A mild custom version of the last of the first-generation El Caminos, Lisa and Clyde Berg's dark green hauler had a short trip into The Chill from Andover. The blacked-out grille and wheel treatment were nice touches to the overall scheme.
Becca Mies of Colwich volunteered to help clean up her dad, Jerry Meis' stunning `Lactose Limousine' for the show. The gorgeous aqua and white 2013 Peterbilt 389 was custom built by him and is used as an everyday over-the-road working truck.
James North's mild custom `bagger' bike combined pearl white bodywork with artistic orange graphics to make a one-of-a-kind statement; the graphics consist of hundreds of skulls that flow along the body lines.
Adrian and Bev Rogers of Haysville probably broke the bank on the tons of silver metalflake paint used to cover the upper panels of their beautiful 1960 Ford Starliner hardtop; the jet black lower bodywork provides perfect contrast.
Doug Burns' 4-seater sand buggy would have been impressive just for its mechanical attributes, like its 1,200 horsepower powerplant. But the flaming green dragon graphics that cloak its bodywork make it a must-see at any car show.
As the muscle car era's first chapter was beginning to wind down, not every MoPar product had a monster V-8 stuffed under the hood. Take, for example, Kent Nichols' super-clean 1973 Satellite Sebring Plus in Tahitian Gold. Power was supplied by a 318 small block V-8 producing a modest, but sufficient, 150 horsepower.
A new feature of The Chill was the semi-truck class of competition, which included Ray Graves' `Born to Lead' Peterbilt tractor finished in a fantastic multi-colored panel paint job. It was one of several Farmers Oil Co. entries in the class.
The `Zombie Merc,' a radical custom 1950 Mercury coupe entered by the Lough family, kept one corner of The Chill toasty warm with its all-enveloping flame job by Ron Pinkston. We are hoping for a full-blown Wheels feature on this machine sometime soon.
It was fun to see one of the early Wichita On Wheels feature cars on display and to talk with Dave Province about his deep blue '54 Ford convertible, which looks as good today as it did all those years ago.
Billy Page's custom 1973 Shovelhead Harley-Davidson showed off its classic lines in the main bike display area. The bike features a late model Sportster front end and an early 1960's 4-speed transmission.
Not every one of the big rig entries was all that big. Farmers Oil Co. of Anthony showed off this nifty miniature semi tractor with shiny tanker trailer in tow. It was a hit with kids and adults alike.
James Nettleton said he couldn't pass up this all-original 1939 Studebaker Commander when he found it about a year ago. According to maintenance records, the survivor has traveled only 900 miles since 1952.