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2019 Detroit Autorama Schedule of Events

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2019 Detroit Autorama Show Hours

Friday, March 1st – 12pm – 10pm

Saturday, March 2nd – 9am – 10pm

Sunday, March 3rd – 10am – 7pm

Celebrity Showcase

WWE Star Seth Rollins – Friday, 6 – 8pm

Nascar Legend Tony Stewart – Saturday, Noon – 2pm

Dave Kinding, from Kinding It Designs – Saturday 4 – 8pm

Hanson Brothers, from the movie Slapshot – Sunday 1 – 4pm

Horny Mike from Count’s Kustoms – All Weekend

2019 Auto Art Panel Jam & Charity Auction

Friday 4-5pm

Saturday 12-1:30pm, 3-4:30pm, and 6-7:30pm

Sunday 12-1:30pm and 3-4:30pm

Rock-A-Billy Bands

Blues Brothers Tribute, Friday 3pm

The Delrios, Friday 4pm

Tasha Owen & The Stable Dudes, Friday 6 & 8pm

Glocksmith, Friday 5 & 7pm

Fast Eddie Band, Saturday 1,3, & 6pm. Sunday 1 & 3pm

Twisin’ Tarantulas, Saturday 2,4, & 7pm. Sunday 2 & 4pm

Younger Buyers Fueling Resto-Mod Demand

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Barrett-Jackson’s 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction held in January featured a sell-through rate of 99.75 percent on 1,8000 vehicles. Not only did total auction sales soar to $131.6 million, but the weeklong event solidified significant market trends, as well as dynamic shifts in the hobby.

Based on internal sales and market data over the last decade, Barrett-Jackson has experienced a growing demand for professionally built Resto-Mods, as well as an increasing number of Gen X and millennial buyers coming to the hobby.

“When I took the helm of Barrett-Jackson in 1995, I knew that stagnation would be the biggest threat to this hobby,” said Craig Jackson, CEO and chairman of Barrett-Jackson. “While prewar classics were hot at the time, we recognized the demographic of our buyers would change over time and consequently the demand for those cars would also change. Plenty of naysayers thought it was foolish when we began adding 1960s and 1970s muscle cars to our docket.

“But we realized these were the dream cars of baby boomers and they had the means to buy them. It’s rewarding to look back and know, without a doubt, that we were right. Even today, they remain one of our most popular docket vehicles, and have increased in value significantly over time.” 

As early as 2000, Jackson and Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis forecasted the growth of professionally built Resto-Mods, largely due to the burgeoning accessibility of new technology, high-quality custom parts and top-notch design talent, according to the company. In 2002, Barrett-Jackson began consigning more Resto-Mods.

During the last decade, Resto-Mods have seen a meteoric rise in interest among buyers, according to Barrett-Jackson. The SEMA Show and Detroit Autorama’s Ridler Award are among the factors contributing to the demand, according to the company.

“Barrett-Jackson prides itself on being at the cutting edge of changes and trends in the collector car market,” Davis said. “Resto-Mods is one of those trends we saw emerging from the customs segment nearly 15 years ago. We had the foresight to give these cars the platform to be seen by millions of collectors, which has made Resto-Mods one of the fastest-growing segments in this hobby.” 

Similar to the upward trend of classic muscle cars, Resto-Mods have also experienced a jolt in demand among buyers. Over the past two years alone, Barrett-Jackson has seen a steady increase in not only the amount of customs and Resto-Mods sold, but also an increase in value. At the 2019 Scottsdale Auction, 161 custom vehicles were on the docket, an increase of 87.2 percent over the 2017 Scottsdale event, while the average sale price for vehicles in that category has risen 27.7 percent, from $62,711 to $80,103.

