We were driving by the building we thought was the Kansas City Market Center at I-435 and Front Street today, and saw a big sign that said “BIKE (and car) SHOW TODAY!” The words “and car” were very tiny, almost unreadable, but I’m up for any type of car show, so the Hover family hit Front Street.
By the way, the Kansas City Market Center is now called the Metropolitan Community College Exhibit Hall, so if you’re looking for this place in the future, look for that.
Anyway, the parking lot was crammed full of spectator cars. At first we thought that maybe it just looked that way because the big snow piles were taking up a lot of otherwise good parking spots, but once we got inside, we realized that yes, it really was that busy.
The turnout for this event was quite large, and between the vendor booths and the motorcycles, it was literally hard to turn around on the show floor. This has to be considered a successful event, as neither the weather, nor the high ($15.00) ticket prices kept the crowds away. Kids were free, but I didn’t see too many of them in there anyway.
The view from above. Author photo
As the sign implied, this was primarily a motorcycle show, and there were a bunch of them in there to see. If you like motorcycles, there was a great variety; old, new, stock, and custom built. They even played Steppenwolf’s Born to be Wild over the P.A. system. I’ve never seen so many elaborately painted skulls, intricately bent chrome exhaust pipes, and engines with their own light sources in one place in my life.
There were also several vendors in attendance. If you needed a pair of open-buttocked leather chaps, or a huge “LONE WOLF” jacket patch, the Market Center, or whatever that place is called, was the place to be.
Naturally, for the purposes of this column, we were there for the cars. And there were a few. Most of them were Rat Rods. Some of the Rat Rods had a matching motorcycle. There were a handful of drag cars. And there was one stock, teal ’91 Corvette that seemed strangely out of place.
Still, it was pretty fun. The motorcycles were the big draw, and even if you aren’t particularly into them, the quality of the workmanship on the customs and the level of preservation on the original classics would be hard for anyone to resist. If you are into bikes, you’d be in Hog heaven at this show. And yeah, I did capitalize the word “Hog.”
The Wide Open Bike Show (and cars) continues tomorrow, January 10. Check it out, and you might even win a door prize with your entry ticket. For more information, go to: http://www.wideopenmag.net/bikeshow.htm.
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