(DETROIT) -- America's greatest hot rod show celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Ridler Award. The 61st Annual Meguiar's Detroit Autorama at Cobo Center was held March 8-10. The Ridler Award is the most coveted award in hot rodding. For 50-years, the auspicious award has been presented to the most outstanding new custom car, shown for the first time anywhere. It was named after the first promoter of Detroit Autorama, Don Ridler. The 50 past winners were invited to bring their vehicles back to Autorama this year. The outdoor "cacklefest" was held outside with the live fire up of two super charged dragsters including Al Bergler's famous "More Aggravation" and "Motown Shaker."
Another exciting feature of this year's show was the "Tribute to the Batmobile." There were vehicles on display owned by Detroit's own Kid Rock. The popular Autorama Student Career Day, introduced seven years ago, hosted more than 3,000 high school and trade school automotive students from nearly 50 schools in the state learning from key hot rod builders and industry leaders.
Visitors also enjoyed the 19th annual Toy-A-Rama.
PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY ROBERT BENKO