In this their 35th year, the Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Car Jamboree kicks off Aug. 23, 24, 25 at Macungie Memorial Park, the same location that Das Awk Fescht was held two weeks ago.
If you attended the Awk Fescht and saw the vast array of classic and antique cars of yesteryear, you’ll delight in seeing newer versions that are souped-up and take the form of everything from coupes to trucks, dragsters and more.
These are the cars that give a car lover goose bumps when hearing the sweet “harrumph” “harrumph” sounds spewing from the tailpipes of an idling supercharged car with open exhaust pipes.
This years show features the cars from the TV show “The Munsters” with special guest Butch (Eddie Munster) Patrick who will sign autographs while appearing at the show. Patrick will also bring along the Munster Family Koach, Coffin and GoKart cars from that show.
The annual Wheels of Time Jamboree includes over 1,500 street rods and custom cars, 1982 vintage and older. “Each vehicle is an individual creation representing American innovation and creativity and is a unique expression of performance and style by its owner,” said Al Breen, Jamboree Director.
Each year the Jamboree bestows it coveted “Wheels of Time” awards to 30 participants and their cars. In addition, the National Street Rod Association will conduct free Vehicle Safety Inspections.
Other show highlights include Valve Cover Racing, the shows’ famous Teeter Totter where a car can attempt a balancing act on a special trailer, wing-eating and hot dog-eating contests, and the first Miss Rod & Custom Pin-Up contest. Several nostalgic racecars will be displayed as well.
There are a host of family attractions with bingo, Women’s World, gift basket raffle, cakewalk, a basket auction and a special 35th anniversary quilt that was made by the Ladies Auxiliary, which will be raffled off during the show. And on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., a merchandise auction, sponsored by Buckeye Pipeline, will take place that will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Aside from a variety of food and drinks available, families and their kids can swim in the adjacent Macungie Memorial swimming pool while dad enjoys the show.
Free bands will be playing throughout the three days featuring the Large Flower Heads on Friday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., then on Saturday afternoon the Allentown Hobo Band takes the stage, and during the evening, Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods will entertain.
And a ritual of sorts is the Friday night cruise through Emmaus, featuring the first 200 cars that sign up on Friday. While burnouts where common during past shows, they’re, unfortunately, not allowed this year.
“The street rod and custom car hobby is a unique part of American culture and each year the Jamboree draws approximately 15,000 spectators and participants. And over the past 20 years, an average of $60,000 is given each year to local charities and to the Wheels of Time scholarship program for young adults. Since its inception, the Jamboree has given over $1,200,000 to local community organizations, over 300 scholarships have been awarded and hundreds of pints of blood were given to Miller-Keystone Blood Center. All thanks to participants, spectators and an army of free volunteers who work to support the show,” said Ken Martin, WOT President.
The Jamboree opens each day at 7 a.m. and closes at dusk Friday and Saturday. Sunday, the show wraps up at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 (youngsters under 16 are free) and if you bring non-perishable food items you’ll get $2 off the admission price. The collected food is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank as it has been over the life of the show.
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