All you need to know for this year’s Detroit Autorama!
General Admission – $21.00
Discount Tickets at O’Reilly Auto Parts – $19.00
Children 6-12 – $8.00
Children 5 and Under – Free
Friday, February 28th – 12pm-10pm
Saturday, February 29th – 9am-10pm
Sunday, March 1st – 10am-7pm
Features and Entertainment
The 2020 Detroit Autorama will include Meguiar’s Car Care Tips, Summit Racing Equipment’s “Chop Shop” featuring Gene Winfield, And Summit’s Pedal Car Challenge. The Calvacade of Customs will be back with a 10 car exhibit. Competition Specialists is this year’s MHRA Feature Club. This year’s Preservation Award Recipient is “El Toro” altered fuel race car, ‘76 Ridler Award winner presented by Steele Rubber Products. The show also includes the 28th Annual Toy-A Rama, Master Builder Award and CASI Cup. The Mavens Pinstripe Auctions benefitting Leader Dogs for the Blind Live Auctions will be held Friday 4pm-5pm, Saturday 12pm-1:30pm, 3pm-4:30pm, 6pm-7:30pm, Sunday 12pm-1:30pm, 3pm-4:30pm.
Celebrities will again decend to the Greatest Show. UAW Ford Celebrity Stage Guest Appearances include
WWE Legend Ric Flair, Friday 6pm-8pm
Keynote speaker of honor Rutledge Wood, NASCAR & auto racing analyst, Friday 4pm-7pm.
Also, host of ‘Hot Rod Garage-Road Kill,’ and ‘Faster with Finnegan,’ Mike Finnegan joins the show Saturday 12pm-3pm.
Cody Walker, the late Paul Walker’s brother, and from the movie ‘Fast & Furious Family,’ is a must-see Saturday 4pm-7pm.
Plus, Spiderman Marvel Comics Superhero drops in Sunday 11am-5pm, and Aaron Kaufman from the Discovery Channel entertains us Sunday 1pm-4pm.
Racing Legend Lyn St. James will appear at Autorama alongside the iconic 1969 University of Pittsburgh Camaro that she will race in the 2020 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Historic Trans-Am Series racesSt. James will appear in the Grand Prix display on:Friday, Feb. 28 at 1 pm ETSaturday, Feb. 29 at 12 pm ETGet autographs and take pictures with a racing pioneer!
Autorama Extreme Features
The Extreme customs on Level B is an unique experience featuring customs, traditional rods & bobber bikes, patina rods, Pinup Girls, live bands, and more. Some of the coolest creations of unique rods on the planet will be there.
Also downstairs, the Vinsetta Garage Miss Autorama Pinup Girl Contest Saturday 5pm.
Call Dennis Scott to register at 248-651-4155. Traditional Rod Pick Awards presented Saturday 8pm.
And, along with cool stuff for sale downstairs, there will be live music with the Rockabilly Bands. ‘Blues Brothers Tribute’ Friday 3pm & 6pm, and Sunday 1pm, ‘Tosha Owens & The Stable Dudes’ Friday 5pm & 8pm, ‘Fast Eddie Band’ Saturday 1pm, 3pm, 6pm and Sunday 2pm, 4pm. ‘Twisted Tarantulas’ rock out Saturday 2pm, 4pm, 7pm, Sunday 2pm, 5pm.
2020 Detroit Autorama Feature Club
The Mill Winders Car Club was formed in August of 1955 as a result of friendships developed at the M.H.R.A. owned drag strip. Original membership started at 40 members and today stands at 29. Through the mid-sixties, the clubs major activity revolved around drag racing with the distinction of having two of the nation’s top racers, Don Garlits and Art Malone, as members.
From the mid-sixties to early seventies, the club turned their attention to the Detroit Autorama working, judging and competing in their hometown show, as well as others on the fledgling ISCA Show Car Circuit. Today the club has one former chairman and three former co-chairmen as members. It also supplies at least 30% of the current judging staff and has members in key management positions as well.
Currently the club is focusing on building and enjoying their cars, which range from restored classics to street rods and street machines. We are a charter club of the Michigan Hot Rod Association and are very proud of our rich history in racing, show cars and street rodding.
Celebrating our 64th Anniversary at Autorama 2020.
Meeting Times and Location: 6pm Oct. thru April, 7pm May thru September, Sunday before MHRA Meeting The Double D – 240 N. River Rd. Mt. Clemens 48043 (586) 231-0134.
Preservation Award Presented by Steele Rubber Products
The Detroit Autorama presents this Preservation Award each year to a vehicle chosen as the most outstanding car with significant importance in original condition.
The 2020 award recipient is “El Toro,” an AA/FA dragster. Built by Robert “Bob” Sweatt in the early ‘70s, “El Toro” set a world speed record for its class on September 1, 1973. In 1976, Sweatt entered “El Toro” in the Detroit Autorama and drove away with the prestigious Ridler Award, Autorama’s top prize.
Dave Harrington, the current owner of “El Toro,” has undertaken a complete restoration of the vehicle with builder Shawn Dill. Harrington and Dill will be presented with the Detroit Autorama Preservation Awards at the Ridler’s Ball celebration on Friday, February 28, 2020. “El Toro” will be on display during the show.