Thursday, November 4, 2010

At least there are a few more Kansas City car events left. Car shows, races, and cruises for November 5, 6, 7

Let’s face it. Once you turn the calendar to November, the car events around Kansas City get pretty scarce. You can’t really blame folks for not wanting to schedule things, though. We know how cold it can get around here this time of year. We’ve seen it snow. We know it can be bad.

And yet, we car people still want to go do a few more things. Just because it’s November doesn’t mean we’ve given up on getting out there and checking out some car events. Did you know the SEMA Show was going on in Las Vegas this week? Curse them and their hot, dry climate!

At least there are a few things left to do around here. The Harley Owner’s Group’s annual Toys for Tots Run is usually a pretty good time, and it supports a good cause. The Longbranch in Overland Park is still having their excellent Friday night cruise. And the Culver’s in Blue Springs and Annie’s Drive-In in Holden are having cruises specific to this time of year.

See the full schedule of events below. And remember, it’s always a good idea to, call ahead before you hit the road.

Kansas City-area car shows and swap meets

Saturday, November 6. Hazelwood, Mo. Mid America Raceway Park Benefit Car Show. Registration will be from 8:00 a.m.-noon, Judging is noon-2:00 p.m. Show will be held at Redbirds Sports Cafe, 9085 Dunn Road (270 and Lindbergh). For more information, e-mail Willy at

Saturday, November 6. Canal Winchester, Ohio. Mecum Auctions Bob McDorman Collection Sale. Bob McDorman Chevrolet. 5885 Gender Road. Normally I wouldn’t put an event that takes place all the way in Ohio on this calendar, but since I wrote about the amazing cars that are going to be there this month, I thought I’d give you the head’s up. For more information, visit

Sunday, November 7. Olathe, Kan. 22nd Annual Toys For Tots Run presented by the Harley Owner's Group of Kansas City. Rawhide Harley Davidson, 725 Rawhide Rd, 66061. Riders will be escorted from Rawhide HD to the Mahaffie House. $10 and a toy includes lunch. Registration for the run will be November 6 and the day of the run. For more information, call Bob at (816) 254-3733, or visit

Sunday, November 7. Butler, Mo. Butler Motor Speedway Swap Meet. 10:00 a.m. There is no set up fee and no charge to get in. Swap meet will be located in the grandstand parking lot at the track. For more information, call Shawn at (417) 529-4999, or visit

Sunday, November 7. Leawood, Kan. Sunday Drives with the Mercedes Benz Club of Kansas City. U.S. Bank parking lot, 119th Street & Roe. For more information, call Kevin at (913) 579-6318.

Kansas City-area cruise nights

Friday, November 5. Olathe, Kan. Subway Cruise Night sponsored by the Good Times Car Club. 539 East Santa Fe Street, 66061. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Subway at (913) 393-0363.

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

Saturday, November 6. Blue Springs, Mo. Blue Springs, Mo. Saturday Winter Cruise. Parking lot west of Culver's. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call Eric Dempsey (816) 213-7398.

Saturday, November 6. Lenexa, Kan. Margarita's Promotional Car Night. Margarita's, 7890 Quivira Rd, 66215. For more information, check out

Saturday, November 6. Holden, Mo. Annie's Cruise. Annie's 58 Drive-In, 300 E 10th St, 64040. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. For information, call Scott at (816) 838-4202, or Kim at (816) 682-1001.

Kansas City-area car races

No more Lakeside. No more I-35. They aren’t even running the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Kansas Speedway anymore. The cold, hard truth is; the racing season has pretty much come to an end around here. At least you can go out to KCIR on Saturday and get a little more doctor-prescribed horsepower treatment.

Saturday, November 6. Kansas City, Mo. Test-N-Tune. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit


Since you can’t watch many races around town, you might have to turn your attention to the national stage. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, and the new tit-for-tat payback rules have become so ridiculous, they’re entertaining.  For more information, visit

Sunday, November 7. Fort Worth, Tex. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500. Texas Motor Speedway. 2:00 p.m. (C/T). ESPN.

Saturday, November 6. Fort Worth, Tex. NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Texas Motor Speedway. 1:00 p.m. (C/T). ESPN2.

Friday, November 5. Fort Worth, Tex. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350K. Texas Motor Speedway. 7:30 p.m. (C/T). SPEED TV.

Photos for this story are from the General Motors Media Archives.

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