IOWA Magazine | 08-16-2022

Iowa Fans Rev Up for Football Season in Their Hawkeye Rides

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These superfans represent the black and gold on the road, golf course, and farm.
Hawk Tank Nicknamed the Hawk Tank, this 1976 Winnebago Chieftain owned by Ryan Howell (08JD) of Des Moines features hand-painted ’70s-era logos, a pink bathroom, and artificial-turf flooring.

Many fans show off their Hawkeye pride on the road with a Tigerhawk decal in their back window or a custom UI license plate. Some superfans, however, shift things into another gear entirely.

We recently put out a call for photos of fans’ Hawkeye-themed vehicles and received more than 100 submissions. From converted ambulances to tricked-out Winnebagos to combines-turned-tailgating hubs, here are some of our favorite Hawkeye rides.



Chuck (85BA) and Donna DeAngelis with their golf carts in The Villages, Florida.

Hawkeye fans Marc Magers of Fairfax, Corey DePauw of Marion, and Brian Wilkinson (87BBA) of Cedar Rapids purchased this former ambulance in 2013 and have been bringing Tailgate 911, as it’s now known, to Iowa games ever since.

The Kinnick Combine, which parks just outside the stadium on game days, has been a tailgating favorite in recent years. Pictured here are its owners, Keaton (10BSE) and Lauren Walker (11BBA), and their daughters, Lola and Ella, of Coralville.

Scott Swanson of Ollie, Iowa, restored this antique Massey Harris 22 tractor. Pictured in the driver’s seat is his daughter, Lainey.

This Hawkeye van owned by Troy Klaus of Eldridge, Iowa, has been a fixture on fall Saturdays outside of Kinnick Stadium for nearly 20 years.

Nick Hoeger (08BA), a research support coordinator at the UI College of Public Health, and his son, James, are pictured with a 2005 Victory Vegas motorcycle, which was custom-made for an Iowa Lottery contest in 2005. Hoeger purchased it from a neighbor in 2011.

Brent Smith of North Liberty owns this tailgating trailer that has a fully stocked bar, entertainment center, microwave, and bathroom.

Davenport, Iowa, resident Rick Piatt’s 1961 Ford Econoline pickup.

Kody Walters of Tiffin, Iowa, owns this converted ambulance, which has the license plate HRKY911.

Sarah and Dana Raley of Clive, Iowa, and daughters Brooke (18BBA) and Morgan (21BBA) represent the Hawkeyes aboard their boats The Wave and Hawkaholics on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

An Iowa-themed combine owned by Randy Huss of Ashton, Iowa.

Kelly Speltz of Rockford, Illinois, owns this 1971 Volkswagen Bug convertible.



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