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American cars vs. foreign cars

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Whenever buying a car or looking at classic cars, the question always posed is “Is this an American or foreign made car?” There are numerous differences between American cars and foreign made cars and most people who prefer one won’t drive the other, and vice versa. While there are benefits to each one, as well as downfalls, the difference between the two are always worth noting. Here are a few of the differences that we have noted between American cars and foreign made cars.

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Learn How to Begin the Restoration Process on a Classic Car in Three Simple Steps

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Have you ever attended an old-fashioned car show and wished you could enter a classic car in it? Well, now you can! Starting the restoration process on a classic car can be simple, but there are a few factors to consider before jumping in.

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As Automobiles Expand, so do Travel Plans for many Summer Road Trips

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When automobiles were first created, only the wealthy families could afford them. Road trips were a high class privilege until after World War II when everyone was able to venture out and see the United States for themselves. The entire nation was every family’s dream to explore from coast to coast in their automobiles. Since then, road trips continue to be a symbol of freedom and adventure.

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Car maintenance tips for your summer travel

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We are well into the dog days of summer and the heat this year seems higher than most years. The heat can not only have an effect on you and your family, but it can also take its toll on your car and its ability to function. There are a few things you can do to help your car survive the high heat of this summer and ensure that it makes it through the summer to the fall. Here are a few tips of things you should do, especially right before a family road trip.

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Pet friendly family vacation tips

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Tis the season for family vacations and that includes Fido. He is part of the family after all, so why leave him home when you can bring him along for the ride. He likes a road trip as much as the rest of the family. There are some things that need to be done, however, prior to your road trip with Fido. Do some research into pet friendly areas that you can take your pet with you, such as hotels and entertainment venues. Lucky for you, Pioneer Auto Show is pet friendly and we’d love to have your family pet join you! Here are a few road trip tips to help you have a smooth pet friendly family vacation.

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Pioneer Auto Show launches new website

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The World Famous Pioneer Auto Show has launched a new website and is home to some neat features. The new, easier to navigate, website was launched in June and is jam packed with everything you will need to know about how to make the most of your trip to the Pioneer Auto Show.

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Summer Car Maintenance Tips for Your Road Trip

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Summer is just around the corner, and that means that summer road trips are being planned, plotted and schemed. There's something special, almost magical about the Great American Road trip. Road trips hold such a special place in our hearts because they represent a modern-day adventure into the unknown. With the open road in front of us, our worries behind us, our friends and family next to us, and the promise of something unique and fun binding those things together, the road trip is truly something that we can all appreciate. Before your tires peel away at the open road, follow these summer car maintenance tips to make sure your car has had all the proper maintenance to have a fun, safe, and memorable time.

Check Your Tires
It's easy for someone to overlook their vehicle's tires especially after they've been covered in snow all winter. However, following this summer car maintenance tip will help you keep your tires in perfect condition. Improperly inflated tires can be particularly dangerous during hot summer months. As the temperature changes, so does the amount of air pressure in your tires. Check your owner's manual or the sidewall of your tire to know what PSI (pounds per square inch) your tires should be. An underinflated tire will put pressure on the sidewalls and, with enough heat, the tire will blow. On the other hand, an overinflated tire won't make the necessary contact needed with the road and can cause you to hydroplane in wet conditions. Don't forget to check the pressure in your spare tire as well because there's no point in having a spare if it's not properly inflated. Properly inflated tires will keep your gas mileage in check and keep your road trip going.

Change Oil and Filter
Oil is what keeps your car from seizing up and turning into a big hunk of useless metal. It keeps all those fast moving parts lubricated to reduce friction, which causes heat. Summer temperatures and an increased amount of driving means that a car is more likely to overheat. To check your oil, let your car run for a few minutes, park it on a level surface, and then shut the engine off. Open your hood and locate the oil dipstick. You want to look at the amount of oil on the dipstick and the color of the oil. If you need to add oil, you can easily add another quart. The color of the oil should look brownish yellow and clean on the stick. If the oil is dark, then there's a lot of dirt and grim in it and you'll need a change and an oil replacement.

Change Your Wipers
As the old saying goes, "If you don't like the weather in South Dakota, wait five minutes." Summer thunderstorms can bring high gusts of wind that pelt your vehicle with rain and hail. They can also put your road trip to a halt in a hurry. You can't drive if you can't see, especially if you're driving at night during a storm. Depending on where you live, winter can be pretty rough on your windshield wipers. From snow and salt to ice and extreme temperatures, winter weather can cause the rubber on your windshield wipers to crack and become brittle. Once you start seeing visible streaks from your wipers, it's time to change them. Go to your local auto parts store and have them help you locate the correct wiper for the year, make and model of your vehicle.

