Jeff Araiza brought his '34 Ford 3-window coupe to Wichita from
Topeka to take part in the Automobilia show and street party. Full-fendered in brilliant orange with classic nerf bars, it was an iconic street rod if ever there was one.
Todd Pearce's beautiful '55 Chevy pickup was awash in deep Brandywine paint, accented by tasteful ghost flames. The truck made the trip all the way from Bentonville, Ark., to be part of the festivities.
Everything was well done on Scotty and Judy Addison's '51 Mercury lead sled, but the custom grille was one of the high points. Any guesses on where it came from before being blended into the front end of their car?
Lawrence Tull's 1937 Dodge pickup had lost its bed and most of its roof height before it showed up on the streets of Old Town, but its dappled green paint and Slant 6 engine had everybody grinning with the ingenuity it demonstrates.
About as subtle as an atomic bomb in a barrel of oatmeal, Carey Maurer's '55 Chevy 210 sedan wears an understated putty-colored paint job, but flexes plenty of supercharged V-8 power, with no need for a hood to hide anything.
Paul Mastrobuono created what, for lack of a better term, appears to be a `Bug Rod' using a 1957 VW body, a blower-equipped small block V-8 and what appears to be a '38 Ford pickup grille shell. In suede olive drab, it is one neat ride.
Not every car on display was about horsepower and high performance, as Terry Kalp's nifty Corvair station wagon demonstrates. These were the kind of cars that simply got the job done as everyday drivers on the streets back in the early 1960s.
The metallic orange 2012 Lamborghini Aventador owned and displayed by Dan Nixon of Hays was a focal point for many in the crowd that cruised the streets of the Automobilia show. With its scissor doors and engine cover wide open, it invited all kinds of attention.
Elegance in black and white describes Don McManamey's 1956 Buick Special Riviera hardtop, which was displayed with a classic Kansas Route 56 road sign. Note the vintage curb feelers to protect those wheel covers.
Styling is a subjective thing, especially when it comes to early 1960s vintage cars. While not everyone thought a '61 Dodge Polara was gorgeous coming at you, there is no question the flowing roofline and swooping tail light treatment of this hardtop are beautifully executed. Owner unknown.
Mitch Nedrow's shop truck from Newton started life as a 1938 Chevy pickup, which he channeled way down over the frame rails, which he stuffed full of a small block V-8 engine. The truck also features modern A-frame front suspension.
Rick Mast's 1961 Corvette simply stopped people in their tracks with its flawless, subtle two-tone ivory white and metallic gray-green paint scheme. Look for a full Wheels feature on this car in the future.
Evoking memories of Jim Rockford's much-abused television car, Alan Hendrick's beautiful '72 Firebird displayed all the character and none of the distress inflicted on the TV ride, and looks great in green, rather than gold.
Randy and Bev Matchett's brilliant red 1940 Ford coupe literally glowed lava-hot in the late afternoon sun. The color-keyed wheels, vintage wide whitewalls, baby moons and trim rings put the DeLuxe coupe in exactly the right timeframe.
For those who prefer their rims on the huge side, check out Daniel Leonard's '71 Impala convertible in two shades of purple. A hefty 454 big block V-8 provides all the torque needed to get this ride rolling.
Derrick Pennick took over this '56 Chevy stepside pickup as an in-progress project just a few months ago. In that time, he has transformed it into this show-stopper. We hope to do a Wheels feature on this truck in the near future.
If Chevy had been installing hi-tech fuel injected Corvette engines in their little compact Chevy II in 1966, it still wouldn't have looked this good. Creigh McLaughlin of El Dorado owns this little silver beauty.