2011 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular Coverage Part 6

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Part 6! Still on Friday… Lots more to come!

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B.ScottStudio’s beautiful ride
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Love this car, never met the owner yet
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Ron Myers laid out some art on the Zombie Speed Shop’s shop truck
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Here comes Butch M!
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VLPR!
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The top chop was underway Friday afternoon
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And that’s it for Friday at the show, up next is some select coverage of the drags, I need to upload it first though. So hopefully you enjoy the show coverage until then 🙂

See you at a show,

Royboy

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2011 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular Coverage Parts 4-5

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Part 4!

When we last left our exciting adventure that was the 2011 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular it was the end of Thursday evening, check page 1 for coverage of the Bright Built Open House and Thursday night Santa Fe cruise. Our story picks up today at the show Friday morning.

Coolstuff crashed in my spare room and headed out early, I was up a bit later editing some of the Thursday photos so I didn’t get around to the show until 8:30. By then Povertyflats, my Dad, Uncle and assorted family friends had to save me a spot because the place was already filling up.

Bob K brought his gorgeous 62 Vette down to the show, 12 hours each way!

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My Dad and my nephew Gannon are enjoying the cars rolling by one side of our spot.

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Povertflats’ personal body guard, Gasserlouie putting some shine on his gasser
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Here’s Mongo51 giving his best “what the hell are you doing Travis?” face.
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Don’t forget about the Starliner show in Wichita on Sept. 10, with the Garage Krawl on Sept. 9th!
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Krobe’s beautiful coupe that I was honored to be able to shoot for a possible magazine article over the weekend.
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Krobe & TwoTallOkie making the rounds at the swap meet.
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Caddy-O cruising the show, love the way that bumper looks!
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I wasn’t able to get the skinny on this truck, I just ran out of time. I believe that it’s Murphy’s truck but I never met Murphy…

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Matador!
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Beauty is defined by this ride! A 4 door turned 2 door convertable, just a fantastic build owned by a very nice couple from Iowa.

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Love the upholstery in it too
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Jetter’s fantastic Caddy!
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Here’s NoSurf’s ride again, but I believe BlackTopBuddha is driving (I can’t tell because the screen I’m linking from is just showing a thumbnail).

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Bad Ass Rides from Paola, KS built this kool truck.
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Some hooligans making the rounds!
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McGregor Boys were in town for a good time as always
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Jeff Myers (finkd) was looking over the car that was about to be chopped by Masterson & Hines and crew. Yes 89 year old Bill Hines was out chopping a car in 107 degree temps, the man is just amazing.
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Skull Orchard Express
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Then I made a stop by the Merc Gathering
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Art Harness of the Fundamentals brought out his newest ride
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That’s it for part 5, I had to run and do a shoot tonight so I didn’t get the drag pics up yet but all of the show pics from Friday are up and available to view and purchase if you’d be so kind. Just click on any of the photos to go to the full gallery.

Part 6 coming in the morning!

Royboy

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2011 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular Coverage Parts 2-3

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Part 2

After the Bright Built Hot Rods Open House was the official start of the show, a cruise through the business district of Santa Fe Ave in Salina. It was really more of a slow parade but it brought out a huge crowd, the cooler weather due to another storm that you can see in the last pics helped the spectator count as well.

Povertyflats and his security guard GasserLouie

My dad (Povertyflats favorite brother in law) and his dealer (car) Bobwop in Dad’s 39 Chevy truck that he bought from Bob.

Jay (nosurf) showing us all how it’s done.

Yaril loves driving the snot out of his shoebox, lucky for us because we all get to see it.

Part 3! More of the Thursday Night Cruise on Santa Fe

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Yaril loves driving the snot out of his shoebox, lucky for us because we all get to see it.
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BarnFindT in his ’40

After the cruise a few of us went a block up the street to a buddy’s bar and had a drink or two and relaxed in the A/C, night 1 of the 2011 KKOA was in the books!

See you at a show!

Royboy

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2011 KKOA Leadsled Spectacular Coverage Part 1

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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,

Royboy

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KS Boys Backroads Tour!

Sitting around having fun at the hotel during the Stray Kat 500 this year a few of us thought it would be a good idea to do SOMETHING, anything in between the 500 and the KKOA in Salina. We all have shows we were going to do but something where we actually did something with our rides would be great. The idea was brought to Finkd’s attention and he took the ball and ran with it. He’d done a cool run last fall when Ian Berky was up at Premier Body & Paint in Arkansas City, KS and had been wanting to do another run anyways so the stars lined up for us all and the run was planned. Finkd did a great job planning the run and took us down some very cool roads along the way.

