David Miller decided the trip would be worth the 23 hours of driving and brought his green 1958 Chevy Apache pickup all the way from Cortland, N.Y., to the Leadsled show in the middle of America. He said he was glad he made the journey.
Justin Lewis of Gothenburg, Nebr., didn't have to worry about anyone bothering his in-progress '59 Chevy Apache pickup. He left his pooch on guard duty, but the friendly dog guaranteed that almost everyone shot a picture of the truck.
Perry Siebert's understated but beautifully executed 1929 Ford Model A Tudor in semi-gloss black with red wheels captured the essence of a street-driven hot rod. Siebert brought the car down from Bradshaw, Nebr., to take part in the show.
The crew at Mulvane's Chaotic Customs cranked out this slick 1965 Thunderbird coupe, complete with a lace paint job and fresh interior, for Karma Carlson, co-owner of the shop, in three weeks, just in time for the Leadsled show. That's hubby Chris Carlson's custom Pontiac in the background.
A seldom-seen 1956 Plymouth Savoy hardtop showed up, courtesy of Chris and Joyce Rockwell of Glenwood, Iowa. Not many of these beautiful old MoPars have survived to be restored and appreciated for their ahead-of-the-times styling.
Jim Alessandro of La Vista, Nebr., details his 1931 Model A coupe to make sure it makes the proper impression. He says the aftermarket louvered hood is the car's most notable feature, as it makes some people think the car is a Chevy, rather than a Ford.
Another period-perfect mild custom, this one is a 1954 Ford two-door owned by Johnny and Lila Snyder of Commerce City, Colo. Note the many-toothed custom grille, side pipes, louvered hood and flipper hubcaps.
An exodus began at about 3:30 Friday afternoon as show-goers and exhibitors alike headed out of Oakdale Park to attend the `Run What Ya Brung Drag Races' held at the East Crawford Street recreation complex.
Gordon Hawkins bought his '59 Mercury Parklane convertible for the $35 military parking sticker on its bumper before he was deployed to Vietnam. The car sat in a barn near Atwood for decades before he restored it and invited two Army buddies to his hometown for a rod run reunion.
Joe and Carolyn Wright's stunning 1950 Mercury custom drew crowds all weekend long, with its brilliant orange finish, frenched lights and bumpers and hardtop conversion all being perfectly executed. They made the trip from Winona, Texas, to be part of the festivities.
Jay Lewis of Gothenburg, Nebr., wanted to make sure his '57 Plymouth stood out from the crowd, so he had its metallic orange body scorched by lime green flames. The car is powered by a 318 V-8 with a 3-deuce intake manifold that Lewis handbuilt himself.
Chris Boardman was looking for a station wagon when he found this unusual square-bodied 1965 Ford Fairlane hauler. He and his young son threw all their gear in the back of the wagon and drove in from Wheat Ridge, Colo., to take part in their first Leadsled Spectacular.
Two slightly different approaches to the classic `lead sled' look: Josh and Kim Schwarz' 1949 Ford from Colby was awash in gold colored flames streaming back over its body, while Steve Sheet's beautiful two-toned blue '51 Mercury from Lee's Summit, Mo., displayed a slightly more low-keyed look.
If there was a class for `coolest engine cover,' Robert Woolf's classy piece covering the 3800 GM V-6 in his 1926 Ford roadster would have to be right at the top. The car and owner reside in Des Moines, Iowa.
Kelly Puckett brought his gorgeous 1949 Mercury convertible all the way from Atlanta to Salina to display it at the 33rd annual KKOA Leadsled Spectacular. Unseasonably cool weather and a shady parking spot ensured the car got all the attention it deserved.
Jack Marinelli got into the Shoebox Ford field with this beautifully chopped and smoothed '51 sedan. Marinelli, of Derby, has finally been persuaded that the correct color designation for his car is `periwinkle.'
`Voo Doo Larry' Grobe's 1953 Chevy radical custom from Elk Grove, Ill., wowed the crowds with its wild lime green and scallops accenting its super-slammed profile. The car is known as the `Voo Doo Kreeper' and features huge flame-thrower tail pipes.