For nearly as long as there have been cars there have been car shows. While many of the earliest car shows were specifically held to allow manufacturers to show their latest models to the public, and in fact these types of shows still exist today.
But as the love affair the public had with the automobile grew, so did the desire for owners to personalize their cars and make them like nothing else on the road. It didn’t take long for car owners to gather and compare and appreciate each other’s efforts and the local car show was born.
The car show takes many forms, from a gathering of like-minded enthusiasts in a parking lot, to a cruise night on a favorite stretch of road or a more organized and judged event. With little effort most enthusiasts can find a car show in their area almost every weekend during the summer months.
Regardless of where you live, every region has that one “Must Attend” event. For those of us in the upper Midwest that event is the “Back to the Fifties” car show sponsored by Minnesota Street Rod Association and held in St. Paul, MN. This 3-day event draws in this region’s finest 1964 and older cars and trucks.
Street Rods, Gassers, Hot Rods, Customs, Rat Rods and restored classics come together for this event in their shared passion for the automobile. And not just a few either, this event regularly draws 12,000 cars and nearly 120,000 spectators, making this the country’s largest 1964 and older event.
There are NO awards, judges or trophies, just a gathering of people drawn together from all corners of the United States, Canada and points beyond, to share in their admiration of the early automobile. The tree lined streets and buildings of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds give the Back to the Fifties car show a small town feel and with just one visit it’s certain to make your list of “Must Attend” car shows.