Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Over 40 Videos on Youtube - All Traditional Hot Rods and Kustoms

Did you know that we have over 40 videos of traditional hot rod and kustoms on our You Tube channel?
You should go subscribe....we are always out there on the road shooting video for ya to check out - now all you gotta do is watch this stuff!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Inside the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, IA

If you have not been to the new museum over in Anamosa.......you gotta go check it out. It is only 30 miles from Vintage Torque Fest.....
so on your way to or from the show - be sure to stop by - you will spend a good bit of time there checking out all the stuff. There is stuff on the walls that really got me excited. Then you look at the bikes - man - just too much stuff!!!
Special thanks to John and Jeff for all their help in getting some vintage motorcycles up to the Torque Fest - this is exactly what we are trying to get and they have been doing this for years and years. So we truly appreciate all their efforts in paving this road that we are now going down!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Burning Love Feb 11 to help the HHH Foundation - BE THERE!!!

This is the poster from last years event - it was way cool - Keven Carter is of course a genius when it comes to graphic design and mixing elements that get the right "vibe"

The cats at Half Fast are doing the Burning Love again on Feb 11, 2012 and we hope you will show up in Chicago to support this.

All door proceeds are going to the foundation.
This is a non profit designed to help families that have kids with congenital heart defects.
more info:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Please steal this image!Use it on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, your Blog.....whatever.

We are trying to get the word out about the show and we need YOUR help. The more people that know about the show - the better.

Believe it or not - there are people here locally that do not know about the show........we are 40 minutes from the grounds and these people have never heard about the show.

I was discouraged.

SO this is why we need you to help spread the word - if you need promo material - let us know and we will send it out to you!!!!

just email me

gimme your address and we will send out some promo material you can hand out to your fellow gearheads.


Monday, January 23, 2012

The Torque Fest Forque Test

ok - so I freaked out a bit on the guys doing burnouts last year....
but honestly - we can NOT have that happening with all the people walking around. If someone gets hurt - they are not gonna come after you - they are gonna come after the show. And that is why we can NOT have people doing burnouts when mixing with the spectators.
this is why we have come up with a solution.
The Forque Test area.
(another way of saying a bike burnout pit)
Motorcycles that choose to burn off their tires can go on the specified area in the Motor Psycho section of Torque Fest. This way they can smell the burning rubber and not have to worry about having the bike cut loose and run over 3 kids in the process...........
hope this makes the bike guys a bit happier.

We really want the bike guys to be a part of the show.......
and trust me, there are more than a few car guys that are not necessarily down with the mix. But I feel the segment of bike guys that are coming to Torque Fest are NOT the typical leather wearing rolex rider looking to play outlaw for a day....
the bike guys we are trying to get in the door have a deep respect for the traditions of the past. This means looking for those old bikes and getting them up on the road again or creating something that has eyes looking toward the past. They are not afraid to modify a Yamaha SR 400 into something truly unique and something that is their own. The same mindset of tearing down and rebuilding to make something "your own" is strong in both communities.
I think the motorcycle enthusiasts understand where we are coming from, and know that we are all there to have a good time.

May 4/5, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Koffin Kats - "Chaos" (Live - 2010) Joe Guerilla/Stomp Records

the girlies think he is dreamy..........
check out the Koffin Kats LIVE on Friday night - May 4, 2012.
Maquoketa IA.
14 bands - $10
you can't see much of anything for $10 these days.....
Torque Fest gives you a bargain for the entire weekend.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rod & Custom Show in Rock Island IL TOMORROW - Torque Fest Pre Party

cmon - what is your excuse for not coming out........
its too cold....
its too hot....
its too windy....
its too....... whine whine whine.
Get off your butt - go mingle with some fellow gearheads and get a FREE Torque Fest poster in the back hall.
Just look for the Coronados Car Club table and they will be glad to give you one.
January 20th - 22nd 2012
Friday: 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FREE admission for military on Friday

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Federation of Horsepower - Playing Live @ Torque Fest & Bombers Show in Aug!

