This year was the 5th iteration of one of the most prominent events in the Minnesota car community, and we decided to return to where it all began, The Automotorplex. The owners had us back to host one of the best yet, except this time they opened their garages to us and even came along for the cruise. With 613 vehicles in the cruise and many more filling the spectator lots, it was a great day to cruise and an even better day to get some dope photos.
For everyone here who has ever been into drag racing here in Minnesota, the name Rockfalls brings with it both fond memories and infamy. Being the closest 1/4 mile drag strip to the Twin Cities, for years, many of us have our first memories of taking our cars out to the strip here. After a while, the number of track worthy street cars willing to make the 90 minute trek into Wisconsin began to shrink precipitously and threats to discontinue hosting Sport Compact Day at the track were made. All of that is in the past however and it is all thanks to grassroots car enthusiasts.
Once again the annual pilgrimage of upper midwest Mitsubishi owners has been completed. Coming from states far and wide to descend upon Central Park in Ramsey, MN, this was the event of the year for anyone who is a fan of the 100 year old Japanese industrial juggernaut. Mitsubishi may be in dire straits now but lets look at this showcase of their history to remind us exactly why we love this brand.
Last month we hosted our Light The Night show for the third year, the show actually predates the formation of MNCEC. Each year it has grown and has become one of the go-to shows during the Minnesota Car Show season. The turn out was great, the food trucks were delicious and the only real issue was the city placing the restrooms a block west of where they were supposed to be located.
On a regular basis I hear the comment of "the 80's were terrible for cars" which couldn't be any farther from the truth. People give the era as a whole a bad wrap, sure the 90's arguably had some better platforms but the 1980's were nothing to scoff at. As much as I can wax poetic about the beautiful excess and technological optimism of the 1980's, there is no better evidence than an all 80's car show to prove my point. Minnesota Fieros Forever recently held their Back To The 80's event for all 1980's era cars and we are here with coverage.
Over Father's Day weekend, the MSRA had their Back to the 50s Car Show. It's largest show of the year for Minnesota and nearly 18,000 cars covered every inch of the Minnesota State Fair Grounds.
Actually, this is arguably the largest classic car show in the United States as a whole. I would believe it too since it's nearly impossible to be able to see all of the cars in the show even if you go for the entire weekend. The closest competitor to Back to the 50s is the Hershey AACA Meet in Hershey, PA with around 11,000 cars showing up. This was the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota Street Rod Association this year so it was a bit of an extra special show.
We're picking up with our coverage of Ignition with the European and American offerings. Our original plan was to do a single post for the whole show but there was such an overwhelming number of Japanese cars that we had to have a separate post just for them. It's awesome to be able to see cars from all parts of the car community at one show. We're planning to have some additional correspondents added to the blog that give these more niche corners of the car community their due justice. But, without further adieu, here is the Americans and Europeans of Ignition 2017.
At the beginning of May MNCEC put on their first show of the year, aptly named Ignition. Originally it was going to be held at the US Bank Stadium ramp but due to the turn out at the Winter Ramp Meet in February it was moved to Canterbury Park. We couldn't have asked for better weather at the show and the turn out was unreal. I spent literally the entire show judging with our guest judges; Art from Grimmspeed, Dan Carey from Modern Automotive Performance and Brian Jannusch from International Vehicle Importers. With nearly 1000 cars to judge and 4 people over a course of 4 hours, we had our work set out and it took literally the entire time.