Back to the ‘50s Weekend is celebrating its 40th Anniversary at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. And just like all those classic car designs from the glory days, it just keeps getting better as the years go by.
Back to the '50s is one of the largest car show event in the Midwest. Sponsored by the Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA) and held annually in June, it keeps breaking attendance records for both cars and spectators, year after year.
There were several locations throughout the Twin Cities that started the festivities off on Thursday night. The Hampton Inn in Shoreview had one heck of a turnout. Nearby, Island Lake Park (off 694 and Victoria Street) had a smaller car show assembled, with many grilling and mingling about. Island Lake is also the setting for Slice of Shoreview, which hosts a car show on July 28 (http://www.sliceofshoreview.com/carshow.html).
Starting Friday, the fairgrounds will be home to thousands of classic cars, street rods, and custom cruisers. Besides car-watching, there are plenty of other activities to do throughout the 3-day event. Shop hundreds of vendors for all your automotive needs. Kids can sign up and compete in the model car contest. Those interested to know the current status of the hobby (price-wise) can take in the 27th Annual Mid America Classic car auction.
Street Rodder magazine, along with its Road Tour contingents, are even stopping by (http://tour.streetrodderweb.com/2013/).
If that isn't enough, on Sunday scrounge the Midway swap meet for rare finds and vintage speed parts.
Check out all the event coverage in the article links below.