IRON INVASION III. Woodstock, Illinois. Oct 4th 2014


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Others have come before... much love and respect to the pioneers...

Iron Invasion hopes to continue in the footsteps of those who have paved the path of tradition. Join us in a celebration of good people, good music, & maybe a little gear grinding in Woodstock Illinois.

  • Traditional Hot Rods, Kustoms and Cycles
  • Harley Davidson Ironhead motorcycle Give Away!

  • Western Swing & Rockabilly vibrations will get your feet a movin'.

  • Tin Butchers Swap Meet - (this is NOT a flea market - vintage parts and automobillia ONLY.

  • Vendors from California, Texas, & New York - and points in between.

  • Today's hottest contemporary lowbrow & automotive artists.

  • This will be an event designed for one purpose - to have fun. The atmosphere is laid back and the rides here are driven. Only $10 day.
  • NO CHARGE to show your ride. Affordable food and beverages will be on site as well.

McHenry County Fairgrounds
1050 Country Club Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098

(1 mile North of Rt 14 on Rt 47. The fairgrounds are next to 975 Country Club Road. When you see McDonalds, Jewel Osco, and Panera Bread,Turn East at Country Club Rd, come to
the furthest gate right across from 1050 Country Club road, Woodstock, IL 60098

Schedule of Events


  • Friday Hopperstad Customs Open House from 3:00-4:30 pm - [URL=""][/URL]
  • Friday Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle Open House 4:00-6:00 pm -

  • We hope that after each open house gearheads from around the area can all meet at the McHenry County Fairgrounds to watch some bands and hang out. So if you are coming from the west, go to Hopperstad's and hang for a while, then all cruise over together to Woodstock. Those coming from the east, hang with Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle, then head over to the fairgrounds.
  • Fairgrounds are not open to public on Friday - this is setup day.
  • Later that night - Bands at the Woodstock Harley-Davidson dealership Free food at 5:00pm
  • Swap meet, feature cars, and vendors will be allowed to set up Friday from 9am - 9pm
  • There is NO SATURDAY SETUP for vendors or feature cars. Swap meet vendors must be setup by 7:30am on Saturday morning. NO EXCEPTIONS.


  • Gates to the Fairgrounds open at 6am. This will allow a chance for show cars to stage and get lined up for entry at 7:30/8:00. Spectators can park at this time as well...but are only allowed to come into the staging area.
  • Open to Public at 8:00 am
  • PIPES will be on the microphone throughout the day keeping people updated on any changes in schedule and making special announcements. Special thanks to PIPES for taking the time to help us!
  • Retro Reel Cinema Building Starts at 9:00 am - this building will showcase vintage drag racing, b movie clips, and vintage stock car racing clips.
  • Childrens Vintage Fashion Parade 10:15am
  • Pin Up Contest 10:30 am
  • Mr. Invader Contest 11:15am
  • Drivers Meeting - 11:30 am
  • Do It Yourself Stunt Show - 11:45 am (runs throughout the day)
  • Surf Zombies - 12:00 am
  • Icons of Pinstriping Art Auction - 1:30 pm
  • Voodoo Kings Flame Show - 1:45 pm
  • Babe Miller & His 10-4's - 3:30 pm
  • Car Club Picks - 5:30 pm
  • Buildings Close at 6 pm
  • More fun starts over at the Woodstock Town Square at 6pm.

Admission is $10 per day.

See everyone at the show!

Please review the entry requirements below. All registered vehicles will be inspected day of show to determine if they qualify.

Iron Invasion is a Traditional Hot Rod and Custom Show.

This means no Billet
No Digital Gauges
Cars from 1948-1964 should have 2 visual modifications.
ALL Cars that are PRE '48 are welcome! STOCK is OK!
If your car has aftermarket accessories that are AFTER 1965
then you may find yourself in the Friends parking.
We love all kinds of cars - and this is why all are welcome!
Only cars that are from 1964 or older get into the Show Area.
All other cars will be in the Friends area - so those that have
nice Street Rods, muscle cars, new Camaros/Mustangs etc.
Please note that you will have your OWN parking area.
This will NOT be by spectator parking.
Please be courteous to all inspectors.
They are doing their best to maintain the integrity of the show.
If we let every car in to the show - it becomes just another show....
And this is not what the Iron Invasion is all about.

