The Autorama Custom Car Show is Back – Detroit Free Press | Car Plazas

After two years of delays and cancellations, Detroit’s gearheads finally have something to look forward to.

Autorama, one of the largest and most respected auto shows in the country, returned to Detroit’s Huntington Place on Friday for its 69th annual event. Over 800 personalized cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display as they compete for the coveted Ridler Award, one of the highest honors in the custom car world.

Named in honor of the show’s original PR director, Don Ridler, the award goes to the car judged by the show’s judges to be the most creative—along with a $10,000 cash prize. Championship Auto Shows President Pete Toundas said that following the cancellation of the 2021 show due to the rising COVID-19 pandemic, he expects competition to be tougher than ever this year.

The 1931 Chevrolet Independence, owned by Rick and Patty Bird, is one of 30 cars competing for the prestigious Ridler Award during the 69th Annual Meguiar's Detroit Autorama at Huntington Place in downtown Detroit on Friday, March 4, 2022 compete.  800 custom-made vehicles will be on display during the auto show.

“People had a lot of time in 2021 to work on their cars, either finish them or rebuild them to make them better,” Toundas said. “The cars will be the stars. People will be absolutely blown away by some of these creations.”

The show is an opportunity for car lovers to get up close and personal with vehicles they’ve seen on TV or in magazines, allowing them to peek under the hood and chat with the car’s owners. Visitors will find restored 1930’s Flatheads, high-end performance vehicles, and everything in between, offering something of interest to virtually every automotive enthusiast.

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