Not every custom vehicle rolled on four wheels at the show, as demonstrated by this low-rider bicycle. Nick Valdez designed his candy tangerine bike (left) with a fully skirted rear wheel and a spare tire mounted above it. Check out the dropped front end and the sheet metal flames flowing off the tank.
One of three beautifully restored black 1933 Chryslers restored by the York brothers, this massive 4-door sedan was exhibited by Bill York of Catoosa, Okla. The workmanship on all three cars was astounding.
Alan Beers full-custom 1957 Chevy pickup was simply a show-stopper in silver, with the Chevrolet vee insignia and round LED tail lights flawlessly molded into the tailgate. A resident of Owasso, Okla., Beers gave viewers a peak at the equally stunning underside of his truck with a well-placed mirror.
The limited number of 1937 Fiat Topolinos that made it to the shores of the United States still provided inspiration to drag racers, who often turned the little cars into gassers or altereds for quarter-mile racing. Don Konecy of Wichita chose to go the tilt-body route on his Fiat, using a potent, but streetable carbureted V-8 for power.
Mike Buchanan entertained youngsters throughout the show by letting them slip behind the butterfly steering wheels of his junior fuel dragster. Here, 5-year-old Wayne Sirhea of Potwin contemplates his future as a drag racer.
Not all of the attention was focused on the exterior design of the cars on display. Mike Campbell of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, customized a '51 Ford dashboard to update the interior of his '49 Ford sedan, smoothly blending the dash into the custom-built center console.
Mercury didn't build small station wagons in 1958, as Mike Hutchinson's 2-door hauler demonstrates. The beautifully restored machine shows off its reverse opening hood and the quad headlights that were a first for that year.
Wichita's Kyle Rowl not only smoothed, lowered and bathed his 1987 Mazda mini pickup in deep purple paint, he turned the cargo bed into a functional dump box. It's doubtful he'll be hauling any gravel or mulch in this beauty any time soon, though.
A classic French sedan in a Kansas car show? Lawrence Smith's unbelievable 1932 Delage D-8N left people grasping for words. The Wichitan spent some time answering questions from curious onlookers, most of whom had never heard of a Delage, let alone seen one.
Bob Moorhouse says this recently acquired '63 Chevy Bel Air will almost certainly be a keeper. The two-door post car rolls on big Budnik wheels and features a GM Performance small block crate engine topped with an Arizona Speed & Marine electronic fuel injection unit that resembles Chevy's old mechanical Rochester fuel injection system.
Tim Mahoney's 1963 Pontiac Tempest looks like a nice street cruiser at first glance. But its dual 4-barrel carbs and full roll cage hint that it is just as at home on the drag strip as it is motoring along Douglas.
People often refer to custom cars as `rolling artwork.' The amazing engine cover of Pat Holmes' gorgeous green 1948 Chevy pickup proves the point. The rest of the Lincoln, Nebr., based truck is of the same top craftsmanship.
Rolling in from Colorado Springs for the 57th edition of the Starbird-Devlin show was Gary and Dee Kerkow's fabulous 1958 Jaguar XK150 coupe. Knock-off wire wheels and a polished double-overhead cam engine made underscored its stark white paint scheme.
Derrel Bosley's steel-wheeled '32 Ford hiboy roadster in brilliant red earned our Wichita On Wheel's pick for the Starbird-Devlin show. If Derrel accepts our offer, a full feature on his car will appear on the Wheels page in the not-too-distant future.
Mike Cozad's burgundy-colored 1940 Chevy coupe looks virtually showroom stock from the outside. But a modern V-8 engine nestles under the hood in place of the original `Stovebolt 6,' for smoother cruising at modern highway speeds.
Goran Lassell's customized 1948 Mercury coupe came all the way from Denison, Texas, to take part in the Starbird-Devlin car show season-opener. The low-slung beauty attracted plenty of attention with its unusual monochromatic bronze paint scheme.
Leonard Wren of Claremore, Okla., is an accomplished pinstriper and automotive artist who always wanted to build his own 1940 Willys gasser. The car could pass for an all-metal original, but is actually a fiberglass-bodied replica powered by a 377 cubic inch small block Chevy engine topped with a GMC 4:71 supercharger. The pale green paint and yellow wheels add the finishing touch.
Dressed out in cinnamon and tangerine pearl paint, Dale and Rozanne Buck's 1937 Chevy pickup was resplendent under Century II's lights. The couple from Mesa, Ariz., have owned the truck since 1968. It features a supercharged Chevy 383 stroker motor, a custom chassis and 4-wheel disc brakes.
The modifications to Larry and Maggie Jenkins' 1953 Buick convertible were subtle and beautifully executed, such as the pancaked hood and the 1-inch chop of the windshield. A hefty 454 cubic inch Chevy V-8 now resides under the hood of the black-and-white beauty from Bella Vista, Ark.
One of the first cars to greet show-goers was Marvin Meyer's immaculate 1957 Chevy Bel Air hardtop, stationed just inside the front doors of the show arena. The Fort Collins, Colo., car features a color-coordinated black and jade leather interior scheme.
Tony Soliz of Clearwater chose a unique tilt-forward approach for the long hood on his custom 1938 Buick sedan rendered in refreshing white paint. Look close and you'll see it is trimmed in gold-toned ghost flames.
The other 1933 Chrysler that drew appreciative looks from show-goers was Stephen York's coupe version featuring bumper-mounted running lights and fender-mounted spare tire. To see one such car in a show is a treat - to see three in a row is breathtaking.
Another Oklahoma entry was this beautiful two-tone 1958 Edsel station wagon shown by Floyd Dutton. Lowered and smoothed of excess trim, the big wagon retains its iconic `horse collar' grille. Note the added vent ports in the hood and the low-key white pinstriping.