Run What 'Ya Brung
There's a reason the KKOA has been the authority on keeping it real for over 30 years, they do a show and they do it right. As if the Leadsled Spectacular car show wasn't enough to blow your quest for old school cool into the stratosphere the KKOA kept the show going with the Run What Ya Brung drag races that were held on Friday night. These races were as Old School as it get's, held at an abandoned airstrip, there wasn't a christmas tree in sight and there were no "e.t.'s and top speed was anybody's guess. Each set of cars were waved down the track and ran flagman to flagman. Gene Winfield even got in on the action. I've got to tell you, watching Gene Winfield wave 'em down the track was worth the price of admission alone.
These races were exactly as the name says, any qualifying ride and I mean ANY could take a rip down the strip. It was Gassers, Kustoms, Street Rods, Classics and a few uncategorizable . Every last one of them putting on an awesome show. And to cap off the runs, the return lanes just a few feet away from the stands, it really made you feel part of the action. Watching the drivers get high fives from the fans was awesome. It felt like you just got a bunch of your buddies together and decided to tear it up on a Friday night, there was a homespun purity to the whole event. A throwback like I've never experienced. It seemed like the entire town of Salina was out on warm Kansas Friday night, with the wind blowing off the plains, the oldies cranking on the loud speakers and some of the koolest vintage drag racing going. Friends, it doesn't get any better that that!
Kool, Krazy and sometimes Kwick Kustoms
The fan favorites
I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed that Mother Nature will hold off on the showers for tonight so I can hit a good local show. By the by I'm heading North to the Badger State for Mississippi Mayhem this weekend - I can't wait. Come back to check out the coverage from this inaugural show.
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin