Sunday, July 31, 2011
I had just gotten back into town, and even I admit, I thought about staying home. But I'm glad I didn't, because I definitely would have missed out. It was one heck of a turnout, and there were lots of great cars to look at all around Liberty's historic downtown square.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Luckily, I was wrong. It wasn’t the Cruise of the Century or anything like that, but there were actually quite a few cars and people hanging out in the Gladstone Hy-Vee parking lot.
Get your car shows, car cruises, and car races in before winter hits. The Kansas City calendar for July 29, 30, 31, 2011
The Liberty cruise is always one of my favorites. But there are other events from Bonner Springs to Belton, and Shawnee to Springfield.
Check out the full schedule of events below, and don’t forget to call ahead if weather might be an issue. And as usual, remember to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a future car-related event that you would like to see listed on this calendar later this summer.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I bring this up because this weekend, the Touch of Glass Corvette Club hosted a Corvette show at the Hooters in the Legends. And instead of being strictly a show about Corvettes, this gathering may have been more about … hot wings.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
38th Annual Ag Hall of Fame Show N' Shine brought rows and rows of great cars to a beautiful and interesting location
This is the 38th year for this event, which is hosted by the Genuine Chevy/GMC Truck Club of Kansas City. As you might imagine, there tends to be a large contingent of old Chevy pickups there, but that certainly isn't the only thing that makes it in.
Friday, July 22, 2011
History of the Cadillac wreath and crest logo, and never-before-seen photos of the Cadillac and LaSalle Club Grand National Convention
Even Cadillac’s logo is audacious. While most cars abandoned using someone’s chrome-encrusted family crest decades ago, Cadillac’s complex, ornate jigsaw puzzle of boxes and rectangles in a Superman-like shield surrounded by laurels does not suggest “subdued” by any means.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Low riders, high riders, heat, and asphalt. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing calendar for July 22, 23, 24
Don’t let the high mercury levels scare you. There are lots of great events all over town, and as long as you throw on some sunscreen and drink a bunch of water, you should have a great time. The Show and Shine at the Agricultural Hall of Fame is always a very popular event. The turnout at Belton’s Saturday night cruise is typically very strong. And there is what appears to be a low-rider show at the Scottish Rite Temple that seems pretty intriguing.
Plus, there are all kinds of races you can go to. Hit the drag races at KCIR or Heartland Park, any of a number of dirt tracks around the area, or head south to Lebanon, Mo., for a little asphalt Late Model action.
Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong at a car show, car cruise, or car race in the Kansas City area this weekend. Just make sure you call ahead if weather or other factors may be an issue before you leave your air-conditioning.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
CAF Air Expo at the New Century Air Center brought you back to the 1940s with cars, trucks, big bands, and historic World War II aircraft
Saturday, July 16, 2011
But then I remembered that the name of the host car club is "Outta' Control Hot Rods and Cruisers," and I started getting worried. I mean, I don't know if I'm wild enough to hang out with people that are so out of control that they name themselves something like that.
Friday, July 15, 2011
One of the most significant losses in recent years was the demise of Oldsmobile, which at the time of its closing was the oldest American auto manufacturer. But things weren’t always that bleak.
In 1957, General Motors was on top of the world, and Oldsmobile was right in the thick of things. ’57 was the 50th-anniversary of GM’s Rocket division, and there was a lot to be excited about.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Take this week, for example. Some of the nice folks from Ford invited one of my co-workers and me to spend some quality time behind the wheel of the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang in the Detroit, Mich., area.
We were lucky enough to have dinner with some of the engineers and marketing people behind the Boss 302, along with some of my colleagues from other guidebooks and publications. These latter folks are actually pretty influential, as they publish automotive reviews that are seen by huge numbers of people, and they play a key part in setting used and residual values on virtually every vehicle sold. I'm not going to get into specifics, but you've heard of the publications they work for.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Old-school dragsters, old-time aircraft, and old fashioned fun. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing calandar for July 15, 16, 17, 2011
The CAF Annual Air Expo at the airport in Olathe also looks pretty intriguing, where you will be able to see FIFI, the only operable B-29 in existence, P-51 Mustangs and other cool old planes, and a display of vintage military vehicles.
But enough about what I think will be good. The entire Kansas City and surrounding area car calendar for this weekend is listed below. And, you know, don’t forget to call or plan ahead if rain, flooding, or other crappy conditions may be a factor.
Naturally, the old car radar doesn’t shut down at someplace like an antique mall. There could be a stack of Picassos, but if they had an old toy poking out from behind one of them, I wouldn’t see the paintings at all. When it comes to antiquing, I have perfect automotive tunnel vision.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
But the other thing they had to deal with was an unprecedented Missouri River flood. So while this was supposed to take place in the picturesque E.H. Young Riverfront Park in Riverside, it was moved to the decidedly less picturesque Park Hill High School parking lot.
The North Kansas City Cruise Night is successful. Maybe too successful. A look at the July festivities
This is still a pretty nice cruise, with several cars from the area turning out to listen to well-known Kansas City disc jockey Phil Jay spinnin' the Mustang Sally.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
If you come from a family of car nuts like me, you’ve probably noticed that the car turns up in quite a few family photos. Heck, if you go through my old shoeboxes full of pictures, you might get the impression that my grandparents spent all their time in the driveway.
My granddad was a used car dealer in Colorado Springs, so cars weren’t just a passion, they were his life. I always enjoy the stories my dad tells about all the cars that passed through there as he was growing up. It’s interesting to hear about where they came from and what they did with them.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
What to do ... what to do? The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing calendar of events for July 9, 10, 11
The American Street Rod Association has moved their big show from the E.H. Young park in Riverside to Park Hill South High School because of the high water on the Missouri River. Lakeside Speedway will be closed for awhile because of the same thing.
Cruise nights will be at the Riverside Red X, the Longbranch in Overland Park, the Sonic in Basehor, and at several other places in the area. Sometimes you wonder how there can be enough old cars around town to attend them all, but somehow, there are.
Call ahead if weather or flooding might be an issue. The full schedule of events is listed below.
Monday, July 4, 2011
No, Parkville isn't flooded. Yes, they had their annual Fourth of July parade. Yes, there were some nice cars in it
But that wasn't enough to stop the annual Fourth of July Parade, which snaked its way down Main Street just like it always does. Luckily, the heart of downtown remains unaffected by the flooding so far.
A mock 1950s town and a classic car showroom await you in West Line, Mo. Good Time Classics and Memory Lane are pleasant surprises
But when it comes to automotive attractions, sometimes, it's these little places that will surprise you. Such was the case recently when my dad told me there was something I needed to see in the sleepy little town just outside of Louisburg.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
I've always had a soft spot for police cars. For one thing, I don't believe in movies that don't involve at least one car chase where a minimum of 18 Gran Furys get trashed. But also, my dad had lots of Caprices and Impalas around when I was growing up, and my current car is a '96 Impala SS, all of which have a connection to the police cars that were derived from them.
Friday, July 1, 2011
It’s easy to look at the beautiful coastal settings of Pebble Beach or Amelia Island and think nothing like that can happen here. But then we have the Art of the Car Concours as held last weekend at the Kansas City Art Institute.
It’s easy to look at Detroit and think we are not a mecca of auto manufacturing. But in fact, both Ford and General Motors build some of their most popular vehicles in the area.