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HOT BOX -- New News
Our latest shipment of Kustom Kemps Of America, light-weight
jacket's has arrived at the clubhouse, and the
gang is ready to ship'em out to you the same day, (or next
the latest) after we get your order.
KKOA is happy as a fine tuned
327 Chevy mill to announce that
movie & TV actress, film
director, screenwriter, singer,
CONNIE STEVENS is coming to the
33rd KKOA Leadsled Spectacular,
July 25-26-27-28, in Salina,
Queen of Koolness!
Text: J. T.
In 1967 Connie married
the singing rage, Eddie
Fisher (father of
actress Carrie Fisher,
of "Star Wars" movie
fame), and together had
two daughter's, Joely,
and Tricia, who, like
Carrie became actresses.
During the 50's & 60's,
Connie had a mega-size
career in the Rock &
Roll Top 40 field.
Starting with a singing
group called the "Fourmost",
which later became "The
Lettermen" after Connie
opt to go on to another
group called the "The
Three Debs." In 1959,
her singing exploded
like a atomic blast when
the lovely Miss Stevens,
with "77 Sunset Strip"
TV co-star, Edd Byrnes,
charted a monster
million selling record
that reached #4 on
Billboard's Hot 100 for
the year, called, "Kookie,
Kookie, Lend Me Your
Comb." The next year she
backed it up by going
solo on another million
seller called "Sixteen
Reasons" that reached #3
on Billboard' Hot 100 ,
and a follow-up hit
titled "Too Young to Go
Movieland Wanted Her!
Due to Connie' unbelievable
beauty and talent, and intense
pressure from movie and TV
producers and director's, she
decided to put her singing
career on hold and jump into
acting. After a couple of B
movies, one being "Drag
Strip Riot" (I
dig it), comedian Jerry Lewis
saw her and cast her in
"Rock-A-Bye Baby." Soon after
that a contract with Warner
Brothers was signed, and the
rest is movie history.
With singing, and movie credits
in her suitcase, Connie decided
to conquer the small screen TV
world, and that she did BIGTIME!!!
20 shows from 1959 - 2005 kept
her busy. Ranging from
"Maverick", "77 Sunset Strip",
"Wendy and Me (w/George Burns)",
to "The Muppet Show" and "Murder
She Wrote." (This editor's
favorite was "James Dean: Race
with Destiny.)" The show that
made Connie Stevens a household
name with the TV audience had to
be her role as 'Cricket Blake'
in the super popular TV
detective series "Hawaiian Eye",
which ran from 1959-1962.
Supporting Our Troops!
On her off hours, she set her
hand prints in the Hollywood
Walk of Fame, Palm Springs Walk
of Fame, and the Italian Walk of
Fame in Toronto, Canada. She
also appeared on "The Dean
Martin Celebrity Roast", the
Broadway production of Neil
Simons "The Star-Spangled Girl",
and numerous times on the "Bob
Hope USO specials", including
his 1988 Christmas Show from the
Persian Gulf. At'ta girl. And,
this is just the tip of the
iceberg for her entertainment
career. What a beautiful, and
well deserving starlet she is.
The King Is Calling!
One would think that
having such a high
energy, exciting, and
famous career, not much
could get Connie "All
Shook Up!" Not true!!!
In a televised interview
on August 26, 2003, on
CNN's Larry King Live.
Connie recounted that
while she was on the set
of "Hawaiian Eye" she
was told she had a
telephone call. This
wasn't just a normal
phone call, this was a
call from the King of
Rock & Roll, Elvis
Presley. "She didn't
believe it, but in fact
it was Elvis, who
invited her to a party
and said he would like
to come to her house and
pick her up personally."
Connie agreed, and from
that point on they dated
off and on.
Dreams that most every
young girl dreams,
Connie has experienced,
and It'll be a dream
come true to have the
lovely Connie Stevens
come and be a
attraction of the
She'll be at the show
daily to meet and greet
her many fans, and
remember she started her
successful movie career
in the classic hot rod
rockabilly film, "Drag
Strip Riot." Check
it out on Google.
See'ya In Salina- July 25-28,
AtomicHeads Are Building!!!
The New Life Line Of Kustomizing!
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
my wife 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
cost my ticket was to see the King
of Rock & Roll.