Check Your Brakes
Make sure you and your friends or family are not riding around on bad brakes. You're brakes are the single most important piece of safety equipment on your vehicle. Your brake pads need to be changed when the lining on the pads are worn down past the minimum thickness required by the owner's manual or by state law. If you hear scraping and grinding sounds when you break, see a dashboard indicator, feel your brake pedal getting mushy when you go to brake, or if pressing the brake pedal is hard and rigid, you should get your brakes checked. Following this summer car maintenance tip early on could save your from a more costly repair later.

Check Your Radiator and Coolant Levels
Your road trip will come to a quick end if your car overheats. Similar to checking the oil, a car's radiator and coolant levels are extremely import in keeping it running efficiently. If parts in the engine get too hot, they can actually melt together causing huge problems and a huge repair bill. Leaks, cracks in hoses, loose or broken belts, even a radiator cap that's not properly secured can cause your car to leak antifreeze, heat up and break down. Generally, the rule is to flush your radiator and add new coolant every two years. Flushing the radiator is done with a special chemical that cleans debris and build-up on the inside of the radiator. For summer driving, coolant should be added as a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water. You can even buy premixed coolant so you don't have to bother with the measurements. Following this summer car maintenance tip will keep your wheels rolling until the leaves start falling.

Now that you've done some basic maintenance on your car, you're ready for your summer road trips. Whether you're driving across the state, or across the country, make sure that your vehicle is safe for the road, your passengers, and yourself. Make sure you swing by and visit the World Famous Pioneer Auto Show & Museum and check out our awesome collection. We have just the right piece of nostalgia for your trek across the open road.

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The automobile from its beginnings to the modern day

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American's are hopelessly head over heels for their automobiles. Sure, you get the holdout here and there who chooses not to own a vehicle, but the United States is a car country. We've funded and built a major interstate system, the Big Three automakers are powerhouses in the American economy and, you can even order a meal comfortably seated in your vehicle. What could be better than that?

But the national love affair with the automobile took some nurturing and turns of good fortune to come together. And it all started about 700 years ago.

The history of cars started in the 1300s when an Italian inventor Guido da Vigevano created a windmill driven vehicle that moved power to wheels. Wind power never took hold as a vehicle propulsion system but da Vigevano's efforts are an indicator of a long time understanding of the benefits to be gained by having a vehicle powered by something other than a horse.

Wind power didn't take hold but over several hundred years, inventors found other power sources. Around 1769, a steam powered vehicle was built, by 1807 a hydrogen engine was developed and only 80 years later the first gas powered internal combustion engine automobile was produced by the German designer Karl Benz.

Fast forward three decades and the evolution of the car was shaping the future of the country.

The United States certainly can't be credited with inventing the automobile but it sure gets credit for figuring out how to get one into the hands of nearly every potential driver.

Henry Ford's assembly line in 1913 mass production of the Model T he introduced just years earlier put decent, inexpensive cares in reach of the working man. This was a major leap for the automobile because, even though cars had been around for some time, they were expensive and out of the reach of the average worker.

Ford produced the Model T for 20 years and by the end of that run, 15 million Ford Model Ts had been sold.

In 1895 there were only four cars officially registered in the United States. By 1916, 3,376,889 were registered.

It was about this time, the mid-1920s, that the automotive market in the United States was becoming saturated. The population of the country was only 110 million and change and automobiles were pouring off the production line.

So in a move almost as game changing as the assembly line, planned obsolescence became part of the national auto buying psyche. Alfred Sloan, head of General Motors from 1923 to 1956 gets credit for this nugget of marketing. Sloan realized to maintain sales numbers, yearly design changes were needed to convince car owners to buy a new vehicle each year. Planned obsolescence is not a new marketing today by any means. How many laptops have you purchased? Or cellphones? And why do you suppose fashions change frequently?

But in the 1920s, in the auto industry, it was fresh take on a new market and was partially responsible for shifting the automobile from a necessity item to a fashion item that should be renewed each year.

The industry ran into bumps during its tremendous growth period. World War II resulted in several years where the major automakers made war-time vehicles, not passenger cars and during wartime years passenger car production was almost non-existent.

But of course the pendulum swung back in favor of the industry after war when sales boomed, profits surged and the American auto industry produced its 100 millionth car.

In the 1950s, Japanese-made vehicles were imported into the U.S. and another era of the history of cars had begun.

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Pickers Revisited

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June 17, 2014 was a big day in Murdo, South Dakota. The town itself lies just off of interstate I90, in between the Black Hills and the Missouri River. This day was unique in that one attraction in particular had some special visitors. Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and the crew of the American Pickers paid a visit — for a second time — to Pioneer Auto Show.
Accompanied by a crew of about a dozen people, and for more than 11 hours, the Pickers poked, looked, checked, and negotiated. The flip of the coin returned, with Mike proving that winning a coin flip is still not his forte.

