Sunday, July 31, 2011

2011 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular Coverage Part 1

Wow! It was a great weekend for me at the 2011 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, KS! This is basically a home town show being 20 miles from home and I took as full advantage of that as my body would allow. Starting with going in on Wednesday night to see the early arrivers and enjoying the 107 to 83 degree drop in 15 or so minutes when a storm came through.

This year the show officially started on Thursday, not many people made it to the park on early but I had the honor of hanging out with Mick (straykatkustoms) and Ron Myers and others, it's always a kooler day with those kats.

Cell phone pic of one of the early birds on Wednesday.
Off centered cell phone pic, D'oh!

Tony's Galaxie & mine enjoying some shade time at the park.

I had arranged for a few people to go tour the historic Blue Heaven Studios and sister company Quality Record Pressings plant that just opened. It was just handful of us but it was still fun to see how records are made, I've been involved with the original recordings for years but never knew the inner workings of creating the final product.

Here's a cell phone shot from inside Blue Heaven Studios, which was my home away from home from 2000-2008 or so. We don't do many sessions anymore, it's now basically rented out as a wedding hall and reserved for our annual Blues Masters At The Crossroads concerts.
To escape the heat we went over to Blue Heaven Studios for a tour.

Another cell shot, this time of the Neumann cutting lathe that we use to cut our direct to disk records, the cleanest possible records made.
We have a 1970 Neumann cutting  lathe, this is the first step of making a record.

While some of the highest end records are only made from virgin material, others allow for old records to be ground up, melted down and recycled, here's some records that were scratched or damaged in some other way and are now awaiting a grinding machine.
a stack of old records that are unplayable, about to be made into new records after grinding & melting down.

After the tour it was off to Bright Built Hot Rods for the annual open house, this show typically has a better collection of hot rods & kustoms than most shows I hit, this year was no exception. Some of these photos have not been edited yet, sorry for that, I'm skipping steps to hurry the upload process so you all can check out the show. Click on any of them to go to the gallery and see all of the photos as they are uploaded, this is only a sampling!

A nice selection of various kinds of cars showed up this year.

Yaril Customs killer shoebox, fresh in from Miami FL to Salina, KS.

Anybody recognize this fella? That's one sweeeeeeeeeeet Caddy you have there Roger!

I'm sorry I never got to meet you but my uncle Povertyflats called you a friend and that's good enough for me, this killer ride you have sure doesn't hurt.

I love this '40, belongs to a buddy of mine from the Fundamentals in Wichita. He drives it out to Paso every year, and now has a tear drop trailer to go along with it so he doesn't have to sleep in the front seat.

One of my favorite cars from the KC area, can't wait until Greaserama to see it again.

I caught John (coolstuff) shooting some vid too

That's it for Part 1, stay tuned for part 2!

See you at a show,


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