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World of Wheels Show
By Keith Burton GCN Editor

New Orleans - The World of Wheels Auto Show at the New Orleans Superdome Jan. 11-12 is surely a hit with more than 30,000 visitors to the show to see more than 300 brilliantly painted custom cars and trucks from around the region.

The "Bon Ton" themed show, which means "good taste," is produced by Champion Auto Shows Inc. of Rochester, Michigan. The company produces auto shows around the country. Auto hot rod enthusiast from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,  and as  far away as California and Florida brought their pride-and-joy cars in for show

Robert Larivee, chief executive officer with Champion Auto Shows says he has seen tremendous improvement in the vehicles made by Deep South custom hot rodders.

"Around here, you see more creative paint-work than on vehicles in other regions, but not just on cars, but trucks  too," Larivee said.

Hot Rod enthusiasts have to submit photos of their vehicles to get into show. Larivee says more than 100 hopefuls were rejected, but for those enthusiasts accepted, it is a thrill for them to show off their vehicle.

"The fact of having your car in the Superdome is pretty special to these folks," Larivee said.

Photo journalist Bruce Smith (Editorial Services LLC), a contributing editor to GCN, captured the event in this photo essay.