Friday, March 30, 2012

Not Stock Photography WILL be at Torque Fest!!!!

We already have Living In Skin rolling in from we have John Jackson of Not Stock Photography coming up from Houston!!!
We are truly amazed that John would wanna come on up to photograph our show. While he is here he will try to earn some gas money - go buy something from him!
If you are not familiar with his work:

John puts more miles on his ride than anyone I know.
And he really wants to be a firefighter:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ARTISTS - Auction time coming soon!!!!

OK - so there are about 75 artists that have been given Rat Fink metal tins to do up in a creative style.

We need these back here in about 2 weeks........

so if you have not started on them - PLEASE do!

We are going to have professional photographers do a shoot before the event so that we can get these into some magazines after the show is over.

Please email

for details!!!

PS - we have plenty of the classic Rat Fink (green with red shirt and yellow letters - come up with YOUR version of RF like the one above!)

Monday, March 26, 2012

2 stages of Music - 16 Bands!!!! Only $10 for Weekend Pass at Torque Fest!

we have two stages - traditional country/western swing/rockabilly and the heavier stage by the motorcycles - MORE bands to be announced - ALL this for only $10!!!!
Mean Mother - from Detroit - great energy RNR
Red Desert - from Minneapolis - bringing the HEAVY - U may have seen them play the Dirt Bag Biker Bash and the DiCE party in Des Moines!/thebigiron
The Big Iron - old school punk/punk a billy/ from Kansas City - another high energy act THANKS FOR THE THERAPY!
Federation of Horsepower - Killa City R N R - kick you in the teeth red neck metal
Daikaiju (pronounced Die Kie Jew-means giant monster in Japanese)
heavy surf - with a good bit ot theatrics - from Space Nebula #9
Lucky Tubb - if you dig Hank III - your gonna like this outlaw Austin TX based boy!
The Dyes - Cramps meets Horrorpops but more rockabilly....from Chicago
The Surf Zombies they always do....the Zombies are from Iowa.....
Al & The Black Cats - from MI - yep another HIGH ENERGY rockabilly/psychobilly band
Cat Club - from SPAIN! Give these guys a chance and you are gonna be dancing fer sure!
Western Starlanders - from Milwaukee -truly talented musicians reviving the spirit of Bob Wills
Davy Jay Sparrow
old school western swing / country all the way from backwoods KY
Reckless Ones - amazing Neo Rockabilly- u dig the Stray Cats? buddy you are gonna love this Minneapolis based act
Koffin Kats - high energy is an understatement - if you are not blown away by the live stage act you are not alive. Coming from Detroit

more to be announced -

Sunday, March 25, 2012

did you hear? Vintage Torque Fest is having a Pin Up Contest?!

we have succumbed to the pressure........

yes there will be a pin up contest at Vintage Torque Fest.

see the website for the details!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nate Ullrich - Bikes and Babes Photographer will be at Vintage Torque Fest

there are rumors that he may have a REALLY amazing find at the will have to stop by his booth and check it out. He is in the building with the vintage motorcycles and models.

Buy a calender while you are there!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Heavy Hitters showing up to Torque Fest - SALT FLATS RACING!!!

Warren Longwell may not be a household name....
but odds are you have seen some of this man's craftsmanship in magazines around the world.
Rodder's Journal.
Yeah - not just once either......
Warren is a member of Salt Flats Racing and they will be bringing their Gilmore Speedster to Torque Fest.
We are honored.
Thanks Warren.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tennessee isnt the only state for Volunteers - Make it happen in Iowa!!!!

OK - we are just about there.....if you have a couple of hours to spare and want to actually HELP the show survive - then we ask that you VOLUNTEER!!! Click the link:
you are gonna get a way cool shirt and you get a free wristband.........
and in case anyone is still confused - we are NOT charging for vehicle entry this year - so everyone that shows up in a cool ride - gets in (as long as the inspectors say you are thumbs up)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Jane Rose and The Deadend Boys - Playing LIVE at Torque Fest!!!!

Those that are into the rockabilly scene already know her.......
This Nashville based band put on a great live show and know how to get the crowd into it!
Check 'em out on Saturday night!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

45 Days...........then - TORQUE FEST!!!!

Only 45 days until Vintage Torque Fest............
if you are planning on getting anything completed for the show - now is the time to get started.

Monday, March 19, 2012

CAR CLUB AWARDS - Car Clubs At Torque Fest - ATTENTION!!!

