DETROIT — The 2016 Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama continues to keep people of the Motor City warm enough to keep their engines going for customized cars and hot rods.
For instance, there was the Double Bubble (DB), one of the finalists for the ‘Great 8 Riddler Award’. Owned by Joe Horisk (Wilmington, Delaware), its origin is a 1961 Chevrolet Bubbletop.
The 1940 Willy’s Couple has a ‘Full Throttle’ of 850 horsepower thanks to Greg Malvaso from Tennessee.
Another is the 1976 Ford XB Falcon Coupe from couple Chris and Colleen Bitmead. It is the third out of seven generations of Falcons that has been produced in Australia in 1960. Ford will stop production on the Falcon this year after 57 years.
This year’s Autorama featured a handful of celebrity appearances as well. Among them was actress Olivia Holt from Disney’s “I Didn’t Do It,” Horny Mike from History’s “Counting Cars,” Sean Whitley and Jeff Bonnett from Discoery’s “Street Outlaws” and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan.
Meguiar’s President Barry Meguiar made rare appearances on Saturday and Sunday. He is the grandson of Frank Meguiar Jr., founder of the car care product line. Barry also serves as host of the Discovery Channel series “Car Crazy.” It was Barry’s first time at the Detroit Autorama in several years.
When all was said and done, the 2016 Ridler Award was given to the 1939 Oldsmobile Model 60 convertible nicknamed “Olds Cool.” It is owned by Billy and Debbie Thomas.