The Wheels of Time Street Rod Association announces its 31st Annual Rod & Custom Jamboree at Macungie Memorial Park on August 28th, 29th, and 30th. This show will be the best ever with more features, activities, entertainment, and family fun for participants and spectators alike. Proceeds benefit more than two dozen charitable organizations and scholarship programs. Special features will highlight the 31-year history of the show and benefits to the Greater Lehigh Valley Community.
The Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree includes over 1,800 street rods and custom cars, 1969 or older, Each vehicle is an individual creation representing American innovation and creativity and is a unique expression of performance and style by its owner. Coveted Wheels of Time awards are given each year to 30 participant’s cars at the show. National Street Rod Association Vehicle Safety Inspections are also conducted free of charge during the show.
The street rod and custom car hobby is a unique part of American culture and draws millions of participants and spectators to events all across the country. The Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree is one of the largest all-volunteer events in the nation and each year approximately 20,000 spectators and participants attend the show with proceeds from donations given to local charities and the Wheels of Time scholarship program for young adults. To date, over $1,000,000 has been donated to local community organizations, over 300 scholarships have been awarded, and hundreds of pints of blood have been given to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center. Wheels of Time members have also provided incalculable community support in cars for parades and events, volunteer hours, and support for those in need.
The main feature of this year’s Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree will be a special appearance by Dennis Gage from his TV show “My Classic Car”. Mr. Gage and his crew will be filming the Jamboree for an upcoming episode of this popular car show. So put on your nice clothes and polish up your car, because you may find your self on TV. Other features on Saturday include a show by magician Tom Yurasits at 1 pm and a show by Dialed Action Sports of BMX bicycle tricks and stunts from 1 – 3 pm.
Other highlights include the famous Wheels of Time Teeter-Totter where participants test their driving skills by balancing their car on a giant teeter-totter, and special tech sessions dealing with key aspects of car building. The huge flea market and crafts area has 300 vendors, plus a car corral with dozens of cars for sale. The beautiful Macungie Park offers many good food vendors, swimming pool, and playground for the kids.
This year many bands will play at the Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree throughout the 3 days. Friday evening band and dance entertainment from 7:30pm to 10:30pm will be by the “Left Edge Classic Rock Band.” Saturday afternoon the band stage will include performances by Smith Compound band, Cherry Bombs, and Dibbs Preston. Saturday evening band and dance entertainment from 8:00pm to 11:00pm will be by “Shake Rattle and Soul.”
Many other activities are going on though out the weekend thru the efforts of the Ladies Auxillary. On Friday, they have planned a cake walk, bingo, gift basket raffle, and other raffles. On Saturday and Sunday, planned is a Chinese auction, bingo, crafts and guessing games. Some other activities include Friday tours of Vyncrest Vineyard, America on Wheels, Lehigh Valley Zoo, and Country Barn Antiques. Saturday has an auction of merchandise to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association at 3 pm. This popular event always brings unique items and all proceeds go to charity. Sunday has a new event featuring a Kids Pedal Tractor pull open to kids from age 4 to 12 with registration at 11:30 am. and pulls starting at 12 noon.
The show opens each day at 7:00 AM. Spectator gate donation is $7 (under 16 free). Bring a non-perishable food item and get $1 off the admission price. Food is donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank, with tons of food donated over the years. All net proceeds from the gate go to area charities and the Wheels of Time scholarship program for young adults.
David Lyons, Vice President of Development for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, said, “The Wheels of Time is a long-time supporter of Good Shepherd and received our prestigious Raker Memorial Award in 2002. Over the past 18 years, the organization has benefited our clients and residents by donating more than $94,000. Good Shepherd’s mission is to improve function and independence for those we serve. Through the support of the Wheels of Time, we are able to communicate that mission to the thousands of individuals who participate in and attend the Jamboree each year.”
Amada Tully, Wheels of Time scholarship recipient said, “I am so grateful to the Wheels of Time for providing scholarship support that enabled me to pursue a promising career in the automotive field. I participated in the Wheels of Time Scholarship program in 1998 and 1999, and today am a Finance Manager with BMW on Long Island, New York. What the Wheels of Time does to help young people is wonderful!”
Russell Neff, one of the original four founding members of the Wheels of Time Street Rod Association and long-time MASRA Safety Inspector, who was an organizer of the First Rod & Custom Jamboree added, “I am so proud that our original Rod Run to the Grove in Alburtis has grown into one of the largest all-volunteer rod and custom car shows in the country. The enjoyment we provide for participants and spectators, and the many benefits we provide to our community gives us much satisfaction and makes the year-long effort by our members of putting on this show all worthwhile.”
A special thanks to our long-time Gold sponsor East Penn Bank. Also thanks to Silver Sponsors; Blast From The Past Street Rods and Customs, and Poorboy’s World Polishing and Detail Products. We are especially grateful to the Macungie Memorial Park, and the members of the Wheels of Time and their spouses and families for the year-long effort that goes into putting on the Rod & Custom Jamboree.
For more event information, visit www.wheelsoftime.org or call 610-824-7846. For interviews, contact Ricky Butz or 610-682-2938.
Come join us and celebrate our 31st year of family fun and community support August 28th, 29th, and 30th at Macungie Memorial Park!