If you're building a show car and want to compete against the best there is, there's really no better place than the Detroit Autorama to bring it and see how you measure up.

The Ridler award has become one of the most coveted awards in the hot rod and custom car world. The unique thing about the Ridler is that it can be awarded to just about anything- the winner doesn't have to be a roadster, a custom, a hot rod, or anything else (one stipulation is that the car does have to be debuted at the Autorama).

This fact makes the field of hopefuls very diverse and exciting. Once the group is narrowed down to the Great 8, sponsored by Pirelli Tire this year, it's everyone for themselves as the judges go around and try to find the most minute detail that makes one better than the others.

The Autorama isn't all about show cars that will never see road time. Cobo Hall is filled with just about every kind of vehicle you can think of, and the basement where the Autorama Extreme has taken place the last couple of years is filled with plenty of rough-and-ready traditional hot rods.

I could go on and on about the virtues of this indoor car show, but instead I'll let the photos show what it's all about.

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