In 1952 the MHRA held its first Autorama car show at the University of Detroit Field House. The efforts of all the club members in producing and promoting the show made it a success. Right from the start, the MHRA proved that funds could be raised for a drag strip by holding a quality auto show. As the Detroit Autorama grew in size, it moved from the University of Detroit Field House to the State Fairgrounds to the Artillery Armory and back to the Fairgrounds.
In 1956 the MHRA decided to hire a professional promoter in order to increase the show in size and stature. Don Ridler, a local promoter specializing in band and sporting events, was contracted to handle the next Autorama. Under Ridler's direction, the Detroit show developed quickly. By adding bands to the show and scoring with major publicity stories in the news media, Ridler quickly succeeded in developing the Detroit show, generating funds needed to build the dream raceway in New Baltimore, Michigan.
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- 5 Detroit Autorama 2015
- 6 Detroit Autorama 2014
- 7 Detroit Autorama 2012
- 8 Detroit Autorama 2011
- 9 Detroit Autorama 2010
- 10 Detroit Autorama 2009
- 11 Detroit Autorama 2005
- 12 Detroit Autorama 1984
- 13 Detroit Autorama 1980
- 14 Detroit Autorama 1976
- 15 Detroit Autorama 1965
- 16 Detroit Autorama 1964
- 17 Detroit Autorama 1963
- 18 Detroit Autorama 1961
- 19 Detroit Autorama 1959
- 20 Detroit Autorama 1958
- 21 References
Detroit Autorama 2017
Detroit Autorama 2015
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Detroit Autorama 2014
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Detroit Autorama 2012
Detroit Autorama 2011
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Detroit Autorama 2010
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Detroit Autorama 2009
Detroit Autorama 2009 was held March 6 - 8 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Amongst the displayed cars were the newly restored Lil' Coffin, the Predicta, the Hirohata Merc, Sam Barris' 1949 Mercury, the Ala Kart, Arthur Bentas' Raven, and the Kopper Kart Clone. Builder of the year at the show was Darryl Starbird of Star Kustom Shop.
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Detroit Autorama 2005
Bill Hines was named Builder of the Year at the 2005 Detroit Autorama. He was on hand to receive accolades for his contributions to the art of customizing, and five of his creations were displayed at the show. One of the cars was the newly restored Marty Ribits' 1934 Ford cabriolet, the Golden Nugget. Current owner Larry Jordon completed the restoration 3 days prior to the show.
Detroit Autorama 1963
Best Hot Rod: Lew Wolff's 1932 Ford Roadster
Detroit Autorama 1961
Detroit Autorama 1959
Detroit Autorama 1958
The Alexander Brothers' 1931 Ford Model A Pickup - The Grasshopper
Al and Dave Tarkanyi's 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Marty Ribits' 1934 Ford Cabriolet - The Golden Nugget
Jerry Yatch's 1940 Mercury
Bob Nugent's 1946 Lincoln Coupe
Bill Hines' 1950 Ford - The Lil' Bat
Jerry Sarkozi's 1956 Chevrolet Delray
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