August 28, 2007
The pomade-slathered grease monkey club known as "Los Punk Rods" were conceived in a North Lawrence garage in 1999. Back in the day, this informal cabal of custom car gearheads would show off their handmade hot rods to like-minded modders at intimate picnics in Burcham Park, knocking back beers and enjoying some rockabilly tunes. These lazy Sunday exhibitions were eventually souped up into the annual fuel-injected beast known as "Greaserama." Todd Karnahan, known by some as "Punk Rod Todd" and founder of the club which bears his soubriquet, describes "Greaserama" as "a rod and custom show, and sort of a custom culture festival. It's all geared toward home-built, low-buck and traditional nostalgia type hot rods and motorcycles." For the second year in a row, "Greaserama" will be held at the Boulevard Drive-In in Kansas City, where movies will be screened and live music will be blared to supplement a lot full of monster machines. Todd Karnahan joined us to talk about punks, pistons and pomades.