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Posted: April-7-2014
AtomicHeads Are Building!!!
The New Life Line Of Kustomizing!
Jaw-jackin'from - Jerry Titus

    I feel good! No, wait,...I feel better'ern good! I feel the three "S's"! Secure, Safe, and Solid!!! And, I'm not talking about living in a underground bunker to avoid a tornado, or winning the lotto. I've never experienced any of those millon-to-1-odds, and I lived in Kansas for 54 years before finding the Ozarks. And, for the record the last time I gambled was in 1969 when DeVona and I went to Las Vegas to see Elvis in concert. During intermission, and on my way to the john, I plugged in a nickel slot and won $15.00 in nickel's. The same price my ticket was to see the King of Rock & Roll.

    Being luckly enough to be holding on to the steering wheel of KKOA since 1980, I'm seeing a noticeable surge worldwide in the young, 20-something, to mid-life 40-+ kustom enthusiast's diggin' on old school traditional kustomizing, or like Geno and Alan prints it in their hot selling rag, "ol' Skool Rodz", traditional rodding. The same style of hotrodding us Teen Angels of the 50's & 60's cut our teeth on.

    I'm talking about the young, strong, full of vim and vigor youth that's building kool rides in todays kustom autobody business's. Let me be a little more specific! The "traditional" kustom bodyshop business's. Good news, and they're springing up everywhere.

    As mentioned above, it makes me feel good that our world of autobody kustomizing has graduate's coming on board to carry on our colorful hobby, or go into business of one-off automotive art. After all that's what a kustom car or truck is. Art on wheels.

    Lets face reality, us 1940's, 50's & '60's teen angels can't live on forever. Bill Hines is forever-mortal, but for most of us we have to check-out sometime. And, to see the many younger kustomizers coming on the scene makes me feel "SECURE" that our beloved kustom world is growing "SAFER" day by day, and building to keep it "SOLID."

The KKOA feels so strong about the movement, that it wants to recognize those 21st Century kustom kats that's yielding a mig gun in one hand and a paint gun in the other. Plus we can't forget the young ink slingin' stripers, and ol' skool "ragmen" out there sewing those rolls and pleats, one roll at a time.

    Saaaaalute to each and everyone, and we here at KKOA want to hear from you! Let us know about you. Write us, email us, call us, tell us about your business. Send us pictures of your shop, or your project. We'll give freebe space available on this website,, and page space in our glossy, 32 page, full color Trendsetter magazine crammed with the latest traditional hotrod & kustom news stuff. Like the inside-cover page in a recent Trendsetter profiling 30 year old Aaron Lawrence and his Fast AL's Upholstery shop in Dewey, Oklahoma. Want REAL rolls & pleats, go AL's.

    KKOA makes no bones about it, it wants to expose you kats and kittens to get the word out about your kustom or kool dress culture business. Traditional hotrodding is hot, hot, hot, and guys & gals everywhere are hungary to get their kemps kustomized, or dress hip.

    Along with any insurgence those who create it are generally tagged something kool, or un-kool to some. Can't make everybody happy. In the 1950's a sampling of hip handles was, "Auto Body Kustomizers", Kustom Krafters, "Bondo Bandits" or "Ragmen" who did upholstery. For most it was just plain ol' "Kustomizers." Some spelled kustom with a "C", but George and Sam Barris spelled it with a "K", and just like their kustoms it's a one-off word, which fits KKOA just fine. For the record, "Kemp" is a one-off word coined in the late 1950's in southern California.

    Over in the street rod world, they've tagged their young builders "Young Guns." That's kool, so howz about "Atomic Kats & Kittens" for our world, or better yet "Atomic Kustom Kats?" Maybe Atomicheads to cover both species. Atomic is a traditional 50's word that means powerful and winning at almost anything. Just ask anyone who lived in Japan at the end of World War 11.

    I'm sure you get the point if you fit the Atomic category. And you must, or you wouldn't be checkin' out this website. Just know we here at KKOA, and its members worldwide appreciate each and everyone of you for your effort to keep traditional hotrodding alive and strong. Keep the kustom faith guys and gals. - Jerry Titus - KKOA President

Posted: April 3, 2014
Calling All Of America's
Hottest & Koolest Ladies!!!
Kustom Kemps Of America

34th Leadsled Spectacular

Two(2)Age Group Beauty Contest's!