Some of the best Resto-Mods are bringing well over six figures at auction. A prime example was a multiple award-winning 1971 Plymouth HEMI ’Cuda built by Alan Johnson of Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop in Alabama that sold for $588,500 at the 2007 Scottsdale Auction. Other professionally built Resto-Mods that have made their mark at Barrett-Jackson auctions include:

  • 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Convertible (Scottsdale 2018, $440,000)
  • 1938 Lincoln Zephyr V-12 Coupe Street Rod (Scottsdale 2004, $440,000)
  • 1936 Cadillac Custom Convertible (Scottsdale 2015, $440,000)
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Custom Coupe (Scottsdale 2019, $385,000)
  • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Convertible (Scottsdale 2019, $363,000)
  • 1967 Ford Mustang Kindig-It Design Custom Fastback (Scottsdale 2019, $275,000)
  • 1970 Dodge Challenger Custom Coupe (Scottsdale 2017, $220,000)

Article Courtesy of THE SHOP

America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

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The 1936 Ford named the 3-Penny Roadster owned by George Poteet of Memphis, Tennessee and built by Pinkee’s Rod Shop in Windsor, Colorado earned the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster during this weekend’s closing ceremonies of the 70th annual Grand National Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

One of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the automotive world, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster is presented each year to the best open hot rod in the country. This year’s AMBR winner, the 1936 Ford 3-Penny Roadster, not only took home the title’s $10,000 prize, but is now immortalized on the 9.5-foot tall perpetual trophy alongside a veritable who’s who of hot rodding, including such legendary builders as George Barris, Andy Brizio, Boyd Coddington, Barry White, Troy Ladd and Chip Foose. 

Drawing massive attention from fans and judges alike, the 3-Penny Roadster was a standout in the field for its mix of subdued styling, impeccable craftsmanship and subtle, yet extensive body modifications, according to show officials. The custom warm gray PPG paint was a point of interest for many attendees, with industry experts noticing a trend among 2019 AMBR contenders away from bright paint colors and towards more reserved gray and brown tones. This is the first AMBR win for both car owner Poteet and builder Pinkee’s Rod Shop.

“George Poteet’s 1936 Ford is a truly world-class hot rod and one of the most unique cars we’ve seen in years,” said John Buck, owner of Rod Shows and producer of the Grand National Roadster Show. “1936 Fords are a rare sight in AMBR competition, and our judges loved the car’s blend of traditional and modern styling cues. We’re proud to honor it as this year’s America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.”

This year, the Grand National Roadster Show featured a pair of special exhibits. The 90 Years of the Ford Model Adisplay celebrated the 90th anniversary of the iconic Ford Model A, which featured more than 100 Model A units, including seven prior America’s Most Beautiful Roadster winners, the iconic Eddie Dye roadster, the Chrisman Brothers Sedan, and a Model A Roadster driven by Elvis Presley in the 1957 film Loving You.

Foose was also honored as the Builder of the Decade with a special display of one of the largest gatherings of Foose-designed vehicles ever assembled. The display included 12 Foose cars and trucks, including two previous “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” winners: the 0032 1932 Ford Roadster and the Impression 1936 Ford Roadster.

More than 500 individual awards were presented during the closing ceremonies of the Grand National Roadster Show, which earned its reputation as The Grand Daddy of Them All by showcasing more than 1,600 world-class hot rods, muscle cars, customs and more while attracting tens of thousands of fans over the course of the weekend. Customs, restorations, muscle cars, trucks, hot rods, street machines and lowriders exemplified the very finest that the custom automotive world had to offer.

This year’s show also featured appearances by celebrities from across the automotive enthusiast community. Steve Strope, star of the hit TV series Hand Built Hot Rods and owner of Pure Vision Design, met with enthusiasts and displayed upcoming projects. Builders Troy Ladd, Roy Brizio, Scott Bonowski and more were on hand to greet fans while other automotive celebrities, including Porsche enthusiast Magnus Walker, were in attendance.

