Expanding the Vintage Era!
Kustom Kemps Of
29 - 30 - 31, 2016
(2) Air Conditioned Building’s, 300 ft. from The 36th Leadsled
Spectacular Show Park
Original, Repurposed, Retro Home Goods,
Cowboy/Western, Victorian, Mid Century Modern Furniture and Decor,
Vintage 40’s & 50’s Boutique Dress Apparel, Jewelry, Watch’s,
Colored Bathtubs, Sinks, Stools,
Stoves, & Fridge’s,
Home Interior & Exterior Architectural Salvage Decor, Windows, Trim,
Fencing, Patio furniture,
Hotrod, Kustom and Antique Auto Speed Parts and Accessories.
Anything Old, Used or Kool. Vendors Welcome!
Kustom Kemp Facebook
attending the Leadsled Spectacular, looking to buy or sell a Hotrod or
Kustom vehicle, (no stockers, classic’s or antiques), this is the place.Wed.
Vehicle Reg. $150
Bidders Fee $25
5% Seller & Buyer Sold Fees - ($400 Minimum)
Spectators-$10 (Registered Leadsled Spectacular Entrants Free)
Salina Auto Auction
2845 Centennial Rd., Salina, Kansas
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Entry Form Info.
Kustom Kemps Of America
SALINA, KANSAS - JULY 28-29-30-31 2016
Hotrodding Playground" -
Headquarters Motel: Ambassador Inn (785) 823-1739
Older Hotrod, Kustom, & Drag Machine
NO EXCEPTIONS Please
Gassers - Hotrods - Dragsters - Leadsleds - Funny Cars -
Kustoms - Muscle Cars - Vans - Vintage Trailers
(Sorry, No Restored or Stock Appearing vehicles)
& Newer NCC's (New Concept Customs) Welcome if Non-Stock
Body Appearing (see NCC details below)
feature serious, noticeable Lowering & mild
to full to radical kustom
bodywork! Photo Required To Determine
(Motor & under-carriage mods & changes appreciated but,
NOT considered as body changes)
Entry Fee Hasn't Raised in 16 Years
Hangin' Out @ The KKOA Village, NO. 3.
Tulsa, Oklahoma - EXPO Fairgrounds
Coming this February 19-20-21, 2016
A One-Off Gathering Space, Inside,
Where Real Traditional Hotrods & Kustoms Can Kongregate!
Last year in Tulsa, at Darryl Starbird’s show, the KKOA
clubhouse gang, and some of our true hotrodding kemper
friends gathered together for a hangin’ out good time
inside the monster size Expo hall. Yipes!..The place
holds over a 1,000 rides. Big place man.
True, our Village only made up 1% of that number, but we
drew big numbers from the spectators. I get a warm
flashback just hangin’ around one real kustom, or
Yip, it was a real 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
T-Shirt/info. Booth. Our very own property for the
weekend, where kempers could hangout with their kemp,
away from the spectators, creating lots-a-jaw-jackin’
with fellow kempers and spectators.
At the Village, we don’t judge and give out trophies!
The Starbird show does, and they know how to judge real
hotrods and kustoms but, at the Village we do “Gift
Exchanges!!!” Example: If you have something layin’
around the house, shop, or garage you’re willing to
sacrifice, like a lead paddle, maybe a 3-2 manifold, an
old hubcap, or a kool steering wheel. And, you want to
share it with a fellow kemper 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. Or, if you have no
goodies, just kind words to the tell the owner why you
dig their kemp. That’s easy enough.
With last year’s 2nd KKOA Village is now in the history
books, and this coming Feb. 19-20-21, 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 3rd round. KKOA has accepted the offer, so guys and
gals lets try to bump it from 1% to 2%, maybe 3, 4, or
lets go for it! 5%. Hey, why not dream big. Keep in mind
we’re talking’ pre-’69 ol’ skool real hotrods and kool
kustoms. All post-’70 NCC kustoms need to be
pre-approved by KKOA w/a photo.
Naturally there will be a show entry fee to help the
Starbird’s pay the bills on the show. And, it can’t go
without giving a big THANKS to the Starbird’s for the
“special $5.00 discounted” entry fee, to all KKOA
Village entrants. So don’t forget, when you enter on a
regular Starbird entry form, BE SURE TO WRITE (on it
somewhere)YOU’RE ENTERING THE KKOA VILLAGE, and subtract
$5.00 from the entry fee shown.
Also, being in the Village, you have the option, (or
not), of being judged for the Starbird 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.
To get a ball park count on how many entrants are
seriously planning to attend, a simple “I’m coming!”,
phone call or email to the Starbird’s will help them to
reserve a space for the Village, and a with a floor plan
to accommodate the rest of the show.
