Last weekend marked our annual pilgrimage to Detroit’s Cobo Center for the 65th annual Detroit Autorama. Here in the upper Midwest, Autorama marks the unofficial kick off to the show car season. Thousands of enthusiasts that have been cooped up all winter long finally get to unleash their pent up car show energy over the course of 3 days in late February.
This year the show kicked off with a recreation of a chase scene from the Dukes of Hazzard where the General Lee launched into massive jump right in front of the Cobo center. The car was trashed, but America’s greatest hot rod show was now officially underway!
The show gathers cars from all around the United States and Canada. We saw cars from as far away as Texas, New York, and even California. Cars being shown for the very first time compete for hot rodding’s top award, The Ridler. You don’t get a second chance at the Ridler. It’s strictly for cars never seen before so either get it right the first time or build another car and try again next year. Ridler finalists are first selected to The Great 8 before top honors are given out on Sunday morning. This year two Corvettes qualified for the Great 8. One was a stunning red 1954 and the other was an astonishing 1966 coupe. We’ll have more on those two cars later on this week so stay tuned.
While we wandered the aisles we peeped Corvettes from all generations. They ranged from factory-correct restorations to all-out racers to the over the top customs mentioned above. If you couldn’t make it to Detroit Autorama, you have no need to fret. We’ve got you covered with our show gallery below. Be sure to tell us your favorite in the Comments section below.
[STOLEN] 1960 Corvette in Detroit for Autorama is Stolen from Hotel Parking Lot
[VIDEO] Custom 1960 Corvette Nicknamed ‘Revenant’ at the 2016 Detroit Autorama
[PICS] The Corvettes of the 2016 Detroit Autorama