Two (2) $1,000 Cash Contests!
...4th Annual...
50's Retro or Cowgirl Dress Code
Pin-Up Contest
Open to Ladies 18-39 years old

(Limit: 25 Contestants - photo optional)
$500 1st - $300 2nd - $200 3rd
"New" ...1st Annual... "New"
70's Retro to Current Dress Code
Lookers Contest
Open to Ladies 40-+ years old
(Limit: 25 Contestants - Photo optional)
1st - $300 2nd - $200 3rd

Hosted By Marideth Highsmith Salina, Kansas
Fri. preliminary Judging, - Sat. Final Judging
Sun. (6) Winners/Trophy Queens @ Awards
Oakdale Park Main Stage, Salina Kansas

$30.00 Entry Fee Per Contest
100% Family Friendly Contests
Send Photos to: KKOA, 26 Main, Cassville, MO 65625

(Marideth): (785) 826-7200 (8:a-5:p, M-F)
DeVona @ KKOA (417)-847-2940 (8:a-8:p, M-Sun.)
Contact Marideth @

See'em In Salina!

July 25-26-27-'14


Posted: April 1, 2014

(America's Top Kustom)
2013 Leadsled Spectacular

The highest level award the KKOA presents to a deserving builder/owner is the "777 Custom Crown Award." Given annually, since 2003, at the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular.         It's a one-off, kustom hand-built, giant, 22" x 22" square base, 22" high, 50-+ pound, walnut and acrylic trophy, built by the late Bob Wheeler. A beautiful, and meaning work of art.
    Last July, at the Leadsled Spectacular, Icon Kustomizer, Gene Winfield won the contest to earn his 6" x 2" name tag plate on the coveted 777 trophy. Gene did it with his re-build of the kustomized Econoline Truck he originally built for the Ford Motor Company Custom Car Caravan back in the early 60's, that he than tagged the "Pacifica." Chrysler didn't introduce their "Pacifica SUV" until 2004-or '05. Again, another example of kustomizers leading the way.
    Congratulation's to Mr. Winfield, and following tradition he was also presented $1,000.00 for his outstanding accomplishment.

*Editor's Note: The 777 trophy rests at the KKOA Clubhouse 358 days a year, and the other seven it's enroute (to & from), to be on display @ the Leadsled Spectacular. It's still waiting on a gracious tax deduction donor/sponsor to step up to the plate and say "Let's build the KKOA Hall of Fame & Museum facility." A KKOA dream that been on the table since it started in 1980. A goal that can hopefully happen someday, and give our beloved kustom world a lasting legacy to enjoy and visit.

2014 Leadsled Spectacular
July 24-25-26-27, '14
Salina, Kansas

America's Hotrodding Playground

Posted: March 13, 2014

  Many of us loyal regulars who have been coming to Salina, Kansas since 2005, for the Leadsled Spectacular every year, will remember a good lookin' chick who worked at the headquarters motel named Holly Crowder. Not only was she a looker, she also worked the best motel rates she could squeeze out of the motel owner for us hotrodders. Holly is a good friend.

    Well, Holly has notified us here at the KKOA Clubhouse that she is back in the motel business and wants all her friends back. And, she' ll be AT the SAME MOTEL she was at on N. Ninth St., the Rodeway Inn (the first KKOA headquarters we used in Salina in 2005), kool parking.The Rodeway Inn address is 1846 N. Ninth St., close to the show grounds and close to lots of restaurants.
    Good people like Holly, is a big, big reason hotrodders like cruisin' to Salina, and why it's fast becoming America's Hotrodding Playground, and the home of America's oldest outdoor traditional kustom and hotrod event.

    So, if you haven't booked a room yet, give Holly, or Jennifer a call at 785-827-0356, BE SURE TO ASK FOR HOLLY OR JENNIFER AND TELL THEM YOU'RE BOOKING FOR THE KKOA LEADSLED SHOW.

