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PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH Bright and comfortable weather Aug. 24 brings out an PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH Bright and comfortable weather Aug. 24 brings out an "exceptional" number of fans for the 36th annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Car Jamboree held Aug. 22 through 24 at Macungie Memorial Park.
Members of the Macungie Minstrelaires singing group cook and serve cheese steaks and other festival food at the 36th annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree at Macungie Memorial Park. Pictured are from left: Bill Konek, Russel Schantz, Sandy Schantz and Dee Konek, all of Emmaus. Members of the Macungie Minstrelaires singing group cook and serve cheese steaks and other festival food at the 36th annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree at Macungie Memorial Park. Pictured are from left: Bill Konek, Russel Schantz, Sandy Schantz and Dee Konek, all of Emmaus.
This LeMans-type race car, owned by Chris Moore, of Mertztown, draws fans at the 36th annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree. The street-legal vehicle sports a 600 horsepower engine and is said to be able to go from zero to 100-miles-per-hour in five-to-six seconds. This LeMans-type race car, owned by Chris Moore, of Mertztown, draws fans at the 36th annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree. The street-legal vehicle sports a 600 horsepower engine and is said to be able to go from zero to 100-miles-per-hour in five-to-six seconds.
Rick Dore, of Carlsbad, Calif., is the featured personality at the 36th annual Rod & Custom Jamboree. Well-known among custom-built car fans, Dore is star of the Discovery Channel cable television show, Rick Dore, of Carlsbad, Calif., is the featured personality at the 36th annual Rod & Custom Jamboree. Well-known among custom-built car fans, Dore is star of the Discovery Channel cable television show, "Lords of the Car Hoards," which debuted earlier this year. His custom creation was created around a 1937 Lincoln on a 1948 Jaguar chassis.
Festival food is always a big draw at car show events held at Macungie Memorial Park. Here Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree volunteer Trisha Seislove, of Zionsville, enjoys pork ribs at the show held August 22, 23 and 24. Festival food is always a big draw at car show events held at Macungie Memorial Park. Here Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree volunteer Trisha Seislove, of Zionsville, enjoys pork ribs at the show held August 22, 23 and 24.
Kevin Titmus, left of Slatington, and Larry Peck, of Allentown, examine a custom rod owned by Nick Bazic, of Palmerton. The rod was created from a 1930 Ford Model A. Kevin Titmus, left of Slatington, and Larry Peck, of Allentown, examine a custom rod owned by Nick Bazic, of Palmerton. The rod was created from a 1930 Ford Model A.

WHEELS OF TIME Car enthusiasts enjoy annual event in Macungie

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

After two days of off-and-on rain Aug. 22 and 23, bright and comfortable weather Aug. 24 brought out an "exceptional" number of fans for the 36th annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Car Jamboree at Macungie Memorial Park.

Wheels of Time club president Ken Martin said "because of yesterday's [Saturday] weather, people apparently held off and came today," saying attendance for the final day of the annual three-day weekend show was better than normal.

So much better, said Martin, an expected $60,000 would be donated to more than two dozen charitable organizations and Wheels of Time scholarship programs.

"All the money we raise, after our expenses to put on the jamboree, goes to charitable organizations," Martin said.

The club's more than 100 members "work all year to organize and run this show," Martin said. "With club members, family and friends, we have 350 to 400 volunteers working over the three days to make it a success."

Wheels of Time, which draws 1,500 street rods and custom cars to its annual show, is considered one of the largest all-volunteer organizations in the country, Martin said. The cars shown must be based on vehicles manufactured before 1984.

The popularity of the street rod and custom car hobby is a unique part of American culture, Martin said, estimating it draws millions of participants and spectators in similar shows across the nation.

The featured personality this year was Rick Dore, an American custom car builder, who has been prominent in the field since the 1990s. He operates Rick Dore Kustoms in California.

Dore's focus is American roadsters from the 1930s through 1960s. He is the co-host, with Chuck Palumbo of the cable television Discovery Channel show, "Lords of the Car Hoards," which debuted earlier this year.

Dore signed autographs and posed with the "Black Pearl" custom creation he built for a member of the rock band Metallica. The custom car is based on a 1937 Lincoln, built on a 1948 Jaguar chassis.

Festival food from vendors across the Macungie Memorial Park fed the crowds, and a number of events, including wrestling on Saturday, provided something for all ages.