Cavalcade of Customs show to light up Cincinnati

  • Skip Peterson
12:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 Cars
Engines get serious chrome and gold treatment, and nearly everything under the hood is polished on cars at the Cavalcade of Customs in Cincinnati. Photograph by Skip Peterson

It might be cold outside, but you can warm up your passion for really cool and unique cars at the 58th annual KOI/Federated Auto Parts Cavalcade of Customs this weekend, Jan. 5-7, at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati.

There will be more than 500 custom cars, classics, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and racecars on display.

“Not only will there be 500 high-quality custom vehicles and hot rods, there will be feature cars and feature celebrities,” explained pubic relations director Larry Wray. “Our goal is to provide good, clean entertainment for the entire family.”

In addition to the cars and displays, on Jan. 5 WWE wrestler A.J. Styles will appear from 6 to 8 p.m., NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will be on site Jan. 6 from noon to 2 p.m., Jerry Mathers, of “Leave It to Beaver” fame will appear on Saturday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Jan. 7, “Counts Customs” TV host Mike will appear from 1 to 4 p.m.

Some highlights this year include five cars from the movie “Fate of the Furious” including the Subaru BRZ, 1968 Dodge “Ice Charger”, 1966 Corvette, 1971 Plymouth GTX and the SRT Dodge Demon.

Vintage open-wheel sprint cars will be displayed in “Sprint Car Legends”, while “Survivors Alley” will be comprised of traditional hot rods, customs and bobbers. A selection of nostalgia drag racing cars will be shown in “Drag City USA.”

This show takes the entire main floor of the center and also has cars on display on the second level. Based on previous years, plan to spend at least a few hours to soak in all of the various cars and displays.

This show is the second of a 16-show season that is part of the Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series and the International Show Car Association circuit. In its 58th year, it is also one of the oldest continuously operating custom car shows in the United States.

Entries will be judged in more than 40 classes of cars, trucks and motorcycles; awards will be presented Jan. 7. Based on the number of entries, the judges start working on Jan. 5 and don’t complete the process until Sunday.

Many of the entrants spend part of Thursday and all of Friday assembling their displays and doing the final detailing of the immaculate machines.

Hours for the show are: Jan. 5, 3 to 10 p.m.; Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is $17, children ages 6 to 12 are $6 and children 5 and younger are free. Discount tickets are available at KOI Auto Parts and are $15 for adults and children 6 to 12 are $5.

To learn more about this event, go online to https://autorama.com/attend/cincinnati/.