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World of Wheels/All American Bike Show - Kansas City

Written by  March 31, 2005

It’s two great shows for the price of one when the CARQUEST World of Wheels Auto Rama and Cavalcade of Customs makes its annual stop at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The All American Motorcycle Show, sponsored this year by Worth Harley-Davidson North and Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, along with the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), includes American-built motorcycles that are classed and judged separately from the bikes entered in the World of Wheels show. Anyone who attended the event during the weekend of March 11 through 13 had the opportunity to see some terrific bikes as well as an amazing array of automobiles, including antiques, street rods, custom cars and trucks, 4-wheel drive rock crawlers, and racecars of all kinds.

Appearing as special guests were WWE wrestlers John Cena and Lita, Dennis Gage from TV’s “ My Classic Car,” Courtney Hansen from the “ Overhaulin'” TV series, NHRA Top Fuel Champ, Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher, Ben Jones who starred as “ Cooter” on “ The Dukes of Hazzard,” and feature models Heather Tindell and Jennifer England. SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer were on hand to the delight of the children. A BMX stunt team put on several shows to entertain the crowd. Featured vehicles included Dore’s 1952 Cadillac “Kashmir,” Morrison’s GT55, Harry Westergard’s 1940 Mercury, “General Lee” Dodge Charger from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Trepanier’s Sickfish 'Cuda, Xeno III concept vehicle, and many more.

With the return of Worth Harley-Davidson North and Blue Springs Harley-Davidson as sponsors of the All American Motorcycle Show, the task of coordinating and performing all of the required behind-the-scenes work was assigned to the capable volunteers of the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter. They did a remarkable job! Activities Officer Jeff Holland coordinated volunteer assignments, Assistant Director Troy Orlando and others spent many hours planning and laying out the assigned spaces for each entry, and Jim Koontz headed the dedicated group that assisted the bikers with checking in and finding their display locations. The club set up a booth that was staffed all weekend by volunteers who answered questions and provided information about H.O.G. They also revived a chapter bike show tradition—shooting photos for charity. For a $5 donation to Dream Catchers, visitors to the show received a Polaroid photo of themselves or their kids posing on a beautiful blue Softail Standard in front of an American flag. The proceeds totaled an impressive $650.

In addition to over eighty entries in the All American Bike Show, a number of new Harleys were shown by both of the sponsoring dealerships. West Coast Choppers also had a large exhibit featuring a wild pro-mod drag racecar and Jesse James’ choppers El Diablo I and II. Local dealerships Hawg Wyld Cycles and Jack Miller American Thunder V-Twin had motorcycles on display as well. Charities who had booths at the show included March of Dimes Bikers for Babies® and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Ararat Shrine also had bikes on display with information available about their wonderful charity work.

Where there are cool cars and rad bikes, it seems there are always lots of lovely ladies. This event was no exception. The lovely Nicole was on hand at Worth North’s exhibit to autograph posters. This dynamite redhead is featured in some of the dealership’s advertising and definitely succeeds in drawing attention to their products. Nicole graciously consented to posing for a few photos. Later, I met Jennifer and Monica who enjoyed posing for photographs on several motorcycles to the delight of several photographers, including yours truly.

For me, motorcycle shows are as much about people as they are about bikes. I really enjoy meeting new people and renewing old acquaintances. Mike and Suzi, riding buddies who I had not seen for a number of years, were at the show selling their new product called “Da Mount.” It’s a wall rack that conveniently stores detachable motorcycle windshields, keeping them handy, but out of harm’s way. Tom Edmonds was on hand with his 1942 WLA. I remember years ago when Tom kept an eye on my scoot while I listened to blues bands at Blayney’s in Westport where he was the doorman. I also had a visit with Ray Oulman, who had entered several Cushmans and other scooters in the World of Wheels Show. Ray gave me information about the 3rd Annual Western Missouri Rally for scooters and motorbikes that will be held in Lathrop, Missouri, on September 10 and 11. Thomas Wilkerson and his 25-year-old son, William, had entered their bikes, a 1995 Harley Road King and a 2003 Suzuki GSRX sport bike, respectively. Thomas and I discussed how the difference in their taste in motorcycles, perhaps due to the generation gap, doesn’t keep them from enjoying rides together. I talked with Tommy “Too Much” Martin about a couple of bikes he had painted that were in the All American Show. His work never ceases to amaze me.

There were at least two motorcycles exhibited as memorials to loved ones. One was “Flaming Hot,” a 2003 Softail 250 Custom—displayed in memory of Jay Settles (1/7/54–8/17/04) by Ellen Settles. This gorgeous bike, built by Brand X Choppers and painted by Scott Thomas, took first place in the World of Wheels chopper class. The other memorial bike was a 1995 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy lovingly displayed by the family of Ryan Consolver, who was tragically killed at the age of 24 when he crashed while riding that motorcycle on August 11, 2002. Ryan’s bike was not badly damaged in the accident and has been beautifully restored and customized by his dad. His 1989 GMC K1500 pickup were customized and painted to match. Both vehicles won first place awards from World of Wheels. Ryan’s mom asked me to let our readers know about the 3rd Annual Ride for Ryan that will be held in St. Joseph, Missouri, on June 4. Proceeds from the ride provide scholarships for students interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry, Ryan’s chosen line of work. More information about the ride is available in our Rallies and Events-Local calendar. Check out “A Helping Hand” in our May issue for more of Ryan’s story.

This year’s show, once again a huge success, ended with the presentation of awards in the World of Wheels classes and the All American Bike Show. Congratulations to all of the winners! If you missed this show or if you did attend and can’t wait for another chance to see fantastic show bikes, don’t miss the Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show at Bartle Hall on April 9. Be sure to stop by the Cycle Connections booth. See you there!

Story and Photos by Stripe