Back to the 50s Annual Minnesota Car Show
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 HighlightsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 HighlightsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Some 2010 HighlightsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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!Click thumbnail to view full-size
FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!
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 GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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!
Amazing Paint - Keep an eye out for some special paint jobs!
Prepare for all kinds of weather!
Check out the sights and sounds of the Back to the 50's Carshow
Classic Car GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!