One of the West Coast’s largest custom car shows, the Sacramento Autorama took place at Cal Expo in Sacramento February 17-19th. The Sacramento Autorama is one of the oldest custom car shows in existence, having first been held way back in 1950. Around five-hundred cars filled multiple buildings, some of them themed to the cars on display. One room had low-riders, another had mostly muscle cars, and one even had custom bicycles. One of the most interesting rooms was the “Suede Palace” filled with traditional hot rod and kustoms (that is Kustoms with a K). As always, both the two-level main rooms were reserved for the most spectacular and high-end cars competing for the most prestigious awards.
Many years go into building these cars, and this is one of the premier venues in the country to show them off. There were many class winners, but here are some of the major award winners for 2016:
Custom D’Elegance Award: 1956 Plymouth Belvedere by Gil Losi
King of Kustoms: Jerry Logans wild looking chopped 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
H. A. Bagdasarian Award –World’s Most Beautiful Custom: 1940 Mercury Coupe owned by Jack Kiely. Sleek with a four wheels skirted, this car has to be seen to be believed.
Also on display was the winner of the 2016 Grand National Roadster Show, held in Pomoma January 27-19, Darryl Hollenbeck’s fabulous 1932 Ford Roadster. The roadster was displayed alongside the giant perpetual trophy, recognizing 68 years of car show tradition. The impressive trophy, with names of more than six decades of show winners on it attracted as many people as the car itself.
For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit the Sacramento Autorama’s website. Looking at these cars inspires car builders, fabricators, fathers and sons, boys and girls, dreamers, and car enthusiasts everywhere to work on an old car and bring it to next year’s show. The excitement for the 2017 show has already begun!