Donald Trump has given the word “Huge” new life and quite possibly a little more “horsepower” than it once had. Well, at least before the billionaire businessman/television personality/politician began using it regularly on his campaign trail to the Republication nomination for President of the United States. Fortunately, the Ridler Award doesn’t need an over-hyped new word to describe its worth to the most talented car builders in the world. It is completely understood as being the most coveted and prestigious award of all car shows – indoor or outdoor. After 64 years, the Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama Presented by O’ Reilly Auto Parts has earned the distinction of being the most respected of all car shows. And if respect means spending a million dollars to have your car chosen as one of the Pirelli Great 8 contenders vying for the aforementioned Ridler Award, then there was no shortage of respect being thrown around Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit this past February.
Without a doubt, the Great 8 contenders are a major draw at the show, which features the most elaborately handcrafted hot rods built by the absolute best car builders in the business. And with over 723,000 square feet of exhibition space, there were plenty of Chevys on the floor that cater to those of us with more of an appetite for performance than a taste for shiny head-bolts and virgin brake rotors. Sure, the sheer glamor of super-high end car builds are amazing works of art and are to be appreciated, but we here at Chevy High Performance know our readers and social media followers dig Camaros, Novas, Chevelles, and Tri-Fives of the more pocket-book friendly persuasion.
So with over 800 cars on display, we scoured the main floor and the basement area of Cobo Hall in order to compile a photo gallery featuring the unique, common, and just plain wild Chevys that the 2016 Detroit Autorama had to offer.