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World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois and Illinois South Tourism will present the annual Mother Road Rendezvous nostalgia weekend on May 7-8.
WWTR, located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis, will offer up a rockin’ good time with a mix of rockabilly bands, thrilling nostalgia drag racing, a traditional hot rod ‘n’ custom car show, pin-up girl contest, Tin Can Alley vintage camper corral, nostalgia vendors, pinstripers on the fabulous midway and a swap meet for old cars and parts.
NEW! THIS YEAR’S EVENT WILL BE TELEVISED ON FLORACING (www.floracing.com)
NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING – The stars of ‘60s and ’70 drags strips across the nation will make a triumphant – and loud – return to WWTR’s quarter mile. Featured groups include the Great Lakes Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit, Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL), Nostalgia Gassers and the Victory Nostalgia Super Stock Series. Nostalgia drags will take place on Friday and Saturday.
ROCKABILLY CONCERT – Three headliner rockabilly bands will perform on the Monster Energy Stage in our fabulous pavilion on the midway. Rockabilly DJ in between band sets.
TRADITIONAL HOT ROD AND CUSTOM CAR SHOW – Open to pre-1965 cars, trucks and motorcycles. If it’s older than ’65, bring it. Everything from hot rods, street rods, rat rods, custom cars, lowriders, choppers, rustbuckets, race cars, VWs, restorations – even stingray bikes. Best in Show wins the iconic MRR electric guitar award, pinstriped by Dan Johnson of Knucklehead. All car clubs are welcome. Car clubs will be able to park together if arrangements are made in advance.
PIN-UP GIRL CONTEST – Saturday on the Monster Energy Stage (on the midway). Open to all ladies 18 and older. Costumes must be period-correct and true to the pin-up girl genre, and in good taste. Cash prizes for first through fifth place. All contestants must pre-register. First place also receives the iconic MRR bowling pin trophy, pinstriped by Knucklehead’s Dan Johnson.
TIN CAN ALLEY VINTAGE CAMPER CORRAL – Owners of vintage (pre-1972) campers are welcome to camp out at the show. They’ll be camping out at the track and will be part of the show, with a reserved area in the car show. Everything from Airstreams to Shastas to Alohas. Camping spaces for vintage campers are free when occupants purchase event tickets.
SWAP MEET AREA – For vendors of old cars and old car parts. All wares must be automotive and pre-1965. Find your next project car at our swap meet.
MIDWAY VENDORS – Merchandise and services must be relevant to the event, including pinstriping, vintage clothing, car accessories, antique toys, magazines. To reserve midway vendor space: Scott Winter, Scott.Winter@wwtraceway.com.
Adults — $20 in advance; $25 day-of-show.
Adult weekend pass — $40.
Kids ages 8-15 – $15.
Children ages 7 and under – Free.
Car show entry – $25 (car and driver).
TENTATIVE 2021 MOTHER ROAD RENDEZVOUS SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 6
3-8 p.m. – Racer credential sales, pit parking, early tech inspection; Vintage camper move-in and set-up
Friday, May 7 – Nostalgia drag racing; music after the drags
10 a.m. – Racer credential sales, pit parking, tech inspection.
Noon-6 p.m. — Cruise 66 social media photo rally and scramble (6 sites on Route 66 TBA May 1).
2 p.m. – Qualifying and time trials (2 sessions); vendor set-up.
6 p.m. – Bracket Gambler bonus race.
6-9 p.m. – Party in the Pavilion.
Saturday, May 8 – The Big Day (nostalgia drag racing, rockabilly bands, car show, pin-up girl contest)
6-7 a.m. – Automotive swap meet set-up.
7 a.m. – Racer credential sales, pit parking, tech inspection.
9 a.m. – Final qualifying session and final time trial (1 session).
10 a.m. – Car show roll-in.
11:45 a.m. – Drag racing opening ceremonies.
Noon – First round of eliminations, feature cars
9-11 a.m. – Judging for Best Classic Campsite in Tin Can Alley.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Bands and DJ in pavilion on the midway.
Noon-2 p.m. – Car show judging.
3 p.m. – Pin-up girl contest.
3:30 p.m. – Car show awards.
5 p.m. – All final rounds of drag racing followed by awards.
6 p.m. – Post-event Route 66 party (location TBA)
Sunday, May 9
Noon – Camping area closed.
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Car show and pin-up girl contest entries: John Bisci, (618) 215-8888 ext. 119, John.Bisci@wwtraceway.com.
Event Twitter: @RendezvousRoad
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RendezvousRoad/