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Autorama to be held this weekend in Detroit

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(03/07/14) - Spring can't be far away if car lovers are pulling their favorite rides out of garages and showing them off at Autorama in Detroit.

Autorama is a great collection of hot rods, antiques, classic cars, just about everything automotive. People come from across the country and Canada to take a look.

"We get bus loads of people coming from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania to come see the show," said Mike Koehler, a spokesman for Autorama.

Not only do the visitors come from all over, but so do the 650 cars.

"We've got cars here from far north points of Canada, California, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas," Koehler said.

It's the wide variety of cars that attracts the visitors.

"No matter what kind of car you like, we've got something that will tickle your fancy here," Koehler said.

A number of celebrities, including racing legend Richard Petty, will also be at the show.

"Every year I say I don't think it can get any better than this. I'm telling you, I don't think it can get any better than this," Koehler said.

Two cars from the Flint area are on display. A Mustang and MG can both be seen at Cobo. Baker College is showing off some of the work done at its Dort Highway automotive campus in Flint.

They're also inviting people to sign up for three $10,000 scholarships.

"This is our sixth year at Autorama and we've gone from a booth of just very small proportions to this booth, which is very extensive. As we've grown, we grew our booth to go with it," said Mark Heaton of Baker College.

Back to the Bricks also has a huge display at Autorama, after missing the last two Autoramas, to invite people to Flint this summer.

It looks like part of downtown Flint has been moved into Cobo Center. One of the arches is there, the street is brick and there are four good looking classics.

"A '67 Chevrolet C-10 short box," said Bob Myers, Back to the Bricks.

"It's a 1937 Buick Sport Coupe," said Dave Schmitt, Back to the Bricks.

There's also a 1959 Corvette and a 1970 Buick GSX.

"We thought we should celebrate and let the world know that we're having a tenth anniversary," said Roberta Vasilow, Back to the Brick 2014 chairman.

With more than 100,000 people expected this weekend at Autorama, Back to the Bricks is going to get a lot of exposure. Surprisingly, it's needed. Even after 10 years and gigantic crowds, there are still many car lovers who haven't heard that Flint is the place to be in mid-August.

"There are so many people who don't know about Bricks. They'll come back for it now," Schmitt said.

"It helps us out, it really does," Myers said.

"We've got several volunteers coming from Flint and various other places to help us with the display," Vasilow said.

The display should help spread the word among car lovers.

Autorama runs through Sunday night.

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