BlackTop Nationals hits its stride

The weather forecasters should have received recognition during the award ceremony that wrapped up the fourth annual Black Top Nationals in downtown Wichita. The weather couldn’t have cooperated much better in bringing out an amazing showing of collector cars and appreciative crowds for all three days of the event.

The big news announced on Sunday was that BTN’s director, Carl Raines, will step down and be replaced by Jim Petty, a longtime volunteer and supporter of the event and an avid racing fan who comes by the Petty name naturally enough.

For two women, Sunday at the BlackTop Nationals marked a special day when each took a special car home.

Mariah Logan was one of five people called on stage at Kennedy Plaza as a possible winner of a beautiful 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan. Anyone who bought a ticket to take in the indoor events at Century II could register for a chance to claim the car and there were plenty of hopefuls on hand for the drawing.

Mariah was the first of the contestants to open her envelope and seemed speechless when she realized she had won the car. Fortunately, event organizers promised to teach her how to drive her 84-year-old “new car.” The giveaway was sponsored by KWLS, 107.9-FM.

The other woman stunned to find herself on stage was Mardee Dill, who was surprised to learn that a group of her late husband’s friends had finished restoring the 1962 Chevy II that he left behind when he died in February. David Dill had been gathering parts to build the car for the last 10 years.

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