38th Wheels of Time Street Rod & Custom Jamboree

The Wheels of Time Street Rod Association held its 38th rod & custom jamboree at Macungie Memorial Park Macungie, Pennsylvania.

Kenny Gruber's 1934 Chevrolet glows under sunny skies at Wheels of Time show | Jed Rapoport photos

Kenny Gruber’s 1934 Chevrolet glows under sunny skies at Wheels of Time show | Jed Rapoport photos

The Wheels of Time Street Rod Association held its 38th rod & custom jamboree at Macungie Memorial Park Macungie, Pennsylvania, where the featured guest this year was Henry Winkler, Fonzie from the television series Happy Days.

Winkler spent all three days of the event graciously signing autographs and having his picture taken with the endless lines of people.

Henry Winkler signed autographs, took photos with guests and was an incredibly good sport for three full days. 

Henry Winkler signed autographs, took photos with guests and was an incredibly good sport for three full days.

Another feature was a display of vintage military equipment including a fully decked-out Vietnam-era helicopter as a tribute to veterans.

A small carnival offered rides while several hundred vendors filled another field at the family-friendly event with crafts, car services and parts. Parades were held each evening through local towns and there also were poker runs, bus tours of local sites, live music, valve-cover racing, raffles and food.

The highlight of the weekend was the approximately 1,500 cars on display. For those unfamiliar with the Street Rodding scene, unlike the mainsream world of vintage car collecting where preservation and restoration to factory specifications are the norm, street rodding has few if any limitations on the creativity of car owners and builders. In fact, the only real rule that matters is that what you build be safe.

Cars from all eras and all styles where represented on the show field.

A fascinating 1961 Corvette belonging to Bob & Betsy Yanni of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was pure collector car, beautifully restored to its racing condition when it was the 1968 NHRA record holder in F/Stock class.

At the other end of the spectrum was the totally outlandish rat-rod 1930 Ford creation of Chris & Jeanne Remmel of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. The car paid hommage to the plumbing trades with a wide and creative use of soldered copper pipe and found objects.

Rat-rods were a common theme this year but classic 1920s to 1940s Ford’s still dominated as the most chosen make. However, some of the alternative brands were real standouts, such as the totally slammed to the ground 1960 Rambler statkon wagon of Shana Markowitz or the 409 Chevy-powered Henry J drag
ster of Gerald Csontos.

Photos by Jed Rapoport

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