Ok - so you wont get to see The Federation of Horsepower this weekend at the QCCA but we will have them on the shuffle so come on back in the Torque Fest party area and you may just get to hear some killa city rock and roll!
These guys will be playing Torque Fest May 5 around 330pm so you better put your face mask on cause they are gonna do their best to kick your teeth in with their sonic onslaught.

Cant see em at Torque Fest?
Check them out at the Bombers CC show in August.
The Bombers will be at the QCCA in Rock Island IL this weekend at the Torque Fest pre party, so go ask them details about their show!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Polar Bear Cruise is coming!!! Bare Bones CC to battle the elements again!

OK - watch the video - you will see some cool footage of the Polar Bear Cruise that happens on Super Bowl Sunday morning every year outside Chicago.
This year the Bare Bones Car Club are gonna head a bit farther north on the designated route.
Start off at 9am Golden Corral in Elgin IL
then roll out to FCR Engine Builders in Palatine IL
after that Nostalgic Auto Body in Island Lake IL
this is a rain or shine (or snow, sleet) event
I plan on being there filming.
Seeya there.

Friday, January 13, 2012

U R NEEDED! - Volunteer at Torque Fest - Free Shirt & Free Entry

Less than five months away and we need 100 volunteers..........

2 hours is what we need.

There are a lot of people out there that think this kind of event just "happens"

It doesnt.

We need people to park show cars, sell merch, monitor the track, help the bands, be gate inspectors, be sure people have the wristbands, etc.

Please go here:


Special thanks go out to Mitch and the rest of the Tin Militia for coordinating the volunteer staff.

I will try my best not to yell at anyone this year.....


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mickey Thompson was the Real Deal - not just a name on some valve covers

wow - this guy was the real deal....
most hot rod guys know his name from the after market products you see out there with the classic M/T on there.....
but did you know that he was the first American to break the 400 MPH mark in 1960?
He changed the way drag race cars were set up - coming up with the slingshot design.
And brought rear engine racing to Indy 500.
In 1968 he redesigned the funny car for drag racing and it wound up winning the NHRA nationals in 1969.
Those of us in the hot rod scene may know his name.....but we should respect it even more.
If you wanna see some vintage footage click above - OR
come to the pre party at the 29th Annual Rod and Custom show - come ot the back hall and we will be showing vintage racing, and old hot rod footage all weekend long on the big screen.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

3 On The Tree to Rock the Joint - QCCA 29th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show

Three On The Tree are gonna be rocking the back hall at the Torque Fest Pre Party coming up Jan 20-22 at the QCCA in Rock Island. Hope you will take a trip to the back to see all the shenanigans that are going on back there.
I think Chuck the Barber will have some tools on hand to help out with the shaggy hair that is running around!
And Todd Jones is gonna come on over and show some of his fantastic art again this year.
We hope that River Rat Cycles will be showing up this year as well.

Bombers Car Club will be in the hall along with some cool cats from Erie Car Club!
dont forget that the Coronados Car CLub will have FREE Torque Fest posters - so be sure to stop by and get yours!
And while you are at it - grab some promo postcards to hand out to the fellow gearheads that were afraid to get outta the house over the weekend.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Von Dutch XAVW to be shown @ Torque Fest!

Antique Archaeology will bring Von Dutch XAVW Motorcycle to Torque Fest!

Mike Wolfe of Antique Archaeology has agreed to show the XAVW.

This is a creation that could only come from the visionary - Von Dutch. In 1966 Von Dutch got the idea to throw together a truly rare motorcycle, the XA Harley Davidson (Experimental Army) and a 36 hp VW motor. The result is a one-off piece of history that was thought to be lost to the ages.

After tearing the bike down, Von Dutch sold or traded (depends on who you ask) the XAVW to Ed Big Daddy Roth. The bike was then traded/sold on down the line until recently when Mike Wolfe was given a hint about the current location. After following up on the lead and confirming that this was the real Von Dutch bike from the late 60s', Antique Archaeology purchased the machine from a private owner once the pink slip was shown to still have Ed Roth's name still on it!

