100th Anniversary Checker Party

Dan Smith’s daily driver will be at the show

At this point in time, the 100th anniversary Checker show is shaping up to be the biggest Checker event ever!  According to show organize Emmerson Zentz, there are already over thirty Checkers registered and more are expected!

Emerson also shared plans to bring some of our past Checker friend’s rides to the show!  Sadly,  we have lost several beloved Checker fans over the last couple of years: Joe Pollard, Fred Miller, Pete Talanca and Dan Smith.  They can’t be with us, but thanks to the team organizing the show,  their cars will be prominently displayed .  Emerson has been working with the Smith and Talanca family and they have been gracious enough to ensure that our lost friends will be with us on Memorial Day weekend.

Based on current registrations a least one of every Checker cab model is expected to be at the event.  This includes, A11 taxicabs, Aerobuses, station wagons and project cars.  Additionally several pre 1960 Checkers will be at the event.  Several automotive media outlets have also confirmed press coverage.  As stated earlier, this is expected to be big.

More about the show.

Bring your public service vehicles to show!  All Checkers are welcomed!

Pete Talanca’s Norfolk Car

Our show on Memorial Day weekend will include a vast collection of early to late model Checker in all build forms and styles.  Everything from A8s to A11s will be represented.  We also expect a significant showing of A12s too.   The event will be filled with great cars, people and cruises to mark this historical date

Come join us rain or shine at the Midwest bus museum (MBM) WI Chapter grounds just outside La Crosse, WI to honor and celebrate Checker’s 100’s anniversary

Registration: 100th Checker Anniversary Party Registration (google.com)


5:00 PM

Fred Miller’s former Medi Car

This will be a car cruise and dinner get-together for whomever is already in town.

Feature’s Bar & Grill (American food)
📍 504 N Holmen Dr
📍 Holmen, WI
☎️ (608) 526-3600
*Meet at the MBM grounds at 5:00 pm for the car cruise to Feature’s for a 6:00 pm dinner.

Features Bar and Grill

This will be a car cruise and dinner get together for whomever is already in town.  Features in Holmen strives to enrich the lives of our guests through superior quality of food and beverages, legendary customer service and an enjoyable environment.  We believe in delivering an exceptional dining experience to every customer, every time.

American Food, 504 N Holman Drive Holmen WI 608- 526-3600

9:00 AM

MBM WI Chapter Grounds

Joe Pollard’s Checker Police

📍 N6071 County Road DE
📍 Bangor, WI

Free Admission Car show
(ALL public service vehicles and Checkers welcome!) Music Yard Games
Food – Lunch provided (charcoal-grilled hamburgers & hotdogs + sides, tables/chairs will be set up)

From the MBM website “MBM Wisconsin Chapter Grounds, Our second event at the museum. Welcome to the Midwest Bus Museum website! The Midwest Bus Museum was incorporated in January of 2020 with the purpose of preserving bus transportation history with an emphasis on North American school buses. As demonstrated last year, the museum is very Checker friendly.”

N6071 Country Road DE, Bangor, WI  Free Admission Car Show.  Camping available on property

6:00 PM
Departure from MBM grounds: 4:00 pm
La Crosse Queen Cruises
🍽(American food)
📍 405 East Veterans Memorial Dr
📍 La Crosse, WI
☎️ (608) 784-8523
Sit back and relax while the La Crosse Queen paddles along the main channel of the Mississippi River. The musicians will provide a fine dining atmosphere while you enjoy a tasty, chef-carved prime rib and chicken dinner. Later, they will serenade you while you relax on the upper deck and watch the world go by. As a special treat on this 2-1/2 hour river boat cruise, we will “lock thru” Lock and Dam No. 7, river conditions permitting. Advance reservations are necessary.
Adults — $54 per person
Seniors — $52 per person
Kids — $33 per person
Chef-carved prime rib and chicken dinner
2 1/2 hour Mississippi River cruise
Live music
Prepayment is necessary for the required advance reservations and available on the registration form below. We will make the reservation as a group. You must pay via the link below to reserve your spot(s).
REGISTRATION FORM ➡︎ bit.ly/CheckerPartyRegistration
9:00 PM
MBM Wisconsin Chapter Grounds
Bangor, WI
Join us after dinner back at the MBM grounds for a social hour… or two! Soda, Beer, Liquor provided in our downstairs bar area.
10:00 AM
We will all be getting together for a farewell brunch for whomever is still in town.
Perkins Restaurant
🍽 (American food)
📍 9428 Hwy 16 W
📍 Onalaska, WI
☎️ (608) 779-4700
*Meet at the MBM grounds at 10:00 am for the car cruise to Perkins for a 11:00 am brunch.

Perkins Restaurant, A history sweeter than pie. Founded in 1958 as a single pancake house in Ohio, Perkins has transformed into the nation’s leading family restaurant. With nearly 300 company-owned and franchised locations in 32 states and two Canadian provinces, Perkin’s has demonstrated a successful family breakfast experience.

America Food, 9428 Hwy 16 W Onalaska, WI. (608) 779-4700

Meet at the MBM grounds at 9 AM for the car cruise to Perkins for the 10 AM Brunch


We need to book the La Crosse Queen River Cruise dinner in advance as a group and put down a deposit.
Click here to register for the weekend and pay for the River Cruise so we are able to make the group reservation:


📍 125 Buol Rd
📍 West Salem, WI
☎️ (608) 786-3340
🧭 10 min from MBM
🔎 Pool
🔎 Hot breakfast included
Rating: 4.1/5

Americinn 125 Buol Road, West Salem, WI  608-786-3340

AmericInn by Wyndham West Salem | West Salem, WI Hotels (wyndhamhotels.com)

Hampton Inn
📍 308 Hampton Ct
📍 Onalaska, WI
☎️ (608) 779-5000
🧭 15 min from MBM
🔎 Pool
🔎 Hot breakfast included
🔎 Fitness center
Rating: 4.4/5

Hampton Inn 308 Hampton Ct. Onalaska WI 608-779- 500

Hampton Inn in Lacrosse Onalaska Hotel (hilton.com)

Holiday Inn Express
📍 110 State Rte 31 S
📍 McHenry, IL
☎️ (815) 344-9200
🧭 15 min from MBM
🔎 Pool
🔎 Hot breakfast included
🔎 Fitness center
Rating: 4.3/5
La Crosse, WI Airport
2850 Airport Rd
La Crosse, WI
The La Crosse Regional Airport offers close parking, easy check-in, convenient daily flights to major hubs, free Wi-Fi, and a comfortable atmosphere including in-seat electronic chargers, nursing room, children’s play area, and television.
Amtrak — La Crosse, WI depot
601 St Andrew St
La Crosse, WI
Arrives once daily from both Chicago and Minneapolis.

The MBM fleet will be on display too!

The A8 Taxicab will be ship ahead of Memorial Day