Timeless Traditional, Muscle Machine and Best Hot Rod are just a few titles to be awarded at the second annual Starbird-Devlin Rod and Customs Charities Car Show this weekend in Wichita.
The show, scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Century II, offers entertainment for the whole family.
Last year, Tim Devlin, president of Cars for Charities and owner of Devlin Rod and Custom, took over the show that Darryl Starbird had founded 55 years earlier, determined to give the event new life.
“When we took over the show, Mr. Starbird said it needed new blood,” Devlin said. “We wanted to jumpstart the show to what I remembered when I was a kid.”
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In addition to hundreds of cars on display, the event features live entertainment including a comedian and two bands Friday night and a magic act during family night on Saturday. There is also a Kids Zone complete with face painting, model car kits, coloring and a scavenger hunt.
“I grew up going to the shows, and it was always right around my birthday,” Devlin said. “Seeing the show from a young age and participating as a vendor and now being one of the partners is great, but we said we weren’t going to do it unless we could help out charity, so that’s why we’re doing this.”
All proceeds from the show are given to the Arc of Sedgwick County, Starkey and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County. Last year, $75,000 was raised for charity.
More than 15,000 people attended the show last year, Devlin said, and he hopes to draw more than 20,000 this year. To pique interest, the show is offering bigger prizes to winners of its “Magnificent 7” competition, which is open only to vehicles that have never been shown in Wichita before. The first place winner will receive $5,000, second place will get $3,000, third place will get $2,000 and fourth place will get $1,000. There will also be specialty awards and sponsor trophies given to car owners. Seven will be chosen as finalists on Saturday, and a winner will be announced Sunday.
“I think people need to come out and see,” Devlin said. “Getting to see all the cars is priority number one, especially the ones competing for money. If you have kids and family, it’s an affordable place to come, stay for the day and have fun.”