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Every year I look forward to AutoRama more than any other auto show and 2013 was not a disappointing year. While I did notice that the show was lacking a little in variety (fewer bikes, more repeats) as compared to previous years that didn't detract from the show very much. There was still plenty to see and even with my carefully honed efficient car show attendance skills, it took the better part of 9 hours to see everything.
This year the feature was past Ridler Award winners and after attending these shows for as long as I have, I actually recognized a few. As you moved back in time it was also interesting to see how past awards from the early 90's downwards were actually awarded to real cars, not trophies built specifically for the purpose of winning the Ridler. Most bizarre were the wild fiberglass creations of the '70s which included a quad-turbo-quad-carburetor Corvette. They don't make 'em like that any more, and it may or may not be a good thing.
The "numbers matching" original everything super rare colour combination only 15 exist muscle cars do little to excite me as all I see is an antiquated drivetrain and a strange colour/option combination. But those same cars with modernized drivetrains, subtle combinations of flat paint and clean design are growing on my show by show. Yes, one day you may see be rocking a flat red and maroon twin turbo LS late '70s Trans Am. But it will be far in the future when I reach that point in my projects list.
Viper SRT10 V10 in a VW Karmann Ghia? Yes please!
I'm not a fan of rat rods, mainly because I believe (rightly or wrongly) that most builders make them because they don't have the talent to build a proper car, but I still enjoy the craziness of the lower floor. Especially Chevy trucks made of copper and leather. Well done, well freaking done.
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