Well, the Mayans have egg on their face, winter has definitely arrived and the new calendars are ready to hang on the wall. So it must be about three weeks until the start of the 2013 car show season, heralded by the second annual Starbird-Devlin Rod & Customs Charities Car Show.
Organizers tell us last year’s event drew more than 12,000 attendees and raised more than $75,000 for three local charities: The Arc of Sedgwick County, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Starkey Inc.
The upcoming event, Jan. 18-20 at Century II, will have a Family Night with special-priced hot dog meals on Saturday night and an expanded Kids Zone in the Exhibition Hall balcony, where youngsters can build their own model kit to take home. "We were kind of overrun last year," said Dick Price, one of the show organizers, who said staff was sent scrambling to buy more kits to keep up with demand. This year, Revell has donated 550 kits and another 450 have been bought.
The show itself will feature at least one Ridler Award winner, along with several Great-8 cars from the Detroit Autorama and Fine 9 cars from the Tulsa Starbird show. Backers expect about four dozen high end cars competing for The Magnificent 7 awards. The purse for the four winning cars has been bumped from $6,000 to $11,000 this year.
"Some people think this is an invitation-only deal,” Price said. “That’s not so … we’re trying to overcome that."
Invitations have been made to Magnificent 7 competitors and to owners of local cars that will be shown for the first time in Wichita, he said.
But entries for the overall show are open to anyone, basically limited by the number of cars that the facility can accommodate.
"This car show is a longtime tradition in Wichita and so are these charities," said Tim Devlin, board president of Cars for Charities. "The staff and countless volunteers are driving our community forward ... all proceeds will always be given to area nonprofits."
To volunteer or to find additional information on the show, go to www.starbirddevlin.com.
We will also be picking a Wichita On Wheels award during the show to feature on this page. Hope to see you there.