Going Down – Basement Best at 2012 Detroit Autorama

2012 Detroit Autorama – Basement’s Best Hot Rods

Bottom floor, everyone out!

In the far corners of the grand Cobo Center convention hall, escalators carried you down… Down to an area where mortgage size dollars were spent on… mortgages! It’s a place where hot rodders and their buddy who could weld hooked up with a dude from work who knew a painter then banded together to make a custom car they could all be proud of. Then Friday night, or Tuesday or whenever they’d terrorize the streets and strips. They’re loud, rough and built with the true spirit of, “My Ride is Me”.

2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, hot rods, custom cars

Down the escalator, a birdseye view of the basement turned into a closeup of the “Voodoo Hellion” and the Voodoo Kings car club. In the trophy area, I saw a, “Best Car Club” trophy, so the area clubs bring out their best and put in the extra effort on the setup too… I got tired of seeing thin white rope-like barriers. Dig the custom machined pieces here.

Next door was the Brothers Custom display. Why this nasty black coupe (shiny paint and all) with a supremely detailed flathead wasn’t upstairs, I have no idea. I think the “Brothers” fit in downstairs and they could show their un-painted 49 Ford shoebox. (Click to see any picture full size)

2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, hot rods, hot rod model A 2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, custom cars, 1949 Ford Shoebox

Look closely at 49, you’ll see a display of models painted with Sherwin-Williams Planet Colors. The Brother Custom Facebook page has a way for you to vote for your favorite color for the low slung custom.

Another bunch of my favorites belonged to hot rod artists hanging out or selling some of their work. You couldn’t get past this slick, flat gold Rivi owned by Aaron Kirby.

2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, custom buick, custom riviera

2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, custom van, not stock photography 2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, custom chevy van

Next to the Rivi was NotStock Photography’s custom Chevy van. Stunned by how cool and creative the van, and the photos John had for sale were, I didn’t manage to get a shot of the whole van… but you can see the roof and the interior. What better way to showcase your work? And… the van has been to all but a few states. Look for feature stories on Aaron and John’s art soon.

The next group of faves is always tops on my list… the race cars and gassers:

2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, custom buick, custom riviera

2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, custom van, not stock photography 2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, custom chevy van

The blown altered was in a perfect place for photos and had a sinister looking model A next to it. What would a cacklefest sound like in a cement floored basement? Then the mighty Econoline pickup, the “Ford Freeway Flyer” and the warn and raced-altered wheelbase 1964 Comet gasser called “Armageddon” give you some idea of the cool race gear downstairs.

Finally, here’s the revised Model A hot rod of Voodoo Larry:

2012 Detroit Autorama Basement, model A hot rod

I shot up the six-pack of carbs, louvered deck and 1939 Dodge high clearance wheels for a feature story. That’s coming soon too. (I plan on not sleeping to get all this done)

The rest? Enjoy here in this gallery. If I shot your hot rod or custom, please give me a shout in a comment below.

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