46th Annual Tulsa Rod And Custom Show - Sooner Style
Darryl Starbird's 46th Annual Tulsa Rod And Custom Show
From the February, 2011 issue of Custom Classic Trucks
By Dakota Wentz
Unlike this day and age, when trucks rolled off the line years ago they were sent straight into action. Whether it was the farm, oil field or the local plumber, the beds were filled with tools and the bench seats with grease, grit, and grime. Unfortunately, after years of abuse, the old trucks were swept to pastures, barns, and junkyards for retirement. Fortunately, the Midwest is a vast land filled with retirees ready to be resurrected. Just attend a hot rod show in the Midwest and you'll see what we mean. Take the Darryl Starbird 46th Annual National Rod and Custom Car Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for example; it's loaded with trunkless wonders.
A few years back, we packed our lenses up and headed out to Tulsa to check out the Starbird Rod and Custom Show. What we found was 1,000 rides within the walls of the Quicktrip Center. To our viewing pleasure, good portions of those entrants were of the truck variety. Yep, you can always count on the good ol' Midwest for a strong showing of trucks. For that reason we decided to head out and catch this year's show over the February 19th-21st weekend.
All weekend long, stripers...
All weekend long, stripers at the Pinstriper's Jamboree are busy spreading their touch to anything and everything that can sit still long enough! Several times a day, they all got together for a panel jam, as witnessed. A panel jam is when stripers have two minutes to lay down the first thing that comes to mind on a blank canvas. Once time is up, the canvas is passed down to the next striper, and so on. Pretty cool watching a panel go from zero to hero in a matter of minutes. At the end of the day, all items were auctioned off and the proceeds were donated to local Tulsa charities.
Once again, the 46th Annual Darryl Starbird show didn't disappoint. We saw a plethora of trucks scattered throughout the building. Best part is we saw a good variety of year, make, model, and styles of build. There was even a truck qualifier in the Go For the Gold tournament. The Go For the Gold award is an exclusive Tulsa award that encourages builders to create a vehicle displaying innovation, execution, design, and engineering. The award is open to all year, make and model vehicles. The real kicker is, besides actually winning, the winner also receives the largest cash purse in the hot rod industry, twenty grand! On Friday night the field of entrants is narrowed down to the Fine Nine, and the winner is announced Sunday night. Sadly, the truck didn't rein king come closing time, but it was still rad to see one in the Fine Nine holding strong.
Speaking of slammed . . ....
Speaking of slammed . . . dig this Crew Cab Chevy Dualie. In order for Jack Martin of Bristow, Oklahoma, to get his Dualie to kiss the pavement, the truck was bagged and channeled. But what really set it off are the ominous rocker-panel-mounted exhaust pipes and big-inch 10-lug billet wheels.
Years ago, Tulsa was the oil capital of the world, and because of it, they built the Quicktrip Center (then it was the Expo Square) to hold the largest indoor oil trade show in the country. Long story short, oil equipment is large, and for that reason, the building is even bigger. Because of the mass amount of space available, the Starbird show has room to "play." Let's start with the lower level of the building, which holds monster truck races. Throughout the weekend, 8,000 pounds of mayhem fly over the pummeled rubble of cars below. Along with that is freestyle motocross riders soaring 45 feet in the air performing such acrobatic tricks as candy bars, cerran wraps, and knack-knacks . . . not entirely sure what they are, but they look cool; or crazy, dangerous, insane, and the list goes on. Upstairs are more sights and sounds. Several hot rod icons were on hand over the weekend, including the legendary kustomiser/hot rodder/painter/speed freak Gene Winfield, the animated Norm Grabowski, and the most famous mustache in all of the automotive land, Dennis Gage, the host of "My Classic Car." Other attractions included the Pinstriper's Jamboree, Brian Dunning and His Rockabilly Band, the Texas Bikini Team, and more. All in all, the show is a good time from the minute the doors open until closing time. For information on next year's show, log onto to www.darrylstarbird.com, but for now, take a look at what this year had to offer.
We never found out who owned...
We never found out who owned this '57 Chevy, but that didn't stop us from pointing our cameras at it! This slammified Chevy looked rad layin' frame and tuckin' the 20-inch Foose rollers.
Not only does Mike Barnard's...
Not only does Mike Barnard's '69 GMC look way cool, but the 396 under the hood just seals the deal.
The only truck to make the...
The only truck to make the Fine Nine field was Yogi Snider's '55 Chevy. Masked in the ghost-flamed orange paint are a set of frenched '50 Pontiac taillights, a custom tailgate and American Torque Thrust II rims.
One of the things that make...
One of the things that make Tulsa such a unique show is the fact that the show also holds monster truck races. At the lower level of the free-span building is enough room to cram eight alcohol-drinking 1,500-horsepower machines flying 30 feet in the air. Not to mention, the show's background music supplied by the trucks sure beats the soothing and mellow sounds of a little Kenny G up to the 26th floor!
Only in Oklahoma! The love...
Only in Oklahoma! The love for one's tractor doesn't have to end on the field, instead you can let it spill over into your truck and run up the John Deere colors. Besides the exquisite paint, Larry O'Malley's '46 Chevy still rock's the 235ci straight-six with three on the tree.
Mark Sherwood of Claremore,...
Mark Sherwood of Claremore, Oklahoma, owns both of these haulers. Originally, Mark built the '47 Chevy, turned full-time roadster, and had master flamethrower, Mike "Wet" Willey, lay down the pastel tones. But just like Christopher Walken needed more cowbell, Mark needed more flames. Therefore, he decided to continue on with a '65 Chevy. Besides the obvious Wet Willey paint, the Chevy also features a set of B.A.D. wheels and an awesome custom interior with Ostrich skin leather.
Ron Alexander, a local boy,...
Ron Alexander, a local boy, brought out his fully loaded '68 Chevy. Apparently Ron's a fan of Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road" because his '68 is as copper as copper gets. Mix that in with the chromed engine compartment, billet wheels, and pinstriping, his truck is straight class.