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Event Coverage Official 2019 46th Annual MSRA Back To The 50's Weekend June 21 - 23

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Speed~On, May 23, 2019.

  1. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,393


    After a long cold Winter that gripped the US I think we're all thankful the hot rod season has begun. One of the highlights for many is the Minnesota Street Rod Associations Back To The 50's weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota. This will be the 46th annual and will be held Friday June 21st - 23rd.
    Many of you are familiar with this event....either because you attend or you follow along on the HAMB thread.
    It's an exciting event, last year 11,707 hot rods, customs, gasser, street rods, drag cars and stockers attended! All of which are 1964 and older! That is quite impressive. To have that many 1964 and older cars in one place at one time is amazing. (Mustangs are not allowed as they are considered 1964 1/2) I have attended this show for many years; it's something I look forward to every summer. For many participants and vendors alike this is a "can't miss" event. Once you attend once, you'll be back. The fun factor is through the roof. It's great seeing people that have traveled from out of state and are attending for the first time. They are blown away.

    All this fun occurs at the beautiful Minnesota State Fairgrounds. There is a lot to see and do. This includes live music, WWII aircraft flyovers, 400 swap spaces in the swap meet, 300 commercial vendors, model car contest, and continuous cruising throughout the fairgrounds. Many premiere hot rod builders attend and bring their builds. If you're bringing your family (as you should since this is a family friendly car show) and they want to get away for a while, there is a shuttle that will bring them to and from the Mall of America.
    So do yourself a favor and get your hot rod and your tail to Minnesota this June.

    Last edited: May 23, 2019
  2. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,480

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    I will be there somewhere along the center island of Randall Ave, just like I have the last 20 of the 26 years I have attended. There is no 12 step program for it so I will be addicted to it the rest of my life lol Larry
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  3. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 520

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    I can't wait.
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  4. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,269


    Not so patiently waiting...
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  5. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,072


    Best show in the USA. I will be there for sure. It would be nice if we could get a Hamb meet and greet on Saturday that we all could find. Open for suggestions.
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  6. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,393


    The Space Needle is easy to find. Maybe have it on the Cooper St side??


    Here is a map of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It's large, but will be filled end to end with hot rods! Awesome!
    Last edited: May 23, 2019
  7. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,072


    Finding a spot to park around the space needle will be next to impossible. Between the Fox lot and Robin lot usually has lots of empty parking spaces. That is about where the meet was last year, but without a Hamb banner or a sign it was hard to find the Hambers.
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  8. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,104


    Titus always parks in that lot about halfway through the bend, and he sets up a canopy/tent thing for his family. Look for that.
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  9. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,078


    yep, were out in the robin parking lot towards the fox lot, we got tired of fighting for spots, so we just set up a couple tents and park and come and go as we please, and you never have to worry about not being able to park
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  10. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,648


    I found it to be one of the best get together weekend there is. The venue is perfect.
  11. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,072


    So can you guys with the tents put up a Hamb sign so us other Hambers can find the group? Could be fun to meet people we have messaged back and forth here on the forum. A big piece of cardboard with Hamb written on it would do, just so we know that the people parked there are Hambers.
  12. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,445

    from MN,USA

    Looking forward to the show as well and hoping for good weather. Will be there rain or shine with my topless A V\8.
  13. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,393


    Here is the list of Commercial Vendors that will be in attendance at the 2019 Back To The 50's. (This was the confirmation list as of 5/5/19, so more vendors may have been added)

    This is an incredibly killer list of vendors! What a great time to take advantage of "show specials", speak to the vendors/reps in person, demo their products, and take home some cool stuff!! This in no way over-shadows all the great cars that will be there, but adds to an already outstanding event!

