The 63rd Annual Detroit Autorama this Weekend

Pitched as the America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show, the 63rd Annual Autorama returns to Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit this weekend. Nearly 1,000 hot rods and customs cars that have been chopped, channeled, dumped and decked will keep all the car buffs busy for hours. The featured vehicles will be five cars from the Fast and Furious movie franchise.

2015 Autorama

2015 Autorama

“We are delighted to have this amazing collection of movie cars at this year’s Autorama,” said Peter A. Toundas, President of Championship Auto Shows Inc., and Show Manger. “These souped up performance cars look great and show goers are really excited to see them. Moreover they are perfect symbols of the young excitement and appeal that is alive and well in hot rod culture today.”

The Ridler Award

It’s the oldest and largest hot rod show in North America and attracts visitors from throughout the U.S. and around the world. The presentation of the Ridler Award is the signature event and is considered to be the most coveted in the hot rod world. Since the award goes to the best new custom car, the Detroit Autorama brings in all the top names in custom car building – many unveiling their work for the first at the Cobo Hall annual event.

“It’s extremely gratifying that Detroit Autorama is the home of America’s most important hot rod award,” said Toundas. “This is the motor city and Detroit is where hot rod, custom car shows started so we make every effort to let everyone know about this important heritage.”

Main Level Celebrity Action

The Cavalcade of Customs – a ten-car exhibit of invited 1950s custom cars – will be featured on the Main Level. In addition, another ten-pack of handpicked classics will be displayed as the Significant Corvettes of the Past. Moreover, the Autorama Presentation Award Winner will be announced. On the celebrity stages will be:

WWE Superstar, Big Show, Friday, March 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage and Fast N’Loud TV Shows on the Discovery Channel, Friday, March 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Peyton List who is Emma Ross on Disney’s TV Show Jessie, Saturday, March 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Danny “The Count” Koker, Royal Oak native, and Kevin Mack from History Channel’s Counting Cars TV Show on Sunday, March 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Lower Level Fun

Often, the Lower Level holds the most excitement. Billed as Autorama Extreme, the 100,000 square feet of the basement features more than 200 traditional rods, custom and bobber bikes and onstage entertainment.

Sock Hop Autorama

Sock Hop Autorama

The first ever Sock Hop and Dance Competition will take place on Friday evening. It’s a throwback to the 1950s and 1960s. Come jive, jitter, swing and twist at 7:30 p.m. Double Scale performs at 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. March 6.

The music, awards and dancing continues for rest of the show with The Smokin’ 45s Rock and Blues Revue performing Saturday at noon, 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. and then again on Sunday at noon and 3:00 p.m. The Twistin’ Tarantulas play Saturday at 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and then again on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Other contests and awards keep the downstairs stage hopping all weekend.

If You Go

63rd Annual Autorama this Weekend

63rd Annual Autorama this Weekend


Friday, March 6, Noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


At Gate: Adults – $19
Children 6 to 12 years – $6
Children 5 and under free
Discount tickets are: General Admission – $17, Children 6 – 12 – $5
Group tickets are also available
Photos Courtesy of the Detroit Autorama
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