2018 Detroit Autorama

Street Rod­ding’s An­nual In­va­sion of the Mo­tor City

Street Rodder - - Contents - By Tim Bern­sau Pho­tog­ra­phy by the Au­thor, Tay­lor Kemp­kes & Chuck Vranas

Street Rod­ding’s an­nual in­va­sion of Mo­tor City

Ev­ery car show is a look back. We go there to see ve­hi­cles from the past built in a style from some other point in the past—like '32 Fords built ’50s style or

'55 Chevys built ’60s style. You get the idea. Ev­ery win­ter, the Detroit Autorama com­bines a look back with a look for­ward. The ve­hi­cles par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Cav­al­cade of Cus­toms, the Autorama Ex­treme, var­i­ous club dis­plays, and hun­dreds of oth­ers fill­ing down­town Detroit’s Cobo Cen­ter sat­isfy our taste for nos­tal­gia. In ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tion, the brand-new builds com­pet­ing for the Pirelli Great 8 and the Ri­dler Award pro­vide a look to the fu­ture. Those up-to-date rods show us where our hobby is to­day and where it’s go­ing.

The 66th An­nual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama pre­sented by O’Reilly Auto Parts was a cel­e­bra­tion of de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing, and crafts­man­ship,—with nearly 1,000 rods, cus­toms, trucks, bikes, race cars, cruis­ers, and street ma­chines join­ing the party. Spe­cial ex­hibit ar­eas in­cluded the peren­nial Cav­al­cade of Cus­toms cor­ral. For en­thu­si­asts with an affin­ity for re­shaped sheet­metal, imag­i­na­tive paint­ing, wide white­walls, frenched head­lights, fancy stitch­ing, and ev­ery other as­pect of traditional cus­toms, these sleds im­pressed.

This year’s spe­cial dis­play was ded­i­cated to Bon­neville Salt Flats Stream­lin­ers. The fastest cars on earth have been prov­ing it on the salt for 70 years. The gath­er­ing in Detroit fea­tured some of the great­est re­cent Bon­neville rac­ers.

The Cobo base­ment is home to Autorama Ex­treme, where tra­di­tion­ally styled, owner-built hot rods, cus­toms, trucks, and bikes hang out.

SR gave away sev­eral awards at the event: Best Ford in a Ford spon­sored by Ford Per­for­mance Parts, the Driven Award pre­sented by Lokar Per­for­mance Prod­ucts, and 10 Pain­less Per­for­mance Prod­ucts/ SR Top 100 awards. Of course, the coveted award was the Don Ri­dler Memo­rial Award. The se­lec­tion process starts by re­duc­ing the field of com­peti­tors to eight semi­fi­nal­ists called the Pirelli Great 8. From those eight, judges pick the Ri­dler win­ner. In 2018, the honor went to Greg and Judy Hre­hovc­sik’s '57 Chevy, built by Johnny’s Auto Trim & Rod Shop.

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