Nothing like a beautiful sunny day in Sacramento and nothing like the Sacramento Autorama to make use of such a wonderful day. The Annual Sacramento Autorama turned 61 this year and the show continues to enjoy great popularity.
The title sponsor for the event was O’Reilly Auto Parts. Co-sponsors were Les Schwab Tires and Vintage Ford. Other sponsors were Meguiar’s, ARC Audio, Car Kulture Deluxe Magazine, Ol’ Skool Rodz, Hot Rod Hotline, Traditional Rod and Kulture, radio stations 98 Rock,96.9 Eagle and ESPN 1320. These sponsored helped the Sacramento Autorama hold another successful Autorama show.
This year’s theme for the show was Route 66, the route is also known as the “Mother Road” or the “Main Street of America”. Autorama had exhibits not only for autos but also for bicycles, motorcycles and boats at the Cal Expo event. This was an event for people of all ages and had something for everybody.
The Sacramento Autorama boasts being home to the longest running indoor car show in the world. The show began this Friday February 11 and ended on Sunday February 13. I attended the final show on Sunday.
Actors from American Graffiti were also on hand to sign autographs and talk to fans. Bo Hopkins, Candy Clarke and Paul LeMat were available to meet with visitors. Other entertainment during the weekend was provided by Lee Reherman “Hawk” from the American Gladiators, Deejay Carlos, the Sterling Silver Band, The Royal Deuces, Lil’ Mo and the Dynaflos, The Mighty Mojo Prophets and the Booze Bombs.
Many awards are given out in various categories. The best pinstripers from around the country worked on an assortment of projects brought to them from customers. Demos by well known artists including Mike Clines, Real Ralph, T-Bonez and TJ Pagano were conducted. Much of their work was done for donations that went towards a charity auction. Many art pieces that were auctioned off went to benefit the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
There were over 450 vehicles on display that competed for awards. The 2011 Builder of the year, Robbie Azevedo, of Pacific Coast Customs had an area that showcased his work.
On Saturday another 400 vehicles participated in the 5th Annual Autorama Drive-In. Radical custom and exotic car showcased vehicles were scattered in many of the Cal Expo buildings. Chopped, channeled, sectioned and chromed cars along with hot rods, pickups, motorcycles, street machines and muscle cars drew fans to this event from around California and the U.S.
Thousands of auto enthusiasts show up to this event every year and the show continues to expand. The event has been held at its current location since 1970. Cash prizes and magnificent trophies are up for grabs and were handed out in various automobile classifications. The show has been instrumental and giving Sacramento the title of the “Custom Capital of the World”. Today car customizing is a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States. The event has also been described as the Super Bowl of customizing.
Many of the vendors and customizing shops are located in Sacramento. Two building areas had audio and video customization vendors on hand to show off their gear. Some of the vehicles were equipped with audio gear that can rival small clubs in the area.
Food, drink and merchandize members you see during the State Fair were also on hand to give the event the State Fair feel. Most of the buildings at Cal Expo were used to showcase these beautiful machines.
The Sacramento Autorama continues to draw bigger audiences and recognition needs to go to the people that put the show together. A lot of work is needed to put this event together and make it as successful as it has become. Kudos to the Sacramento Autorama Show Staff that kept things moving smoothly throughout the weekend.