many people made it to the park on early but I had the honor of hanging out with Mickey Bryan (straykatkustoms.com), the amazing striper Ron Myers and others, it's always a kooler day with those kats.
Thursday evening 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. At the Open House there were killer kustoms and hot rods from as far away as Miami FL and California and just about every spot in between.
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 at Bright Built’s helped the spectator count as well.
Friday was picture perfect, beautiful and about 85 degrees. In the evening we all headed out east of Salina to the old airport for the Run What Ya Brung Drags. Basically everyone entered in the show gets to make some passes down the 1/8th mile strip with flagmen on both ends. Celebrity starters typically include some of the all star customizers that attend the show like Gene Winfield, it’s always cool to see Gene drop his hands and send them off the line.
Saturday all of the pleasantness with the weather was DONE! Temps soared back to the 105 degrees that we’d had in Salina for the previous 6 weeks. It was just plain hot, but the show’s turnout was still huge. Throughout the day there were some live bands, pinup contests and more.
Sunday the heat was even more ridiculous and the crowd thinned quickly, by the time of the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon there were probably less than 200 cars left in the park, following approx. 2000 by most people’s count on Saturday. The KKOA Leadsled Spectacular was in the books and people were on the way to there homes, from as close as a few blocks away all the way to both oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. I’m ready to do it again folks so mark your calendars to be back next year!