Cars were still rolling into place when the show opened to the public Friday afternoon. This crew was thrashing to get an import street machine reunited with its front end. The Pink Panther looked pretty relaxed, though.
The iconic chopper known as 'Ol' Evil,' built by Turk Dale, was dusted off and put on display at the show `This bike is a legend ... it pretty much was the start of custom bikes in this town,' said Scott Shirkey, in the background to the right, himself a custom bike builder.
One of the highlights of The Chill was the Wichita debut of Elden Titus' VibraSonic Roadster, a radical custom he designed and began building before he became ill. When Titus passed away, his friends, led by Gary Meyers and assisted by various sponsors, pitched in to finish the project.
Kevin Burk's 1963 Chevy Impala convertible maintains its basic original good looks, but includes some subtle modern upgrades like the charcoal-colored mag wheels. It also features a Scott Downey interior.
Mike Hamilton's 1941 Chevy Cabriolet had to be super smooth and straight, with its extra glossy jet black paint. The old Stovebolt 6 cylinder has been replaced with a nicely detailed , small block Chevy V-8; note the beautiful double-spoke wheels.
John and Christine Jaskot's cobalt blue 1962 Nova convertible carries a full-sized Chevy accent stripe. Equipped with a 383 stroker, the car should go as good as it looks, producing an advertised 450 horsepower.
Richard Crego says his notchback Volkswagen is often mistaken for all kinds of different cars, including a Studebaker. The 2-door notchback was a popular car in Europe, but not many made it to the United States and it's a safe bet none were as nifty as his Porsche-engined VW.