Live pinstriping and an auction during the “Pinstriper’s Gathering,” along with a raffle for a one-of-a-kind BRM watch commemorating the 1968 Ford Mustang featured in the Steve McQueen film “Bullitt,” raised $45,845 for Drive Toward a Cure, a foundation dedicated to curing Parkinson’s Disease.

Article and Photos courtesy of The Shop

Digital License Plates in Michigan?

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The Michigan legislature has passed a bill enabling digital license plate technology in the motor state. This technology offers a digital alternative to 125-year-old stamped metal license plates.

Reviver Auto, the creator of a digital license plate called Rplate, will work with Michigan’s newly-elected Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to roll the plates out to interested users.

The Rplate launched on roads in California in June. The product features a digital, high-definition display and the ability to automate vehicle renewals, replace legacy stickers with digital decals, and add new levels of personalization to the license plate. The Rplate also enables stolen vehicle and plate detached information, as well as geo-fencing capabilities for business and/or governmental entities.

Future Rplate features include Amber and weather alerts, automated parking, trips taken, vehicle miles traveled and marketing capabilities and much more, according to Reviver Auto. 

Michigan is the first state in the nation to enact a law to allow implementation of digital license plates. The legislation coincides with the upgrading of internal systems at Michigan’s Department of State, which will provide effortless integration with the Rplate technology, according to the company.

Reviver Auto is also partnering with Michigan-based The Pink Fund to create a Pink Fund-branded digital license plate, as well as digital Pink Fund logos for the Rplate, all of which will help raise funds to support the organization’s mission of providing financial support to help meet basic needs, decrease stress levels and allow breast cancer patients in active treatment to focus on healing while improving survivorship outcomes.

Rplate, which is currently on the road in California, is anticipated to expand into new states in 2019. The use of digital license plates is fully authorized for Arizona; similar legislation has passed in Texas and Florida. Washington is slated to conduct a digital license plate study.

In addition, Reviver Auto has launched an initial program in Dubai, UAE for a proof of concept in partnership with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

The Rplate is available in California through participating auto dealerships, pro shops such as Al & Ed’s Autosound.

The quickest street legal Mustang ever is coming!

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The all-new Shelby GT500 is the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance, according to Ford Motor Co. The vehicle features more than 700 horsepower to achieve the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology ever offered in a Ford Mustang.

“Carroll was always working on the next faster Shelby, I think he would love this Mustang more than any other,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. “A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger.”

Arriving this fall to join its Shelby GT350 stablemate, Shelby GT500 is engineered to attack on all fronts. At the drag strip, it’s set to produce a projected 700-plus horsepower via its first-in-class dual-clutch transmission. At the track, performance improves even more thanks to its race-bred chassis, custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe, according to Ford.

On the street, its menacing aerodynamic design and Ford Performance driver control technologies make every moment behind the wheel even more exhilarating, according to the company.

The Powertrain

In the process of making the all-new Shelby GT500 the quickest street-legal Mustang ever, Ford Performance created an exclusive powertrain to deliver new levels of power and torque.

“With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”

Shelby GT500 starts with a supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy engine built by hand. To keep the intake air cooler and deliver a lower center of gravity, the team inverted a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler tucked neatly in the V8 engine valley.

Like Shelby GT350, the aluminum alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, plus larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages. Beneath that, a structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it’s needed.

To channel power and torque to the unique carbon fiber driveshaft, Ford Performance leveraged learnings from the tuning of its Ford GT supercar’s dual-clutch transmission. The team selected a TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which can shift smoothly in less than 100 milliseconds, markedly faster than any manual gearbox, according to Ford. This dual-clutch transmission is designed for a number of drive modes, including normal, slippery, sport, drag and track, and features line-lock and rpm-selectable launch control through selectable Track Apps.

Shelby GT500 also takes advantage of revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear, according to Ford. Next-generation active MagneRide suspension is baked-in, along with the latest in advanced drive mode technologies from Ford Performance. The payoff is the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang for greater track performance and driver control, according to the company.

