Detroit Autorama to feature Harper Woods resident’s Grand Prix

By: Mike Koury | Advertiser Times | Published February 24, 2016

 Ron Andras has invested more than $20,000 into his 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix, which he will show off at Detroit Autorama Feb. 26-28.

Ron Andras has invested more than $20,000 into his 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix, which he will show off at Detroit Autorama Feb. 26-28.

Photo provided by Ron Andras

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DETROIT — The upcoming Detroit Autorama will feature more than 800 different kinds of cars from all over the United States, including one car from a Harper Woods resident.

Ron Andras will be showing off his 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix during Autorama, which will take place Feb. 26-28 at  Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit.

Andras, 73, once owned the same car about 50 years ago before selling it to pay for he and his wife’s wedding. It was 10 years ago that he decided to buy the same model and restore it, and he has invested more than $20,000 since making his purchase.

“I would put whatever extra dollars I had in my car,” he said. “I was working back then, obviously. I just retired three years ago. So when I was working, I could afford $100 here, $100 now.”

He will be displaying his car for the public to see for the first time at the auto show. He feels that all the money spent on his Grand Prix is worth it.

“If you’re a car enthusiast like I am, yeah — I would say it is,” Andras said.

Linda Ashley, spokeswoman for the event, said many of the cars come from metro Detroit, with people working on them for years.

Autorama will feature many different kinds of hot rods, custom vehicles and motorcycles that will compete for the Ridler Award, the show’s top prize that includes a trophy and $10,000 cash.

Ashley said about 30 cars will compete for the award. The field will be narrowed to the top eight, with the runners-up earning $1,000 awards.

Andras isn’t attending the event to win any prize; instead, he just wants to show people a car they might not have seen before.

“I don’t want to win a trophy or plaque,” he said. (I’m going) just to show it off.”

The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Aside from more than 800 different vehicles, it will feature two stars of Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws,” Farmtruck and AZN, and a scheduled appearance from the now-retired WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan.

Autorama also will feature exhibits about the event’s history; the Ridler’s Ball on Feb. 26; and Autorama Student Career Day, where students from almost 50 different Michigan schools will attend presentations by hot rod builders and others in the industry.

Tickets cost $19 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Admission is free for children ages 5 and younger. Discount tickets are available at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

For more information, visit www.autorama.com or call (248) 373-1700.

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