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"King Richard" to Appear at 55th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts "World of Wheels" Car Show

The 55th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels car show takes place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds now through Sunday, February 9, 2014, and will feature special celebrity appearances by former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett, and none other than 7-time NASCAR champion, Richard Petty, a.k.a., “King Richard” himself.

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FunCityFinder was on site as they prepared for the show. We took a few shots, and gathered as much info as we could.

Celebrity appearances aside, this show is first and foremost about cars, trucks and motorcycles—but mostly cars. Expect to see some sweet hot rods, customs, Resto Mods and other beautifully restored classics on display at the Blue Ribbon, Champions and South Pavilions. In fact, Word of Wheels is the state’s largest indoor custom car, truck and motorcycle show.

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The Bar’s Leaks monster truck will be on display through the course of the show. This awesome display of engineering is a sight to behold. It represents a blueprint for the kind of success Bar’s Leaks has had in so many monster truck competitions, with multiple driver victories.

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Other special car themed sections include “Wild, Wild Horses” 50th Anniversary Mustang exhibit, “British Invasion”, “Alive in ’55″ and “Motorama 1962.”

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One example of the kind of cool cars you can expect at the show is this sweet 1969 GTO Judge Ram Air IV, dubbed “Judge Mental.” This bright orange masterpiece is a is a true GTO built as a tribute to the great 1969 Judge GTO. It rocks with 14X20 rear wheels, an adjustable suspension on all four corners and 19X9’s on the front. Inside is a custom dash, a front-to-back console, and custom bucket seats in front and back. The instrumentation includes custom gauges with the JudgeMENTAL logo on the faces. The engine cranks out an amazing 665HP and 650lbs of torque.

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In addition to cars, there are even a few motorcycles, one of which harkens to a simpler era in motorcycle production. This bike is just waiting to be brought back to life with a restoration.

Career Day

A “Career Day”will be held for automotive students of high school and college on Friday starting at 9:30 a.m. The goal of Career Day is to support the automotive educational programs at schools by exposing students to the wide range of opportunities in the industry through speakers, corporate support and event participation.

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Kids Area

A new attraction at this year’s show is the GaugeMagazine.com Lifestyle Section, which will feature fun mini-vehicles, such as mini trucks, tuners and bicycles in the new fairgrounds Youth Arena. Also expect DJ’s, the Purrfect Angels Dance, Fashion show and the high-flying BMX extreme show in this section of the show.

Charity Auction

The 12th Annual Pinstriper Panel Jam & Charity Auction will take place center stage, from Friday, Feb. 7, through Sunday, Feb. 9. Everything from tool boxes, purses, bowling pins, panels, toilet seats, mail boxes and other unique items will be up for auction. Plus, each day before the auction, Pinstripers will be at your disposal to “decorate” your personal items, such as cellphones, purses, wallets and what-have-you in exchange for you donation. Auctions will take place on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. as well as on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Live Bands

As mentioned earlier, Motorama 1962 is a special theme at this year’s show, and will feature the rock-a-billy music of the Art Adams Band on Friday night, (February 7) at 7:00 p.m. Jane Adams and The Dead End Boys take the stage on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

WWE Wrestling star Chris Jericho will make a special appearance on Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

This promises to be a fun show, with lots to do and see for the whole family. There will be plenty of vendors on-site, selling a wide variety of automotive-themed merchandise.

Event Info

  • What: 55th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels
  • When: Friday, February 7, 2014 – Sunday, February 9, 2014
  • Where: Indiana State Fairground, 1202 E. 38th St. Indianapolis, IN 46205
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