Blue Suede Cruise

Today there may be no more firsts but the memories are alive and well as Summit Motorsports Park. The Fonz, Cunninghams and Elvis are all gone but the cars and Doo-Wop live on.

You've gotta be here...July 15 - 17 2016!

The Wanda/AkzoNobel “Blue Suede Cruise”, The Festival of FUN!

One weekend out of every race season, Summit Motorsports Park transitions back into time.  Thousands of candy colored hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trick trucks, etc. from the first generation of the automobile up to 1972 will congregate for an entire weekend for the opportunity to “show and tell” about their special rides.  Many will decorate their area with all the necessary accessories of the era and may even dress in period correct outfits just to get into the “spirit” of the weekend.  Enthusiast can stroll through the acres of show fields, to reminisce with the participants and maybe even bring home their ‘dream car’.  

Registered participants will also have plenty of opportunities to race their ‘hot rods’ down the quarter mile to see if they are just as fast as they remember.  Fun runs will take place before and after the nostalgia drag racing all three days.  (Note times in the schedule) 

More off-track activities have been scheduled which will appeal to all ages and genders, ‘Here it from the expert” seminars, a Vintage Fashion Show, an expanded ‘Woman’s World’, a Manufactures Mid-way including some of the major players in the industry, such as Summit Racing, Wanda/AkzoNobel, Muscle Products and Trick Flow; a coloring contest, a live concert, featuring Phil Dirt & The Dozers, a flame throwing contest (details below) and of course Fireworks!  Even the door prizes will be even plusher than last year. In order to win one of those extravagant door prizes on Sunday…your attendance will be mandatory!


There is so much going on this weekend, but there is an extra incentive stay through Sunday.  A special door prizes will take place following the special awards ceremony.  You must be present to claim the prize.

Ladies we have a place for you to hang out when you’ve walked around the park and seen everything you want to see.  Sharon & Vanessa’s Women’s World will have over 40 vendors, ranging from jewelry and cosmetics to home decor and health care products.  You should be able to find something you can’t resist.

Cruisers Social Hall is just that…a place to get out of the sun and hang out with your buddies, showing off your new purchases from Women’s World or talking about the car you saw that reminded you of your teenage years.    A number of activities will take place here, such as the Friday Night Sock Hop and Vintage Fashion Show Saturday afternoon.

We want to see to see FLAMES shooting across the drag strip during this year's flame throwing contest.  Therefore, we are "heating things up" a bit to make sure this happens.  Two categories will be judged, Injection and Non-Injection.  The winner in each category takes home $250 dollars!  Start practicing now!  We want to give away some cash!   

Flame Throwing Contest Saturday Night after the concert
Event Sponsors

Phil Dirt & The Dozers return to Summit Motorsports Park
Phil Dirt & The Dozers return to Summit Motorsports Park performing their "Surf's Up: A Tribute to the Beach Boys" Concert!  It is the nation's hottest beach party performing LIVE at the dragstrip!  Sit back and enjoy an evening listening to your favorite beach party tunes...California Girls, Surfer Girl, Little Honda, In My Room, Good Vibrations, Surfin' Safari, Little GTO, Surfin' USA just to name a few!

The concert takes place Saturday Night at 8:00 p.m. in front of the Summit Side Grandstands.  The evening will conclude with a flame throwing contest, a neon parade of lights and of course the Signature Bader Family Fireworks!


                                       THE RETURN OF NOSTALGIA DRAG RACING!

The Nostalgia Drag Racing League (NDRL) is bringing their classes to AkzoNobel Wanda Blue Suede Cruise.  Racers qualify Friday and Saturday,then race on Sunday. 