Last year we had an amazing turnout of car clubs from around the area - this year we hope to increase it even more.
If you are in a car club and want to give a car club pick - simply make a trophy - and get up on stage at 4:45 in the main hall.
Please wear some kind of representation - either a shirt with your logo or a club jacket.
This will be photographed and filmed for the DVD.
Here are some of the clubs that were at Torque Fest last year.

Los Punk Rods - Kansas City, MO
Oliver Built Group - Des Moines, IA
The Choppers - Burbank, CA
Road Devils - Detroit, MI
Swiss - Speedway, IN
Rollin' Coasters - Monroe Center, IL
Midwest Street Rod Assn. IL
Lone Wolves - Milwaukee, WI
Hot Heads - Eau Claire, WI
Kropdusters - Cedar Rapids, IA
Asphalt Fiends - Bettendorf, IA
Fugitives - IL/WI
A-Town D-Bags - Aurora, IL
Corn Creepers - Des Moines, IA
Rat Rod Farmers - Malvern, IA
Possum Dodgers - St. Clair, MO
Bitchin' Beaters - Frankfort, IL
Double-D Speedsters - Cannon Falls, MN

Tin Militia - Lake Villa, IL
Hot Rod Hillsters - Otho, IA
Tin Butchers -Poplar Grove, IL
Chrome Czars - Chicago, IL
Rat Bastards - Fox Valley, WI
Smokey Hollow Twisted Pistons - Lodi, WI
Slackers - Chicago, IL
Bare Bones - IL
Skunk River Cruzers - Colfax, IA
Voodoo Kings - Streator, IL
Bad Fun Drivers Society - Hanover, MN
Salvage Saints - Woodridge
Nobodys Heros - Chicago, IL
Stardusters - Mead, NE
Suedes - Fargo,ND
Custom Auto Crafters - Freeport, IL
Voodoo Villains - South Dakota
Bottom Knockers - Louisville, KY
Half Fast - Chicago, IL
Coronados - Maquoketa, IA
The Metal Melters Car Club Plainfield IL
The Cheaters Milwaukee, WI

Please note that in the main hall there is a MASH pole at the Coronados CC table.
That is where you post your car club info and tell people where you came from and how many miles you drove to get there!
We truly appreciate the support of the car clubs that keep this hobby rolling - without you guys/gals......
we would not be able to get the ball rolling.
If not for a generous donation by Los Punk Rods, Vintage Torque Fest would have never happened.
If you see those guys walking around............Thank them.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chuck the Barber returns to Torque Fest!

Chuck the Barber will return to Vintage Torque Fest 2012!
He is a mover and a shaker and get your cuts done now before he becomes a big shining star in the firmament.......
Thanks for coming back Chuck - it is always great to seeya.
The above picture is Chuck taking care of my father....
my Dad always wanted to have a straight razor shave before he died.......
Chuck provided that for my Dad - THANKS.
Not sure if my Dad will do it again this year.....we will see.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Be A Manwolf Today - And Take Your Vintage Mini Bike on the Dirt

Los Punk Rods are amazing.....
Mini Bikes are fun.......
sounds like they are gonna have a grudge match at Torque Fest.
If you have vintage go karts - wanna run them on the track - BRING IT!
the key here - VINTAGE.

Friday, March 16, 2012

JUST ANNOUNCED - Western Starlanders to play Torque Fest on Saturday!

I am a fan of Bob Wills, Speedy West, Texas Troubadours, Hank Penny, etc........
these guys are riding in with that same spirit.
Give them a listen on Saturday!

And buy their CD while you are there - really good stuff!!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Torque Fest Photo Shoot - YOUR car could be on the COVER & Centerfold Sponsor Needed!

So for the past 2 years 365 Ink magazine in Dubuque has been giving us some love....

like MAJOR love. This is a free magazine that tells everyone in the northeast Iowa/northwest Illinois/southwest Wisconsin region what is going on in the area. Obviously Torque Fest was a unique show in the area (region) and we were lucky enough to be able to get the cover shot for the past two years. Special thanks to Mike Ironside for making this happen!!!

The first year was kind of a surprise - the magazine called me while I was at the Lonestar Round Up in Austin TX. They stated we could have the cover IF we could get some good images to them in 2 days! Luckily I am friends with one of the premiere photographers in the country - John Jackson of Not Stock Photography. I called him up and told him the deal - 20 minutes later the cover photo and others were sent to 365 Ink magazine. John is a true professional and we always look forward to all the road trip pictures that he throws on his Facebook account.

