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Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois presents the fourth annual St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous on May 12-13. The St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous 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 (Friday-Saturday) is available for $40.

 

All-nostalgia drag racing:

Two 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.

 

Music:

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.

 

SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, May 11 — SET-UP ONLY, NO RACING OR SHOW

1-9 p.m. — Gates open, pit parking for racing associations.

4-9 p.m. — Vendor set-up.

 

Friday, May 12 — NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING

9 a.m.-9 p.m. — Racer gates open, pit parking.

Noon-9 p.m. — Tech inspection.

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”

7 a.m. — Racer, swap meet and car show gates open.

8 a.m. — Spectator gates open.

8 a.m. — Tech inspection.

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 (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.

 

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. Advice: Please don’t clutter your display area. At least two national publications will be photographing this event.

 

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. Burlesque-style costumes are fine but all clothing must be in good taste (this is a family event). 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, john.bisci@gatewaymsp.com for entry and more entry information.

 

MUSIC (SATURDAY, 11 A.M.-5 P.M., ON STAGE ON THE MIDWAY)

The Suicide Shifters — Amped, upright rockabilly ruckus from Illinois.

Vegas headliners Danny Dean & The Homewreckers.

Rockabilly DJ Col. Paco Chaos from WRFL-FM 88.1 in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

SWAP MEET AREA (FRIDAY AND SATURDAY)

Free 20 ft. x 20 ft. swap meet space (with purchase of a $40 weekend crew pass).  Swap area will be located on west side of the drag strip. Paved spaces.  First come, first served. Move-in begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. One (20 ft. x 20 ft. ) swap space per weekend crew pass purchased.

 

MIDWAY VENDOR SPACES

Open to period-correct “nostalgia” wares. Includes one weekend crew pass.  Set-up on Thursday evening from 4-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. No food/beverage items or unlicensed ‘bootleg’ materials. Includes City of Madison, IL sales permit. Contact: Scott.Winter@gatewaymsp.com. All vendor spaces must be purchased by May 11, 2017.

20 ft. x 20 ft. space — $100 space + $25 permit ($125); 20 ft. x 40 ft. space — $175 + $25 permit ($200); 20 ft. x 60 ft. space — $225 + $25 permit ($250); 20 ft. x 80 ft. space — $275 + $25 permit ($300).

 

SPECTATOR ADMISSION AND ENTRY FEES

Single-day spectator ticket: $25.

Two-day spectator wristband: $40 (admission for Friday and Saturday).

Weekend restricted-area crew pass: $40 (for Thursday through Saturday access).

Kids 12 and under: Free.

Car show: $25 for car and driver. Passengers over the age of 12 must purchase ticket.

Swap meet: Free with weekend spectator ticket purchase.

Drag racing entry fees:

Nostalgia Sportsman Bracket 1/4-mile: $50.

Nostalgia No Box Bracket 1/8-mile: $50.

Nostalgia grudge/club/fun run: $50 (3 runs Friday, 3 runs Saturday).

Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) entry: $100 (car and driver).

Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks entry: $100 (car and driver).

 

Racing rain date: Sunday, May 14.  In the unlikely event of a rain-out, the racing segment of the event will take place on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. The music, car show and pin-up contests will take place on Saturday, rain or shine.

 

BRACKET AND GRUDGE RACING – OPEN TO PERIOD-CORRECT CARS

Nostalgia Sportsman Bracket — 1/4-mile. Open only to 1979-and-older full-bodied cars.  9.00 sec. and slower. .5 full tree. No electronics. Transbrakes are permitted. $50 entry fee. $30 first round buy-back. Payout based on 33 or more cars in first round. Entry includes 2-3 time runs Friday, 1-2 runs Saturday and eliminations. Purse: $1,000 to win; $400 for runner-up; $150 for semi; $75 for quarter.

 

NOSTALGIA NO BOX BRACKET – 1/8 mile

Open to 1979-and-older cars, dragsters, roadsters and Altereds. 4.50 and slower. .5 full tree. No electronics. Transbrakes are permitted. $60 entry fee.  $40 first round buy-back. Payout based on 33 or more cars in first round. Entry includes 2-3 time runs Friday, 1-2 runs Saturday and eliminations. Purse: $1,200 to win; $500 for runner-up; $150 for semi; $75 for quarter.

 

NOSTALGIA GRUDGE/CLUB/FUN RUNS – 1/4-mile (time only)

Open to 1969-and-older cars, dragsters, Altereds and classic motorcycles. Runs will take place Friday and Saturday between competition class time trials and eliminations. A full tree and pro tree lane will be offered. Entry fee: $50 for car and driver (two-day entry — pre-entry is strongly recommended since a limited number of race day cards will be offered). Single-day entry is $30 and will be offered for Saturday only if space permits. A three-run-per-day punch card will be provided at race entry.

 

SALUTE TO THE GASSERS: GASSER ALLEY

Do you have an original or period-correct replica Gasser?  We invite you to join our Gasser Alley showcase. The first 40 Gasser registrations we receive will get priority pit parking in Gasser Alley and one free weekend crew pass for your significant other. (Car and driver weekend pass is $50).

 

For more information, please call (618) 215-8888. Follow GMP on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

 

 

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