|Like This Post?
Please share it!
This was the 2nd annual Twin Cities Spartans car club show at Elsie's Restaurant and Bar in NE, Mpls. The Spartans were a car club in Columbia Heights, MN in the 1960's & 70's, but like many car clubs of that time it fell apart. Young men got married and had families, and urban sprawl pulled members in all directions of the city.
The Spartans have reformed to be a Twin Cites car club. Last years show had about 90 cars, and this one had a little over 100 and the parking lot was completely full. They do not advertise this show as they don't need to. A few vehicles had to park in the streets.
I created a blog post a few weeks ago of my top 10 rides I saw at the St. Paul, MN Back to the 50's Show. I have visited this show for nearly 10 years now, which has nearly 12,000 vehicles at it each year. It was cool to see some vehicles at Elsies, which I have been seeing at other larger shows for years. I was also able to get some great photos with less crowds here.
Elsie's is one of my absolute favorite places in the cities, if you are in the NE Mpls, MN area at anytime you need to check the place out. Great food and an awesome selection of brews on tap.
You can click on any image for a full screen version.
#10 ) Rat Rod
This rat rod shows that having and driving an old car does not need to be expensive. You can do a lot of cool things with old unrestored cars and not have to spend a ton of money. You can find rat rods for sale on our sister site Timeless Hot Rods.
#9 ) Unrestored Chevy Truck
I loved this unrestored truck, and the backside made for a great photo shot. This is a great example, in my view, of when not to restore an older vehicle. I call vehicles like this "Worn Out Survivors".
#8 ) Dodge Dart
This may be one of the best photos I took at the show. Dodge Dart's are one of my favorite cars, and you can find more Dodge Dart for Sale in our classifieds section. This one is not for sale though.
#7 ) Blues Brothers Garage
This truck had "Blues Brothers Garage" on the door, and was 1 of only 3 trucks at this show of over 100 vehicles. You can find more classic trucks for sale on our sister site Timeless Trucks.
#6 ) Old School Hot Rod
This is a great example of an old school hot rod, basically an exact definition. If you don't know the history of the hot rod through the 1920's through 1960's, by blog post at the link in this section can tell you more.
#5 ) Baby Blue Hot Rod
This bright blue color photographed well in the light, and is another hot rod I have seen multiple times over the years at other auto shows.
#4 ) Master Deluxe
I believe I have taken pictures of this hot rod every year at the 50's show, so I was excited to be able to get some better photos with less of a crowd. It is a Master Deluxe.
#3 ) Chevrolet El Camino
The pictures of this Chevy El Camino turned out great, with the gold orange sparkling paint really coming out.
#2 ) Maroon and Tan Hot Rod
This is another car that I have seen many times over the years at the 50's show, and I'm excited that I was able to get some real good photos of this one.
#1 ) Ludwig Drum Powered Beetle
So I thought I may run into a car or two that I saw at The Back to the 50's show a few weeks ago, and maybe even one in my top 10 list from that show. Never would I have thought the #1 car on my 50's show list would also be at this show.
How can I not make this my #1 car at this show, if it was my #1 car at a show with nearly 12,000 cars The gas pedal was also a kick pedal from a drum kit. The owner must be a drummer, maybe some local band?
** BONUS ** The Newest Member of the Twin Cities Spartans
A Spartan club member happened to have this, and bring it for the show. Club managers say this is the first they have seen this statue.
About the Author
Daniel Fehn is a web designer, a huge classic car and truck fan, and a wannabe mechanic currently living in Minneapolis, MN. I designed and built timelessrides.com so I could share my enthusiasm for classic vehicles, and created the classified ads section for all to buy and sell their rides for FREE.
PLEASE NOTE: Anonymous comments are manually approved before showing on our site. PLEASE DO NOT WASTE my time or yours posting spam, as it will immediately be deleted. Furthermore, ALL html is stripped from comments so no spam links can be created.