Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2012 All-American Motorcycle Show/World of Wheels-Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  February 29, 2012

Bartle Hall was the place to be in Kansas City during the weekend of February 10-12. Hot rod and custom car fans and motorcycle enthusiasts attended the 52nd Annual World of Wheels show sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts. Each year the All-American Motorcycle Show, an invitational event presented by Gail’s Harley-Davidson , is a special feature at World of Wheels. This year’s ticket prices were $17 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 to 12 with discounts available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. World of Wheels has several motorcycle classes that are judged separately from those in the All-American show. Whether your preference is American or metric, stock or custom, street or off-road, modern or vintage, this show had plenty of entries to admire.

The Cycle Connections booth was staffed by editor Mike, Doc Lonnie and Donna, Danny and Amanda, and me. Mike, Lonnie, and Danny also had bikes entered in the show. Past cover models Shaunta’ (November 2010), Chelsey (December 2010), and Nichole (June 2008) were on hand to sign autographs and pose with visitors to our booth. The ladies were frequently requested by exhibitors to go and pose with their cars or bikes. Neighboring booths were occupied by our friends from Bikers Against Child Abuse on one side and the Bikers for Babies® RIDE on the other. Across the aisle was Gail Holsman’s exhibit featuring two sweet ’69 Camaros and a dragster.

World of Wheels always features many special vehicles and appearances by several celebrities. Billy Bretherton, star of A&E’s Billy the Exterminator, Zendaya Coleman who is Rocky on Disney’s Shake It Up, and W.W.E. superstar Rey Mysterio signed autographs for those who were patient enough to wait in long lines. Nichole’s daughter Skylar was in the Zendaya line. Snake Bite Orphans, The Quivers, and Dead Horse Sound Co. performed live music throughout the weekend. Featured vehicles included a 1960’s bubble top car named Mantaray, the BASF Mercedes Gull Wing car designed and customized by Chip Foose, the Camaro from Transformers III, and another bubble top car known as the Roswell Rod, BMX bicyclists and an in-line skater put on extreme freestyle exhibitions all three days, and the Kansas City Pinstripers auctioned off art to benefit the Dream Factory.

The awards presentation for the All-American show began at 7 p.m. Sunday evening. Two pretty young ladies handed out the awards as Gail Worth announced the winners. The presentation included a slide show so that the audience could see which entries won which awards. Photos for the slide show were the work of Amanda Davidson (Fatmonkey Snapshots) and Crystal Hickey. The Cycle Connections staff did well with all three bikes receiving awards.

With all of the celebrities to meet, exhibits to view, and other activities, it was a terrific show. The Cycle Connections crew appreciates all who visited our booth. As always, Gail and her staff, with assistance from the American Heartland H.O.G. Chapter, did a great job handling all of the details and hard work involved in putting on a show of this magnitude. It’s something to look forward to every year.

Article by Stripe

Photos by Mike Schweder, Doc Lonnie Blum, and Stripe