Wow, what a blast! It was raining when I arrived in Kansas City on Thursday, September 2. I thought, what gives with this weather. As soon as I unloaded my stuff at the hotel, I checked the local forecast: clear and sunny with a slight breeze. I unpacked shorts and a T-shirt for the first day of the event. The Friday morning drive was a little nerve racking but in a good way, kind of like a kid going to Disneyland for the first time. I had never been to Kansas Speedway, and I didn't know what to expect but the unexpected. When I pulled up to the speedway I was in shock at how nice it was and at how big it was. The Goodguys sure know how to pick locations to house their huge event.
Once inside the gates and under the tunnel to the infield of the track, I was amazed at the amount of cars and trucks on the premises. Usually Friday is the slower day of the three-day event, but in this case, by 1 p.m. the infield was almost packed. I kept overhearing last year's visitors saying how hot it had been the year before, and how nice the weather was during the event. By 3 p.m. I spotted a few trucks that would make great feature vehicles to photograph for the magazine, but the only hard part was tracking down the owners to see if they were interested in being in CLASSIC TRUCKS. I usually leave a card on the truck with a little note, saying, "Call me, please". A few hours later I get strange phone numbers popping up on my phone, and know that the owner received the card.
Saturday morning was also perfect weather, and I woke up early enough to shoot two feature trucks on the premises of the Speedway. Thanks to Harry and Bill of Goodguys for letting me photograph vehicles at the event. After the shoot I looked around and the cars and trucks were piling in by the dozens. I made a quick walk to the front entrance of the track to see the vehicles coming in and hoping to spot a Finest Five-worthy truck. I can't tell you how hard it is to pick the Finest Five winners, because usually there are way more than five really nice trucks. Kansas was no exception, and, in fact, some trucks were there that I wish I could have taken home.
The autocross course was one highlight that you couldn't miss because of the roar from the V-8 engines, and the screeching of the tires around tight turns. I got the chance to see two trucks on the track and was eager to see more. I would like to build a multipurpose street and autocross truck just for the Goodguys shows and all-around fun driving, so to see people making my dream a reality is inspiring to see. Detroit Speed has a Camaro that blows me away every time I see it rip around the track. The Camaro flew so fast into the first turn you would think that there was no way it was going to make it but it always did with precision. Now only if they could get a truck to do that.
By Sunday I had picked four of the Finest Five winners and was looking around for a fifth truck. I spotted one and asked if he would like to go on the track for a photo shoot. It turns out I had more than one driver interested in going on the Kansas Speedway where the high-speed banked turns are around every corner. If you look at the cover photo and the lead photo for this editorial you will notice it's on the Speedway. What a blast, this long weekend ended up with all the good people and the opportunity to go on the track with some really nice classic trucks. It was an event for the books.
Randy Davin from Topeka, Kansas, brought out his '37 Chevy for the crowd to ooh and aah ov
Mike Burchett's '48 Chevy pickup was powered by a 350 small-block and five-speed transmiss
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Check out this sweet '68 C10 that Fred Hund from Leavenworth, Kansas, strolled in with. Go