World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway — the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis-Metro East region — will host the sixth annual St. Louis Nostalgia Rendezvous on May 10-11. The two-day high octane throwback party features TV star Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster of The Munsters), nostalgia drag racing, three Vegas headliner rockabilly bands, a traditional 1969-and-older hot rod and custom car cruise and a pin-up girl contest with cash prizes.
Spectator gates will open on Saturday at 8 a.m. Admission is $25 for adults (16 and older), $8 for kids (ages 7-15) and children 6 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased in advance.
NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING (BOTH DAYS): Nitro nostalgia Funny Car exhibition, four Funny Cars from Great Lakes Funny Cars, Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) season kick-off, Victory Nostalgia Super Stocks, nostalgia Gassers and two classes of bracket racing for 1979-and-older cars.
THREE BANDS (SATURDAY ONLY): The Royal Hounds (from Nashville – recently released their third album). Danny Dean & The Homewreckers (American rockabilly band from Los Angeles). Little Rachel (five-foot-tall Texas rockabilly queen). All three bands have played the iconic, world-famous Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender in Las Vegas.
CAR CRUISE (SATURDAY ONLY): Open to all period-correct, 1969-and-older cars and motorcycles. Hot rods, custom cars, rat rods, restorations, bikes, pick-ups, rusty rides, street rods, lowriders. (Please see rules and guidelines below.) The car cruise is co-hosted by the Twisted Rodz and Decent Boys car clubs. All clubs are welcome.
PIN-UP GIRL CONTEST (SATURDAY ONLY): Open to all ladies 18 years of age and older. Period-correct costume (in good taste). Cash prizes for first place through fifth.
BUTCH PATRICK (SATURDAY ONLY): Meet TV star Butch Patrick – Eddie Munster from “The Munsters” – and see his TV showrods, the Munster Coach and Grandpa’s Dragula. Butch also has appeared in a number of motion pictures and TV shows, including The Monkees, Adam 12, The Magical World of Disney, I Dream of Jeanie and Gunsmoke.