One of the new exhibits at this year's O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels was DragCity USA. A unique display of vintage dragsters from the Don Garlits Drag Racing Museun and Greg Mosley's Mopar Museum. Among the cars on display were a collection of Big Daddy's "Swamp Rats", Connie Kalitta's "Bounty Hunter" and "The Snake" of Don Prudhomme. It was great to get up close and personal with those fire breathing monsters. The exhibit was rounded out with local racing clubs and individual entrants, many cars I've personally seen in action. There was one that I would give my right arm to see burning down the quarter - one Rad Ride by Troy. Although that one might be too pretty to beat up on the track. There was so much more showcased at this year's World of Wheels. The exhibit of 1/2 scale NASCAR racers sure caught my eye. See all this and more in the slideshow.
As I've said before it didn't have to be on 4 wheels to be at World of Wheels. If it was cool it was there; the outrageous trucks, radical motorcycles and a couple of slick sleds. They're all in this slideshow. Do yourself a favor and catch one of these shows when it comes to your area. WorldofWheels.com has all the info. 'Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
The signs said "Within these portals you see the most unusual cars in the world!" How true, how true! These's no better way to describe this year's MotoRama at World of Wheels; unusual to say the least. And who could put on a show worthy of such a disclaimer? Well, VooDoo Larry of course. As we said before builder VooDoo Larry Grobe was asked to host the MotoRama Section of this years O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels. Let it suffice to say Larry worked his magic blew the lid off this event. The rides were smoking'. There were traditional rods, Kustoms, bobbers and some rides that just couldn't be put in a category, throw in a few Kustom bikes and you have your event. I was happy to see that there were several of Larry's own builds there including his VooDoo Psychosis and VooDoo Idol as well as the VooDoo Demon and VooDoo Hellion. In addition to Larry's work there were numerous examples of homebuilt creativity and professional builder work. There is something about the world of Kustoms that brings out the most outrageous innovation and creativity. The unexpected uses of steel, discarded parts, fur and Jagermeister bottles made this a truly one of a kind event. To top it off there was a DJ spinning rocking hits all weekend long, a mobile tattoo parlor, live music on Saturday along with a pin-up girl contest. It's no wonder the MotoRama was one of the hottest spots of the weekend! VooDoo Larry's prowess has extended to show planning - I'm looking forward to next year.
Don't take my word for it, have a look for yourself here's the MotoRama! 'Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
What a show. It was the perfect blend of all things automotive, I guess they knew what they were doing when they came up with the name! Where else can you go and see; million dollar show cars, beautiful daily drivers, vintage dragsters, current racers- drag, 1/2 scale NASCAR, go cart and stock, tuner cars, car clubs, trick trucks, all types of motorcycles, vans, modern customs, contemporary and classic muscle, survivors and meticulous restorations and Old Skool Kustoms all under one roof. Throw in a helicopter and some snowmobiles and you have the 48th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Chicago. Really what else can I say? There wasn't an empty square foot at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and I think I criss-Crossed all 550,000 of them 20 times!
It was a great show and without a doubt I had a fantastic time. I was even able to catch a few minutes of the freestyle bikes. It's crazy what those guys can do on two and mostly one wheel. Yesterdays highlights included an airbrushing demo by Richard Markham - realistic flames, boy does he make it look easy. And a remote control drag racing exhibition. Are you catching the drift, I don't use jam packed lightly. If you get the chance I highly recommend attending a show near you.. Here's the website where you can find the schedule World of Wheels.com. I want to give a shout out to the Love cousins (Shades of Love). It was great getting the story behind that beautiful Chevy. Hey to Vince, his family and the fellas from Calumet Collision and lastly a big salute to Larry, you did a great job. Here's a slideshow to wet your appetite for more things to come. 'Til the next time Keep on Kruzin!
Well Ladies and Gentlemen I am going to keep it short and sweet, why you ask? Because I'm exhausted! Despite the fact that I enjoyed the show for over 6 hours yesterday I managed to spend that much time there again today! As I said before, this show is jam packed with something for everybody. I sure wasn't alone enjoying the show, there was a huge turnout today. It seems the O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels is the perfect antidote for cabin fever.
Tonight I'm going to fill you in on the Select 6. The Top 20 was selected last night and today it was narrowed down to the Select 6 . These six cars are competing for the Legend Cup, an award that is presented to an outstanding first time shown vehicle at the Chicago World of Wheels. Not only does the winner go home with bragging rights and a great trophy but they they go home with an extra $5,000 in prize money. Not a bad end to an already fun weekend! Among the Select 6 is this years 2010 Riddler Award winner; Gold Digger, a 1933 Ford Phaeton but what I think is almost more impressive is that Vince Spretnjak and what we have dubbed "the Pro Stragster" are in the Select 6 as well. Way to go Vince and hats off to the guys down at Calumet Collision! Let me tell you though, the other 4 cars in the Select 6 are absolutely awesome, I wouldn't want to be on that judging panel, they have their work cut out for them. You be the judge check them out and pick your favorite - if you can pick just one.
You still have one day left to attend this year's World of Wheels in Chicago, trust me get out and go - you WON'T be disappointed! Here's the website one more time if you want more info, WorldofWheels.com. Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!
When they say World of Wheels they aren't kidding. If it has wheels; 2 or 4 or 14 it's represented and beautifully displayed at the 48th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels. Heck, even if it has a rotor it's there, yes there is a helicopter entered in this year's event!
The move to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont was a good move to say the least. This show is so jammed packed it is a good thing there are 3 days to take it all in. The new additions of Drag City USA, Chevy Vette Fest and the Tuner Galleria really round out the show. A 360 of ALL things internal combustion with something for everybody. You can see Don Garlits' Swamp Rat, 50 inch rims and a beautifully restored , original '54 Corvette all under one roof.
The motorcycles do not disappoint in the Cycle Rama, everything from choppers to baggers to some of the most extreme imports I've ever seen. The Motor Rama is better than expected. It's filled to capacity with quality and unique rides, rocking music and if the you fell so inclined you can even get a tattoo. VooDoo Larry sure worked his magic putting this event together!
There was so much to see I included a bit of everything in this first slideshow. Stay tuned for more from this great show. 'Til the next time, Keep on Kruzin!