A few years ago I was inspired to start a fun run event since my friends like to drive their cars more than just show them. Looking through the calendar I found a big gap between the Hobo Happening in Douglass, KS mid November and the Starbird-Devlin show in Wichita, KS in January, December was wide open. In Kansas December can be a real pain, then again it can be downright nice.
A date was picked, invitations were sent out via email and the H.A.M.B. and Stray Kat Kustoms came up with the perfect name, the Mid Decembrrrr Run! 10-12 cars showed up for various parts of that first run in 2010. We gathered in my home town of Gypsum, KS and headed out in the windy 13 degree F weather for McPherson College in McPherson, KS to tour their auto restoration course facilities. That was well worth the stop, very very high end skills being taught there in Mac.
Then it was off on some backroads to visit the Kansas Motorcycle Museum in Marquette, KS. Best $5 I ever spent! You need to check this place out!
Then we loaded up for a long haul west to Kanopolis lake and back around on old Highway 40 to Salina for a shop visit at Calvin’s Customs. Calvin is always open for us for the Mid Decembrrrr Run and it’s much appreciated.
My friends at the Paramount hosted a chili and hot dog dinner before we went to the Stiefel Theatre to watch that year’s KKOA DVD by Vintage Torque.
It was a lot of fun to watch the DVD on the big screen! Neal was the champ of the day, driving his Canopy Express 2.5 hours from Ottawa, KS to Gypsum, driving around with us all day, staying all the way through the movie then driving home IN THE SNOW! Road warrior that one.
The next year it was 56 degrees, the 3rd year it was in the 40’s so it’s not always cold!
We’re doing it again this year, but this year will be a short run, in 2012 we really went on a long drive so I wanted this one to be short. We’ll start in Gypsum, KS again and drive some back roads over to Abilene, KS to the Eisenhower Presidential Museum, if the shutdown is over by then and they are back open. This should provide a nice place for us to hang out for a couple of hours and mingle with other car folk and see some interesting history at the same time. After that a leisurely drive down old 40 Highway to Salina where I’m sure we’ll hit Calvin’s Customs to see what he’s been up to and then to the Paramount where I hope to be screening a film. That part is still up in the air.
Yes you are welcome to drive your late model car if it’s better suited to the weather, this event is about driving some kool roads in the area, seeing some interesting sights and most importantly about spending time with the rod/kustom family.
Join us on December 14th in Gypsum, KS at 10am for the run and stay with us all day long. Click here to join the Facebook event and keep up to date on all of the news of the event, I will remind everyone via the blog again about a month out.
See you at a show,