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Big cars featured at at annual Mennonite Relief auction

Jerry Toews normally is tuning, cleaning and polishing on several vintage cars or trucks this time of year, preparing for the upcoming Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, where donated vehicles are auctioned off to benefit people in 55 countries around the world.

Wichita Wheels calendar (April 5)

April 12: 29th annual Tulip Time Car Show & Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., elementary school area, Belle Plaine. Contact Don at 620-488-2293.

A road trip to remember

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two weeks ago this morning, 56 area gearheads assembled in a Wichita parking lot at 6 a.m., climbed aboard a big blue tour bus and headed north for a rendezvous with automotive history.

Wheelspin: Still more auction goodies

Anytime you get a chance to poke around in an old parts store full of vintage stuff, it’s a good day. When you get a chance to bid on those parts and take some of them home with you, it’s a great day.

Wheels calendar (March 29)

April 12: 29th annual Tulip Time Car Show & Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., elementary school area, Belle Plaine. Contact Don at 620-488-2293.

Another shot at some vintage American iron

Almost everybody who’s been bitten by the old car bug dreams of someday pulling a creaky old door open and discovering, beneath a layer of finely powdered dust and bird droppings, their ultimate “barn find.”

`56 Safari a rare beauty

Ray Hall’s love affair with classic Pontiacs goes back a long way.

Wheels calendar (March 15)

April 12: 29th annual Tulip Time Car Show & Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., elementary school area, Belle Plaine. Contact Don at 620-488-2293.

The Park City Chill warms up

The Park City Chill once again lived up to its name, as the three-day event began with temperatures in the tolerable zone, but ended up in the downright uncomfortable range, with fresh snow covering the ground by Sunday.

Wheels calendar (March 8)

April 12: 29th annual Tulip Time Car Show & Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., elementary school area, Belle Plaine. Contact Don at 620-488-2293.

A long wait rewarded

Wayne Bagby knows that high-quality results take time. His stunning 1936 Chevy pickup is testament to that, having taken nearly 16 years to come together.

Wheels calendar (March 1)

March 1-2: 5th annual Park City Chill Motorcycle, Car and Custom Semi Truck Show, Kansas Pavilions. For information, go to www.bartel-productions.com.

Fat-fendered coupe found only miles away

GALVA – Sometimes that project car you’ve been looking for turns up almost in your back yard at the oddest time.

Wheels calendar (Feb. 22)

Feb. 28-March 2: 5th annual Park City Chill Motorcycle, Car and Custom Semi Truck Show, Kansas Pavilions. For information, go to www.bartel-productions.com.

`The Chill’ goes big

When Richard Bartel first came up with the concept of “The Chill,” it involved a cold weather indoor show featuring custom two-wheeled vehicles, mostly motorcycles. The show was a hit and he quickly added four-wheeled customized vehicles (cars and pickups) to the mix.

Swap meet is about more than old car parts

How important is something like a swap meet to your typical gearhead?

Wheels calendar (Feb. 15)

Feb. 28-March 2: 5th annual Park City Chill Motorcycle, Car and Custom Semi Truck Show, Kansas Pavilions. For information, go to www.bartel-productions.com.

A T-Bird of a different color

At first glance, Allen Hale’s ’57 Thunderbird looks like a perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Wheels calendar (Feb. 8)

Feb. 8: 39th annual Sunflower Swap Meet, Kansas Pavilions, 85th St. N & I-135. Go to wichitaas.com for more information.

One man’s mission to create a classic hot rod

Derrel Bosley knows the exact place and moment where his need to build a classic ’32 Ford roadster came into focus.

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