Put away those snow shovels and thermal long johns. You aren’t going to need them for the unofficial opening of the 2015 car show season, at least once you make it to Century II for the 57th annual Starbird-Devlin Rod & Customs Chairties Car Show, which runs next Friday through Sunday.
Everything will be inside and at room temperature, which means you won’t have to put up with frostbitten ears or toes and you’ll be able to take your time seeing some great new cars and visiting with some good old friends who may have been hibernating the last couple of months.
“We have at least 68 cars coming from events like the Detroit Autorama, Hot August Nights and SEMA,” said John Fry, a board member and one of the promoters of the Starbird-Devlin show. “There will be a lot of cars stopping here on the way to the L.A. rod show,” he said.
He said the show is now being recognized as one of the top indoor car shows in the nation among car builders and owners.
“They have been promoting us quite a bit,” he noted. Many of those entries from other states will be competing for the Magnificent 7 awards for cars being shown for the first time in Wichita, with a total of $14,000 in prizes split up among the finalists. Of course, there will be plenty of area automotive talent on display, too.
Special ticket packages, including a couples discount and free tickets for kids 11 and younger will again be offered, along with a variety of events geared to youngsters, like the Model Car Make & Take in the free Kids Zone.
The car show will be preceded by the Gala for Giving the evening of Jan. 15. Funds generated by it and the car show will in turn be divided among three local charities, the Arc of Sedgwick County, Starkey, Inc., and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The entire Wheels staff (me) will be there at some point, as will one or more Eagle photographers shooting photos for galleries on Kansas.com. I have been invited to pick a favorite car again this year, which will be the subject of a later Wheels page story.
“Our goal is to have a bigger, better car show,” said John Fry. “It will be a great car show, but an even better event for all of Wichita.”
So save a spot on your calendar for the Starbird-Devlin weekend. There is no better way for car guys and gals to cure a bad case of cabin fever.
Reach Mike Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.