Saturday, March 07, 2009

Record Crowds Pack Detroit's Autorama

DETROIT -- The crowds were continual for the 57th annual Murray's/O'Reilly's Autorama presented by Meguiars Saturday as models in tattered clothing mingled with gear heads, casual fans and dads looking to bond with their children.

The three-day show usually draws about 100,000 visitors to the Cobo Convention Center, but this year the numbers could jump by as much as 30,000 because of a few days of warm weather, organizers said. "The weather helps," said Bob Larivee Jr., CEO of Championship Auto Shows, which organizes the Autorama. "You can't control mother nature."

Larivee said 20 buses, each containing 50 people came from the Upper Peninsula, Canada and Ohio, helping to jam the hotels affiliated with the show. "That by far is a record," he said. "They are staying the night and making it a weekend."

The Autorama is a traveling show that highlights custom-built or customized vehicles that are worth tens of thousands of dollars. Detroit's show, with more than 1,000 vehicles, is considered the granddaddy of the circuit, organizers, attendees and exhibitors said.

MP: How bad can "Great Depression II" be with record numbers like this attending an auto show in Michigan?

13 Comments:

At 3/07/2009 10:42 PM, Anonymous LoneSnark said...

False evidence. "Crowds at Detroit Autorama" could be counter-cyclical good. Afterall, unemployed? Then you're free to attend an autoshow. Doesn't mean you are going to buy a car.

 
At 3/08/2009 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Prof,

Have you ever taken a statistics class? Econometrics? The bar for higher ed is really low.

 
At 3/08/2009 10:30 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Are you guys serious? It was a Saturday and they paid 18 bucks a pop to get in (15 if they bought pre-sale). Obviously there is a lot of disposable income. He didn't say anything about buying cars, but including admission, hotels, parking, food, that's a lot of money to spend on entertainment. Nice ad hominid attack there anon. ZING!

 
At 3/08/2009 11:38 AM, Blogger Paul Hue said...

LoneSnark: Yet these people have $15 to see cars that they won't buy. We'll see how much money they have in the near future when the government takes over a larger portion of the economy.

 
At 3/08/2009 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah, but did they have one of these at the show?

 
At 3/08/2009 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on guys. The point was easy for everybody to understand: we are NOT in a Great Depresion II because the people do NOT fell like being.

 
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At 3/09/2009 9:00 AM, Blogger Kelly Miller said...

People in Michigan have an unhealthy obsession with cars, hence $15 a pop. Plus the Big Three generously hand out free tickets to employees & suppliers. This year with everyone out of work and nothing to do, a nice turn out.

 
At 3/09/2009 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone's going to the show because none of them have anything else to do.... like to go to work.

 
At 3/09/2009 6:23 PM, Blogger 1 said...

Wow! What a collection of whiners!

"Afterall, unemployed? Then you're free to attend an autoshow"...

"Have you ever taken a statistics class? Econometrics? The bar for higher ed is really low"...

"This year with everyone out of work and nothing to do, a nice turn out"...

"Everyone's going to the show because none of them have anything else to do.... like to go to work"...

And NOT bit of credible evidence to support the whining either...

 
At 3/09/2009 9:23 PM, Blogger Paul Hue said...

Headline: "Record Low Crowd" = indication of high unemployment, not enough people with $15 to spend gawking at cars they won't purchase.

Headline: "Record Large Crowd" = indication of high unemployment, with broke people having $15 to blow gawking at cars they won't purchase.

 
At 3/09/2009 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1

Where is someone supposed to get empirical data for such and event? Of course it's conjecture, but based upon the economy in Michigan I'd say the odds are good the conjecture is on the money.

Perhaps you should learn to quit whining.

 
At 3/10/2009 11:32 AM, Blogger 1 said...

"Where is someone supposed to get empirical data for such and event? Of course it's conjecture, but based upon the economy in Michigan I'd say the odds are good the conjecture is on the money"...

Conjecture?!?!

More like a silly guess to bolster your socialist template which means your're still whining...

 

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