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Starliner Car Show mixes cars, planes on a near-perfect day

2017 Starliner Show

Custom cars, hot rods and great big airplanes – what more could you want on a perfect Saturday afternoon at the Kansas Aviation Museum, the site of the annual Starliner Car Show? (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)
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Custom cars, hot rods and great big airplanes – what more could you want on a perfect Saturday afternoon at the Kansas Aviation Museum, the site of the annual Starliner Car Show? (Video by Mike Berry / The Wichita Eagle)

Custom cars, hot rods and great big airplanes – what more could you want on a perfect Saturday afternoon at the Kansas Aviation Museum, the site of the annual Starliner Car Show?

The really big planes, like the B-52 and B-47 bombers, even provided some welcome shade as the afternoon unfolded last Saturday. The tarmac south of the old municipal airport building was virtually covered with cool rides, including some out-of-state cars that some participants and spectators hadn’t seen before.

The car show was actually the second part of the weekend’s activities, as a garage crawl was held the day before, where folks cruised from one shop to another in their own cars, whether bone stock or wild custom creations.

The whole event is produced by Stray Kat Kustoms of Dewey, Okla., and several of those in attendance said it appeared this was the best turnout of cars yet.

It was especially good to see that Larry Wolfe brought the late Dave Stuckey’s low-slung Pontiac Catalina out in tribute to the famous customizer, who passed away July 24 here in Wichita. Almost everyone who met Dave had a great story or two to share with other car guys and gals.

A commemorative T-shirt featuring Stuckey’s custom Merc and the Lil’ Coffin sold out quickly.

We spent a few hours prowling the grounds, camera in hand. For those who missed the Starliner, here are some images of the event. There’s more posted online at www.kansas.com. Enjoy!

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