Saturday, September 29, 2012

15th Annual Basehor-Linwood High School Project Grad Car Show packed 'em in again

I don’t know how they do it, but this Basehor-Linwood High School Project Grad Car Show packs ‘em in every year.  This was the 15th edition of this event, and although the car count may have been a little bit down from last year, there was still plenty to look at.

As you can see from the pictures, this is quite a diverse car show.  You might get an interesting car that belongs to one of the high school kids, and it’ll be parked next to a high-dollar muscle car.  Over here you had a car that was built by George Barris in the early ‘50s, and over there was a Yugo (I kid you not).

This is Art Miller’s 1933 Packard Super Eight Convertible Victoria.  This car could easily fit in on the lawn of a big Concours show.  But there it was, parked in between a couple of hot rods in this high school parking lot.  Looks pretty stately there, eh?  Well, I thought so, anyway.  It actually wasn’t a perfect car, although it was pretty close.  I figure it was restored some time ago, and sort of lightly used and enjoyed for events like this since then.  Anyway, you don’t see many of these at the local cruise night.

On the other end of the spectrum was this 1972 Ford F250 Explorer Camper Special pickup owned by Lee Maughmer.  While we were looking at it, the grandson of the original owner came over to talk to us about some of the lifelong adventures and places the old truck has been.  It really was a nice, original truck.  But it was much more than that.  It had a history that obviously means more to this family than the sum of its parts.  You could feel the pride that this young man had in this big old green machine as he told his stories.

This is one of the prettiest Model Ts I’ve ever seen.  All that extra brass and white “No Skid” rubber looks awful fancy against that dark blue paint.  But the amazing thing to think about when you look at James Thomas’ T is the fact that a car that was built in 1912 is 100 years old.  I mean, that’s pretty danged cool, isn’t it?  There were no other cars out there that old.  Heck, there were no people out there that old.  This is a car that I have no problem saying no one there was even close to being old enough to being there when it was new.

As we started down one row, BHo whapped me on the arm as we came upon this ’57 Beetle owned by Henry Kotch.  Actually, there were a lot of people that seemed to like this car.  And I have to admit, even though I’m not usually crazy for old Volkswagens, this one was pretty neat.  Maybe it was the understated muddy brown color or the mild hot rod treatment, but it was an appealing little bug.

Of course, there are probably at least a dozen more cars that should be called out.  But I’ve got to stop somewhere.  After all, you need some time to peruse the 440 picture slideshow below.  Or, click on this link for a nicer version ofthe slideshow.


  1. C,
    Whatta beauty of a day !
    Great coverage again !
    Don - Basehor

  2. Yes, it was a very nice day. Thanks, Don!