Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Art of the Car, Art of the Machine, Art of the Chopper. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for June 24, 25, 26

Normally, we just go along and take the old car hobby for granted. But not everyone knows the secret. That’s why it’s nice when our world is opened up to folks that might not normally recognize us.

This weekend, the Kansas City Art Institute will hold the Art of the Car Concours. This is a great show, with several high-end Classics that you are not likely to see at the local cruise night. This is one of those can’t-miss type events.

But, if normal cruising is more your speed, there are some good ones in Belton, Gladstone, Overland Park, Liberty, and more.

The usual assortment of car racing is also in play. Lakeside Speedway was closed last week, but God willin' and the creek don’t rise (literally), they’re back in business this Friday.

Check out the full calendar of events below. And you know, call ahead if weather looks like an issue.  But don't worry.  If it does rain, you can watch some NASCAR road course action on TV, or the animated movie Pixar Cars 2 opens in theatres.


Kansas City-area car shows and cruises

Friday, June 24. Lansing, Kan. Leavenworth Cruisers Cruise Night. Burger King. 391 N Main Sreet (in the Carriage Hills Shopping Plaza), 66043. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 240-67755.

Friday, June 24. Overland Park, Kan. Longbranch TGIF Cruise sponsored by Hollywood Nights. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse & Saloon, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, call Dan at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, June 24. Overland Park, Kan. Fast Fridays Cruise at KC Trends. 13300 Grandview Street, 66213. For more information, call (913) 962-5200, or e-mail sales@kctrends.com.

Friday, June 24.  Blue Springs, Mo.  Friday Night Winstead's Cruise.  7-Highway and I-70.  6:00 p.m.  For more information, call Jim at (816) 847-2116.

Friday, June 24-Saturday, June 25. Gardner, Kan. Kansas City Area Vintage Aircraft Fly-In hosted by the EAA Vintage Chapter 16. Gardner Municipal Airport (K34). For more information, call Kevin at (816) 985-3248, or Jeff at (816) 729-3151.

Friday, June 24.  Kansas City Metro Area.  Disney's Pixar Cars 2 Opens in theatres.  For more information on Cars 2, visit http://disney.go.com/cars/, or to find a theatre playing the movie near you, check out the Kansas City movie times.

Friday, June 24-Monday, July 4.  Kansas City, Mo.  Art of the Chopper Exhibit in Kansas City's Union Station.  30 West Pershing Road, 64108   For more information, call (816) 460-2020, or visit http://www.unionstation.org/chopper/index.php.

Saturday, June 25. Liberty, Mo. Liberty Main Street Car Cruise. Kansas and Main Streets. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call Gary at (816) 524-7669, or Werner at (816) 810-9487.

Saturday, June 25. Grandview, Mo. Armacost Auto Museum Tour hosted by the Kansas City Miata Club. Armacost Museum. 4200 East 135th Street. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail tooirish@hotmail.com, or call Deborah at (816) 453-0263.

Saturday, June 25. Vandalia, Mo. 14th Annual Dam Few Cruisers Car Show. Vandalia Fairgrounds. 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For more information, call Boyd at (573) 594-3465.

Saturday, June 25. Olathe, Kan. 26th Annual Mustang, Ford Show, and Swap Meet. Bass Pro, 12051 Bass Pro Dr, 66061. For more information, visit http://www.mustangclubofgreaterkc.com/.

Sunday, June 26. Holt, Mo. 1st Annual Holt Cruise for Food sponsored by the American Iron Truck Club. Downtown Holt, Hwy 33 & Main Street, 64048. 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Food drive benefits the Holt Ministerial Pantry. Admission is one non-perishable food item. For more information, call Troy at (816) 320-3957.

Saturday, June 25. Chanute, Kan. Mirza Shriners SEKCATS Cruise-In. Downtown Chanute. For more information, call (785) 448-4548.

Saturday, June 25. Independence, Mo. Hartman Heritage Center Summer Cruise-In. Jackson Drive next to Buffalo Wild Wings. 6:00 p.m. For more information call Jim at (816) 808-1154.

