published Friday, January 6th, 2012

44th World of Wheels offers cars, bikini team and reality stars

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    Visitors look at cars during a previous World of Wheels auto show at the Chattanooga Convention Center in this file photo.
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IF YOU GO

What: O'Reilly World of Wheels custom auto show.

When: 5-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza.

Admission: $15 adults, $5 kids 6-11.

Phone: 205-655-4950.

Website: www.worldofwheels.net.

With bikini bathing suit teams, reality TV stars, cartoon characters and custom cars, of course, the O'Reilly World of Wheels should have an appeal to adults and kids.

Vendors, car enthusiasts and collectors of fine automobiles will gather at the Chattanooga Convention Center this weekend for the 44th edition of the event.

In addition to the gleaming chrome on display, A&E star Billy the Exterminator, Liz Cavalier from History Channel's "Swamp People," SpongeBob SquarePants and characters from Stars Wars will be on hand at various times throughout the three-day event.

Each day, the first 200 kids through the door will receive a free Hot Wheels car.

CELEBRITY SCHEDULE

Today

Liz Cavalier from History Channel's "Swamp People" will meet fans and sign autographs 5:30-9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

Billy the Exterminator from "Billy the Exterminator" will meet fans and sign autographs 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday.

All weekend

* Wrestling matches by Super Show Productions, with appearances by Ricky Morton and Luke Gallows

* Two-wheel action shows by On the Edge stunt team

* Texas Bikini Team

* Chattanooga Roller Girls

* Von Hot Rod, the West Coast pinstriper known as the "Master of the Fine Line"

* SpongeBob SquarePants

* Various Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader and the 501st Legion, along with the MidSouth Garrison's MosNooga Squad

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