This weekend one of my favorite car show’s is coming to Detroit! Beginning Thursday, vintage hot rods from all over south eastern Michigan and beyond will make their way into the heart of Detroit to set up display at the 63rd annual Autorama car show at Cobo hall, which is open to the public on Friday – Sunday. However, devastatingly to my husband, after over seven years of attendance and submitting our cars to be displayed we will not be in attendance this year. We will be on a beach (I guess that is just as good, right?).
Let me tell you though, this is an awesome show, one that we definitely are bummed about missing. I have so many great memories from this show, like the time I walked the entire thing at 6 months pregnant. Eek, that was a rough one, but I still didn’t miss the show!
Since I can’t be there this year to cover the story (and I am still not sure that my husband has gotten over it), I thought that I would share with you my memories from the show last year and give you a little heads up about what you might expect to find in case you wanted to make your way over and check it out.
Unlike the other car shows that come through the area, this car show is dedicated to hot rods, customs and even a few motorcycles (which is what makes this show so awesome). On the top level of Cobo all of the “show cars” and the cars competing for awards are proudly displayed, along with the food vendors, toy vendors and most of the special shows and appearances. The cars on this level are breathtaking and spared no expense to make them perfect. Each inch of their chrome is perfectly polished and they even sometimes sparkle in the bright overhead lights. I love attending this show because there aren’t many other places where you can find this many pristine vintage cars all in one place. Plus, it always feels like a good distraction from the never ending winter here in Michigan and this show comes around just as we are starting to get impatient for spring.
The lower level of Cobo is also full of cars and has widely become known as “Autorama Extreme”. Displayed on this level are the cars known as traditional hot rods. These cars are what you would have typically seen driving around in the 30’s – 60’s had you been alive during that era. The awesome thing about these cars is that some of them have been dug out from barns and restored, some have been left original to this date and some have been passed down from generation to generation. Each car here has a story and it’s usually a pretty good one.
On this level you will also find a few custom cars, motorcycles and several car club displays. Also, if you have ever wondered what it would be like to see a pin up contest, join in a sock hop or shop for hard to find hot rod clothing and handcrafted metal signs, you’ve come to the right place. This level always seems to have something fun going on and it is usually where I find myself spending most of my time.
Like every other year, the show this year also comes with a few celebrity appearances and it is not uncommon to see a film crew following local television stars through the venue as well. In fact, last year I almost ran into and knocked over a film crew who was walking backwards to get a good shot of the boys from the show “Pawn Stars”. After that I quickly learned to keep my head up and watch where I was going at all times. This car show can get pretty crowded, especially around mid-day, which is why I normally book a room next door at the Crown Plaza hotel so I can take a break from the show, have lunch and rest before heading back to show once things calm down a little bit.
There is so much to see and do at this event, we’ve found that we have no problem filling up our time at the show. Plus, if we ever do get bored, we are in the middle of downtown Detroit and there are plenty of amazing things to go see and do in the city. Next year I will be more careful with my planning so we don’t have to miss it again. This show is definitely one NOT to be missed.
If you want more information on ticket sales, celebrity appearances and times, be sure to check out the Autorama website for details.