Putting all this chassis hardware to the pavement, custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and more aggressive Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature unique compounds and tread. To provide track-ready stopping power, massive 16-5-inch two-piece rotors are added, plus larger, stiffer Brembo six-piston calipers. With 20 percent more swept area than the Shelby GT350’s, the Brembo brakes have more than 30 percent additional thermal mass in the front corners, according to Ford.

Two handling packages with increasing levels capability are offered for the all-new Shelby GT500. An available Handling Package includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap.

For the truly hardcore, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.

Air Extraction & Downforce

Thanks to a cross-functional team of designers, Ford Performance engineers and motorsports collaborators, the 2020 Shelby GT500 has track-hero looks to match its performance capabilities, according to the company.

“With a double front grille opening and 50 percent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager.

Those large angular grille openings and muscular hood combine for a menacing, aerodynamic-led design inspired by modern fighter jet aircraft. The car’s wider front fenders and stance housing Shelby GT500-specific 20×11-inch wheels proportionally align to its rear fenders that hug up to 20×11.5-inch wheels. A standard new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser result in added thermal management.

The team leveraged Ford’s motorsports technical center in North Carolina and Windshear, with its rolling wind tunnel—where top-tier racing teams test—to perfect the design of the Shelby GT500. Front fascia openings are more than doubled versus the Shelby GT350, while six heat exchangers are stuffed in to increase cooling pack airflow by more than 50 percent, according to Ford. A massive 31×28-inch louvered hood vent features a removable aluminum rain tray for better air extraction and increased downforce.

Technology

Shelby GT500’s cockpit boasts race-inspired premium materials and unique finishes worthy of its world-class power, according to Ford.

Premium touchpoints include an available exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué and new door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko suede with accent stitching. Available Recaro racing seats with firm side bolstering and pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance. For those looking for even greater comfort, power-adjustable seating with Miko suede inserts is offered.

The all-new Shelby GT500 picks up a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster, while a high-performance custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system is available. All of this is controlled via an 8-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen featuring SiriusXM and FordPass Connect.

New colors for 2020 include Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes are available for the Shelby GT500 too.

Article Courtesy of The Shop

Spark Plugs MHRA Car Show & Swap Meet

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James F Atchison Park

58000 Grand River

New Hudson, MI

9am-2pm

248-939-6732

4th Annual Classic Car Show

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Family Life Community Church

62345 W 8 Mile Rd

South Lyon, MI Noon-5pm

www.Flccsl.com

248-437-1472

Open Track Day 4

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Waterford Hills Road Racing

4770 Waterford Rd

Clarkston, MI

www.Waterfordhills.com

Super Chevy Car Show and Swap

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Motorsports Park 131

1249 12th St

Martin, MI

www.Us131msp.com

269-672-7800

USMA Centerline Lions 12th Annual Car Show

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ABC Warehouse

7215 E 10 Mile Rd

Centerline, MI 8am-3pm

www.Unitedstreetmachines.com

248-435-3091

47th Annual Sloan Museum Auto Fair

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Crossroads Village Huckleberry Railroad

6140 Bray Rd.

Flint, MI

www.sloanautofair.com

Ultimate Vintage Truck Show

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All truck 2000 and earlier

Gilmore Car Museum

Hickory Corners, MI 9am-4pm

www.Gilmorecarmuseum.org

269-671-5089

Antique and Classic Car Show

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Shelby Bible Church

47905 Hayes Rd

Shelby Twp, MI 9am-2pm

586-566-3825

The Alamo Foundation 2019

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Classics in the Park

Alamo Little League

8326 West DE Ave

Kalamazoo, MI

www.thealamofoundation.org

269-349-9854

Auburn Hills “By the River” Car Show

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Riverside Park

3311 Squirrel Ct.

Auburn Hills, MI 8am-3pm

www.Auburnhills.org/communityevents

248-370-9353

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