Next time I’ll plan better, I was scheduled to shoot some photos of bands in Salina on Friday and Saturday nights so I knew it would be a sleepless weekend. The alarm started blaring it’s offensive wail at 5:30 on Saturday morning, well before the time that I should have been waking up since I got to bed around 1. Being that the alarm was the start of what I knew would be an adventure I hopped up, took care of the dog, got myself cleaned up and was out the door of my Gypsum, KS home by 6:05. The first stop was to pick up Mongo51 in McPherson, KS, we headed south towards yblock292’s place near Derby, KS.

Mongo51 & delivered yblock292’s paper from the end of his driveway and we all shot some b.s. before heading out. Fuddpucker showed up in his beautiful 58 and JWS in his T showed up pretty soon and we were off! I wanted to shoot some pics so I called shotgun in yblock292’s 50 Ford while Mongo51 hopped in the 58.

Here’s a shot out of the side of the 50 while the boys were behind us at a stoplight, the gawkers were staring at this trio of fine U.S. steel and we were enjoying the attention.
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After a quick breakfast at McDonald’s where some guy about plowed into the 50 it was back on the road to Premier Body & Paint in Arkansas City. We beat Jeff to the shop and just sat around talking with some of the early folks that showed up. Voodoo Jim brought the Corn Cobb Coupe out, Finkd brought his sedan, and Hotrod95’s folks showed up in their T. Shawn from Fat Lucky’s was in town and riding with Finkd, I never did ask if he had to use “the chicken stick” on Finkd’s dash. I would have, I’m sure! Sorry if I forget anyone’s name or what exactly they drive, I need to work on that.

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B Scott’s windshield has the proof that this is a driven car.
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Then we were off! Heading out of Ark City to the east on some 2 lane county roads. If you click on any of these photos you will be taken to the gallery on my site for this run, many of the photos that were taken while we were out of the cars have been GPS tagged, look for the “Map This” button above the photos to see where it was taken on Google Maps.

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This part of KS is exactly opposite of what most people think of when they think KS, the Flint Hills area is just plain beautiful in most areas. We had a cool path laid out before us through the hills and around some curves. I was enjoying the jaw time with yblock292 so much that I didn’t take nearly enough photos.

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It wasn’t long before we had our first stop at the “Y” north of the small town of Dexter, KS, meeting up with a couple more cars and folks.
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Then it was off for another leg of the adventure. Saw this cool old filling station in Cambridge I believe.

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Then we found some twisties as we followed the valley.
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Most were pretty tame, although since yblock292 and myself were gabbing we both missed the sign warning us of the sharp one just over the next hill, we had to use the whole road but we made it….barely!

Part 3

So then we find ourselves in the bustling city of Latham, KS. Again, click on the photos to go to the gallery, a bunch of the photos can be located on a Google Map by clicking “Map It” above the photo.

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Although the gas was cheap…there wasn’t any left…damn!
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The next stop was just a few miles up the road, a spot that I have been wanting to photograph cars at for a couple of years. I still want to do some single car shoots here in the near future. Any takers, P.M. me!

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Next off it was off to the nearby Beaumont Hotel in Beaumont, KS. This is a cool little joint where you need to keep an eye out for small planes that land in a nearby field and taxi down the city streets to the hotel for a bite to eat. This is a cool place to grab a bite with some great memorabilia on the walls for your viewing enjoyment while you eat.

Here’s the historic water tower next to the old rail line (same rail line that the previous stop was under).

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Here’s Finkd taking a closer look at one of our fellow diner’s “hot rod”.

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It’s not often that you have plane parking.

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Then I showed the fellas a stretch of old highway that’s been bypassed by the new high speed roads.

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The next stop was at a gas station in the middle of nowhere. Right were U.S. 400 and KS99 meet.
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The carb in yblock292’s Ford (with a Chevy 265 small block) was acting up, making him crank it longer to start up, which burned up the relay running the starter (this car has a kool push button starter instead of using the key). Soooo everyone pitched in and helped him get the ol gal started up. I’m not sure how much horsepower everyone added, we’ll have to do the calculations haha.

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Then it was back on the road for some more winshield time.

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The next stop was at Elk Falls, KS where we checked out the falls and a cool old bridge from the 1890’s.

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A couple of the crew went down and checked out the water, recent storms muddied it up a bit, but it sure looked cool.

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Then we were off to hit the last stop of the day, Buck’s BBQ in Sedan, KS for their Saturday night Prime Rib special. Wowie wow wow, that was a good slab of cow! I think there were about 25 in the group total at Buck’s we got there just in time for some storms to start rolling in.

After a good long dinner telling stories and lies and enjoying the company of our friends and rod/kustom family it was time for us to head back home. As we started rolling out the rain hit us, we were on the edge of a storm but it rained pretty good for a bit.

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We were treated to a nice view after running out of the first batch of rain.
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That’s it for photos of the trip, from there it was a good drive talking with my buddy yblock292 about life, family, career and a few stories about cars and the adventures that we have had in them. The wipers in the 50 are vacuum operated and wouldn’t ya know it, they weren’t operational for the drive home. This wasn’t too much of a problem for most of the drive, RainX is your friend afterall!

