Try as you might--you'll never get to every car show. You'd like to see them all, but there is no possible way to get to them all (not unless your clone will be willing to work your day job while you fly around the country looking for shows to attend!). But because of the efforts of Championship Auto Shows and the crew who put on the Kansas City World of Wheels indoor car show, you can be assured, by attending this event, of getting the best of everything the hobby has to offer under one huge roof.
The Championship Auto Shows series of car shows include the famous Autoramas as well as the World of Wheels events. They produce 23 events a year, most of them occurring in the winter months (because most folks are out driving in the summer months), and many of them having been run for more than 30 years in the same location (The Detroit Autorama will be holding its 50th anniversary next year).
The 41st annual Carquest World of Wheels was recently held at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This is one of the larger shows (with more than 250,000 square feet of show space) that Championship produces, and they don't have any problem with filling the room up with quality cars from the Midwest. All types of vehicles can be found at World of Wheels (WoW) shows--Deuce coupes are parked next to sprint cars, which are parked next to blown hydro boats, which are parked next to customized Camaros. CUSTOM RODDER presented the Eagle One Cavalcade of Customs area that featured some great looking mid-'50s rods--with many being highly detailed and detailed from top to bottom, inside and out. Another section of the show highlighted a half-dozen other customs (such as Chris Dixon's CUSTOM RODDER magazine cover car Radmad) that have been featured on the covers of national car magazines.
As with all of the shows that Championship coordinates, there is a fair amount of non-car related activity, too. WWF Commissioner Mick Foley was on hand to sign autographs, as was John Schneider from the vintage Duke's of Hazzard TV show. There was even a trails-type motorcycle rider that scaled near-vertical ramps as well as a daredevil bicycle motorcross and inline skate show. Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine presented a regional model car show that drew nearly 200 types of scale models--many extremely detailed with scores of individual pieces. These functions were only some of the special additions to the car show that featured more than 500 vehicles.
The past few years of growth in the nation's economy has seen a boon in rod building, too. That in turn has fueled an upsurge of interest in the indoor car shows--evidenced by the amount of car owners trying to get their rods into the WoW shows. Though some folks have been predicting a plateau-effect in rodding for some time, there has been no evidence of any leveling-out whatsoever. So as long as everybody is building cars, they'll have a home at the World of Wheels and Autorama shows! For more info on the show series, call (248) 650-5560, or check their Web sites at www.worldofwheels.com or www.autorama.com.