If you want to be a part of a historic occasion, fire up your collector car and head out to Lake Afton on Sunday and help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the All Wheels Car Show.
The annual Afton event is entering middle age, having logged four full decades. The show operates under the auspices of the Wichita Area Council of Car Clubs, an organization that has grown to encompass nearly 40 car clubs ranging from American and European classic vehicles to street rods, competition vehicles, muscle cars and motorcycles.
The Afton show was the brainchild of Reed Mitchner and his wife, Ruby, who were members of the local Hudson club, said Margaret Brinkley, current president of the WACCC.
"Reed had a desire to see all the car club groups come together for an event where all could sit back and talk cars,” Brinkley said. “So he pushed forward to see his dream come true .., along with Walt Carpenter from the Studebaker club, Al Gardner from the Kaiser club, Bob Rich and Bob Lewis of the Packard club. The event was so successful that they decided to continue the event the next year.”
All but one of the All Wheels shows have been held at the lake, she said.
Each year, the show features a particular make of car; this year, it’s the Ford Thunderbird.
"We anticipate a good number of vehicles and motorcycles … and ask that all that come to participate … honor the rules of Lake Afton to keep the noise down, to not have any racing or exhibition of speed on the grounds and, lastly, to keep the grounds clean of garbage," Brinkley said.
"We hope that people will come out and take part in this year’s event and help support the continuation of it by being a part of the Wichita Area Council of Car Clubs and by purchasing a dash plaque for $2 or a T-shirt for $12-$15."
Funds raised go to pay for the expense involved in reserving the show area at Lake Afton for the day. Show times are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.