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Changes coming to BlackTop Nationals

Tim Thelen's 1949 Chevy half-ton pickup was featured during the 2016 edition of the Blacktop Nationals.
Tim Thelen's 1949 Chevy half-ton pickup was featured during the 2016 edition of the Blacktop Nationals. The Wichita Eagle

This year’s edition of the BlackTop Nationals at the Riverfest will have a different look and feel.

“It will all be indoors, no cars on the streets,” said Sam Hale, event organizer.

Century II’s Expo Hall will be the site of all displays June 9-10.

“We can handle 200 cars in there. Ford and all its stuff will be outside this year. There will be no ‘hot laps this year,’ ” he said.

He said the car count was down last year, due in part to remote display locations, and the decision was made to move everything inside. That means air-conditioned comfort and no threat of a rainout.

But it also means a limited number of car-show entries, so Hale is urging car owners to sign up while slots are still available. You can register your ride at https://wichitafestivals.wufoo.com/forms/z1bcpspk0nk5kps/

Among feature displays will be a 50th anniversary Camaro exhibit, a 40th anniversary Ford F-150 exhibit and approximately 15 vintage cars exhibited by the Wichita chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club.

The event will again be sponsored by the Midwest Ford Dealers, whose displays will remain up all nine days of Riverfest. Entrance to the BlackTop Nationals will be by Riverfest buttons.

Electronic judging will be used again this year, with handmade trophies provided by the Hellcat Racers in 25 classes. Move-in for exhibitors is set for noon June 8, with entered cars being left in place until after the awards ceremony on Saturday.

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