Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Treat mom to a car show, car cruise, or car race this weekend, May 6, 7, 8

Did you know that Mother's Day is this weekend? Have you forgotten to plan something special for her? Well, the pressure's off, because mom wants to go do car stuff on her special weekend, and there's a whole calendar of car stuff right here!

Whether you're talking about the Blue Springs or Parkville monthly cruises, one of several full-fledged car shows around town, or any number of great live races, there are plenty of things out there to repay the woman who brought you into the world.

Check out the full schedule of events in this week's calendar below.  And as usual, be sure to check ahead before you head out.

Kansas City-area car shows and cruises

Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 8. Lawrence, Kan. 48th Annual Lawrence Region AACA Swap Meet. Douglas County Fairgrounds, north of 23 & Harper. For more information, call Delores at (785) 843-2222.

Saturday, May 7. Parkville, Mo. Parkville Monthly Cruise Night. English Landing Park, Historic Downtown Parkville. 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call (816) 505-2227, or e-mail msparkville@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, May 7. DeSoto, Kan. DeSoto VFW Car Show. 33725 West 84th Street. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call (785) 979-1107.

Saturday, May 7. Platte City, Mo. Northland Career Center Car Show. Platte County Middle School Parking Lot. 900 Platte Drive. Registration 8:00 a.m., awards 2:30. For more information, visit http://www.northlandcareercenter.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3.

Saturday, May 7. Independence, Mo. 13th Annual Noland Road Baptist Church Car Show. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Noland Road Baptist Church, south of I-70 on Noland Road - North of 40 Highway. For more information, visit http://www.nolandroadbaptist.org/.

Saturday, May 7. Atchison, Kan. Atchison River Rod Cruise Night. Sonic Drive-In, 10th and Main. 5:00 p.m. For more information, call Donna at (913) 367-0344.

Saturday, May 7.  Gladstone, Mo.  Touch-a-Truck Police Car Fire Truck and Rece Car Show.  Happy Rock Park.  For more information, call (816) 423-4091, or visit http://www.gladstone.mo.us/.

Saturday, May 7. Newton, Kan. 7th Annual Downtown Car Show. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Main Street will be blocked off at 5th Street up-to 7th Street. For more information, visit http://www.newtondowntowncarshow.com/.

Saturday, May 7. McPherson, Kan. 12th Annual McPherson College C.A.R.S. Show. McPherson College Campus. Parking at 10:00 a.m., awards at 3:00 p.m., cruise at 5:00 p.m., showing of the movie Thunder Road at 7:00 p.m. For more information, see this flyer at the Kansas City Mercedes-Benz Club website: http://www.kcmbca.org/mcpherson.pdf.

Saturday, May 7. Blue Springs, Mo. Blue Springs Cruise-In sponsored by the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department. Downtown Main Street (just west of 7 Hwy and Main St.) between 10th & 12th Streets. 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.bluespringsgov.com/index.aspx?nid=240.

Saturday, May 7. Harrisonville, Mo. Heartland Road-Runners Cruise Night. Coffee Cats Coffee House, 1919 N Commercial, 64701. For more information, call Kenny at (816) 258-1741.

Saturday, May 7. Spring Hill, Kan. Classic Cruisers Cruise Night. Sonic Drive-In. 909 N Webster, 66083. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Rick at (913) 352-6845, Gene at (913) 352-6763, or e-mail tesmith@kckt.net.

Friday, May 6. Overland Park, Kan. Longbranch TGIF Cruise. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more info contact Dan at (913) 642-9555.

Saturday, May 7. Independence, Mo. Summer Cruise-In at the Hartman Heritage Center. Jackson Drive next to Buffalo Wild Wings. 6:00 p.m. For more info contact Jim at (816) 808-1154.

Kansas City-area car races

Friday, May 6. Kansas City, Kan. Weekly Racing. Lakeside Speedway, 5615 Wolcott Dr, 66109. For more information, call (913) 299-2040, or visit http://www.lakesidespeedway.net/.

Friday, May 6. Kansas City, Mo. Friday Night Grudge. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Friday, May 6. LaMonte, Mo. Weekly Racing. L A Raceway, 11649, 65337. For more information, call (660) 563-9878, or visit http://www.laraceway.com/.

Friday, May 6-Saturday, May 7. Grain Valley, Mo. Mom's Weekend sponsored by Joslin's Jewelry. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Hwy, 64029. For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit http://valleyspeedway.com/default.aspx.

Saturday, May 7. Nevada, Mo. Weekly Racing. Nevada Speedway, S Barrett Ave, 64772. For more information, call (417) 667-5859, or visit http://www.nevadaspeedway.net/.

Saturday, May 7. Topeka, Kan. E.T. Bracket & Junior Dragster Series Race w/ Super Gas- Drag Strip. Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

Saturday, May 7. Topeka, Kan. Super Saturday Showdown - Dirt Track. Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

NASCAR on the Tee-Vee

Can't get enough high-octane entertainment locally? Well, the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup boys (and the occasional girl) are at it in Darlington this weekend, so tune in to see 'em mark up the right side of their cars with the infamous "Darlington Stripe".

Friday, May 6. Darlington, S.C. NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200. Darlington Raceway. 6:30 p.m. (C/T). ESPN2.

Saturday, May 7. Darlington, S.C. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Showtime Southern 500. Darlington Raceway. 6:30 p.m. (C/T). Fox Television.

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