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
WEEKEND REVUE OF NO. 18
KKOA DENISON HOTRODDING HULLABALOO
Tire-Kickin’ from KKOA Prez Jerry Titus
“I’’ll support the Denison show as long as I can. It and
Hanging Dice Nationals were the two most influential
shows of my teen years. If it wasn’t for those shows I
wouldn’t have some of the many friends I have today.” -
Thanks Don for the strong support.
I returned last Monday from
Denison, Texas, and had big-time enjoyment every minute
of it. I dug it from the starting-line Hotdog Feed on
Thursday eve. to the finish line So Fine Awards on
Sunday. Why? Simple! There was lots to do, and lots to
see! Like time to hang with fellow kemper’s driving real
rods & kustom. Having yours truly on the street to yap
to kool kats & kittens in the “Koolest Cruiser Contest”
at Watson’ Drive In. Good music all weekend. Time to Dig
on real hotrods and low-down kustoms and,…checkin’ out
kool chicks. What more can a all American hotrodder ask
for. Sure, the Hullabaloo wasn’t as big as the 2,000-+
Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas, noway, Jose, not
even close but, You could honestly call it a “Concourse
D’Elgence of Traditional Hotrodding” and be
right-on. Due to ol’ skool quality of the kool rides
that showed up.
After 35 years of producing countless kustom rodding
events, I’ve learned that size and number count is just
a mental thing to some people to indicate success. Not
everyone, but some do. Just know there’s no million-+
people in Times Square, NY. on New Years Eve., as
programmed TV announcer’s boast. Not even close. Hype
(not truth), in the media world is everything. I’ve also
learned many, many, moons ago that size isn’t the only
avenue to good-times! It comes in parts!!! Like enjoying
the trip to and from the show in your kemp. The
conversation pit stops along the way. The comments of
show spectators who gawk at your pride & joy. How much
action is planned for the weekend of the show, (music,
contests, awards, concerts, etc.). And, the biggest part
of it all, is meetin’ and greetin’ new and old fellow
car guys and gals, which is what the Hullabaloo was all
about this past weekend. Cram all that into one package
and you’ve got a happening worthy of attending.
If the good-times, and location are there, the event
will grow to it’s surrounding potential (size of city,
beauty & convenience of the show site, etc.). True, if
an event can’t get the support of entrants, and can’t
pay it’s bill’s, show after show, then it has to go on
the shelf. The Hullabaloo, last week, held its own, paid
its bills, and those who came said they enjoyed it. What
more can you ask for?
In closing, I’ve got to say, if you’re a diehard Elvis
fan. Especially a young rebel, Memphis, Sun Label Elvis
fan, the Sat. nite concert was super stardom quality.
Even better, then any Vegas act (and I’m not hyping’
it). A young, 31 year old VICTOR TREVINO Jr. has
become one of the Top Five Elvis Tribute Artist’s in the
world, and that’s not super-sizing my thoughts, its the
truth, confirmed by the Elvis Presley Foundation. You
would not have believed this forever young kat in
action, voice & looks, and the jammed out Rialto
Theatre. That was backed up by the sensational Spinout
Band & Spinette’s, and hosted by singer, songwriter
Eddie Valen. Like the Danelliers sang, “O’ What a
I’m just hitting’ on some of the highlights of the
weekend, there’s waaaay much more to talk about, but
that’ll come later. Just know our KKOA team of kool car
guys & gals did everything possible to give those of you
who came, a lifetime of Hotrodding Hullabaloo memories.
We hope you enjoyed it, and we’ll be posting more
feedback about the show, along with kool photo’s, down
the road. Plus, there’ll be full color coverage on the
event in a up-coming Trendsetter magazine. No. 18 is now
in the history books, No. 19 is gettin’ ready for
take-off like a Oldsmobile Rocket, and the 20th
anniversary is peekin’ over Super-duper Hill.
THANKS TO ALL FOR SUPPORTING THIS KOOL EVENT! - J.T. @
Kustom Kemps Of America (KKOA)
Worlds Oldest Running Kustom Car & Truck Association -
Established October 1, 1980
26 Main Street, Cassville, MO. 65625 Ph.: (417) 847-2940
- Fax: (417) 847-3647
…PRESS RELEASE…PRESS RELEASE…
…..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!