Bikes, cars, 18-wheelers warm up The Chill

The Wichita Eagle

This year’s version of The Park City Chill was cool, but not cold, with temperatures in the 70s last weekend as car, motorcycle and big rig truck fans turned out for the early season show at the Kansas Pavilions.

The upgraded venue made for an even better event, with pavement where there used to be dirt flooring. For some reason, though, a lot of exhibitors still seemed to spend a lot of time dusting and polishing their rides to ultra high-intensity shines.

The Chill began as primarily a motorcycle show, but evolved into a balanced bike/car show before adding 18-wheelers, which gave it another whole dimension, attracting another audience segment. With numerous entertainment events and merchandise vendors, The Chill has taken on a unique character among the dozens of area vehicle shows.

If you couldn’t find something to spur your interest, you really weren’t trying.

We took advantage of the balmy weather and hit the show early on Saturday morning, before the crowds arrived. By the time we left, the parking lot was full and so were the various buildings.

Here’s a breakdown of award winners and a sampling of what grabbed our attention, photographically.

Best of Show Car

1st Place Jim & Judy Lippert 67 Chevy Nova

2nd Place Jesse Matlock 70 Dodge Challenger R/T

3rd Place 35 Ford P/U Brian & Catherine Boatright

Best Engine

23 Ford T-Bucket Bob & Tammi Spillman

Best Interior

70 Impala Armando Rodriguez

Best Paint

50 Mercury Coupe Carole Enfield

Best Stance

62 Chevy C10 Chris Williamson

Best of Show Motorcycles

1st Place Carl Pusser Custom European

2nd Place Keith Hope Custom Bagger

3rd Place Shei Eaton Custom Sport Bike

Best Chrome

Irvin Hollinger Road King

Best Seat

Michael Minto Street Glide

Best Paint

Chris Garrison Custom Bagger

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