Items that the Pickers loaded into their van after successful negotiations to take back to their store in Iowa, Antique Archeology, included: knock-downs that held a previous life in a carnival, vintage signs, and the apple of Mike's eye, a rare 1914 Henderson cycle-car that he had been thinking about since their visit to Pioneer Auto two years ago. Also picked was a rare 1959 Lloyd Meyer station wagon.

Dave Geisler Sr., owner of Pioneer Auto Show said," It was a long day, but quite successful and fun." He went on to say, "We feel privileged that they came to Pioneer a second time. That makes us the only stop they have ever been twice!"

The show, named "Talk Nice to Me" aired in November, and is expected to re-run throughout 2015 on the History Channel.

Since the show first aired, Pioneer Auto Show has been inundated with inquiries as to if items seen in different scenes of the show are for sale. With its constantly changing and growing inventory, most items are up for negotiation. Visitors to the museum see new things each time they visit, which makes Pioneer Auto Show a unique experience every time.
About Pioneer Auto Show
With more than 300 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, the Pioneer Auto Show & Prairie Town is one of the largest, privately-owned auto shows open to the public with 42 buildings of exhibits, 60 tractors, 60 motorcycles, toys, animations & music machines and an entire Prairie Town. The famed South Dakota car museum also carries a wide range of antique collectibles and a famous collection of Zeitner rocks, gems and fossils. For additional information, visit

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Money saving tips for your South Dakota road trip

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It seems as though no matter the time of the year that the price of fuel at the gas pump keeps going up. In 2012 the price of gasoline was over $4.00 per gallon in some areas. Going on a South Dakota road trip does not have to break the bank at the pump. By following a few gas saving tips at home and on the road, you will have enough funds left to enjoy on your South Dakota vacation.

Get a Tune Up

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, after all. A properly tuned engine uses less gas. It is also worth it to avoid car problems while on your South Dakota vacation that could have been easily headed off by a trip to the mechanic beforehand.

Buy Gas Early or Late in the Day

During the warm months, the outside temperature affects the way gasoline behaves at the pump. During the cooler parts of the day, gas is more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you fill your tank. It is also a good idea to fill up early in the week. Generally, gas prices fluctuate Wednesday through Saturday, and although they may go down, chances are better that they will go up, should there be an increase in demand.

Reduce Wind Resistance

Remove any unneeded ski or luggage racks from your car. If they are not being used for your South Dakota road trip, the only purpose they are serving is adding wind resistance to your vehicle. Also, keep windows closed when possible, as open windows also contribute to reducing the aerodynamics of your car.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires reduce road friction, thus giving you better gas mileage. Under inflation also causes tires to wear faster, putting you at the tire shop before maximizing the life of your current tires.

Fill Your Tank Near State Lines

This involves a bit of research ahead of time, but due to fluctuating tax rates gas prices can vary significantly from state to state. If you discover you are driving through a state with a low tax rate, you could save a bundle by filling in that state when you enter it, and again before you leave it.

Turn the Engine Off

If you are waiting at a rest stop or waiting for other members of your group to get ready to go, there is no need to let the engine idle. This not only uses extra gas, but releases pollutants into the air.

Change Your Filters

Dust and grime build on filters that help your engine run efficiently. When they are dirty, your vehicle works harder to push through air and liquid and therefore uses more gasoline.

Drive Steadily and Slowly

By driving at or under the speed limit and maintaining consistent speed, your car will use gas more efficiently. If you accelerate quickly and use brakes heavily you are not only causing extra strain on your brake pads, but increasing the drag that causes your car to use more gasoline.

By following these fuel saving tips you don't have to wait for gas prices to go down before heading out on your South Dakota road trip. Keeping ahead of the game with a little planning will keep your tank full and your wallet happy.

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On the Road Again - Travel with Pets

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413052.TIFIf you are planning a trip with your family, and some of that family happens to have fur, a bit of advanced preparation will go a long way toward a trouble-free trip.

First and foremost, allow for extra time when you travel with pets. If you are on a tight time schedule, remember that your fluffy friend cannot be reasoned with as a person — and you will have to concede to their needs at times.

Make sure your pet has a clean bill of health. They should be current on all vaccinations. If your pet is going to be riding on an airplane, check the airline rules for pet travel well in advance of your vacation date. Most require a health certificate dated within 10 days of the travel date. If you are traveling abroad the regulations will vary, but can include the submission of entry permits and a more detailed interstate health permit. If there is an outbreak of disease, some places will require automatic quarantine upon arrival. These variables will take some research on your part, so be sure to cover all of the bases so that you do not have any surprises on the day of your travel.

Your pet should always have identification. An ID tag on their collar with your cell phone number is essential. You will also want to have proof of vaccination and proper licenses. It is a good idea to have a few color photos of your pet with you also, in the unfortunate case they get lost.

