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Sunday, 10 March, 2013 1:36 PM

50th Anniversary of the Ridler Award, Three Generations of the Batmobile highlighted at 61st Annual Detroit AutoRama

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Kid Rock's 1979 Pontiac Trans Am was on display at the Detroit AutoRama, March 8 - 10, 2013.

 

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- The 2013 AutoRama proves that Detroit still has its motor running despite the city having its financial straits and the saga known as disgraced ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

For instance, there's the collection of our favorite music madman known as Kid Rock with his 1979 Pontiac Trans Am (the 10th anniversary edition), his Yamaha Banshee four-wheeler and the West Coast chopper that was built for him by Jesse James featuring 18-inch customized wheels with Metzeler Tires.

This year marks a milestone with the 50th anniversary of the Ridler Award, which is named after the promoter for AutoRama: celebrating "outstanding creatively, engineering and workmanship." Now, in today's competitive world, guys spend $500,000 to customized their cars in order to win it -- without an ounce of integrity, showmanship and theme for their hot rods.

Al Bergler, the first winner, stated that the purpose behind the Ridler is to put on the best hot rod nobody has ever seen before.

"The Ridler Award comes back and they remembered it," the 87-year-old continued. "Everybody named their cars back then."

And holy Catwoman, three generations of the Batmobile came to AutoRama over the weekend: the Adam West era (1966-68, ABC), the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton era (1989-92) that first brought Batman to the big screen, and the Tumblr from Christopher and Jonathan Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy with Oscar winner Christian Bale as billionaire Bruce Wayne and his brooding superhero alter-ego -- showing why Detroit and Gotham City are one and the same due to the acronym CCP: CRIME, CORRUPTION AND POLITICS. Where are Batman and Marvel's The Avengers when you need them the most?

Related Story: Hot Rod Heaven: 61st Annual Meguiar's Detroit AutoRama at Cobo Center, March 8 - 10

 

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Al Bergler won the first Ridler Award in 1964 with his "More Aggravation" hot rod.

 

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The Batmobile built from the Ford Futura Concept Car in 1965. It was featured in the "Batman" TV series.

 

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In the summer of 1989, Batman came to the big screen. This version of the Batmobile was built and is currently owned by Carl Casper.

 

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The "Tumbler" version of the Batmobile was featured in the 2005 film, "Batman Begins."

 

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Attendees also had the opportunity to meet WWE Superstar Sheamus.

 

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