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Wheelspin Starbird-Devlin opens car show season

  • Published Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 6:49 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.

The terms “below-zero temperatures” and “car show” don’t really go together all that well, unless you add “indoor” to the “car show” part.

Seeing as how the Starbird-Devlin Rod and Customs Charities Car Show coming up next weekend has traditionally been held indoors, in the well-heated confines of Century II Convention Center, it couldn’t be a better time to kick off the 2014 car show season. (And the long-term forecast looks pretty good, with temps in the 40-50 degree range.)

“Everything’s looking pretty darn good right now,” said Tim Devlin, president of the board of Cars for Charities, which donates proceeds from the show to the ARC of Sedgwick County, Starkey, Inc., and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County.

This will be the 57th annual edition of the show and Devlin said it will again be a full house of custom cars and hot rods, many of them on display for the first time in Wichita. Most of the spaces have already been reserved, but if you are just finishing up your show car, don’t hesitate to contact show officials to see if you can still squeeze in, he said.

“People love to come out to see great cars,” Devlin said. Based on ticket sales, an estimated 15,000-18,000 folks are again expected to take in the event. Show times and ticket information is available at www.starbirddevlin.com.

For those who want to get involved, but don’t have a car to show, the event is still looking for volunteers to help with everything from parking cars to taking tickets and manning specialty areas like the Kids Zone.

“Not everybody can donate money to the charities … but they can donate their time,” Devlin said. “Once your shift is done, you have the right to roam the show and look at the cars.”

Plus, volunteers get free pizza and a T-shirt for their help. If that sounds good to you, contact Jeff Breault, volunteers coordinator, at 316-634-2222.

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