-- 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
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.
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.
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
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?
Rod Heaven: 61st Annual Meguiar's Detroit AutoRama at Cobo Center,
March 8 - 10
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Bergler won the first Ridler Award in 1964 with his "More
Aggravation" hot rod.
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Batmobile built from the Ford Futura Concept Car in 1965. It was
featured in the "Batman" TV series.