When I think of the Vintage Torque Fest, the ol' Steppenwolf song Born to Be Wild comes to mind, probably for a good reason. 

Get your motor runnin'

Head out on the highway

Looking for adventure

In whatever comes our way...

The Vintage Torque Fest rolls onto the Dubuque Country Fairgrounds for a two-day showcase of revved-up hot rods, turned-up amps playing incredible music, mouthwatering food, and artists and vendors from around the country and world.

It's a different car show with everything from hot rods to minibikes taking laps on the fairground's dirt track. The Vintage Torque Fest is a memorable event for people of all ages.

Still, I would submit that the music is also a big draw for the two-day affair beyond the classic cars, backcountry cruise, and vintage stock car racing.

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Multiple stages will showcase musical talents that have toured the world but will be descending on Dubuque to entertain. Bands like the Surf Zombies, River Valley Rangers, and Jinx Jones scratch the surface of the musical talents taking the stage. From surfer to rockabilly to Americana folk, the music alone will be worth the price of your two-day pass to the 2022 Vintage Torque Fest happening Friday and Saturday at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. So take a friend, buy a beer, and chill at this one-of-a-kind event. 

Topping it off, all gate proceeds from this event go to Helping Hannah's Heart Foundation. The non-profit 501(c)(3) helps families dealing with the financial burden of having a child with Critical Aortic Stenosis or related Congenital Heart Defects. Learn more at helpinghannahsheart.org

Additional Highlights: 

  • Art Show features artists worldwide contributing to the Kustom Kulture gallery and auction.
  • Feature cars and motorcycles will be inside the buildings.
  • Vendors will be in the various buildings selling hot rod merchandise.

April 29-30, 2022 Dubuque County Fairgrounds
$35 Weekend Pass Day of Show
$20 Friday Day of Show Entry includes admission to the Racing & Flame Throwing Car Show
$20 Saturday Day of Show Entry includes admission to ALL track activity
Children 13-18 $10
Children 12 and under FREE.
Active Military FREE with valid ID

Open to the public at NOON on Friday. Closes midnightish.

Open to the public at 9:00 am Saturday. Closes at ??? Saturday night. All details at www.vintagetorquefest.com

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