Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Red Book has been in business for a cool 100 years in 2011, and I’m proud to say that I’ve been a part of it for the past eight. The work we do here may not cure cancer, but it does touch literally millions of people. So I think it’s important to maintain credibility within the auto industry.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Goodguys Midwestern Nationals and Greaserama headline the car show, car cruise, and car race calendar for September 2, 3, 4, 5, 2011
Perhaps the biggest car show in Kansas City is the Goodguys Midwestern Nationals, which will be at Kansas Speedway this Friday through Sunday. Look for some 2,000 cars and trucks, 1972 and older on the first two days, plus a few later-model vehicles on Sunday. You have no doubt encountered one of their advertisements on the radio, in the newspaper, or on television.
In addition, the Greaserama Car Show is taking place at the Marriam Drive-In. This is another big one, full of Rat Rods, car art, monster movies, Rockabilly, and car culture; and it is something that you definitely don’t want to miss.
And those two big, BIG shows don’t include the normal selection of smaller car shows, races, and cruises all over town. This is one of the biggest weekends of the year. Make sure you get out there and enjoy it before everything is over for the season. The full weekend schedule is below.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
This year's edition was no exception, as a full lot-full of shiny cars and trucks glittered under sunny Saturday skies.
Friday, August 26, 2011
For such a monstrous event, it had pretty basic beginnings. It was started in 1995 as a soccer field fundraiser. But Woodward Avenue is in the epicenter of the American automobile, and 250,000 people showed up that first year alone. The lightning was out of the bottle, and the cruise has been going strong ever since.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Out of this world events from Belton to Mars. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing event calendar for August 26, 27, 28, 1011
There are lots of great car shows, car races, and car cruises happening around Kansas City this weekend. The Olathe Police car show at the Great Mall was a pretty good event last year. The Belton cruise on Saturday night is always ginormous. And KC Trends is spearheading an Ali Kemp benefit show at FUEL Bar and Grill on Friday night. For the fun of it, I’m also throwing in a UFO conference—those are vehicles too, right?
Love short track night racing? This is the weekend for you. Sadly, Lakeside Speedway just announced that they are closed for the rest of the season thanks for the flooding, but several other dirt and paved tracks within reasonable driving distance are doing their things on Friday and Saturday nights. Or, if you don’t want to drive anywhere to see your short track action, just turn on the TV and watch NASCAR’s finest duke it out on the high-banks of Bristol.
The complete schedule of Kansas City car events for August 27, 28, and 29 is listed below.
Monday, August 22, 2011
No doubt about it, the Midwest Camaro Fest was snake bit. But it was far from dead.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Now, Kansas City is obviously not Detroit, and we certainly don't have anything as epic as the annual Dream Cruise, but I did manage to sit in a lawn chair and take some pictures of neat cars as they drove by my location.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
As the ISSCA meets up this weekend at the Woodward Dream Cruise, we look at the history of the 1994-1996 Impala SS
Chevrolet is a major sponsor of the cruise this year, with all kinds of displays and events happening as part of their 100th Anniversary celebration. Included in all the action, the Impala SS Club of America is holding their annual ISSCA Nationals event in conjunction with the Dream Cruise.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Heart of America Model A Club celebrates the history of one of America's great cars at Kansas City's City Market
When the Model A was introduced in 1927, it had unbelievably large shoes to fill. This was the car destined to replace the Model T, the car that almost singlehandedly put America on wheels. In order to follow an act like that, the Model A had to be exceptional.
And it was. For an average of $500, customers could choose from more than 15 body styles and a multitude of colors throughout the A’s five-year run.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Camaro Fest, Cars in the Park, and Old Timer Races. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing events calendar for August 19, 20, 21, 2011
Among the must-attend events this weekend, there’s the Midwest Camaro Fest (this year moved to the Riverside Red-X while the E.H.Young Park dries out), the Cars in the Park show at Shawnee Mission Park, and the Dearborn Classic. There are also cruises in Platte City, Overland Park, Lees Summit, and all points in-between.
