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Torque Fest 2011 Wrap Up
The car clubs that showed up to the Vintage Torque Fest
were from all over!Here are the clubs that had members
there to represent!



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
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
Vagabonds - IL
Custom Auto Crafters - Freeport, IL
Voodoo Villains - South Dakota
Bottom Knockers - Louisville, KY
Half Fast - Chicago, IL
The Cheaters - Milwaukee, WI
LOWnerS
County Line Cruisers - Erie IL
THEM! - WI
The Bombers - Peoria, IL
Kreepers - WI
The Delinquents - Minneapolis, MN
Coronados - Maquoketa, IA
Gratitude - that is what I have today....I am grateful that the good Lord above brought us all together to celebrate.
(Can I get an Amen!) I am grateful that so many people selflessly gave their time and money to come to the show -
spectators and especially volunteers.I am grateful to all the car clubs who recognize that this is a unique event-and if
they do not support it - it will go away. I am grateful to all the vendors that came from New York to California, as well
as those that chose to set up in the swap meet area. I am grateful for the artists that contributed pieces to the art
show - without this we would have lost money at the show. I am grateful that the local community opened their arms
and welcomed us without judgement or fear. I am grateful to my wife for working so hard with me to make this dream
a reality. I am grateful to my children for understanding that I can not always be there for the special dates because I
am on the road promoting Vintage Torque Fest. For all the people that came out - thank you - we truly appreciate it.

The list of individuals that went way above and beyond the call of duty is far too long to list and I hope to be able to
thank all of you in person when I am in your town throughout the year. But we can not let this event go by without
recognizing the car club that gave us the money to start the entire show - Los Punk Rods from Kansas City. They
continue to support the show and they are like lost brothers to me and I can't thank them enough. The Coronados
car club from Maquoketa were amazing. The entire club were behind the scenes for months leading up to the event
getting legwork done that I simply did not have time for. Rich Current and Dave Stockham both have really gone
beyond "helping", and it should be noted that only a few of the guys in the car club could even get their cars into the
show since this was a pre - '65 only car show. The members did not care - they knew that this would be a great thing
for Maquoketa and they set THAT as the priority. The Oliver Group was in charge of all the volunteers and had
everyone actually reported to their shift I am confident that the show would have run much smoother. Lefty aka Bruce
Oliver did not stop all day - and his wife Darlene seemed to be everywhere helping out as well. Rocky & Dane came to
the rescue countless times as well - either getting things on the track or working the front gate, it seemed they were
there from the very beginning until the doors were locked. Again - there are so many people to thank....but I would
wind up writing a 5 page document if that were to happen. So overall - thanks to all that helped contribute to the
show.

In this world that is infatuated with numbers, winners/losers, the question that keeps on coming up is "how many
cars were there?" and "How many people were there?" We simply dont know. We can take a really good guess
though. There were 545 car registrations given out, but there was a bit of a communication problem with some of the
volunteers when they were checking in cars. During the main part of the day on Friday we did not hand out car
placards to those that were entering. This lasted about 3-4 hours. I had people coming up to me on Saturday asking
for the car placards and I would tell them -"You got those when you drove in." They said they did not- so we suspect
about 40-50 cars got in without getting the car placards. And we also need to take into consideration that not all the
pre registered vehicles showed up. The forecast of rain on Saturday made some stay home. So with the pre
registered vehicles that did not make the trip and the cars that did not recieve their car placards I would say we had
about 575 vehicles. I have checked this number with others that go to shows all around the country as well and they
feel that is an accurate number - some said 600 for sure....others said 550 - but all said over 500. Overall the event
turned out amazing and we hope to be able to come back to Maquoketa.

As it stands right now, there are negotiations between the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Bob Wagner (leases the
track in Maquoketa), and Torque Fest to try to make this happen again at the same location.
Thank you for supporting the show and we hope we can make it happen again in 2012.
John Wells
Camel Toe Kid is DEDICATED to the
cause!  That is not a temporary tattoo!