Wichita, Park City Host BlackTop Nationals 2011

Race and obstacle competitions, food vendors, and live music, are open to the public from 12Noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Wichita outside of the Century II Convention Center. Most of the events are free, some require a $3 wristband to participate.

There is a Kids Zone set up for activities for children in the Century II Expo Center with a paint ball area, and bounce houses and moonwalks set up.

Park City will host many of the car show's motorcycle events, its Cruise Night event from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at 61st and Hydraulic, and other events.

 

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Friday, August 26, 2011

If you are a car enthusiast, downtown Wichita is where you'll want to be this weekend. This is the second year BlackTop Nationals is bringing three days of automobile and motorcycle events to Kansas.

The car show, with race and obstacle competitions, food vendors, and live music, are all open to the public from 12 Noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown Wichita outside of the Century II Convention Center. Most of the events are free, some require a $3 wristband to participate.

There is a Kids Zone set up for activities for children in the Century II Expo Center with a paint ball area, and bounce houses and moonwalks set up.

Park City will host many of the car show's motorcycle events, its Cruise Night event from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at 61st and Hydraulic, and other events.

Blacktop Nationals' main sponsor is Ford Motor Company, which explains why you see the Mustangs at work. BlackTop Nationals feature auto and motorcycle events. Rick Nukolls, one of the co-founders, and president of BlackTop Nationals, talked about how he and his car enthusiast friends put the event together after visiting several car shows across the nation. "What we have here in Wichita is a custom-made show which we learned from the best of the best, and then put together with the help of Ford Motor Company," Nukolls said.

Wichita's city manager Robert Layton took the ride of his life in a Boss Mustang. "It throws you around a little bit, but it's fun," Layton said. "People will really get a good sense of the speed. It's really a lot of fun." There are free rides available this weekend in the parking lot across from the Wichita Boathouse. Sorry. Though many of us would like to be behind the wheel, it's Ford providing the drivers.

Besides the Mustangs, the Ford pickup trucks are available for those wanting a ride on a bit of an obstacle course in the parking lot near Gander Mountain. There are hundreds of classic and hot rod cars to look at, as well as new ones inside the Expo Hall.

You can find out the schedule of events and get more information on BlackTop Nationals 2011 by clicking here.


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