Entry CriteriaIron Invasion has worked to remove the subjectivity from the show criteria. This
means that we tried to clearly quantify the entry rules and
write them specific enough
for anyone to determine if their vehicle
would be allowed in.
If your vehicle does not meet entry
requirements, there will be a separate area where the muscle
street rods, stock originals 1949 and newer, and other non-qualifying vehicles
will park. This
parking area is directly connected to the show and these vehicles will be seen by
If you are unsure if your vehicle will meet
the requirements of the show, email clear pictures of the
drivers side, rear & passenger side, and interior showing the dash and
steering wheel to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that if you wait
until the week of the show to email us - that is
TOO late. Email
notification will need to be complete by Sept 30.
We are not being
elitist or think that your vehicle isn't
cool - we just want to focus on rides that
would be driving around in
the 40's, 50's and 60's. If you have never picked up a copy of Rod &
Custom or Hop Up circa 1956 - do yourself a favor and go get
These are the guidelines we will be adhering to.
To get into the show, your vehicle must be a 1964 or earlier
"Hot Rod" or "Custom" built in a
stock appearing/restored vehicles pre 1949 are
welcome at Vintage Torque Fest!
vehicles from 1949-1964 that appear stock will park in the Friends section.
A couple of
modifications to an otherwise stock vehicle will most likely get ya in
door. Here are the rules:
1. MOST IMPORTANT RULE-UNSAFE
VEHICLES SHOULD BE NOT BE DRIVEN TO TORQUE FEST. We
are NOT doing
Safety Inspections at Iron Invasion. The entry to the show does not mean
that we have deemed your vehicle safe to drive on the roads or dirt . Driver assumes all
normal, reasonable, and prudent
responsibilities for maintaining the safety of their vehicle. Drive
shafts visible from inside the vehicle, suspensions improperly mounted,
fuel that is not inside a
proper gas tank or some other fuel cell will
be asked to park outside McHenry County
Fairgrounds - we do not
need the police involved in citations for driving unsafe vehicles.
art cars - what is an art car? As one buddy suggested - you know you have an art
it looks like you had a giant magnet attached to your vehicle
as you drove through the local
junkyard and permanently welded anything
that stuck to the car.
OTHER definitions of art car - Vehicles that look like
a skeleton, pumpkin, or any other non auto
related items are art cars.
These are not traditional hot rods.
Further definition of art car - Rats that
are attached to vehicles are considered art cars. Anything
attached to the vehicle that is intended to shock or have comedic value will
wind up being
considered an art car.
Vehicles in rust, primer, or
survivor paint are WELCOME as long as they do not fall into the "art car"
category as described above.
3. No billet anything (if you have some
part on your engine that is billet - DONT open your hood!)
If you have a
billet steering wheel or column - put a shirt or coat over it!
fenderless 1949-1965 vehicles will be in Friends parking.
5. No neon, 80’s
style monochromatic paint or mural graphics.
6. No independent front
suspension on fenderless vehicles.
7. No Tune Port Injection or
Electronic Fuel Injection (with open hoods).
8. No trailered street legal
vehicles. We welcome period correct race, sprint, modified, midget, drag
cars. Obviously these will be trailered in to the show, but the trailers
will be parked off site after the
car is unloaded. We simply will NOT
have room to park trailers in the spectator parking.
plan on unloading your vehicle on Saturday - plan on being there before 7am.
Friday will not
be as crowded, so Friday drop off will not be as much
of an issue.
9. No stock or stock appearing vehicles 1949 and newer. All
Iron Invasion show vehicles need to
have at least two major visual
modifications. This includes - but not limited to: lowered, have a
wheel change, have a custom paint job, have body modifications, or
something that makes them a
hot rod or a custom. Missing hubcaps and
hanging dice are not considered modifications. Again - if
unsure - send a picture via email.
10. LOW PROFILE TIRES/RAISED WHITE
LETTERS may get you in the Friends parking.
This is not a 70's
show. Also if you have 50 series or lower profile tires this will be a vehicle
be in Friends parking.
11. Wheels should be period correct
to the hot rod or custom vehicle they are on and be on the
Wheel” list. Aftermarket wheels that are on the acceptable list should be no
15” in diameter.
Wheels larger than 15" need to be
original stock or reproductions of stock wheels. For example, 16"
Wires, 16" Ford steelies, tall thin Model A wheels (17" 19", etc.). It is also
acceptable if you are
running enlarged reproduction versions of a stock
wheel such as 17" steelies, 18" ford wires, etc.
wheels such as the original style Torque Thrusts, Torque Thrust II's, or Torque
Thrust D's should be no larger than 15".
Examples of wheels
that are acceptable HEREExamples
of wheels that are for VIP Parking HEREVehicles
with wheels that were introduced after 1965 will be in the VIP parking area. We
GM Rally wheels that do not have center caps or beauty rings! Again - if
you have questions -
12. Modern upgrades that you can
SEE, like aero-dynamic/modern mirrors are for Friends
parking. Digital dash
boards will need to be covered to be allowed entry to Iron Invasion.
13. LED taillights that have the traditional/stock appearance are
acceptable. LED lights that are thin
single, multi row, or billet
frames will be parked in Freinds area.
14. Vehicles that have
more than 4 wheels will be parked in Friends area. If you have a
vehicle that is Pre-'49 then these will be accepted.
1)Just because you got into Vintage Torque Fest or
other traditional hot rod shows in previous
years -does NOT mean you
will get in Iron Invasion - the criteria will be enforced this year.
hope that custom car owners realize the coolness factor of your car goes down by
your hood and trunk open....and it is very rare that cars with
open hoods ever get national photo
coverage. (We will have national
photographers on site doing articles for Hot Rod Deluxe, Ol Skool
Rodz, Car Kulture Deluxe, Traditional Rod and Kulture, Rolls and Pleats,
3)Stuffed animals, cry baby dolls, rubber rats, fake food drive
in trays, skeletons in passenger
seats are not for Iron Invasion.
4)No display setup/tables set up around your car. Your car quality
will speak for itself...if you need
to tell people who did the work on
your car - feel free to stand there all day - but honestly, there is
way too much going on to just sit there - go out and enjoy the show!
Torque Fest does not
encourage display boards....but if you have a
display board for your car - please respect your
neighbors and be sure
that if they fall - the display boards will not hit the car next to you!
boards for invited indoor cars are welcome.
brakes, electronic ignition, and radial tires are OK.