If you were looking to get somewhere in a hurry, Sean Morley was offering his Suzuki-powered drag bike for sale at The Chill. The Super Comp class machine is capable of covering a quarter mile in 8.90 seconds, according to the owner.
Don Short bought his 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible way back in 1971. It has since been upgraded with a full Art Morrison chassis and a Tom Richardson custom interior. The jet black convertible was painted and assembled by Lonny Moore's Collision Repair shop.
Norman and Shirley Hacker's 1961 Impala SS bubbletop got its fair share of attention during The Chill. It was the first year for Super Sport Chevies, with fewer than 500 produced, and their car came equipped with a 348 V-8, a 4-speed transmission and a bright red interior.
Mike Newkirk displayed the famous Motes and Williams twin-engined gas dragster that rampaged across Midwest drag strips in the 1960s. The twin-Hemi powered rail was based out of Russell, Kan., in its heyday and is now a popular attraction at vintage racing events.
Derrick Blagg of Derby said his father, Leon, build this downsized '57 Chevy wagon when Derrick was just 6 months old, using a $40 hulk of a 4-door wagon as the starting point. A total of 33-1/2 inches was cut out of the center of the car, which has stayed in the family and evolved through several paint schemes over the years, often being used as a daily driver.
Ed Genovese proved that Plymouths don't have to be Roadrunners or GTX's to be beautiful. His gold-toned full-sized 1966 Sport Fury hardtop had all the amenities, including a race-built 440 cubic inch engine, TorqueFlite transmission and 17-inch American Racing wheels.
Micro car maniac Dave Major has done it again with his 1969 Citroen 2CV, a rare French machine turned out in two shades of yellow and topped by a giant rubber ducky. `It rides more like a buggy than a car, but is very comfortable to travel long distances ... I'm planning a trip to North Carolina when Spring arrives,' Major says.
If you were in need of having new patches sewn on your riding leathers, Irona Cliver, owner of Sgt. C's Leathers, was the person to see. She was keeping busy customizing biker gear on her industrial-strength sewing machine.
Nicknamed 'Geno,' this flawless 1953 Ford pickup was built as a tribute to his friend Gene Sisk by Lonny Moore. Another friend, Galen Frick, helped design the chassis, which rolls on massive 20- and 22-inch Budnik wheels. Note the forward-tilting hood and the stunning mint green paint job.
Dave Cox not only completely rebuilt this beautiful 2003 Harley-Davidson V-Rod after it was totalled in a 2010 accident, he designed and built the outstanding custom flame display to show off the fully customized bike. This is what a whole lot of hours and amazing attention to detail can produce in the hands of a craftsman.
Maybe the coolest vehicle at The Chill was this low-slung Radio Flyer wagon piloted by the cutest kids at the show, Mason and Emery Shinert of El Dorado. The 11-month-old twins seemed to be enjoying their first outing in the custom ride built for them by their grandpa, Warren Sallee of Wichita.
Springtime will be the perfect timefor Marv McKown to break out his gloss black roadster pickup for some fair weather cruising. Accented by red steel wheels and button hubcaps, the truck features the increasingly popular metal bomber seats and a cut-down windshield.
Tom Wilhite, the well-known Pontiac race engine builder, had just finished this 1964 Catalina 2+2 in time for The Chill. The slick blue and white beauty is powered by a 461 cubic inch V-8 and is set up as a rental racer. Whilhite said for $400, you will be able to rent the car for a day at the drag strip and the car can be tuned to run anywhere from low 11's to high 12's, depending on how brave you're feeling.
Devon Olson demonstrated how a motorcycle can be transformed into a one-of-a-kind statement with his 2009 Victory bike 'Airborne,' which features deep purple paint accented with a mural of an Army plane full of airborne troopers, painted by Jason Jewett of Redhouse Custom Paint. The custom seat was stitched by Downey Upholstery and Ron Pinkston applied the finishing touches with his pinstriping brushes.
Not every vehicle on display at The Chill was a high-powered V-8 hardtop or coupe. Case in point: Richard and Robin Gunter's nifty little 1963 Chevy II Nova 4-door sedan in Laurel Green Metallic, sporting a stock 6-cylinder engine and a Powerglide automatic. It is hard to believe that this car had been rolled and received extensive body damage before it was lovingly restored.
Terry Cook was going for the early '50's custom look with his Chevy coupe, and he acheived it with white scallops over bright red body work. Appropriately, the car is powered by a 6-cylinder Chevy engine fitted with dual carbs and Fenton exhaust headers.
A rare 1971 Barracuda convertible survivor, with only 25,000 original miles showing on its odometer, still wears its factory High Impact Curious Yellow paint. Owners Rick and Diana Greene indicated it was one of only 722 such cars built that year,