Basehor-Linwood High School hosted its 20th annual Basehor Car Show on Sept. 30. In support of the school’s Project Grad, more than 200 cars were on display in the school’s parking lot. While that number was lower than anticipated due to other nearby car shows that day, nearly 1,000 attendees viewed a variety of cars and were able to visit with car owners.

Project Grad raises money to allow graduating seniors the opportunity to safely celebrate their graduation from BLHS. Parents of the senior class raise money throughout the year through various activities such as the car show. No funding is received from the school or USD 458.

“Project Grad also covers all of the extra graduation activities including the senior breakfast, baccalaureate and transportation to and from the post-graduation party which is an alcohol-free and drug-free party exclusively for graduating seniors,” said Shannon Rosales, chairman of this year’s car show. “The event will be held graduation night. Students will spend a fun night together on the final evening of their high school careers under the safe supervision of parent chaperones. This is always a huge success with over 90 percent of the senior class attending.”

Cars on display came as far away as Topeka to be part of this year’s car show. Prizes were given throughout the day. All prizes were donated by local businesses.

Perhaps the most unusual car on display was a 1925 Franklin Victorian Golfer Coupe. It is believed there are fewer than 50 of these vehicles still in existence.

Best of Show Car was awarded to Jackie Benge with a 1956 Ford Sunliner. Best of Show Bike was presented to Corvette Al for a 1942 Harley Knucklehead. VFW Choice was awarded to Steve and Teresa McConnell with their 1970 Chevy Chevell. Ladies Choice was awarded to Kevin Smiglewski with a 1957 Bel Air.

Raffle items donated by local merchants were also available, including a transmission donated by Edgars Transmission.

“The car show is something people look forward to each year. It is a lot of fun and the kids benefit tremendously from it. We as parents appreciate the community coming together for these kids. It takes a village to raise these kids and keep them safe,” said Rosales.

More than $10,000 was raised at this year’s event.

Beth Kornegay is a freelance writer covering news and events in the city of Basehor. If you have a story idea, email her at