On the Road

I don't take the show on the road enough.  This past June on fathers day weekend after years of politely and sometimes impolitely declining Mark Fritsches invitation to come to Minneapolis and see the mother of all car shows ,"Back to the 50's", I decided to invade Minnesota.  Joining me on my adventure would be my long time friend and sometime webmaster/tech advisor Gordon Kent. 

 Mark is fairly well known in Moparland as a result of his work as a moderator at the P15-D24 forum.  Mark is the proud owner of a 1951 Dodge Truck 1 ton which at one time belonged to his Great Grandfather.  When he is not working his day job as an Engineer you can usually find him working on a his current restoration project, playing Hockey, clearing a field, doing woodworking, or volunteering as a moderator at the P15-D24 forum, lets just say he isn't idle for long.

Beautiful Blue Desoto

Back to the 50's is an annual car show that is held a the MN State fairgrounds on the weekend of fathers day.  I grew up in the business and have been to a lot of car shows both big and small.  I have seen thousands of wonderful and truly rare automobiles over the course of my life.  This show was the most unbelievable thing that I have seen in recent memory.   Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds the weekend of fathers day for almost 50 yrs There were 13,000 automobiles at this show of all makes and models from model year 1964 and older.  Why 1964 you might ask?  Mustangs, they don't like Mustangs and they don't want them at their show.  Now I have never really been a Mustang guy but it would not occur to me to exclude them from my car show but if they don't want them they don't want them. 


Fantastic Plymouth

As with most car shows I attend these days there were many 55-57 Chevy's as well as the  usual Ford suspects but there were also a decent amount of Chrysler products and a nice selection of vintage trucks and custom vehicles. 


My meal at Butcher and the Boar.  I had 3 of the best meals I have ever had in my life during my brief visit to that fantastic city!


Minneapolis is a wonderful city and I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed my visit there.  If you are looking for an amazing car show with super friendly people you should consider adding back to the 50's to your bucket list.  



Until next time,






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12/30/2016 3:49 PM
Mark is "The Man!" Always like talking with him at the Pilot House BBQ in Clements, CA. Would love to trap him in my garage for about 6 months!
Nice write up and Happy New Year to you guys!

Hollister, Ca