Vintage Torque Fest is excited to be able to have such a rare and unique piece on display at the show May 4/5, 2012. This museum quality piece will be on display inside the main hall with the other historic hot rods, kustoms, and cycles. Considering how few items still exist with a verifiable Von Dutch pedigree, this is truly a museum quality piece.

History on display is what you get at Torque Fest, and thanks to Antique Archaeology there will be another cool ride to check out!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Vintage Torque Fest VENDOR ALERT - do you plan on being a vendor this year?

OK - so - we have a pretty large waiting list of vendors that want to get into the show........
so if you want to renew your spot from last year - you need to get the $$$ to us!
Email vintagetorque@gmail.com
If you dont have the money to us by end of March, we will consider that as not wanting to do the show and give some other vendors a chance at doing the show.
Artist Alley spots are on a waiting list as well - but please email me if you want to get on the wait list for the artist alley.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

NEW Asphalt Fiends Coloring Book 2012 - We Need Your Help!!!

We need your help!

We are trying to assemble art for the 2012 Asphalt Fiends coloring book.

Do you know anyone that would be into getting their art distributed nationally?

The art does NOT have to be new - but does need to be a hot rod/motorcycle with a monster.

And we need the art to be vertical - not horizontal.

300 dpi on 9 x 13 is preferred, or something close to those specs.

This is for medical expenses incurred for Hannah Wells heart surgery, MRI's, x-rays, lab tests, shots, etc.

All participating artists will receive coloring books as a thank you.

Last year we had the following artists contribute art:

Todd Jones, Sinclair, Mark Thompson, Scott Fisk, Chad Lampert, Gary Mizar, Grant Cushman, Anthony Ausgang, Zakka, Joey Finz, Big Toe, 3 Sheets, Jim Hively, Mike Learn, Doug Dorr, Tingler, Eric Foust, Arlo Dillman, BOMONSTER, Ryan Curtis, Ben Mitchell, Ick, Jeff Allison, Corrie Erickson, Max Grundy, Jeff Roads, Bwanadevil, Chad Scheres, Bruce Gossett, David Gabory, Nick Hansen, Ger Peters, and Britt Madding. And a very special cover by Zombie!

More details at:

Monday, January 2, 2012

Date Set - Cordova Run Whatcha Brung - Sept. 29, 2012

Cordova Dragway - September 29 - Run Whatcha Brung Drags.

It dont matter if you are pushing 18 seconds - just come on out and have a good time.

This event starts late and goes late.

Special thanks to the Bombers CC out of Peoria for all their help last year - I think 2012 will be much better.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome 2012 - Dates you should write down NOW!

Yeah yeah - I know - there are so many people out there that feel Bono is lame. But I love mullets - and his is the mulletiest of all.
Be sure to schedule time off of work on May 4 - it is a Friday - you will want to be on the road en route to Maquoketa Iowa about 9am Friday morning to get to Torque Fest in time for the racing and bands.
The show starts at noon on Friday - but you know people will be arriving all day long.
Hope to seeya there - rain or shine.
14 bands - art show - vendors from all over the country - historic hot rods and custom cars inside one building and the killer historic bikes in the other building.
This is a show with one intention:
Have Fun.
and we hope to raise some $$$ for the foundation as well
Speaking of raising $$$ for the foundation - if anyone in the Chicagoland area that wants to have a good time - you should come out to the Burning Love party on Feb 11 at the Flat Iron.
The weekend before that will be the Polar Bear Cruise with Bare Bones CC.
Looks like I will be spending some time in Chicago soon!
And before that is the Torque Fest Pre Party that is held in conjuntion with the 29th Annual Rod and Custom show in Rock Island IL on Jan 20-22.
Who says there is nothing going on in the winter?!!!