    A & R Tire
    A Plus Rod and Kustom
    A to Z Screen Printing
    A.M. Burney Exteriors
    Advantage Lifts
    Affordable Street Rods
    Air Compressors Plus
    Aldan American
    All American
    American Made Sales
    Art by Amy Cunningham
    ASA Partners
    Auto City Classic
    Auto City Gas
    Auto Inspirations
    Auto Meter
    Avon Sales
    Awesome Oldies
    Backwoods Speed Shop
    Bad Dog Tools
    Becker Fire and Safety
    Bedder Getter
    Bel Cappelli Hat Company
    Billet Specialties
    Borgeson Universal
    Bowler Performance
    Brake and Equipment
    Brookville Roadster
    Buck's Carports & Canopies
    Bud's Speed Shop
    C.A.R.S. Inc.
    C-Aire Compressors
    Camaro Central
    Car Capsule
    Cara Fuller Photography
    Caricatures by Erin
    CARtoons Magazine
    Cenaiko Expo / JD's Salsa
    CFM Motorsports
    Checkered Racing
    Chuck's Place
    Classic Instruments
    Classic Street Signs
    Classics Plus Inc.
    Classics Plus Ltd.
    Clean Tools Inc
    Clean Up Inc
    Coach's Corner
    Coffee Queen Coffee
    Coker Tire
    Compressed Art Airbrushing
    Cooling Components
    Corky's Towing
    Covercraft Industries
    Cragar Wheels
    CRT Shirts
    Campus Ragz
    C-Tech Manufacturing
    Cutco Cutlery
    CVF Racing
    Dakota Digital
    Danny's Rod Shop
    Dealer Automotive Services
    Dean's Parts
    Denny's Auto Restoration
    Design Engineering Inc (DEI)
    Diecast Model Cars
    Dillon Radiator
    Dip'n Good Dips
    Dom's Sunglasses
    Dot's Frame Shop
    Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Inc.
    Ellingson Motorcars
    Energy Panel Structures
    Euro Shine
    USA Ewe-Nique Products
    E-Z Chassis Swaps
    Factory Motor Parts
    Fatman Fabrications
    Finishing Touch Car Care
    Flaming River
    Fog Light City
    Footpharmacy Direct
    The Ford Barn
    Ford Performance
    Future Vision Galaxy
    All Star Garage Experts
    Twin Cities Gearhead Enterprises
    Glide Engineering
    GM Enterprises
    Griot's Garage
    Grundy Insurance
    H & H Classic Parts
    Harris International Labs
    Hazelwood Flagpoles
    Heartthrob Exhaust
    High Plains Industries
    Hollywood Handbags
    Home Depot
    The Horkey's Wood and Parts
    Hot Rod Hardware
    Hotwire Auto
    Hush Mat & Zycoat
    Inland Empire Driveline
    Innovation X
    International Trade Services
    Iola Car Show
    Iverson Automotive
    J & K Sunglass Creations
    J & L Collectibles
    J.C. Taylor Insurance
    Jasper Engines/Transmissions
    JB Dist. Co. Inc.
    Jeff's Crank Balancing
    JJ's Rods/E-Z Firewall Boots
    Johnny's Auto Body
    JR Custom Plating
    Kalahan Communications
    Kathy's Collectables
    KBS Coatings
    Keep The Bitch Floored
    Keystone Automotive
    Kindig It Design
    Kwik Wire
    L & L Street Rods
    Laid-Back USA
    Living In Skin
    LMC Truck
    Lyons Diecast Collectibles
    M&E Sales
    Martin Wholesale Group
    McMillan Rod & Custom
    Merv's Classic Chevy Parts
    Metro Moulded Parts
    Midwest Lifts
    Midwest Manufacturing
    Millner-Haufen Tool Co
    Minnesota Pneumatic Prod
    Mobile Game World
    Model Empire
    NAPA Auto Parts
    National Auto Tools
    Neat Old Stuff
    Neon Warehouse
    Nichols Paint and Fab
    Northland Buildings
    Painless Performance
    Park Place Storage Condos
    Past Gas Art
    Perfection Products Un-Ltd
    Performance Rod & Custom
    Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts
    Phoenix Machine
    Piston Clothing
    PJ's Auto Literature
    Porter Muffler
    PPG Paints
    Premier Street Rod
    Prestone Products Corp
    Pro Art Custom Paint
    Pure Choice Motorsports
    QA1 Race Coatings
    Radiator Supply House
    Rat Rod Magazine
    Renewal by Andersen
    Ribbon Fair Games
    Roach Pinstriping
    Rodding USA
    Roger's Rod and Customs
    Ron's Diecast Collectibles
    RR Frames
    RTS Transmissions
    Rusty Nut Enterprises
    Rydell Parts
    S.S. Enterprise
    S+S Enterprises
    Samaritan Tire Co.
    Sanderson Headers
    Schwanke Engines
    Scooter Time Rental
    Scott's Hotrods
    Shannon Watts Art & Design
    Show Cars Automotive
    Sick n Twisted Designs
    Smeding Performance
    Smokey Road Rod Shop
    Smoothie Fabrication
    Sole Shine Henna
    Soler and Sons Southwind Treasures
    Speedway Racing Systems
    Steady Clothing
    Stewart Warner
    Suburban GM Parts
    Summit Racing
    Sun Products
    Supercar Collectibles
    Superior Sleep
    Swillco Speed Shop
    T & S Quality Bag Sales
    Tea Design
    Tie Boss
    Timber Wolf Point
    Timberwolf Belt Co.
    Toppers & Trailers Plus
    TPS Products
    Trouble Free Lighting
    True Grit Sandpaper
    Uncommon USA
    Union Speed and Style
    Unique Specialty & Classics
    Unisteer Performance
    UPS Store
    The US Mags / MHT Wheels
    Valspar / House of Kolor
    Vanz Auto
    Veit Automotive Foundation
    Vengeance Products
    Vintage Air
    Wildfire Lifts
    Wildlife Resins
    Wilwood Disc Brakes
    Winter Company
    Wizards Products
    Wolf Creek Autobahn
    Woodward Fab
    Woody's Auto Literature
    X-Treme Products
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  14. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,393


    Less than 2 weeks until this great event. Who's going and what are you bringing? Any of you attending for the first time?

