Saturday, February 12, 2011
2011 Kansas City World of Wheels car show from Bartle Hall. Stories, coverage, and one epic photo slideshow
Once again, Kansas City's Bartle Hall was filled with shiny things (and not-so shiny things, which we'll get to in a moment). Beneath the neon tube lights, there was one of the most diverse collections of cars and trucks in the shows history.
The term "diverse" is sort of a curse and a blessing. When I anticipate the World of Wheels, I get jazzed about all the vintage hot rods and customs, and have learned to appreciate the sophisticated modern works of art that sparkle amid mirrored displays. And to that end, there are lots of things to hold my attention.
That's not to say World of Wheels wasn't a great show. There are several truly great traditional customs there. Cars like a faithful recreation of the Barris Blue Danube.
There was also a '41 Ford coupe that Barris Customs actually built from 1946-1948, and appeared in Rod & Custom in 1953. Right now, it sports a primer finish, but it's just a few quarts of gloss lacquer away from its former glory.
Gritz needed hospitalization for some pretty serious burns, but he refused to go before he ran the race. And in fact, Gritz won the 1969 Knoxville Nationals, the biggest event in all of sprint car racing.
Probably the biggest draw on Friday night was Danielle Colby Cushman from TV's American Pickers. An endless line of fans waited for an autograph and a chance to meet the burlesque dancer-turned antique shop counter girl. Frank Fritz from the same show was supposed to be at the World of Wheels doing the same thing on Saturday.
Would you like to see pictures from this show? Well, I've got you covered. Below you'll find some 375 pics from the 2011 World of Wheels in Kansas City. I think I've got most of the cool stuff covered, some of the bad stuff, and everything in between. I hope you enjoy them!