Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

48th Annual Birmingham O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels

Written by  February 28, 2019

  The World of Wheels Custom Auto Show, produced by, Motorsports Productions, Inc. rolled into Birmingham February the 8th, 2019 for a weekend of fun featuring specialty vehicles including Hot Rods, Race Cars, Custom Imports, Antique and Classic Cars, Special Feature cars, PLUS...some really cool, and the most important part of the show...Motorcycles! 

 

  This is where folks from across the southeast come to proudly display their awesome rides, which for some, could mean a culmination of many years of hard work, a labor of love I’m sure.

   This event is Birmingham's largest indoor custom car show where enthusiasts come to compete for plaque's and cash awards on a local, regional and national level. The show is sanctioned by the International Show Car Association (ISCA) and is judged by a professional staff brought in from two different states. In addition to the cash and prizes won at this show, many of these vehicles will accumulate points that can be used to qualify them for division championships and ultimately to the National Championship where cash and prizes total over $100,000.00. 

  There is also a Gold Star "street" Competition that is designed specifically for those who own street driven custom vehicles and want to show them but prefer not to have the undercarriage judged. The Gold Star Street Series is judged only on paint, body, interior and engine. Special Gold Star Trophies are awarded to winners in every class.

  In addition to all the cool rides you get to see, there is also plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy while you are there.

   Friday night, WWE Super Star "Alexa Bliss" was on the Weil Wrecker Service Celebrity Stage meeting and greeting folks, signing autographs and taking pictures. Friday night also had one lucky winner of an Apple Prize Package that consisted of an Apple iPad, Apple Watch and Air Pods! Pretty cool huh!

  Moving into Saturday, NASCAR Legends, Bobbie Allison, Donnie Allison and Red Farmer were on hand for a meet and greet, autographs and photos in the Mopar Madness South Hall. 

  Saturday evening John Schneider from TV’s Dukes of Hazzard and more recently, one of the competitors of the TV show, Dancing With The Stars, was on hand for everyone to meet along with the Dukes of Hazzard Museum with memorabilia, a General Lee Replica, Daisy's jeep replica, Daisy's Roadrunner replica and Rosco's Police Cruiser, which were on display all weekend.

  Sunday had, internationally known builder and TV personality, Dave Kindig on stage for everyone to come meet and have their pictures made with him.

  As a special tribute to Burt Reynolds and the iconic movie classic, "Smokey and the Bandit", three replicas of the featured vehicles from the movie were on display all weekend, including the Trans-Am, the Sheriff's car and the 18-wheeler. The original "Fall Guy" truck from the TV show was also on display all weekend. 

  Von Hot Rod, West Coast Pin Striping Master, from California, was on hand again this year to put a pin stripe on most anything your heart desired. He was pin striping anything put in front of him, from little "hot wheels" cars to guitars and cars!

 Alabama has it's very own Pin Stripping-Airbrush master, Michael Swann, that anyone around knows to turn to if you want something really spectacular done to your ride be it car or motorcycle, and there were a number of vehicles here sporting some of his fine works.

  The kids weren't left out either as they had their own little "Kids World" that had animated characters, Star Wars hero's, Bounce House, Transformers (which were pretty awesome I might say!) and more.

  This is just a fun little weekend outing for the whole family starting with the "Move-In" Thursday night, that always turns into a party and ending with the awards on Sunday night.

We had several friends who took home awards and money this weekend. Folks like, Steve “Showtime" Brasher, who also lends his artistic abilities to many of the vehicles, brought to the show, as well as the Weil Wrecker Trucks. Steve took home some cash and Best Bike award.

Then there was our bud's from “Bare Knuckle Baggers”, like Ryan Clough (owner) and his crew who brought 4 of the 5 bikes that won the “Bikers Best 5” award and took away $500.00 with their awesome big ass creations!

  People had to struggle through all the crappy construction going on around Birmingham but it didn't seem to deter them according to show producer/organizer, Sonny McLean.