The 2014 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular was in town all weekend just in time for the first major heatwave of the summer here in Salina, KS. The 34th annual event was held in Salina for the 9th time, lots of cars showed up but not a lot of leadsleds or kustoms. Since the show’s registration requirements have opened up the show has grown but it’s lost a bit of clout in the kustom community. Some notable kustom car builders and owners have privately told me that they disagree with the bigger is better show rules and they long for the days when the show had strict rules for entry. I’d like to see the show like that again too. Not that the show is bad like it is now, just different.
When the show was started 34 years ago kustoms weren’t allowed into a lot of street rod shows, so the KKOA fit a good need. A place for fans of the kustom faith to hang out together, to show off their work and to show their rides without being the outcasts of the customized car world. Now the more lax entry rules bring more to the event and for some that’s a great thing for most of the kustom guys that I know, it’s less enjoyable than a kustom only event would be.
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