Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Art of the Car and a bunch of cruises in this weekend's Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing calendar for June 22, 23, 24 2012

Sounds like it’s going to be hot and sunny this weekend in Kansas City. That’s perfect weather to go to a local car show and work on your tan.

One of the biggest events of the year is the Art of the Car Concours at the Kansas City Art Institute. They really come up with some amazing cars at that one. My dad’s ’61 Corvette was actually selected as one of the participants this year, so I’ll be there pretty much all day Sunday babysitting his car with him.

Of course, if you want a more casual car show atmosphere, there are several great cruises and shows all over Kansas City. Just make sure to bring the sun screen.

The entire calendar of Kansas City car shows, car cruises, and car races, plus this weekend’s NASCAR schedule, is listed below.

Kansas City-area car shows and cruises

Wednesday, June 13. Kansas City, Mo. Dale Wilch's Man Cave Indoor Swap Meet. 1501 West 31st Street, 64108. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call Dale at (913) 788-3219, e-mail dale@rpmcat.com, or visit http://www.dalewilch.com/.

Wednesday, June 20. Independence, Mo. 40 Hwy Big Boy Cruise Night. 12401 E 40 Hwy (40 Hwy and Crysler Ave), 64055. For more information, call Mike at (816) 519-6424.

Wednesday, June 20. Olathe, Kan. Red Robin's Rodders Round-Up. 20155 W 153rd (near I-35 and Paola exit), 66062. 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call Bill at (913) 390-1400.

Thursday, June 21. Independence, Mo. McDonald's Cruise Night. 16235 E 24 Hwy (E of M-291 Hwy on US 24 Hwy), 64056. For more information, call Jim at (816) 985-4317.

Friday, June 22. Lenexa, Kan. Car Club Night. Longbranch Steakhouse, 8600 Marshall Dr, 66214. 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 894-5334.

Friday, June 22. Overland Park, Kan. Longbranch TGIF Cruise. Longbranch Alehouse, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call Chris at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, June 22. Lansing, Kan. Leavenworth Cruisers Cruise Night. 391 N Main St (in the Carriage Hills Shopping Plaza), 66043. 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 240-6775 or at (913) 758-9362.

Friday, June 22. Overland Park, Kan. JJ's Rodder's Roundup. JJ's Cool Change Restaurant and Bar, 9058 B Metcalf Ave (W corner of 91st and Metcalf), 66212. 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 341-5555.

Saturday, June 23. Olathe, Kan. Annual Mustang and Ford Show and Swap Meet. Bass Pro Shoppe, 12051 Bass Pro Dr, 66061. For more information, visit http://www.mustangclubofgreaterkc.com/.

Saturday, June 23. Osawatomie, Kan. 22nd Annual John Brown Jamboree Auto Show. John Brown Park. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 755-4114, or visit http://johnbrownjamboree.com/.

Saturday, June 23. Paola, Kan. Paola Heartland Car Show. Historic Square, intersection of Silver and Paola Sts, 66071. For more information, call Bruce at (913) 577-3738, or visit http://www.paolacarshow.com/.

Saturday, June 23. 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, June 23. Grandview, Mo. Corvette Connected Show and Shine. Babeeboy’s Restaurant and Lounge. 13824 South 71 Highway, 64030. 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, call Ed at (816) 590-9529.

Saturday, June 23. Raymore, Mo. Hot Rods and Hawgs Cruise-In. Thirsty Ernie's Sports Bar and Grill, 1276 W Foxwood Dr, 64083. 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, call (816) 322-2779.

Saturday, June 23. Sugar Creek, Mo. 12th Annual River Run Youth Benefit Car Show and Swap Meet. Labenite Park, M291 and N Courtney Rd (on the Missouri River). For more information, call Jerry at (816) 804-4492.

Saturday, June 23. Belton, Mo. Cruzin' Main Street. Historic Downtown Belton. 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.

Saturday, June 23. Weston, Mo. Weston Moonshiners Cruise-In. Main and Market Streets. 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call Scott at (816) 807-6430, or Jim at (816) 830-1891.

Saturday, June 23. Tracy, Mo. Outta Control Hot Rods Car Show. Tracy City Park, Hwy 92 and 92 Spur, (next to the Platte County Fairgrounds), 64079. For more information, call Larry at (816) 858-4070.

