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Cruising in the Caribbean, Kansas-style

Daryl Crotts’ love of Packard automobiles began when he first laid eyes on an elegant 1930 model.

Wheelspin: Bits and pieces of memories

I was reading a Hemmings Daily automotive blog recently and saw a topic I thought I would steal, since it probably has wide application among car hobbyists.

Wheels calendar (May 24)

Saturday: Route 77 Classic Car Show, downtown Burns, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info, call 316-435-2299.

Click and Clack: Saving half a transmission at what cost?

Dear Tom and Ray:

The one that never got away

It’s a story that every car guy knows by heart: The cool car that got away because it was time to settle down, buy a sensible car and raise a family.

Wheels calendar (May 17)

May 24: Route 77 Classic Car Show, downtown Burns, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info, call 316-435-2299.

Agnes’ legendary Dodge City Eldorado rolls on

Heather Schultz grew up in Dodge City and vividly remembers the big Dodge City Days Parade held every summer. One of the most memorable things for her was seeing Agnes Gladden chauffeur governors and Miss Kansas down the parade route perched on the rear deck of a huge convertible.

Mike Berry: Field trip was kind of a drag

It’s that time of year when teachers arrange impromptu field trips for restless students who can see the end of the school year getting closer and closer.

Wheels calendar (May 10)

May 10: Chaotic Customs Open House Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 246 N. Industrial Dr., Mulvane. Call 316-777-4774 for information.

Living out a Cobra dream

MOUNDRIDGE – Matt Jarvis freely admits he is a General Motors fan, and he backs it up with a pair of late-model Corvettes and a Camaro parked inside his farm shed.

Challenges of getting out in public

I’ve never exactly been comfortable speaking in front of a group of people — I’m more of a written word kind of guy. But I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the crowd and the welcome that members of the Wichita A’s car club gave me last week when I spoke at their gathering.

Wheels calendar (May 3)

Saturday: 10th annual Newton Downtown Car Show, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Davy at 316-283-0391.

Bonneville back on the road

BEL AIRE – Gordon Jones discovered his “barn find” dream car at a swap meet. It didn’t take long for him to figure out the big, burgundy 1967 Pontiac Bonneville was just what he was looking for.

Car calendar (April 26)

April 26: Sedgwick Street Rodders Spring Swap Meet, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson. Call Troy at 316-832-0569.

Bringing back a Buick Special

Colleen Westerman isn’t your typical car hobbyist. But then the cars she fancies aren’t exactly typical, either.

Wheels calendar (April 19)

April 19: Wheat State Chapter ATHS Antique Truck Show, Newell’s Truck Stop, exit 31, I-135, Newton. Contact Scott at 316-288-3443.

Gibbs’ GTO is way more than what meets the eye

Gary Gibbs was originally a Chevy guy, but when he went looking for a car for his son, his rule that it could not be a big block car backfired on him. They found a really nice big block Pontiac and Gibbs decided to keep on looking for his son, but bought the Pontiac for himself.

Wheels calendar (April 12)

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.

Finding the right ’56 Ford

No one would blame Frank LaForge if he never wanted to see a 1956 Ford again in his life. He was seriously hurt at the age of 12 when a ’56 Ford collided with him and his bicycle.

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.

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