Rick Travis showed off his barn-find 1969 Oldsmobile 98 hardtop. That's original paint shining in the afternoon sun, and the interior is as spotless as you would expect on a car that only saw 13,300 miles of service before it went into long-term storage.
Jason Mayginnes' 1931 Ford Model A pickup had all the right touches for a vintage hot rod, from the ventilated windshield visor, flathead V-8 power and skinny tires on old-school wire wheels. The door graphics and survivor paint simply rounded out the look of a well-used, but loved, old shop truck.
Car lovers lined up for blocks, well past the Intrust Arena, waiting to claim a parking spot at this year's 18th annual Automobilia Moonlight Car Show and Street Party in the Old Town district. Scorching temperatures couldn't keep either car owners or spectators away from the event.
It was a kick to see Rick & Vicki Prather's `Cup Cake' version of their Cameo Cakes Divco delivery van on display. The miniature version of their bright orange van is identical, right down to the graphics applied on either side.
Wichitan Donnie Crable had not one, but two show machines on display for passers-by to appreciate; the 2008 Mustang GT features flawless black over rose paint, while the '55 Ford F-100 pickup beside it showed off a Chevy V-8 under the hood.
John McCowan proudly showed off his `Green Dream,' a 1950's vintage Hawthorne metal flake green low-rider bicycle accented by twisted chrome forks and fender brackets. The heavily patinaed chain guard was retained to show just how far this bike has come in its makeover.
Davis Thaddeus left things up in the air when he parked his 1981 Chevy Caprice low-rider at one of the corners of the downtown car show. The machine is outfitted with a trunk full of air bag equipment that allows it to strike about any pose imagineable.
One of the real head-scratchers at the show was this little gem displayed by Bill Bauck of Wichita, who calls it an `Aero Car' because it apparently was fabricated out of a pair of aircraft scoops molded together and dropped over the chassis of a Cushman Truckster. His grandkids call it the `Mickey Car' since they think it looks like something Mickey Mouse would drive.
A long-haul participant, Tory Ciano brought his mild-custom 1960 Chevy El Camino all the way from Rockland, Wis., to take part in the Automobilia festivities. Chrome reverse wheels, wide whitewalls, lakes pipes, a custom grille treatment and a beautiful metal flake green roof made his ride a standout.
This was what countless college students and young couples just beginning their lives together drove back in the day. Dennis and Debi Cox of Shawnee presented their virtually bone-stock '63 VW Bug to the crowd with pride.