Thousands ogle hot rods, muscle cars at Autorama

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Detroit —The Cobo Center is humming and revving with throngs of happy gear-heads feasting their eyes on one-of-a-kind creations at the three-day, 63

rd annual Maguiar's Detroit Autorama, which ends Sunday.

Known as America's premier custom and hot rod car show, there are nearly 1,000 cars from 27 different states and three Canadian provinces on display, said Linda Ashley, Autorama spokeswoman.

In 2014 more than 170,000 people attended the show.

Ashely said one of the major draws at this year's Autorama are five of the actual cars from the "The Fast and Furious" movie franchise, driven by actors Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker.

Also on display are street rods, modern muscle cars and vintage cars. And while many are restored muscle cars, attendees are mainly going to see one of a kind creations that haven't been street driven — what some refer to as trailer queens.

As described in an article by a writer for the Truth About Cars, trailer queens are expensive, pampered vehicles that leave the protective cocoon of a garage, put upon a trailer or placed inside one of the enclosed variety, and then is towed by another, lowly vehicle to a hot event such as the Autorama, where it is ogled by thousands.

"Many of the cars are worth $250,000 to $ 1 million," said Ashley. " I would say that a lot of the cars in the show are worth that much."

Like the North American International Auto Show, Autorama is also an important event for charity. There is a pinstripe charity auction where 80 artists will be pinstriping, a decorative technique of applying very thin lines of paint to trash cans, panels, etc., during the course of the show. All proceeds go to Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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