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Finding the ‘charm factor’ at a car show

Tim Thelen's vibrant orange and white 1949 Chevy 3100 pickup is a well-traveled truck. It began its life as an `orchard truck' hauling produce in California, then migrated to Michigan, where its restoration began, and now calls Wichita its home base. The owner said he is adding a few personal touches of his own and enjoying showing this beauty.
Tim Thelen's vibrant orange and white 1949 Chevy 3100 pickup is a well-traveled truck. It began its life as an `orchard truck' hauling produce in California, then migrated to Michigan, where its restoration began, and now calls Wichita its home base. The owner said he is adding a few personal touches of his own and enjoying showing this beauty. The Wichita Eagle

AUGUSTA – Every car show seems to have its own special attributes, but it’s sort of hard to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes one show feel different from all the others.

After giving it some thought, we’ve come to the conclusion that the distinguishing characteristic about the WFO Guys Car Show in Augusta is – don’t laugh – its charm. Calling somebody’s car “charming” or “cute” is a good way to get a punch in the nose.

But last Saturday’s WFO event had plenty of charm. It’s a mid-sized car show run by a loosely organized, easy-going car club that only wants 5 bucks to enter a vehicle in a relaxing setting, with brick streets and vintage store fronts acting as the backdrop. Each year, the WFO Guys create their own colorful real, metal license plate for the event – a neat touch.

And there always seems to be an abundance of unusual vehicles being shared by their owners. Like, for instance, who brings a tree trimming truck to a car show? Rick and Terry Davis did just that, and they carried it off. And then there was the soothing “putt, putt, putt” of Jerry Ottaway’s 1900 Toledo Steamer chauffeuring people up and down the street.

Of course, there were street rods, muscle cars, customs and vintage classics, too – even some sporty cars and a big old land yacht ’78 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon. What could be more charming than that? Well, maybe a beautiful mint green ’65 Corvair Monza coupe, a 1927 Essex Super 6 or a bright red ’48 Jeep.

But you get the idea. Here’s a photographic look back along State Street during the 21st annual WFO Guys event.

Reach Mike Berry at mberry@wichitaeagle.com.

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