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!)
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!
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…
There, that’s better!
Spinning donuts time!
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…
Here’s Paul riding one of his very cool motorized bikes
Here’s the man himself with the wildest car in town!
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.
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.
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!”
So now we have the 57 Caddy, 63 Galaxie, Stude Truck, Hot Rod and the 41 frame all set out front for some shots.
I think this picture is telling you to Stop at Premier Body & Paint (yes I’m a corny bastard I know).
The 41 Ford’s frame is representin’
Owning a 63 Galaxie myself I have a soft spot for them, but Jeff’s is just spot on fantastic.
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!
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.
Here’s a shot of Mick’s new tunes in his Merc.
Inside Jeff’s working on a few projects (always seems to be the case) including Roy’s 41 Ford
The new frame is looking good, so we rolled it outside for some photos.
That’s it for part 1, I’ll post up part 2 soon though. See ya at at a show.
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…
Duane checking out Jay’s Speedster
The Coupe was hanging out in the garage, something about milkshakes…
Jeff made me feel bad for having a Honda for my daily (hey it was cheap)
Just in case we forgot where we were, Jay had a sign to remind us
Here’s the bike that came with Kerry and left with Nate
Then it was off to Kuntz’s Drive In for some ice cream 🙂
Then back to Jay’s for some more hanging out and some movies on the barn.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s rare that a 2nd year show has a big turnout in this area, lots of shows go years and years before building up a following. Not so with The Chill in the Wichita, KS area.
In it’s second year The Chill has gone from a very bike heavy show with some cars here and there to a really great car/bike show.
Held at the Kansas Pavillion in the Wichita suburb of Park City, KS this show had something for everyone. The first building you enter was all about bikes; from new Indians to stretched out rockets to old board track racers, every type of bike build you can imagine was on display.
Two other buildings on site were filled with cars with some nice surprises thrown in that I hadn’t seen at other shows in the area, there was even a new to me vendor selling custom coffins with one that was scaled down version of a kustom Merc. Going through the enclosed corridor from building #1 to #2, one of the first cars I saw was a bright yellow Ferrari, within a 100ft was an over the top “art car” with all manner of craziness bolted/welded on. Neither of those two are really in my wheelhouse so I cautiously made my way into building #2.
The caution was quickly replaced by a big smile when I ran into some old friends and some favorite familiar rides. The McGregor Boy Hot Rod Shop had a killer display setup with the hoodless moredoor Caddy, unibody Ford pickup, radical rat and some sick bikes. After geeking out over their twin engined Triumph drag bike, I made my way over to building #3.
Open the door and BANG there’s a face full of funny cars, Connie Kalitta’s Bounty Hunter Mustang and Jungle Jim’s fliptop Camaro were beautifully detailed and just plain cool to check out. Around the corner and it’s Ron Pinkston’s jaw dropping flamed out Merc with the killer paint extending into the engine compartment, and under the car. Suicide doors, front flip hood, frenched headlight, perfect chop, this car has all of the cool tricks.
The rest of the room was full of kool too, Zombie Speed Shop’s sweet International Pickup, Redhouse Custom Paint’s booth with a very cool hood mural being airbrushed, and a whole bunch of 1/4 milers made me walk in circles for the better part of the afternoon. I can’t wait to see what the 3rd installment of The Chill has in store for us.
Well the first show of my 2011 season in under my belt. I’m sitting in the parking lot of the Wichita Starbird show as i type this. The car count was down, the attendance seemed down, but the overall quality of the show felt way up.
I have a couple of cell phone teaser shots for ya, check back tomorrow at http://royboyproductions.smugmug.com for the full set.