Autorama Extreme: The Basement Show at Detroit Autorama 2015

Delray SlimDelray Slim says, “If you’re old school like me, be sure to check out all the traditional-style hot rods ‘n customs in the basement show at the Detroit Autorama. They’re swell!”      

 

 

Here are just a few of MCG’s favorites from the basement show at the 2015 Detroit Autorama, otherwise known as Autorama Extreme, the exhibit space dedicated to traditional hot rods and stuff:

+  The amazing garage find uncovered by Chris Mizzi, Ray Gonzalez, and Chris Gonzalez, a channeled ’32 Ford coupe that raced in the early days at Motor City and Detroit Dragway, first with a flathead V8 and then with Chrysler hemi power. Even the air in the tires is 50 years old.

+   Still under construction by Fox Valley Hot Rods of Chicago, a traditional-style belly tanker powered by a petite Ford 60 hp V8 with GMC blower and Ardun heads. We can’t wait to see this jewel when it’s completed.

+   A 1948 Kurtis-Offy owned by Joshua Shaw. Powered by a thundering 220 CID four-cylinder Offy, this venerable racer reportedly ran in the Indianapolis 500 multiple times, starting in 1949 when Hal Cole drove it to a 19th place finish.

You’ll find these great machines and more in the gallery below.

 

1932 Ford 5W Coupe Chevy V8 Rob Gabrjolek
1934 Ford Pickup Merc V8 Matt Hooper
1922 Ford B Altered Dennis and Rona Wilson
Ford V8-60 belly tanker Fox Valley Hot Rods
1934 Ford 3W Coupe Rudy Duperron
1932 Chevrolet Coupe Ben Smithson
1955 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup Jeff Knudsen
1927 Ford Model T Roadster Ron Limbrick
1951 Chevy Bel Air Larry Erst Burns Berryman
1940 Ford Fordor Standard Bob White
1947 AJS 500cc bobber John Fitzer
1930 Ford Tudor Joe Schebel
1962 Rambler American Gordon and Carol Leslie
Delray Slim
1930 Ford Model A Coupe Dave DeBaar
1957 Chevrolet 150 Coupe NASCAR Chris Palmer
1932 Ford 3W channeled coupe Mizzi and Gonzalez
1957 Ford period custom owner NA
1931 Ford circle track roadster Tyler Hardee
1929 Ford A-V8 highboy roadster Scott Pieknik
1930 Ford A-V8 roadster highboy Scott Shehan
1932 Ford 3W Coupe Nick Hardee
1932 Ford 5W Coupe Mike Mondrella
1923 Ford T roadster Ron Schuman
1936 Ford 3W Coupe George Poteet
1948 Kurtis-Offy 220 Joshua Shaw

1932 Ford 5W Coupe Chevy V8 Rob Gabrjolek

1934 Ford Pickup Merc V8 Matt Hooper

1922 Ford B Altered Dennis and Rona Wilson

Ford V8-60 belly tanker Fox Valley Hot Rods

1934 Ford 3W Coupe Rudy Duperron

1932 Chevrolet Coupe Ben Smithson

1955 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup Jeff Knudsen

1927 Ford Model T Roadster Ron Limbrick

1951 Chevy Bel Air Larry Erst Burns Berryman

1940 Ford Fordor Standard Bob White

1947 AJS 500cc bobber John Fitzer

1930 Ford Tudor Joe Schebel

1962 Rambler American Gordon and Carol Leslie

Delray Slim

1930 Ford Model A Coupe Dave DeBaar

1957 Chevrolet 150 Coupe NASCAR Chris Palmer

1932 Ford 3W channeled coupe Mizzi and Gonzalez

1957 Ford period custom owner NA

1931 Ford circle track roadster Tyler Hardee

1929 Ford A-V8 highboy roadster Scott Pieknik

1930 Ford A-V8 roadster highboy Scott Shehan

1932 Ford 3W Coupe Nick Hardee

1932 Ford 5W Coupe Mike Mondrella

1923 Ford T roadster Ron Schuman

1936 Ford 3W Coupe George Poteet

1948 Kurtis-Offy 220 Joshua Shaw

6 thoughts on “Autorama Extreme: The Basement Show at Detroit Autorama 2015

    • Hi Andy, I agree. It seems a shame these cool hot rods are relegated to the “basement”.

  1. I had to be out of town this year so I missed seeing Delray Slim and his band of outlaws. Made up for it a bit by visiting the amazing Old Crow Speed Shop in Burbank. It’s a must see for any true enthusiast who finds himself or herself in Southern California.

  2. I wonder if Joshua Shaw (with the Kurtis-Offy) is any relation to Wilber Shaw of Indy 500 fame?

    • I don’t know this but I suspect not, as Joshua is pretty well known around the biz and it hasn’t come up.

  3. Bill – I only provide this because I know you sweat details…those are not Ardun heads on the Fox Valley V860…they are Simca heads from (IIRC) Brazil. Same bore spacing, same or similar oil drain back holes but cooling passages don’t line up with V860 deck. Fox Valley will make necessary mods to render that into an even cooler piece. They sold Brizio the Ardun heads he used on the AMBR-winning track T from a few years back. I learned a lot in a short converati on in COBO basement this year. Thought you’d enjoy.

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