Awards from 2010 O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels

Throughout the weekend, cars compete for the prestigious Legend Cup, sponsored by CleanTools. This award is given to the winning vehicle which best represents a combination of style, quality and craftsmanship during the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels weekend. The winner of the CleanTools Legend Cup is awarded a beautiful perennial cup and presented with a check for $5,000.

Tammy Ray‘s custom built 1933 Ford Phaeton (left) earned her the 2010 Legend Cup, sponsored by CleanTools. Tammy Ray also won the 2010 Ridler Award at Detroit’s Autorama, making her the first person to win both the Ridler Award and Legend Cup.

Other contenders for the Legend Cup include“Select Six” recipients: Richard and Paige Udell’s 1932 Ford Roadster, Alton Love’s 1956 Chevy 210, George Poteet’s 1932 Ford Pick Up, Sam Lynn’s 1967 Pontiac Firebird, and Vince Spretnjak’s 1934 Ford Coupe. For a complete list of Chicago’s award recipients, press here.

Congratulations to all 2010 winners. We hope to see you next year!

First Look: O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels

The Kurman Communications team was lucky enough to organize today’s media preview of the 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. (5555 N. River Rd.) The show opened to the public this afternoon at 3 p.m., and runs through Sunday, Mar. 7. It’s the first time the show has been held at the Stephens Convention Center, and what a change! It’s nearly twice the amount of space as previous shows, which means more custom cars, cycles and booths for you to browse.

Check out some of the cars and cycles that are at this year’s show:

Just a few of the custom cars and cycles you'll see at this year's O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels

Tickets are still available for World of Wheels! Admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. There is no admission fee for children five and under. Pick up tickets at the door, or at a discounted price at Chicago area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. Show hours are 3 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.worldofwheels.com or follow us on Twitter: @WorldofWheelsIL.

The Kurman Communications team was lucky enough to organize today’s media preview of the 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. (5555 N. River Rd.) The show opened to the public this afternoon at 3 p.m., and runs through Sunday, Mar. 7. It’s the first time the show has been held at the Stephens Convention Center, and what a change! It’s nearly twice the amount of space as previous shows, which means more custom cars, cycles and booths for you to browse.

Check out some of the cars and cycles that are at this year’s show:

Tickets are still available for World of Wheels! Admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children 6-12. There is no admission fee for children five and under. Pick up tickets at the door, or at a discounted price at Chicago area O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. Show hours are 3 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.worldofwheels.com or follow us on Twitter: @WorldofWheelsIL.

O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Featured in Southtown Star and WGN-TV

Larry Way shows off the Summit Racing car, featured at O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels, during WGN's Midday News Thursday, Mar. 4

In case you missed it, the 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels was featured during WGN-TV’s Midday News and highlighted in the Southtown Star. Check out a clip of Larry Way showing WGN anchor Steve Sanders the Summit Racing Series car, a 2,500 horsepower auto!

See the Summit Racing Series car and much more at this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show, taking place March 5-7, 2010 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill.). The event hours are Friday, 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are still available! Purchase tickets at the door or buy discount pre-sale tickets at O’Reilly Auto Parts locations. For more information, visit www.worldofwheels.com.

2010 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Comes to 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels

The 2010 America's Most Beautiful Roadster comes to the 48th Annual O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Mar. 5-7

The 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels proudly welcomes the 2010 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster from the 61st Annual Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Calif. to the World of Wheels show at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill.). The 1933 Ford Roadster, owned by Mike Dingman from Moorpark, Calif., will be competing for the Legend Cup award, among others.

Tickets are still available for the 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels, happening March 5-7, so don’t miss your chance to get to the show. Regular admission can be purchased for $16 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and children five and under are free.

Discount tickets for the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels are available at Chicagoland O’Reilly Auto Parts retailers. Regular adult admission is $14 and children’s admission is $4 if purchased in advance at O’Reilly Auto Parts. To see where the nearest O’Reilly retailer is, please visit www.oreillyauto.com.

Tweet Us and Win!
Be sure to follow the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show on Twitter for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets. One lucky follower will win! Tweet us at @WorldofWheelsIL.

