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Kenosha Homecoming Car Show

July 25 - 30, 2017

Schedule varies by day
Kenosha Homecoming Car Show, Kenosha History Center

This car show only occurs every three years. This year, the show celebrates the Centennial of Nash Motors! Join the Kenosha History Center at various locations throughout Kenosha and Racine for cruise nights, an ice cream social, a car parade, a nighttime car show, and the big car show on Saturday (at Kennedy Park, 4051 Fifth Ave. in Kenosha). The car show is free for spectators. Car Show Vendors and Car Registrants may find the registration form here.

Official T-Shirts now available at the Kenosha History Center (220 51st Place) for $20.

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017:

  • Cruise Night at Wendy’s, 3811 75th Street, Kenosha

Wednesday, July 26, 2017:

  • 2 p.m. Cruise Night at Kenosha UAW Local 72, 3615 Washington Road, Kenosha
  • 4 p.m. Cruise Night at Andy’s Drive-In, 2929 Roosevelt Road, Kenosha
  • 5 p.m. AMC Special Night at Great Lakes Dragaway, 18411 1st Street, Union Grove

Thursday, July 27, 2017:

  • AMC Rummage Sales at various local AMC vendors homes
  • 4 p.m. Cruise Night at Mason’s Eatery & Pub, 7000 74th Place (near Hwy. 50/75th Street), Kenosha
  • 4 p.m. Cruise Night at McDonalds, 6630 Washington Avenue (Hwy. 20), Racine

Friday July 28, 2017:

  • 7 a.m.: Swap Meet opens at Kennedy Park, 4051 Fifth Avenue, Kenosha
  • 10 a.m. Gremlins at Jeffery Elementary School, 4011 87th Street in Kenosha. Tour the Thomas B. Jeffrey School, home of the Gremlins.
  • 1 – 3 p.m.: Ice Cream Social at Nash Elementary School, 6801 99th Avenue in Kenosha
  • 4 p.m.: There will be an AMC parade—“a cruise”—kicking off from Nash Park on 60th Street (near 60th Avenue). The route will follow 60th Street to Library Park, and then turn up 8th Avenue, cross the 50th Street Bridge to Simmons Island and end in front of the History Center (220 51st Pl, Kenosha).
  • 4 – 10 p.m.: Kenosha History Center Block Party.
    • The documentary “The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer” will be shown on a big screen. After the showing there will a Q&A/Meet and Greet with filmmaker Joe Ligo, the creator of the Pacer documentary.
    • In the Rambler Gallery through the night, James T.W. Wheary will be on hand to discuss the history of Nash Motors with visitors. Mr. Wheary is a notable automotive historian and lecturer, and is the grandson of Charles Nash.
    • At dusk, the feature presentation will begin: the Disney Pixar animated film “Cars”. There will be an outdoor screen and the sound will be broadcast over the radio, making it a proper drive-in movie. Food vendors will be on hand throughout the evening.
    • The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum will both be open until 8pm. Lighthouse climbs will be $5 from 4-8pm, in addition to being $5 throughout the weekend for those registered for participation in the Kenosha Homecoming. The sunset and car show will be beautiful from 74 feet above Kenosha. The History Center will be selling Kenosha Homecoming t-shirts, AMC key chains, and other memorabilia. If you are participating in the car show, the History Center will also be able to handle your registration until 8pm.

Saturday, July 29, 2017:

  • 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Car Show & Swap Meet at Kennedy Park, 4051 Fifth Avenue, Kenosha

Sunday, July 30, 2017:

  • AMC Racing at Great Lakes Dragaway, 18411 1st Street, Union Grove

*****Refer to our list of Kenosha Area hotels here to book your reservation.*****

Related: Cars of the Decades exhibit at the Kenosha History Center. Celebrating the Kenosha Homecoming and the Centennial of Nash Motors, the Kenosha History Center is presenting Cars of the Decade: vehicles representing the decades which automobiles were manufactured in Kenosha. This exhibit is located in the Rambler Gallery in the museum.

In celebration of the Kenosha Homecoming, the Southport Light Station Museum, on Simmons Island adjacent to the car show grounds, will be open extended hours on Friday, July 28, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Southport Lighthouse was built in 1866 and the Keeper’s House in 1867, and the station served Kenosha Harbor during the early days of industrial production in Kenosha. Views from the tower allow one to see where AMC was and how the city has adapted to a changing economy. The harbor served as a major transportation route for Nash and AMC, sending automobiles around the world. The Keeper’s House has been remodeled into a free maritime museum looking at the harbor’s contributions to Kenosha, and is open Thursday through Sunday.

History on automobile manufacturing in Kenosha: 100 years ago this year, the first Nash Model 671 left the assembly line in Kenosha, beginning the Nash tradition of offering “a car embodying honest worth…[at] a price level which held out possibilities of a very wide market”. This is a tradition which carried through the history of the company.

The 1917 model year saw the last Jeffery-badged automobile and the first Nash. Thus, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of Nash Motors, and a banner year. Charles Nash would remain at the helm of his company until 1945. During that time, Nash Motors acquired the Mitchell Motor Car Company, Lafayette Motors, and merged with Kelvinator. In January 1954, Nash announced its merger with the Hudson Motor Car Company, creating American Motors. AMC was acquired by Chrysler in 1987.

The Kenosha History Center is very happy to host the Kenosha Homecoming and welcomes collectors and fans from around the world!