NDRL Pro 7.00 (FED, Altered, F/C or Door Slammer ’79 and older)
Car & Driver: $100
Payout:  Winner: $1200; Runner-Up: $600; Semi’s: $300

NDRL Pro 7.50 (FED, Altered, F/C or Door Slammer ’79 and older)
Car & Driver: $100
Payout: $1000; Runner-Up: $500; Semi’s $250

NDRL Pro Comp (FED, Altered, F/C or Roadsters)
Indexes:  8.00, 8.50, 9.00, 9.50, 10.00
Car & Driver: $100

Payout:  $800, Runner-Up: $400; Semi’s: $200

NDRL Pro Gas (’79 and older Door Slammers, Must have working doors)
Indexes:  8.00, 8.50, 9.00, 9.50, 10.00
Car & Driver: $100
Payout:  $800, Runner-Up: $400; Semi’s: $200

Hot Rod Eliminator ('82 and older Door Slammers, Must have working doors; 0 – 14:99)
Car & Driver:  $40
Payout:  Winner: $600, Runner-Up:  $250; Semi’s:  $75; Quarter’s: $40

Gasser Magazine is returning to OHIO to support the Wanda, AkzoNobel Wanda “Blue Suede Cruise” by sponsoring a "GASSER Appreciation Race". 

The “Gasser Appreciation Race” features two classes. Nostalgia Gas is for those nose-high Gassers with the rocker panel higher than the spindle. Competition Gas will include all other Gassers. Class Indexes:  A/G 9.50; B/G 10.00; C/G 10.50; D/G 11.00; E/G 11.50; F/G 12.00.

On Saturday, Nostalgia Gas class runoffs will be contested with trophies awarded to all class winners.  

Sunday offers an all-handicap race for both Nostalgia Gas and Competition Gas.  However both classes will race separately until the final round is reached. The final will feature the Nostalgia Gas winner versus the Competition Gas winner.

The guaranteed Sunday purse will be distributed as follows: Winner $600; Runner-up $250; Semi’s $75; Quarter’s $40.  The fee to compete is $40.

Bill Baker Finally Dethrones Israel Smith!

   Adult:  1 Day Friday or Sunday
$ 15
   Adult:  1 Day Saturday Only $ 20
   Adult: Weekend $ 40
   Child (15 & Under): 1 Day FREE!
   1972 & Older Street Rod Entry
   (Includes 2 Wknd Adult Admissions & children 15 & under)
   NDRL Classes (Pro 7.00, Pro 7.50, Pro Comp, Pro Gas) $100
   Nostalgia Gas & Competition Gas $ 40
   Hot Rod $ 40
   Car Corral $ 40
   Swap Meet (20' x 35' Space) $ 50*
   Vendor Midway (20' x 60' Space) $200*
   Women's World (10' x 10' Space) $ 50*
   * Includes 2 weekend adult admissions  


   3-Day Trackside Electric Motorhome $125
   3-Day Trackside Non-Electric Motorhome                         $ 75
   Family Primitive Camping FREE!


Upon purchase, Guests will receive a permit that will need to be placed
in the windshield of your motorhome, camper or camping vehicle prior to entering into the park. 

* All occupants of the motorhome area and primitive campsites must have a weekend pass.  Please call our office with any of your questions.

Trackside Motorhome Camping
Parking for motorhomes and recreational vehicles alongside the track.  Your vehicle must be classified as one of the following, Class A, B or C Motorhome, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheel, Sport Utility Trailer, Truck Camper.  No Tents or Pop-Up trailers.  Camping spaces are approximately 20' X 50' each.

We have upgraded our trackside electric motorhome sites to 50 amp power service.  Please plan accordingly as we only have a very limited supply of adapters to rent.

Family Primitive Camping
Camping for truck campers (loaded into the bed of a pick-up truck), pop-up trailers also known as tent or folding camping trailers, and tents. No generators will be permitted.  Camping spaces are approximately 20' X 50' each.   The campground location is subject to change dependent upon weather and ground conditions.  Campers inside the Family Primitive Campgrounds must adhere to "quiet hours" 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Restricted Arrival/Departures

Early move-in for advance purchasers will be on Thursday, July 14, 2016 between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Please do NOT 11:00 a.m. on Thursday as we have no holding areas available.  We will stop accepting guests at 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening and will reopen on Friday July 15, at 7:00 a.m.

