<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <woNotOptimizeForBrowser/> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> It’s the first night/ morning of set up in COBO Hall ,… And it is quite obvious that the 60<sup>th</sup>. Annual Detroit Autorama will be an extraordinary show, Even with displays still in boxes, carpet in rolls, car covers on,… All sorts of things laying around for a big buzz of activity all day tomorrow and into the night preparing for Friday’s big opening of what is undeniably an American Hot Rod Tradition that goes back 60 years. It’s very early in the morning 2:45 AM, I just stopped for my coffee break, the air is cool and still, occasional the people mover rumbles past above the hall on it elevated track, I had the laptop in the car, so I decided to take a few minutes to share the calm before the storm with the brotherhood of the HAMB. There is an electricity in the air inside this large expanse of show floor that has played host to so many Detroit Autorama’s and Detroit Auto Shows. So many events, So many people,.. That have filled this hall in years and decades gone by. And with each passing year, I wax more nostalgic thinking of all the old friends that wandered these shows that live on only in our hearts and memories now,…. Earlier as I rode past the registration area near the big back door,.. I thought of Al Manard standing there just last year, as he had done for so many years,… Working at his post for the MHRA. Bob Kiaser, Larry Alexander, Ed Roth, Frank Mack, John DeLorian , Barry Lobeck, Joe Pitrico, Dave Lukari, Al Manard. The list gets longer every year of those that wandered this arena with smiles and excitement, all sharing the common interest of all things Hot Rod, Custom & Race Car in years gone by. Every year as the hall is quiet (except for MHRA and Cobo Security as well as regular Detroit Police presence,….all quietly making our rounds) I think a lot about those that we have lost, and what big contributions they made to The Detroit Autorama and Hot Rodding in general,… and how I can still see them in my minds eye,… And just for a moment,…it feels like there still here. If there was ever a Detroit Autorama NOT to miss, This is it!,…. The 60<sup>th</sup>. Annual Detroit Autorama will be an absolute “must see”….. I might not see you here,.. But rest assured, I,.. as well as the memory of a lot of old friends wandered the show together, While the city sleeps. I will post my normal show pictures after I get back home,..... Enjoy !