2014 Detroit Autorama – Basement Hot Rods

2014 Detroit Hot Rods – Pikesan’s Picks for Best of Show – In the Basement

Detroit Autorama packs Cobo Hall upstairs and down as well. For some people, the basement, downstairs as part of the, “Detroit Autorama Extreme” is the only way to go. I find plenty to like in both, so I shared the best of upstairs Detroit Autorama here. And for the best of the best, check out the 2014 Ridler Award “Great 8″ Contenders.

 

Why not take a look and you be the judge… course, my style doesn’t change much.

 

Here’s a few of my downstairs favorites then… find everything else here: 88  pictures from the basement.

 

Ford in a Ford Coupe

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod Coupe

Model A Hot Rod Coupe, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod 289 Engine, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

Dave DeBaar’s hot rod model A coupe is as sweet as it gets. Dave told me this coupe was built in a 3 car garage and didn’t leave for anything until it was done. Dave and his dad did the paint and built the stout looking 289 small block Ford too. Dave even made the adapters for the 4 Holley 94′s onto the Offenhauser intake. Well done Dave! (I have more pics I’m saving for a feature story…)

 

Hot Rod Lincoln

1956 Lincoln Premiere custom

1956 Lincoln Premiere custom, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

1956 Lincoln Premiere interior, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

The Brothers Custom crew always has the premium spot down in the basement. No suede paint for them, especially on this stunning Lincoln Premiere. I need to go back when I’m not taking pictures of strangers heads and grab some better pictures. “What-choo-thinkin… you knoooooow he’s driving a Lincoln!”

 

Ricky Bobby Hot Rods

Pair of Hot Rod Sedans

Ford Hot Rod Sedan, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

Ford Hot Rod Sedan, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

I met Ricky Bobby down in the basement. While he did have an accent that confirmed he’s from Tennessee, he never let on if he prefers full grown Jesus or baby Jesus. I don’t think it matters as long as he keeps building hot rods like this! One’s Cadillac powered with a Johnny Cash theme, the other’s flathead powered and not completely finished yet. Both wear knee-deep shiny black paint applied by Ricky Bobby’s Hot Rod Shop. They work fast too! The flathead powered sedan was finished in under a month! And… Ricky’s not old and he’s built 33 cars? Good to meet you!

 

Rolling Bones Hot Rods

It’s just a frame & 1934 Ford Coupe

hot rod frame, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

1934 Ford Coupe, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

If you haven’t already seen a Camel Toe Racing hot rod, here’s a good look. In steel and looking period perfect, this 1934 Ford Coupe is ready for what’s usually a weathered looking paint job and some race lettering, then it’s off to Bonneville Salt Flats for some fun.

 

I had to shoot this frame and belly pan too. Not sure what this will be used for, but it’s great work! Too bad it’ll be covered, that’s alot of louvers!

 

 

Gold Custom Pickup

1952 Ford F1 Pickup

1952 Ford F1 Pickup, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

1952 Ford F1 Pickup trim, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

The color, the stance, the white wall tires… this Ford F1 custom pickup spoke to me! I shot quite a few pictures (hopefully to be featured later) trying to pickup how the gold paint has gold flake scallops with a red pinstripe. This might be easily missed inside, but in the sun, this should pop!  I’m thinking of doing something similar on my Falcon wagon project.

 

Museum Deuce Roadster

Tommy Foster’s 1932 Ford “Street Roadster”

1932 Ford "Street Roadster", 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures, 1932 Ford "Street Roadster" steering wheel

 

Tommy Foster’s 1932 roadster must be a proud part of the Gilmore Car Museum! The show car said how most people don’t give credit to Detroit when it comes to hot rodding evolution. This deuce roadster was built back in the early 50s and even won “Most Outstanding Car” at the 1953 Detroit Autorama. It runs a 331 Cadillac motor with dual quads.

 

Like this second picture? It looks like this one… from 2014 AMBR Contender (just older)

 

 

Custom Flaked Pedal Car

This is just cool!

Metal Flake Paint Pedal Car, 2014 Detroit Autorama Basement, Hot Rod pictures

 

 

I thought I’d seen the coolest pedal car, but I hadn’t until today. I should have grabbed the builder’s name, but I was too busy starring into the flakes. The lucky girl riding in this may have been the most photographed girl… including the pinups! Outstanding!

 

That’s it! What’s your vote? Upstairs or Downstairs in the Basement?

Remember, to see the rest from basement’s Autorama Extreme, check it out here: Best of 2014 Detroit Autorama Downstairs.

 

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(more coming)