Mike Berry: How about a day at Afton?

06/07/2014 12:00 AM

06/07/2014 8:39 AM

“It’s basically a day of show and shine, a chance to reflect back on the older days, where people can come and reminisce about the cars they drove in high school,” says Margaret Brinkley, president of the Wichita Area Council of Car Clubs.

She’s talking about the 42nd annual Lake Afton All Wheels Car Show, a unique car event that charges no one, neither participants nor spectators, a dime to take part. It’s a good way to spend what’s predicted to be a rather balmy Sunday afternoon, about 20 miles west of Wichita, just off of MacArthur Road.

There will be hundreds of cars to see and talk about, but no classes and no judging. It’s a place where recently finished projects will be rolled out for the first time, and where many of your all-time favorites will be on display, too.

Show times are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brinkley says organizers ask that there be no burnouts or racing and that, to protect the high-dollar paint and body work on display, that you leave your go-karts, ATVs, bicycles and skateboards at home.

There will be food vendors on site for those who want to make a full day of it, and you’ll be able to buy T-shirts and dash plaques to commemorate the event, with those purchases helping to pay for park rental and event insurance.

It shapes up to be a low-key deal, so break out the sun screen, a big hat and, if you have one, a favorite old car and head west to see what’s new — and old — in the area’s automotive hobby world.

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I had a heads-up this week about a fascinating episode of “What’s in the Barn,” the Velocity television series about Dale Walksler’s adventures in tracking down and restoring rare vintage motorcycles. Andy Scafetta of the Science Channel/Velocity wrote to tell me of this season’s premier which features an ultra-rare 1910 Excelsior twin stashed in a shed near Dodge City.

It’s all mysterious, as the seller doesn’t want to be identified and most of it is shot at night, illuminated only by flashlights. The premier episode airs at 9 p.m. on Velocity and touches on Dodge City’s place in motorcycle racing history.

I got to see a sneak preview of the episode, thanks to Andy. Check it out Tuesday night. I think you’ll enjoy it.

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