By Michael Buhler
Brian Boatright has been working on his 1935 Ford truck for six years. Now that work is paying off.
Boatright’s truck won first place at the Black Top Nationals, which were held last weekend in Wichita at Century II and in the surrounding neighborhood. There were approximately 1,000 cars at the three-day event.
Boatright finished work on his truck earlier this year, and Sunday’s victory was the latest for the Conway Springs resident. He also won Best of Show at the Davis Moore car show earlier this year.
“Basically, the outside of the truck is original,” Boatright said. “The cab came off of an old wheat truck. I bought a newer, more modern frame. It has a Mustang II front end and 1990 Ford rear end. I run a 350 Chevy motor in it with a 700R Ford transmission with overdrive, and I also put air conditioning in it.”
Judging on the vehicles began Saturday and Boatright’s truck made the final five. On Sunday, the vehicles were judged again, and Boatright won. Among the other cars in the final five were a 1955 Chevy, a ‘57 Chevy and a blue Camaro Z28.
“Those cars were immaculate,” Boatright said. “My truck is nice too. It felt great to make the top five. I didn’t figure I would win, but I did. The judges said everything fit good. I was tickled to death.”
Boatright won a large trophy and $250, and he received a pencil drawing of him and his truck.