Our World -Daryl Starbird Car Show, 2020


I paid the big bucks and went to the 2020 Daryl Starbirds National Rod and Custom Show at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. I say big bucks because it is $25 to get in and many people grumble and gripe about it on facebook every year.


I have the perfect antidote. If it is too expensive for you, then don’t go!! Hey problem solved. From the bustling crowds I would say that it is not overpriced yet. Kind of reminds me when the the CEO of the company I work for asked me if our customers were happy. Hell no! I replied, a happy customer is one who is not paying enough. I am not sure he liked that answer but here I am. Not in commercial any longer.


Anyhow, I am way off topic. The reason I like the Starbid show is that it features custom cars. Not like the regular car show in March where all the manufacturers drag in their Honda clones. It’s a lot cheaper, but the cars are boring.


Here is the Red Baron. Complete with machine guns. I don’t think they work but it is not boring either.


Here’s a custom car on a budget. A rat rod, which means hot rods going back to basics. The rust and patina is done on purpose.


Here is a tough minded overlander VW bug.


Ah, now we are back to sleek and colorful


Another rat rod. My advice to you if you have a daughter and her beau shows up to take her out in this? Tell her, it’s family game night, Monopoly, Farkle, Chinese Checkers.


I think rat rods are cool though. I also think that the fact I don’t have a daughter who is dating a guy with a rat rod is even cooler.


What do you think?

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12 thoughts on “Our World -Daryl Starbird Car Show, 2020

  1. Driller's Place

    I grew up in the era when that sleek and beautiful ’49 Mercury was the typical custom rod of the day. Something like that would be on the cover of Hot Rod or Car Craft magazines every month. I do love a good Rat Rod but I wold probably like mine with a little less patina that some of these. That Chevy station wagon is beautiful but I think I lean towards the little blue Ford convertible as my favorite. I am always in awe of the creativity on display at a car show. They are rolling works of art. Thanks for sharing these. Have a blessed week.

  2. Sandra Nachlinger

    Wow, those are some cool-looking cars. You’re right about the Rat Rods. NOT good for transportation for a daughter, but more interesting to look at than the shiny, buffed restorations.

  3. Ellen

    I don’t think I’d pay $25 for a car show, but I always enjoy your pictures. I think the rat rods are really cool too.

  4. Margy

    The rat rod makes me think of an old truck a guy I knew in high school had. He called it Rusty Reride. He was already a bull rider so that’s where he came up with the reride part. I grew up in Southern California near Los Angeles but back in the 60s there were places you could go for cowboy practice like roping and bucking bulls and broncs. It was fun to hear about you growing up in Arizona and going to games at ASU like we are doing. – Margy

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