On-Premise services for our campers:

  • Ice:  Ice will be available for purchase to all motorhome and campground guests!
  • Showers:  Permanent showers are located on the Budweiser side of the track.  Shower tickets are $4.00 each
  • Permanent Shower Hours:
    • Thursday  4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Friday  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday  7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Sunday  7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Port-a-johns:  are located throughout the Summit Side (west side) of the park.
  • Kurtzman Sanitation:  will be on site offering motorhome-pumping services; please pay Kurtzman Sanitation directly for their services. 
  • Firewood:  will be available beginning Thursday Night at 8:00 p.m.; please pay vendor directly for services.

Sawmill Creek is the Official Lodging Hotel of Summit Motorsports Park

Sawmill Creek Lodge has earned that position by receiving excellent comments from teams and guests like you!  It's simple...serious competitors have wanted a quality, feel good, casual place to really relax after a hard sports day.  Enjoy our 235 acre Lake Erie waterfront campus, four restaurants and bars...and a great night sleep.  It's a place you will look forward to returning to.  That's hard to find on the race circuit.

Visit and you will understand quickly, it's simply the best place to stay.  Beautiful lakefront, beaches, restaurants, shops, golf, nature walks, jet skis, and so much more!

For the Wanda Brand AkzoNobel Blue Suede Cruise book a double bed room for $169 or a king bed room for $179

To take advantage of these great rates, contact Sawmill Creek at (800) 729-6455 and provide the code (BCS16)




Friday July 15 2016
  Gates Open 7:00 a.m.
  Street Rodder Registration (Bud Side/SR 601) 7:00 a.m.
  Camping/Motorhome Move-In 7:00 a.m.
  Woman's World Noon - 7:00 p.m.
  Fun Runs 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  Nostalgia Drag Racing Qualifying 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
  Secure Grounds 9:00 p.m.
Saturday July 16 2016
  Gates Open 7:00 a.m.
  Street Rodder Registration (Bud Side/SR 601) 7:00 a.m.
  Camping/Motorhome Move-In       7:00 a.m.
  Woman's World 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  Fun Runs 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  Nostalgia Drag Racing Qualifying 1:00 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
  Live in Concert
8:00 p.m.
  Neon Parade Flame Throwing contest & Fireworks 9:30 p.m.
  Secure Grounds 10:00 p.m.
Sunday July 17 2016
  Gates Open 8:00 a.m.
  Street Rodder Registration (Bud Side/SR 601) 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  Fun Runs 8:00 a.m.
  RFC Non-Denominational Chapel Service 8:30 a.m.
  Woman's World 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  Sunday Only Door Prize Instant Win Ticket Deadline       10:00 a.m.
  Door Prizes - Must be Present to Win!
11:30 a.m.
  Nostalgia Drag Racing Eliminations 12:00 p.m.
  Secure Grounds 7:00 p.m.
Schedule subject to change without notice!  


  1. Show and Shine registration is open to pre 1972 vehicles.
  2. Vehicle registration is located on the Budweiser (East) side of the track (State Route 601).
  3. Show vehicles may remain on the show field overnight.
  4. Participant support vehicles may enter the grounds for the purpose of dropping off coolers, tents, etc.  However, they must be moved to spectator parking by 10:00 a.m. each day.
  5. Trailer parking will be provided free of charge at the west end of Linder's Lot (State Route 18).
  6. Properly secured pop-up tents and canopies are permitted on the show field and may be left overnight.
  7. Tents or canopies larger than 20' x 30' will be placed by Summit Motorsports Park on the show field.  Please contact Bobbie Bader at 41-668-5555 ext 240 prior to 6/29/16.
  8. Speed limit in the show and pit areas is 10 mph.
  9. Burnouts are encouraged in the burnout box only please!
  10. And please don't step on my Blue Suede shoes!

Weather - In the event of inclement weather, updates will be available at or

For Event info please contact:  Nettie Damron at or 419-668-5555.

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