Being luckly enough to be in the
front seat and holding on to the
steering wheel of Kustom Kemps Of
America (KKOA), I'm seeing a
noticeable surge worldwide in the
young, 30-something, to mid-life
40-+ kustom enthusiast's diggin' on
old school kustomizing, or as Geno
and Alan prints it in their hot
selling rag, "ol' Skool Rodz." The
same style of hotrodding us teen
angels of the 50's & 60's cut our
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. They're springing up
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 art. After all that's what a
kustom car or truck is. Art on
Lets face reality, us 50'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."
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, ol'
skool "ragmen" out there sewing
those rolls and pleats, one roll at
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 our website,
page space in the Trendsetter. A
glossy, 32 page full color magazine
crammed with hot traditional hotrod
& kustom stuff. Like our
inside-cover page in our 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 get the
word out about your kustom business.
Traditional hotrodding is hot, hot,
hot, and guys everywhere are hungary
to get their kemps kustomized.
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
50's a sampling was, "Auto Body
Kustomizers", Kustom Krafters, "Bondo
Bandits" or "Ragmen" who did
upholstery. For most it was just
plain ol' "Kustomizers." Regular
folk spelled it 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 50's in California. Over
in the street rod world, they've
tagged their young builders "Young
Guns." That's kool, so howz about
"Atomic Kats" for our world, or
better yet "Atomicheads?" 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-Two. Keep the kustom faith, and
See'ya in Salina July 25-28. - Jerry
Titus - KKOA President
KEMPS ARE KOOL!
Posted: May 30th, 2013
NIGHT - WITH
___ ELVIS ___
Before the Cape!
___ ELVIS ___
Was/Is KING of ROCK-a-BILLY!
Lets Relive The Rebel Rousing
Sun Label Era With
Vegas, Branson, Mo., Atlantic City, Hawaii)
Victor Trevino Jr.
w/a unbelievable tribute concert to
Remember These Millon-+ Hit's?
You Ain't Nothin'But A Hound Dog
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Tryin' To Get To You
Love Me Tender
Don't Be Cruel
Blue Suede Shoes
Milk Cow Boogie Blues
I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
And the Rock Rolls On...
Don't Miss These Once In A Lifetime
Saturday - July 27th - 8:pm
Tickets: $20 ea.
Both Shows Are General Seating,
(first come first serve)
To Assure Seating
Tickets Can Be Bought In Advance
KUSTOM KEMPS OF
26 Main, Cassville, Missouri 65625
Ph.: (417) 847-2940,
VISA - MASTERCARD WELCOME
Posted: April 9, 2013
NEW TEXAS DATES!
How To Lasso The Chill!
Due to event scheduling for the drags,
and expressing concern from entrants and
regarding the continuous cool,
and sometimes cold fall weather,
due to the changing of the seasons,
the KKOA has decided to change the
16th Annual Hotrodding Hullabaloo
to a workable, and much warmer date!!! Check'em
New Dates! -
SEPTEMBER 27-28-29, 2013 -
w/the event a month earlier on the calendar
it will assure warmer weather, and use of all
Every Entry Eligible To Participate In All
Activities Shown Below!
Prime & Shine Time @ Forest Park and on Crawford
Open To all Pre-'79 Kustom Cars and Trucks. All
Post-1980 Cars and Trucks Must be Lowered, and
feature either mild or wild body kustomizing
change's, and must pre-enter w/a photo. No
exceptions. (Over 500 Entrant's Last Year @ Show
Due to new date changes the drags will remain
@ North Texas Regional Airport.
Open to all Pre-1979 Cars and Trucks & Nostalgia
There's No Classes, No Lights, No Clocks,
just flagmen @ start & finish. It's who rolls
up beside you.
And, only one rule! Safety.
Don't be a bonehead or you're out of the show.
two brand new activities are being added!!!
Vintage & Kustom Bicycle
Texas Size 1940's & 50's Style
Cowgirl Pin-Up Beauty Queen Hullabaloo
Eve. @ The Nostalgic Rialto Theater
girl contestant's 18 & Older Welcome
And the Action Continues with the;
- Coveted Mercury Ring Of Honor -
- Cruisin the '58 Watson Burger Drive-In -
- Saturday night Rock & Roll Jambore @ the
Rialto Theater -
- Vendors and Swappers Welcome -
20' x 40' Size Spaces just $50.00
- Denison High Cheerleader Pick's -
- Rose and a Baby Ruth Award's -
- Christan Rod & Custom Club Church Service -
- Best Western Texoma, 903-327-8883, $69
+ tax -
KKOA salutes the City of Denison, the Denison
Chamber of Commerce,
the many Denison Spectators, and all the True
Stars of the show!
