Every year, car folks look forward to the Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, one of the great Midwest car shows. They know they will be seeing old friends, favorite cars and just-completed projects. There’s drag racing to be enjoyed, period-themed concerts, a great swap meet full of old car parts and the chance to see skilled craftsmen ply their trade, chopping tops and customizing old, plain cars into things of beauty.
If there is any bit of uncertainty involved, it has to do with the weather. Will it be another withering 105 degree day when you visit? Kansas in July can be a bit on the warm side, you know.
This year, blistering heat wasn’t a factor and the crowds that jammed the streets of Oakdale Park took full advantage of it.
I followed two brothers, good friends of mine, up to the show. They were in a real old-school hot rod, a flathead-powered ’31 Ford coupe in full patina. I had considered taking one of our old cars, but at the last minute, decided I would need my little pickup so I could pick up a chair and foot stool my wife had bought.
We joked that I could pick up any parts that fell off the hot rod and return them. Turned out, not a problem.