2013 Detroit Autorama Extreme — the basement show

Delray Slim says, “When you visit the Detroit Autorama, be sure to see the Autorama Extreme show in the basement. It’s swell.”

 

For MCG’s Autorama main floor coverage, click here.

To see the 2013 Pirelli Great 8 finalists for the Ridler Award, click here. 

MCG likes to call Autorama Extreme the Salon des Refuses of the hot rod world. Cars in primer are expressly forbidden upstairs on the Autorama main floor—it’s actually in writing somewhere—but in the Extreme show downstairs, they are welcomed with loving arms.

Upstairs on the Autorama main floor, teams of technicians in their stocking feet are aligning screw heads and running Q-tips through the panel gaps, gunning for the big trophy. Downstairs, guys are kicking back with some cold ones, enjoying the band. Down here in the basement, style points are unofficially deducted for looking like you’re trying too hard.

The Autorama Extreme show originally arose from the movement that became known as rat rodding, but they don’t call them rat rods anymore. These rodders have rejected the rat label and its connotations of scabby, unsafe cars with rubber mice glued all over them. These cars are sound and roadworthy, and you can call this the traditional, retro, or alternative rodding scene.

And for those who fully embrace it, it’s an entire lifestyle with a real indie attitude: skin art and piercings, ’40s and ’50s hair and fashion, rockabilly-fired music. The cars have a style all their own as well—check out a few of them in the gallery below.

 

1956 Ford Station Wagon
Pancho Rendon and Dick LaHaie vintage Top Fuel dragster
Pete Marriott 1940 Mercury chopped convertible
Rob and Mary Walker 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan
Jeff Watkins 1956 Buick Special
Clark Bates 1932 Ford Roadster 292-powered
Chassis Research-style dragster
Mike Stembgen 1940 Ford Standard Coupe
Randy Bianchi 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Model A Ford roadster pickup
Ron Kortier 1940 Mercury Tudor Sedan
Hilton family Model A Ford Coupe DeSoto Hemi
Ford Model A Roadster Pickup
Slim
Chris Ito 1940 Ford Standard Coupe
Champion Special Model A Ford Highboy
David Trent 1941 Willys Americar custom
Terry Lewis 1968 Kawasaki W1
Chad Folkema 1930 Ford Model A Lincoln V12
1946-48 Mercury custom
Kirk Hanning 1934 Ford Tudor Sedan
Ron Limbrick Ford Model B Riley Two-Port
Gary Hatfield 1935 Ford Pickup
Ron Limbrick 1927 Ford Model T track roadster
Rich Norris 1934 Chevrolet Coach
Larry Woldhon 1941 Ford Convertible

1956 Ford Station Wagon

Pancho Rendon and Dick LaHaie vintage Top Fuel dragster

Pete Marriott 1940 Mercury chopped convertible

Rob and Mary Walker 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan

Jeff Watkins 1956 Buick Special

Clark Bates 1932 Ford Roadster 292-powered

Chassis Research-style dragster

Mike Stembgen 1940 Ford Standard Coupe

Randy Bianchi 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Model A Ford roadster pickup

Ron Kortier 1940 Mercury Tudor Sedan

Hilton family Model A Ford Coupe DeSoto Hemi

Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

Slim

Chris Ito 1940 Ford Standard Coupe

Champion Special Model A Ford Highboy

David Trent 1941 Willys Americar custom

Terry Lewis 1968 Kawasaki W1

Chad Folkema 1930 Ford Model A Lincoln V12

1946-48 Mercury custom

Kirk Hanning 1934 Ford Tudor Sedan

Ron Limbrick Ford Model B Riley Two-Port

Gary Hatfield 1935 Ford Pickup

Ron Limbrick 1927 Ford Model T track roadster

Rich Norris 1934 Chevrolet Coach

Larry Woldhon 1941 Ford Convertible

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9 thoughts on “2013 Detroit Autorama Extreme — the basement show

  1. Many of the cars upstairs were amazing but the basement was where the action was. Cool cars and cooler people. Everyone was having a great time. If I ever go back to the Autorama, I’m going to spend a whole lot more time in the basement.

  2. Man that Jo Kerr built two top of the line hotrods, really worth my drive up there… No pics of them on here somehow… Guess ya’ll aren’t showing the good stuff on here.

  3. ware are the real pits or the true classis RATRODS you statered it all .the posterbord reads EXTERAME shiners should be up stares . Piss on shiners

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