Straykatkustoms had to stop on his way home and hide out from the hail & funnel clouds in a car wash bay in Caney, KS. BScottStudio had a rough drive home in the roadster, hitting rain the last 10 or so miles, we were mostly smooth sailing, even getting a fly by from Finkd with Shawn and Lucas on a dry stretch of the highway. I’m not saying they were exceeding the speed limit so we musta been going slow.

The final 10 or so miles of the trip back to yblock292’s got a bit sketchy. No wipers and suddenly it’s raining as hard as it could, no problem! We’ll just stick our heads out the windows and use the wing windows for some aero protection. That was the plan until the hail started! Jack took a bit of hail to the noggin but we powered on! I was watching the lines on my side of the car, he was staying out of the way of on coming traffic with his head out the window in a hail storm listening to my “YOUR WAY!, MY WAY!” directions which usually got a “WHAT?!?” in reply due to the wind noise.

Shortly after Fuddpucker and Mongo51 showed up, we were all laughing about the adventure, well once we checked for hail damage! Then Mongo51 and I hopped back in my daily (it did get some additional damage to the hail damage it had picked up Friday night) and we headed north for the 120 or so miles to Salina.

So that’s it, that’s the story of how some Stray Kats and friends enjoyed the hell out of the Flint Hills, their rides and each other’s company one Saturday in Kansas.

Memorial Day in Small Town U.S.A.

Every year on Memorial Day my Uncle Paul and his wife Sandy have a celebration where the family and friends can come together, have some food, share some quality time and of course pay our respects for those that the day is truly for.
I’ll quote his words that describe the day:
“Some of us neighbors get together and decorate 5 local cemeteries by placing flags on military veteran’s graves. The American Legion provides permanent flag holders and we stroll along remembering the folks we used to know and pause to read about those who were here long before us.”

On Memorial Day we gathered together and shared some good home cooked food, including home made ice cream and cakes, we hung out, we talked, we laughed we even had a parade through the downtown of our small town, just for us. Here’s some pics of the cars that were present.

Larry’s famous rod
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a couple of the old man’s rides

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He just picked this beaut up from Bobwop
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And this one as well…
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Here’s his 54 with the factory installed Hydromatic
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My Galaxie
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Larry’s A
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Dick’s ride finally has an interior…and it’s Niiiiiiiiice (and I didn’t take pics of it…. dammit)
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Mrs. Povertyflats’ 57
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Wheelie Popper Extraordinaire
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Royboy Productions coverage of Pete & Jake’s Open House May 14, 2011 part 2!

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Mmmmm Merc

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Here’s LoBuk (Ted’s) ride(s), I’ve shot the Nash in 3 different states in the last 3 weeks, and it’s the 2nd time this year I’ve seen the 36.

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Love me a glass roof Skyliner!

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I love the last car from part 3 and this first one of part 4, two killer rides from the Misfits of the Midwest.

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Jack Walker brought another of his kool cars.

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This ride had just returned from a trip to Viva
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Stock but I want it…bad
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Killlller 50 Ford truck!
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Click on any of these pics to see the WHOLE gallery.

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Part 6

As I mentioned earlier, Ron Myers was among the pinstripers on hand laying some lines at the Pete & Jake’s Open House.

Here’s a flying eyeball that he was putting on a car with North Carolina plates, I believe he did it last year but since then the car has been painted so they had to come back to have it re-done.
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And here’s a shot of Ron in action

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Had to take a shot of Mrs. Straykatkustoms’ purse that Ron did some striping on awhile back

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Some more of the art for the auction

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The Top 20 awards that were to be given out
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I’m a big fan of this guy’s work…
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Here’s Mick’s Merc! I see this ride so much that sometimes I pass it by for pics because I guess I just think I’ll of course see it again. Sorry Mick, that’s not good enough, I need to get better about that!
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A cool International truck

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I’ve never seen one of these mirrors, I guess so that you can see around the car in front of you in order to know when to pass.

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Thanks a ton for checking out the pics folks!

See you at a show,

Travis

Royboy Productions coverage of Pete & Jake’s Open House May 14, 2011

Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts hosted their annual Open House Car Show on May 14th in Peculiar, MO. A bunch of stripers were on hand (oh how much more fun would this sentence be with one additional “p” huh?) and a ton of cool cars/folks that build & own them. There was an auction of a ton of striped stuff to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. That’s a good cause, help support them if ya can.

Here’s some of what I saw. Click on any of these shots to go to the whole gallery, there are a ton more shots than what I’ll share on this thread.

The first ride I saw was this slick Pete & Jake’s Shop Truck.

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There were all kinds of rides at the Open House, not just H.A.M.B. friendly ones, but that’s what I’ll try to focus on here.

