Each and every year Detroit is home to some of the largest automotive events in the world. Whether it be the North American International Auto Show or the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Motor City always shows out in force when it comes to all things cars. If you belong to the hot rod and muscle car crowd however, there is perhaps no event more exciting than Detroit Autorama. First held in the city back in 1954, this collection of modified American classics is always a treat, and a great palette cleanser for enthusiasts after the madhouse that is NAIAS. The show was slated to take place from April 30 to May 2 this year, well after its traditional February running. According to a report from MLive and other local outlets this is no longer the case. Detroit Autorama organizers have confirmed that the hot rod and muscle car show is canceled for 2021.
“As the event dates draw near, we and our partners have mounting concerns specific to the sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 cases,” said president and owner of Championship Auto Shows Peter Toundas. “Our greatest wish is that the Covid-19 numbers would begin to trend downward, but this is not the case.”
Michigan has once again become a hotbed for the coronavirus pandemic, recently outpacing larger states like California, Texas, and Florida in case rates. Detroit is of course the state’s largest city, and has struggled to get a handle on things during this recent surge. Not wanting to draw any sort of negative feelings about the show taking place during this situation, Detroit Autorama organizers have instead opted to postpone until 2022.
“We look forward to once again sharing the beauty and passion of the custom car and hot rod hobby in its birthplace, The Motor City in 2022,” said Toundas.
The next Detroit Autorama is now slated to take place on March 4 through March 6, 2022 at the city’s TCF Center. It will mark the 69th annual running of the show, making it one of the oldest of its kind. While it’s a bummer that we are once again left without our automotive events here in the Motor City, things will hopefully start to get on the mend quickly. We aren’t sure the folks around here are going to be able to go much longer with seeing some crazy modified hot rods and muscle cars, considering the role this city plays in that culture.