It's a ritual—every March rodders from all over the country converge on Detroit, Michigan and more specifically Detroit's Cobo Hall. We are in MoTown, down the street from General Motors a stone's throw from Ford Motor Company and within earshot of Chrysler Corporation. Yes, we are in a town that has grown up with America, the automobile, and hot rods—and it's all tucked neatly between the walls of nearly 723,000 square feet of convention center floor space. (Don't forget the "Basement" where for nearly 10 years the traditional rod scene has grown to a full-size shown all its own.) Yes, the 63rd Annual Meguiar's Autorama presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts is two shows in one. If you are a hot rodder you have to see this show with its nearly 1,000 entries.
If you want hardcore hot rodding then you will have to take in the master of the cutting saw—Gene Winfield as his crew works on site in the "Chop Shop" presented by Genuine Hot Rod Hardware as Gene and the boys show us how to chop a top. Should you find yourself wanting something a bit more "sedate" there is always the Vinsetta Garage Miss Autorama Pinup Girl Contest come Saturday early evening. (This is a must see!)
But it doesn't stop there, no far from it. Cars from the "Fast & Furious" movie set are present to walk around, how about Meguiar's car care tips or the Pedal Car Challenge presented by Genuine Hot Rod Hardware. It never stops for these three days in March (Friday through Sunday) as the Cavalcade of Customs (10 car exhibit), Significant Corvettes of the Past (another 10 car exhibit), and the Autorama Preservation Award is presented by Steele Rubber Products—keep an eye out we will bring photos of this and all sorts of goings on from the show floor over this weekend.
If you really want to feel the heat make sure to see "Pure Hell" as it makes a full smokey tire burnout right on the streets in front of Cobo Hall. Now that's taking it to the streets. We would be remiss if we didn't mention The Pirelli Great 8 followed by the selecting of the Don Ridler Memorial Award winner—arguably the most prestigious award in the world of indoor (and possibly anywhere) car shows. While there are nearly three dozen cars competing to make The Pirelli Great 8 only eight can make the final selection and we will know this by Friday evening. Come Saturday the fun really begins as these cars compete for the coveted Ridler award. Time will tell and come Sunday evening we will know who has built one of the most beautiful cars in the land and one of the most innovative.
As we said earlier, keep watching www.streetrodder.com (part of the hotrod.com supersite to see all of the latest as it happens directly from the show floor.)