I found this on the Iola site about the 2009 featured cars:
Independents & Imports
Theme not disrepectful to ‘Big Three’…
The theme for IOLA ’09 – “Independents & Imports – Alternatives to the Detroit Three” was decided almost two years ago, long before the current troubling economic times with the United States and automobile industry. This theme was put in place to focus on many of the manufacturers that once competed with the “big three” such as Kaiser, Packard, and Studebaker. The theme also gives us a look into import vehicles reminding ourselves of the roots that the automotive history founding has. Karl Benz, a German industrialist is generally acknowledged as the inventor of the modern automobile. Having stated the above, by no means is the theme for IOLA ’09 out of disrespect to Chrysler, LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. We sincerely hope for a better economy for our nation and a strong future for “The Big Three”. – Iola Old Car Show, Inc. Staff
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