Visit the National Motorcycle Museum’s Booth at this great event!

Open to the public at noon on Friday and 8am on Saturday morning.

A different kind of car show rolls into Dubuque on April 29-30.
Why is this show different? It’s not just a show-this is a festival. Artists, live bands, swap meet, vintage apparel and furniture dealers, classic pin up girl contest, vintage motorcycles, hot rods, and custom cars will all join in one group at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds.  And more importantly, ALL gate proceeds go to help children with congenital heart defects.

Cars and motorcycles are already registered from MI, OH, TX, MN, KS, MO, IN, and as far away as NY and Canada!  Last year the total number of entries was over 900! This show strives to bring back a specific time in history, a period before muscle cars, and before old cars were brought up to date with digital technology.  With the inclusion of the Friends parking area (an area designated for cars that were made after 1964) there could be 1000 entries rolling into the Fairgrounds!

International and national magazine coverage –In the past Ol Skool Rodz, Car Kulture Deluxe, Hot Rod Deluxe, Traditional Rod & Kulture, Hot Rod, Cycle Source, and Street Chopper have been on site to cover the event.
Vintage Motorcycle Display – Pre 1975 customs, choppers, and bobbers welcome. Along with the street rides, there will also be a vintage flat track motorcycle exhibition on the dirt track.

One of the unique aspects of the show will be the opportunity for those with qualifying cars to make laps on the track.

Live music from internationally known music acts will be playing at Vintage Torque Fest. The emphasis is on rockabilly and honky tonk country at this event.  Deke Dickerson, Phat Cat Swinger, The Dallas Moore Band, and many others will all be playing sets either on Friday and Saturday.  Please see the website for the schedule.

A classic style pin up contest will take place on Saturday morning at 10:30 am.  This is another period time piece that sees the girls dressing up in vintage attire and sporting the classy, not trashy, look.  Winners of the pin up contest will take home over $1000 in prize money and gifts from sponsors, including a photo shoot with a nationally known photographer. The details for this contest are on the Vintage Torque Fest Facebook site.  There will also be a chance for ANYONE dressed in the appropriate attire to get onstage for a photo opportunity.  So, even if you don’t want to enter the contest, you can still get on stage and get a shot with all the other guys and dolls sporting the vintage look.  There is no charge for this photo opportunity.
There are also vendors and artists from around the country coming to be in the buildings at the Vintage Torque Fest.  Max Grundy – internationally known artist from Los Angeles will be heading to Dubuque as well as over 50 other vendors.  In addition, there will be a swap meet for vintage car parts.  This will not be a flea market – it is strictly enforced and if you are selling items other than car parts you will be asked to leave from this part of the show.  This is all done in an attempt to keep this event period correct and maintain the integrity of the show.
The Tin Butchers Car Club are in charge of the swap meet.  The reliance on the regional car and motorcycle clubs can’t be understated.  This is another aspect of the show that makes it unique.  Each club is able to present their club pick and present to a lucky car owner that is at the show.  These car club pick trophies are usually handmade and are pieces of art-not just some hunk of plastic purchased at the trophy store.  The Vintage Torque Fest does NOT give out trophies.  Only the clubs give out their picks.  As a result – one car or bike could go home with 20 trophies and not another could get a pick.  This is just another way for Vintage Torque Fest to differentiate itself from just any other car show out there.
Overall this event promises to be a fun filled trip to the past, designed to welcome car aficionados as well as those that just want to people watch and experience something a little different for a day.  The pre party starts on Thursday night in downtown Dubuque with a vintage car parade starting at the McGraw Hill building around 6pm and is open to the public as well.  There will be a bonfire at the fairgrounds after the cruise downtown.
There is no extra fee to show your car and no extra fee for parking.
All proceeds from the gate go to
This is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization designed to help families with children born with congenital heart defects.
All details and discounted weekend passes are at

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