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Local News / Automotive

Wednesday, 3 March, 2010 11:40 PM

The 58th Annual AutoRama is now underway at Cobo Center in Detroit

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A 28-foot "Forever Batmobile" created by local sculptor Bob Causey.

by Garrett Godwin
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DETROIT -- Despite the weather, Detroit still has its motor running with AutoRama as the follow-up to this year's Auto Show over the weekend. Now in its 58th year, AutoRama is the place for car guys, girls, and kids of all ages to flex their muscles in ways than one with their customized vehicles that includes hot rods, old school Mustangs, Dodge Challengers and 'Cudas, motorcycles, and more that makes everyone's engines purred.

"I've probably been here at least 10 or 15 times over the past years," said Roger Morgan, an attendee from Davison, Mich. "It's very nice, it's very big, it's got a little bit of everything. Yeah, I really enjoy it. I think it compares real well to all of them. I just hope they keep doing this even though the economy is down. They got a lot of people here, a lot of cars. Everybody should enjoy it."

Though there are some people that still favor the North American International Auto Show, however most prefer AutoRama as the best, for they're the focus of their own creations.

"It's a Plymouth Belvedere, a clone of a police car, it's not a real police car," said Chris Collier, of Waterford, Mich., who owns a replica of the police car used in The Blues Brothers film. "The guy who built it is from Tennessee and he got permission from Mt. Prospect, Illinois police department to build the car. In the movie, it was a Mt. Prospect police car. I think it took him about a year to build it. It runs on Dunkin' Donuts race gas. I drive this car on the street all the time. I used to work for the police department."

This year's AutoRama is holy because of a certain Dark Knight Detective/Caped Crusader with two Batmoblies on display: the original from the classic 60s TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and the one from director Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). Despite the clamminess, silliness, and negative critical reaction, the series (airing weeknights at 7pm on WADL-TV 38 Detroit) and these movies remains guilty pleasures with the Batmobiles as the saving grace.

"It's my very first AutoRama, I've came as a patron before, but never showed a vehicle," said Bob Causey, of Allen Park, Mich., creator of the Forever Batmobile. "It's completely scratch built from the ground up. There's nothing pre-existing, even the seats. It's got some muscle behind it. It has a lot of gadgets, but I know where they're at. Everyone's safe. They would be in danger except myself. The blue LEDs are just an accent to enhance the vehicle. It definitely goes over 100 easily. It's one of those vehicles that looks so good, you just want to take it slow."

However, the Batmobile may have some competition with the Firebreather, the car that will be driven in Exodus Pictures' newest film entitled Jinn. Called by the director as a new take on the ghost genre, it will be shot in Michigan mid-March.

"It's a supernatural thriller that we'll be shooting in and around Michigan," said Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, director and writer of Jinn. "It's the last unique twist on the ghost story that half of the world already knows about. The other half, the western world, has never heard of it before. There's no religious theme except for the idea of good vs. evil. We are in the middle of pre-production right now and we will begin photography at the end of next month. There's two vehicles used in the movie, both are numbered 000. They're basically the hero car of the film, being driven by the main character of the movie."

Brian Hinkins came to the AutoRama to debut his new company, Strong Arm Customs, and a chopper motorcycle he built. Hinkins and other car owners had a collection of vehicles under an arch that read "Flint: Vehicle City."

"I actually just started it two months ago, a little bike building business I do on the side," he said. "I actually work for Pepsi Bottling Group and trying to be an entrepreneur. Trying to revive Flint right now. This is a 10-foot long Chopper rigid frame, about 145 horsepower in the rear wheel, all hand-made in one in a half car garage at my house. Took about three and half to four months to build it. We're here representing Flint for Back to the Bricks and Bikes on the Bricks. It's been a dream of mine to have a car, truck or bike in AutoRama."

For a few independents, the Great Recession may have been a blessing in disguise, for AutoRama provides them the opportunity to offer Detroit better alternatives in these tough times.

"I love Camaros," said Liz Ewerth, an attendee from Garden City, Mich., who has been to every AutoRama show over the last 20 years. "I have a car that's being restored, an '85 Camaro. It's a project. It's a good show, but it looks like there is a little bit less cars. I don't think there is as many cars as last year."

 

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Causey spent 10 years working on this "Forever Batmobile."

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / AMERICAJR.com

The tail end of the "Forever Batmobile" actually produces fire.

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / AMERICAJR.com

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / AMERICAJR.com

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / AMERICAJR.com

Classic car

 

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