2010 O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels in Chicago to be the largest event in show’s history

The 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels held March 5-7, 2010 at its new location, the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill.), is positioned to be the largest show in the event’s long running history. This year’s show, presented by Denny Guest’s South Oak Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep and produced by Championship Auto Shows, Inc. hosts 500 of the country’s best custom and restored cars. The show is open 3 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday, March 5; 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Admission is $16 per person, $5 for children ages 6-12 and discount tickets can be purchased at any Chicago area O’Reilly Auto Parts retailer.

“As we anticipated, the move from Chicago’s McCormick Place to the Rosemont venue has provided us with more space this year,” says Pete Toundas, president of Championship Auto Shows. “Already the oldest and biggest auto enthusiast event in Chicago, we expect the show to be the largest in the show’s history. The additional space has allowed us to showcase more cars and offer new special exhibits.”

The move to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center enables the show to continue to grow, having 550,000 square feet of exhibition space for its custom and restored cars, trucks and motorcycle exhibits. The show also has more features, vendors, displays and events, including a live charity auction and a lifestyle area with live entertainment, fashion shows and karaoke competitions.

New Features at O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels
The O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels is a weekend to remember with new features like Drag City USA, presenting a unique exhibit of nostalgic dragsters from The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Fla. Among them are Garlits’ personal collection of “swamp rats,” Connie Kalitta’s “Bounty Hunter” and Don Prudhomme’s 1970 Wynn’s Winder, known as “The Snake,” which some may remember as a Hot Wheels car. The dragster exhibit also features the Chi-Town Hustler and Hawaiian Funny Cars from Greg Mosley’s Mopar Museum Moline, Ill.

New this year is the Tuner Galleria featuring a collection of the finest European and Japanese modern muscle and sport compacts paired with live entertainment. A lifestyle aspect is also part of this exhibit, featuring fashion shows featuring PMGirls models, karaoke, dance competitions and more.

Formerly a show in itself, the popular Chevy VetteFest also is a new addition to the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels, where the ultimate in original and restored Corvettes and Chevrolets compete for the Gold Spinner and Triple Crown Awards.

Guests can also enjoy 30-minute shows from the WheelieShow.com’s Streetbike Freestyle Stunt Team. The high-energy, breathtaking shows are held multiple times each day of the three-day event.

Celebrity Showcase, presented by SuperStart Battery
Celebrity appearances are always a popular feature at the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels. The Celebrity Showcase, presented by Super Start Battery, features an all star line up including WWE Women’s Champion Melina Perez (Melina) from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, March 3. Joining the line up this year is also Chip Foose, legendary auto designer and star of “Overhaulin” on TLC who appears at the show from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. The kids will be happy to know that Disney actress Brenda Song from “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Suite Life on Deck” joins the celebrity showcase from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 7.

Back by Popular Demand
Returning this year are popular exhibits including Cycle Rama, featuring more than 100 of the nation’s best custom built choppers; and MotoRama, showcasing traditional rods and customs including cars from the well-known “VooDoo Larry.”

Throughout the weekend, cars compete for the prestigious Legend Cup, sponsored by CleanTools. This award is given to the winning vehicle which best represents a combination of style, quality and craftsmanship during the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels weekend. The winner of the CleanTools Legend Cup is awarded a beautiful perennial cup and presented with a check for $5,000.

O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels also hopes to combine the worlds of auto and art with the Chicago Brushmasters “Kustom Kulture Automotive Art Auction.” This live charity auction features several hundred professionally decorated pieces from artists around the country, and all proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The charity auction will have a special display of NHRA driver Ashley Force’s professional race car. At 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, the Chicago Brushmasters present legendary sign artist Art Dexter with the “Frank H. Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award” for his innovation, mentoring and inspiration to the pinstriping community.

Committed to educating future generations about the automotive industry, the 5th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Student Day is held Friday, March 5 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Participating students visit the show floor to see the vehicles and speak with sponsors and exhibitors before the event opens to the public, as well as earn complimentary access to all parts of the three-day show.

