Having a little Cycle Source party Sat night following the Torque Fest show. No hype, no big production, just a lil dive bar, a bunch of chops, a group of good friends, ZZ Top and getting shitty while raising hell. Let ya know details when we are at TFest. See you there!!!!!
With close to 50 traditional car clubs represented at the Vintage
Torque Fest in 2011, the word on the street is that the 2012 Torque Fest
will be THE place to be the first weekend in May. These car clubs are
like advance scouts in the Army....They head out to see what is worth
going after, and then report back to the troops and come up with a plan
onhow to seize the oppurtunity that is in front of them. In this case -
it is a hot rodders dream show.
real hot rods and kustoms, vintage racing, flat track motorcycle
exhibitions, and the chance to take your own ride out on the track for a
few laps. The purists love this show because of the entry guidelines
that state new billet wheels and digital guages are for the special
parking area only. The car count last year was at 545 with another 100
cars that were in the VIP parking area.With all the positive word of
mouth and coverage in national/regional magazines, there is no doubt the
car count will increase.
Mitch Huffington of Tin
Militia states "The great thing about this kind of show is that these
guys are committed. Weather is a non issue. They decide they are going
to show up and that is what they do. The first year of Torque Fest there
was 4 inches of rain & a tornado 15 miles away and they still had
400 cars show up!" This is true - 2011 weather forecastfor the show was
70% chance of thunderstorms which kept the spectators away....but the
hardcore hot rodders were there in full force. License plates from
Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, South Dakota were seen as well as many
from Minnesota, Missouri, & Indiana. Of course the major pull of
cars and bikes comes from the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Des Moines area.
All are within a 3 hour drive. Many in the Chicago area may not realize
that Maquoketa is only 45 miles from Galena, IL - a popular day trip
destination for antique hunters.
Antiques will be on
display with the different vendors that will be attending the show. The
antiques on display and for sale at the Vintage Torque Fest are going to
be automotive related. Sam Boelens of the Tin Butchers states, "We have
our annual Scrap Drive over here in Belvidere every year and we do not
allow in "new" parts or things that are not automotive related. This
keeps the vendor numbers smaller - but people know that our show is
going to be full of real vintage car parts. John Wells liked our format
and asked us if we would run the same kind of set up at his show and we
felt it was a natural fit for our car club. We want to support the cause
and keep the Torque Fest pure and stay away from the flea market
atmosphere that is so apparent at so many other swap meets these
Sam mentions "the cause", and this sometimes
gets lost in the excitement of the show. All gate proceeds go to a
501(c)3 non profit corporation. This has been set up by John & Kim
Wells to help families with children that have congenital heart defects.
This is a cause that is dear to them since their daughter has had open
heart surgery and will have to have more open heart surgery in the
future. Artists from around the globe help pay medical bills for the
Wells family by donating their time to the art auction that is held
every year at the Vintage Torque Fest. Last year an original Keith
Weesner painting sold for $1500. Who knows what will be available for
purchase this year, but all the art auction proceeds go directly to the
Hannah Wells Medical Trust. This helps pay for all the incidental
expenses related to the past medical bills and prepare for the upcoming
ones as well. More info can be found at www.helpinghannahsheart.org. This is the same Foundation that will be starting the Iron Invasion in Woodstock IL on October 6, 2012. See www.ironinvasion.com for details.
are a few additions this year that the public has asked for from the
beginning. The main one being a classic pin up contest.2012 will see the
first Miss Torque Thrust crowned in the main hall at Vintage Torque
Fest. The name comes from the classic style wheel that was so prominent
in the 60's. The vintage thread will continue with this new part of the
show as well and only girls in vintage attire will be allowed to
participate. This will a family friendly pin up contest and those that
are expecting a biker rally type contest will be disappointed. More
details on this contest are found on the website.
motorcycle enthusiasts are excited about the burn out pit that has been
created. This will be the Torque Fest Forque Test! An area where people
can smell the rubber and have it be a controlled environment so that no
innocent bystanders are hurt. The entry guidelines for the bikes will
be more strictly enforced this year. The motorcycles that are allowed to
participate in Torque Fest are pre 1975 choppers, bobbers, and customs.
Any stock bike that is 1965 or older is OK as well. Foreign bikes are
not a problem at this show either. As long as the ride has the right
kind of look - then it will be a part of the show. Further details are
on the website.
Bus racing will return on Friday night
at Torque Fest, as well as the flat track motorcycle exhibitions, and
Midwest Jalopies racing on Friday night. Another addition for Friday
night this year will be the Voodoo Kings Ring of Fire. Anyone that has
ever seen the show they put on in Gas City Indiana will tell you the
fire rolling out of their tail pipes is impressive. There is also a
second stage this year and there are going to be a minimum of 16 bands
playing Vintage Torque Fest this year. There will be red neck metal,
honky tonk country, rockabilly, and surf bands all in the mix this year.
These are not cover bands from a couple of miles away. These are
international acts that have toured the world and one rockabilly band is
from Spain. More details on bands and schedules can be found on the
Vendors from around the country will come to
Torque Fest to share their wares, and one of the newest additions that
many people are buzzing about is Trophy Queen will be here selling hand
bags that are custom made from vintage material. There will also be an
addition of an artist alley in Building 1 to showcase the talent of the
different artists from around the country as well. Overall the show
brings all the elements of a great car show together in one place....and
for an amazing price. $10 is the price for the entire weekend. No
hidden fees - no charge for parking - no extra charge to bring in your
car - no extra charge to take your car out on the track. $10 gets you
access to all of the bands, art show, swap meet, and racing. It is an
amazing deal for the consumer. In today's market place $10 barely gets
you a movie that lasts 2 hours. At Torque Fest - $10 gets you
everything- all weekend long.
Make May 4/5,
2012 the beginning of your hot rod season and come to the Vintage
Torque Fest in Maquoketa Iowa. It is an event that will bring a smile to
your face all weekend long.
Here is a bike that we have been watching unfold over the past 6 or more months on this here internets. The gal that consturcted this killer machine is from a far off land out east. She has her shit straight and wired tight when it comes to putting together a pile of style. I'm really stoked to see bikes turn that corner, coming in hot with a shit ton of smoke, screeching tires, and a power slide from hell...NICE JOB GIRL!!
Its been on my mind since I picked this old pig up. Front forks were working like shit and needed the fluid at very least changed out. Well after removing the plugs I can assure you the forks hadn't had the fork oil changed since at least the 70's maybe even earlier. It was a black sludge mostly with a little trickle of fluid. Its common sense with any old bike purchase an engine oil/trans fluid change is a must and a long with that a fork oil change is pry a damn good idea too. Well now my forks are tip top. Used a real nice trick to get the new oil back in too. Use a brake bleeding kit and pump the oil back up through the drain hole. Works slicker than shit..
Man lemme tell you. I get my little boy out in the garage as much as possible these days, he runs around like a maniac the entire time he is out there. Grabbing tools and fixin everything he sees. It brings a smile to my face every time, it will never get old. Pretty stoked on it. Well he got his hands dirty on my buddy Gifford's 51 roller today. I think he has a direction with this one, but he is keeping it all under wraps....haha