It’s no secret that I get to a lot of events across the midwest. I certainly have my favorites, this is a partial list of the shows I like, with a link to the show’s official website if possible and some of my show coverage where I can. My philosophy is different than many, I don’t think that a huge car count is always a good thing. My favorite experiences at shows have all been when the car counts were less than 250. I don’t have anything against the bigger shows, I’ve had great times at them as well but the very best experiences were these select smaller ones.
Texas Thaw – 1st Weekend of March – Denton, TX
Texas Thaw – Vintage Drag Racing and car show, all the proceeds go to a great cause. What better way to kick off March but to head to North Texas for some drag racing?
2013 was my first trip to the event, here are the photos I took that day or if you prefer to see the best stuff in blog form you can go here. Here is an article that I did for Rod Authority on the event.
Lonestar Roundup – 1st weekend of April – Austin, TX
Lonestar Roundup – This is one of the bigger shows on the list. 2013 saw a reported 1700 vehicles, I’d say 75% were traditional hot rods and kustoms of many different flavors. Add to that a great garage crawl on Friday morning, and Austin’s fantastic food and music. It’s hard to go wrong with the Lonestar Roundup in your travel plans. Here’s the gallery and here is Part 1 of the coverage on the blog.
Stray Kat 500 – 1st full weekend of May – Dewey, OK
Stray Kat 500 – Full Disclosure, this is the flagship Stray Kat Kustoms event and I am very blessed to be a member of the Stray Kat Kustoms Family.
Vintage Torque Fest – 1st weekend of May – Dubuque, IA
Vintage Torque Fest – 2011 was the last time I was able to attend the Vintage Torque Fest, since then the show has conflicted with the Stray Kat 500.
KKOA Leadsled Spectacular – Last weekend of July – Salina, KS
KKOA Leadsled Spectacular – This one has an advantage, this is my home town show. 1850 cars this year, plus run what ya brung drags and a bunch more.
H.A.M.B. Drags – 3rd weekend of August – MO-KAN Dragway
H.A.M.B Drags – I’ve been attending the H.A.M.B. Drags for a few years, and I’ve never had a bad time. I’ve nearly had heat stroke but never a bad time.
Greaserama – Labor Day Weekend – Platte Co. Fairgrounds, Tracy, MO
Starliner – 2nd Weekend of Sept. – Wichita, KS
Starliner – Much like the Stray Kat 500 this one is easily amongst my very favorite shows. The people, the brotherhood, the planes, the Garage Krawl, there is just no end to what’s to love about this show.
Iron Invasion – 2nd weekend of Oct. – Woodstock, IL
Iron Invasion – 2012 was the first year of the 2nd show that Vintage Torque puts on. It was a long drive, it was cold and about 750 cars showed up, it was a blast.
PUT THESE SHOWS ON YOUR SCHEDULE! If you’re into traditional hot rods and kustoms these are shows that you need to be attending in the Midwest. There are some more that I hope to be attending in the next couple of years and we’ll add to this list.
These shows are ones that I have attended multiple times and I’ve enjoyed myself every time. There are another 10 or so that could be on this list but this is MY absolute favorite list, these are the ones that I have had the best times at. Your mileage may vary.
What are your favorite shows?
See you at a show,