Butler County Times Gazette
  • Plans set for 20th annual Brick Street Car Show

  • It has been more than 20 years since a group of guys from Augusta stood in front of the courthouse in Ness City, Kan., and wondered why there wasn’t a car show like that in Augusta.
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  • It has been more than 20 years since a group of guys from Augusta stood in front of the courthouse in Ness City, Kan., and wondered why there wasn’t a car show like that in Augusta.
    None of the men could have assumed two decades later they would be making final preparations for the 20th Annual Brick Street Nationals Car Show.
    Augusta had hosted some impressive car shows in the past. Bo Diddly and Roy Orbison concerts have highlighted a couple of them in the past.
    But the car show the WFO Guys put on isn’t about big concerts, it is about family and community.
    “That first year was like a family reunion,” said Corky Cook, one of the founders of the group organizing the show each year. “It is so cool seeing everyone down there whether they have one of the cars or just a story to tell.”
    Thousands of people will visit downtown Augusta to see about 250 cars from 3-9 p.m. on Aug. 2. There is a steady flow of visitors all day and sometimes as many as 2,500 at a time during the evening hours.
    The club brings in a few vendors but they are careful to make sure their big event is also a big day for downtown retailers.
    “We have success because of the support of the downtown businesses and the community,” Cook said. “We want that day to be the best day of the year for them too.”
    Cook said he believes the long-term success of the club is due to the fact they never became a sanctioned club with all of the politics and issues that come along with it. The WFO Guys are just a group of friends who put on a car show each year.
    It doesn’t hurt that the show is billed as “the hottest and cheapest” car show in Kansas.
    Thanks to sponsorships, the club has kept the entry fee at $5 per car. There is no admission fee for visitors. Because of the low entry fee, there will be cars from several states at each show. It is common to have entries from Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri, but they have had entries from as far away as Washington state. But it isn’t those from far away who Cook is interested in bringing out for the 20th annual show. He wants all 75 of the cars from Augusta that were at the first event to come back out this year.
    He said the group is recognizing all of the previous winners with special spots in front of the theater this year and there will be a live band playing for much of the day and into the evening. There will also be a lot of special door prizes and prizes for entrants this year.
    Page 2 of 2 - Cook said he hoped there were 20 more annual shows in Augusta, even if he wasn’t there for all of them.
    “I’ll be a part of it for as long as I’m alive,” Cook said. “But we are passing the torch to some of the younger guys who might be able to make it even bigger and better in the future. I hope they do.”
    Kent Bush can be reached at kbush@butlercountytimesgazette.com.

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