Wheelspin: Next weekend has great car gatherings

For almost a quarter of a century, Pontiac fans from around the region have gathered on a cool fall weekend to show off and praise their favorite brand of automobile in all its various forms, from bone-stock survivors to asphalt-eating drag machines.

The 24th annual Pontiac Uprising, produced by the GR-RR8’R Wichita GTO Club is coming up next weekend, kicked off by a Friday evening tech/performance/hospitality session at the Best Western Airport Inn.

On Saturday, the action moves to Kansas International Dragway, where 80-100 race cars will run time trials and then face off against each other during multiple rounds of competition for cash prizes.

“The race car guys like our show because they can get 8-10 runs in during the day,” said Gary Gibbs, spokesman for the event. About 60-80 Pontiac show cars also will line up for judging during the day, he said.

There will also be a swap meet and Pontiac vendors available to fulfill your parts needs. If your thing is Pontiacs, this will be the place to be.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little less intense, you might want to try the Pioneer Bluffs Fall Festival Car and Tractor Show next Saturday in the beautiful Flint Hills. The show is held about a mile north of Matfield Green on K-177, which is classified as a National Scenic Byway, and makes for a great drive through beautiful country, especially in a classic car.

There’s a hog roast, live music by area bands, an arts and crafts fair and a petting zoo for the kids, with a fireworks grand finale. All in all, a great way to spend a relaxing autumn day in Kansas.