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.

 

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

1946-48 Mercury custom

Mike Stembgen 1940 Ford Standard Coupe

Pancho Rendon and Dick LaHaie vintage Top Fuel dragster

Jeff Watkins 1956 Buick Special

Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

Rob and Mary Walker 1956 Ford Fairlane Club Sedan

Kirk Hanning 1934 Ford Tudor Sedan

Randy Bianchi 1929 Ford Model A Roadster

1956 Ford Station Wagon

Champion Special Model A Ford Highboy

Gary Hatfield 1935 Ford Pickup

Ron Limbrick Ford Model B Riley Two-Port

David Trent 1941 Willys Americar custom

Chris Ito 1940 Ford Standard Coupe

Terry Lewis 1968 Kawasaki W1

Ron Limbrick 1927 Ford Model T track roadster

Chad Folkema 1930 Ford Model A Lincoln V12

Chassis Research-style dragster

Larry Woldhon 1941 Ford Convertible

Model A Ford roadster pickup

Rich Norris 1934 Chevrolet Coach

Slim

Clark Bates 1932 Ford Roadster 292-powered

Ron Kortier 1940 Mercury Tudor Sedan

Pete Marriott 1940 Mercury chopped convertible

Hilton family Model A Ford Coupe DeSoto Hemi

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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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