If you are driving with your pet remember that many pets die each year from heat exhaustion. If left alone in hot cars for even a short period of time, the results can be fatal. As a general rule, if you leave your car, your pet should also leave the car. If you do need to park, be sure your car is in the shade to help keep the temperature inside cool. Never let your pet jump around or hang out of an open window — it is not safe for you or your pet. If you have a strong, mesh crate large enough for your pet to turn around, stand and lay down, line the bottom with a few towels and keep your pet secured inside for the ride. Remember to make frequent stops for exercise, food and water. If your pet is prone to motion sickness, you can give them one piece of sugar candy (not chocolate) which will help prevent vomiting. Try not to feed your pet for a window of 6 hours prior to your trip. If your pet is not accustomed to riding in a car, start with short increments and gradually increase road time over the course of a few weeks.

There are many road side attractions that welcome leashed pets such as Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, SD. Take advantage of such attractions to see some interesting sights, and give your pet a chance to stretch their legs, too!
Be sure to call ahead about your lodging plans, as policies on pets can vary greatly. Often, the local Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a list of pet-friendly accommodations. Once there, do not abuse the privilege and be sure to clean up after your pet. Try not to leave your pet for long periods of time, as even the most easy going pet can be easily stressed by different noises, smells and sounds in a strange place.

Keeping these tips in mind will make for an enjoyable trip for both you and your traveling pet. If your pet is overly fussy, you may want to consider arrangements to not bring him along. It is not recommended to travel with reptiles, birds and small animals, as they can be very stressed by changes in their environment.

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Winterizing your Classic Car

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The warm days of summer and crisp days of fall are quickly coming to an end. It's time to winterize your classic car until the warm rays of spring once again grace the highways and byways that are perfect for cruising.

Each year, as winter draws near, owners of classic, antique and vintage cars think about how they can best protect their prized possessions while they are stored until the following year. Even for new cars, taking them off the road and letting them sit for three months or longer allows the effects of oxygen, gravity, and trace corrosive residues in the fuel, coolant and lubricants to more rapidly rust, oxidize, corrode, pit, crack and weaken vital external and internal surfaces. Any measures that the owners of these vehicles take must remove corrosives from the cooling, fuel and lubricating systems and apply protective or rejuvenating products to areas likely to undergo rusting or oxidation.

1. As gasoline burns, some of the products of combustion combine to form highly corrosive sulfuric acid which condenses on internal engine surfaces and is a common cause of exhaust valve pitting. Draining the oil from the vehicle after it has warmed up and replacing it will effectively remove corrosives that have accumulated.

2. Fill the gas tank to decrease the amount of water that may condense in the gas tank.

3. Replace other fluids such as coolant, brake, and transmission fluids to replenish the anti-corrosive properties they offer.

4. Disconnect or remove the battery and store in a cool, dry place. Preserve the battery by connecting it to a trickle charger, which will prevent self-discharge.

5. Wash and then wax the car with high quality wax to add a fresh layer of protection against the elements. Thoroughly vacuum and shampoo the interior to remove any food crumbs and debris that might attract hungry rodents seeking a winter snack. Allow the interior to dry thoroughly before storing the car with all windows closed tightly. Convertibles should be stored with the roof up to prevent permanent creases in the fabric.

6. Apply a water resistant tire protectant to tires and use an interior wax inside to reduce drying and cracking of surfaces. If you have the available space, mount the vehicle on jack stands to preserve shocks and tires. Unfasten the brake and over inflate the tires slightly, as they will lose pressure in cold conditions.

7. Cover the car with a breathable car cover to allow dry air to circulate and help to prevent mold.

8. If possible, store the car in a completely dry, enclosed, lockable garage and remove any valuable items. Many classic cars are driven infrequently and qualify for a reduced insurance rate, especially if they are stored securely over periods of time.

9. Dampness and mold can raid your classic car from the ground up through a damp garage floor. To prevent moisture from accumulating on the undercarriage, and you can't raise it on jack stands, lay down tar paper or a plastic drop sheet and park on top of it.

The best way to prepare and maintain your vintage car in winter is to take it to a facility which is in the business of storing cars. They can perform a maintenance process which far surpasses what you might do at home. Be sure they are bonded and insured to cover any loss or damage to the vehicle.

Whether you decide to do it yourself, or have someone do it for you, winterizing your classic car will add years of enjoyment to the time you spend on the road. By taking an afternoon to protect your classic against the elements, you can look forward to no surprises and a well running machine in the spring.

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Are you looking for fun things to do on a road trip? Pioneer Auto Show provides fun activities for the whole family.

