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55th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  March 21, 2015

During the weekend of February 13 through 15, Kansas City’s Bartle Hall was the venue for the 55th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels presented by Weld Engineering Performance. Tickets to the show sold for $18 for adults and $6 for children aged 6 to 12. Discount tickets were available at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. As usual, the exhibition hall was packed with high-dollar sports cars, classic cars, street rods, race cars, rat rods, and vendor booths. There were show classes for motorcycles as well as cars, but the bike count was down considerably due to the fact that, unlike past shows for many years, the All American Motorcycle Show was not one of the event features.

The list of feature attractions was still impressive including cars from the Fast & Furious movie series, a Street Rod Shootout ($3,000; $2,000; and $1,000 prizes), Cavalcade of Customs, Muscle Town Display of performance cars, Snake Pit Fords (Cobras and Shelbys), and the Pedal Car Challenge, to name a few. The Lowrider Nation display included the Lowrider Magazine semi, Editor Joe Ray, cars, and beautiful Lowrider models who were happy to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans. Representatives of Meguiar’s provided demonstrations of detailing techniques using their car care products. As always, pinstripe artworks were auctioned off to benefit Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City.

Celebrities making appearances at World of Wheels included Peyton List “Emma Ross” from Disney’s “Jessie,” Sean Whitley “Farmtruck” and Jeff Bennett “AZN” from the “Street Outlaws” television series, and WWE superstar Sheamus. In the past, the show has featured stunt riders on motorcycles, bicycles, or skateboards, but these demonstrations were not on the agenda for this year.

Although the numbers were down, the quality of motorcycles included in the show was definitely not. There were dealership displays from Gail’s Harley-Davidson, Worth Harley-Davidson, and Indian Motorcycle Kansas City. Turkey Creek Motorcycles showed off some nice rides. The star of the show, however, was Larry Moore’s radical Shovelhead “Kontrolled Kaos.” Cycle Connections featured Larry’s cool “Rainmaker” Indian on our April, 2010, cover, and this Harley is even more spectacular. In addition to collecting the Best in Show award in Kansas City, Larry has subsequently won honors at several major shows all over the country including the Rat’s Hole in Daytona and Easyriders Magazine’s Columbus, Ohio, show where “Kontrolled Kaos” was chosen as the Easyriders 2015 Bike of the Year. Nearly every piece of the bike was hand-made, and the 1,500 hours invested by Larry paid off in a big way. When Larry slows down a little bit, we’ll try to get more info on this masterpiece machine to share with our readers.

It seemed strange not having a Cycle Connections booth at the show, but I still enjoyed attending and intend to be back next year. There is always plenty to see and do at World of Wheels, and it’s especially nice to visit with many of the great people who show up.

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com