On Wednesday morning our trip from Kansas City to Wichita took us through the grass lands of Kansas. It was a beautiful morning and a trip down the winding two lanes were the perfect way to start the day. Our destination was Wichita. By noon we had arrived at the Poplar Restaurant in Andover, a suburb of Wichita. The Poplar's owner Brian had put together a special buffet for us of chicken wings and pizza. The food was great and the price was more than fair. After lunch we were ready for a full day of fun in Wichita.
Our first stop after lunch was a private collection of cars and vehicles that was one of the widest ranging groups of special interest vehicles that many of us had ever seen. There was a Morgan sitting in a line of street rods, pick-ups and muscle cars. Mixed in with the vehicles was a great collection of automobilia including vintage signs, pinball machines and Coca Cola items. One of the best features of the collection was that all of the vehicles were presented perfectly. It was one of those spotless showrooms that show off the beauty of the vehicles inside. The original Hopalong Cassidy panel truck had been restored and was displayed with documentation that left no doubt that it was the real deal.
Our next stop was at Tim Devlin's shop Devlin Rod and Customs located near downtown Wichita. Tim and his crew have been turning out quality builds for ten years. Tim was responsible for our day in Wichita and had been a great help working out the local details. Devlin Rod and Customs has outgrown their current location and ground has been broken for a brand new facility just down the street. Many thanks goes out to Tim Devlin for all his help on our great Wichita visit.
The storm clouds were beginning to roll in and in Kansas that means to find some cover. We made the short drive to the Old Town section of Wichita where we had rooms at the Hotel at Oldtown. It is fantastic place in a very cool restored section of town surrounded by restaurants, clubs and shops. We pulled into the parking garage just as the storm hit. It was a downpour that brought 2 ½ inches of rain in about two hours. Needless to say our evening plans of a meet and greet with local rodders was called off due to the weather. Things were not too bad though. Our cars were safe and dry, we had a beautiful lobby to relax in and in a stroke of Road Tour luck baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench walked into the lobby where we were sitting. He said hi, ask we were from and talked cars with us for about an hour. He was in town for an awards presentation and loved our vehicles. It was another amazing day on the Aeromotive Road Tour. We are making plans now to visit Wichita again next June on the 2015 Aeromotive Tour.
Wednesday morning the storms had passed. We continued our trek west to the icon cowboy town of Dodge City. Our destination in Dodge City was the historic Boot Hill Museum. Originally Dodge City had been a military outpost, a center for the buffalo hunters and a major stop of the Santa Fe Trail. It was made famous by movies and TV shows such as Wyatt Earp and Gunsmoke. Many of us took a trolley tour of the city and then a visit to the museum. The museum was filled with memorabilia from the early years of Dodge City. We all got of lesson in the history of life in Dodge City in the late 1800's. The displays were well done and everyone was happy with our visit to Dodge City. Wednesday evening some Road Tourians made their way to the new Boot Hill Casino to try their luck.
We are almost to our destination of Pueblo and the NSRA Rocky Mountain Nationals plus. We will arrive in Pueblo just in time for the event to start on Friday. Check back for a full report on the Rocky Mountain Nationals plus.