34th Annual Leadsled Spectacular
& Run-What'ya-Brung-Drags
July 24-25-26-27-2014

(3) ATOMIC 2014
Entry Forms and Information:
KKOA: 26 Main St., Cassville, MO 65625
(417) 847-2940
KKOA Is Now On Facebook



      2-24-'14: The first foundation block of the 1st KKOA Village was laid with overwhelming success on Feb.-14-15-16-'14, and talks & planning are currently on the table to discuss/schedule a 2nd annual Village gathering of this much needed neighborhood. A blast of the steel-packs to the pioneer KKOA Villager's who made the first Village a crank-up hit.

Probable 2015 show dates! Only the Shadow knows for sure right now, but just know it'll be held in the winter months, inside (somewhere),...warm...& most of all it'll be 100% the KKOA kool way!
    Stay tuned as this unfolds, and give us your feedback via phone: (417) 847-2940, email:, or talk to us on our, kustomkempsofamericafacebook.

Are You Ready For Something Kool?
Start Planning, the BIG ONE is Coming!
JULY 24-25-26-27, '14
34th Annual
Vintage Bicycle Spoketacular
Retro Model Car & Truck Spectacular
Retro Pin-Up Girl Contest
Swap Meet - Commercial Vendors
Spectacular Cruise Night - R & R Concert
Street Parties - Hangin' @ Cozy Burger
Over 1,800 Entries Last Year!
"America's Traditional Hotrodding Playground"
Salina Snooze Pads - Book Early
Ramada Inn (Event Headquarters)
1616 W. Crawford (785)-823-1739
Candlewood Suites
2650 Planet Ave, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 823-6939
Quality Inn & Suites
2110 W Crawford St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 825-2111
Rodeway Inn
1846 N 9th St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-0356
Country Inn & Suites
2760 S. Ninth ., Salina, KS (785) 827-1271

Courtyard by Marriott
3020 Riffel Dr., Salina, KS (785) 309-1300
Travelers Lodge
245 S Broadway Blvd, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-9351
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
755 W Diamond Dr, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 404-3300
Hampton Inn Salina
401 W Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 823-9800
BEST WESTERN PLUS Midwest Inn & Suites
745 W Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 493-9800
Ambassy Motel
217 S Broadway Blvd, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 825-7265
Comfort Inn & suites
2760 S. 9th, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-1271
Comfort Suites
715 W, Shilling Rd., Salina, KS 67401 (404) 6944
1820 W Crawford St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 826-1711
America's Best Value Inn
2403 S 9th St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-5511
Motel 6 Salina
635 W Diamond Dr, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-8397
Econo Lodge
1949 N 9th St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 825-8211
Super 8
705 W Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 404-2771
Super 8 on I-70
120 E, Diamond Dr. Salina, KS 67401 (823) 8808
Days Inn (near I-70)
407 W Diamond Dr, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 823-9791
Days Inn (near I-135)
632 Westport Blvd., Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-9315
Knights Inn
632 Westport Blvd, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-9315
Best Inn
1220 W North St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 452-9666
Budget King Motel
809 N Broadway Blvd, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-4477
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Salina
2760 S 9th St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-1271
America's Best Inn
429 W Diamond Dr, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 825-2500

Tradhuset and Vetehuset
Three furnished vacation lodging's
kitchens, washer and dryer,
bathrooms,covered parking.
Lindsborg, Kansas, 20 min. S. of Salina.
Website:, Ph.: 720-341-1188


Lets Git Together In The Fall!
SEPTEMBER 26-27-28, '14
17th KKOA
*Hotrodding Old & Traditional*
Vintage Bicycles-Kick-Stand Kool
Retro Model Cars & Trucks
Cowgirl Pin-Up Beauty Contest
Swap Meet - Commercial Vendors
Cruise Night - Rockin' Jambore
Event Headquarters:
Best Western Texhoma - 903-327-8883, $72.99 + tax
"On the Oklahoma - Texas Red River Border"

--- 1-Big Weekend, 4-Giant Events ---
Fri. & Sat. Show & Shine & Mercury Ring of Honor @ Downtown Forest Park
Sat. Night Rock & Roll Jamboree 
info. KKOA (417) 847-2940
Headquarters Motel: Best Western Texoma Hotel & Suites 903-327-8883,
$72.99 + tax Rate. Be sure to mention you're with th KKOA car show. 
Hoss! It Just Don't Get Any Better. See'Ya In Denison.


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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