Sunday, June 24. Kansas City, Mo. 6th Annual Art of the Car Concours. Kansas City Art Institute. 4415 Warwick Ave, 64111. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.artofthecarconcours.com/, or call (816) 561-4999.

Sunday, June 24. Blue Springs, Mo. Elks Lodge 2509 Benefit Car and Bike Show, 100 N Brizendine Rd, 64014. Check-in from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Judging from Noon-3:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail Steve at gs_rods@comcast.net, or call (816) 564-7831.

Sunday, June 24. Columbia, Mo. 29th Annual All Ford Car Show. Parkside Plaza, 601 Bus Loop 70 W. For more information, call Jim at (573) 864-3153.

Sunday, June 24. Gladstone, Mo. Hy-Vee Cruise In. Hy-Vee parking lot, 7117 N Prospect (72nd and N Prospect (Missouri 1 Highway)--N Antioch becomes N Prospect at 65th St), 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 24. Overland Park, Kan. Los Punk Rods Coffee Run/Burger Run. Snack Shack, 8039 Santa Fe, 66204. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/56185870682/.

Sunday, June 24. Shawnee, Kan. Fritz's Railroad Restaurant Cruise. 13803 W 63rd, (Shawnee Mission Pkwy and Pflumn w of Sonic) 66246. 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 375-1000.

Kansas City-area car races

Friday, June 22. Grain Valley, Mo. Valley Sprints, Micro Sprints, UMLA Late Models and Modified Lites. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Hwy, 64029 . For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit http://valleyspeedway.com/default.aspx.

Friday, June 22. Kansas City, Kan. Budweiser Weekly Series. Lakeside Speedway, 5615 Wolcott Dr, 66109. For more information, call (913) 299-2040, or visit http://www.lakesidespeedway.net/.

Friday, June 22. Lamonte, Mo. USRA RHS A Modifieds, B Modifieds, 305 Sprints, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. LA Raceway, 11649 Hwy Y, 65337. For more information, call (660) 620-1148 or (660) 620-1152, or visit http://www.laraceway.com/.

Saturday, June 22. Lebanon, Mo. Weekly Asphalt Racing. Lebanon I-44 Speedway. 24069 Route 66, 65536. For more information, call (417) 532-2060, or visit http://i44speedway.net/.

Saturday, June 23. Grain Valley, Mo. USMTS Natl and Vintage Cars. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Hwy, 64029 . For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit http://valleyspeedway.com/default.aspx.

Saturday, June 23. Topeka, Kan. BriggsAuto.com Super Saturday Dirt Showdown Series. Heartland Park, 7530 SW Topeka Blvd, 66619. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

Saturday, June 23. Wheatland, Mo. ASCS Sizzlin Summer Speedweek Finale. Lucas Oil Speedway, 700 E Hwy 54, 65779. For more information, call (417) 282-5984, or visit http://www.lucasoilspeedway.com/.

Sunday, June 24. California, Mo. W.A.R. Sprints. XX Speedway, 50 Hwy. For more information, call (573) 796-4694 or (573) 619-8344, or visit http://www.xxspeedway.com/.


Well, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finally broke his four-year losing streak last week at Michigan. Junior Nation is exultant. Now they’re off to the road course in Sonoma for something completely different. Road course races are tough to watch in person, but they can be sort of entertaining on TV. At least it’s something different than watching them chase each other around a mile-and-a-half oval for four hours. Meanwhile, the Nationwide Series will be on a different road course this weekend at Road America.

Saturday, June 23. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. NASCAR Nationwide Series Sargento 200. Road America. 2:00 p.m. (c/t). ESPN.

Sunday, June 24. Sonoma, Calif. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350. Infineon Raceway. 1:00 p.m. (c/t). TNT Television.


  1. As always, a great write up. Re. Art of the Car Concours, Yes, it will be hot but many of the buildings will be open for you to cool off in. Also, there are a LOT of shade trees so don't let the predicted temps keep you away. Craig, I'll be seeing you at your dad's Corvette.

  2. Looking forward to the 'Art of the Car' coverage ; really wish I could attend!