Thursday, January 15, 2009

Celebrities to attend CARQUEST World of Wheels in Chicago, Jan. 23-25

The 47th Annual CARQUEST World of Wheels, presented by South Oak Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep is quickly approaching. Aside from the hundreds of custom hot rods and motorcycles that will be at the event Jan. 23-25, the lineup includes a number of guest appearances from celebrities, including:

George Barris, "King of Kustomizers" and creator of the original Batmobile in TV's "Batman" starring Adam West; the Monkee Mobile from TV's "The Monkees"; the 1980s KITT Firebird from TV's "Knight Rider" and Drag-U-La from "The Munsters." These cars will all be at the show as part of a special tribute to America's Coolest TV Cars. Barris is lucky enough to be receiving a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Legends of Motorsports Guild during a special brunch Saturday morning. You can meet Barris yourself Friday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. or Sunday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Also at the event will be original member of "The Monkees," Micky Dolenz. Catch him at CARQUEST World of Wheels Saturday, 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. A portion of Dolenz' proceeds from attending the event will be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation, a charity that he is very fond of.

Two-time Indy 500 Winner and Season Five "Dancing with the Stars" champ, Helio Castroneves will be on hand Sunday 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Other celebrity appearances include Moises Arias, known as "Rico" on Disney's Hannah Montana (Sunday, Noon-4 p.m.) plus Wolf and Venom from "American Gladiators" on Saturday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

The CARQUEST World of Wheels event runs Friday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 25 at McCormick Place-Lakeside in Chicago. Tickets are $16 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for kids five and under. Visit for more information.

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