Autorama 2014: The Hot Rods Are Back!

By: Scott Davis | March 6, 2014

It’s time to talk about one of the staples of the Motor City. Autorama, also known as “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show,” comes back to Detroit this weekend, March 7 through March 9! The 62nd annual show is sure to be kind on your eyes with beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as kind to your ears with tons of great music.

As usual, Autorama takes place at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. The event features the latest and greatest hot rods around, but there is something for everyone as several celebrity guests, small shows and exhibits and live music will all be happening too.

Car enthusiasts will be drooling over the vehicles displayed all over Cobo, but I’m sure anyone who attends Autorama will be drawn to the hot rods. With that being said, I don’t think everyone attending fancies themselves as a “car person.” No need to panic! Autorama has you covered. What else is there to do, you ask?

There will be quite a few celebrity appearances, including:

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Superstars, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho. Two of my personal favorites from back in the day when wrestling was cool.

Nascar greats, “The King” Richard Petty and his son, Kyle Petty. Need I say more?

Laura Marano, Disney Channel’s “Ally Dawson” on the show Austin and Ally.

All autographs from celebrities are free. I mean, that is a nice perk. Oh hey, I almost forgot; Spongebob will also make an appearance.

If you still aren’t impressed, maybe you should peruse “Toy-A-Rama” which is always a part of Autorama. Here you can check out all kinds of toys and collectibles. You can also bring your old toys and sell them if you are trying to make some quick cash.

There will also be several demos going on. Including, live flame-throwing with Bob Motz’s Semi Jet Truck and legendary customizer Gene Winfield’s live chop shop demonstration! You’re not going to want to miss either one of these, seriously.

Other events include Rockabilly bands performing, the Ridler’s Ball, and the honoring of “Featured Builder of the Year,” Troy Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy.

For more information and a complete list of all that is happening during this event please check out www.autorama.com.

Basically, what I am trying to say is that Autorama is definitely worth attending. Whether you want to look at cars, meet celebrities, watch demonstrations or listen to live music, this is the place to be.

Ticket Prices

  • General Admission: $19
  • Children ages six to 12: $5
  • Children five and under: Free

Discounted tickets are available at O’Reilly Auto Parts: $17 for general admission and $4 for ages six to 12.

Dates and times:

  • Friday, March 7 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 9 10 a.m.-8 p.m.