'22 Fiesta OF Wheels

at Balloon Fiesta

The 2022 Fiesta of Wheels People's Choice Winners are...

Nadine L.'s 2004 Lincoln Town Car Signature

Richard F.'s 1941 Chevrolet Panel

John M.'s 1963 Plymouth Valiant

A Balloon Fiesta® Tradition.

September 24, 2022, update

This year's Fiesta of Wheels helps celebrate Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta's 50th anniversary, and we anticipate the excitement and participation from the event to share in the Fiesta of Wheels. The Rainbow Roadrunners Car Club of New Mexico is equally excited to continue the Fiesta of Wheels event!


To help gather a headcount for the event, we sincerely appreciate those of you that have registered for the event at Fiesta of Wheels Registration (ended) . This has helped us prepare and work with Balloon Fiesta staff.

More importantly, this has helped us secure the commemorative Dash Plaques in time for the event.


Staging for this year's event will once again be at the Rail Runner station at Los Ranchos/ Journal center located at 101 El Pueblo Rd. NE, at 8:00 AM, MDT, October 2, 2022. All staging information is available within our Staging section at www.rrccnm.com/fiesta-of-wheels (which is mobile-friendly). This is a public location, without restrooms; please plan accordingly. Because of the limited space at the staging location, we ask that clubs do not save spaces for club members at staging. Rather, we highly recommend and encourage each club to plan an individual group staging before moving to the staging location, so each club can be grouped together if they choose.


Lastly, This year's event will re-introduce the People's Choice Award. To accommodate the voting, registration will be at our registration table, beginning at 8:00 AM, before the event. Each vehicle will be provided a placard at registration with a number. Patrons can vote by visiting the website on the placard or scanning the QR Code. After the event, votes will be tallied systematically, and the winning vehicle(s) will win the opportunity to be the Featured vehicle for Balloon Fiesta's 2023 Fiesta of Wheels.


Thanks again for joining the Fiesta of Wheels, and we look forward to seeing you at the show!



August 15, 2022

Hello everyone,


First, a sincere thank you to everyone that participated in the 2021 Fiesta of Wheels. Below is a recap of what to expect for Fiesta of Wheels (FOW), this Sunday, October 2, 2022. Check out the Ballon Fiesta Guide Balloon Fiesta Guide at BallonFiesta.com


Covid-19

As the COVID-19 situation continues to improve, the requirement for masking and distancing is constantly changing. Please check with the New Mexico Department of Health at www.nmhealth.org or go to the New Mexico state website at www.newmexico.org for all the most recent updates and changes to COVID policies for the state.



STAGING

Staging for this year's event will be at the Rail Runner station at Los Ranchos/ Journal center located at 101 El Pueblo Rd. NE, at 8:00 AM, MDT, October 2, 2021.

Please:

  • do not block traffic;

  • Obey all traffic laws;

  • Give right of way to busses, trains, and local traffic.

Restrooms are not available at the staging location. Officials will alert us when the field is open and ready for us. Although we anticipate this to be around 9:00 AM, the time is based on multiple factors and is ultimately out of our control.

Entrance to Balloon Fiesta Park via general admission is included for those individuals inside of your participating vehicle. However, once inside, there are no in-and-out privileges. Please note, all vehicles entering Balloon Fiesta Park with the Fiesta of Wheels caravan for entry are subject to search by officers and Canine units. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding. Note, the FoW caravan will be entering through the Crew entry on the North end of Balloon Fiesta Park. Although the roadways are fairly maintained, there are places that are underkept and/ or not paved. There are also large inclines and declines the caravan will encounter and alternative-entrance routes were not made available to the FoW entrance caravan. As such, please plan accordingly.

Ribbons

The commemorative ribbons for this year's event will be distributed differently than in years past, as we work with our production teams. Therefore, ribbons will not be distributed at the event. However, ribbons will be shipped via US Mail shortly after the ribbons have been produced, following the event. To ensure your participating vehicle receives a commemorative ribbon, please complete a request here; Fiesta of Wheels Ribbon Sign-up and feedback. The registration form is available through Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Thanks again to everyone that is participating. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out via email, or by phone or text; (505)323-9436.

Cheers,

Ronnie, RRCCNM


About the Fiesta of Wheels.

For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque's Balloon Fiesta Park. Whimsical special shapes and Balloon Glows create a magical landscape for spectators to wander. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more.

The first Sunday of the event is special for automotive admirers, hobbyists, enthusiasts. The Rainbow Roadrunners Car Club will host a car display on the field after the balloons lift off. Hundreds of classic, vintage and special interest vehicles will parade from the West onto the field. Vehicles are from all over the state and country. All vehicles that fit into the categories will be accepted. It is not necessary to register for this free event, however if large clubs are planning on attending together please Contact Us.


Covid-19

As the COVID-19 situation continues to improve, the requirement for masking and distancing is constantly changing. Please check with the New Mexico Department of Health at www.nmhealth.org or go to the New Mexico state website at www.newmexico.org for all the most recent updates and changes to COVID policies for the state.


Staging

Staging for this year's event will be at the Rail Runner station at Los Ranchos/ Journal Center at 8:00 AM, MDT, October 2, 2022. Full staging details are available here.

Please:

  • Do not block traffic;

  • Obey all traffic laws;

  • Give right of way to busses, trains, and local traffic.

Restrooms are not available at the staging location. Officials will alert us when the field is open and ready for us. Although we anticipate this to be around 9:00 AM, the time is based on multiple factors and is ultimately out of our control.

Drive to Balloon Fiesta park

As the field opens and we are given clearance to enter the field, we will collectively head toward the crew entrance. For security, vehicles entering park will be subject to search. While we make every effort to remain in one group, local traffic can cause breaks in the migration to Balloon Fiesta park. If you are separated form the group, please continue towards the crew-members entrance gate to rejoin the group. As we enter the park, you will be directed to parking areas. Please follow traffic and instructions by all Balloon Fiesta personnel.

Most importantly, Have fun!

Staging location

Crew Entrance

Updates

  • September 12, 2021:

    • Guest Guide added to clickable options. Please reference for any Balloon Fiesta related questions.

  • September 7, 2021:

    • Fiesta of Wheels is scheduled to continue as planned.