Motorcycles are welcome at Iron Invasion.
Motorcycles will be Pre-75 Choppers, Bobbers, & Customs.
Foreign rides are welcome - but need to fit the criteria.

Entry Criteria
Iron Invasion has worked to remove the subjectivity from the show criteria. This
means that we tried to clearly quantify the entry rules and write them specific enough
for anyone to determine if their vehicle would be allowed in.

If your vehicle does not meet entry requirements, there will be a separate area where the muscle
cars, street rods, stock originals 1949 and newer, and other non-qualifying vehicles will park. This
parking area is directly connected to the show and these vehicles will be seen by

If you are unsure if your vehicle will meet the requirements of the show, email clear pictures of the
front & drivers side, rear & passenger side, and interior showing the dash and steering wheel to Please note that if you wait until the week of the show to email us - that is
TOO late. Email notification will need to be complete by Sept 30.

We are not being elitist or think that your vehicle isn't cool - we just want to focus on rides that
would be driving around in the 40's, 50's and 60's. If you have never picked up a copy of Rod &
Custom or Hop Up circa 1956 - do yourself a favor and go get some!

These are the guidelines we will be adhering to.

The Criteria

To get into the show, your vehicle must be a 1964 or earlier "Hot Rod" or "Custom" built in a
"Traditional Style".

All stock appearing/restored vehicles pre 1949 are welcome at Iron Invasion!

Any vehicles from 1949-1964 that appear stock will park in the Friends section.

A couple of modifications to an otherwise stock vehicle will most likely get ya in the

door. Here are the rules:

are NOT doing Safety Inspections at Iron Invasion. The entry to the show does not mean
that we have deemed your vehicle safe to drive on the roads or dirt . Driver assumes all
normal, reasonable, and prudent responsibilities for maintaining the safety of their vehicle. Drive
shafts visible from inside the vehicle, suspensions improperly mounted, fuel that is not inside a
proper gas tank or some other fuel cell will be asked to park outside McHenry County
Fairgrounds - we do not need the police involved in citations for driving unsafe vehicles.

2. No art cars - what is an art car? As one buddy suggested - you know you have an art car when
it looks like you had a giant magnet attached to your vehicle as you drove through the local
junkyard and permanently welded anything that stuck to the car.
OTHER definitions of art car - Vehicles that look like a skeleton, pumpkin, or any other non auto
related items are art cars. These are not traditional hot rods.
Further definition of art car - Rats that are attached to vehicles are considered art cars. Anything
that is attached to the vehicle that is intended to shock or have comedic value will wind up being
considered an art car.
Vehicles in rust, primer, or survivor paint are WELCOME as long as they do not fall into the "art car"
category as described above.

3. No billet anything (if you have some part on your engine that is billet - DONT open your hood!)
If you have a billet steering wheel or column - put a shirt or coat over it!

4. All fenderless 1949-1965 vehicles will be in Friends parking.

5. No neon, 80’s style monochromatic paint or mural graphics.

6. No independent front suspension on fenderless vehicles.

7. No Tune Port Injection or Electronic Fuel Injection (with open hoods).

8. No trailered street legal vehicles. We welcome period correct race, sprint, modified, midget, drag
cars. Obviously these will be trailered in to the show, but the trailers will be parked off site after the
car is unloaded. We simply will NOT have room to park trailers in the spectator parking.
If you plan on unloading your vehicle on Saturday - plan on being there before 7am. Friday will not
be as crowded, so Friday drop off will not be as much of an issue.

9. No stock or stock appearing vehicles 1949 and newer. All Iron Invasion show vehicles need to
have at least two major visual modifications. This includes - but not limited to: lowered, have a
wheel change, have a custom paint job, have body modifications, or something that makes them a
hot rod or a custom. Missing hubcaps and hanging dice are not considered modifications. Again - if
you are unsure - send a picture via email.

