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Autorama roars back into Detroit this weekend and you’ll hear it downtown … so be prepared


Things are going to get very loud around Cobo Center on Friday March 6.

The 63rd annual Meguiar’s Autorama opens this weekend and to start it off with bang there will be a flame burn out demo at 11:45 a.m.

Last year Washington Blvd and east bound Jefferson were shut down by the Detroit Police Department for a few minutes before the demo. So be prepared for that this year as well.

Be warned. It’s loud. You will probably hear it in your office building or in a restaurant if you get to lunch early.

“Adding excitement to this year’s Autorama is the live flame burn out demonstration of the AA Fuel Altered Dragster named ‘Pure Hell,’” Autorama says. “All of downtown Detroit will know that Autorama has arrived when the sound of the flame throwing dragster rumbles and reverberates through the streets, sidewalks and skyscrapers of the city.”

11001813_10155229330605048_2484985987676894841_nThe Detroit Autorama is the largest and oldest hot rod custom car show in North America. This year you can check out about 1,000 custom-designed hot rods and also see five cars used in the movie “Fast and Furious.”

Make sure you check out Autorama Extreme on Cobo’s lower level. It features more than 200 traditional rods, customs and bobber bikes inspired by the 1950s.

Stop by Gene Winfield’s Chop Shop and see how they actually “chop” an automobile to create a new super sleek custom hot rod. Gene will be there himself and will supervise the demonstration of a live “chopping” of a car.

Wait, there’s more.

Know how to do the jive, jitter bug, Madison, swing, slow dance and twist? This year Autorama Extreme will host its first ever Sock Hop and Dance Competition on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. A King and Queen of Dance will be awarded. There are free dance lessons from 5 to 6 p.m. and a free open dance period from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with the big band playing.

In addition, the seven-piece band Doublescale will play at 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday Smokin’ 45s Rock and Blues Revue will play at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the Twistin’Tarantulas will play at 2 pm. and 4 p.m.

There are some great guests on the Celebrity Stages who will meet and greet visitors and sign autographs.

  • WWE Superstar, Big Show, Friday, March 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage and Fast N’Loud TV Shows on the Discovery Channel, Friday, March 6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 p.m. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Peyton List, who is Emma Ross on Disney’s TV Show Jessie, Saturday, March 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Danny “The Count” Koker, Royal Oak native, and Kevin Mack from History Channel’s Counting Cars TV Show on Sunday, March 8 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Here are Autorama’s hours.

  • Friday, March 6, noon to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission at the gate is $19 for adults and $6 for children 6 to 12 years. Kids 5 and under are free. Discount tickets are available at O’Reilly Auto Parts. General Admission is $17, children 6 – 12 get in for $5.  Group tickets are also available.

For more information call 248-373-1700.  Go to up to the minute information and last minute changes.

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