Hot Rods for Kids; 32 Years of the Make-A-Wish Car Show in Amarillo

Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano
Barry Henson and the Muppet; John Luciano

John Luciano, host of the weekly automotive podcast, Motormouth, spoke with executive sponsor, Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors about the continued success of the Make-A-Wish Car Show in Amarillo, Texas.

“This is our 32nd year of helping the Make-A-Wish Foundation here in Amarillo” says Henson.  “We’re expecting over 300 cars in this year’s show and collect over $70,000 for this great organization.”

“The Make-A-Wish Car Show has been a West Texas Panhandle tradition” says Luciano.  “It started over thirty years ago with an old school car group; the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs, getting together every Saturday morning to talk about their love of cars.”

“This show is so much more than cars” says Alba Austin, Development Office for Make-A-Wish North Texas. “This show has helped hundreds of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives” she says.

The Make-A-Wish Car Show will be held at the Amarillo Civic Center March 5 – 6, 2016, Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Admission is only $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 – 18.

For more information about the car show, call or visit Barry Henson of Ken’s Kar Kolors Auto Body: 3931 Canyon Drive, Amarillo, TX 79110.  Phone: (806) 358-9900.  Call or visit the title sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Car Show;Laid Out Kustoms, for all the details.  Contact Mike Crisp, Juan Delgado and Willie Hayden at 401 N Tyler Street, Amarillo,  TX 79107, phone: (806) 206-8646. Visit their website at:

Visit the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs website for more information on West Texas Panhandle car clubs:

You can see a preview of some of the custom cars that will be featured at this year’s Make-A-Wish Car Show on the Motormouth Video Podcast.

The Make-A-Wish story begins with a brave, seven-year old named Chris.  Diagnosed with leukemia, Chris yearned to be a police officer.  “I want to catch bad guys” Chris said.

“We met Chris with a patrol car and motorcycle and flew him to our headquarters on a helicopter” said retired U.S. Customs Agent and Co-founder of Make-A-Wish, Tommy Austin.  “We had an official uniform made for his size and presented him with official motorcycle officer’s wings” said Austin.

Today, the legacy of Chris Greicius continues; every 38 minutes Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the U.S.  Street Toyota knows that a wish experience can be a game-changer for a child.  This is the belief that guides everything that Make-A-Wish does.

It’s this inspiration that excites us about our partnership with Make-A-Wish North Texas to send one of our hometown heroes to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Street Toyota will match, dollar-for-dollar, every donation made with our cashier toward this Make-A-Wish dream.  So take an extra moment in our parts or service department to make a donation to keep officer Greicius’ legacy alive.

Street Toyota is a high-volume store in Amarillo, with a population 196,000.  For more information about Street Toyota, visit the dealership at 4500 South Soncy Road in Amarillo, Texas. To speak with a representative, visit or call the dealership at (806) 355-9846.

Street Toyota has served the Amarillo area for over 34 years and has received the prestigious Toyota President’s Awards for the past 11 years.  Street Toyota was named the 2012 Automotive News ‘100 Best Dealerships To Work For.’  Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, United Way, The Mavericks Boys and Girls Club, High Plains Food Bank, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Discovery Center, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce), West Texas A&M University and many other organizations.

Media Contact: Flo Lopez, Street Toyota of Amarillo, Texas, (806) 355-9846,