“I think there’s been a rise of the El Camino that wasn’t really customized in the past,” Riley said. “People have always said ‘what can you do with it?’ but it really lends itself to being customized.
“One of the big trends is that you’ve got this water-based paint right now that’s been out for the last couple of years. I can’t think of too many radical paint schemes yet, but I think it’s going to lend itself to more of that.”
More than anything though, Riley said the real gems of the World of Wheels come from the stories of the people who bring it to life, spanning generations and cementing life-long relationships.
“I don’t remember his name, but there’s a guy here, and this show’s been going on for 54 years,” he said. “He and his wife met probably 30 years ago and one of their first dates was to the World of Wheels. He picked her up in his car and they went, and throughout the years they’ve gone and he’d been fiddling with cars, but nothing special.
“He ended up finding a car he liked and he pulled this ruse with her of ‘let’s go to the show.’ They were walking around and she saw his name and information on the car and he said ‘happy anniversary.’”
Riley said he loves seeing several generations of patrons attend the event.
“One trend you do see, and we see an awful lot of people doing this, you’ll see these cars passed down from generation to generation,” he said.