In August of 2010, Rick Nuckolls and Ron Hawkins produced the first Blacktop Nationals to treat their hometown to a national car and motorcycle event. They created the event to appeal to people of all ages, with family-friendly entertainment, food and drink alongside first-class displays and activities for the vehicle enthusiast. Today the event features all of the elements that Nuckolls and Hawkins envisioned and more, thanks to presenting sponsor Midwest Ford Dealers.
After the 2015 event, as Nuckolls made plans to move to the Kansas City area for family, his passion for classic cars and love of Blacktop Nationals drove him to seek a way to keep the event alive and growing. Wichita Festivals, Inc., producing organization of Riverfest, was brought on board to plan and run the event, now owned by Midwest Ford Dealers. The decision was made to bring Blacktop Nationals to Riverfest, making it possible for the two events to share resources and enhancing both the Riverfest experience and the Blacktop experience for all who attend.
Your $10 (for adults, $3 for kids) Riverfest button is all you need for admission to Blacktop this year. No additional fees are required to see any of the exhibits. Blacktop events take place the latter half of Riverfest inside Century II's Expo, Convention and Exhibition Halls beginning Friday, June 9 through Saturday, June 10.
Thank you for joining us for the 8th year of a Wichita tradition that celebrates our vibrant classic car community!