Here in the upper Midwest 2 things signify the end of winter and the start of spring. The first is Detroit Tigers’ spring training and Detroit Autorama. Both indicate that (usually) the worst of the snow and cold are gone and sun and warm weather aren’t far way. That also means that the new cruising season is right around the corner.
Autorama is the first opportunity each year for enthusiasts to extricate their cars from hibernation and show them off to thousands of attendees. Last weekend marked our annual sojourn to Cobo Hall. You can see what we saw in the gallery below.
Autorama celebrated its 64th birthday this year. Thousands of cars – customized, restored, and factory originals alike – invade downtown Detroit each year in hopes of taking home one of the many awards. High customs making their pubic debut compete for the coveted Ridler award – the highest honor in hot rodding.
The variety of cars at Detroit autorama is 2nd to none. The show is billed as “America’s greatest hot rod show”, but entrant range from concourse restored factory correct classics to well-aged rat rods to ultra-high customs built by the likes of Foose, Trepanier, and others.
During our perusal of the crowded show floor we peeped Corvettes from 6 of the 7 generations. Only the 4th generation was absent this year. Some our faves included a stunning blue 1959 restomod, a pair of Lingenfelter C7 Z06’s, and a wild 1962 custom which we’ll cover more later this week.
While our time at the show was brief this year, our memories live on in the excellent gallery below. Were you at Detroit’s Autorama last weekend? If so, post up your photos on our Twitter and Facebook pages.