In the last century, millions have heard the call of the open road. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, there are more than 140,600 miles of roads in the state, creating the perfect canvas for auto enthusiasts. Kansas car clubs cater to every make, model and level of expertise with one thing in common—an appreciation for all things auto. We’ve compiled these examples for your cruising pleasure, but clubs like these exist in every corner of the state.
Emporia Flatland Cruisers
Since 1994, the Emporia Flatland Cruisers have embraced classic cars, muscle cars, rat rods, street rods, modified cars and modern classics—basically, anything with four wheels. Sherry Jones, club secretary and treasurer, says diversity is part of the fun, as members enjoy sharing car stories, reminiscing about the cars of yore and, of course, driving them. The Emporia Flatland Cruisers hosts an annual car show—held the third Saturday each May—to fundraise for automotive technology scholarships at the nearby Flint Hills Technical College.
Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City
Regardless of model, year or state of repair, the Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City offers a gathering place for all Ford and Shelby Mustang automobile enthusiasts. Nona Hernandez, club vice president, says the club has been dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of this American staple since 1984. The Mustang Club holds cruise nights once a month from April to October. Members also organize several fundraisers throughout the year and monthly social events. A club favorite is “Diners, Drivers and Dives,” when members cruise to a restaurant for dinner and camaraderie. While the club is an environment to learn about and share a passion for Mustangs, Hernandez says the most invaluable benefit is a chance to create lifelong bonds.
Yard Art Classics Car Club, Manhattan
In 1990, a woman dismissed her husband’s spare truck parts as “yard art,” and the Yard Art Classics Car Club was born. Members welcome a wide range of vehicles, from vintage originals to new cars and everything in between. Don’t have a car? No problem—the club’s only requirement is interest. The Yard Art Classics Car Club has hosted the Cars in the Park car show for 27 years, benefiting local organizations and transporting visitors back in time with cars and music from the past. Club president David Adams says club members share technical advice and find support, as well as create lasting friendships.
Races, cruises and shows—oh, yes! Automotive events across the state make for exciting, family-friendly pit stops. Find an event near you.
STOCK CAR SPECTACULAR
Dodge City Raceway Park, Dodge City
June 3, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | $10-$15
Visit one of the region’s finest dirt tracks, where you can pick your favorite driver and cheer loudly over the roar of the engines. dodgecityraceway.com
ROLLIN NOSTALGIA SUPER CRUISE
June 3, 2017 | 5–10 p.m. | Free
Visit the 8th annual Super Cruise to drool over a smorgasbord of cars, trucks and hotrods and cool off with refreshments. travelks.com