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The weather is changing to cooler temperatures, but that doesn't mean you are limited for fun things to do on a road trip. Why not check out some Murdo Attractions? Murdo is a small friendly town. People usually just pass through Murdo when traveling, but there are things in Murdo that may interest you this time of the year. Pioneer Auto Show is a definite stop that you won't want to miss in Murdo.
The Pioneer Auto Show is an attraction that is sure to be fun for everyone in the family. At the world famous Pioneer Show we have an exhibit of over 250 classic cars that range from trucks and motorcycles. We have three popular classic cars that are on display right now which include 1903 Ford Model A, 1907 Middleby, and a 1904 Holsman Model K.

Classic cars are not the only thing that you will experience at the Pioneer Auto show though. At Pioneer Auto Show we also offer a treasure hunt for the kids. At each stop you will need to search for a sticker that matches the picture on the map. If you can find all the stickers that complete the map then you can pick up a prize at the front entrance.

Pioneer Auto Show is just one of the many attractions to see when you stop in Murdo. There are many other places to stop and it will be fun for the whole family. A few things that may interest you here in Murdo are:

South Dakota's Original 1880 town- When walking around the 1880 town you will feel like you are in a different world. The 1880 town has more than 30 buildings authentically furnished with thousands of relic. You will have a "life on the prairie," experience. Some of the memorabilia at the 1880 town was used in films such as "Dances with Wolves." The 1880 town is located 22 miles west of Murdo off of interstate 90 exit 170. It is a bit of a drive, but worth it what all it has to offer.

Tennis and Basketball- For outdoor entertainment there are tennis and basketball courts. Why not make a stop and play a game with your family? The courts were just renovated to provide better atmosphere for everyone. You can even make a stop in the dark because the court is lit up.

North Dam- This recreation area is a perfect stop for some fishing. Why not relax in Murdo and enjoy some fishing? The natural dam has several boat ramps for water skiing, fishing and boating. You can enjoy activities here year round.

Murdo is a wonderful stop for family adventure. At Pioneer Auto Show we want to make everyone feel welcome. You can also bring in your pets. They shouldn't have to miss out on the fun. At Pioneer Auto Show we also have a rock collection, an antique gas station called the "WNAX Gasahol," and a wonderful diner. Our restaurant is a 1950 theme with a small-town atmosphere. This all-American classic diner has a tradition of serving good burgers, thick shakes, sub sandwiches, daily specials and a selection of other popular menu items. For further information visit or call us at (605) 669-2691. We are here to make your family trip memorable.

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Antique Show Tips

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There is a certain allure to going to auctions and antique shows. You never know what one person may consider trash, and what another may consider to be treasure. If you are new to antiquing or just curious to see what a show or auction has to offer, there are some antique show tips to keep in mind to help you make the most out of any antique show you attend.

There is usually an endless bounty of ‘stuff.' How do you know where to begin? First, map the floor by taking a quick overview of everything. If you are seeking something in particular, this will give you insight as to where that item is located. If you are just browsing, this will give you an idea of what is being offered, and give you an opportunity to see if something catches your eye.
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Plan for All Day. Arrive early if you are looking for a good selection; stay late for the best deals. Dealers don't want to pack up as much as they came with, so do not be afraid to jump in and make an offer at the end of the day—this is the best time to haggle and potentially get the best price.
There Could be More than One. When you go through the entire venue, be on the look-out for items that are the same. Dealers are often unaware if another vendor has the same product, and they may have the exact item or a similar one for a much better price. When attending antique shows, it is definitely in your best interest to shop around at the beginning.

Ask Questions. Investigate and be curious to what vendors are selling. Some pieces may have cool history behind them (some of the exhibitors do, too), or exhibitors may have additional merchandise of interest to you in other locations or shows. The more knowledge exhibitors have about their products, the more you will be able to evaluate if you would like to make a purchase. Be wary of vendors who give ambiguous answers, and don't have specific information. Not to say that should prevent a purchase of something that you are interested in, but you should proceed with caution. If you have mobile internet access, a little bit of research on the fly is never a bad idea.

Be Comfortable and Prepared. Check the weather forecast if you are planning to attend an outdoor show. Most shows will be held rain or shine due to the complexity of orchestrating the event. Dress appropriately for the weather on that day, including comfortable shoes. You will most likely be on your feet the majority of the time. Research the payment methods accepted at the show. Many do not accept credit card payments, so having enough cash in hand is important.

Antiquing can be a fun and exhilarating experience. Even if you are looking for a particular item, you never know what hidden treasures you may find. Keep an open mind as you shop and don't underestimate an item if it needs a little bit of polish or paint to be an addition to your home or antique collection.

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Road Trip Stops on the Way to Pioneer Auto Show

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Roads trips can be kind of a struggle. Restless kids becoming stir-crazy in the backseat can sometimes cause for a road trip nightmare. To make the time on the road to Pioneer Auto Show a little bit more enjoyable, make a few road trip stops in the Black Hills that will sure be worth your time.

