If you attended Das Awkscht Fescht and viewed the many cars that date back to before many of us were born, the Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Car Jamboree displays cars of a more recent era of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Wheels of Time kicks off its 37th year of family fun, community support and of course the muscle and custom cars that many of us matured with.
As customary, Wheels of Time sets up at Macungie Memorial Park August 28, 29 and 30 and features over 1,500 street rods and custom cars of 1985 vintage and older. The vehicles, notes Al Breen, the shows committee member, are an individual creation representing American innovation, creativity and a unique expression of performance and style by their owners.
The show will bestow the Coveted Wheels of Time awards to 20 participants for their outstanding cars. In addition, the National Rod Association Vehicle Safety Inspections crew will conduct free of charge vehicle inspections during the show.
But that’s not all. Other show highlights include Valve Cover Racing, the famous Teeter Totter where car owners drive upon a seesaw of sorts and try to balance the car by inching forward and backward until the car remains level. Then there’s Bingo for women, Women’s World, auction to benefit MDA, crafts, various eating contests, cake walk, gift basket raffle, guessing games and for kids, Wotsra’s Mini Carnival featuring a Ferris wheel, fun house, slides and games. And the nearby Macungie Park swimming pool is adjacent to the show and open for families to enjoy.
A huge flea market with over 250 vendors offers car parts, memorabilia, toys, antiques and the nearby Car Corral always has dozens of cars for sale.
This years show will feature the “Creepy T” show car owned by Jim Wieme and recently completed by car builder Rucker Posey, who is another George Barris of California hot rod fame. Plus, Dennis Gage will be filming an episode for his “My Classic Car” TV show on Saturday and Sunday of the show.
The show would not be complete without the annual Friday night cruise through Macungie and Emmaus when 200 show cars will parade depart at 6:30 from Allen Organ’s parking lot. From there the route will continue south on Rte. 100 to Buckeye Road then onto Rte 29 (Chestnut St.), through Emmaus and onto Harrison Street passing Emmaus High School and on to Cedar Crest Blvd, Lower Macungie Road, Willow Lane and back to Rte. 100 ending at the park.
Daily entertainment will include live bands beginning Friday night from 7-10 p.m. when “Schools Out” takes the band shelter. Then on Saturday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Flamin Dick and the Hot Rods make their return to the show. This, plus the Allentown Hobo Marching Band and dance troop will meander through the show grounds to entertain showgoers.
Another show highlight is that Kutztown Auto has donated a small block Chevy motor that will be raffled off on Sunday. Wenzco, too, has donated a sandblasting cabinet for raffle as well on Sunday. Raffle tickets are available at the main tent.
If you have a car you’d like to show, registration is open at the show but preregistered cars only will receive free merchandise. Check the shows’ website (www.wheelsoftime.org or their Facebook page) for more information.
Wheels of Time is one of the largest all-volunteer events in the nation and each year, according to Breen, approximately 20,000 spectators and participants attend the event. “Over the past 20 years an average of $60,000 is given each year to local charities and the Wheels of Time scholarship program for young adults. To date, over $1,300,000 has been donated to local community organizations, over 300 scholarships have been awarded and hundreds of pints of blood were given to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center who will have their blood mobile on site for donations,” said Breen. “The show would not be possible if not for the countless hours of community support with cars and parades, events and donated volunteer hours of support for those in need,” Breen added.
Show hours are Friday/Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is $8 with children under 16 free.
Show sponsors include: Pottstown based Blast from the Past Restoration & Customs Inc., Poorboys World, Kutztown Auto Co., Wenzco, 69 News and ADC Powder Coating.