Monday, November 14, 2011

Looking Back: 2011 Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Show Wichita, KS

Just have a few minutes here but I hopefully will be doing this weekly. Today we're looking back at one of the shows from earlier this year.

The first show of the year for me each year is the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Show held at Century II in Wichita, KS. Here's a bit I wrote about the show in the gallery:
"In the dead of winter each January it's a pleasure every year to get together with my hotrod and kustom family and spend some time inside WITH a bunch of cool cars. The Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom show in Wichita, KS typically pulls about 400 cars max for a 3 day indoor show. As the name implies rods and customs show in abundance, but so do stock restorations, survivors, 4x4's, lowriders, rat rods, and various types of racers.

A couple of very cool front engine dragsters were on display this year, as were some very nice traditional built hot rods. Traditional built rods are not rats, and this show had both build styles represented nicely. The car count and the vendor count both seemed down this year, but that was a blessing instead of a hinderance. Less cars means more room to get around the cars, and it seemed that the cars that didn't show were the ones that I normally don't shoot anyhow, so the show's overall quality went up as a result.

The Marauders and Fundamentals had great club displays with the Marauders taking home the prize for best display for their "model" car display complete with giant exacto knives and Testor paint bottles to complete the look. The Fundamentals went with a beach theme and rumor has it some Marauders may have been involved with an incident involving Baby Ruth candy bars being dropped in the Fundamentals "sand" (kitty litter). I'm not going to say where the story came from or how hard the person who told it to me was laughing when he told how they did it.

Another fun show from Darryl Starbird in Wichita!"

On a cool note, this show will be changing next  year, Tim Devlin and others have purchased the show and will continue it and will be donating proceeds from the show back to Wichita area charities, too cool! Go to for more info on the show in the future.

Here' some shots from the show.



Jason of Red House Custom Paint's killer truck




Tons of different styles at this show.

The Carlson Family of Mulvane's Chaotic Customs gets the pleasure of rolling around in this gorgeous Pontiac.


Mike Young's beautiful street rod, this thing is just perfectly done!
2011 Darryl Starbird Wichita, KS

Way kustom 53 Chevy Pickup! 2011 Darryl Starbird Wichita, KS

Even a Lambo in attendence! 2011 Darryl Starbird Wichita, KS

I just dig the hell out of Rocky Burris' radical Ford Truck! 2011 Darryl Starbird Wichita, KS

They just don't build cars much finer than Doug Reed's Toad. 2011 Darryl Starbird Wichita, KS

Tom Hanna had a pair of beautiful front engine dragsters on display. 2011 Darryl Starbird Wichita, KS

Here's one of Starbird's wild bubble top kustoms 2011 Darryl Starbird Wichita, KS
This show has a great selection of all kinds of rides and is a great way to spend a cold weekend in KS. I look forward to what Devlin and company have in store for for this historic show! See you at a show, Travis

Saturday, November 5, 2011

2012 Calendar for Charity!!!

Hey folks, once again I've scoured the thousands of car show coverage photos that I took this year to create some calendars to raise money for some great charities. I shoot the shots at the shows that I travel to across the midwest and beyond, I also do the layout, print them, bind them and ship them myself. As you can see, they are a bit different from your standard calendars and well worth the $15 if I do say so myself!

The Traditionals Edition will go to benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp for Kids, VJ is a summer camp for terminally ill children. Kyle and Patty Petty of NASCAR started the camp in memory of their son, racer Adam Petty as it was his dream to create a camp like this for kids that normally wouldn't get the camp experience. With a fully functional hospital on site this is a truly unique experience for the campers.

To order just go to

The Trucks edition will go to the same charity, here's some samples of it

There's also an edition made from shots taken at Vintage Torque Fest that benefit Helping Hannah's Heart. A great cause, a great show and a damn good time, so check the show out in 2012!

Shots from the Stray Kat 500 and the Starliner shows went into the Stray Kat Kustoms edition, proceeds from this one will go to the Red Cross. Stray Kat Kustoms shows are the most laid back shows you'll ever run across, when you attend a Stray Kat show you are family. I love these shows and I'm proud to be able to cover them each year.

And finally the fantastic Greaserama show shots were combed for the Greaserama edition! This is one of the most fun shows anywhere, hang out all day in the drive in and once the sun goes down, watch kool movies! Labor Day weekend you'll always find me at the Greaserama!

Thanks for taking the time to check out my post, please buy a calendar or 12 as the proceeds all go to help great causes and some truly wonderful people. Just go to to find the paypal button to order them.

See you at a show,