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The '09 Car Craft Summer Nationals

It Was Like Crack For Car Guys

By The CC Staff, Photography by The CC Staff, Wes AlIison

Three days of cool cars, burnouts, bikinis, cruising, and competition-is this heaven? No, it's the Car Craft Summer Nationals presented by GM Performance Division, and if you weren't there, you're gonna wish you were. We took over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds July 19-21 for a three-day celebration of everything automotive. Hundreds of gallons of race gas were burned, millions of calories of fairground food were devoured, and in spite of the unusually cool temperatures and ice-cold economy, we all had a blast. If you want to join us next year, log on to CarCraft.com for details.

Cruising On University Avenue
Porky's Drive-in has been in the same location on University Avenue since 1953, and cruising has been part of the restaurant's landscape since the beginning. Though cars cruise there all summer long, after the Nats closes each day, the crowd lines both sides of the street for an entire block. There were almost as many police cars as muscle cars, and the tickets flowed as freely as the Coke from the soda fountain. Who knew a burger, onion rings, a shake, and just the slightest chirp from your tires could cost so much.

Burnout Contest
As usual, a burnout contest was held on Saturday and Sunday, and a couple dozen cars (and a few trucks) lined up each day to fry a set of tires.

Bikini Contest

Our Sponsors
Lastly, we'd like to give special thanks to our sponsors, without whom, this show would not be possible.

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