BlackTop Nationals will hold a warm-up event for its fifth annual car show on July 26, hopscotching to three cities that day, with participants in the BTN Tour taking part in three car shows.
“We’ll meet at the Warren Theatre east parking lot at 9 a.m. for registration,” said Jim Petty, BTN executive director. There is no charge for registering for the road tour or the individual car shows, he said. There also will be no Kansas Turnpike fee charged to participants, as the event is sponsored by KTAG, the state’s automated toll road system, Petty said.
The first stop will be at the Winfield Fairgrounds at approximately 10 a.m., where city officials will pick their 10 favorite cars, which will receive trophies. From there, the tour heads to Wellington’s Sellers Park for another show and another top 10 picks by city officials. Tour participants will also get a guided shop tour of Stan Gilliland’s Auburn-Cord museum/restoration parts facility.
The final stop of the day will be at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot, Petty said. Casino employees and officials will do the choosing of the top ten at that venue, with another batch of trophies handed out. As a bonus, any car that attends all three of the tour stop shows will be eligible to be selected as the overall BTN Tour top pick, which carries with it a top award of a $400 prize package redeemable at the Kansas Star Casino.
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The BlackTop Nationals will be held in and around Century II Aug. 22-24. For more information on either event, go to: www.blacktopnationals.com.