Auto enthusiasts complain that, unlike in years past, many of todays cars look pretty much alike. The profile of a contemporary sedan might be any one of five or six models, even to the trained eye. Many sport utility vehicles have similar exterior skin and sculpting.
That kind of motor vehicle sameness is not going to be a problem this weekend at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
The 64th Sacramento Autorama, featuring some of the Wests top automotive craftspersons and hundreds of colorful cars, kicks off its three-day run today.
This years theme is Need for Speed, and many displays on the grounds will be decorated to reflect that.
Billed as one of the longest-running indoor car shows in the world, this years event will spotlight more than 500 custom cars, hot rods, classics, motorcycles and specialty vehicles from across the nation. Those vehicles will compete for dozens of awards in various classifications.
Numerous awards including the 8-foot-high H.A. Bagdasarian Worlds Most Beautiful Custom Award will be handed out at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Autorama was started by Sacramento businessman Harold Bagdasarian in 1950. While serving as president of the Capitol City Auto Club Thunderbolts, he talked club members into having a show to settle friendly arguments over the merits of their respective customized cars. The initial show had 22 entries at a downtown Sacramento auto dealership.
Show ownership has changed hands multiple times over the years. Rancho Cucamonga businessman John Buck took over in 2005 and now runs it and other automotive gatherings under the business name Rod Shows.