    Here is a cool video from the 2018 MSRA Back To The 50's. It's just a small sampling of the thousands of cars

    For you first timers, here's some info you may find helpful. The Minnesota State Fair is (I believe) the 2nd largest state fair in the U.S. which is why it's referred to as the "Great Minnesota Get-together". It's also one of the largest fairs in the world. With that, the MN State Fairgrounds is quite large. There's many paved streets and sidewalks. For those looking for shade, the place is filled with mature trees. Although it's very will be packed end-to-end with hot rods. It's amazing how many cars show's pretty damn awesome! Also, regarding alcohol....they do not sell it on premise during BTT50's, so it's BYOB. There are police that patrol the fairgrounds. If you're sitting behind your car enjoying the show with your friends and family they will turn a blind eye. If you're walking around and not causing a problem....they will also turn a blind eye. Just use common sense and don't act stupid (which I know you wont) and you're good. I've never seen a problem in the 30-some years I've been going.

    There are restaurants on the grounds and many food stands & trailers.


    There's also some of the best cookies around..


    If you're looking for an aerial view of the show, the Skyride will be open as well.

  15. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,480

    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    You had to show the COOKIES! Don't you know some of us are on a 12 step program for addiction! Hi my name is Larry and I can eat a bucket by myself! Someone pass the milk. lol I have been going 26 years and eat way too many of them every year. Everybody that's going have Fun! I will be parked on the center island of Randall Ave somewhere. :) I will be driving my best friends 57 210 hardtop, Maroon , Cragers and old Project X style rear wheel flares. He has Parkinsons and can not drive that far at a time. May only have a couple more years where he will be able to enjoy it ,so I make sure him and his car are there. God willing I can always take one of my Mercs another year. Larry
  16. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,854


    4 cars/cheeseheads going, should be fun.
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  17. 41woodie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 1,095


    Anyone know if O'Gara's is open during BTTF?
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  18. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,393


    O'Gara's is open during the 50's.

    Make sure you get a bucket of cookies, too. They are delicious. @ONEBAD51MERC is right, one could enter a 12 step program after eating a bucket.
  19. Bruce A Lyke
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,197

    Bruce A Lyke

    Looking forward to seeeing a few familiar faces
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  20. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,910

    T&A Flathead

    I’ll be there for my first time.
    I’ve been told I don’t have a familiar face though.
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  21. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,072


    Will you be there with #71?
  22. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,259

    Jalopy Joker

    the 2019 coverage in photos & videos should be great
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  23. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,393


    That's awesome this is your first @T&A Flathead you're going to have a great time. Hoping for favorable weather. I'm surprised this is your first since you're quite close living in Wizco. I'm thinking this won't be your last!

    @Jalopy Joker I will try and take as many pics as I can and post them here, as I've done in years past. Typically my event coverage of BTT50's is decent. I know you're one of the guys that enjoys seeing photos from this show. One of these years you need to make it up to St. Paul for this show. You'll be mad at yourself for not attending years earlier.....come on, 12,000 hot rodders can't be wrong!:D I'm starting to get stoked for this years event.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2019
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  24. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,910

    T&A Flathead

    @Speed~On , yeah I should have made it sooner but I’m a transplant to wizco. Is there a hamb meet & greet ?
  25. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,393


    Yeah, I think there will be one. Sounds like people want to have it in the Robin Lot. HAMBer @titus typically parks in the Robin lot which is towards the North end of the fairgrounds. Scroll up to the map I posted above. The Robin Lot is slightly North and West of the grandstand. I'm not sure if a time has been agreed upon yet. Typically the Meet & Greet is on Saturday. I am a transplant to WI too. Grew up in MN.

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  26. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,087


    The plan is for me to be there on Friday and Saturday.

    Haven't been there in 4 years. Excited to return.
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  27. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,072


    OK so let's do it in the Robin lot at 1pm on Saturday. @titus can you put up a Hamb sign on your tent?
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2019
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  28. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,910

    T&A Flathead

    Can we do a HAMB show within the BTT50s show. Have the Robin lot filled with HAMB cars and people on Saturday ?
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  29. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,740


    After a many year hiatus I will be up there with my girlfriend. If I can dig it out I will bring my HAMB Banner.
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  30. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,072


    Please bring your banner so we can find you.... We would all like to meet your girlfriend!:D:p
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