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I was able to attend the Dakota AMC club met in Sioux Falls June 1st and 2nd. I drove up (about a 3 hour drive) through two separate thunderstorms and arrived Friday afternoon at the Sleep Inn in Sioux Falls, and was treated to a pot-luck meal in the hotel conference room. We arranged the cars in the parking lot for an impromptu car show. I was looking forward to a chance to see the sights in the Sioux Falls area and to get together and discuss AMCs. There was quite a variety of AMC sheetmetal on hand, ranging from 50's Ramblers to 80s Eagles.
Some of the Dakota AMC club member cars in the hotel parking lot
Saturday, the group headed to the famous Sioux Falls, taking in the sights there, and then taking a trolley ride through downtown.
Views of the falls, and view from the top of the tower at the falls.
The next stop was lunch, followed by a short trip to Split Rock River in Garretson for the Jesse James Pontoon Ride, where we were entertained by views of the river and bluffs, and by the very jovial boat pilot. Afterwards, we stopped at Christmas in the Attic in Garretson, which has a huge variety of Christmas ornaments and decorations, and an authentic soda fountain. This store had a bit of something for everyone. We then visited Devil's Gulch in Garretson where we had a chance to cross the narrow gorge above the deep chasm below, supposedly crossed by Jesse James.
The AMC parking lot at Split Rock River.
The group then took a trip to Dell Rapids, the site of a local car show, where we were honored guests. At this point, we got a chance to see Fred Aherns' absolutely perfect 1964 Typhoon, which had been safely ensconced in a trailer (all the way from Minnesota!) up to this point.
You have to see this car up close to appreciate the incredible detail to attention,
and the immaculate condition of the car, including the original tires.
After taking in the car show and getting a chance to show off our cars a bit, we headed over to the Pizza Ranch for their wonderful buffet, featuring chicken, pizza and other great food. This was a great chance to get acquainted, stuff ourselves, and to take care of some official club business. Club T-shirts and a reproduction AMC race team flag were also for sale. The evening ended with a trip back to the host hotel in Sioux Falls. Several of the club members met for breakfast Sunday morning before heading home.
This was a great event, and it was lots of fun to see a string of AMC cars heading down the highway, and filling the parking lot wherever we went. Special thanks to the Sioux Falls area club members, especially Steve Bott, who did a great job organizing this fun-filled weekend.