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Mid-Michigan preparing to send cars to Autorama

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(03/05/14) - Car lovers are really looking forward to this weekend. Autorama opens Friday afternoon at Cobo Center in Detroit. You'll see a lot of beautiful cars at Autorama. Hot rods, customs, even motorcycles, you name it.

If you make it down there Friday, Saturday or Sunday, keep your eye out for a good looking MG from Grand Blanc.

When Steve Campanella bought the British car, it was a mess.

"The whole bottom side was rusted out. I've replaced all the metal in it," Campanella said.

It had a four cylinder engine. That's been swapped out for a 327 cubic inch Chevy V-8 hooked up to a four speed automatic transmission.  

"It's crazy. I'm going to have to get used to it again. I respect the speed it has because it'll kill," Campanella said.

He also made the car as attractive as possible.

"The steering wheel is handmade. The grill and side vents, all handmade," Campanella said.

He had help in restoring it. The beautiful paint job was done by Doug Bacon of Ultimate Paint and Body Works in Burton.

"I really love the airbrushing. I used to do it back in the '70s," Bacon said.

Campanella's MG has the words 'yug yug' painted the back bumper. That's how is son used to describe the engine sound when he was young.

Campanella will be joined in Detroit by Todd Martin, who has restored a 1979 Mustang.

"I'm looking forward to Autorama for the second year in a row. Maybe bring home another trophy," Martin said.

He won first place in the restoration class. Bacon had a hand in making that happen.

"It's just a reward being in it, much less winning trophies. It's real pride," Bacon said.

The Back to the Bricks crew will be at Autorama, too. A new display has been created to invite people to the Flint area in August.

Autorama at Cobo Center opens at noon Friday and wraps up Sunday night.

For more information on Autorama, click here.

For more information on Ultimate Paint and Body Works, click here.

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