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Event Coverage Official 2018 MSRA Back To The 50's Thread. St. Paul, MN June 22, 23,24

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Speed~On, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,416


    Well, it is indeed that time of year once again. In just over 2 weeks the 45th Annual MSRA Back To The 50's car show will invade the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. Each year the show...well lets be honest...EVENT, brings in around 12,000 hot rods, customs, street rods, and gassers.

    Wednesday and Thursday is registration pickup at the host hotel and the south pickup point. Thursday evening there are numerous cruise-ins throughout the Twin Cities. It really is 4 solid days of hot rodding. Friday morning the gates open and the fairgrounds instantly transform into a hot rodders paradise. The beautiful MN State Fairgrounds is covered with mature trees as it's truly a great venue to host a show of this size. There is live music, WWII airplane flyovers on Saturday, and many top builders will be on hand with some of their builds.

    This is also a "can't miss" event for many hot rod vendors from all over the nation. If you're looking to purchase/spec parts, take advantage of show specials, or talk to the reps in person, here is your chance.

    The Swap Meet is Sunday where many great parts can be had. Once you attend, you'll never miss another. This is a "can't miss" event for so many. So, get your car ready and get your tail to Minnesota!

    Who's returning and who's attending for the first time?
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018
  2. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,416


    I understand this is a long list of vendors. For those of you that are not familiar with the fairgrounds, it is quite large with lots of buildings. The vendors in no way overshadow the show, the cars dominate the weekend.
    However, if you're looking for parts, you can find them here.

    As of last month, here is the most updated list of Commercial Vendors attending this year.
    A Plus Rod & Kustom
    A to Z Screen Printing & Signs
    A&R Tire
    A.M. Burney Exteriors Inc.
    Advantage Lifts Affordable Street Rods / Richard's Stuff Air Compressors Plus, LLC
    American Made Sales
    American Petroleum Institute
    Lifetime Oil Art by Amy Cunningham
    Auto City Classic
    Auto City Gas
    Auto Inspirations
    AutoMeter Products
    Awesome Oldies
    Bad Dog Tools
    Bankmasters of Minnesota
    Becker Fire & Safety Services
    Bel Cappelli Hat Company
    Billet Specialties
    Borgeson Universal Company Brake & Equipment Warehouse
    Bruce Horkey's Wood & Parts
    C.A.R.S., Inc.
    C-Aire Compressors
    California Car Cover Company
    Cara Fuller Photography
    Carcapsule USA
    CARtoons Magazine, Inc.
    Cenaiko Expo
    CFM Motorsports, LLC
    Champion Windows
    Chuck's Place
    Classic Instruments
    Classic Plus Limited
    Classic Street Signs
    Classics Plus, Inc.
    Clean Tools Clean Up, Inc.
    Coach's Corner
    Coker Classic Tires
    COMP Performance Group
    Compressed Art Cooling Components, LLC
    Corky's Towing
    Coys Wheels
    CRT Shirts
    Cutco Cutlery
    CVF Racing
    Dakota Digital
    Dealer Automotive Services
    Dean's Parts
    Dennis Carpenter Ford Parts Design Enginnering, Inc.
    Dick's Hot Rod Shop
    Dillon Radiator
    Dip'n Good Dips
    Discover Austin, Minnesota
    Dom's Sunglasses
    Dot's Frame Shop
    Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Inc.
    Ellingson Motor Cars
    EMS Automotive <------HAMBers!
    Energy Panel Structures
    Evapo-Rust Ewe-Nique Products
    E-Z Chassis Swaps
    Fatman Fabrications, Inc.
    Finishing Touch Car Care
    Flaming River

    Fog Light City
    Ford Performance
    Future Vision
    Galaxy High Performance
    Gandrud Chevrolet
    Gearhead Enterprises
    GM Enterprises
    Good Guys Rod & Custom
    Good Times & Collectibles
    Griot's Garage
    Grundy Worldwide
    H&H Classic Parts
    Hagerty Insurance
    Haneline Rod & Custom Products, LLC
    Hot Rod Hardware
    Hotwire Auto ididit, LLC
    Inland Empire Driveline
    Iverson Automotive
    J&L Collectibles
    Janc, Inc.
    JB Distributing Company, Inc.
    JC Taylor Insurance
    Johnny's Auto Body
    Johnson Trailer Company
    JR Custom Chrome Plating
    Kalahan Communications
    Kathy's Collectibles
    KBS Coatings
    KC's Paint Shop
    Keep The Bitch Floored

