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Posted: Jan. 2, 2015

Hangin' Out @ The  KKOA Village, NO. 2!

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Coming this February 20-21-22, 2015

A One-Off Gathering Space, Inside, Where Real

Traditional Hotrods & Kustoms Can Kongregate!
It's been proven over & over that true kustomized
cars & trucks are treated as misfit's at 
indoor car shows!
Long-Talk From Jerry Titus @ KKOA

Before I get into it, just know I’m not pickin’ on any one particular INSIDE car show, or car show producer. Not my style, just standing up for the kustoms. I have always accepted traditional style kustoms, and ol’ skool hotrods, as being the minority in the 21st century hotrodding world. And, I’ve also accepted inside show producers and show judges do not understand our traditional world, or at least the majority don't. Many moons ago I used to be a ISCA judge, and nowhere in their rule book did it show or explain how to judge a kustomized car or truck. When you think about it, it’s impossible to do. A kustom is only in the eyes of a beholder.

Since we are the minority it's easy for producers to shove a true kustom into a show class of near stockers. Generally ranging from early to new Corvette's, Mustangs and Chevy Deuce's w/a hood scoop, bolt on spoiler, paste on decals, and after-market wheel change. I'm not slingin' arrows at those style of rides, they're kool in their world, but not the KKOA kustom way. Just ask any teen angel who cruised Main street in the 50's or 60's, and now the 49 & younger year old Atomicheads helping’ to keep traditional hotrodding alive today.

Most of us know a traditional kustom or rod is a one-of-a-kind work of automotive art that most car show producers don't have a clue what it takes to build, and most judges don't know how to judge.

I enjoy getting an award if it's deserving, and I feel that most rod & kustom guys and gals feel the same. But, it's much more about respect for our attempt to build something of our own personal taste, rather then being a cookie-cutter wanna-be. The kool title "Lone Wolf", or Rebel without a Cause fits us. After all, it's a fact that a artist doesn't follow mainstream, and  again a kustomized vehicle is only in the eyes of the beholder.
I could yap and yap about this subject for pages, and pages, and I've been doing it since I realized, long ago, that my/our beloved kustom world was on the indoor car show misfit list. Something I refuse to accept, and something I'll never give up on to reform till I join my lil' brother up in hotrodding heaven.
I've been standin' on this KKOA soap-box for 34 years preachin' the traditional kustom and hotrod gospel, mostly underground. But, last year in Tulsa, at Starbird’s show, the KKOA clubhouse gang, and a few of our true hotrodding friends flaunted it big time with 16 chopped & dropped, out-a-site kustom & hotrod entries.
True, 16 entries isn’t front page news, but when you get 16 rides of automotive art, in one place, it’s worth writing home about. Heck, I get a warm flashback just hangin’ around one real leadsled kustom, or fenderless hotrod.
Yip, it was a hoot. We had our own neighborhood of traditional hotrodding inside the city limits of our own KKOA Village. Anchored by a City Hall style KKOA info. Booth, where kempers could hangout, all under-cover inside the monster-size Tulsa fairground building that holds over 1,000 rides. And, it couldn't have happened without those first, few, dedicated hotrodding pioneer’s who came to make a statement with their pride and joy. Thanks guys and gals, and thanks to the Backyard Gang for chopping’ the Chevy on site, and for Bill Hines, and John Saltsman for cruising’ in from sunny California to be with us in the Village.
Can’t stop  braggin’ about the Village, without mentioning the “NO TROPHY” give-a-way’s. Yip, we don’t do judging for trophies. We do “Gift Exchanges!!!” Example: If you have something layin’ around the shop, garage, house, like a back issue of a old Rod & Custom mag that means a lot to you, and you want to share it with a friend who has a kool ride in the Village, bring it and give it as a gift for them being kool, or for building a kool ride. Last year I gave-up a pair of Port-a-Walls I’ld been holding’ onto for 20-+ years, just to show my appreciation. 
With last year’ show now in the history books, this coming Feb. 20-21-22, the Starbird family has again asked KKOA to bring the Village back, and has offered space for as many rides as we need for a 2nd annual get-together. KKOA has accepted the offer, so guys and gals lets try to keep it under500 entries!!! Hey, why not dream big. Ok, howz about shootin’ for 100,…er…maybe 150. 200 would be koolsville Daddy-O. But, 30 or 40 is probably reality. Takes time to build. Keep in mind we’re talking’ pre-’69 ol’ skool hotrods and kustoms (post-’70 kustoms need to be approved by KKOA). 
Naturally there will be a show entry fee to help the Starbird’s pay the bills on the show, which is like the building rent!…Gigantic. And, to THANK the Starbirds for the “special” valued space, and to give KKOA Village entrants a discount fee, the KKOA has offered to pay-back the Starbird’s $5.00 per each Village entry. So when you enter via a regular Starbird entry form, BE SURE TO WRITE (on it somewhere)YOU’RE ENTERING THE KKOA VILLAGE, and subtract the $5.00 from the entry fee shown. Also, being in the Village, you have the option, (or not), of being judged for the Starbiird show awards. Just let them know at registration, or tell us in the KKOA booth you want to be judged and we’ll get you a show card that’ll let the show judge’s know.
The only negative side about all this good news is, we need to get a ball park on how many entrants are seriously planning to attend, and we here at KKOA need it purty-darn quick (a simple “I’m coming!”, phone call or email will work). The Starbird’s need to build a floor plan to accommodate the rest of the show. Don’t delay, make hay.
So, the invite and special entry discount is official, and the red carpet is ready to roll out for traditional kustoms and hotrods to cruise into T-Town for the really big shew, as Ed Sullivan would have said.
It’s your call, and for many of you it’s a long haul, but I want to invite everyone who might want a winter getaway. You're of major importance to the traditional rodding cause, and our last year positive crank-up support in Tulsa has proven that a 2nd annual KKOA Village is needed to beat the cabin fever blues. Here’s another kicker, if you make it! There is a nice & reasonable motel located ON the fairgrounds, just 200 ft. from the show. It’s the Inn at Expo Square, 4531 E. 21st St., ph.: 918-858-3775. If you ned more info. just drop me a line by email:, or call me @ 417-847-2940, I’ll be glad to talk about the details. - As Bill Haley & the Comets would wail,…“See’ya later alligator.”
P.S.: Never forget our goal! Up until now, at inside car shows traditional hotrods & kustoms have been treated like Donner's misfit son, Rudolph and his rosy red nose. But, we all know who came out the winner in that situation. Keep the kustom faith, and your KKOA membership or renewal support is sincerely appreciated. - The KKOA Gang @ The Clubhouse.


