March 6, 2010

Autorama 2010 final shots and thoughts

Today I'll close out my thoughts on the 2010 Detroit Autorama.

It was a really interesting experience and I have shared a number of photos of very cool cars and motorcycles. But there really is more to the show than the fancy cars and trucks. It's a people party with hundreds of thousands milling around and the common theme was that they all liked cars. But in the basement and in the back corners were things that I really didn't expect. Quite honestly, I didn't expect to see as many motorcycles as I did. Anyway, here's a last look.

I snagged this off the Cobo website, it's the room totally empty. It looks large, but you really don't have a good sense of the size until you see a full size semi truck parked and it's no where near the ceiling.

The trip over was fun filled, the boys had spent the night at Church for an all nighter. Needless to say, they were a bit tired.
Here's Spencer dozing.

Ian brought his pillow, not sure it helped that much, but he looks more comfortable.

The lovely and talented Holly, she did the classic self photo

A rare appearance for me, I think that this is the only shot I was in all day long. It's best to keep the camera in your own pocket.

A Michigan classic, Vernors Ginger Ale, I personally don't care for it, but it's big around here.

This kind of truck/van has always appealed to me because it's just so odd. The flames really make it look good.

A homemade dump truck with paint that changes color as you walked around it

In this back location it was just odd stuff, like this corn picker that had teeth and was titled "Corn Stalker"

Not really sure what this thing was supposed to be/do. But it looks like they had fun putting it together.

Here's a neat creation. An old Ford modified so that the back popped up and ta da! You had a 2 seat stocked bar. I wanted to stop but Holly didn't think that was a good idea.

In the far back corner these two high speed boats. The looked ok, but seemed out of place.

For the crowd that never grew up, there was a section of probably 50 or so custom bicycles. Like this wooden beauty. I asked how much it weighed and the guy that built it said it's not so bad, I can pick it up. I was made of Oak and 3/4" plywood.

This little piece of art really looked cool. Pretty sure you can't ride it, but it was really well done.

Here are some general crowd shots.
Main floor

Main floor

Main floor

Main floor

Main floor

Lower level

Lower level

Lower level

Lower level

Zoomed in

Other, seemingly random things
A slot car race track that was working

A space shuttle simulator?

Hot Wheels Collectables? I know they're cars, but really...

Toy cars, models, car comic books...

More Crap

One of many special appearance locations. $20 for a signature from the Fonz

DJ hard at work, I actually saw him scritching, I think that's the term. I moved away quickly, not my kind of music.

Stuck to the side of a less that stellar truck that was repainted. Does anyone remember Earl Sheib?

Scary truck, this one looked like it'd been driven to the location.

A modified VW camper van. I took this for Billie

Down in the basement there were these asian girls that were trying to run a Karaoke contest to give away tickets to a Detroit Pistons game. The girl we heard singing was so bad it was funny.

They really lowered this one didn't they?

And there you have it. I hope you enjoyed the posts as much as I enjoyed doing them.

Autorama is a great experience, especially in Motor City.

Have an awesome day!

March 5, 2010

Autorama - The Motorcycles

Happy Friday! It's been a great week here in Michigan. Spring is coming, it's been in the 40's all week, still below freezing at night, but during the day it's been sunny with a high of 45! Totally awesome. Really makes me want to get the 750 back out. Ok, almost everyday I want to get the Honda out, but sunny days really make me Jones for the ride.

Well, anyway, what we have here are the bikes that looked cool enough to take a picture at Autorama. Let's see...

The flames on this were really cool, the seat looks better in the picture, in actuality it was a snake skin seat that didn't fit the bike, but the flames were really cool!

This tank was awesome. The skull was actually pressed out of the tank.

Classic bagger

The wheels were pretty nifty

I tried to get a close up of the tank, but the lighting was pretty tough to deal with.

Hard to tell, but this was a kiddie bike, for like an 8 year old.

Talk about old school...

I liked the red, not sure I could ride this very far, but I'd look good doing it.

Just a nice clean bike

The flames aren't much, but the black pipes can look really cool if you tone down the rest of the machine.

I've always been partial to blue

This was really cool. The thing on the right is a hard guitar case. The guitar was out and a guy was just jamming away. Not sure where the amp goes.

This next bike was awesome with the Joker on the side

The other side of the bike, pretty cool

A trike for those unsteady riders Cool looking, for a trike

Really modern looking trike, that I have no interest in other than to say, yech!

I take picture of yellow things for my sweetie. She likes yellow. Cool trike, but I doubt she'd ride to Alaska on this one either.

Clean and simple is always in style

I really liked the looks of this one

This one had a southwestern feel but the seats reminded me of Grandma's vinyl kitchen chairs.

Really cool racer look.

I have to admit, it looks interesting, but can you really ride it? The metal seat really puts me off.

Custom Choppers are always interesting

This is pretty ridiculous, a V8 on a cycle? Why slow the bike down?

High end, the pedestal it was on was spinning the bike at very slow turns per minute, very interesting.

I don't remember why

The Bud Light Bike

There you have it.

If you didn't enjoy the car or these motorcycles, well, I have one last set to share with you, then we'll be done.

Have an awesome weekend and wish me luck, I'm going to try firing up the HONDA tomorrow.
Have a great day,