Ottawa Autorama 2015

2015 Ottawa AutoramaGary’s Automotive recently had the privilege of attending the 3rd annual Ottawa Autorama. The Ottawa Autorama is a showcase of classic restored and custom vehicles both old and new. The cars themselves are quite interesting, with models ranging from moonshiners to Bond cars, monster trucks to street racers, and everything in between.  If you’re a fan of classic or custom cars, then the Ottawa Autorama can’t be missed!

The Classic Cars

One of the main draws at the Ottawa Autorama is the incredible lineup of classic cars. The vintage muscle cars, trucks, and other vehicles have all be carefully maintained and resorted to look like they just rolled off the factory floor. Modern Chargers and Camaros try, but they just can’t beat a classic.

This early Mercury truck, the M-100, featured a large V8 engine, an impressive feat for almost 60 years ago. Mercury was operated by Ford, who used the letter F for their vehicles and M for Mercury's. The Ford F series remains one of the most popular vehicles in the world.

This early Mercury truck, the M-100, featured a large V8 engine, an impressive feat for almost 60 years ago. Mercury was operated by Ford, who used the letter F for their vehicles and M for Mercury’s. The Ford F series remains one of the most popular vehicles in the world. Show goers are greeted by this incredible sight the moment they walk in the door.

 

Pontiac Cheiftain

The Pontiac Chieftain was one of the first vehicles Pontiac was able to produce post WW2.

 

Dodge Dart

Recently revived as a compact sedan, the 1961 Dodge Dart was at the time Dodge’s smallest full size vehicle.

 

Pontiac GTO

The Pontiac GTO is often considered to be the original muscle car.

 

Plymouth Hemi Cuda

This Plymouth Hemi Cuda helped transform the muscle car scene, regularly competing against cars like the original Ford Mustang

 

plymouth road runner

The Plymouth Roadrunner made light of the popular Wile E Coyote and Roadrunner characters. Television commercials stated “The only way to catch a Roadrunner is at your local Plymouth dealer!”

 

coyote duster

“Coyote Duster” detail on the Plymouth Road Runner

 

Roadrunner Decal

There’s no mistaking the allusion on the Plymouth Roadrunner

 

Ford Mustang

This classic Ford Mustang was parked beside its old rival, The GTO. Which do you prefer?

 

The SS kit was an option on several Chevrolet vehicles. It added more power and better race tuning. The SS package was available on Camaros, Malibus, Impalas and El Caminos

The SS kit was an option on several Chevrolet vehicles. It added more power and better race tuning. The SS package was available on Camaros, Chevelles (pictured), El Caminos, Monte Carlos, and Novas.

 

camaro ss

As mentioned, Camaros were available with the SS or Super Sport performance package.

 

Pontiac GTO

Another gorgeous Pontiac GTO

 

Plymouth Belvedere

This modified 1963 Plymouth Belvedere has been altered for drag performance.

 

Ford Thunderbird

When it was introduced, the Ford Thunderbird created an entirely new market segment, the personal luxury vehicle. It isn’t hard to see why.

 

Porsche 550

The Porsche 550 was the last car that actor James Dean ever drove, as his fatal accident took place while driving a (then new) 550.

 

The Custom Cars

taking a vehicle car and restoring it to like new condition is an art. There are some artists that are not interested in like new condition, and instead would rather customize their vehicles to be an expression of themselves. While not typically done with classic vehicles, these vehicles involve just as much labour as restoring a classic. Nextmod Ottawa has been customizing vehicles to the extreme for over a decade.

Nissan GTR

No car enthusiast will ever tired of seeing a beautiful Nissan GTR like this.

 

NSX

This Honda NSX was also seen at the premiere of Furious 7

 

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The NSX is a popular car among custom car modifiers

 

Subaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ has quickly become the car of choice for tuners

 

Toyota Supra

An early version of a Toyota Supra, the car that would eventually become one of the most recognizable vehicles in the Fast & The Furious Franchise.

 

BMW m3

Modifying a BMW M3 is how you make a good car great!

 

Subaru Impreza

Another popular choice, the Subaru Impreza STI does not disappoint.

 

jeep wrangler

This Jeep Wrangler was built to handle any terrain

 

lifted jeep wrangler

Another angle showing the massive clearance on the modified wrangler

 

The Unique Cars

Aside from the legendary classics and the amazing custom vehicles, there were several one of a kind or otherwise unique vehicles at the 2015 Ottawa Autorama. They ranged from modified vehicles to other thing modified to be vehicles.

 

Monster Truck

This beast was outside to greet attendees as the entered the EY Centre

 

Ford Fire Engine

An early 1900’s fire engine, made by Ford.

 

Willys jeep

A WW2 era Willys Jeep is ready for action

 

Military vehicles

A German troop transporter, equipped with guns

 

Some of the optional trim available on the troop transport

Some of the optional trim available on the troop transport

 

wooden bike

An early steel bicycle was tucked away behind some older model cars.

 

Dodge Fargo

The Dodge Fargo was a spacious van offered in the 60’s and 70’s.

 

With a little bit of work, the Dodge Fargo could be made into a home away from home!

With a little bit of work, the Dodge Fargo could be made into a home away from home!

 

Custom machine

This fully custom machine could give the monster trucks a run for their money.

 

Monster Truck

Speaking of monster trucks, We were lucky enough to witness the process of fixing a flat. In no time, the machine was back on its feet.

 

monster truck school bus

A favourite for kids of all ages, the monster truck school bus delighted kids and their parents

 

Custom Stool Car

Who wouldn’t love to have this ultra compact to zip around the office or the garage?

 

Looking Forward To Next Year

This was only a fraction of all the great vehicles found at the Ottawa Autorama this year. We had an opportunity to speak with some of the team at the Autorama, and they’ve promised and even bigger show for next year. With the great lineup of car we this year, we can’t wait to get back and check out all the exciting vehicles and more. Be sure to keep an eye out for next years dates!

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