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Local News / Automotive

Sunday, 27 February, 2011 3:12 AM

2011 AutoRama wraps up today at Detroit's Cobo Center

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An overview of the 59th Annual AutoRama at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- The 59th annual AutoRama got everybody's engines still running warm one month after the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) with muscle/customized cars, Bigfoot, and "Hollywood Legends" that include the return of The Black Beauty (The Green Hornet) and KITT (Knight Rider), and the debut of the Echo-1 (Ghostbusters).

"I'm all set up ready for a good show, a good weekend," said Krista Mazzeo, owner of the KITT car from Livonia, Mich. "I just moved here from Philadelphia not too long ago so this is the first time I've been to AutoRama. It's actually been constructed over several years. I've owned the car for about 12 years. It started out as a regular 1983 Firebird, I used just as a daily driver. My father and I began the conversion process about eight years ago so little by little I've been adding to it and changing some things. Actually, I just recently finished it up."

Everything that has happened over the last several days: surprising, future spring weather, another winter storm, Gov. Snyder's controversial budget for the state of Michigan, and the possibility of the film tax incentives being cut, protests of labor unions fighting for workers' rights, and citizens banding together to bring Robocop back to Detroit -- as a statue of serving the public trust, protecting the innocent, and upholding the law.

"This is my first time exhibiting," said Mike Serrico, owner of the Echo-1 car from Livonia, Mich. "It's something different, something unique. There's a lot of the same cars generally all over the place. There are props I had done up for decoration of the car. We started last year. We started in January and worked just weekends on it. We had to have it done in time for the Comic-Con by May 1st. We got it done just in time, so about four months. You can hire us out. We can take you to prom, take you around town, for your birthday. Where do you want to go?"

Though the recession remains the same, attendants and participants of AutoRama still continue in keeping Detroit's nickname the same: the Motor City.

"This will be my 15th year in a row," said Tim Vanstone, an attendee from New Castle, Ont. "I still have to look at all of the finalists. We've got the whole day so we'll put the time into it. We enjoy everything here. We're more into the hot rods sort of thing rather than new cars. We can still appreciate the unveiling of factory cars, of course. I'd probably take the '62 Corvette down the front called Allegance. Everytime we come to the show, we always look for famous guys like George Barris, Jean Winfield. They're an inspiration."

AutoRama also features special celebrity appearances. Sammy Sweetheart from Jersey Shores and wrestling superstar Shawn Michaels will be at Cobo Center on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pete Chapouris, Jonathan Hillstrand from Deadliest Catch, Debby Ryan from Suite Life on Deck and Billy The Exterminator already made appearances at the event over the weekend.

"I think I missed last year, but I went the year before and one other previous time," said Julian Bates, an attendee from Detroit. "It's a lot more cars here than there was in the past. I was probably guessing because the economy is getting better. I love the '67 Camaro, that's my favorite car. I want to build that one so come here for inspiration. Since I'm trying to rebuild a car right now, instead of buying a car, AutoRama is what I'm liking right now."

Tickets are $18 for adults and children over age 12 and $5 for children aged six through 12. Children under six are admitted FREE. Discount tickets are available at O'Reilly Parts for $15 and $4 for children aged six through 12. For more information, visit www.autorama.com/casi/show/detroit.php.

Related Story: 59th Annual AutoRama is set to roar into Detroit's Cobo Center, Feb. 25 - 27

 

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Thousands of peope are piling into Cobo Center for the AutoRama classic car show.

 

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Cool car!

 

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1936 Ford Sedan "Looney Tunes"

 

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It has been driven over 2,000 miles.

 

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Jim Curtis of Cleveland, Ohio is the owner of the car.

 

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