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For those that don’t know, The California Kid resides at Pete & Jake’s, here’s a cool sculpture of the car.

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Some shots of some of the pin striper’s pieces for the auction.

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Some eye candy for someone’s ride

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An under construction project in the shop.

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Ron Myers was on hand laying some lines on some rides.

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It’s all Herb’s fault that I made the trip, and I thank you for urging me to check it out, I had a really good time. Here’s Herb’s so fine 39.

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Thanks to all the folks at Pete & Jake’s for a great way to spend a Saturday!

Part 2

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Norm was in town, and although we never crossed paths (I’m not quite sure how I didn’t see him, but then again I wasn’t specifically looking for him), his too kool Kinda Frish Fish truck was fun to check out.

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Hey that’s it for the first post, see you at a show!
Travis

2011 Stray Kat 500 Coverage Parts 7-9

Part 7ish!
Studebaker trucks are kinda rare when you compare the numbers produced to the the numbers of the Big 3 but this show was so kool that there were 4 of them. Here’s one that belongs to the folks from Pro-Chrome.

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I think the car that came the farthest was this killer long roof all the way from MN. My memory is bad, it could be WI but I’m just going to make a decision and say MN haha. Mickey said there were cars representing 12 states at this year’s Stray Kat 500.

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It’s always a pleasure to see the Toad!

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Custom cars aren’t the only thing that the Carlson family can do well…
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While the yo-yo show was a-happening on the stage, Mike from Pushrod decided it was the time to try a new version of slide guitar. He might have miscalculated the temperature of the slide surface though, hope that skin grows back soon Mike!
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Toptinman’s beautiful wagon…looooove this car!
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I had to capture a few impromptu pics of the folks rolling out on Saturday. I realized that I’d spent so much time talking and hanging out with friends that I had probably slacked off on covering the show. It’s tough to “work” when literally everywhere you look you see someone that you want to talk to!
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Part 8 – Saturday night into Sunday morning

About a month ago one of the best people on the planet was hit with a stroke. Gloria’s a big fan of flamingos so our very own Jack (yblock292), Chris Carlson of Chaotic Customs and a couple of others got together on a little project for her. Sorry I don’t know all of the names that contributed, but I’ll add them to this post if someone can fill in the blanks. Get well soon Gloria we love ya and miss ya!

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One of the best parts of a lot of shows is the hangout time back at the hotels, the thing about the Stray Kat 500 is that the whole thing is like that, so the hotel time is just that much better.

Back at the hotel, more margaritas were being served off the nail head powered margarita mixer!
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Then Chris Carlson gave us all a lil fire show. No propane injection here, just the good old fashioned way of lighting up the night sky.

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Pushrod played another set for us all, well for all of us that could squeeze in the room! Most of us stayed up too late and got up too early but we can sleep Monday at work right?

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Sunday morning bright and early I spied one of my favorite woodies ever, this 49 was just fantastic, I believe that Jimmy (gonmad) said that this car has been together for a long long time. It doesn’t look any worse for the decades of wear, that’s for sure.

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A couple of the Pushrods boys cars with some guy’s Galaxie in the background.
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A great example of the iconic Merc
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Then it was off to the show site again for some more Stray Kat 500.
I met up with the Lackore’s and their Whale for a couple of photos, the sun was not cooperating (wasn’t up high enough for the original location) and the cars were rolling in fast so I picked this alternate location.
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Now the sun is where I want it, Steve was nice enough to pull his 40 up in front of the historic Dewey Hotel.

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Toast’s ’40, good to meet ya and had a blast hanging out and talkin!

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Part 9

Sunday morning it was time for the Blessing of the Rides. Duke gave a short devotion and then Stray Kat members came around to each car giving a little prayer to get us all home safely and distribute a cool Ron Myers created/B Scott produced dash plaque.

This 64 Galaxie 500 had a very nicely done pearl white paint job, just loved staring at it every time I saw it over the weekend.
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Had to take another shot of my car…
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This killer 49 wowed a bunch of us all weekend long. One of the Kustom Kings from Texas.
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Then it was time for the awards presentation. Stray Kat shows are a bit different, there are no classes, no judging in the regular “you’ve got the wrong kind of screw here or there” sense. Mick’s trophies are kool and given out for kool reasons. If you want to find out more, you’ll have to come next year now won’t ya?

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Mickey and Gene Winfield, thanks for coming Gene!
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Mickey and Miss Outdoor Oklahoma… Sorry Mick but we’d all rather look at her handing out awards than you doing it.

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Ben Dragdaddys giving out his pick

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Dale’s Whale won an award too!
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Don’s ride is just smooooooooth, and I won’t even hold the whole Husker thing against ya!
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Harry’s T is just plain cool!
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Chris Carlson of Chaotic Custom’s 60 Pontiac, this car hauled 6 people around all weekend long and looked great doing it!
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That’s about it for my 2011 Stray Kat 500 coverage, thanks to everyone who had a hand in making it a fantastic weekend. From my family to my extended Stray Kat Family thank you for a great time!