I want to invite everyone who might want to enjoy a
winter getaway. You're of major importance to the
traditional rodding cause, and our last year positive
support in Tulsa has proven that a 3rd annual KKOA
Village is good for the cause.
Here’s another kicker! If you’re planning on coming
there’s a nice & reasonable motel located ON the
EXPO fairgrounds, just 200 ft. from the show. It’s the
Inn at Expo Square, 4531 E. 21st St., ph.: 918-858-3775.
If you need more info. just drop
me a line by email:
call me @ 417-847-2940, I’ll be glad to talk about the
details. - As Bill Haley & the Comets wailed,…“See’ya
later alligator” in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Darryl Starbird’s
52nd, National Rod and Custom Show, and Rockin’ Billy
Bash, Feb. 19-20-21, ’16. Be Therrrrre…
….KEMPS ARE KOOL @ The KKOA VILLAGE!….
HOW TO BECOME A KKOA
HALL OF FAME MEMBER!
To get started,
first a person has to be nominated. And, it’s fairly
with a letter, fax, or email sent to the KKOA Clubhouse.
(sorry, no phone calls, or Facebook)
It can be done if that person is their-self, but usually
it’s by a friend,
relative, or fan that believe’s the person they’re
nominating deserves it.
Sounds way easy, but super hard to back-up! The person
nominated must be one who accepts, and digs automobile
kustomizing on any make, model, or year, car and trucks,
365 days a year. Kindly let us re-state that to be very
MODEL, OR YEAR
KUSTOMIZED CARS & TRUCKS!
A piece of cake if you know you’er
in that category, or if you know
someone w/those credentials.To be eligible for
nomination, and become a member, there’s no agebracket.
It can be a male or a female.
A professional or weekend
kustom builder, a automotive artist, pinstriper, kustom
journalist, painter, retailer. It can be any person who
world of automotive kustomizing 100% Even a kustom
enthusiast who can’t
build a kustom for whatever reason, so they pay the
to have one built for them.
The edge anyone of
the above mentioned can have is the amount of
enthusiasm and high school spirit one has to promote, or
promoted to the world of automotive kustomizing.
that don’t mean they have to flaunt it, and stand around
about it. There’s people who don’t like the spotlight,
but are super
talented, and promote their passion with what they do
someone will notice and let us know. Just as many have.
What we need here at the KKOA clubhouse on a possible
information about the person. Kustom back-ground
history. Years of
experience isn’t as important as amount of credits and
From what is sent
us, we research and use your info. to discuss
with KKOA officials, and eventually use as
material to determine a nominee.
After the 8-10
nominee’s are selected from all received by April 1, by
KKOA Staff & Officials, we here at KKOA print the
info. into equal size paragraphs, to be fair to each
nominee, and send
them to all living KKOA Hall of Fame members, asking
them to pick
their top three nominee’s. Plus, we also send the
nominee list to
selected magazine editors, and KKOA officials for their
votes. Once all
the votes are in, they are counted and the top two voted
become the inductee’s for that year.
Winners will not be
notified, or announced publicly until Friday eve. at
the Leadsled Spectacular Tonite Show in Salina, Kansas.
are encouraged to be there, but need not be present to
how it’s done, and now we’re encouraging fellow KKOA
members to help us find those unsung hero’s of our
simply by sending us your nomination. - ed. @ KKOA
…..SAY 36th KKOA LEADSLED
“SUPER BOWL”OF TRADITIONAL HOTRODDING!…
…….SAY JULY 28-29-30-31, 2016…….
Text: Matt “lead-paddle” Willis
We’ve been receiving contacts
regarding info. about the Leadsled Spectacular
activities, and when it is. So, here’s a lil’ history
trippin’ about the event, and a sampling of what to
expect to do and see.
After traveling to different U.S. cities for 24 years,
Kustom Kemps of America (KKOA),
decided to move the, by then, legendary Leadsled
Spectacular permanently to Salina, Kansas in 2004, and
was met with overwhelming success.
Now, moving up to July 28, 2016, and the 12th
consecutive year of being in Salina (center of lower 48
U.S. States). City municipalities, Local business’s and
resident’s, will once again, roll out the welcome mat to
hotrodders for the 36th celebration of America’s oldest
kustom car & truck event (always held on the last Thur.-Fri.
Sat. & Sun. in July).
A once in a lifetime opportunity to see and experience
the ‘koolest kustomized kemps’ on wheels, coming
together NATIONWIDE, to be a part of this Spectacular
The longevity and popularity of the event, has gained
worldwide attention. And, has grown to engulf the entire
city, plus all of the local and surrounding motels, two
giant city parks, a million dollar concert theatre, the
main drag of Salina (Santa Fe Ave.) and the nationally
famous Cozy Inn Burger (voted one of the top 100
hamburger carry-outs in America).
