One of the first things that comes to mind when one hears mention of the Detroit Autorama held in Detroit's Cobo Hall is the coveted Ridler award, or perhaps if one is a pinstriping enthusiast it would be the Motor City Pinstripers Art Auction headed up by "Yosemite" Sam Radoff each year that benefits the Rainbow Wish Foundation with 100 percent of the proceeds. Either way, there is one thing that is for sure, the Detroit Autorama has evolved into a great venue to check out some super-fine customized classic trucks.
For 2007, the International Show Car Association-sanctioned show was held March 9-11, with a general admission of $16; children 6-12, $5; and children 5 and under were free. Or if one went over to Murray's Auto Parts, one could save a couple of bucks off the admission and apply it toward the price of a grape soda. Well, no one seems to remember if grape sodas were actually available, but there is no question that "Tow-Mater" from the hit Disney/Pixar movie Cars was present in the show's special features section. For those of you who didn't get a chance to see Cars, Tow-Mater is loosely based off of a Tri-Five Chevy tow truck with the personality of a '61 Buick Le Sabre, or maybe it was an Invicta.
On the serious side, we thought that it might be interesting to mention that the '36 Ford three-window coupe that won this year's Ridler award has been owned by Ross Myers since he was 9 years old. Well, there's no sense wasting any more space with words when it can be filled with pictures of trucks. For more information about next year's Detroit Autorama, log onto www.autorama.com.