See you at a show,

Travis

2011 Stray Kat 500 Coverage Parts 5-6

Part 5 Starts off with a sneak peek of the 1st Annual Carl Green Inspiration Award.

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Then the Rumblejetts took the stage!

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I saw this lil beauty at LSR, very cool
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Some more of the regular hoodlums rides
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Jack showing Jeb some appreciation after Jeb informed him that we did in fact have more beer…
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Part 6

Normally not a fan of widened bodies, but this one was done soooo well!
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Roy’s Frame made an appearance,

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Robert’s beautiful “Marilyn” 56 Chevy
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And my Dad’s 39

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Steve Albers’ ride
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Pushrod….engage!
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See you at a show!

Travis

2011 Stray Kat 500 Coverage Parts 3-4

Part 3!

Lots of cool cars that I’ve not seen before, and a whole bunch that I know and love.

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The faithful chariot of our fearless leader Mickey!
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This lil beaut was for sale…
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I always love seeing Jeff Myers’ (finkd) way kool Stude
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Butch’s bad bad rocket ship!
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Chuck’s ride looking ready for a fight

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Part 4!

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Mike from Pushrod’s killlllllller ride!
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That’s it for tonight folks, see you at a show!

Travis

2011 Stray Kat 500 Coverage Parts 1-2

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The Stray Kat 500 weekend started early for me, after putting in the normal 10 hours at the day job on Thursday, I hopped in the Galaxie and headed out for Dewey, OK. A couple of texts with Mick (straykatkustoms) along the way prodded me on, when I asked him what was going on I got a one word reply “Margaritas” That sealed it, no stopping for dinner, I was hammer down and cruising through the Flint Hills for the OK border!

Well, by the time that I got there, the margaritas were done, in fact it appeared that most had called it a night as there wasn’t anyone out in the parking lot of the host hotel. I stopped on the way into town at Travis Miller’s (TwoTallOkie’s) shop and said hi, Mickey showed up and informed me that after the 6th or 7th margarita, they gave up waiting. 🙂

Friday morning came early, we met for the complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s dining room and I was pleased to sit down with some of the Stray Kat Family and share stories and just soak in the KOOL. Friends from Wichita both H.A.M.B. folk and not, it was as good a time at breakfast as I’ve had in years.

A few of the Stray Kats were in town early to help setting up for the show, so I went along with Krobe and we ran a couple of errands to lend a hand. Stopping down at TwoTallOkie’s Signs & Such we see the new giant tiki that Ben Dragdaddy’s Mitchel was putting the finishing touches on. In November, Dragdaddy & Scorch painted a huge mural on another side of the shop, I highly recommend you doing this to your own!

Click on any of the photos to go to the gallery and if you like a pic, please consider buying it as a download or print, every purchase helps me pay for the 1,000’s and 1,000’s of miles it takes to bring all of the shows to you! Enough of that, here’s some pics!

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Then it was back to the host hotel to prepare for Friday’s Reliability Run out to Prairie Song. Prairie Song is a small frontier type village that has been basically hand built by just a couple of people over the last 28 years, very very cool!

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A bunch of folks made the short run, about 30 cars in all.

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Lots of cool craftsmanship involved here!

After awhile it was time to head back to the hotel and eventually back to TwoTallOkie’s shop for the Friday night feed!

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Be careful Aaron! That’d make a hell of a mess!

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Then it was back to the hotel for some of the world famous Stray Kat hotel hangout session!

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My uncle Tom’s 49, Dad’s 39 and family friend Robert’s 56 back at the hotel

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Part 2

Here’s a couple more shots from the Friday night hang at the host hotel.

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After staying up waaaay too late with my Stray Kat brothers it was off to the show, I found a good spot to park where I would have shade later in the day.

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Jerry (Lowmerc50)’s killer merc

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Krobe on the 4th or 5th motorized device I saw him using over the weekend, the Caddy powered coupe is awesome, the fast back Chev is too kool as well.

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Here’s another of Lowmerc50’s car that I’m doing as a print for him.

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Sully!

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Here’s a shot of Herb’s 39

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Dale’s waaaay kool “Whale”

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Cap’n. Duke!

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There are many more pics in the gallery and going up to the gallery later tonight!

See you at a show,

Travis

Event Coverage: Waaaaayyy too many pics of the 2011 Vintage Torque Fest Part 9-10

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Part 9! Almost to the end!