Posted 1-6—15

Please be sure and tell them you’re booking for the Kustom Kemp Car Show to receive the good rates!
Area Code is: (785)  Click Here for The complete listing of Hotels, Motels
For additional info. call KKOA @ (417)-847-2940

Spring and Summer

are comin’ down the pike, and before you can french your head-lights

the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of the

Kustom Kemps Of America

Leadsled Spectacular


Run-What’ya- Brung-Drags


$2,000 - 2 age group (18-39 and 40-+)

PIN-UP, & LOOKERS Beauty Conests!

 will be knockin’ at your front door.

Tons of sun and fun are on the docket,

so write it on the garage wall,

save your coins, and be in

Salina, Kansas

July 23-24-25-26, ’15

America’s Hotrodding Playground!

So Big It Takes Two Giant Park Facilities,

SantaFe Ave. & the Stiefel Theatre to Hold It!


for helping to make the SPECTACULAR live up to it’s name.

And, for supporting the kool world of HOTRODDING.

1,900-+ Entrants in 2014Will it reach 2,000-+ in 2015?

Long live Flathead Mills & Shoebox Sleds

Additional Information contact the KKOA at: (417)-847-2940,
email:, website:


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To help answer the many phone questions coming in, this will help!

Kustom Kemps Of America

and Run-What’ya-Brung-Drag-Racing

DENISON, TEXAS - SEPT. 25-26-27, 15
Traditional Hotrodding Is The Scene Here!

(Downtown Denison @ Forest Park next to Football Stadium)

Show Entry Fee required! Registration open to all 1969 & Older

Hotrods, Custom Cars & Trucks, Vans & Drag Racing Machines

Register @ the Best Western Texoma, Denison, Tx., Hwy 75 @ Exit 69

Show Hours: Fri & Sat. 9:a-5:p, Sun 9:a-12:noon

Show Free To Spectators

Friday Night Cruise-In @ Watson's Drive-In on Main St.

NEW this year! KKOA Koolest Cruiser Contest

Relive the 50's @ a original 50's hang-out. 6-9p

Rock & Roll Jamboree
Cowgirl, or Retro Pin-Up Beauty Contest
@ the Rialto Theatre (Main St. Denison), 8:pm

Live Musical Concert (TBA)
General Seating, (no reserve seats)

Doors open @ 7:p, show @ 8:p

Special second-half attraction on the same ticket!!!

$500.00 Retro Cowgirl, or Pin-Up Beauty Contest

$250 Miss Yellow Rose Of Texas - $150 First Runner-Up - $100 Second Runner-Up

All girls 18 & older eligible to enter. Info. KKOA 417-847-2940


Entrance on Hwy. 289, S. of Pottsboro, Tx. 

Registered Entrants of the Hotrodding Hullabaloo race free
Additional Information contact the KKOA at: (417)-847-2940,
email:, website:



If you're a current KKOA member you can advertise your kustoms for sale on-line, for free. All we need is your ad/photo e-mailed to us at,, and we'll place it on-line in less then 48 hours (most of the time within 24 hours). Also, if you want a picture with your ad, simply scan it in jpeg format and send it w/your ad. Or, if you want to U.S. Mail us a ad w/photo we'll get it on as soon as we get it. Non-KKOA members can also place a ad w/a picture for only $10 per ad, w/a photo.
All ads will run for a minimum of 30 days, or longer w/space available. For even quicker service, Visa, or Mastercard is accepted on either of our security-safe membership page, or events page of this website. Once on, in the bottom "comment" box, simply type in "Ad for 4-Sale Page." Mailing by postal service send to: KKOA 26 Main St., Cassville, MO. 65625. Additional info. can be obtained by calling KKOA at: (417) 847-2940

Extra bonus! All ads received will also be placed in the next immediate issue of the Trendsetter magazine that's mailed to every KKOA member.

To see what's currently for sale,
go to the "4-Sale" page of this website.

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