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Meguiar’s AutoRama Brings Custom Cars to Detroit

Posted on Thursday, February 28 2013 in Events


Photo credit: Championship auto Show Inc.  


The 61st Annual Meguiar’s AutoRama custom car show makes its pit stop in Detroit March 8-10 at Cobo Center. Hot rod fans and car aficionados will get an up-close look at some of the most impressive custom cars from each decade at America’s greatest hot rod show. If you own your own hot rod, you’ll appreciate the opportunity to pick up some helpful car care tips from the pros and witness a live demonstration by legendary customizer and Winfield’s All-American Chop Shop owner Gene Winfield.

Awards and cash prizes will be given out for the Best Rod, Best Custom Rod and Best Truck. Think you’ve got the chops to win? Pull your hot rod out of the garage and enter to exhibit at this year’s event. The Ridler Award — a best-in-show prize for vehicles making their debut at AutoRama — will be awarded at the Ridler Ball Saturday night. Only vehicles exhibited for the first time at this year’s AutoRama are eligible for the award.

  Photo Credit: Championship Auto Inc

AutoRama is about more than hot rods, though. You’ll also get to see three generations of the Batmobile and check out the 19th Annual Toy-a-Rama, where collectors buy and sell vintage car toys and memorabilia. Ladies can also enter the Autorama Pin-Up Girl Contest on Saturday to compete for a $1,000 cash prize and inclusion in an AutoRama calendar.

A collection of cars owned by Detroit’s own Kid Rock also will be on display, and rockabilly bands will be playing live all three days. Expect to see some celebrity guests, as well. Christopher Douglas Reed and Philip “Filthy Phil” Russell from “Sons of Anarchy,” WWE Superstar Edge and many more will be in attendance.

AutoRama gives back by hosting a daily charity auction to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind. Local students are also invited to Student Day on Friday, which provides students with information on careers in the industry and supports automotive education programs in schools.

If you can’t get enough of classic cars, stop at Vinsetta Garage in Berkley for dinner after the show. Housed in a transformed auto garage, Vinsetta maintains much of the original architecture and décor, and serves up “custom” comfort food in keeping with the kind of meals mechanics at the old garage would have enjoyed. To make a weekend of it, reserve a room at the Detroit Marriott at the GM Renaissance Center — home of General Motors. And don’t forget to snap a picture in front of the Uniroyal Giant Tire on your way home!

Find more information and purchase tickets on the AutoRama website.


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