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KKOA Leadsled and Model Kemp Spectaculars

Undeniably the best Kustom and Traditional Rod organization in the world. Here are tons of shots of the unbelievable cars, the celebrities, the customizers, and the now classic Model Kemp Spectacular staged in partnership by the KKOA and the KC Slammers Model Car Club!
Leadsled 2007
Leadsled 2008
Leadsled 2009
Leadsled 2010
Leadsled 2011
Leadsled 2012

KKOA 2011
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KKOA Leadsled 2012
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KKOA Leadsled 2013
Jul 27, 2013

Here are pics from the 2013 KKOA Leadsled. The event, as always, was a huge success with much cooler temperatures in the 70's this year with sporadic rain showers (but not enough to put a damper on the show). The Model Kemp was on Saturday the 27th. Model count was up a bit this year, but we still have a way to go! Plans are already in the works for 2014 as regards the winner selections and a few other improvements that everyone will like. Our celebrity customizer judges included Darryl Starbird, Larry "Voodoo" Grobe, Chuck Miller, Joe Bailon, Gene Winfield, Mark Moriarity, and John D'Agostino.

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KKOA 2014 Leadsled and Model Kemp Contest
Jul 26, 2014

The 34th Annual Leadsled Spectacular had its biggest year ever. Rumor around the grounds was that there were over 2,200 car entries on the grounds of Oakdale Park in Salina, Kansas.
The famous Kansas July Heat didn't fail to show up either. Friday and Saturday daytime highs were around 105 degrees with the heat index right at 115 F.

This album starts with pictures of the activity on the grounds and some the beautiful vehicles. (It's impossible to show you all of them - 2,200 of them... c'mon!) Finally, there are pictures of all the entries for the 9th Annual Elden Titus Model Kemp Spectacular held on Saturday the 26th. This year you will find the picture of the winning model placed right after the picture of the modeler accepting the award.

Enjoy the show and mark it on your calendar for July 25, 2015. After the show... go build some models!

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Leadsled 2010
Jul 24, 2010

The 2010 KKOA Leadsled was a roaring success. The final 1:1 car count was in excess of 2,000 registered vehicles and the new location in Oakdale Park was fantastic.

It was the 30th year for the Leadsled and they sure did it right! Thursday was set-up, a hot dogs and beans cookout at Bright Automotive west of Salina that evening, and back to the Best Western Motel (KKOA Headquarters) that night for a cruise night at the motel while everyone sat out in the parking lot and enjoyed their favorite beverage.

Friday morning found the July Kansas Heat setting in but the Kool Guys and Gals were out at the park ready for a great day of rods and customs. The temperature hit 100 degrees but the new park was spacious and we had a good breeze - a hot one - but a good one!

On Friday afternoon, everyone went out to the old airstrip on the east side of Salina for 4 hours of "Run Whatcha Brung" Drag Races. It was loud and proud!

Friday night found Calvin Customs (downtown Salina) hosting a free BBQ, Beer, and Beans (the BIG Three) feed. Great cars and more great times with old and new friends.

Starting at 9:30 and lasting until after midnight, the KKOA held its annual "Tonight Show" awards program over at the Motel. Imagine sitting in the same room as Darryl Starbird, Gene Winfield, George Barris, John D'Agostino, Linda Vaughn, Chuck Miller, and numerous other customizers just sittin' around eating snacks and enjoying the show.

Saturday, in addition to the Leadsled activities, was the Elden Titus Model Kemp Spectacular. The model count was down a bit this year but the ones that were entered were really sharp with excellent workmanship. Slammers helping out with the model show in 2010 were Steve Barnes, Allen Smerchek, Alyn Loya, David Johnson, Cary Marks, Larry Todd, Diane Todd, Seth Goeke, Rich Newberry, Lee Bush, Jerrald Braiuca, and Ellis Kendrick.

Celebrities and Customizers at the Leadsled this year were Gene Winfield, Darryl Starbird, Linda Vaughn (Miss Hurst Golden Shifter), Paul (American Grafitti) LeMat, George Barris, John D'Agostino (fresh from recovering from a heart attack), Voodoo Larry, Fritz Schenck, Mark Moriarity, and Chuck Miller. Bill Hines didn't make it this year as he was recovering from a bout with pneumonia.

On Saturday night, the KKOA staged a huge Golden Oldies concert and dance over at the Bicentennial Center near the park with the Tokens, Jimmy Clanton, and several other recording stars from the early days of rock and roll. It was kind of pricey for a ticket so many didn't go but a lot of the folks did!

KKOA again kicked up $500 in cash prizes for the model contest. That's unbelievable!

Sunday morning at the Leadsled is real laid back with an old-time gospel church service on the event site, more visiting, some clean-up and put-away, and then the KKOA Awards starting at 1 PM.

The heat and the humidity this year was unbelievable, but it didn't stop anyone from having a great time. The new site at Oakdale Park presented its challenges but its advantages outweighed them. Well, another year of great times to come and set your calendars now for the "last full weekend in July" for 2011 and the 31st Annual KKOA Leadsled Spectacular.

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KKOA 2009 Salina Kansas Leadsled and Model Contest
Jul 24, 2009

On July 24, 25, and 26, the Kustom Kemps of America staged their 29th Annual Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas. It was the biggest ever, setting a new record for 1:1 entries of 1,025 great customs and rods. More vendors and pinstripers than ever and, of course, many of the customizing legends and greats were there in force. George Barris, Darryl Starbird, Bill Hines, Chuck Miller, Brad Masterson, Fritz Schenck, Mark Moriarity, and Bo Huff just to name a few!

The weather varied between hot and cool but it rained a bit and it was always muggy and humid! Hey, it's central Kansas in July! Whadya' expect???

The Hollywood star this year was Joyce DeWitt ("Janet") from the Three's Company television situation comedy. What a treat she was and she's just as bubbly and upbeat as the characters she plays on TV!

Rockabilly legend Charlie Gracie performed. Charlie played and hung with Richie Valens, Chuck Berry, and all the other greats "back in the day"! A dead-on Johnny Cash impersonator rounded out the musical side of the live entertainment. There was a great DJ there and he kept the air full of oldies and goldies.

The KC Slammers were again proud to stage the model car contest for the KKOA. A great opportunity to showcase the art of model-car building for all to enjoy!

If you've never been to this event, you just have to make it NEXT year "fer shure" because the last weekend of July in 2010 will be the 30th Anniversary for the Leadsled Spectacular. It promises to be the biggest and best ever! See ya' there!

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KKOA Leadsled and Model Kemp Spectacular 2008
Jun 26, 2008

What a weekend!!!

This album is coverage of the KC Slammers and their involvement in the Kustom Kemps of America's 28th Annual Leadsled Spectacular held on July 25,26, and 27, 2008, in beyooootiful Salina, Kansas.

The model contest pics are on here now and the winners are posted at the end of the scale model pictures!

So... here's 516 pics of one of the best events in the nation for gearheads and car-lovers to enjoy!!! We'll even have video clips of the drag races on here very soon!

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KKOA Leadsled & Model Kemp Spectacular 2007
Jul 28, 2007

The Kustom Kemps of America and the KC Slammers joined forces in 2007 to stage one of what is becoming one of the premier events in the model car world. It was held in conjunction with the 27th Annual KKOA Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas, right smack dab in the heart of the USA. Here are pictures of the event, models, and a lot of full-scale customs for you. We hope they give you a lot of enjoyment.

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