Thursday, May 31, 2012
There’s a fantastic story about a great American road trip in the 1940s and ‘50s, a current road trip that passed through Kansas City last weekend, and a car museum that hasn’t been part of anyone’s road trip for quite some time. Plus, there’s a little feature on the greatest road trip movie ever made.
Check out the links below, and broaden your online automotive education.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Fords, MGs and Pontiacs featured in the Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing calendar for June 1, 2, 3, 2012
The Show-Me Rods have been hosting their show for 35 years now. There are all-Ford shows going on in Kansas City, Wichita, and Topeka. And look for cruise nights in Overland Park, Blue Springs, and more.
The entire Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule is listed below.
Monday, May 28, 2012
But what draws me in is the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe that is located inside the adjoining gas station. Those loose-meat burgers have been around since the 1920s, but I never could understand why they didn't take off more. I'd rather eat those than a normal McDonald's or Burger King any day.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
As it turned out, lots of folks accepted that mission, because as is often the case with this one, the cars were lined all the way around the courthouse on both sides of the street. Sure, it was a little on the muggy side early, but the temperature dropped a bit eventually, and everyone seemed to be having a great time enjoying all the cool cars.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
This is Indy 500 weekend, so two of these posts feature aspects of the big race. One of them gives us a little vintage pace car history, and the other gives us an inside look at where the current open wheel cars are built.
We also look at some cars in less-than-ideal situations. The ghost of Christmas past shows us some vintage car crash pictures, and the ghost of Christmas present brings us some abandoned Packards that are set to be auctioned off. The ghost of Christmas future features a Crosley Hot Shot, which may be our mode of transportation someday as the government demands higher fuel regulations. Check everything out below.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful production car ever to pace the Indy 500. A look back at Chevy Indy pace car history
It may seem like the first Chevy Indy pace car was the 1967 Camaro, because that’s the one you seem to hear about the most. But actually, bowties took the helm twice before that. Way back in 1948, a Chevy Stylemaster convertible was used as the Indy pace car. This stately Stovebolt was appropriately decorated with colorful pace car graphics that encased the entire side of the car. Then in 1955, the first year of the popular small-block Chevy V8, a red and white Bel Air convertible led the field.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Belton, Liberty, and Indy. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for May 25, 26, 27, 28, 2012
This weekend is the 96th running of the Indy 500, as well as NASCAR’s Coke 600. And there is the usual selection of great local racing on tap as well.
More into the old car scene? There’s a lot of that too. Big cruises are going on in Belton and Liberty, and there’s even a Sunday cruise in Gladstone. Or get into the spirit of the weekend by checking out the vintage military vehicles, which will be on display at the World War I Liberty Memorial on Sunday and Monday.
Check out the entire Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule below.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Even the emblems are cool. I mean, you look back at those big fins and all the chrome doodads and you can't help but smile. They're just so lavish ... almost to the point of being ridiculous. I love 'em.
And so, I made it a point to be at the City Market on Sunday, where the Cadillac Club of Kansas City was the featured display for Art of the Machine. No, it wasn't the biggest display of cars I've ever seen, but there were some good ones. And old Cadillacs are such that even a small number of them gives you plenty of little details to study.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
As usual, they are mostly car-related. I am adding a link about an airplane, but I think you’ll like it anyway. There are also old racing photos, old racing cars in new photos, movie cars, and a dream car restoration.
See all of this and more by checking out the links below in this week’s Thursday Drive-By.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Topeka drags, Basehor Icebreaker, and more. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for May 17, 18, 19, 20 2012
Head to Topeka for some NHRA drag racing. Cruise over to Basehor for a fun, laid-back car show in the park. Check out the radical works in progress at the Tallant’s Hot Rod Shop Open House.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. How about the cruise Saturday night in Platte City? Or maybe your tastes run toward the dirt tracks at Lakeside and I-35 Speedways. Like big cars? The Cadillac Club will be at the City Market on Sunday. Like small cars? There will be a micro and mini car show in Westwood.
The complete Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule is listed below. Plus check out the NASCAR and NHRA television schedules at the end of the list.
For example, in 1958, Ford offered the Nucleon Concept—a car that was supposed to be powered by a nuclear reactor. In 1953, General Motors offered Harley Earl’s radically styled Firebird I Concept, which looked like a jet airplane and ran off of a turbine engine. Chrysler really took the turbine thing to new levels with the 1963 Turbine Cars, which could run on tequila, among other things.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
So big was the Nebraska Furniture Mart that even when my family moved to
still bought new furniture from the Kansas City
retailer. And it wasn't just them,
either. Turns out that lots of Kansas
Citians took advantage of the deals from the giant store. Omaha
This year, I kind of wondered if it was going to happen. The Longbranch shares the parking lot with what was a vacant Chili's, so they had lots of unused space to spread out. During the off-season, that building was re-inhabited by an IHOP. The scuttlebutt among cruise participants was that it would put an end to the weekly festivities.
Friday, May 11, 2012
For more than 50 years, Shelby's influence has been clear on race tracks, in the performance car world, and more recently in the realm of classic cars. Let's take a quick look at the career of this giant of the automotive industry.
When we drove to the entrance of the park, a nice gentleman walked up to my window and asked for $7.00 per person to go check out the show. I glanced over at my wife, who had absolutely no interest in being there, and decided to take her home instead of paying the extra seven bones. I’m not saying that I’m cheap, but, well, I’m cheap. It takes like a month for these line ads to add up to $7.00 on this blog. I’m not wasting the money on someone who doesn’t want to do it.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The selection is kind of like an old 3-in-1 model car kit. The stories include Stock, Custom, and Competition. There are some sources that may be familiar to folks here, and some that may not be. But as a whole, I think you’ll be pleased with this week’s collection of links.
Check ‘em all out below.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Mom wants to do car stuff on her special weekend. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for May 11, 12, 13, 2012
The big Nebraska Furniture Mart car show is Saturday, so you could take mom there and also pick up a new sofa. Or check out a cruise night in Basehor, Overland Park, or North Kansas City. This car and airplane show at the New Century Airport looks interesting, too. Plus, it includes a dance, which your mom might enjoy.
Whether your mom likes car shows, car cruises, or car races, there are plenty of all of them in Kansas City this weekend. See the full calendar of events below.
Monday, May 7, 2012
But I didn’t win, so I don’t own any. That’s why I have to get my fix of Corvettes from other places. And in the Kansas City area, there was no better place to feed that need than Superior Chevrolet, where they hosted the annual Kansas City Corvette Association (KCCA) show. And as usual, a fine field of fancy fiberglass graced the main lot.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
That being said, I missed the first one of the year because I was in
, and I almost missed the second one because my wife and I had tickets to see Jersey Boys in the Music Hall. But don't worry, sports fans, I still managed to get some pictures of this month's cruise, and I still made it home in time to take Mrs. Hover to dinner and see the show. California
Opened at the Leavenworth Road location in 1955,
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Some of these are more current stories, and some of them are older collections. I’m just trying to find things that I personally think are interesting, which I hope, in turn, will be interesting to you too. Check out the links below and see what you think. And as usual, if you like this blog, feel free to share it with your friends too!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Street rods, Corvettes, swap meets, and more. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, cand car racing schedule for May 3, 4, 5, 6, 2012
They’ll be cruisin’ ‘em in Parkville and showin’ ‘em in Belton. And that doesn’t even include the full schedule of local short-track racing events throughout the area. So jump in—the water’s fine. The entire Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for this weekend is right here.