The Rock Island Gran Prix is happening August 31-September 1 in downtown Rock Island. Kart racing is where IndyCar, Formula 1 and some NASCAR drivers learn their race craft so you may be watching motorsports starts of the future racing through downtown city streets one inch off the ground at speeds up to 80 MPH. Event includes vendors, car show, nightly outdoor concerts and other activities downtown. Event features 16 feature races with practice and heat races Saturday and Finals on Sunday.
Since I was a teenager, I have been surrounded by the influence of the Center for Belgian Culture on 7th Street in Moline, IL. The area called Olde Towne was the result of immigrants moving from the old country for a better life in the United States. John Deere and the lumber industry attracted the immigrants who brought their talents in the trades.