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Here’s the After shot…. banged up bumper, but that’s about all the damage those tires on the infield seemed to do. Good job!
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We haven’t met yet but I see your car everywhere!
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Jake won an award that matches his car… (hint, he’s wearing it on his head)
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A lil shout out to my Los Punk Rods buddies
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I’m a total geek over Emerald Tide
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Here’s Weesner & Jimmy talking about Lit Up
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The aftermath of John’s mudbogging adventures
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Some of the folks at the drive-in on Saturday night
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My favorite shot of the weekend

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And that’s all folks, well there are a ton more shots in the galleries if you click on any of the photos…

See you at a show,

Travis

Event Coverage: Waaaaayyy too many pics of the 2011 Vintage Torque Fest Part 6-8

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This is one of a handfull of cars that were at Lonestar Roundup in Austin earlier in the month. There’s 18 miles of interstate between these two shows, so congrats to the die hards!

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Interesting tail light treatment for the Galaxie

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Here’s another shot of Rip Tide
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Part 7

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Someone’s having a good time….

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Sideways is the most stylish way to do a dirt track 🙂

Part 8!

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See you at a show!

Royboy

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Event Coverage: Waaaaayyy too many pics of the 2011 Vintage Torque Fest Part 4-5

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Okay sooooo Part 4? yeah I think that’s what we’re ready for 🙂

Here’s more pics…still from just Friday folks! Remember, click on the pic to go to the whole 1070 photo gallery, don’t forget about the shots that are AFTER the on-track pics of the show cars. There’s a couple of gems in there.

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These things tasted as good as they smelled and damn they smelled so goooood. $5 for a steak sandwich, low price, high taste 🙂

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I should have bought this sign, made me giggle thinking of future girlfriends seeing it and the horror on their faces…
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The Phoenix was in attendance!
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See you at a show,

Royboy

Event Coverage: 2011 Vintage Torque Fest… Part 3!

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Bob K is THE MAN, always having a good time and the man hits more events than I do…and that’s a feat! Love Love Love Bob’s ride.

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Here’s a beauty…. that John went mudding with on the track (those pics will be up later)
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Oliver Built! Another kool beauty from the OBG
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OBG rolls on 2 wheels too!
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Voodoo Kings always bring some killer rides

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I know it’s off topic for this forum but hopefully you’ll allow me this one
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This is a before pic….see the track shots for why I say before…
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See you at a show,

Royboy

Event Coverage: Waaaaayyy too many pics of the 2011 Vintage Torque Fest Part 2

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There was a good turn out on Friday, ton’s of cool cars and some of my favorite folks showed up.

The indoor area had a great selection of special show cars. Voodoo Larry had a couple of creations on display, as well as the Weesner inspired Emerald Tide & Lit Up (under construction), a sweet belly tank car, Jake Moomey’s beautiful 54 Chevy (that he actually took on the dirt track!!!), the KKOA’s 777 award winning Phoenix from Jack Walker’s collection and so many more!

Click on any of the pics to go to the full gallery, please remember that buying a print or download really helps me get to the next show, gas & hotel rooms are expensive! 🙂

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Outside of course was a nice collection of hot rods and customs from around the region.
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See you at a show!

Royboy

Event Coverage: Waaaaayyy too many pics of the 2011 Vintage Torque Fest Part 1

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Part 1

Wow, what can I saw about our very own coolstuff’s (John Well’s) [URL=”http://www.vintagetorquefest.com”]Vintage Torque Fest[/URL]? Great show about sums it up.

4:30am came early on Friday, I’m not a morning person but I was on a mission! The forecast was for rain on Saturday but since the show started at noon on Friday I planned on getting there and getting some shots in of all the folks that showed up Friday. 600 miles between me and Vintage Torque Fest at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa, Iowa. Friday’s drive was no time for enjoying my travel like normal, it was 80mph for 9 hours… and it was sooooo worth it!

Click any of the photos to see the entire gallery of over 1000 shots (a bunch of them are action shots on the dirt track, view them in slideshow mode for a great stop motion kind of effect!)

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John’s car!
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I may have a flathead obsession
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That’s it for Part 1

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See you at a show,

Royboy

Stray Kat 500 this weekend May 6,7,8, 2011

Last weekend was the 2011 Vintage Torque Fest, I had a blast and took a ton of pictures, I’ll post some up here later in the week.

This weekend is another one of my favorite shows, the Stray Kat 500 in Dewey, OK. This will be my second trip to the 500, I wish it was my 10th as this year is the 10th anniversary and it’s a complete good time from start to end!

Here’s some pics from last year’s show, look for full coverage next week!
There are 388 photos in the gallery, click on any of the shots to see the whole gallery.

There are 388 photos in the gallery, click on any of the shots to see the whole gallery, please consider buying a print or a downloadable jpg every time you do, you help pay for all of the 1000’s of miles and hotels that it takes to get all of these photos for you!

See you at a show,

Travis

Easter Weekend fun in Kansas Part 3

In this installment of my Easter weekend spectacular we’ve moved on to Sunday. My uncle Paul (povertyflats) has a fun car and a couple of motorized bicycles and after dinner it was time for the real fun to begin.

