The hilarious video teaser for Maspeth World of Wheels left us with more questions than answers, so we got in touch with the organizers to ask them what, exactly, to expect from the deranged-looking car show. They were nice enough to send us some preview pics. Michael Merck, artistic director of the Knockdown, told us how this display of “100 carcentricties” came to be: before Hurricane Sandy kiboshed their plans, artists Grayson Cox and Pete Watts were planning to park some cars at a local McDonald’s and turn them into mini galleries on wheels (think Empire Drive-In, but with art instead of movies). “I kind of glommed onto the idea,” said Merck. He grew up going to car shows, so he was psyched to help bring in a host of collectible and customized vehicles that’ll be displayed inside and outside of the former factory and its three-acre lot – everything from souped-up Hondas to the black Lambo you see at top. “We have a friend that has some Lamborghinis, it turns out,” Merck (kind of) explained. Not that everyone participating in the show is a close aquiantence. “Some of these guys from the neighborhood walk in and say, ‘I’m Rodney, I just delivered foam around the corner but I’ve got this pickup…’” One of the Knockdown’s contractors is bringing in a steamroller so it can be splashed with paint. In addition to cars filled with art (you’ll be able to sit in them to watch a special performance), there’ll be bands, DJs, a pirate radio station on site, food trucks, and a huge bumper sculpture. Anyone want to give us a lift? “Maspeth World of Wheels,” June 22, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, Queens
Correction: The original version of this post was revised to correct the surname of the Knockdown’s artistic director.