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Back to the 50s Annual Minnesota Car Show

Updated on July 7, 2015

Back to the 50's Cars

Do you have a love for classic cars? Where can you find over 11,000 classics in one place? At the Back to the 50's Car Show in St. Paul Minnesota hosted by the MSRA (Minnesota Street Rod Association)! I've created this lens to share with you the sights of this Annual car show that has become a yearly tradition for many families all around the country.

Every year we plan for this great event. Because our kids are still young, we usually just plan one day for them to go because they need lots of sit/food/water breaks. You can walk all day long at this event and still not see everything!

Sit back and enjoy this trip to the past!

Save the Date

2015 Back to the 50's

June 19 - 21

2010 Broke the Record!

11,795 Cars were Registered for the 2010 Back to the 50's Car Show!

Some 2012 Highlights

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History of the MSRA

One of the first events the MSRA hosted was a cruise night. They invited 200 friends to meet at St. Paul's Midway Shopping Center parking lot. After an impromptu car show some of the members cruised to a local theater where the streets were filled with rods and customs as the film "American Graffiti" let out. Just imagine the shock of the patrons leaving the theater to see the film come to life on the streets of St. Paul! After several years the event was moved to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Back To The 50s Weekend is attended by over 11,000 vehicles with more than 125,000 spectators making it the largest three day event of its kind in the world.

Some 2011 Highlights

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Some 2010 Highlights

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Don't adjust your monitor - it actually IS that orange!
Don't adjust your monitor - it actually IS that orange!
Don't adjust your monitor - it actually IS that orange!

Every Color Under the Sun

Vehicles from 1964 and older are showcased at the Back to the 50's Car Show.

Pinstriping - Each design is unique.

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Over 350 Vendors

Everywhere you look, you'll see vendors selling their wares. Find anything you could possibly need to complete that project you're working on: Tools, Engines, Exhaust Systems, Interior, Pinstriping Kits, Wheels and more!

But they don't stop there. You'll also find vendors selling purses and personalized totes, light-up signs and prints, t-shirts, knickknacks, sunglasses, household cleaners, shoes and much much more!

Parade of Flames - No two are exactly alike!

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As you browse up and down the streets filled with cars, not only will your sense of sight be treated, so will your sense of smell!

Every corner hosts a new taste sensation - Mini Donuts, Gyros, Foot Long Corndogs, buckets of french fries and buckets of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and much much more! Wash it all down and get refreshed with a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade - perfect for a hot summer day.

Rat Rod Gallery

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Rat Rods

What is a Rat Rod? A rat rod is a "unfinished" street rod that is intentionally left a bit rough around the edges. A Rat Rod is usually a vehicle that has had many of its non-critical parts removed. They are very often a conglomeration of parts and pieces of different makes, models and after market parts.The term "rat rod" was first used by the high dollar, show cars guys to describe the low-buck, home built drivers.

More than anything though, a Rat Rod is a piece of art! They get crowds of people gathering to admire the uniqueness of each car.

Other Events going on at the Back to the 50's Car Show

*Auto Auction* Buy or Sell your classic car!

*Ladies Showcase* A place to get pampered, learn about the newest in beauty and health care and browse the latest in cosmetics, hair care, engraved bracelets and more!

*Cruise-N-Art Craft Fair* Over 300 craft vendors!

*50's Dance* Take a step back in time and enjoy the wonderful music of the 50's played by a variety of 50's inspired bands.

*Sunday Swap Meet* Over 350 swappers come out with their truckloads of treasures! You just might find that part you've been searching for!

For more information on these events, check out the MSRA Website

Customs & Street Rods - A little imagination goes a long way!

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Fun for Kids!

Even the kids will enjoy the Back to the 50's weekend! In 2009 they introduced "MSRA Kid's World". Kids can have fun with a variety of air bouncers, a climbing wall and music from Radio Disney. Kids young and old will enjoy the remote control race track!

Don't forget all the delicious treats kids will love! You won't have to look far for cotton candy, gourmet caramel apples and cookies for kids.

Amazing Paint - Keep an eye out for some special paint jobs!

Prepare for all kinds of weather!

Prepare for all kinds of weather!
Prepare for all kinds of weather!

