2017 Milwaukee World of Wheels!

The cure for winter seasonal depression is a prescription of car shows. Especially in Wisconsin, where days of single-digit temperatures matched with negative windchill gets miserably obnoxious. Thankfully the month of March brings a bit of warm relief to frozen gearheads across the dairy state. We have two car annual car shows on the calendar; the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show and World of Wheels.
While my Camaro currently sits under a one-foot cover of snow (remind to never skimp out on paying for indoor storage during the off-season), a whole fleet of unique and custom machinery rolls into State Fair Park ground in West Allis, a city just a few minutes west of Milwaukee.

Autorama’s traveling car show, World of Wheels stops in Wisconsin once a year, and it’s become a tradition of mine to attend it with a crew of fellow car-lovers. I first covered the Milwaukee World of Wheels for Hooniverse back in 2014 and was stoked to land a press-pass for this year’s show. Crammed into one of the large exhibition centers is a tasteful circus of highly-modified classics, imports, motorcycles, muscle cars, and semi trucks. If eighteen-wheelers are your thing, get to a World of Wheels show near you. For me, they’re obnoxious- so I stuck to gawking, err, drooling at things that would realistically fit in my garage.
I’ve been on a huge obsession lately with old trucks and Toyota Supras for some reason, so I was in luck at this show. Within a few minutes of walking I strolled past a serious AZ80 last generation 1994 Supra, carbon fiber lip and all. A few booths away, a red Supra with a monstrous turbo under the hood sat proud.
Other favorites included:

  • A white 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS with 496 stroker engine throwing down 503-horsepower to the rear wheels.
  • Pair of red Ford Mustangs; a mint 5.0 Foxbody parked next to an ’04 Terminator Cobra.
  • 1967 Toyota Corona Deluxe, with a 90-horsepower four-cylinder, three-speed manual column-shift that sold for $1,700 new. Behind, a 1981 Toyota Trekker, which was built in collaboration with Winnebago and preceded the 4Runner.
  • A ridiculous 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 housing a 427 V8 below a gigantic supercharger. Blue stripes and all. I swear, the ground must have been shaking… even with the engine off.
  • 1976 Oldsmobile Toronado Brougham filled with burgundy inside and out. Look at that plush interior!
  • A Priceless Ford and Chevrolet trucks from the 1950s and 60s bearing intriguing words like ‘Mac’s Moonshine’ and ‘Harley-Davidson’ on the sides.
  • An adorable baby blue, early 1950s Plymouth Cranbrook.

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3 responses to “2017 Milwaukee World of Wheels!”

  1. CanAm-Chad Avatar

    No mention of the green AMC hornet? C’mon!

  2. salguod Avatar

    At the body shop that does all our work there’s a mark 4 Supra under a cover. Wide body kit and big intercooler is all I can see. It’s been there a couple of times over the past 8 years, I think he said. The current work is done and paid for but the owner is MIA. Phone disconnected, workplace closed, no way to contact him. So it sits.

  3. Tom Avatar

    For me, the best cure for seasonal depression is to take an anxiety test https://us.calmerry.com/blog/therapy/do-you-have-anxiety-try-this-anxiety-test on time. After all, if it is not detected during it, it can worsen several times and you will have to spend a lot of resources and time to improve your life.

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