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Wheeler family preparing for next weekend's 36th World of Wheels

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 06:06 PM

 HUNTINGTON —  Gentlemen start your engines and get out the car polish.

Yep, March is in like a Mustang as the Big Sandy Superstore Arena gets turned into the Tri-State’s coolest and largest garage.

 More than 155 hot rods and custom cars will fill the arena floor Friday through Sunday, March 1-3 during the Tri-State’s largest indoor car show.

  Veteran car show organizers Richard and Jo Wheeler said they have more than 95 percent new exhibitors at the show ,which is the 36th annual World of Wheels that features everything from custom trucks, motorcycles, hot rods and classic cars.

 This year's show times are set for noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, March 3.
Sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts and Cooper's Truck & Accessories, World of Wheels will feature many attractions both old and new including about the area’s best collection of auto part, accessory and service vendors as well as booths from local car clubs including Tri-State Street Rods, BB’s Car Club, and Charleston’s Rod Run and Doo Wop car show.

There will also be a car corral, a model car contest (call Doug Kemp 304-757-2716) and new this year for kids is a coloring contest sponsored by R.M.S. for ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12. There will be a $50 VISA gift card winner in each group and a $100 grand prize winner.

Also new this year is an appearance from The Gotham Knight and his Bat Rod. The Gotham Knight will be appearing from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

 World-renowned pin-striper Darin Allen, who hasn't missed a World of Wheels, will showcase his latest work. Allen travels more than 50,000 miles a year doing more than 1,400 pinstriping jobs a year and snagging features in some 17 magazines.

 World of Wheels will feature more than $5,000 in cash and prizes awarded for the best in rods, antiques, customs, 4x4s, motorcycles, trucks and more.

 Cost is $7; $3.50 children under 12; free for birth-3 years.

 Read a full story about World of Wheels in the Thursday, March 2, Weekend section in The Herald-Dispatch. Go online at www.herald-dispatch.com for more info, or online at www.bigsandyarena.com.