Spectacular action cranks-up Thur. eve. with the popular
Sundown Cruise on Santa Fe Avenue, where registered
bicycler’s, and hot-rodders make passes up and down the
famed strip in front of 1,000’s of sidewalk, and
roof-top spectators. Like the movie “American Graffiti”,
time reels back to 1962 for two hours
Show and shine happens for three days on the beautiful
26 acre Oakdale Park where an estimated 2,000-+ pre-1969
Kustoms, Hotrods, Leadsleds, Drag Machines and their
owners are expected to hang-out and tire-kick about
their rides and check out the many automotive, swap, and
Hollywood & TV stars, will make personal appearances
daily. Spectators always enjoy watching the two, $1,000,
2-age group (18-39 and 40-+) Pin-Up & Lookers
Beauty Contest’s on stage Fri. & Sat., that’ll be
hosted by singing MC, Eddie Valen from Branson,
Kids of all ages, flip-out over the super popular
vintage and kustom Bicycle Spoke-tacular show & shine
with over 200 two-wheel memory trip’s inside Oakdale.
Celebrating 6 years and growing.
A major highlight of the event, is always the personal
appearance of the KKOA Hall of Fame Kustomizers like,
Darryl Starbird, Jack Walker, Gene Winfield, George
Barris, John D’Agostino, Gary Minor, Jeff Myers, Bill
Moore, Chuck Miller, Keith Dean, Bill Hines, and many
Always a big hit with hotrodders and spectators is the
many attractions at Oakdale during the show! The early
bird Wednesday freebie cook-out’s @ Rocky’s Garage in
Wichita, and Thursday @ Bright Built Rods &
Restorations. The KKOA & Jalopy Journal Mercury
Gathering. The surprising to entrants KKOA Hourly Awards
(like who has the koolest tailights? Grille?, Trick
Paint?, get the point?). The variety of
vendors/swappers, souvenir event goodies, along with a
Pin Striper Panel jam & charity auction. The Mini-Merc
Hunt. Plus, the annual giant Model Car & Truck
Spectacular, presented by the K.C. Slammers Car Club.
Two stages of live Rock & Roll and Rock-A-Billy music
from three bands, and the beat goes on.
Drawing big crowds, is the top-chopping, and sectioning
action of two Oakdale Park sheltered kustom shops,
featuring the Backyard Yard Gang in the KKOA Shop, and
the Godzilla Garage, featuring world famous California
customizers, like Bill Hines and Keith Dean, with
“America’s Glass Cutter”, Paul Rick.
On Friday afternoon, at Salina’ old Airport, now turned
E. Crawford Ball Park, 1/8th mile run-what’ya-brung-drag-races
fire up, along with special exhibition passes by
professional drag machines. All happenning on the
old runway in front of 1,000’s of cheering race fans.
What’s kool is there’s no lights & no clocks, just a
flagman on the start and finish lines. Any Leadsled
Spectacular entrant can make passes till the sun sets.
Ol’ skool hotrodding at its koolest.
After a big day at Oakdale on
Saturday, it’s time to grab a Cozy Burger, and get ready
to relive the Las Vegas style ROCK & ROLL SPECTACULAR
Concert, inside the retro cool, Stiefel Theatre,
featuring famous tribute artists of the golden era of R
& R, and Rock-a-billy.
Starting off Sunday right, center stage at Oakdale, it’s
always the annual Christian Rod & Custom Club church
service. Followed at 1:pm, by the Spectacular $5,000 in
cash awards, the coveted $1,000 “777 Custom Crown Award”
for “America’s Top Kustom”, and the select Top 25
awards. Ending with final goodbyes, and a safe trip
The Spectacular is growing at such a tremendous rate,
regular’s who have been attending, suggest to newcomers,
book lodging early. Real early, like as soon as you read
this. If something pops up that’ya can’t make it, just
cancel, there’ll be somebody needin’ a room. For entry
or motel listing info: Call the KKOA Clubhouse,
or Kustom Kemps Facebook. The clubhouse guys and gals
will be happy to help.
If you dig the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s era of
American Graffitti Hotrodding, and the Happy Daze
culture of those era’s, don’t cheat yourself of
experiencing this unbelievable event.
Just in case you’re wondering, a “Kustom Kemp” is hip,
slang talk used by kool teenagers in the 50’s and early
60’s to indicate a kustomized car or truck. The word
“kemp” gained national attention in the late-1950’s on a
popular detective TV series, called “77 Sunset Strip”,
featuring teen idol, “Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, who used the
word often, and had a million selling song with Connie
Stevens, called “Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb.”.
Plus, the word “Kemp” appeared many times in the popular
25-cent newsstand hotrodding magazine titled, “Rod &
Custom.” See’ya in Salina… Always the last Thur.-Fri.-Sat.
& Sun. in July.
KEMPS ARE KOOL!