As you can see, the front end comes up so fast that the back tires have come off the ground too…
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There, that’s better!
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Woah Nelly!
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Spinning donuts time!
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You can see by the front wheels that the brain doesn’t always grasp that you cannot turn with the front tires in the air…
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Here’s Paul riding one of his very cool motorized bikes

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Well…do ya?
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Here’s the man himself with the wildest car in town!
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Easter Weekend fun in Kansas Part 2

In the 1st part of this story I told you about Jeff Myers’ shop Premier Body & Paint in Arkansas City, KS (620-441-0820)

In addition to the 41 Ford that’s undergoing some way kool work, there’s a VW Bug that’s being built for Jeff’s son, and McPhail’s 58 Apache truck that was referenced in the first post. Here’s some shots of the Apache.

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Outside we assembled some of the koolest cars around, they all just happened to belong to Jeff 🙂 We needed to bring two of them back from the house so Mick (Straykatkustoms on the H.A.M.B.) drove Jeff’s way kool 57 Caddy. Now this car is one of the koolest kustoms ever so you can imagine Mick’s excitement/nervousness over the prospect of driving such a piece of art. God was smiling on him as he pulled the Cad into the Premier lot in one piece.

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I’m not sure that Mick wanted to get out of the car though. Right about here I think the conversation was something like, “I can’t believe you let me drive your car!”

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So now we have the 57 Caddy, 63 Galaxie, Stude Truck, Hot Rod and the 41 frame all set out front for some shots.

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I think this picture is telling you to Stop at Premier Body & Paint (yes I’m a corny bastard I know).

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The 41 Ford’s frame is representin’
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Owning a 63 Galaxie myself I have a soft spot for them, but Jeff’s is just spot on fantastic.

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Part 3 tomorrow

See you at a show,
Travis

Easter Weekend fun in Kansas Part 1

One of the koolest things about heading down this hot rod/kustom kar photography road has been the people that I’ve met and become friends with. Saturday I got to hang with 3 of these great guys AND I got to drive my 63 Galaxie a couple hundred miles, it was a truly great day!

I headed out late morning for Arkansas City, KS to visit Jeff Myers at Premier Body & Paint, one of the 3 and one of the best kustomizers around. I’ve stopped by Jeff’s before, the first time on the way to Dewey, OK for the annual Stray Kat Kookout when I got to see a wonderful Shoebox chop that Jeff and Ian Berky had been working on. Here’s a link to the photos from that trip. And here is a link to the thread on the H.A.M.B. detailing the chop and work on the car. Then in February of this year Jeff was gracious enough to let me stop by again and check out the progress on McPhail’s killer Chevy Apache. Here’s the link to what I took that day and here is a thread on the H.A.M.B. about the truck build.

A slight detour takes me over to McPherson to pick up some parts for a Stray Kat parts relay. Parts in hand I point the ol Galaxie south on the interstate to test out her new mpg with the AOD at highway speed. The next 2 hours were nice and almost smooth (still fighting a vibration issue in the car).

Upon arriving at Jeff’s Premier Body & Paint (620-441-0820) I see Jeff’s killer Stude Truck and Hot Rod sitting out front, here’s a shot of them with my Galaxie in front. I completely spaced off taking pics of Mick’s Merc that he and Krobe rolled up from Dewey in. Sorry Mick!

Here’s the Galaxie looking kinda homely around all of the kool kustom that happens at Premier.
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Here’s a shot of Mick’s new tunes in his Merc.
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Inside Jeff’s working on a few projects (always seems to be the case) including Roy’s 41 Ford

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The new frame is looking good, so we rolled it outside for some photos.
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That’s it for part 1, I’ll post up part 2 soon though.
See ya at at a show.

Travis

Event Coverage: 2011 HAMB-B-Q in Abilene, KS!

First off, thanks to Jay and his family for hosting this every year, this was my 2nd time attending and I had an absolute blast. A trip under the hood of my Galaxie lead to me not taking her on Saturday so I not only had to slum it in my daily but I missed the breakfast and Eisenhower Museum.

After hanging out with some folk in the parking lot as they came out of the museum we headed out to Jay’s for some delicious BBQ and hanging out with some of the H.A.M.B. bretheren. I wasn’t the only one slumming in a daily ride so I didn’t feel so bad. The food was great, the conversations were both entertaining and educational, I tried to keep my trap shut and just listen to the more vintage amongst the group, there’s always something new to be learned.

Anyways enough of my jabbering, you folks want to see pics more than read my long winded stories…
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Duane checking out Jay’s Speedster
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The Coupe was hanging out in the garage, something about milkshakes…
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Jeff made me feel bad for having a Honda for my daily (hey it was cheap)
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Just in case we forgot where we were, Jay had a sign to remind us
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Here’s the bike that came with Kerry and left with Nate
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Speedster!
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Then it was off to Kuntz’s Drive In for some ice cream 🙂

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Then back to Jay’s for some more hanging out and some movies on the barn.