The Guys and gals who enter their kemps to keep
the event strong and moving on.
For Additional Info.
Kustom Kemps Of America, We'll Be Happy To Help!
Worlds Oldest Running Kustom Car & Truck
Established October 1, 1980
26 Main Street, Cassville, MO. 65625 Ph.: (417)
847-2940 - Fax: (417) 847-3647
Website: www.kustomkempsofamerica.com - email:
On the Oklahoma - Texas Red River Border
Cowboy Wisdom! Always drink upstream from the
Say Salina, Say Kool Snooze Pads!
July 25-26-27-28, 2013
Shown below is a listing of
Salina, Kansas Lodging Facilities.
When booking, and to get good rates,
be sure to say you're booking
for the Leadsled Car Show!
All Phone No. Area Codes is: (785)
Last year all the motels filled,
so book early.
Quality Inn & Suites: 825-2111
Country Inn & Suites: 827-1271Rodeway Inn: 827-0356
Candlewood Suites: 823-6939
Comfort Suites: 404-6944
Courtyard by Marriott: 309-1300
Fairfield Inn of Salina: 823-6900
Hampton Inn: 823-9800
Holiday Inn Express: 404-3300
Sleep Inn & Suites: 404-6777
America's Best Inn: 825-2500
Knights Inn: 827-9315
Days Inn: 827-9315
Super 8: 404-2771
Super 8 I-70: 823-8808
Baymont Inn & Suites: 493-9800
Airliner Motel: 827-5586
Ambassy Motel: 825-7265
Best Inn: 452-9666
America's Best Value: 827-5511
Budget King Motel: 827-4477
Howard Johnson: 404-1870
Log Cabin Motel: 825-4652
Motel 6: 827-8397
Starlite Motel: 825-5439
Travelers Lodge: 827-9351
Village Inn: 827-4040
Kampgrounds Of America
1109 W. Diamond, Salina
(KOA Is Giving A 10% Discount)
They'll All Be Glad To Leave
The Light On For you!
They're a high quality, super
winter-beater you'll be happy to wear at your next club
meeting, car show, cruise night, or just hangin' out at your
buddy's garage. The jackets come in one color,
while the supply lasts. Price is right too! S-XL
size guys (gals
to). For "Hoss" Cartwright size's it's
These prices DO include
the S & H charges (Shipping and Handling to the square kats
don't delay, order yours today! Call us at
(417) 847-2940, and charge it
on Visa or Mastercard and we can get it headed your way. If
ordering by U.S. Mail send check or M.O. to: KKOA, 26 Main.
St., Cassville, MO 65625. For additional info.: call, or
KEEP KOOL, WHILE KEEPIN' WARM!!!
32nd LEADSLED SPECTACULAR
Check out ALL the hotrodding action!
Thursday Evening Spectacular Cruise
Watch Bill Hines Chop A Top!
Prime and Shine @ the knocked-out
Live Stage Entertainment
Pin-up Beauty Contest
See the "Backyard Boys" Section a Merc!
Over 1,600 Kool Cars & Trucks
Model "Kustom Cars" & Trucks
Hours of ol' Skool enjoyment
$15.00 + $3.00 Shipping
To Order by mail: Send Check,
or Money Order to: KKOA, 26 Main St., Cassville, MO 65625
To order by Visa or Mastercard call: (417) 847-2940, or
E-Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beat the Winter Blues! Be the hit of the next club meeting!
The super bowl of ol' skool rodding!
Don't Delay, Order Yours Today.
Next Day Shipping!
Posted: Nov. 1, 2012
You're Askin' For It!!!
So Herrrre's The Facts!
(America's Hotrodding Playground)
Open to all old school,
kool kats & kittens
Keep checkin' this site as new,
hot spectacular news unfolds!
If you need a entry or more info.
call us at the KKOA clubhouse!
We suggest booking early at the
Ramada Inn Salina
785-823-1739 - just $58.00 + tax
Ask for Meridith in Sales
USE THE ONLY ON-LINE "KUSTOM" CAR LOT
IN AMERICA!...AND IT'S FREE!!!
|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,
email@example.com, 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,
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.