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Report: MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show

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by Brian Medford  More from Author

A record year with 11,795 cars made 2010 the biggest show ever!

Nothing can prepare you for attending the Minnesota Street Rod Association's "Back to the 50's" car show for the first time. I still cannot fully comprehend the scale of this show. I have been to a lot of car shows over the years and this is by far the largest show I have ever seen. I normally pride myself on being able to photograph every single car at a show, or at the very least walking every single row of cars. This is simply not possible at the Back to the 50's show.

The Minnesota State Fair Ground is enormous and the show was spread out across the entire complex. Cars were parked on every available flat area regardless of pavement, cement, grass or gravel. Car clubs set up tent cities along the main thoroughfares to watch the cars go past. The prime spots were near the entrances and exits, almost guaranteeing a constant parade of fabulous cars.

One thing that struck me about this event was the people. I can't say that I have ever been to a car show with happier people. Everyone was having a great time. There were no strangers in this crowd. Striking up a conversation with a total stranger felt like reminiscing about old times with a friend. People were eager to show off their cars and tell their stories. Whole families were gathered to see the cars and to show off their own rides.

If you can make it to Minnesota next year this is definitely a show to check out, you won't be sorry.


Report: MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
A record year with 11,795 cars made 2010 the biggest show ever!

Gallery: Fabulous 40s & 50s of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show:  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3
These show stoppers are the heart and soul of the event!

Gallery: The Fat Fenders of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show:  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3
Big, round fenders set these rides apart from their skinny cousins.

Gallery: Full Fendered Hot Rods of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show:  Part 1  Part 2
Flowing fenders and running boards make quite a style statement!

Gallery: The 60's Invasion of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show:  Part 1  Part 2
The name of the show may be "Back To The 50's" but these 60's cars are welcomed with open arms.

Gallery: Cruising at the MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show:  Part 1  Part 2
One great feature of the show was the constant parade of amazing iron rolling down the streets.

Gallery: The Big Trucks of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
These heavy haulers drew just as much attention as their downsized brothers.

Gallery: Rat Rods of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
They may be rough around the edges but there is no doubt that rat rods draw a crowd.

Gallery: Kustom Trucks of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
These candy colored haulers have been retired from workhorse duty.

Gallery: Fenderless Hot Rods of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
Open wheel rodding at its finest!

Gallery: Old School Iron of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
Who would have thought a factory stock appearance would stand out so much?

Gallery: Farm Fresh Trucks of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
It is easy to imagine these trucks plying the dirt roads towards the family farm.

Gallery: Foreign Cars of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
Dare to be different is taken to a whole new level with these imported classics.

Gallery: Oddities of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
It takes something really unique to stand out at this show and these rides do just that!

Gallery: Real Patina of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
Of all the things you can buy for your car, the patina of time is not for sale.

Gallery: The Corvettes of MSRA's 2010 Back to the 50's Show
Steel may be real, but fiberglass has class!

 



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