road to advance tourism and commerce to local businesses.
"In such an impersonal world, it is a joy to take off on an adventure along the heartland of America and breathe in exactly what America was built on," Darby said. "Instead of a flat, straight pair of lanes interrupted by only green signs and overpasses, the rolling fields and curving roads undulate under your wheels in between the small towns that are filled with friendly people.
"When you go to a chain restaurant, the experience is soon forgotten. But when you go to a mom-and-pop establishment, you can make friends, capture some history and take with you memories that last a lifetime while the money stays within the community."
For more information, Darby can be contacted at 563-499-8211.