Check out the sights and sounds of the Back to the 50's Carshow

Classic Car Gallery

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We Hope to See you there!

Even if you've already been to the Back to the 50's Car Show, each year holds new and exciting sights and events. There's something for everyone - young and old. Whether you have a car of your own you'd like to show or just enjoy taking a trip back in time, you won't be disappointed!

Poodle skirts, fuzzy dice, revving engines . . . they're all here and you should be too!

Hope to see you in 2016!

Have you been to the Back to the 50's Car Show? What is your favorite classic car?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I liked Danny and Cindy Lee's 32 Ford three window coupe. Neat little car. Wow !!!!!!!!!!!

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      glenbrook 4 years ago

      I've never been to the Back to the 50's show, but I go to HAN in Reno/Sparks every year. My favorite annual car show is the Fall Colors Classic in Bishop, CA.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      55 2dr hrdtop chevy

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Holy cars!! So many to look at, and wonderful information! The weather is certainly a factor this summer for doing anything outside!

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      That zebra car is UH-MAY-ZING!

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      raegal75 5 years ago

      @PristeamDetail LM: Thanks! It's the module called "weather". You can find it by searching the keyword weather when browsing all modules.

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      ShoppingWithMonty 5 years ago

      Wow, I love all the beautiful cars in this lens!

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      PristeamDetail LM 5 years ago

      I like the current weather module...Which module is that?......I'm from Minnesota, and moved to San Diego ;)

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens, nice job!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Great looking cars!

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      Bobbala 6 years ago

      Just love car shows! Like your lens.

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      TWWSTUDIOS 6 years ago

      We enjoy cars and like your lens. Keep up the great work.

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      mrducksmrnot 6 years ago

      Studebaker car show usually the 2nd weekend in September in Waynesville, NC Lot's of wonderful old cars and trucks.

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      sisbrown34 lm 6 years ago

      Sounds like sooo much fun. We will be going with our 55 chevy to Hot August Nights in Reno, NV They usually have over 5,000 classic cars. I cant, wait!

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      dani3l lm 6 years ago

      awesome cars, and great pics

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Been there for last 4-5 years, Great show !! Great location for show. Fairgrounds are perfect for show.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Very cool lens. My grandpa used to love going to this!

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      ValleyDesigns 6 years ago

      We've really been wanting to get to the back to the 50's show for the last couple years. Hopefully we'll be able to make it this year, we make those Custom acrylic plaques made from a photo of your vehicle. You may have seen them around. Fingers crossed that we can get there this year!

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      raegal75 7 years ago

      @anonymous: One was . Not sure if that's the one you're looking for. They're out of Big Lake.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Does anybody know the name of the vendor that was selling lifts at the back to the fifties event. Thanks in advance

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What wonderful fun I just had! I especially was fascinated by the Rat Rods. You seem to have a passion here and very well done!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What wonderful fun I just had! I especially was fascinated by the Rat Rods. You seem to have a passion here and very well done!

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Congratulations on your purple star!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      oh oh oh! almost there! one more day! cant wait! pulling all nighters trying to get the 26 T wired up in time!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Had my rod shot at his last year, great team!

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      Kim 7 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      My dad would love this car show - I would never get him out of there! Really great photos and sounds like a fun time for all ages :-)

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      raegal75 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I think that is my most favorite car. The first time we saw it was at a car show in Jefferson, WI. I look for it every year. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      nevermind! haha you got the yellow car with the sheet metal showing.


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I've been going since i was 5 and I'm 17 now. BTT 50s is my favorite part of the summer. By the way, you completely missed the car with the most realistic flames ever. It literally looks like the flames are peeling the paint off because it's painted to look like the sheet metal is showing. It is one of the nicest looking cars there.

      My parents have a 1941 Chevy. We're not going this year but you can bet I'll be right back up there next year...with my OWN car :)

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      Pete Schultz 8 years ago

      I just came across this lens, the photos are great and it gives the feel of a fun gathering. I like it, I rated it 5*, gave it a favorite and lenrolled it to some of my lenses.

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Sounds like a really fun way to spend a day out with the family in MN. LOVE the photos. 5*!!

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Enjoyed! Lots of shiny bright clean works of art on wheels.