The 2021 Detroit Autorama is Canceled

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Due to the rising COVID cases in the area, unfortunately, the 2021 Detroit Autorama has been canceled much to the dismay of us gearheads.

Peter Toundas, President and Owner of Championship Auto Shows Inc. released the following statement.

“As the event dates draw near, we and our partners have mounting concerns specific to the sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 cases,” said Toundas. “Our greatest wish is that the Covid-19 numbers would begin to trend downward, but this is not the case.

“We sense and comprehend the level of discomfort on everyone’s part in bringing a large quantity of people into TCF Center under these circumstances. We are an entertainment venue. As such, we want our audience to be able to relax and enjoy their hobby. With the very tight controls that will be necessary, we are concerned that the experience will be significantly diminished.

“We have thought long and hard about what the right thing to do is. We want to ‘bring back the fun’ during such a difficult time, but we do not want to possibly endanger anyone’s health.

“It is with this in mind, that we have made the decision to not produce the Detroit Autorama in 2021.”

Toundas emphasized that Championship Auto Shows Inc. and its partner Michigan Hot Rod Association, are fully committed to returning to the TCF Center in 2022.

“We look forward to once again sharing the beauty and passion of the custom car and hot rod hobby in its birthplace, The Motor City in 2022.” he said. “It is important to the city and the hobby to continue this 69 year tradition.”

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