It was three full days of non-stop street machine chaos in St. Paul for the annual O’Reily Auto Parts Street Machine Summer Nationals
Photos: Shawn Brereton • Words: Todd Ryden
Summer in Minneapolis and the surrounding northern states goes by quickly so when it comes to putting some miles and time on your rod, July is go-time. This is just one reason the annual Street Machine Summer Nationals is such a huge event!
For anyone that thinks this is just another lawn chair car show, you need to think again. As a matter of fact, you may as well just leave the chairs in the garage because there is plenty more than just sit next to your car during the Summer Nationals. We’re talking an autocross track, stop box challenge, burnout contest, a sprawling vendor midway where you get to talk one on one with the experts, a bikini contest, and if you’re up for it, a dyno challenge!
All of this street machine fun took place in the huge Minnesota State Fairgrounds, located right between St. Paul and Minneapolis. Rodders converge from Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Illinois and of course Canada to take part in the annual summer event which brings in a varying array of different cars to enjoy. From restorations to modern takes on pro street badness, classic rods and cruisers, you get to see it all.
One of the great things about the Minneapolis fairgrounds is the number of streets within the grounds that allow you to load into the car and take a cruise around the complex to check out the other cars and wave to friends. There’s a couple lakes in the back to cruise around, take in the trees, grass and the outdoors before heading back to the thick of horsepower and steel.
We had a great time, as always, at the show and will have more updates throughout the week. For now, here’s a look at just some of the great street machine action.