    Key Guys
    Kindigit Designs
    The Keystone Automotive
    Kool Rides
    Kwik Wire
    L&L Street Rods
    Laid Back
    High Range Designs
    Leaf Filter North of Minnesota
    Leather 4U
    Legens Hot Rod Shop
    Living In Skin - Hop Up Mag
    Hi Octane Lizard Skin
    LMC Truck
    Lyon's Diecast Collectibles
    M & E Sales
    Martin Wholesale Group
    McMillan Rod & Custom
    Merv's Classic
    Chevy Parts
    Metro Moulded Parts
    Midwest Manufacturing
    Minnesota Pneumatic Products
    MN Transportation Center
    Model Empire
    Modern Driveline
    MSRA Scholarship Foundation
    NAPA Auto Parts
    National Auto Tools
    Neat Old Stuff
    Neon Warehouse, Inc.
    Northland Buildings
    Ol Skool Rodz Magazine
    Painless Performance
    Rod & Custom
    Pete & Jakes
    Super Bell

    Phoenix Machine
    Pirtek Midway
    PJ's Auto Literature
    Porter Mufflers, LLC
    Preferred Welder Sales
    Pro Art Custom Paint Promotion Company
    The Pure Choice Motorsports
    QA1 Precision Products
    Race Coatings
    Rat Rod Magazine
    Relics Awry
    Renewal by Andersen
    The Ribbon Fair Games
    Rise and Shine Enterprises
    Roach Custom Pinstriping
    Rodding USA
    Rodman Tool
    Roger's Rod & Customs
    Ron's Diecast Collectibles
    RR Frames, Inc.
    Rusty Nut Enterprise
    Rydell Parts
    S.S. Enterprise
    Samaritan Tire Company
    Sanderson Headers
    Schwanke Engines
    Scooter Time Rentals, Inc.
    Scramblers 2, LLC
    SeneGence Int.
    Shannon Watts Art & Design
    Show Cars Automotive
    Smokey Road Rod Shop
    Sole Shine
    Henna Body Art
    Soler & Sons
    Southwind Treasures
    Specialty Truck Equipment
    Speed Zone
    Speedway Racing Systems
    Speegle Agency
    Suburban GM Parts
    Sun Products
    Superior Sleep
    T&S Quality Bag Tanks, Inc.
    Teas Design, Inc.
    Tie Boss Timber
    Timeout Toppers and Trailers Plus
    TPS Products
    Trio Trish's Wishes
    Trouble Free Lighting
    Uncommon USA
    Union Speed & Style <----HAMBers
    Unique Specialty & Classics
    Unisteer Performance
    UPS Store
    The Valspar
    House of Kolor
    Veit Automotive Foundation
    Viking Paints, Inc.
    Vintage Gameroom
    Wheels of Time
    Wildfire Lifts
    Wildlife Resins
    Winter Company
    Wise Guys Seats
    Wizards Products
    Woodward Fab
    Woody's Auto Literature
    X-Treme Products
    Zycoat LLC
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2018
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  3. car doctor
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 493

    car doctor

    IMG_5342.PNG IMG_20170723_134143.jpg IMG_20170813_133244.jpg IMG_20170813_133056.jpg Myself and 3 friends are going and taking our cars for the first time. It's a 900 mile trip for us so we're taking 2 days to drive there. The cars we will be driving are 2-32 Ford coupes, a 29 Ford sedan and a 34 Ford coupe. I will post pictures of our trip. St. Paul or Bust !!!!!
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2018
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  4. Mr cheater
    Joined: Aug 18, 2010
    Posts: 540

    Mr cheater

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  5. scoop
    Joined: Jul 4, 2001
    Posts: 1,336


