The New Life Line Of
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!!
34th Leadsled Spectacular
$1,000 Cash Contests!
50's Retro or Cowgirl Dress Code
Open to Ladies 18-39 years old
(Limit: 25 Contestants - photo
70's Retro to Current Dress Code
Open to Ladies 40-+ years old
(Limit: 25 Contestants - Photo
Hosted By Marideth Highsmith
Fri. preliminary Judging, - Sat.
Sun. (6) Winners/Trophy Queens @
Oakdale Park Main Stage, Salina
$30.00 Entry Fee Per Contest
100% Family Friendly Contests
Send Photos to: KKOA, 26 Main,
Cassville, MO 65625
(Marideth): (785) 826-7200
DeVona @ KKOA (417)-847-2940
Contact Marideth @
KEMPS & CHICKS ARE KOOL!
See'em In Salina!
Posted: April 1, 2014
KKOA 777 AWARD WINNER
(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
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.
July 24-25-26-27, '14
America's Hotrodding Playground
Posted: March 13, 2014
HOLLY IS BACK...YEAAAAA!!!
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
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.
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
34th Annual Leadsled Spectacular
Entry Forms and Information:
KKOA: 26 Main St., Cassville, MO 65625
KKOA Is Now On
2-24-'14: The first foundation block of
the 1st KKOA Village was
laid with overwhelming success on
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
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!
tuned as this unfolds, and give us your feedback
via phone: (417)
847-2940, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or talk to us on our,
Are You Ready For Something Kool?
Start Planning, the BIG ONE is Coming!
JULY 24-25-26-27, '14
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
2650 Planet Ave, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 823-6939
Quality Inn & Suites
2110 W Crawford St, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
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
245 S Broadway Blvd, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
755 W Diamond Dr, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
Hampton Inn Salina
401 W Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
BEST WESTERN PLUS Midwest Inn & Suites
745 W Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
217 S Broadway Blvd, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
Comfort Inn & suites
2760 S. 9th, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-1271
715 W, Shilling Rd., Salina, KS 67401 (404) 6944
1820 W Crawford St, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
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)
1949 N 9th St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 825-8211
705 W Schilling Rd, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
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)
Days Inn (near I-135)
632 Westport Blvd., Salina, KS 67401 (785)
632 Westport Blvd, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
1220 W North St, Salina, KS 67401 (785) 452-9666
Budget King Motel
809 N Broadway Blvd, Salina, KS 67401 (785)
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)
THEY'LL LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR'YA!
Tradhuset and Vetehuset
Three furnished vacation lodging's
kitchens, washer and dryer,
Lindsborg, Kansas, 20 min. S. of Salina.
Lets Git Together In The Fall!
SEPTEMBER 26-27-28, '14
*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
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 &
$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