Kruisin' Kittitas Car Show and Burnouts
Kittitas County is revving up this summer for the 19th annual Kruisin’ Kittitas Burnouts & Car Show on Main Street in Kittitas, WA. On Saturday, August 19, 2023, visit downtown for a parade filled with classic cars— watch awesome burnouts – and so much more! This event is hosted by the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce.
Kruisin' Kittitas has two separate 18+ registration applications and waivers to complete if you wish to participate in these events. If you are registering for both the car show and burnouts, please fill out two forms. You will be invoiced per registration from the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce, $15.00 per registration.
We would not be able to put on this event without our amazing volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering for Kruisin' Kittitas, please complete this online form below and we will get back to you with more information.
If you are interested in being a vendor for our swap meet/market please complete our online form. The market will be going on from 10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m that day.
Food Trucks/Food Vendors Application
Are you a food truck or local food vendor that would like to participate in Kruisin' Kittitas? This form is for you!
Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt and Drill Team
75 YEARS • 1938-2013
Wherever the Seattle Cossacks ride, people watch and wonder in fascination, waiting for the next man to climb higher. No ropes, no props, no skyhooks, no gimmicks-they just climb. How can they do that on motorcycles? The crowd bursts into cheers and applause as the team glides past. The stunts, motorcycles (and the applause) have been going on for more than 75 years.
It began in the 30's with a group of racers and hill climbers who developed stunts to entertain themselves between events; entertaining fans came later. The first organizational meeting took place in January 1938 with a group of Seattle racers, riders, delivery personnel, business men, and other interested folks. By April they had a formal organization and a set of by-laws that included "to entertain and promote the positive image of motorcycling" (the emphasis on Promoting rider safety came later) but what to call themselves? Russia's cavalry members, the Cossacks, were known the world over for their masterful horsemanship, and bikes were often called "Iron Horses" in those days. Thus, the name "Seattle Cossacks" was coined.
Formal practices began and by the end of 1938 the group was well-known in the Seattle area. They disbanded temporarily during World War II, since many members were young men who went to serve their country, and reorganized in the spring of 1946.
We still ride vintage Harleys of the 30's and 40's. The oldest is a 1930 VL and the newest a 1949 45 CI. There are 74" and 80" VL's, UL's, and 45's, and 61" and 74" Knuckleheads. All bikes are stock except for the handlebars, which are late-50's Flanders, these great old bikes are sturdy and stable enough to bear the weight of multiple riders.
Prospective riders must be sponsored by a team member and have to own and maintain their own motorcycles. Attendance at all practice is mandatory. New riders spend one year as rookies, riding in drills and progressing to stunts at the close of that year, they are either voted onto the team or asked to ride another rookie year. Riders possess no special physical characteristics, though some work out to keep in shape. The most important attribute riders need is the ability to control their "iron horses" during performances! Every member can recount at least one harrowing experience when a bike threatened to get away from him.
Experience on the current team is extensive and impressive, and contributes much to the group’s cohesiveness. One member has devoted 46 years to the Cossacks; 4 others have over 30 years each and the remainder have 1 to 26 years experience. Current members are from 27 to 74 years old, and the roster has included brothers, as well as fathers and sons.
We perform in about 20-30 shows each year, ranging from small town festivals to Worlds Fairs. We plan to entertain and promote a positive image of motorcycling & motorcycle safety for many years to come.
The “World’s largest Jeep” was built in 1986 by Jeff Bainter in his shop in Yakima Washington. This monster jeep was based on a Jeep CJ-7 body that Jeff split down the middle and widened 15” and sitting over a custom built frame and suspension to make room for the 66” flotation tires. Jeff and the big red jeep competed under the name of “HOTSTUFF” on the monster truck circuit from 1986-1989, winning many national events against the best trucks in the country. In 1989 Jeff Bainter built a second monster jeep “High Voltage” to compete with and handed the driving duties for Hotstuff over to Debbie Rhoden, the first woman to compete full time in open competition on the monster truck circuit. Both HOTSTUFF and HIGH VOLTAGE monster jeeps toured all over the United States and Canada thrilling fans for many years. Eventually both monster jeeps were sold, as Jeff needed to make room in his shop for the new Captain USA monster truck being built.
Many years later Jeff had an opportunity to buy the big red jeep back. It was in pretty rough shape and needed a complete ground up rebuild. In a labor of love exactly 30 years from its original build, Jeff restored and repurposed the aging jeep including adding additional passenger seating to be able to give the fans a ride in a piece of monster truck history.
Jeff and his original monster jeep HOTSTUFF were inducted into the International Monster Truck Hall of Fame in 2017.
Photos from Kruisin' Kittitas Car Show & Burnouts in 2022