First things first; I hope that those of you that could make it to this amazing event did! If not you still have 1 day left and it'll be a day you'll remember for a lifetime. I can now see why Dale said Friday was the laid back "lazy" day of the event. The show today was, to borrow a phrase, "The Greatest Show on Earth!" The MSRA event organizing is unparalleled. Who else can draw nearly 12,000 attendees to an event with spectator numbers estimated at nearly 100,000. This is truly a one of a kind event and quite possibly the biggest most exciting Street Rodding event in the country. Hats off the the MSRA!
Not only is this event a one of a kind the rides that show up for Back to the Fifties weekend are too. One ride that sticks out particularly is the Rebel Rouser owner by "Mr. Dwarf Car" himself Earnie Adams of Mancopa, AZ. If ever there was a one kind car this ride sure fits the bill. Check out this video and you can see what I am talking about.
When Dale said yesterday "wherever there's space they'll be a car" he wasn't kidding. Lining either side of the street and then again up the middle, under bridges, in parkways, behind buildings and in lots; every available blade of grass had a car. Each more unique than the next, words will not do today justice but a slideshow will.
I am looking forward to one more great day at Back to the Fifties. If you can make it MSRA.com has all the info and I strongly urge you to get yourself "Back" to the Fifties.
"Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin'!
I don't believe there are sufficient words to describe the MSRA's Back to the Fifties. All I can say is that if you are within driving, heck flying distance of St. Paul, Minnesota you MUST attend this event. Come on my friends, you have 2 days to work it out and I am promising you that you will not be disappointed! This event is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Overwhelming (in a good way) is an understatement. I never thought it possible that there could be too many cars. Suffice it to say unless you have some sort of motorized transportation I don't think it is humanly possible to see this entire show. I don't think if you had an entire week and motorized transport you could see this entire show! Are you getting the picture, this show is a gargantuan. We have already seen so much and what we've seen is just the tip of the iceberg. And according to Dale, a proud MSRA member, today was the "lazy" day. I can't imagine tomorrow. Please enjoy these slideshows and if my words weren't persuading you to do whatever you can do to get here these slideshow will do the trick. MSRA Back to the Fifties & MSRA Back to the Fifties II
I have to give a huge thank you to J. Marie, Dale, and Sam. They rolled out the red carpet for us and for that I am truly indebted. Were it not for them we wouldn't have even known where to begin. A huge thank you!
Honestly, this is one show you DO NOT want to miss. It runs from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. tomorrow and from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more info check out MSRA.com. The Best Kept Secret in Minnesota - I don't think so!
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
The week started at Bristol 45 Diner in Bristol, Wisconsin. It was a beautiful night for the bi-monthly show. When I arrived the lot was nearly full and the cars just continued to pour in. What's unique about the car show at the Bristol 45 Diner is it draws cars from both Wisconsin and Illinois offering different and unique rides. Outstanding rods, some unique classics, a couple of great survivors and a funny nod to Mr. Nader were all on display. An unexpected treat for me was my first lesson about hit and miss engines. Brad H. of Bristol had 5 of his own hit miss engines proudly displayed and running at the show. This polite and well informed young man was more than happy to give me the low down on this interesting form of internal combustion. It was a popular display and the POP whoosh whoosh whoosh POP was so cool to listen to throughout the show. I can’t talk about the car show without talking about the Diner that hosts this great event. Bristol 45 Diner is a warm, inviting restaurant with a fun retro vibe. It has super friendly service and terrific food; killer fries and one of the best chocolate malts I have EVER had! It's a great place that puts on a great show check out the slideshow and trust me about the malts you've gotta get up there and try one for yourself!
Wednesday was Park on Park. This show is proudly celebrating 10 years of bringing classic cars to the heart of Mundelein. Hats off the Pete Christie and company for having the vision to create this show and the dedication to put in ALL the hard work required to create such an enormously popular event. So popular in fact, that this months event had nearly 400 cars with hundreds of spectators despite that fact that all Chicagoans were Hockey fans that night and were glued to their T.V.'s. Proving that if you are lucky enough to get a space at Park on Park nothing is going to make you leave - not even a championship for a hometown team! You have three more chances to get out to this show this year and if you don't have plans for July 3rd the same folks are putting on the 11th Annual Mundelein Classic Car Show. Same location as Park on Park, from 10am to 1pm. No age restrictions for the July 3rd show, all vehicles and motorcycles welcome!
There was so much to see at this past Park on Park it wouldn't fit in one slideshow. The night was so jam packed, I even had a brush with local royalty. The goods are all there in Park on Park #1 and #2. Enjoy!
I hope the weather holds this week so I can head out to parts unknown to see what I can see and bring it to you. 'Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
Bad weather Saturday didn't bum out the Blacktop Barons; the 5th Annual Roadblock was quite the bash. Sweet Chariots, rockin' Rockabilly, and a smokin' grill were the ingredients for a great day - who needed the sun! Customs, Classics and one of a kind's came out for the Roadblock, all parked on the grounds of the Lyons Farm Historic Village, creating a "roadblock" the likes of which you've never seen! Nothing like the classic rides and historic buildings to create a great vibe. Not only was this a great opportunity to hang out in a cool place with cool rides but, all the proceeds form the Roadblock went the Muscular Dystrophy Association. So you were doing good without even tryin'! See for yourself what a great show the Blacktop Barons put on, it's all in the slideshow. I know this show is going on my calendar for next year!
It was a wonderful weekend for the "official" start to the cruising season. Friday we decided to head to Rolling Meadows for the cruise night the Rolling Meadows Cruisers Car Clubs puts on. It was support the troops night, and the people were out in droves. We have it on good authority that there were nearly 300 cars parked in the old Dominick's lot. This show runs Friday nights all summer long and trust me, this show is worth the trip. If you're bringing your ride people start arriving around 4:30 anytime after 6 is great if you are there to simply "gawk" at the awesome display. Everything from mild to wild at this one. Check out the slideshow and you can see for yourself.
Saturday we found ourselves at Miller's Dog N Suds for the season opener of their Saturday Cruise Night. Let me tell you we picked the perfect night to head up to Miller's! The lot at the drive-in was filled to capacity; the overflow filled the neighboring lot and was spilling over to the train station. The finest Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Customs and Classics in the area were out at Miller's on Saturday. In addition to the rides that come out for this event there is the draw of Miller's itself. Going to Miller's Dog N Suds is like stepping back in time. It's a true 50's style drive-in; family owned and operated for 43 years. Roy (second generation) was handing out dash plaques, his son Brad was running the restaurant and various grandchildren, nieces and nephews were car hopping or serving that famous root beer. It was an all around great event, with live music to boot! The Saturday Cruise Night runs through the summer from 6-10pm, like Rolling Meadows - get there early! Here is the first slideshow of our Saturday night; sorry I don't have a Coney Dog to go with it.
Stay tuned for more from our jam packed weekend.