Cars of the past, present, and future are coming to Independence
July 8-9 The American Solar Challenge (ASC), for the second time has chosen the Independence Square for their display day and the starting line of the race that will follow the Oregon Trail to the finishing line in Twin Falls, Idaho. ASC is a collegiate-level student design competition to design, build, test, and drive a solar-powered vehicle. The students will start the event in Topeka, KS with four days of scrutineering (inspections and tests) and three days in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (3 8-hour driving days on a 2.5 mile road course track). Qualifiers will display their cars in the Pharaoh Cinema 4 parking lot at the corner of Maple Avenue and Liberty Street on Friday, July 8 from noon to 7 pm. Visitors can meet the student engineers and see their vehicles up close. This year we anticipate university entries from across the United States and Canada.
The race will begin on Saturday, July 9 at 9 am. Cars will line up on Lexington Ave. in front of the Historic Truman Courthouse. In the spirit of the Oregon Trail, Ralph and his mules from Pioneer Trails Adventures will be the ceremonial lead vehicle. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer on the participants.
July 9-14 The Airflow Club of America will hold their 2022 National Meet in Independence, MO. Restored Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows and Dodge Airflow trucks from the 1930s will be seen throughout the city. The public is invited to a car show on Tuesday, July 12th from 9 am to 2 pm at the Independence Uptown Market.
July 14 -17 Slingfest will be held in the lot at 215 W Kansas Ave, just a block south of the Historic Truman Courthouse on the Square. This four-day event features Slingshots (3-wheel vehicles) with competitions, group rides, awards, and display days. The show opens on Friday, July 15 at 10 am. Stop by Friday or Saturday afternoon to visit with the car owners. A Light competition will happen on Saturday at 8:30 pm.