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Starbird show a crowd-warmer

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at 12:04 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 9:33 a.m.


The 2011 car show season got off to a cold, snow-covered start as Darryl Starbird's 54th annual exotic car show took center stage at Century II last weekend.

As usual, there was an amazing mix of automotive excellence to see and appreciate, with everything from customized bicycles to 200 mph race cars on display. During the awards ceremony, Starbird commented that this was actually the 454th car show he has staged in his long and storied career as a promoter/organizer. That's an amazing run, no matter how you slice it.

Some of the displays were almost as involved as the cars showcased in them. Troy Pate, for example, not only showed off a very rare 6-cylinder '57 Chevy convertible in a gas station setting, complete with pump and uniformed attendant, but had a computerized screen scrolling information about the car's build for spectators to watch.

The Marauders club display showed off members' cars as if they had been built from model car kits. Each car had a kit box featuring the owner's car displayed with the vehicle and there were giant-sized paint brushes, bottles and cans, an hobby knife and even a huge tube of modeler's glue set up among the cars. The model car theme was the brainchild of Chris and Karma Carlson, aided and abetted by Carl Fry. Another 30 club members pitched in to help make it all happen.

We were there all four days of the event, including the Thursday set-up and we took a lot of pictures. For those who couldn't make it because of the winter weather or other circumstances, here are some of the images we captured.

More can be found online at www.kansas.com in the Wheels section at the bottom right-hand corner of the homepage.

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