Ottawa Autorama 2015
Gary’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. Show goers are greeted by this incredible sight the moment they walk in the door.
The Pontiac Chieftain was one of the first vehicles Pontiac was able to produce post WW2.
Recently revived as a compact sedan, the 1961 Dodge Dart was at the time Dodge’s smallest full size vehicle.
The Pontiac GTO is often considered to be the original muscle car.
This Plymouth Hemi Cuda helped transform the muscle car scene, regularly competing against cars like the original Ford Mustang
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” detail on the Plymouth Road Runner
There’s no mistaking the allusion on the Plymouth Roadrunner
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, Chevelles (pictured), El Caminos, Monte Carlos, and Novas.
As mentioned, Camaros were available with the SS or Super Sport performance package.
Another gorgeous Pontiac GTO
This modified 1963 Plymouth Belvedere has been altered for drag performance.
When it was introduced, the Ford Thunderbird created an entirely new market segment, the personal luxury vehicle. It isn’t hard to see why.
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.
No car enthusiast will ever tired of seeing a beautiful Nissan GTR like this.
This Honda NSX was also seen at the premiere of Furious 7
The NSX is a popular car among custom car modifiers
The Subaru BRZ has quickly become the car of choice for tuners
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.
Modifying a BMW M3 is how you make a good car great!
Another popular choice, the Subaru Impreza STI does not disappoint.
This Jeep Wrangler was built to handle any terrain
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.
This beast was outside to greet attendees as the entered the EY Centre
An early 1900’s fire engine, made by Ford.
A WW2 era Willys Jeep is ready for action
A German troop transporter, equipped with guns
Some of the optional trim available on the troop transport
An early steel bicycle was tucked away behind some older model cars.
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!
This fully custom machine could give the monster trucks a run for their money.
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.
A favourite for kids of all ages, the monster truck school bus delighted kids and their parents
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!