PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — They were washing the tires instead of kicking them at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Wednesday.

Car owners have lovingly polished the custom-crafted conveyances for the 53rd Annual World of Wheels.

“We’ll have close to 500 cars on the show floor,” said Larry Way, World of Wheels spokesman. “Show cars, classic cars, motorcycles, a little bit of everything. Celebrities, a motorcycle stunt show. There’s just a lot of everything going on here.”

Among the highlights, a gleaming fleet of four from Warren, Ohio, including a pair of Ford Coupes and a pair of roadsters dating back to the ‘30s.

They’re ranked among the top custom cars in North America. The aim of the show is to provide a cross section that shines.

“Ninety percent of our cars are from the area,” said Way. “Now, we have cars from different states. From Virginia, Ohio, we have some New England cars. But most of them are from this area. And this is a real hotbed here in western Pennsylvania. There are some fantastic vehicles here.”

He says this is shaping up as best ever World of Wheels here in Pittsburgh.

“It’s not just a car show – there’s bands playing, there’s just lots to do for everybody,” Way said.

The show opens at 3 p.m. on Friday and continues through Sunday.

And no, they’re not for sale.

Way joined Larry Richert and John Shumway with an in-depth preview of this weekend’s World Of Wheels car show.

It may be cold outside but Way says, “It’s nice an warm in the building and we got some really hot cars.”

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