    We'll be there for the 27th year in row.
  6. L7
    Joined: Apr 22, 2009
    Posts: 131


    you can't see it all - but fun trying.
    lots of great vehicles not all H.A.M.B. friendly but lots to look at -1964 and older.
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  7. jkluge
    Joined: Oct 6, 2014
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  8. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 742

    from Minnesota

    Oh hell too-

  9. buster6972
    Joined: Apr 3, 2007
    Posts: 234

    from Florida

    Can't say enough about this show, the venue, the people, and the cars are amongst the best in the nation. It blows streetrod nationals out of the water.
  10. Nezzy51
    Joined: Oct 20, 2013
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  11. 2MNYTYS
    Joined: Feb 29, 2008
    Posts: 39

    from MN

    They also have an online map for vendors this year.
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  12. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,416


    It's hard to believe we are only 2 days away from the start of Back To The 50's 2018 with Registration Pick-up beginning Wednesday, and the main pick-up day of Thursday. Wishing safe travels for those that will be traveling from all over the United States and beyond to attend this great show.
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  13. Super/Stock Poncho
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 99

    Super/Stock Poncho
    from Missouri

    Coming up from Missouri as a spectator. Any Friday Night car events outside the fairgrounds? Will be staying in Eagan. I'm attending the show on Saturday.
  14. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,244


    Since I live 2 blocks from the fairgrounds, and my car is in divorce jail, I will be walking there.
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  15. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,882

    from Indy

    what's the weather forecast for the weekend ? my 2nd time there, can't wait
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  17. FrozenMerc
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 2,776


    Wasn't sure we were going to make it this year. It would have been out first time missing it since 1999, but the wife insisted on it, and some time opened up in our schedules. Hope every one has a good drive, see you at the Fairgrounds! The current forecast looks like great weather all weekend.
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  18. raprap
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 768

    from Ohio

    I went to BTTF's all through out the 90's and 2000's. It never failed to please. Great food, people and rods! I do think it's a little too many on Saturday now. You used to be able to cruise around and see the complete fairgrounds on Friday, but Sat was impossible. I'm sure that it's not even possible on Friday now. If you can go, don't miss it!
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  19. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    I'll be there with this truck!

  20. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,416


    Look at this weather forecast. Looks great!!

    Screenshot_20180618-210547_The Weather Channel.jpg
  21. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,416


    If you're going to be around Thursday evening, come see HAMBer Moriority and I at the Minnetonka Drive-in!!

    The Minnetonka Drive-in has a cruise-in every Thursday evening. With this being Back To The 50's weekend it should be a great time. This is a 50's style drive-in with working drive up style order stands. Head over Thursday evening if you're looking for some pre-BTT50's fun!

    Minnetonka Drive-In
    4658 Shoreline Dr
    Spring Park, MN 55384
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  22. FalconMan
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,372

    from Minnesota

    I'll be there in my deuce 20170429_132351_resized_3.jpg .....
  23. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,211

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    I'm planning to be there in my 31 Plymouth Coupe. First long drive for the coupe since built.

    What is the trick to getting a good spot?
  24. Bruce A Lyke
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,252

    Bruce A Lyke

    Looking forward to the event again this year. Forecast looks good. Hope to see some of the HAMB'ers in person.
    My car is the "Blue and White 1959 Nomad".
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  25. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,056

    from Minnesota

    The trick to finding a good spot is to not get hung up on having a good spot.
    The only bad spots are the ones near the greasy spoon food vendors.
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  26. Gary in MN
    Joined: Jun 27, 2008
    Posts: 124

    Gary in MN

    I will be there with this '28 A pickup behind the DNR building by the fish pond. Gary DSC00919 (300x169).jpg DSC00929 (300x169).jpg
  27. Super/Stock Poncho
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 99

    Super/Stock Poncho
    from Missouri

    Thanks for the Minnetonka information Speed-On. This might work for me. Should be getting in late afternoon that day. Would be nice meeting some Northern Hambers.
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  28. 41woodie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 1,098


    Leaving Oklahoma for St. Paul tomorrow a.m.
  29. waylow64bird
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
    Posts: 316

    from Buffalo MN

    I won’t be there but my dad and brother and my car will IMG_1506.JPG

    Sent from my iPad using H.A.M.B.
  30. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 5,058


    It's on the bucket list and hear it's a awesome show and swap.....
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