Nick Mardis came by his love of flathead Fords naturally enough. His parents drove a 1940 Ford when he was a youngster and he had a hopped-up ’39 Ford coupe when he was in high school. “It had a good running flathead in it. It would outrun a ’57 Chevy Duntov Special … those guys couldn’t believe it,” he said. Flathead Fords were a way of life to him, he said.
His first Model A project is still going strong 41,000 miles later. Eric Weninger grew up around Model A Fords, watching his dad, John Weninger repair and restore them. Watching and learning. “In the early ’80s, my dad and I did a big Model A truck together … Big Red. That got me bit and I had to have a pickup for myself.” (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)
Dan Nitcher’s ‘Eye Katcher’ rolls the calendar back to the 1960s. “I always wanted an old hot rod,” says Dan Nitcher. But he wasn’t sure he was ready to trade his customized Chevy Suburban for one. A friend put him on the trail of a black primered 1930 Ford Tudor in Wichita that he said the owner might be willing to swap for his finished Suburban. But before he could get there to look at the car, another friend bought it and took it to Chanute, where he planned to finish the project car. (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)
Roger Brown says, “I can’t say no to a car,” Included in his fleet of vehicles are a 1969 Camaro, a 1960 Corvette, a 1969 Chevelle SS, and a 1999 Corvette. Not everything is of GM manufacture, though, as waiting in the wings for restoration are a 1968 Dodge Charger and a 1969 Plymouth GTX. There’s even a ’40 Ford coupe with a flathead V-8 awaiting his touch. (Video by Mike Berry)
Custom cars, hot rods and great big airplanes – what more could you want on a perfect Saturday afternoon at the Kansas Aviation Museum, the site of the annual Starliner Car Show? (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)
At the age of 9, he already had his eye on a jet black Corvette. David Larson had already developed an eye for cool cars. There was one in particular that fascinated him, a jet black 1962 Corvette. (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)
Don Pihl was finally able to make that Kaiser dream a reality. He spotted an advertisement for a 1948 Kaiser in the High Plains Journal. The car had been sitting in a pasture near Hill City for 22 years. The grandson of the original owner had inherited the car, which he used as a daily driver. He started to restore the car, repainting it and installing new upholstery, but eventually lost interest and decided to sell it. (Video by Mike Berry /
Big Papa celebrates 80th birthday with private car show. What better way for a car guy to celebrate his birthday than with his own private car show? That’s what Davey Moore’s grandsons, Ritchie Goforth and Danny Stain, thought when they started “Big Papa’s Rod Run” three years ago. (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)
Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, one of the great Midwest car shows. They know they will be seeing old friends, favorite cars and just-completed projects. There’s drag racing to be enjoyed, period-themed concerts, a great swap meet full of old car parts and the chance to see skilled craftsmen ply their trade, chopping tops and customizing old, plain cars into things of beauty. (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)
Legendary hot rod builder Dave Stuckey is remembered by his former wife Rayletta Stuckey at his south Wichita shop Tuesday. Stuckey passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)
Wichita on Wheels: Bringing a 1962 "Bullet Bird" back after 36 years. Jim Rogers found a car that had been sitting without an engine for 36 years and restored it. (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)
Tom Ruggles’ once-in-a-lifetime barn-find languished in a College Hill garage for 40 years before he chanced upon the rare 1909 EMF 30 touring car. The previous owner had taken it out of a barn near Udall in 1952, planning to restore it.