Twenty years for Twister’s Car Show

Twenty years after the first Car Show was held on the anniversary of the June 13, 1998, tornado that hit the City of Sabetha, and therefore dubbed the “Twister’s” Car Show, the Twister’s Car Club is holding the 20th annual Car Show.

According to Twister’s Car Club member Bart White, the original show was started by Dort Goodman, Darwin Hoppe and Darryl Hoppe. Prior to that first year’s show in 1999, The Sabetha Herald reported on the upcoming event that was being held in conjunction with an MDA Aluminum Foil competition sponsored by the National Letter Carriers and the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association).

The date of June 13 was selected without realizing it was the anniversary of the tornado, but once recognized seemed a good name for the event and the spirit of the community in overcoming the tornado.

“It was a very last minute decision but came off well, and from there the [Twister’s Car] Club was organized,” White said.

The first three shows were held on Main Street in Sabetha. The show moved to Sycamore Springs Resort to take advantage of the large shade trees, space and resort activities from 2001 through 2015. The show moved back to town to the Mary Cotton Public Library Park in 2016.

Show Details

The 20th annual Twister’s Car Show is set for Saturday, June 9, at the Mary Cotton Public Library Park in Sabetha.

All motorized/wheeled vehicles are welcome to enter. Vehicle registration will begin at 9 a.m. and complete at noon. Judging will begin at 1 p.m., and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 vehicles registered, and trophies will be awarded for the Best In Class.

All participants who register vehicles can participate in a Poker Walk in the Park. Participants can ask for more information at the registration desk.

Hot Wheels races will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Registration and practice laps begin at 11 a.m.

Show Cars

This year, the Show’s organizers are honoring the Al Brey Motors and Dan Kellenberger Chevrolet Building as the background for the two show cars — a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, and a 1970 Chevelle. The club chose vehicles that could have been sold by Brey’s business.

The red 1962 Chevrolet Corvette is owned by John and Gina Murchison of Sabetha.

John and Gina write, “I always wanted a 1962 Corvette. After high school in 1980, I saw one advertised in a newspaper. I went to El Dorado, Kan., to look at it and ended up driving it home. Upon arrival, it became a 20-year project. We had the 350 engine balanced, with a solid lift cam, high rise manifold, 850 double pump Holly, headers, stock exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers, and a four speed with a Hurst shifter. We repainted the car in 2000, put new dash, windshield, and new carpet in it. The car came with both a hardtop and a convertible top, which we had redone. We also had all the chrome showplated. It seems there is always something to do, a fun car, we just need to drive it more.”

The green 1970 Chevelle is owned by Levi and Jamie Gunn.

Levi and Jamie write, “I purchased my 1970 Chevelle in 1997 with the help of my father, as a project car for us to work on together. The car was fairly rusty, but had solid floors and frame, and was a factory four speed car, with a 12-bold, so it was an excellent starting point. The car has been a work in progress every since, finally getting painted in 2014, and roadworthy that same year. The car has mostly period correct parts, including the 454 engine, cowl induction, and a four-speed transmission. The car has been a great source of entertainment for our family, as it is rare to take it anywhere without being approached, or given a thumbs up as we drive by.”

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Amber Deters is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2005. She specializes in school board, election and legislative reporting, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Amber is a 2005 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in journalism and mass communications, print journalism sequence. She lives in Sabetha with her husband and three children.


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