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?