Hot rodding in the Twin Cities was working it’s way eastward from California by the 40s and 50s. The arrival of hot rod magazines (Honk and Rod & Custom) allowed the youth of the day to be made aware of what was happening elsewhere. As readership of these magazines spread and troops from WWII returned home youth started to build their own hot rods.
In 1954,spurred by Captain Clifford Bailey of the north side police precinct, the Road Knights, Throttle Jammers, Piston Slappers, Dualeers, Accelerators, Lakesters, Bumper Buddies, Rod Nuts, Cogs, Pied Pipers, Road Ghosts, Potters, Road Ramblers, Road Runners, Cam Snappers, Road Angels, Universals, Rod Busters, Gear Grinders, Drag-N-Wheels, Kustom Kings, Black Jacks, King Pins and Dragons got together and tried to form a lasting organization for the betterment and safety of Minneapolis/St Paul Hot Rodders which is still going yet today. GSTAs indoor car show is one of the oldest running car shows in the country having gone over 60 years.