10. LOW PROFILE TIRES/RAISED WHITE LETTERS may get you in the Friends parking.
This is not a 70's show. Also if you have 50 series or lower profile tires this will be a vehicle that will
be in Friends parking.

11. Wheels should be period correct to the hot rod or custom vehicle they are on and be on the
“Acceptable Wheel” list. Aftermarket wheels that are on the acceptable list should be no larger than
15” in diameter.

Wheels larger than 15" need to be original stock or reproductions of stock wheels. For example, 16"
Ford Wires, 16" Ford steelies, tall thin Model A wheels (17" 19", etc.). It is also acceptable if you are
running enlarged reproduction versions of a stock wheel such as 17" steelies, 18" ford wires, etc.

Again, aftermarket wheels such as the original style Torque Thrusts, Torque Thrust II's, or Torque
Thrust D's should be no larger than 15".

Examples of wheels that are acceptable HEREExamples of wheels that are for VIP Parking HEREVehicles with wheels that were introduced after 1965 will be in the VIP parking area. We WILL allow
GM Rally wheels that do not have center caps or beauty rings! Again - if you have questions -
email us.

12. Modern upgrades that you can SEE, like aero-dynamic/modern mirrors are for Friends
parking. Digital dash boards will need to be covered to be allowed entry to Iron Invasion.

13. LED taillights that have the traditional/stock appearance are acceptable. LED lights that are thin
single, multi row, or billet frames will be parked in Freinds area.

14. Vehicles that have more than 4 wheels will be parked in Friends area. If you have a
stock vehicle that is Pre-'49 then these will be accepted.


1)Just because you got into Vintage Torque Fest or other traditional hot rod shows in previous
years -does NOT mean you will get in Iron Invasion - the criteria will be enforced this year.

2)We hope that custom car owners realize the coolness factor of your car goes down by 90% with
your hood and trunk open....and it is very rare that cars with open hoods ever get national photo
coverage. (We will have national photographers on site doing articles for Hot Rod Deluxe, Ol Skool
Rodz, Car Kulture Deluxe, Traditional Rod and Kulture, Rolls and Pleats, and more)

3)Stuffed animals, cry baby dolls, rubber rats, fake food drive in trays, skeletons in passenger
seats are not for Iron Invasion.

4)No display setup/tables set up around your car. Your car quality will speak for itself...if you need
to tell people who did the work on your car - feel free to stand there all day - but honestly, there is
way too much going on to just sit there - go out and enjoy the show! Torque Fest does not
encourage display boards....but if you have a display board for your car - please respect your
neighbors and be sure that if they fall - the display boards will not hit the car next to you! Display
boards for invited indoor cars are welcome.

5)Disc brakes, electronic ignition, and radial tires are OK.
All pre-1965 STOCK motorcycles are welcome.

1. No art bikes

2. No stock bikes

3. No twin cam Harleys

4. No new Indians, Buell, Big Dog, or West Coast Chopper/OCC style bikes

5. No aluminum wheels

6. No wide rear tires

7. EVO bikes are OK - just need to be TRADITIONAL STYLE!​


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here are some shots taken at this show 2012, 2013. there will be stockers '48 and older, Kustoms, traditional hot rods, bikes and just crusty cruisers like mine. also some feature cars. like this ride The Calori Coupe! pictured on Hot Rod cover.



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WHY we do the Iron Invasion.... Proceeds from the gate go to Helping Hannahs Heart Foundation. This is a 501(c)3 non profit designed to help families with kids that have congenital heart defects. We hope you will join us on Oct 4 as we present The family with some much needed financial support. They have had some major surgery over the past few months and it's time we try to help them out as best we can. It is only a $10 entry to Iron Invasion and this entry automatically gets you 1 ticket to win the Harley-DavidsonIronhead Giveaway Custom Chopper. So not only are you going to be helping a great also get a chance to win a cool motorcycle. Rain or Shine! McHenry County Fairgrounds in Woodstock IL. If you are on Instagram follow us at ‪#‎vintagetorque


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maybe I'll see some of you there? I will be running all around helping run he show. look me up. Tin Militia Andy