“Championship Auto Shows is committed to providing the best experience possible at the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show,” says Toundas. “We are confident the new features this year will please our guests new and old, and the show will continue to be Chicago’s largest auto enthusiast event.”

About O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels
The 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels, presented by Denny Guest’s South Oak Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep is produced by Championship Auto Shows, Inc. of Auburn Hills, Mich. Part of the International Show Car Association custom car competition, the show takes place March 5-7, 2010 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill.). The event hours are Friday, 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Discount pre-sale tickets can be purchased at O’Reilly Auto Parts. For more information, visit www.worldofwheels.com. Tweeting updates can be found at @WorldofWheelsIL.

Celebrity Showcase, presented by Super Start Battery at the 2010 O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels

The Celebrity Showcase is always a popular attraction at the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show, consistently bringing big names from the automotive and entertainment industries to annual the three-day show. This year is no different when the celebrity showcase, presented by Super Start Battery showcases three entertainers: Melina Perez, Chip Foose and Brenda Song appearing March 5-7 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Melina: Friday, March 5 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Melina Perez, better known as Melina, is an American professional wrestler who did her training at the School of Hard Knocks in San Bernardino, Calif. Melina made her professional debut in 2002, and joined the WWE in 2004. Melina is a three-time WWE Women’s Champion, winning the title twice in 2007 and again in 2009. She also earned the WWE Divas Championship title in 2009, making her the third woman in the history of the WWE to capture both female titles. To learn more, visit www.wwe.com.

Chip Foose: Saturday, March 6 (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; and 7 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Chip Foose is an automotive designer and owner of Foose Design, an automotive and product design development company in Huntington Beach, Calif. Foose began working on vehicles at the age of seven and went on to earn his degree in automotive product design from the Art Center College of Design. Foose Design opened in 1998, and in 2004, Foose became the star of the TLC series “Overhaulin.” Foose continues to provide design consultations to the Big Three automakers. To learn more, visit www.chipfoose.com.

Brenda Song: Sunday, March 7 (Noon-5 p.m.)
Brenda Song is an actress, singer and model who began her show business career as a children’s fashion model. Her television career began in 1995 with commercials and small television roles. In 2002, Song signed a contact with the Disney Channel and in 2005 was selected for a role in the Emmy-nominated series “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” Song continues to play this role in “Suite Life on Deck.” Her character, London Tipton, is the Disney Channel’s longest continuous female character. To learn more, visit www.brendasongsite.com.

Please note that admission to the show does not guarantee a photo or autograph from the celebrities. Attendance is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels
The 48th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels, presented by Denny Guest’s South Oak Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep is produced by Championship Auto Shows, Inc. of Auburn Hills, Mich. Part of the International Show Car Association custom car competition, the show takes place March 5-7, 2010 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Ill.). The event hours are Friday, 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Discount pre-sale tickets can be purchased at O’Reilly Auto Parts. For more information, visit www.worldofwheels.com or www.worldofwheels.wordpress.com. Tweeting updates can be found at @WorldofWheelsIL.

New Announcements for 2010 O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels

We are happy to announce Wheelie Show.com‘s Streetbike Freestyle Stunt Team will perform daily at the 2010 O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels show Mar. 3-5 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. 

The Wheelieshow.com Streetbike FreestyleTeam has set themselves at the forefront of the industry by being the first to create an exhibition team of all world ranked competition riders. Given the skill level and experience of these athletes, the team is guaranteed to deliver the most exciting & professional entertainment experience possible. See a video of the riders from Atlanta’s 2009 World of Wheels show below:

BRTV @ The 2009 World of Wheels (1-18-09) from Brandon Benefield on Vimeo.

The 2010 O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels is also happy to announce the addition of WWE’s Three-Time Women’s Champion (2007, 2009) and the 2009 Divas Champion, MELINA (Melina Perez) to the Celebrity Showcase, presented by Super Start Battery. Melina will be on-site on Friday, March 3 from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Entrance to the show does not guarantee an autograph.

Don’t forget to follow updates on Twitter at @WorldofWheelsIL. For media inquiries about the 2010 show, please contact Kurman Communications, Inc. at (312) 651-9000.

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