Automobilia show hits 20

07/19/2014 12:00 AM

07/26/2014 6:19 AM

For a 20th anniversary bash, the 2014 version of Automobilia’s annual Moonlight Car Show and Street Party couldn’t have gone much better. An estimated 800-plus cars rolled into Old Town last Saturday, according to Automobilia owner/show promoter Gary Carpenter.

“It went fantastic. We had some surprises -- all good. The weather was excellent. I couldn’t believe the people who came out when it was 100 degrees,” he said.

Parking spots were quickly at a premium as hot rods, customs and classics immediately rolled into place after the participant gates opened at 4 p.m.

“We had a bunch of Lamborghinis that came in from Montana. Our long distance award was from Seattle, Wash.,” said Carpenter. “All the comments that we’ve heard have been positive.”

He was quick to point out that producing the event has never been a one-man show. “I can’t thank the Good Guys and my wife (Lorita) enough. Most of the Good Guys have been with me since 1995,” he said of the 25 to 40 volunteers who turn out to help stage the show.

“It’s been a wonderful experience because I’ve been dealing with people who have the same interests I do,” Carpenter said.

For those who missed the opportunity to check out the wide mix of cars and people in attendance, here’s a photographic sampling of what went on. For additional photos, go to www.kansas.com.

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