Starting show an hour earlier to miss the rain.


Welcome to Robert Cook's Memorial Votech Fund

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." - Henry Ford

Note: This site is updated as details are finalized, so check back often.

What is the Robert Cook VOTECH Fund

 Our Mission - Robert's friends and family lead by Dan Thompson's vision created this fund to help those who are interested following Robert's footsteps within Vocational-Technical training .  He always helped those who would help themselves and on more than one occasion would reach out to help give youth support. Robert and his friend Master Motorcycle builder Reece Good personally spoke to the local school board to emphasize the importance of Votech education.  There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line. 

 Our Goal - Throughout the year we conduct fundraisers in Robert's name to support this scholarship fund and to keep his memory alive forever.

Annual Car Show


1st Annual Robert Cook VOTECH Car & Bike Show-2019

Thank you for attending the show. Robert was a long time Gardner resident and businessman. He was known by many people in the auto repair, drag racing, and hot rodding circles. This show attempts to bring those circles together to preserve his memory and raise money for the Vo-Tech scholarship fund named after him. We hope you enjoy the show and contribute to this worthy cause.



  • Car Show Flyer
  • Map (Contact Us)
  • Registration Form

We will not be doing pre-registration this year, however the registration form can be downloaded, printed and filled out ahead of time to speed up your registration at the show.

TradeNet is located about 1/2 West of Walmart just off I-35


( Subject to change as needed)

  • Noon – 2:00 Registration
  • 12:30 – 2:30 Valve Cover Racing
  • 12:30 – 3:30 Wheel Barrow Contest
  • 1:30 – 3:00 Judging
  • 3:00 Valve Cover Finals
  • 3:30 Live Auction & Award Presentations

Classes & Awards

Street Rod/Hot Rod, Motorcycle, Muscle Car, Antique/Classic, Rat Rod, High School / VoTech, Truck, Late Model Winner in each of the above classes will receive a hand built trophy and $100 Cash. (Truck winner is $100 LMC gift card). Special thanks to Nate Boyer at Kultured Kustoms and Reece Good for crafting the trophies. All trophies were made with material from Robert’s shop.

In addition to class winners a trophy and $100 cash will go to Best in Show, The Cook Look, Principles Choice and Kids Pick. Trophies (no cash) also go to the winner of the Valve Cover Race and Wheel Barrow competition.

Primary Sponsor

We are proud to have Mid America Bank as our primary sponsor of the event. Their new branch in Gardner is scheduled to open October 14 with an open house on October 23 & 24 from 4 to 7.

Secondary Sponsors

We'd also like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support:

  • Autozone - Gardner, KS
  • Big O Tires - Gardner, KS
  • Bill's Auto Paint- Olathe, KS
  • Bret's Autoworks - Gardner, KS
  • Doc's Garage - Gardner, KS
  • Gardner Disposal
  • Gateway Classic Cars - Olathe, KS
  • Keeway Gear Works - Gardner, KS
  • LMC Truck - Lenexa, KS
  • Marriott Garage & Tow
  • NAPA - Gardner, KS
  • O'Reillys Auto Parts - Gardner, KS
  • Paul's Automotive - Gardner, KS
  • Price Chopper - Gardner, KS
  • Star Performance - Lenexa, KS
  • Tumbleweed Grill & Bar - Gardner, KS
  • The UPS Store - Gardner, KS
  • Valero Gas Station - Gardner, KS
  • Walmart - Gardner, KS

A special thanks goes to TradeNet for hosting this event at their facility. RESTROOMS are located

Inside and to the left of the West entrance to the building.

If you'd like to contribute as a sponsor please contact us using the "CONTACT US" link above.

Auction, Raffle & Other Activities

  • Live Auction – Roberts sister, Rozan, has made two quilts to be auctioned. One is made from some of Roberts Harley Davidson T-shirts, the other from some of his car show T-shirts. There may be other items also.
  • Silent Auction – Items donated by some of our sponsors and a few items from Roberts Man Cave will be offered.
  • Raffle – Donated items & Gift Cards. Each entry receives one raffle ticket (Red). Additional Raffle ticket Yellow) can be purchased, 3 for $5.
  • 50 – 50 Pot - Tickets (Green) can be purchased $1 each, 7 for $5 or 15 for $10.
  • Bean Bag toss (Corn Hole) competition- Just for fun, no entry fee.
  • Wheel Barrow Competition (team of 2 required) – compete against the clock for best time. $1 entry & trophy.
  • Valve Cover Racing. 3 Classes – 14 & under, Adult and Open Class. $1 entry & trophy. Valve covers are provided or 14 and adult classes. Open class is “run what you brung”. Special Thanks to Star Performance for providing the Valve Covers


Valve Cover Racing

Valve Cover racing is a popular event at car events everywhere.  We thought it would be a fun activity for kids and adults at this event.  Valve Cover racing is similar to the Pine Wood derby used by the Scouts where two vehicles race each other down an incline track with the winner advancing to the next round.  Typically participants would build and bring their own valve cover racer to the show, and you are welcome to do that.  However, since this is the 1st show for this we are providing eight identical pre-built valve cover racers.  Special Thanks to Star Performance for providing valve covers.  We will be running elimination rounds of eight valve cover racers.  Participants will draw car numbers from a hat.  The winner of the elimination rounds will then compete in the finals with the winner receiving the trophy.   

There will be two classes, one for adults and one for kids 14 and under.  If there are enough custom built racers brought to show we'll have a class for those too.   Feel free to bring your old pine wood derby cars and run them down the track for fun.  Kids and grand kids too.  

This is meant to be a fun event, but if you decide to build your racer here are the guidelines.  We are keeping things simple this year.

The racer:

  • Maximum length = 24 inches
  • Maximum width = 9 inches
  • Maximum height = 7 inches
  • Maximum weight = 5 lbs
  • Must have 4 non metallic wheels
  • Minimum ground clearance = 1/2"
  • Front of vehicle must be flat to accommodate the starting gate
  • Can be valve cover from any domestic or foreign car.
  • Valve cover can be stock or after-market

The Track:

  • 24 foot incline starting at 4' high  (approx 8 degree slope)
  • Each lane is 15 inches wide
  • Electronically timed to .001 seconds (each lane)
  • Starting gate is a 1/2" rod 2 in" tall that drops vertically
  • Finish Line is a photoelectric beam 2" off the track

The Race:

  • Each participant gets 3 practice runs
  • Fast time gets lane choice after first round
  • Ties will result in a re-run
  • You can enter as often as you like


Roberts Legacy



Robert spent the majority of his life in the Gardner, KS Community. He worked as a mechanic and business owner for more than forty years in Gardner. Robert had an old school style of analyzing mechanical problems that he learned from experienced mentors throughout his career. He was especially talented at repairing transmissions from many eras. His specialty centered on 1950's-1980's Truck, Hot Rod, and Muscle Cars.  One of Roberts passions was Drag Racing, and he was very good at it.   He started racing in the mid 1970's and was still racing when he passed away.  He often went by the nickname of "Desperado".   He also collected, built and showed a wide variety of show cars and motorcycles as you can clearly see in the photo gallery.



Car Show Flyer (pdf)


Registration Form (pdf)


Show Info (pdf)