Saturday, June 25. Belton, Mo. Cruzin' Main Street hosted by the South 71 Cruisers. Historic Downtown Square. 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call Mike at (816) 898-3698, Russ at (816) 392-0728, Paul at (816) 392-1470, Dave at (816) 898-5174, or Esther at (816) 322-7005, or visit http://www.south71cruisers.org/.

Saturday, June 25. Hiawatha, Kan. Hiawatha Annual Car, Truck, and Bike Show. Fisher Community Center, 201 East Iowa Street. For more information, call Ron at (785) 742-1888, or Stacy at (785) 742-7136.

Saturday, June 25. Booneville, Mo. Heritage Days Car Show. Downtown Boonville. 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, call Tom at (660) 882-6248, or Tony at (660) 882-7381.

Saturday, June 25. Seymour, Mo. 13th Annual Freedom Rocks Car Show. Seymour South Park. 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, call (417) 224-7871, or visit http://www.seymourchamber.com/.

Saturday, June 25. Neosho, Mo. 4th Annual Celebration on the Square Car Cruise. 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call. The Neosho Chamber of Commerce at (417) 431-1925, or e-mail info@neoshocc.com.

Sunday, June 26. Kansas City, Mo. 5th Annual Art of the Car Concours. On the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute. 4415 Warwick Ave, 64111. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.kcai.edu/events/special-events/art-car-concours, or call (816) 472-4852.

Sunday, June 26. Gladstone, Mo. Cowtown T's Monthly Cruise Night. Hy-Vee parking lot, 7117 N Prospect, 64119. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information call Sal at (816) 452-8152 or e-mail sbonsignore@kc.rr.com.

Sunday, June 26. Kansas City, Mo. Art of the Machine Display featuring the Mercedes-Benz Club. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Kansas City’s City Market. For more information, visit http://www.thecitymarket.org/, or e-mail ppowers@copaken-brooks.com.

Sunday, June 26. Columbia, Mo. 29th Annual All Ford Car Show. Parkade Plaza 601 W, Business 70. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.centralmomustang.org/, or e-mail mach@hughes.net.


Kansas City-area car races

Friday, June 24. Kansas City, Kan. Johnsonville Brat Night at the Races. Lakeside Speedway, 5615 Wolcott Dr, 66109. For more information, call (913) 299-2040, or visit http://www.lakesidespeedway.net/.

Friday, June 24. Kansas City, Mo. Friday Grudge Night. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Friday, June 24. LaMonte, Mo. Weekly Racing. L A Raceway, 11649, 65337. For more information, call (660) 563-9878, or visit http://www.laraceway.com/.

Friday, June 24-Saturday, June 25. Grain Valley, Mo. Weekly Racing. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Hwy, 64029. For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit http://valleyspeedway.com/default.aspx.

Saturday, June 25. Kansas City, Mo. Spectator Appreciation Day. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Saturday, June 25. Nevada, Mo. Weekly Racing - Midwest Outlaw Vintage. Nevada Speedway, S Barrett Ave, 64772. For more information, call (417) 667-5859, or visit http://www.nevadaspeedway.net/.

Saturday, June 25. Topeka, Kan. Super Saturday Showdown w/NCRA Racers - Dirt Track. Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

Sunday, June 26. Kansas City, Mo. Grass Root Bracket Series. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.


NASCAR on TV

To help wake NASCAR Nation back up after a snoozer in Michigan, the Sprint Cup Series takes to their first road course of the year in Sonoma. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series is going to hammer it out on a different road course at Road America. The trucks are off this weekend. For more information, visit http://www.nascar.com/.

Saturday, June 25. Elkhart Lake, Wis. NASCAR Nationwide Series Bucyrus 200. Road America. 4:30 p.m. (c/t). ESPN.

Sunday, June 25. Sonoma, Cali. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350. Infineon Raceway. 2:00 p.m. (c/t). TNT.

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