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The Eagle 1 World of Wheels hot-rod show roars into America's Center

If you're looking for a cherry ride with a chop-top that's been frenched, blown and dropped, you'd better head to the Eagle 1 World of Wheels hot-rod show at America's Center before you do something embarrassing.

Creamy, dreamy custom cars and motorcycles with liquid paint jobs and imposing engines dipped in chrome are the objects of adoration here. The stars include the "candy lime gold and chartreuse"-painted Cadstar, a remake of a 1954 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Please don't confuse it with the lilac-and-pearl Cadster, which began with a similar chassis but became a creature from a galaxy far, far away. The burnt-orange 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon christened Intruder is paired with the "orange sherbet" 1958 Chevy Yeoman station wagon known as Rad Mad. Old-schoolers will drool over the replica of custom king George Barris' Ala Kart, a fusion of a 1927 Model T and a 1929 Ford pickup. Barris is the visionary responsible for the Batmobile from the Batman TV show of the '60s, The Munsters' Dragula, Greased Lightning from the movie Grease and many other one-of-a-kinds.

Other goodies include the Creative Sports BMX Extreme Shows, the Motorcycle Trials stunt show, the Street Rodder magazine "Fat Attack" display of restored fat-fendered cars from the 1930s and '40s, the Lowrider magazine custom bicycle competition, auto-sound challenges, exhibits of automotive art and memorabilia, product demos and the occasional hopping lowrider.

The requisite autograph-signers include master of self-destruction WWF wrestler Mankind, a.k.a. Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mick Foley. Foley is famous for launching his huge frame across great distances to yield unfaked catastrophic bodily injury in his choreographed sport. John Schneider left the General Lee in the garage, but the man who will be forever known as Bo Duke stops firing arrows with explosive tips at outhouses long enough to sign some glossy head shots.

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