You already know that the Pioneer Auto Show & Museum is great place for family fun, but the fun doesn't stop there. There are many great places to take a road trip stop on your way to the Pioneer Auto Show that will make the most out of your trip. Make sure to check out all of the great attractions that the hills have to offer, when planning your trip.

Here are a few pit stops in the Black Hills you can make on your route to visit the Pioneer Auto Show & Museum!

Wall Drug: If you haven't heard of Wall Drug then it's time for you to be drug out from underneath the rock you've been hiding under. Wall Drug is one of America's Favorite Roadside Attractions! Known for their free ice water and 5 cent coffee, this place offers hours of fun and excitement for the whole family. This free attraction includes an animated T-Rex, panning and mining stations, Train Station Water Show, and great picture taking opportunities. It's a great place to stop to get refreshed for your travels ahead.

Miles away from Pioneer Auto Show: 82.5 miles

Badlands: The Badlands are one of the most beautiful landscapes across America. You will be able to see, first-hand, the colors that have formed over time to create this naturally beautiful landscape. This landmark is actually the largest expansion of protected prairies in the National Park System! The park has 244,000 acres known as the Badlands Wilderness. Within those 244,000 acres, 64,000 of those are National Wilderness where you can witness bighorn sheep, coyotes, black-footed ferret, swift fox, bison, and mule deer. Annually, one million people visit the Badlands from all over the world! Come experience what draws in so many people each year to view this national landmark.

Miles away from Pioneer Auto Show: 101 miles

Mammoth Site: Located in Hot Springs, SD, you can travel back into prehistoric times and visit an actual mammoth site. The Mammoth Site is known for being the World's Largest Concentration of Mammoths! Spend your day looking at the Mammoth Site's museum, exhibit hall, and bone bed tours showing over 60 mammoths and 85 other animals, plants and insects. Visitors get to experience a one of a kind paleontological site with fossils from where they actually died and were later discovered. This is a fun and educational opportunity for the entire family!

Miles from Pioneer Auto Show: 189 miles

Rushmore Tramway & President's Alpine Slide: While making pit stops in the Black Hills, make sure to stop by Rushmore Tramway & President's Alpine Slide in Keystone, SD. This attraction has so much fun to offer! Start your day off by experiencing the aerial adventure park next to the tramway. This park has over 60 airborne obstacles you can challenge yourself to. You also can try the big zipline through the hills that's 800ft. off the ground! Make sure to travel up the tramway and enjoy some delicious food at the Summit Grille where you can get an excellent view of the historic Mount Rushmore Monument. End your adventurous day by sliding down every twist and turn on the alpine slide. Take a pit stop at the Rushmore Tramway & President's Alpine Slide and it will definitely be a day well spent.

Miles from Pioneer Auto Show: 156 miles

Rushmore Adventure Cave: There is tons of fun and adventure to be had at the Rushmore Adventure Cave. Stop here and try the Soaring Eagle Zipline Ride, shoot bandits at the Gunslinger 7-D Interactive Ride, and experience stalactite-filled caverns at the Cave Tour. Try your luck at the Xpedition Adventure Tour, or spelunking as it's known to be called. This tour is not for the claustrophobic or the faint of heart. This is the ultimate tour for exploring this cave of many wonders. Rushmore Adventure Cave has a lot of fun for the whole family. Discover your adventurous side and try all the fun at Rushmore Adventure Cave.

Miles from Pioneer Auto Show: 157 miles

Bear Country, USA: Get a closer look at the wonderful wildlife at this pit stop in the Black Hills. Bear Country, USA is a fantastic way to see animals that usually don't come across in your everyday life. Visitors take a leisurely three-mile drive through several enclosures and encounter black bear, elk, reindeer, deer, cougars, bobcats, rocky mountain goats, bighorn sheep, dall sheep and buffalo. You can even get up close and personal with bears peering into your car door window! This is one pit stop in the Black Hills that you want to make for a bear-y good time!

Miles from Pioneer Auto Show: 144 miles

Reptile Gardens: This attraction has been reviewed as, "Fun Place for the Family", "A Must See", "One of the Most Fun Things We've Done in The Hills!" Go see for yourself and visit Reptile Gardens! This famous attraction is home to more than 225 species and subspecies of reptiles and Birds. Reptile Gardens also houses more reptiles than any other zoo in the world! While at Reptile Gardens, make sure to catch the Gator, Bird, or Snake Shows. From the shows, to the exhibits; from the food to the animals, you will not be disappointed. This place is jammed packed with fun activities that make this place exciting for anyone, at any age.

Miles from Pioneer Auto Show: 142 miles

Flintstone Bedrock City: This old cartoon classic comes to life in Custer, SD! The kids will be entertained for hours by visiting this theme park and camping resort. Take a pit stop here so you can ride the Flintmobile and the Iron Horse Train, play on playground's Slideasaurus, and enjoy the Flintstone Trio Show in the theater. Be a kid again and enjoy all the fun that is to be had at Flintstone Bedrock City!

