Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Goodguys Midwestern Nationals and Greaserama headline the car show, car cruise, and car race calendar for September 2, 3, 4, 5, 2011

The car show season may be winding down soon in Kansas City, but September is easily one of the biggest months of the year. Labor Day weekend is the rule, not the exception.

Perhaps the biggest car show in Kansas City is the Goodguys Midwestern Nationals, which will be at Kansas Speedway this Friday through Sunday. Look for some 2,000 cars and trucks, 1972 and older on the first two days, plus a few later-model vehicles on Sunday. You have no doubt encountered one of their advertisements on the radio, in the newspaper, or on television.

In addition, the Greaserama Car Show is taking place at the Marriam Drive-In. This is another big one, full of Rat Rods, car art, monster movies, Rockabilly, and car culture; and it is something that you definitely don’t want to miss.

And those two big, BIG shows don’t include the normal selection of smaller car shows, races, and cruises all over town. This is one of the biggest weekends of the year. Make sure you get out there and enjoy it before everything is over for the season.  The full weekend schedule is below.

Kansas City-area car shows and cruises

Friday, September 2 - Sunday, September 4. Kansas City, Kan. 10th Annual Goodguys Midwestern Nationals. Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Boulevard, 66111. For more information, visit http://www.midwesternnats.com/.

Friday, September 2. Overland Park, Kan. Longbranch TGIF Cruise. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse and Saloon, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dan at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, September 2. 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, September 2. 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.

Now-September 25. 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, September 3 - Sunday, September 4. Kansas City, Kan. Kowtown Custom Greaserama Car Show presented by the Los Punk Rods Car Club. Boulevard Drive In, 1051 Merriam Lane, 66103. For more information, visit http://www.greaserama.com/.

Saturday, September 3. Parkville, Mo. Parkville Monthly Cruise Night—final cruise of the year. English Landing, 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, September 3. Excelsior Springs, Mo. Dave Lindbert Memorial Summer Cruise. Blue Springs Auto Zone. For more information, call Darrell at (816) 935-2316, or Bill at (816) 289-8916.

Saturday, September 3. DeSoto, Kan. DeSoto Days Car Show. Riverfest Park. For more information, call Kirk at (913) 232-0697, or David at (913) 530-1548, or visit http://www.desotodays.com/.

Saturday, September 3. Spring Hill, Kan. Classic Cruisers Cruise Night. Sonic Drive-In, 909 North 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.

Saturday, September 3. 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.

Saturday, September 3. 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, September 3.  Harrisonville, Mo.  Harrison Schools Backpack Fundraiser Cruise.  Gaslight Plaza.  1919 North Commercial Street.  For more information, call (816) 258-1741

Saturday, September 3. Blue Springs, Mo. Blue Springs Cruise-In. Downtown Main Street, just west of 7 Highway and Main Street, between 10th and 12th Streets. 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (816) 228-0137, or visit http://www.bluespringsgov.com/index.aspx?nid=240.

Saturday, September 3. 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, September 3. Sedalia, Mo. Parkview Christian Chruch Cruise Night. 16th Street. 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (660) 221-8585.

Saturday, September 3. Chesterfield, Mo. Chesterfield Charity Car Show. Emerald Point Park. 16141 Swingley Ridge Road, just north of Highway 40 off Olive, 63017. For more information, call Andre at (314) 265-1330, or visit http://bvscargroup.com/.

Saturday, September 3. Troy, Mo. First Baptist Church of Troy Annual Car Show. For more information, call John at (656) 366-4592.

Saturday, September 3. Springfield, Mo. Kruz-N-4-Kids. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Starts at Remingtons Parking Lot, 1655 W. Republic Road. For more information, call (417) 887-1280 or (417) 209-5441.

Saturday, September 3. Maryville, Mo. Annual Classic and Antique Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show. Beal Park. For more information, call (660) 582-8643.

Monday, September 5. Olathe, Kan. Cruising for the Cure presented by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20700 W 151st St, 66061. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 451-3230.


Kansas City-area car races

Friday, September 2. 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, September 2. Grain Valley, Mo. Old Timer's Night. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Highway, 64029. For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit http://valleyspeedway.com/default.aspx.

Friday, September 2. 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/.

Saturday, September 3. Grain Valley, Mo. Weekly Racing. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Highway, 64029. For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit http://valleyspeedway.com/default.aspx.

Saturday, September 3. 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, September 3. Nevada, Mo. Labor Day Special. Nevada Speedway, S Barrett Ave, 64772. For more information, call (417) 667-5859, or visit http://www.nevadaspeedway.net/.

Saturday, September 3. 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, September 3. Topeka, Kan. E.T. Bracket and Junior Dragster Series Race w/ Super Gas. Heartland Park Topeka Drag Strip, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

Saturday, September 3. Topeka, Kan. Super Saturday Showdown/MLRA. Heartland Park Topeka Dirt track, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4. Kansas City, Mo. Big Money Old School Weekend. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.


NASCAR on Television

All three series will be running under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, so you can catch one of the big three on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night.

Jeff Gordon was again the strongest car last week in Bristol, and again he couldn’t close the deal. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag, enjoying continued success in spite of, and possibly because of a broken ankle and back injuries he sustained a few weeks ago in a practice crash.

Friday, September 2. Hampton, Ga. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Atlanta 200. Atlanta Motor Speedway. 7:00 p.m. (c/t). SPEED.

Saturday, September 3. Hampton, Ga. NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300. Atlanta Motor Speedway. 6:30 p.m. (c/t). ESPN2.

Sunday, September 4. Hampton, Ga. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500. Atlanta Motor Speedway. 6:30 p.m. (c/t). ESPN.

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