The Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA) rang in the 38th annual Back to the Fifties car show this past summer, taking place June 17-19 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. With nearly 12,000 pre-1964 cars and trucks registered, the family oriented event is one of the largest in the nation. The show kicked off on Friday in full force with plenty of happenings for the whole family featuring arts and crafts, music, dancing, food, and, of course, cars. A Mecum auto auction on Friday and Saturday made it possible for those who didn’t drive a classic into the show to drive one home. The shindig started early on Sunday with a huge one-day-only swap meet featuring more than 350 vendors stocked full of those hard-to-find items.

By Sunday afternoon, we were exhausted and had looked at so many trucks that our eyes were crossed. Toss in the trek through the swap meet and even our wallets were starting to hurt thanks to all the good deals we had to pass up. I wish someone would warn me about how much work all this fun can be!

All in all, the Back to the Fifties weekend is one of the most chock-full car events in the country and a definite must-see for those into all things classic Automobilia. Cars, trucks, music, parts, and all things 1950s converge once again in St Paul, Minnesota, next June; check out the MSRA’s website at www.msra.com for more info. CCT

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