Miles away from Pioneer Auto Show: 177 miles

1880 Town: South Dakota's Original 1880 TOWN has more than 30 buildings from the 1880 to 1920 era, authentically furnished with thousands of relics, historical accounts and photographs, a Casey Tibbs exhibit, Dances with Wolves movie props, and fun activities for kids.

Miles away from Pioneer Auto Show: 22 miles

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Pioneer Auto's 22nd Annual Murdo in May to include car show, vehicle auction, swap meet, antique auction, and fun for the whole family!

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Car enthusiasts and antique lovers alike will flock to Pioneer Auto Show's Murdo in May event this spring. The upcoming auction is setting the stage for its 22nd year. This year's event kicks off Friday, May 10 and continues through Sunday, May 12. The weekend's activities center around a classic car auction, car show, swap meet and antique and collectible auction.

Friday, May 10th will kick off this year's event with a swap meet in the Pioneer Auto Show west lot. Admission is free and this will continue through Sunday afternoon. At 3:00 pm on Main Street will be the car show, showcasing classic cars from a variety of eras. This will run until 10:00 pm that evening and will include free admission, fun, food, music, trophies and more! For more information on the car show, call Barb at 605.669.2263.

"This is an exciting weekend for thousands of collectors, buyers and hobbyists who travel to South Dakota each year from all across the country," said David Geisler, owner of Pioneer Auto Show classic car museum. "The events are always fun and family-oriented."

Saturday, May 11th at 10:00 am the car auction, featuring classic cars, pickups and tractors will take place in the west lot of Pioneer Auto, under the big top. Registration is $100 and begins on Friday, May 10 at 9:00 am Central time with the show taking place on Saturday. As an added feature, this year's auction will offer online bidding for those who cannot be in Murdo during the auction. For more information or to place online bids, visit:

The mega-variety collector's auction is at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Murdo Auditorium. Collectibles ranging from antique Coca-Cola machines to juke boxes to lunch boxes to figurines will be on display — as well as some vintage cars. For details on the auction, call Eckert Auctions at 605.843.2845 or Bill Eckert at 605.685.8715.

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Classic Motorcycles at Pioneer Auto Show Attract Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Travelers

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With the promise of another sizzling August on the northern Plains, motorcycle enthusiasts from across the nation will travel through South Dakota intent on destinations like Yellowstone and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Lying astride the Interstate 90 corridor midway between Sioux Falls and Rapid City is the town of Murdo. Here bikers will find the world famous Pioneer Auto Show known for its extensive display of classic cars. In addition, Pioneer Auto is also host to a fine collection of antique motorcycles.

"Motorcycles have always brought people together who otherwise may not relate," said Dave Geisler, owner and operator of this I-90 attraction. "Those seeking a break from the miles and interested in the history and preservation of classic motorcycles will be attracted to our extensive motorcycle exhibit."

This classic motorcycle collection appeals to anyone from the two-wheel wind set, starting with a 1914 Indian twin cylinder continuing to a 1936 Harley Davidson and to a 1986 three-wheeled motorized bike.

The motorcycle collection at this South Dakota attraction includes Elvis Presley's personal Harley Davidson. With Elvis' name still on the title and only 1200 miles, the cycle is a popular feature in the classic motorcycle showroom.

Additionally, a 1943 Indian Papoose, and a 1947 and 1948 Whizzer, always draws a crowd. A Cushman Eagle, a 1964 Honda Dream and a 1965 Honda Dream 305 are also in the antique motorcycle display at this family attraction.

"This time of year, with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the bulk of our visitors share two qualities: a desire for a short break from the wind and an admiration for classic motorcycles," said Dave. "We hope we appeal to both interests."

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Pioneer Auto in Murdo, South Dakota Houses Unique Rock Collection

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Pioneer Auto in Murdo, South Dakota is renowned for its amazing collection of vintage cars and memorabilia. There is another sort of collection also located at the museum — the National Rockhound Hall of Fame and Lapidary. This fossil, gem, and rock collection includes many rare and unique finds of mineralology.

The National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame was founded in 1987 by June Culp Zeitner to recognize excellence in the earth sciences by inducting one or more persons each year in six categories: Minerals, Fossils, Metal Craft, Lapidary, Education and Tribute (Deceased). At this time there are inductees representing 44 states. All of the inductees are experts in their fields. Many of them have published several books and most of them have been active in community service.

"This is a dream for anyone who is interested in rock collecting or geology," said Dave Geisler Sr., owner of Pioneer Auto. "We are honored to have this one of a kind collection here at Pioneer Auto."

