Joining the Northern Illinois Street Rod Association is pretty easy. Show up at one of our regularly scheduled business meetings, bring along a completed Membership Application and let us know that you would be interested to join us.

Today NILSRA has some 30 to 35 members plus our spouses or significant others. We conduct a business meeting the first Monday of every month at Nick's Pizza & Pub located at 990 S Randall Rd, Elgin, IL 60123. Meeting starts at 7:00 and usually finishes by 8:00 but a few of us gather at 6:00 for a meal before the meeting.

Membership acceptance requires participating in three consecutive NILSRA activities. A copy of the Club Constitution and By-Laws will be e-mailed following the application.

We also offer the following activities:

Valve Cover Racing: This activity might not make sense to some... but if you are looking to have some fun... please go visit our dedicated website:

The Club introduced Valve Cover Racing in 2017 or more appropriately, brought Valve Cover Racing back to northern Illinois. We bring a Valve Cover Racetrack to various cruise nights and cars shows and of course feature an elimination race for cash prizes at our annual Fiesta Days Car Show. We've had a lot of fun playing with it!

Tuesday morning breakfast: Typically, a small group of members of the club who meet at 7:30 at Baker Hill Pancake House located at 1279 Dundee Ave, Elgin, IL 60120. That's Illinois Route 25 south of the tollway in Elgin. Nothing spectacular happens... but we do a fair amount of discussion about upcoming events and working on our cars.

Cruise Nights: We typically visit several Cruise Nights throughout the year.

One-day weekend trips: The Club plans three or four one-day, weekend trips to some point of interest. In 2017 we did a museum tour that included the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum and the Historic Auto Attractions museum in Roscoe, IL then finished with lunch in Rockford. We had nine cars in attendance and most included our spouses.

For 2018, we have already participated in the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor weekend on May 5th and 6th. For more information, please visit:

Weekend Car Shows: The Club visits a number of car shows throughout the year, as a group throughout the western and northwest suburbs as well as other nearby states. This year we plan to attend:

  • We attended Midwest Street Rod Association's annual Gears & Ears car show and swap meet, Sunday June 24, 2018, Kendall County Fairgrounds. We brought the Valve Cover Racetrack along and demonstrated racing to all of the folks that attended the Car Show. Special thanks to MSRA for welcomeing us to their show!
  • Early Times Street Rods Car Show in Hampshire, IL in August

Annual long-distance road trip: Our Activities Committee plans various driving trips for the Club members. In 2017 we attended the "Back-to-the-50's" car show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Minneapolis. There were eight cars on the trip, some of us with our spouses. We drove up through the backroads of Illinois and Wisconsin, and stayed overnight in Onalaska, Wisconsin. We finished the drive on Friday morning, following the Mississippi River up into Minneapolis. We spent the rest of the day at the Show. We also spent all day Saturday at the Show, then headed back home on Sunday morning making a stop for breakfast. It was a great trip!

The 2018 annual long-distance trip took us to the Good Guys 27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals held July June 29 - July 1, 2018 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. We had a wonderful time and would welcome the possibility of you joining us for next year's long-distance trip.

Northern Illinois Street Rod Association sponsored Car Show: Known as the Fiesta Days Car Show, the Club sponsors the car show every year that takes place in conjunction with the City of McHenry Fiesta Days village festival on Sunday during the middle of July. We've formed a formal Car Show committee for those of us who have an interest in conducting a car show without burdening those members that don't want to participate. Members are asked to volunteer their time to help that day operate the show. For more information please visit our dedicated website:

Annual Club Picnic: Typically held on a Saturday of September every year... the Club gets all of the families together for a picnic style meal and of course... a private car show!

To download a copy of the 2018 Membership Application form, please click here: 2018 NILSRA Membership Application.

To download a copy of the 2018 Fiest Days Car Show Event Flyer, please click here: 2018 Fiesta Days Car Show Flyer.

To download a copy of the 2018 NILSRA Valve Cover Racing Flyer, please click here: 2018 NILSRA Valve Cover Racing Flyer.

To contact the Northern Illinois Street Rod Association, please write to us at:

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