Eddie Munster from “The Munsters” TV show is bringing iconic 1960s show cars Dragula and the Munsters Coach to the car show
The little boy who lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane from 1964 to 1966 is coming to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Saturday to appear at the fourth annual St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous. TV star Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the hit 1960s TV show, “The Munsters,” will sign autographs and be available for photo ops on the midway of the car show.
As an added bonus, Patrick will bring the TV show’s iconic show cars, Grandpa Munster’s Dragula coffin dragster and the family’s Munster Coach.
“The Munsters” series aired once a week in black-and-white on CBS from September 24, 1964 to May 12, 1966, for 70 episodes. “The Munsters” grew in popularity during decades of syndication. This popularity warranted a spin-off series, as well as several films for both television and theatrical release.
Born on August 2, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, Patrick made his acting debut in 1961 at the age of eight opposite Eddie Albert in the film “The Two Bears.” While living in Illinois with his grandmother, Patrick was flown to Los Angeles to test for the role of Eddie Munster at CBS Studios. “I went in and an hour later I came out with the job” he recalls. Although a cute little kid, he could play brat parts easily.
Besides his two-year stint as a wolf boy with pointed ears, he was a regular on “The Real McCoys,” “General Hospital” and “My Three Sons.” He also appeared in numerous commercials and guest spots on many situation comedies throughout the sixties. In 1971 Butch starred in the Saturday morning children’s series, “Lidsville,” opposite Charles Nelson Reilly.
For more information on Butch Patrick and “The Munsters,” please visit www.Munsters.com.
The St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous (@STLRendezvous) is a high-octane blast from the past, featuring nostalgia drag racing, rockabilly bands and DJs, a ’69-and-older traditional car show, a pin-up girl contest, retro vendor midway, a burnout contest and vintage swap meet.
Drag racing will take place on Friday and Saturday. Midway entertainment — car show, bands, DJs, pin-up girl contest, burnout contest — will take place on Saturday.
Adult spectator admission for Saturday, May 13 is $25, kids 12 and under are free. A two-day adult spectator pass is available for $40.
All-nostalgia drag racing:
BB/FC Funny Cars
Nostalgia Gassers Racing Association (NGRA) — www.nostalgiagassers.com
Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) season kick-off — www.NostalgiaDrag.com @NDRLdrags.
Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks (VSS) — www.victorynss.com.
Ozark Mountain Super Shifters.
Nostalgia racing clubs and more feature racing groups to be added.
Bracket racing for 1979 and older vehicles only.
The Suicide Shifters — Amped, upright rockabilly ruckus from Illinois.
Vegas rockabilly headliners Danny Dean & The Homewreckers.
Rockabilly DJ Col. Paco Chaos from WRFL-FM 88.1 in Lexington, Kentucky.
CAR SHOW (SATURDAY)
Reminder: This is the show for the guys who hate car shows. Open to 1969-and-older cars, trucks and classic motorcycles, including traditional customs, rat rods, lowriders, hot rods and factory stocks. No stress, no drama — just fun. Guest judges present awards.
PIN-UP CONTEST (SATURDAY, 1 P.M., ON STAGE ON THE MIDWAY)
Open to ladies age 18 and older. Best period-correct costume or period-correct bathing suit. Cash prizes of $300 to the winner, $100 to the runner-up, $50 for third place. Contest will be judged. All contestants must pre-register. When you arrive, please check in at the registration table in the pavilion next to the concession stand. Contact John Bisci, firstname.lastname@example.org or (618) 215-8888 ext. 119 for entry and more entry information.
Friday, May 12 — NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING
4 p.m. — Spectator gates open.
4-10 p.m. — Time trials, fun runs, exhibition runs.
6 p.m. — NDRL, VSS qualifying.
9 p.m. — NDRL, VSS qualifying.
Saturday, May 13 — “THE BIG DAY”
8 a.m. — Spectator gates open.
8 a.m.-7 p.m. — Time trials, fun runs, exhibition runs.
10 a.m. — Final bracket time trial.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Music and entertainment on the midway (Butch Patrick appearance, Suicide Shifters, Danny Dean & The Homewreckers, DJ Col. Paco Chaos).
11 a.m. — Final Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL), Victory Super Stocks (VSS) qualifying.
1 p.m. — Pin-up girl contest (on stage on the midway).
2 p.m. — NDRL, VSS eliminations.
3 p.m. — Car show awards.
5 p.m. — Burnout contest (if four or more cars are entered; winner receives trophy).
7 p.m. — All final rounds of eliminations.
BONUS! Nostalgia After Party featuring complete program of Gateway’s E.T. Bracket Points series following the completion of the Pre-1979 Bracket Class category. Time trial at approximately 5:30 p.m. with eliminations at approximately 7 p.m.
Schedule subject to change.
SPECTATOR ADMISSION AND ENTRY FEES
Single-day spectator ticket: $25.
Two-day spectator wristband: $40 (admission for Friday and Saturday).
Kids 12 and under: Free both days when accompanied by a paid adult.
For more information, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, the state-of-the-art Gateway Kartplex and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.