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Minnesota's "Back to the '50s Weekend" Is an Incredible Celebration of Classic Cars


Remember 2020? Yeah, that's a collective bad time that we're all going to stash in the back of our memories.

Instead, let's think of a better time... say, the 1950s. After a brief hiatus last year due to that whole coronavirus-global-pandemic-quarantine thing, the Minnesota Street Rod Association's "Back to the '50s" weekend is back.

The 47th Annual "Back to the '50s Weekend" car show returned to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds over Father's Day weekend, filling the Twin Cities with classic cars from June 17-20 2021.


What Is "Back to the '50s" Weekend?

The first MSRA "Back to the '50s" event was a classic car cruise that started at Midway Shopping Center in Saint Paul, and ended at Porky's Drive In. Approximately 125-150 cars participated, and considering the first event took place in 1974, you can only imagine what incredible cars were considered "classic" then.

Over the years, the event has continued to grow, including a '50s car show and swap meet, and it's also a huge qualifier in the eventual crowning of the MSRA Street Rod of the Year for builds earlier than 1949, and MSRA Custom of the Year, for builds between 1949 and 1964. The Katfish Kittens have been on hand since 2012 to host a traditional pinup contest, and thousands of gorgeous, growling hot rods, street rods, and classics descend on the streets of Minneapolis/St. Paul for a glorious weekend of cars, cars, and cars.

The Car Show of All Car Shows

The event attracts some key players in the automotive industry, too. 2021 guests included Justin Nichols and the crew of the hit Velocity Channel/Motor Trend TV show Wrench'd.


In fact, "Back to the '50s" Weekend has been ranked the Best Car Show by USA Today in 2016, 2017, and 2019, and they've been nominated for the award again in 2021.

Best of all, the return of the MSRA "Back to the '50s" show gives us all a little hope that things will be going back to normal for the rest of the world.

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