Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Get your car shows, car cruises, and car races in before winter hits. The Kansas City calendar for July 29, 30, 31, 2011

Face it. It’s going to be hot. But that doesn’t mean life has to stop. This weekend, there are all kinds of car shows, car races, and car cruises that you can go to right here Kansas City and the surrounding areas. And when you have second thoughts about getting out there in the heat, think about how much you’ll miss this weather this winter when it’s cold, snowing, and nobody is doing anything.

The Liberty cruise is always one of my favorites. But there are other events from Bonner Springs to Belton, and Shawnee to Springfield.

Check out the full schedule of events below, and don’t forget to call ahead if weather might be an issue. And as usual, remember to e-mail me at kcissclub@hotmail.com if you have a future car-related event that you would like to see listed on this calendar later this summer.

Kansas City-area car shows and cruises

Friday, July 29. Overland Park, Kan. Hollywood Night’s Longbranch TGIF Cruise. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse and Saloon, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, call Dan at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, July 29. Bonner Springs, Kan. Bike Nite at Kobi's Bar and Grill, 113 Oak St. For more information, call (913) 422-5657.

Friday, July 29. Blue Springs, Mo. Winstead's Cruise Night. 7-Highway and I-70. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Jim at (816) 841-2116.

Friday, July 29. Olathe, Kan. Subway Cruise Night presented by the Good Times Car Club. 539 E Santa Fe St, 66061. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Subway at (913) 393-0363.

Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31. Salina, Kan. 31st Anniversary Kustom Kemps of America Leadsled Spectacular and Run-What'ya-Brung Drags/model car show. For more information, call (417) 847-2940, or visit https://bransonsecure.com/k/events.htm.

Saturday, July 30. Shawnee, Kan. Applebee’s Make a Wish Foundation Car Show. 11500 West 63rd Street, 66203. For more information, call (913) 962-1133, or e-mail eduardopepez@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 30. Belton, Mo. NAPA Auto Parts Car Show presented by the Posse Car Club. 138 East North Ave, 64012. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. For more information, call Don at (816) 550-2105, or Jim at (816) 331-4909.

Saturday, July 30. Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Classic Cruisers Saturday Cruise. McDonald’s. I-55 to Hwy 32 (exit 150), go east 5 miles to first stoplight, then turn right on Hwy 61. McDonald's will be a couple of blocks down on the right. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call Scott at (573) 535-1063 or Harry at (573) 517-2294.

Saturday, July 30. Springfield, Mo. Elk's Lodge 409 Car Show and Pool Party. 2223 East Bennett. Car Show-10:00 a.m. Awards-3:00 p.m. For more information, call Bruce at (417) 299-5576, or e-mail sanbru417@sbcglobal.net.

Saturday, July 30. Jefferson City, Mo. Studebaker Car Show at Hy-Vee. 3721 W. Truman Blvd. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call Laura at (573) 291-6209.

Saturday, July 30. Jefferson City, Mo. Cruisin for MDA on High Street. 5:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (573) 680-9458.

Saturday, July 30. DeSoto, Kan. Grand Opening People's Choice Car Show. Carriage Houses of Johnson County. 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 29230 W 83rd St. For more information, call Bill at (913) 244-4954, or visit http://www.chofjoco.com/.

Saturday, July 30. Independence, Mo. Cruisin' HiBoy Car Cruise. HiBoy Drive-In, 16721 E Gudgell Rd, 64055. 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (816) 350-2120.

Saturday, July 30. Liberty, Mo. Downtown Liberty Monthly Car Cruise. Kansas and Main Streets on the Square in Downtown Liberty. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call Gary at (816) 524-7669, or Werner at (816) 810-9487.

Saturday, July 30. Independence, Mo. Summer Cruise-In at the Hartman Heritage Center. Jackson Drive next to Buffalo Wild Wings. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Jim at (816) 808-1154.

Sunday, July 31. O'fallon, Mo. Cruisin for MDA at JJ's. 200 Fort Zumwalt Square. 11:00 a.m. Proceeds go to St. Jude's Children Hospital. For more information, call (636) 978-1739, or visit http://www.jjsofallon.com/.

Sunday, July 31. Kansas City, Mo. Art of the Machine Display featuring the Heart of America Z 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.

Kansas City and surrounding area car races

Friday, July 29. Kansas City, Mo. Friday Night Grudge. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 8201 S Noland Rd, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Friday, July 29. Lebanon, Mo. Weekly Racing. Midway Speedway. 6 miles east on Highway 32 and then right on B Highway, the speedway is 1/2 mile down B Highway on the right-hand side. For more information, call (417) 588-4430, or visit http://www.lebanonmidwayspeedway.com/.

Friday, July 29. LaMonte, Mo. Weekly Racing. L A Raceway, 11649. For more information, call (660) 563-9878, or visit http://www.laraceway.com/.

Friday, July 29-Saturday, July 30. 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, July 30. Kansas City, Mo. Door Slammer Championship. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Saturday, July 30. Lebanon, Mo. Weekly Racing. I-44 Speedway. 24069 Route 66, 65536. For more information, call (417)532-2060, or visit http://www.i44speedway.net/.

Saturday, July 30. Winston, Mo. Weekly Racing. I-35 Speedway. Interstate 35 and Highway 6, 64689. For more information, call (660) 749-5317, or visit http://www.i-35speedway.net/.

Saturday, July 30. Nevada, Mo. Midwest Outlaw Lightning Sprints. Nevada Speedway, S Barrett Ave, 64772. For more information, call (417) 667-5859, or visit http://www.nevadaspeedway.net/.

Saturday, July 30. Topeka, Kan. Super Saturday Showdown.  Heartland Park Topeka Dirt Track, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.


This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series goes to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard 400. This isn’t always the most exciting race that they run, but it is prestigious. Drivers consider this to be one of the most important events to win in their careers. Broadcast coverage moves to ESPN. Also, the trucks and Nationwide cars are going to run what may be their last races at the exciting Indianapolis Raceway Park. Another exciting bullring looks like it will disappear from the schedule due to “progress.” For more information, visit http://www.nascar.com/.

Friday, July 29. Indianapolis, Ind. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series AAA Insurance 200. Lucas Oil Raceway. 6:30 p.m. (c/t). Speed TV.

Saturday, July 30. Indianapolis, Ind. NASCAR Nationwide Series 30th Annual Kroger 200. Lucas Oil Raceway. 6:30 p.m. (c/t). ESPN2.

Sunday, July 31. Speedway, Ind. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 presented by Big Machine Records. Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 12:00 noon (c/t). ESPN TV.

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