Joining the Northern Illinois Street Rod Association is pretty easy. Show up at one of our regularly scheduled business meetings or Cruise Nights, bring along a completed Membership Application and let us know that you would be interested to join us.
Today NILSRA has some 20 to 25 members plus our spouses or significant others. We conduct a business meeting the first Monday of every month. COVID-19 has made it difficult to pin down a firm location for our meetings, but please check out our "Club Activities" page for each of the locations of our upcoming Club meetings. We typically get together for an informal dinner at 6:00 and then conduct the business meeting 7:00, usually finishing by 8:00 but a few of us stick around and have a couple of refreshments after the meeting.
Membership acceptance requires participating in three NILSRA Activities each year. A copy of the Club Constitution and By-Laws will be e-mailed following the application.
We also participate in many of the following activities:
Tuesday morning breakfast: A small group of members of the club meet from 7:30 to 9:30 on Tuesday mornings. Again, COVID-19 has disrupted our usual hang-out. Currently we are meeting at Baker Hill Pancake House located at 1279 Dundee Ave, Elgin, IL 60120. Nothing spectacular happens... but we do a fair amount of discussion about upcoming Activities and working on our cars.
Cruise Nights and Weekend Car Shows: We typically visit several Cruise Nights and Car Shows throughout the year. While COVID-19 has made some of these trips difficult, please see our Club Activities page see our planned events and trips for the year.
One-day weekend trips: Our Activities Committee plans various driving trips for the Club members. We typically conduct three or four one-day, Saturday or Sunday trips during the summer months 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.
In 2018, we participated in the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor weekend. A wonderful trip along old Route 66 from Joliet to Towanda. NILSRA also traveled to the National Street Rod Association's Nationals North event in Kalamazoo, MI. Lots of fun, food and drinks among those who particpated!
In 2019, for our first event, we conducted what we called SPRING CAR SHAKEOUT, an event to get our cars out and see how well they survived the winter. We gathered for breakfast at Kane County Country Market in Maple Park and then headed west. The destination was the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, IL. We received both a full guided tour of the facility and a blacksmithing demonstration. A great time was had by the nine Club members and our family members that participated!
While 2020 has created some challenges for us, we've taken a number of one day trips to sites in Ilinois and Wisconsin. We've traveled to Red Dog Grill in Ottawa, IL for lunch, Midway Village Museum in Rockford, IL to participate in their event called "Tipsy History: Prohibition", ran with Northern Illinois Streeters Car Club on a tour through central Illinois ending at Sam's Drive-In Restaurant in Byron, IL, and made a trip to East Troy, WI to visit the East Troy Railroad Museum and ride one of their open trolleys from East Troy to south of Mukwango. Of course every trip is complemented by a great meal along the way!
Annual long-distance road trip: We typically plan a trip that involved traveling a significant distrance and staying overnight for one or more days. We usually aim at one of the major car shows sponsored by NSRA, Goodguys or a similar organization.
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!
In 2018, the 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 thoroughly enjoyed each other's company!
In 2019, we drove to Louisville, KY to attend the National Street Rod Association's 50th Anniversary celebration. It was quite an event with over 15,000 cars on display on Saturday!
For 2020, we had planned to travel to Boulder Junciton, WI to attend the Muskie Days Car Show. Unfortunately, like most events this year, the village wide festival and the Muskie Days Car Show was cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19.
For 2021, we made the trip to Boulder Junction as mentioned above. We will left the Chicagoland area on Friday, August 6th and returned on Monday, August 9th. While rain created some challenges for us, through a miracle, the car show in Boulder turned out to be dry. We all had a great time! Please visit our "Club Activities" page if you have an interest in joining us.
Fiesta Days Car Show sponsored by Northern Illinois Street Rod Association: The Club sponsors the Car Show every year which takes place in conjunction with the City of McHenry Fiesta Days village festival on a 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. Some members volunteer their time to help that day operate the show. For more information please visit our dedicated website: www.fiestadayscarshow.com
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 great private car show!
"Sunday Funday Poker Run": We conducted our first ever Sunday Funday Poker Run to See Fall Colors in October of 2021. Fifteen cars and 25 people enjoyed a trip through Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin visiting three fine establishments along the way. We traveled about 100 milesa and ended the day at a restaurant in Marengo. It was a great day and we all made many new friends!
To contact the Northern Illinois Street Rod Association, please write to us at: email@example.com
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