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The famous Tiki Speedster!!!!

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Jay made us a fire, it was getting chilly.

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Event Coverage: 2011 Lonestar Roundup – Austin TX

See the full 1423 image gallery here, or click on any of the photos in the story.
For a couple of years I’d heard of the Lonestar Roundup in Austin, it always sounded like a great time, so this year I figured why not check it out? Damn I’m glad that I did! A bunch of my hotrod/kustom friends were going from all over the U.S. this was shaping up to be a great time….it was!

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2011 Lonestar Roundup - Austin, TX
2011 Lonestar Roundup - Austin, TX

I finally got rolling out of central KS around 1pm on Thursday, figuring that leaving after the day job would get me in at 3:45am again, I took a half day of vacation. What a difference it made, I was comfy in my hotel room at 10:30, well until I checked facebook and see that some of the usual suspects were on Congress Street already. A few minutes later I had the late model parked on a side street (so nobody saw me get out of a Honda) and I was hanging out at the Continental Club with my buddies from Dewey, OK. Mickey and the crew had made the trip down early just so that they could catch Southern Culture On The Skids at the midnight show, great idea! Upstairs was another band and some friends from Omaha were up there, out in the street were hotrods and customs mixed in with the late model cars, the world was pretty chill and that was a good thing.

You know you’re at the right joint when you’re listening to a great band like Southern Culture and you look up and see Mercury Charlie and Gene Winfield standing a couple of feet away. What a strange dichotomy my life is to go from my KS desk job to 12 hours later being surrounded with cool people at a killer show in the heart of Austin.
Friday morning I met up with a ton of H.A.M.B.’ers for the Friday Garage Crawl. I heard people throwing around numbers of 100 folks on the crawl.  I didn’t count, but that’s sure a feasible number, there were a ton of people! I skipped a stop to get ahead of the crowd and was rewarded with some extra time to talk to some of the Donut Gang and check out their rides.
After a couple more stops on the Garage Crawl it was off to the show for me. The folks with cool cars were stopping at a children’s hospital but I figured a stock Accord wouldn’t brighten anyone’s day so I skipped it.
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I arrived to what was already a busy show, the parking lot was pretty full, the show looked like it had a great selection of hot rods & kustoms, I was like a kid on Christmas morning!  The vendor area was packed with cool people selling cool stuff, I bought some shirts for Dad, my nephews and myself. Armed with an empty memory card I set out in search of some pictures, and I found some. Over 1400 shots made it into the coverage gallery, maybe a bit excessive but everywhere I looked I found something I wanted to capture.

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2011 Lonestar Roundup - Austin, TX

 

The rest of the weekend went pretty much the same, killer cars, awesome people and some fantastic live music. Saturday night I got to catch some of Jimmie Vaughan’s set at the show and then headed to Doc’s on Congress to watch Pushrod perform. The crowd on Congress was amazing, the locals have caught on to this cool event and almost make it not worth it to try to move around on the street….almost.  I regrettably missed the Jesse Dayton performance Saturday night and had to bail on the weekend before Mercury Charlie’s party on Sunday. That was a real bummer as Junior Brown was the first performer on the schedule for Sunday.
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The Kontinentals put on a great show in the Lonestar Roundup, my first trip to LSR will not be my last! For anyone making the trip from the north I highly recommend getting off of I35 in the south part of Oklahoma and taking Highway 77, the drive through the Turner Falls area is well worth the extra time it’ll take. A great road trip home to end my first Lonestar Roundup trip was the perfect finishing touch.
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2011 Lonestar Roundup - Austin, TX

2011 Lonestar Roundup - Austin, TX

See you at a show- Travis

An afternoon with some friends, some cars and a barn

A while back my buddy Jack asked if I would come down and shoot some photos of his cars, good timing as I was just about to ask him if I could. So we decided we’d gather up his collection and take some photos next to an old barn near his house. He called up some of the other local hoodlums and had them bring their rides over too.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jack back in November when a couple of us met up at his house on our way down to the Stray Kat Cookout. I immediately had a new friend, as I’m sure just about anyone who meets Jack has the first time they meet him.

Anyways after putting in some time at the day job on the morning of March 12, 2011 I rushed down to the Wichita area to Jack’s place. When I showed up he had his collection out, plus a couple more cars that friends had brought over.

Thanks to Jack for setting up this shindig and for inviting some cool people, I had a blast and am ready for the next one!

There’s 385 shots total in the gallery now, click any of the shots to see the gallery.

Look for some feature articles starting soon, photos and words with/from some of the people in my corner of the hotrod/custom car world. Artists, videographers, car owners, show promoters and most importantly friends of mine.

The first one will be on me, so you know who’s behind all of this madness!

See you at a show,
Travis