A brief history
The Minnesota Street Rod Association was founded over thirty years ago by
a group of Twin Cities rodders. The original 12 members met at a Pizzeria
in Minneapolis. They created an association of local car clubs to serve as
a forum to get information about the hobby to other clubs and rodders in
One of the first events
the new Association hosted was a cruise night. They invited 200 friends to
meet at St. Paul's Midway Shopping
Center parking lot. After an impromptu car show some of the members took
off to cruise to a local theater. They filled the streets with rods and
customs as the film "American Graffiti" let out. Just imagine the shock of
the patrons leaving the theater to see the film come to life on the
streets of St. Paul! After a couple of years, they moved the event to the
Minnesota State Fairgrounds. They call this get together Back to the 50's!
From those humble beginnings, the MSRA has grown to exceed 13,000 members
world wide. Back to the 50's now hosts over 11,000 cars and over 125,000
spectators. It is the largest three day car show of its kind in the world.
The MSRA Web page is
visited every hour of every day from somewhere in the world. It has
been viewed by over one million visitors from more than 100 countries.
The MSRA's award winning
LineChaser newsletter has grown to a 70-page
monthly magazine with a circulation of over 10,000.
MSRA® is an
all-volunteer association. The Association is governed by a Board of
Directors who are also volunteers. The organization provides members
with benefits such as the Web page, The LineChaser, subsidized
picnics, dances, banquets and campouts.
Back to the 50's®
has been featured in Street Rodder and Rod and Custom magazines and has
been highlighted on My Classic Car on the TNN cable network. The event
has also been covered by Nitro Magazine, a car magazine in France. With members in
Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States, the MSRA
is a "world-class" car club.
MSRA is still about Friends,
Food, Fun and Fellowship...but most about having fun with cars! So
lean back and let's go cruisin'!
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