Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ol’ Marais River Run, Shrine Swap Meet, and much more. Lakeside postponed. Kansas City car shows, races and events for September 17, 18, 19

The list of car events may be getting smaller, but the events themselves get bigger as the season begins to wind down.

Of note is the Ol’ Marais River Run in Ottowa, which is an absolute monster of a show. I’m not sure of the car count, but some say it is bigger than the Goodguys show at Kansas Speedway. Whatever. It is a big, big deal.

Also, look for the last Shrine Swap Meet of the year, the annual and always popular Jayhawk Modified Classic at Lakeside Speedway, and the mammoth cruise in Downtown Belton.

No matter how your automotive preferences lean, there will be a hum-dinger of an event for you somewhere near Kansas City this weekend.

Kansas City-area car shows

Friday, September 17-Sunday, September 19. Ottawa, Kan. Ol' Marais River Run. This is one of the biggest shows in the Midwest. Forest Park. For more information, call (785) 242-5799, or visit

Saturday, September 18. Riverside, Mo. Riverside Riverfest Car Show.  E. H. Young Riverfront Park. For more information, contact Ken at (913) 208-4714.

Saturday, September 18-Sunday, September 19. Lee's Summit, Mo. Ararat Shrine Fall Swap Meet. Intersection of Highway 50 & M-291 at the old Adesa Auto Auction. For more information, call (800) 211-4120, or visit

Sunday, September 19. Kansas City, Kan. 16th Annual Kansas City Bikers for Babies Charity Ride. Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd, 66111. For more information, call Kara at (913)387-3605, or visit

Sunday, September 19. Kearney, Mo. Jesse James Shoot Out! Jesse James Park (3.5 miles N on 33 Hwy. For more information, call (816) 903-3603 or visit

Kansas City-area cruise nights

Friday, September 17. Olathe, Kan. Subway Cruise Night presented by the Good Times Car Club. 539 E Santa Fe, 66061. 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Subway at (913) 393-0363.

Friday, September 17.  Riverside, Mo.  Riverside Sonic Summer Cruise-In.  2707 NW Vivion Road, 64150.  4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  For more information, call (816) 741-1760.

Friday, September 17. Overland Park, Kan. Hollywood Nights Longbranch TGIF Cruise. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse. 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, September 17. Kansas City, Mo. HPAC North Sonic Cruise Night. Sonic Drive-In. 10101 NE Cookingham Road, 64157. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, contact Bob at (816) 407-9023 or e-mail

Friday, September 17. Lansing, Kan. Burger King Cruise presented by the Leavenworth Cruisers. 391 N Main St (in the Carriage Hills Shopping Plaza), Lansing, Kan., 66043. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 240-6272, or (913) 306-0959.

Saturday, September 18.  Platte City, Mo.  Righteous Rides Monthly Cruise.  Final Platte City Cruise of the year!  Pizza Shoppe/Mr. Goodcents.  2400 NW Prarie View Road.  5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  For more information, visit

Saturday, September 18. Overland Park, Kan. Dunn Brother’s Coffee Morning Cruise. 8975 Metcalf Ave. 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. For more information, call (913) 381-3030.

Saturday, September 18. Independence, Mo. Hartman Heritage Center Cruise-In. Jackson Drive next to Buffalo Wild Wings. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Jim at (816) 808-1154.

Saturday, September 18. Lenexa, Kan. Margarita's Promotional Car Night. Margarita's, 7890 Quivera Rd, 66215. For more information, check out

Sunday, September 19. Kansas City, Kan. Cruisin' In Paradise. Cheeseburger In Paradise, 1705 Village West Pkwy. 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jake at (913) 334-4300.

Kansas City-area car races

Friday, September 17-Saturday, September 18. Kansas City, Kan. McCarthy Auto Group Jayhawk Modified Classic. Lakeside Speedway.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE WET CONDITIONS!  It has been rescheduled for September 24-25. For more information, call (913) 299-2040 or visit

Friday, September 17-Sunday, September 19. Kansas City, Mo. Muscle Car Reunion. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Road, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit

Friday, September 17-Sunday, September 19. Topeka, Kan. NHRA Summit Racing E.T. Series. Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 SW Topeka Blvd. For more information, call (785) 862-4781, or visit

Saturday, September 18. Winston, Mo. Weekly racing program. I-35 Speedway, I-35 (Exit 64) and Highway 6, 64689. For more information, call (660) 749-5317, or visit

Saturday, September 18. Grain Valley, Mo. Weld Family Memorial Non-Winged Sprints. Valley Speedway. 348 E. Old 40 Highway, 64029. For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit


This weekend is the start of the “Chase for the Sprint Cup” ten-race “playoff” series for the Sprint Cup drivers. Twelve drivers have a chance to take it all. The one who accumulates the most points in these last ten will be the champion. The Nationwide Series is off this weekend. For more information, log on to

Sunday, September 19. Loudon, N.H. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300. New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 12:00 noon on ESPN.

Saturday, September 18. Loudon, N.H. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 175. New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 1:30 p.m. on SPEED TV.

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