By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Automotive | Issue: February 2010
Darryl Starbird and “Cristina Mark IX.”
Are you looking for a weekend packed with fun for the whole family? You won’t want to miss Darryl Starbird’s 46th annual National Rod & Custom Car Show and Monster Truck Races, presented by Oklahoma Technical College. The event takes place February 19-21, 2010 at the QuikTrip Center fairgrounds and will feature over 1,000 show and go cars on display.
The National Rod & Custom Car Show will feature some truly fantastic vehicles, including California’s newest $150,000 ’37 Packard Show Rod by Bones, and “Get Shorty” High Tech Classic Custom Trucks Magazine Project Truck by Dakota Wentz of Star Kustom Shop. Monogram Models’ most famous model car kits, “Predicta,” “Lil Coffin,” and “Big T,” will be together for the first time on display in full size.
The event’s special attraction will be the “Go for the Gold” Fine Nine competing for $20,000 in cash. This is the largest award ever presented to one car. Over 20 top cars from throughout the nation will be competing. In three years, it has become the most sought-after award in the custom car world. The Trophy Presentation is scheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts Action Arena will present the Battle of the Monster Trucks, with eight of the nation’s leading monster trucks drag racing side by side over the tops of cars. Trucks include “Big Foot Racing Team,” “Defender,” “Eliminator,” “Viper,” “Undertaker,” “Desperado” and “Bearfoot.” These races will be held Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Sunday at 5 p.m.
Monogram Models’ “Big T” will be on display at Darryl Starbird’s 46th annual National Rod & Custom Car Show.
Don’t miss the amazing free-style FMX motorcycles and the high-flying, world famous daredevil FMX Jump Off with backflip, held Friday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m.
In addition to all the cars, motorcycles and monster trucks, attendees can enjoy a variety of other entertainment options. The Texas Bikini Team and their high-voltage stage show takes place Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. Live entertainment will also be provided by nationally-touring Brian Dunning & The Rockabilly Band. The Al Nelson Blast in Past Show includes a tribute to Roy Orbison and Bennie Wheels as Johnny Cash. Performances will be Friday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
For those who wish to meet and greet the experts, the show will offer those opportunities as well. Dennis Gage of “My Classic Car” TV show fame will be on hand, plus Gene Winfield, legendary car customizer and painter. Norm Grabowski and Kookies Hot Rod of 77 Sunset Strip will be there with his latest “Fish Truck.” Also featured will be the “Legends of Pinstriping,” world-famous artists and pin stripers from all over the country. The Pinstriped Articles Auction will occur throughout the show.
Darryl Starbird, president of National Show Producers, Inc., started his legacy in 1954 when the art of customizing cars was still brand new. Darryl has remained a leader in the sport and is always looking into its future growth. In 1995, he founded the National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum in Afton, Oklahoma. The museum is set up as a national nonprofit foundation to honor and preserve the efforts of the outstanding contributors to this great sport. It holds 50 cars, 25 of which are Darryl’s personal creations.
The Tulsa Starbird Show has earned the title of being the Largest Indoor Car Show, and currently accepts 1,000 show entries. Show times are Friday from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 13 to 16, and $10 for children ages 9 to 12. Children 8 years and under receive free admission accompanied with an adult.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.