OK- I got sidetracked there........anyway - 365 Ink is giving us a cover again this year. And we need YOUR help. 1) Cars for photo shoot! 2) $$$.

The $$$ is simply for the centerfold for 365 Ink - they have to spend a bit of extra money on putting that insert in there and they are looking to get a couple of sponsors to help pay for that centerfold. As you can see last year there were 2 sponsors and they were able to put their logo on the centerfold poster. Anyone that wants to get info about this - please contact me at or 365 Ink directly - Torque Fest will not be dealing with the $$$ - that is between the advertisers and 365 Ink magazine. We had about 500 of these available at Torque Fest last year and they were GONE on Friday.....people were asking on Saturday where to get that "Torque Fest magazine" So if you want to participate in this issue - now is the time to get that ball rolling.

CARS - we are gonna be doing a photo shoot very soon in the Dubuque area. This will happen the weekend of March 23-25th. We will let everyone know the exact location and time when they are firmed up. But if you want a chance at being on the cover of 365 Ink - here is the roll call!!! Get those rides outta the garage and get them running cause here is a chance for tens of thousands to see your ride. Yes - 365 Ink has a circulation well over 10,000. And yes....the car needs to meet the same entry requirements that we have at Torque Fest. Studio H photography will be handling the local shoot and they will be determining which cars will be shot in the photos. Hopefully some group shots will be lined up as well while everyone is there!

So there ya go - really cool that 365 Ink is helping us get the word out again and we hope that YOU will wanna help out 365 Ink - either with advertising or just bringing your car around to the photo shoot.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Torque Fest PRE PARTY - Hosted by Coronado Car Club

Where - Main Street Maquoketa IA
When? Thursday May 3 530pm - 10pm
this pre party is open to ALL cars and bikes - NO RESTRICTIONS!!!!
Live Band!
Free Admission
Raffle Tickets Drawings
No Trophies - Just a good time!!!!

This event is not a part of Vintage Torque Fest - it is co sponsored by US Bank and Coronado Car Club and the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Koffin Kats - Graveyard Tree

they are amazing live - but check out the cool video someone put together....took pieces of the Corpse Bride and threw a good song on the top of it!
These guys will be going on stage around 9pm on Friday night MAY 4, 2012 - this is a really good reason to show up on Friday - not to mention the bus racing, other bands, vintage racing, motorcycle exhibition, art show, vendors, etc.
There is camping on site - so dont worry about that!
Just come on out and have a good time.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Bare Bones Polar Bear Cruise 2012.flv

in case you missed this in Feb. Here is a video of the great time we had in Chicago suburbs.
Bare Bones CC supports the Vintage Torque Fest - we support their events.
The Brauerhouse cruise in was getting massive last year - who knows what will happen this year! And they are thinking about doing a 10th anniversary show as well........could be a big deal!
Thanks for the friendship Bare Bones - keep on doing these things and we will keep on supporting!

Brown Dog Welding - coming from Detroit - Art for YOU

the myth is true.........
Josh will actually be at Torque Fest.
Be there to witness his man-hair....
his charisma....
his bold creativity....
try to resist - it is impossible.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flying Weasel Garage and Biltwell to help AGAIN in 2012!!!!!

Last year Michael Geltz of Flying Weasel Garage was down with the cause - you can see the helmets above - totally amazing...........

The helmets were donated by Biltwell Inc. Support BOTH of these companies......

they are helping support Torque Fest!!!!

And they are doing it again for 2012....

we are truly humbled by the creativity that Geltz has put into the paintwork. And we wanna thank Biltwell for donating these helmets as well.

Now if we could just get Biltwell to replace the banners that people took last year.......


Anyone out there know any Biltwell reps?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Reckless Ones - AMAZING live act - playing Friday night May 4

you dig the Stray Cats? Give these guys a chance - they are young and they put on a great live show.....
and they will be going on around 1030pm on Friday night at the Vintage Torque Fest!
May 4, 2012
seeya there!
14 bands - $10!!!!!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Lucky Tubb will be Stage 1 middle of the day Saturday

Starts off kinda laid back with a menacing groove - then about 1 minute in he kicks into high gear - great song.
Cant wait to see it live.
May 5, 2012 Maquoketa IA