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60th. Detroit Autorama, ,… While the City sleeps

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Harms Way, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotOptimizeForBrowser/> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> It&#8217;s the first night/ morning of set up in COBO Hall ,&#8230; 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,&#8230; All sorts of things laying around for a big buzz of activity all day tomorrow and into the night preparing for Friday&#8217;s big opening of what is undeniably an American Hot Rod Tradition that goes back 60 years.

    It&#8217;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&#8217;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,&#8230;.

    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,&#8230; 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,&#8230;.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,&#8230; and how I can still see them in my minds eye,&#8230; And just for a moment,&#8230;it feels like there still here.

    If there was ever a Detroit Autorama NOT to miss, This is it!,&#8230;. The 60<sup>th</sup>. Annual Detroit Autorama will be an absolute &#8220;must see&#8221;&#8230;.. 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 !





  2. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

  3. Woogeroo
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 1,131

    from USA

    Wow... that is gonna be pretty cool.

    I look forward to the event pics!

  4. troylee
    Joined: Jul 10, 2007
    Posts: 685


    is that the webb streamliner. thta 32 tudor not in the display is sweet

  5. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,659

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Thanks for the pics and commentary! I wish I could make it up there, but it is quite a haul for me. My brother, "just Matt" sent me a couple pics from setting up last night. Looks like it will be a great show!
  6. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,371

    from Arizona

    Thanks for the great pics! Looks like it will be a great show. Hope it doesnt snow too much tonite. I cant wait to see that 57 Custom 300 "up close & personal".
  7. Perrorojo
    Joined: Feb 25, 2011
    Posts: 357


    i will be attending for the first time with my son. Can't wait to get there.
  8. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,305

    from Michigan

    I always enjoy your posts of the show, Harm's Way.
  9. Simple.
    Joined: Dec 3, 2007
    Posts: 186

    from Troy, MI

    Thanks for sharing Dennis, I missed last year so I can't wait to get down there and start drooling.

  10. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    Yep that is Webb's Streamliner,... well, just got back to my friends place,.. And I am whipped !,... 9:15 A.M. and I'm hitting the rack........
  11. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    Wish I was going. Looking forward to the coverage.

  12. I'll be there with the PoorBoys.. and the wife is there with the "Unholy Apparel" booth..... Looking forward to your coverage of this event...
  13. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    Heres just a couple teaser shots,.....



  14. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
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    Harms Way

  15. Matthew
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 166

    from Burien, WA

    Looks like an amazing show; wish I was closer!
  16. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,018


    Thanks, this should be a good one. I'll once again be one of those waiting far away to see the photos that are posted.
  17. I've been to Autorama most of the years of my life. I missed a couple here and there of late, young family and all.

    I guess I kind of take Autorama for granted. I mean, it's right in my back yard. And it's always been a part of my life. Like Big Daddy. Ed Roth was at every Autorama I could remember. The year before he died, Dad asked if we should go see him. I said Nahh, he'll be here next year. "It's probably not worth waiting in that line." Ever regret something you said? I sure do.

    I'll be there, on Sunday this year, again due to family (same weekend as the Blue and Gold banquet for Cub Scouts- we'll have to plan that better next year ;) ), but this time, I'll savor it. Because reading the posts on the HAMB, there are a lot of car guys that can't make it. And I feel for them. There really isn't anything like it.

    See you in the basement!

    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  18. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,692

    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Best of luck to the group from Wicked Fabrication and Byers Custom here in Seattle that are showing the 57 ford upstairs.
  19. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    Great pix ! I was supposed to be there, but due to Darryl's Tulsa Show being so close to this one I'll have to wait till next year.

  20. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
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    Harms Way

  21. Chemin
    Joined: Mar 4, 2009
    Posts: 325


    I'm really looking forward to going on Saturday. Thanks for the setup pics.
  22. finkd
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,500

    Alliance Vendor

    I'D love to unwrap one of those special necklace's and drive the shit out of it all night long then take it back wrap it up like it was and see the look on the owners face! they are cars made to drive!! I know they are nice but man I never plan on building anything soo nice you can't drive. One day I will build one really nice But I will drive it !!
  23. ac duster
    Joined: Feb 14, 2012
    Posts: 31

    ac duster

    thanks for pics will be at show all day sat going sents 64
  24. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 2,799


    Your post is appreciated by those of us on the West coast. Thanks.
  25. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,417

    captain scarlet
    from Detroit

    Great pictures - Thanks for looking after my car this weekend:D
  26. Mattbee
    Joined: Feb 5, 2010
    Posts: 1,011


    You are so lucky Dennis!!!:D I can't wait till Saturday. Talk to you later
  27. grabrr
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 129


    Thanks for the pic's!! I was going to have a hard time sleeping tonight as it was, now I'm even more excited to go tomorrow. This will be my 25th year going, and the second year without one of my best car buddies, we'll have a beer for him tomorrow.
  28. LabRat
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,551


    Thanks Harm , always cool to see these shots , and your a champ for doing the graveyard shift ... Although I imagine it must be quite surreal , wouldn't take much to believe that all the little noises you hear are the spirits of past rodders checking out the new builds on display ...
  29. hemifarris
    Joined: Sep 30, 2005
    Posts: 2,321


    Your after hours photos are like the calm before the storm. Excellent shots....Mike
  30. 50's dreams
    Joined: Jan 3, 2007
    Posts: 43

    50's dreams
    from colo spgs

    Man I wish I could make it out there this year. But a newborn baby is more rewarding

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