Photos by CJ Holt

The 65th annual Detroit Autorama presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts kicks off tomorrow at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Home of the Ridler award, the Autorama is one of the most anticipated events of the hot rodding season. For the first time ever, we have an operative onsite (Our new associate editor C.J. Holt) to give our Goodguys members, fans and friends a look at some of the starring attractions.

The Autorama and more specifically, the Ridler award competition is unique in that in order to be eligible for hot rodding’s highest honor, the car must be making its debut here. If pictures of the contenders get leaked prior to the show, you’re out! The resulting anticipation creates palpable excitement and buzz industrywide.

There are close to 30 cars making their debut here this weekend, only eight of which will become eligible for the Ridler. This evening’s photo gallery shows you what’s here and gives you an idea of the entire field of debut cars. As you can see, today was set up day in advance of tomorrow’s grand opening.

Tomorrow afternoon we will be featuring the Ridler Great 8 Gallery with small features on each car. Enjoy today’s pics!