Included on display are agates, copper minerals, petrified wood, and even a sloth claw fossil — the largest sloth claw ever found. It is quite a bit more than ‘just a rock collection.'

Why in Murdo, South Dakota? June Culp Zeitner, a longtime South Dakota resident, was a world renowned mineralologist and a great contributor to the study of minerals and fossils. She has written 12 books and over 1,000 articles on cutting and polishing stones, natural history and different rock collection methods. Zeitner was the founder of the State Stone Program, which enabled each state to select an official stone, mineral and fossil.

"June Zeitner was passionate about sharing her knowledge of rocks, gems and fossils," says Geisler Sr. "Her father-in-law never walked by a product of the earth without taking a closer look — and June followed right in his footsteps."

Dubbed "The First Lady of Gems" at the White House Rose Garden - during a ceremony to honor and thank June Culp Zeitner and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Zeitner was a celebrity in her own right. During her lifetime she and her husband, Albert, amassed a significant amount of rocks, gems and fossils. Her writings on these finds would go on to earn her the award of the 2006 Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Mineralogical Award, which celebrates significant contributions to the science of mineralogy.

To learn more about this unique display at Pioneer Auto in Murdo, or for additional information about other exhibits, visit or call 605-669-2691.

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Vintage Cars at Pioneer Auto Show are a must see in South Dakota

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As many summer tourists travel on interstate 90 across South Dakota, they will find themselves with the opportunity to visit one of the most unique auto museums within hundreds of miles — Pioneer Auto Show.

What started as a Phillips 66 gas station in 1954 by Dick Geisler, has evolved into more than a 42 building car enthusiast attraction. Geisler used to park vintage cars at the gas station in order to entice customers to stop and fill up. One of the cars was a 1913 Ford Peddler's Wagon, which is still on display at the Auto Show today.

"We still have people that stop for gas in Murdo just to get a look at the cars," said Pioneer Auto's Owner, Dave Geisler. "Even people who travel through every year will stop in to say hi and take a look at what is new."

Pioneer Auto has many unique items on display at the attraction. No longer just cars, they also have tractors, license plates, circus games and typewriters, just to name a few. A compiled list of the eclectic and fun collection can be found at Lamborgini

If the kids are feeling pent up in the car Pioneer Auto has a treasure hunt especially for them. They get a treasure map and clues to different stops around the property. Upon each successful treasure find, they get a sticker to place on the map. If they complete the treasure hunt, they get a prize at the front entrance.

Leashed pets are also welcome at the Pioneer Auto Show to stretch their legs and get some fresh air.

Not only does the Big Show offer vintage cars, antiques, and collectibles to ponder, it also contains a Prairie Town. Take a self guided tour thorough this early mid-west, turn of the century town and see things such as the original Murdo Bank, a blacksmith shop, livery barn, jail house, and general store. Another highlight you will not want to miss is the restored WNAX Gas Station.

If you are a collector or if you just want to take home a little piece of Pioneer Auto Show, they have a gift store with over 4,500 square feet of collectible items and antiques for sale. This includes toys, street signs, coca cola products and many more pieces of 50's nostalgia. You can find more information about this product and many others by visiting the website and connecting with Pioneer Auto on their Facebook page at

Whatever your final destination, plan a stop at Pioneer Auto Show. Since 1954 people have been coming to see what is new and to be amazed by the unique glimpse into history that this once road-side gas station has to offer.

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Model cars, retro clocks, John Deere memorabilia — shop for gifts online

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Everyone has a friend or family member on their list that is impossible to shop for. This person generally expresses no desire for a particular gift, or in some cases they have such a unique interest that you don't even know where to begin.

At Pioneer Auto Show, we are famous for our big toys, like classic cars, motorcycles and John Deere tractors. These big ticket items won't fit most people's holiday budget, but replicas of the real things are available at a price almost anyone can afford.

Our die cast autos are model cars that are life like miniatures of the classics that inspired them. Timeless vehicles like the 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo, 1970 Dodge Cornet and 1972 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am are just a few of the models to choose from.

Customers can browse our website,, and choose from all sorts of replica items, classic toys, retro clocks, memorabilia and much more.

We boast a selection of decorative street signs that show your true colors, whether you are a Chevy or Ford fan.

There is a complete line of nostalgic gifts including anything from a Roy Rodgers clock to a James Dean coffee mug.

If there's one gift you can't go wrong with, it's a t-shirt. Pioneer Auto's online collection has a selection of graphic tees embroidered with classic cars like the Mustang, Camaro, and Pontiac GTO.

Give the gift of knowledge with an informative and entertaining book that your loved one will actually want to read. Pioneer Auto's online catalog features titles geared primarily towards the history of cars.

If you are shopping for a memorabilia collector or a classic car enthusiast this holiday season, start by visiting our website for these and many more collectable items. You are likely to find a nice surprise at a reasonable price.

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