If you like car racing, the Old Timers are going to hold their annual event at I-35 Speedway this year since Lakeside is still a little moist from the flooding, you could check out several other local tracks, or watch the NASCAR stars and cars in Michigan and Montreal.
Need more details? We’ve got details. Just check out the full calendar of events below.
Monday, August 15, 2011
There is also a car cruise involved with this monthly event. Now, when I see an ad in the Pitch or INK, I worry that I really shouldn't be there. I mean, there's an excellent chance that I'm not cool enough to hang with the trendy, young hipsters that they tend to feature in those publications.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Corvettes used to be easy. There was a code for coupe, a code for convertible, maybe a code for the Z06, and that's it. Boom--three VIN codes.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
That’s certainly the case for me, as my ’74 Buick Century is the only car that I still have dreams about. Apparently, I still have the old Buick at the back of the garage, and I drive it every once in awhile just to keep things oiled up. Actually, I sold it more than 15-years ago, but the sleep-induced fantasy that I still have it squirreled away makes me sleep better.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Corvettes, airplanes, and stock cars. The Kansas City area car shows, car cruises, and car races for August 12, 13, 14 2011
For example, the granddaddy of all Corvette shows is in Independence this weekend, when the Kansas City Corvette Association presents Vettes on the Square. The Leavenworth Cruisers Annual Car Show hits the quarter-century mark this year. The National History Museum at the Downtown Airport is having a car show—slash—airplane show—slash—dance. And there are car cruises in North Kansas City, Overland Park, Riverside, and Merriam.
Enjoy racing? Look for the USAC Sprint Cars at Valley Speedway, weekly dirt trackin’ at Winston, Heartland Park, and Lebanon. And straight-line action is in season at KCIR. Or watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from the comfort of your own living room as they take on the road course at Watkins Glen.
Get the entire list of Kansas City car shows, car races, and car cruises by checking out the list below.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Some of the most collectable, and often the most valuable, scale vehicles out there are dealer promotional models. For the purposes of this article, these will be limited to the plastic, 1/25th-scale cars that were originally sold or given away at new car dealerships.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Aviation Adventure Day at Kansas City's Downtown Airport was attractive to car nuts and aviation buffs
We were over there on Saturday morning, and the conditions were a little less than ideal. It was raining, or trying to rain the whole time we were there, and when it wasn't raining, it was so humid it might as well have been. As a result, the car count was a little lower than what we saw there last year, at least during the time we were there. I suspect that business picked up later in the afternoon, though.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Well, when I was a kid in the 1970s/’80s, there was a K-Mart within bike riding distance from my house. And if I was able to lay my hands on a buck, there was a good chance I was going to buy a Matchbox car with it.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Beat the heat with some cool car events. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for August 5, 6, 7
The airplane/car show at the downtown airport on Saturday looks like a good bet. I went to this last year, and was very impressed with the turnout.
Craving a little live racing? Unfortunately, Lakeside is still out of commission because of the Missouri River, but there are plenty of other ovals and drag strips operating this weekend from Lebanon, Mo., to Topeka, Kan. Plus, the Nationwide Series is fairly close to us in Newton, Iowa near Des Moines this week, while the Sprint Cup and Trucks are running in Pocono.
Take a look at the entire weekend schedule of events below. And don’t forget to drink a lot of water!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Chrysler man Rich Suhr lets go of some of his treasures. We take one last look at his collection during the Lincoln auction
We were in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend to visit some of my wife’s family, so before we took off, I got on the old Googler and searched for a cool car thing to do there. Isn’t that how everyone prepares for travel? Anyway, I’m glad I did, because it took us to Rich Suhr’s house in southeastern rural Lincoln, on the day he was auctioning off a huge collection of 42 old cars and a whole bunch of parts.