Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The CTS-V is an exception. First of all, a regular CTS is a world-beater in-and-of-itself. But when you add the massive suspension and brake tweaks, plus this engine, my God the engine, you’ll absolutely believe there were no compromises here.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Annual shows, final cruise nights, and Corvairs. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for September 30; October 1 - 2
One of the bigger season-ending events comes from an unlikely source. The Basehor Project Grad Car Show at the high school packs in hundreds of cars each year.
Other big, annual shows are taking place in Lone Jack, Lawrence, and countless smaller communities all within a day’s drive of the KC Metro area. This is a busy time for these shows, and they tend to draw strong car counts every time. You can also go to Excelsior Springs and check out the big Corvair meet.
Where are you going to be this weekend? If you’re having trouble trying to decide, I am including the complete schedule of Kansas City car shows, car cruises, and car races below.
Monday, September 26, 2011
This may very well be the biggest monthly cruise in Kansas City. I don’t have the official count from Saturday night, but I’d guess around 300 classic cars and trucks lined Belton’s historic downtown Main Street and various parking lots and side streets nearby. It was a very impressive display.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The 10th Annual Mid-America Chevelle/El Camino Show at the Great Mall was a showcase of big blocks and beautiful rides
visited the GM Fairfax Assembly Plant, where they build the current Chevrolet Malibu. So it seemed only appropriate that I explored the history of that nameplate this weekend when I checked out the 10th-Annual Aces Mid-America Chevelle/El Camino Show at the Great Mall of the Great Planes in Olathe.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant open house reminds us how important the auto industry is to Kansas City
Nowhere was that more obvious than at the Fairfax Assembly Plant open house, which was held this week in the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Kan.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
New Malibus in KCK, old Chevelles in Olathe, church fundraisers, city festivals, and more. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing calendar for September 23, 24, 25, 2011
If you like new cars, you can go out and see how the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Lacrosse are built at the Fairfax Open House this Thursday. If you like old cars, you can go to the big Belton Cruise on Saturday night. If you like race cars, you can go help the crew cleanup some of the flood damage at Lakeside Speedway this Saturday.
Some of the most perfect weather of the entire year happens right now in Kansas City. There is no better time to attend a car show, car cruise, or car race. This weekend’s full weekend schedule of events is listed below.
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Chevrolet Suburban is the longest-running nameplate ever produced. A history and pictorial review of Chevy's heavy hauler
Saturday, September 17, 2011
A little rain doesn't dampen spirits at the 25th Annual Ol' Marais River Run. 714 pictures from the big show in Ottawa
How big? Well to give you an idea, consider that Saturday's forecast called for rain. Saturday's forecast proved to be correct from the moment the sun came up. And they still managed to draw in more than 1,300 entries.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Midwest Ford Fest, Shrine Swap Meet, and Ol' Marais. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for September 16, 17, 18
If you like Fords, the Midwest Ford Fest is always a big draw at KCIR. And if your old car needs parts, or if you are looking for a new project, the Ararat Shrine Swap Meet in Lee’s Summit may have just what you need.
As the season winds down in Kansas City, there is no shortage of car shows, car races, and car cruises to check out this weekend in Kansas City. Take a look at the full schedule of events below.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The 12th Annual Midwest All Truck Nationals brought trucks and truck fans from all over America to the Riverside Red-X
For the past few years, this event was held at the E.H. Young Riverfront Park, but that location is still suffering from the ill effects of too much water and not enough riverbed. So the festivities were moved to the grassy lot out behind the eclectic Red-X general store. I haven't been to this exact location since the old Riverside Stadium dirt track resided on this spot.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
14th Annual Bill Cliff Memorial Car Show highlights the final 2nd Saturdays cruise in North Kansas City
I had the old Hovermater at the All Truck Nationals most of the day, so I went home to eat and let some rain showers pass. When I got to North Kansas City at about 6:15 or so, I didn't even realize this was more than a normal cruise.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Neither one of those things is true, of course, but why would anyone be expected to know or care about a rickety old car that went out of production 84-years ago? Well, we do lots of stories here about the history of certain makes and models of cars. But an overview of the Model T is more than just the history of another car. It is American history. It is world history. The Model T impacted us in ways that are still felt today.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Midwest All-Truck Nationals, local festivals and shows, final cruise nights and more. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for September 9, 10, 11
Me, I'll be spending most of my time at the annual Midwest All-Truck Nationals in Riverside. This is a big, three-day event, and it usually brings a really impressive collection of trucks to check out. Plus, since it occurs on the weekend of September 11, it seems appropriate that they have a big Toys for Tots drive at this event with the U.S. Marines.
Wherever you live in the KC Metro area, and whatever kinds of cars you like, you are sure to find an event to enjoy near you. See the full schedule of car shows, car cruises, and car races, plus the NASCAR schedule from Richmond, in the list below.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
2011 Goodguys Midwestern Nationals pictures and coverage. More than 780 photos mean there will be something you love
The attendance seemed to be down a little compared to previous years, but even at that, it was a hell of a lot of cars. We were talking about this at lunch today, and came to the conclusion that the flooding along I-29 had to hurt participation. I know that there were guys in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, etc., that didn't want to take that long detour with all kinds of semi trucks on two-lane roads to get to this event. It'll be nice when the river finally gets all back where it goes, and travel gets back to normal around here.
The 2011 Greaserama had it all - Freaky cars, freaky folks, and freaky fun. 722 pictures of double coverage from the Boulevard Drive-In
Of course, I've been there several years in a row, and as it turns out, I know a lot of people there, so perhaps I'm a bit of a freak myself.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Art of the Chopper display in Kansas City's Union Station showcases exquisite workmanship and creativity
This exhibit took place in the same area as they had the Princess Diana stuff, the Dinosaurs Unleashed thing, and other similar displays. And the one thing it had in common with all of those other displays was that it was expensive. We’re talking $12.50 for each adult ticket, and $9.50 for kids. That ain’t chump change, Charlie. And that was really the reason it took me so long to get there. At least there was a slight discount if you ate at the Harvey House upstairs.