Autorama to be Held on March 9

By: Glady Reign

The time for gear heads and customizers to show off their wares is fast approaching once again. For the 55th year, the Michigan Hot Rod Association will be sponsoring the AutoRama. It is also the time for car fans to take a peek on what these mechanical geniuses have been doing behind the closed doors of their garages for the days between these AutoRama events. The AutoRama, known to be the place to show off one's automotive creation, will once again occupy the Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan from the 9th of March until the 11th of the same month.

What is known to be the most prestigious event of this kind will surely be a place where customizers will show off their one-of-a-kind creations. The only car show to give the AutoRama a run for its money is the Oakland Roadster Show which is held in California. But the car show being held in Motor City is regarded to be the best place to showcase one's creations.

Car fans are invited to the show to witness some of the best customized car in the planet. Not only cars are going to be presented during the show though. Motorcycles and odd vehicles are also part of the show. These vehicles are so unique that they surely defy categorization. These are the fruits of the countless hours of labor put into the construction of such vehicles by aficionados. These machines will be competing for recognition and cash prizes during the event, not to mention huge amount of bragging rights.

Those who love vehicles will surely enjoy the sight of the beautiful machines which will be present at the event. About three quarters of a million feet square will be dedicated to showcasing each and every creation at the show. The AutoRama has been known to be the place where unique and the coolest vehicles hang out. And during the event, aficionados can take advantage of the chance to see such gorgeous machines.

There are four different general types of entries in the said event. The first one is full customs. These are vehicles which have been modified thoroughly that it does not resemble the specific make and mode of the car it is created from. Aside from increasing the aesthetic value of these full customs, their performance are also made better and made to last longer like the improvements made on .

The second category is mild customs. These are vehicles which have undergone modifications but still resembles the original car is some ways.

The third type is rat rods. These are the cars - the bodywork looks neglected and it is sporting rust as its paintjob. But these cars' underpinnings like the transmission and braking systems are upgraded. Unlike full customs and mild customs that are trailered to the show, these cars are driven to the show. The concept is a response to the pricy custom cars most common on cars shows. These cars are built by hand by people who own them using an assortment of vintage parts. Sometimes, a rat rod will sport different components from different models and from different makes. These parts are fitted together using the ingenuity of its builder.

The fourth class is restored classics. Unlike the rat rods whose bodywork is not given much attention, these cars are fully restored classic cars. This is a favorite among car enthusiasts since it is a symbol of powerful gas-guzzlers produced by car manufacturers in the past.

This year's AutoRama will be attended by different celebrities. Some of the notable personalities who are scheduled to make an appearance at the show are Barry McGuiar, the Car Crazy host; Nate Robertson, the Tigers pitcher; and Spongebob Squarepants.

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