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Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree
August 8, 9:59 AM Allentown Autos Examiner Nick Hromiak

The 31st annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree car show returns to Macungie Memorial Park in Macungie and runs from August 28-30.

Wheels of Time Rod and Custom Jamboree

Over 2000 street rods, muscle cars and customized cars will be displayed during the three-day show. And this year, Dennis Gage from “My Classic Car” and his film crew will be filming at the show on Saturday, Aug. 29.

In addition, there will be nostalgia drag cars, Kid’s Tractor Pulls, Valve cover races, Chinese and charity auctions, an illusionist, BMX acrobatics, unique customs cars of the past, a Motor Maniac contest (which brings out the most powerful and loudest souped-up rods) and a “Teeter Totter” contest whereby drivers attempt to balance their cars on giant tetter-totter while moving forward and backward fractions of an inch for better balance. And they only have three minutes in which to do it.

31st annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree

As always, an automotive flea market offers parts, pieces and practically anything you’d need to customize or fix an old car or rod.

For women, an Arts and Crafts area offers everything from jewelry to hand-painted gourds and artwork.

On opening day, the annual Evening Cruise takes the cars on the road in a parade through the towns of Macungie and Emmaus. It’s a sight to behold and is destined to give car buffs goose bumps upon hearing the sweet music emanating from cars equipped with superchargers and hot mufflers or straight pipes. The cruise starts at 6:30 p.m. from the Allen Organ Company parking lot and proceeds south on Main Street then turns left on Buckeye Road to Brookside Drive to Route 29 into Emmaus. Spectators are invited to line the parade routes to view this spectacle of automotive excitement.

New this year is that the qualifying model year has been raised to 1969 and older cars that meet the 100 point rule. This means more custom cars of that era.

There’s entertainment daily with live bands performing from noon until 10 p.m. on Friday night and 11 p.m. on Saturday night.

31st annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree

The show opens at 7 a.m. each day and continues to sundown. A donation of $7 is asked or $6 if donating a can of food for the Allentown Rescue Mission. Children under 16, when accompanied by an adult, are free. A portion of the shows’ proceeds benefit local charities and local Vo-Tech Automotive Technology graduates with a Scholarship Program.

For general information or registration requirements, check the Jamboree’s website www.wheelsoftime.org or call 1-810-824-7846.