Fun on Four Wheels: Wisconsin’s Car Culture

Wisconsin is a state of gearheads. We’re devoted to our Harley-Davidsons, but it doesn’t stop there. Travel around Wisconsin in the summer and you’ll find communities celebrating the automobile in all its glory at shows, races, and cruise-ins. 

Get your motor running and join in the fun! Here’s a car lovers’ event for each weekend in August:

Northwoods Classic Car Show

What: A car show and model car contest where 50s and 60s tunes set the mood.

Where: Tourist Park in Park Falls

When: Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 9am-3pm

While you’re in Park Falls:  Spend some quality time in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest - Park Falls is one of two headquarter cities.

American Le Mans Series

What: A weekend of sports car racing on Wisconsin’s historic 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course. The fun includes tech talks, fan forums, car corrals, driver autographs, and a “Tour de Road America” bike ride.

Where: Road America, Elkhart Lake


  • GRAND-AM Rolex Series Sports Car 250 race on Saturday, August 10, 2013, 4pm-6:45pm.
  • Orion Energy Systems 245 ALMS (Round 6) race on Sunday, August 11, 2013, 2pm-4:45pm.

While you’re in Elkhart Lake: Visit Marsh Park wildlife area, and climb the tallest wooden observation tower in the state. 

Badgerland Classics & Customs Annual Car Show & Swap Meet

What: Antique and collectible cars and trucks on display, with car parts, literature, show cars and classic cars for sale.

Where: Peaceful Valley Park, Antigo

When: Sunday, August 18, 2013, 8am-4pm

While you’re in Antigo: Head to Swartzendruber’s Supper Club for some old-fashioned Northwoods hospitality. Enjoy the full soup and salad bar, but leave room for the ribs!

South Pier Classic Car Show
What: Food, music, and fun on the Sheboygan waterfront as the Kettle Moraine Corvette Club hosts its 28th annual celebration of custom cars.

Where: South Pier, Sheboygan
When: August 25, 2013, 7am-4pm.

While you’re in Sheboygan: Check out the shops, galleries, and restaurants on the Riverfront Boardwalk and Fish Shanty Village.

Kenosha Classic Cruise-In

What: A free car show open to all makes and models, with live music by the Chevelles. Admire vintage beauties, or show off your own.

Where: 56th St & 7th Ave in Downtown Kenosha

When Saturday, August 31, 9am-3pm.

While you’re in town: Take in the Transportation Innovation exhibit at the Kenosha History Center. Meet a 1918 Winther truck, AMX prototypes, and Sterling bicycles up close.

Does all this car enthusiasm inspire you to show more love to your own? Take it on a scenic Wisconsin drive. And once fall comes, be sure to catch all the changing colors: just sign up for the Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report e-newsletter

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