Back to the 50's Car show.

  • 18 Jun 2016
  • 4:30 PM
  • Minnesota State Fair grounds


  • Free

Registration is closed

The Back to the 50s Car Show is one of the premier car events in Minnesota. For the past 40+ years this car show has showcased thousands of cars. Even though the name says "50s", the show hosts cars spanning from the earliest models up to 1964 production cars. 

THE PLAN: The Car Show runs June 17-19, hours 7am-10pm on Friday/Sat and 6am-3pm Sun. Let’s meet up at 4pm at (location TBD) before to gather up, socialize for a few minutes and discuss plan of attack. We will head in about 4:30pm, shoot for a 2 hours (we can go longer if people want?) and then meet up again after at (sit down food location TBD) to review, socialize, talk photography, etc. 

There’s a good chance we will get separated because of the size of the event and the number of people in attendance. We can setup a buddy system and mini meetup time/locations during if need be. 

The cost $10 to get in per day. 

There are various shuttle buses. There is a visitors guide somewhere on the website but I haven't found it yet and will post when/if I do find it. 

Official Back to the 50s Car Show website. Click here for directions to the fairgrounds. (Note, this link is from the State Fair website, so directions should be the same but specific parking info may be different. 

I have always parked on a side street during the car show, so I can't be sure the lots adjacent to the grounds will all be available). Here is a link to the 

FAQs page. 

 Visitors guide here. H

This is an opportunity to shoot not only cars, but street (sort of), people (this event attracts all kinds), there are a few action events, etc. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, socialize, talk photography and talk cars not only with people in our group but with others at the event. In the past I have shared my contact info and images of cars I have shot with the car owners. I have never been asked not to shoot someone or something but be aware there may be a chance for that. Prepare for the weather as needed. Here are some helpful tips, if you have never been or never shot cars before. 1) This is sorta like a trip to Disney. You walk a lot, on pavement. Wear good walking shoes. 2) Pay attention to the forecast. Be prepared be prepared for rain all the way to scorching heat and prepare to purchase fluids or bring your own. 3) Have pen and paper handy to give out contact info. Like I said above, I have talked with some car owners and shared my images with them in the past. 4) I recommend a camera bag. Equipment, pen and paper, water bottles, gear. It helps. 5) If you are into shooting details/macro type stuff, make sure to at least take a photo of the whole car and/or the accompanying sign that says the year, make and model. Then you know exactly what the car is (especially if someone asks) and so that you can appropriately tag your work when you post it. It will help get views. 6) Don't be afraid to try crazy angles and get down and dirty. Some cars are polished to the 9s and that includes the engine compartments and undercarriages. Some car guys go crazy over seeing the under-body work, especially if its clean and done well. You will likely get weird looks and maybe even some owners asking why but when you show them that BOSS image, they get it. 7) Take the time to talk to owners about their rides. Cars are an extension of people’s families, some treat them like a child of their own and no doubt they have at least 30 fantastic stories to tell about how it came to be or why they chose that model. THEN it will help you tell your photo story better AND you will remember that car and it's story FOREVER. 8) Check out the swap meet and the little side events/activities. There's a ton of interesting things there. 9) Rat Rods are a thing. And they are awesome. Some like the clean shiny look of a 50s Bel Air, others like the dirty, rusty attitude of a 30s Ford Rat rod and put just as much effort into making them the sweetest ride on the road. Even though some look like hunks of junk, they're not. 10) Details, details, details. I am obsessed with auto details right now and you should get your nose right up to these rides to see how much work goes into the details.

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