AMSOIL Street Rodder Road Tour Director Jerry Dixey reported that the first leg of the 2016 Road Tour was again a huge success on many levels. The official registered car count at the MSRA’s Back to the ’50s event was 11,943. This show is for purists when it comes to street rodding. Every one of these vehicles was built in 1964 or earlier. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds were packed all weekend. Vendors were set up outside, in many of the buildings and the large grandstand area. Of course Jerry Dixey can’t talk about Back to the ’50s without a discussion about the Minnesota Fairgrounds food. From cheese curds to Sweet Martha’s cookies, there were plenty of food and beverage choices. He enjoyed as much as he was able…just like his love for cars.
What makes the event popular is the continual cruising. That’s what street rodders love to do – strut their stuff. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds is set up with perfect cruising lanes, and people take advantage all weekend.
One of the features of this exceptional event is the hard work and dedication of the members of the Minnesota Street Rod Association. This is an all-volunteer event on a scale seldom undertaken by a volunteer army. It’s a testament to the passions of these enthusiasts that they make so many sacrifices to produce this gathering each year.
A special “Thank You” goes out to Dale Stohlstrom, who handles most of the media relations for MSRA and who has been so helpful to AMSOIL this year, as well as to the Road Tourians. The local media was also on hand over the weekend to give daily updates about the event. On Friday the MSRA Road Tour participants gathered for the traditional group photo.
Dixey summed up the week in St. Paul as memorable and full of accolades. “We have seen some amazing collections of all things auto-related,” he said. “Our visit to AMSOIL was a blast and the Surf Ballroom brought back many musical memories. Staying in a city for an entire week seems to be a popular way to do a Road Tour. We still drive our cars, but we don’t have to pack our bags each day. Watch for this trend to continue with future Road Tours and watch for next year’s schedule.”
Traditional group portrait at the end of another great week.
Everybody loves the cruisin’.
Special thanks to Adam Bateman and John Holman for helping dress up our corner of the Fairgrounds.