Car Shows

2018 O’Reilly Auto Parts World Of Wheels

Birmingham, AL

   The O’ Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels is one of the largest annual car shows in Alabama. The 47th annual event was held from February 9-11 in downtown Birmingham, AL. The event featured all sorts of extreme and extraordinary vehicles from around the country. The World of Wheels is a family-friendly atmosphere with kids activities, food, and vendors. A few celebrities were in attendance such as Alabama Crimson Tide football players, Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island”, and WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair. There was so much fun to have it was literally exhausting.

Video filmed and edited by Pat J. Moon

   The 1971 “Striker” Plymouth Barracuda has all the goods. This car was one of the crowd pleasers with its Foose 18″x7″ Nitrous II wheels in the front and 20″x15″ in the rear. Under the hood lies a blown 6.1L SRT engine that is bolted up to a Nag 1 transmission. Jesse Matlock is the owner of this classy Cuda.

   This beautiful 1932 Ford Roaster Truck was built by Goolsby Customs of Hueytown, AL. The combination of starfire blue paint, tan interior, and white wall tires is the perfect recipe for a cool street rod. The car has an Oldsmobile Rocket 88 engine that features custom exhaust by Goolsby Customs. This ’32 roadster has a modern style drivetrain with a Bowler TKO 5-speed transmission and a Currie 9″ rear end.  Matthew Gordon is the owner of this amazing hot rod truck.

   Big Tim Smith is the owner of this upscale 2016 Rolls-Royce Wraith. Do not let the elegance and style fool you, this car is a beast. It has a twin turbo 6.0L V12 that makes 624 horsepower and is capable of doing 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds!

   This creation is known as the Casket Dragster “Resurrection”. To call this thing a death trap is an intended pun. It is powered by a Ford 351-M400 engine with a 9″ rear end and 4.68:1 gears.

   The pink 2015 Z06 Corvette bought a ton of attention upon its self. It also features matching custom interior accents. The car is powered by a supercharged 6.2L LT4 that makes 650hp and 650ft_lbs of torque.

   This 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 “Sports Coupe” was one of the best restored classic cars on display. It has a “K” code high-performance 289ci engine that makes 271hp. The paint color is Rangoon red along with the Galaxie Appearance Package. The car belongs to Jeep Compton and Gene Sullivan of Lufkin, TX.

   The “Black Pearl” is a 1961 VW dune buggy. The flake style paint is called “Midnight Fox” and it was painted by Lynch Mob Customs. The pirate-themed buggy is powered by an air-cooled 1776cc engine.

   The Birmingham Mopar Owners Club has some of the nicest Crysler based cars in the state of Alabama. Their display featured an array of classic and late model rides. B.M.O.C has their annual event coming up at The Wellborn Musclecar Museum. Click here to view the B.M.O.C event

   A 1929 Nash 434 painted by Kaotic Kustoms.

   This Chevrolet C10 is a little on the extreme side. The custom flame paint goes well with the slammed stance and big wheels.

   Hesco Automotive & Performance Center LLC had a few cars on display. Hesco can build and tune anything on wheels. They have customers from all around the world that send their cars to Alabama for Hesco’s expert engineering.

   The ECM Speedway is located in Arkadelphia, AL. ECM Speedway host intense and fast dirt track racing. Last summer we were invited to cover some races at their facility and had an excellent experience. We had so much fun, we plan on going to a couple more races this year.

   Josh Baggett of Classic Car Motoring and Dustin Lambert won the “Best Display Award”. These guys had everything from a lounge area, luxury cars, exotic cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

   The Saleen section had non stop traffic flowing around it.  There were Saleens ranging from the SN95 body style to later model versions.

   Vini’s Hot Rods is based out of Alabaster, AL. When it comes to getting extraordinary custom and performance work done on your ride, this is the place. The customer’s car shown is a late 1960’s  Mustang that has a 5.4L modular engine with a Whipple twin-screw supercharger. We hope to see this monster when the crew at Vini’s finishes it!

   The custom Optimus Prime themed truck was one of the main attractions at this year’s World Of Wheels. Spectators were welcome to sit in the driver seat to get their pictures taken.

   One very clean Chevy K5 Blazer.

   This is a 2003 Campagna Trex owned by Ken Fomby of Ashville, AL.

   There were some Star Wars characters roaming the exhibit that created a novelty experience during the car show.

   A. Renee and B Rahj ran the 95.7 JAMZ radio station booth. They were signing people up for a free drawing to win a brand new set of wheels.



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