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Winterfest Of Wheels 2018
The 10th annual! Can you imagine? It’s the 10th annual Winterfest of Wheels already! In addition to the 10th anniversary of Winterfest, we are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sanford Children’s Castle. On February 2-4, 2018 we will be celebrating these two anniversaries with another great indoor show for you. We hope you find, as we do, that attending a premier indoor car show on a cold wintry day is a great way to enjoy yourself. And, as a bonus, you’ll be helping to raise money for a tremendous cause: to Cure Kids Cancer!
The show will be in the Sioux Falls Convention Center, and will be open for your enjoyment Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. Approximately 120 of the area’s finest cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be on display. We’ll have every genre of car and truck imaginable, including vintage hot rods, muscle cars, race cars, customs, classics, and rat rods. Each year we select vehicles for the show that haven’t been here before to keep a fresh assortment of vehicles on display. For the motorcycle enthusiasts, you’ll see vintage and custom motorcycles in addition to J & L Harley-Davidson’s impressive display featuring the latest in 2018 Harley-Davidson offerings.
Again, we will have a feature car to show you. For our 10th anniversary, we’ve selected the “Pro-Touring” 1970 Camaro owned by local car enthusiast Steve Lenning. Our cover this month features a rendering, by Ben Hermance Designs, of Steve’s Camaro. That’s how new the car is…it isn’t photo-ready for us as of this writing. You’ll want to attend the show in order to see the finished product! (You’ll see a few in-progress sneak peeks here, though.)
Steve is calling his Camaro “ZO70” (Z-oh-seventy). The name is loosely derived from the carbon fiber ZO7 Corvette, the LS7 engine, and the fact that it’s a ’70 Camaro. Where does this carbon fiber reference come from, you ask? ZO70 is built around a steel Camaro body only. The hood, fenders, inner fenders, nose, deck lid, and rear spoiler are all carbon fiber for less vehicle weight.
The car has been in the build process for nearly four years. It started out as a basic, solid, 1970 Camaro which Steve stripped down to only the steel body shell and doors. The crew at Straight Lines Custom Restorations is responsible for the body and paint work. The rear quarters were flared 1 ½ inches, and carbon fiber front fenders were ordered accordingly, 1 ½ inches wider than stock. There are custom touches galore on the exterior of ZO70. Flush mounted front and rear glass, rear bumper tucked-in, custom front bumper-ettes, custom lighting front and rear, spoilers, splitter; the list goes on and on. After extensive body work to both the steel and carbon fiber body panels the car was painted 2017 Camaro “Hyper Blue.” Exposed carbon fiber is visible on the hood, nose and deck lid, separated from the Hyper Blue by a red pinstripe. Everything was then clear coated in a matte clear, producing a matte finish overall.
Hand-built custom touches abound in the interior as well. Steve’s son, Taylor, operates Apex Performance and Fabrication. Taylor cut and fabricated dozens of aluminum and steel panels on his water-jet for the interior of the car. Steve and Taylor built the roll cage for the car themselves. Darren, from Boonies Upholstery in Lawton, IA, matched the black leather and suede Recaro seats in his finishing of the door panels, headliner, and other interior areas. For instrumentation, a Dakota Digital VHX-1100 instrument cluster is set in the hand built dash.
The whole concept of Pro-Touring cars deals with high levels of performance coupled with the ability to perform both on the race track and street. ZO70 is sure to deliver in both of those arenas.
Power comes from a Chevy LS-7, aluminum 427ci block and heads performance built by Wegner Automotive. The naturally aspirated, fuel injected engine produces 685 horsepower on the dyno. DSE headers are coupled to a 3-inch stainless exhaust system built by Steve and Taylor. A T56 Magnum Tremec 6-speed transmission sends the power to a 9-inch Moser rear end spinning 3.89:1 gears with a Tru-Trac posi unit.
The front subframe and front and rear suspension are all from Detroit Speed (DSE). DSE’s Quadralink 4-link system is used in the rear and JRI coilover shocks are used all around. Forgeline Wheels (18x12 rear and 18x11 front) provide the rolling stock shod with BFG Rival S tires. Tires are 335-30s rear, and 315-30s on the front. Baer 14-inch brake rotors with 6-piston calipers bring everything to a quick halt. There’s no doubt about it - ZO70 is built to perform!
That explains our feature car, but there’s much more to talk about.
Several of the area restoration shops will have their latest projects on display. If you’re considering a restoration, this is a great opportunity to see what the current trends are, and to visit with the shops involved. Our friend, Bob Marvin, from “The Shed” in Warroad, MN will again be bringing down several of his rare collector cars. Bob’s specialty cars are always a highlight at the show.
Winterfest of Wheels is designed as a family-fun event. There will be a special opening ceremony at 5PM on Friday. Also, on Friday evening, the band “Something New” will be performing for your listening pleasure. Other attractions throughout the weekend include shopping the “Ditch Your Man Room” for the ladies, a kid’s coloring contest, a variety of automotive-related vendors, and cool raffle items. There will be garage décor items and memorabilia for sale. Winterfest of Wheels souvenir items and shirts with the new 10th Anniversary logo will also be available
All of this is a part of the effort to raise money to help Cure Kids Cancer. The goal of the Winterfest of Wheels committee is to bring together a quality display of cars, trucks, and motorcycles for you to enjoy, while supporting a great cause. Profits from Winterfest of Wheels are donated to the local Sanford Cure Kids Cancer to help in this ongoing effort. To date, with your support, over $250,000 has been raised for this great cause!
There’s a lot to see and do at the 10th Anniversary Winterfest of Wheels. We’ve planned a show for the entire family to enjoy in an effort to raise money for Cure Kids Cancer. We hope you’ll join us in this effort. We look forward to seeing you at Winterfest of Wheels 2018!
Friday, February 2 5PM-10PM
Saturday, February 3 10AM-9PM
Sunday, February 4 9AM-3PM
Tickets are $11 | Kids under 12 are free with an adult
Advance tickets ($10) will be for sale at J & L Harley-Davidson.
For additional information about the show, be sure to check our website or social media sites.
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