Monday, October 31, 2011

Races, parades, cruises, Toys for Tots, and SEMA. The Kansas City (Vegas 'n Texas) car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for November 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 2011

Last week I said there probably wouldn’t be a calendar this week, because there aren’t many car shows left in Kansas City for the year.

I wanted to do one more, though, because the Toys for Tots Run is this Sunday, and it’s sort of an annual tradition in Kansas City. It’s mostly motorcycles, but there are a few cars that participate as well. And if you haven’t done this with your old car, you might give it a try. The whole thing with the police blocking the road so the caravan can have a clear path is actually pretty fun, and it’s all for a good cause.

I’m throwing in a little mention for the SEMA show in Vegas this week along with the NASCAR schedule, because the eyes of the old car hobby are generally focused on this automotive cars and parts manufacturer extravaganza. Look for some more in-depth coverage of SEMA here later this week!

Check out the rest of the schedule below. And make sure you check ahead before you head out.

Kansas City-area car cruises and races

Tuesday, November 1.  Greater Kansas City-Area.  Pixar's Cars 2 released on DVD/Blue Ray.  Local and National Retailers. For more information, go to

Wednesday, November 2.  Kansas City, Mo.  Dale Wilch’s Man Cave Indoor Swap Meet.  1501 West 31st Street.  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  For more information, call (913) 788-3219, or visit

Saturday, November 5. Kansas City, Mo. VAMP Heads-Up Racing Series. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit

Saturday, November 5. Ottawa Kansas. Veterans Day Parade. Features the Kansas City Corvette Association. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For more information, visit, or e-mail

Saturday, November 5. 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 at (816) 213-7398.

Sunday, 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

Sunday, November 6. Lenexa, Kan. Kansas City Military Vehicles Collector’s Club Show. VFW Hall, 9550 Pflumm Road. For more information, call (913) 642-2863.

Sunday, November 6. Olathe, Kan. Toys For Tots Run. Rawhide Harley-Davidson, 725 N Rawhide, 66061. Police escort to Old Shawnee Town at 11:00 a.m. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. Entry fee is $10.00 plus a new toy. For more information, call Carrie at (913) 764-7433, or e-mail

SEMA Show and NASCAR on TV

Last week, Tony Stewart won an exciting race in Martinsville, his third in the Chase.  But Carl Edwards still holds a thin lead in the standings.  This week, they go from one of the shortest tracks to one of the fastest tracks, as all three of NASCAR's top series make a stop at Texas Motor Speedway.  The points are tight, the competition level is high, and the season is coming to an end.  Tune in to see how it all turns out.

Tuesday, November 1-Friday, November 4. Las Vegas, Nevada. 2011 SEMA Show. Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit

Friday, November 4. Fort Worth, Tex. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350K. Texas Motor Speedway. 7:00 p.m. (c/t). SPEED.

Saturday, November 5. Fort Worth, Tex. NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. Texas Motor Speedway. 1:55 p.m. (c/t). ESPN2.

Sunday, November 6. Fort Worth, Tex. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500. Texas Motor Speedway. 2:00 p.m. (c/t). ESPN.

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