Although they’re nearly 10,000 miles apart, there are two must-attend car shows taking place this weekend: Vintage Torque Fest in Dubuque, Iowa, and the Boogaloo Invitational in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia.
Vintage Torque Fest 2016 in Dubuque, Iowa

Now in its sixth year, Vintage Torque Fest will run from Friday, April 29th until Saturday, April 30th at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, which is located about halfway between Des Moines and Chicago. The brainchild of Iowa’s John Wells, the event is assembled with the help of the Milwaukee Cheaters Car Club and Los Punk Rods of Kansas City, Missouri. Last year, more than 800 hot rods, customs and motorcycles made their way to Vintage Torque Fest from across the United States, and John hopes this year the vehicle count will top 1,000.

Dirt track racing is one of the main attractions at Vintage Torque Fest. There will be action out in the dirt both Friday and Saturday, ranging from motorcycle racing to hot laps from the Midwest Jalopies.

Dirt track racing is one of the main attractions at Vintage Torque Fest. There will be action out in the dirt both Friday and Saturday, ranging from motorcycle racing to hot laps from the Midwest Jalopies.

John says the idea of the festival was to bring a Jalopy Showdown-style event to the Midwest while raising money for Helping Hannah’s Heart, a nonprofit organization created to help families of children with congenital heart defects. Along with the car show, participants are encouraged to try their hand at dirt track racing in their rods, customs, motorcycles, racecars, go-karts or mini bikes. From a ’52 Ford Mainline giveaway car to flame throwing rods and motorcycles, it’s sure to be an action-packed weekend at Vintage Torque Fest.

ast year, the Dubuque County Fairgrounds were filled with pre-'65 hot rods and customs. Participants traveled from as far away as Colorado to attend the show. Photo courtesy of Dan's Hot Rod Photos.

ast year, the Dubuque County Fairgrounds were filled with pre-’65 hot rods and customs. Participants traveled from as far away as Colorado to attend the show. Photo courtesy of Dan’s Hot Rod Photos.

Down in the hot rodding capital of Australia, Des Russell has been planning and prepping the inaugural Boogaloo Invitational for close to six months. The Boogaloo will run from Saturday, April 30th until Sunday May 1st at the Wattle Flat Recreation Reserve in Castlemaine.

Down in the hot rodding capital of Australia, Des Russell has been planning and prepping the inaugural Boogaloo Invitational for close to six months. The Boogaloo will run from Saturday, April 30th until Sunday May 1st at the Wattle Flat Recreation Reserve in Castlemaine.

There will be no shortage of early-style hot rods and customs at the Boogaloo. Here's a small sampling of some of the invited cars from last month's Black Forest drive.

There will be no shortage of early-style hot rods and customs at the Boogaloo. Here’s a small sampling of some of the invited cars from last month’s Black Forest drive.

Des selected over 300 rods and customs built in ’50s and ’60s-style to display at the show. Some are untouched originals with deep Australian rodding roots, while others are freshly built machines driving in for a weekend of cruising, camping and hot rod history. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the Boogaloo Instagram for updates as the Invitational approaches.

An original Australian hot rod, Peter Swift built his '24 T-bucket in 1962 and still owns it to this day. It is one of several significant survivors that have been invited to this weekend's show.

An original Australian hot rod, Peter Swift built his ’24 T-bucket in 1962 and still owns it to this day. It is one of several significant survivors that have been invited to this weekend’s show.

Click here to learn more about the Vintage Torque Fest and here for additional information about the Boogaloo. Even though it’s a few days away, we can already tell it’s going to be a great weekend.

Michael Morris plans to drive his chopped Deuce three-window to Castlemaine for the first running of the Boogaloo Invitational. Having fun with tasteful, street-driven hot rods is what this event's all about.

Michael Morris plans to drive his chopped Deuce three-window to Castlemaine for the first running of the Boogaloo Invitational. Having fun with tasteful, street-driven hot rods is what this event’s all about.