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Report: 2010 Detroit AutoRama

  • Tammy Ray's "Gold Digger" - 2010 Riddler Award Winner! - 0
  • Rows of fantastic cars were everywhere. - 1
  • One bad GTO. - 2
  • Many cars were just as trick underneath as they were on top! - 3
  • Yeah, we're not sure what to make of it either. - 4
  • Or this... - 5
  • "The Michigan Mad Man" E.J. Potter's "Widowmaker" V8 motorcycle. - 6
  • One of two Batmobiles (and the better one I might add). - 7
  • Rat rods and traditionals ruled the lower level. - 8
  • If you needed vintage speed parts you were in luck. - 9
  • Even the kids got into the act. - 10
  • Who says bicycles can't be cool? - 11
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by Brian Medford  More from Author

AutoTrader Classics brings you the best of AutoRama!

The 2010 Detroit AutoRama was a big hit this year! Crowds surged into Cobo Center over the course of three days to see some of the finest custom cars every assembled under one roof. Two floors full of cars meant there was something for everyone. The main attraction though was the coveted Ridler Award. The top custom car builders from around the country brought their cars to AutoRama for the rigorous judging. The "Great 8" finalists were mobbed during the show by people all trying to see just what makes each car so special. The level of detail that goes into each car surely can't make the judges job easy. In the end it was Georgia's Tammy Ray of Dahlonega who brought home the Ridler Award with her "Gold Digger" 1933 Ford altered phaeton. Tammy makes Ridler Award history as the first female sole owner winner. Congratulations Tammy!

The lower level of the show was home to the traditional hot rod crowd (and a few sport compacts). The big draws were the rockabilly bands and the pin-up contest. Rat rods and traditional rods were the rule down here. The atmosphere was a lot more easy going than upstairs and you would think this was just another cruise-in rather than a huge car show.

This is just a taste of the coverage AutoTrader Classics is bringing to you from 2010 Detroit AutoRama. Stay tuned for more on the Ridler Award "Great 8", muscle cars, pony cars, race cars, truck and more!

Click here to check out the Ridler Award "Great 8"!

Gallery: Part 1 - The Hot Rods Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: Part 2 - The Hot Rods Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: Part 1 - The Muscle Cars Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: Part 2 - The Muscle Cars Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: The Customs Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: The Rat Rods Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: The Rat Rod Engines Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: The Pony Cars Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: The Engines Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: The Corvettes & Exotics Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama

Gallery: The Trucks Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama 

Gallery: The Race Cars Of The 2010 Detroit AutoRama




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