1987 Detroit Auto Show at Cobo Hall

I could tell by the look on my dad’s face that he wasn’t totally thrilled with the idea. After a brief pause and a deep sigh, he responded “yes, we can go to the auto show next week”. You see, my dad isn’t a car guy at all – and the idea of driving down into the city on a perfectly fine evening to wander around an auto show wasn’t very high on his list of things he wanted to do. But I give him props for being a trooper and taking me – it really meant a lot to me at the time.

It was about an hours drive down to Cobo Hall in Detroit, and I remember it being very cold and a bit snowy. January in southeast Michigan is not a beautiful thing – it’s pretty much gray and brown in between the occasional snowfall, and the wind can be downright brutal at times. But no matter – I was as happy as a 12 year old boy could be on this dreary winter evening in January 1987.

In addition to not being a car guy, my dad is not a fan of big cities. Detroit is big enough to give the man heartburn, and I could just sense it as we drove along at a snails pace while stuck in traffic near the parking garage for Cobo Hall. The silence (and occasional sighs) were deafening. But there I sat at his side, with a smile a mile wide across my face.

Long story short, dad’s mood instantly improved once we got inside. He did well taking pictures, and I could sense that he was having fun checking out some of the more interesting exhibits. Of course I was pretty much in car-geek heaven being up close and personal with all those cool cars, but it actually turned out to be a pretty good father-son bonding experience.

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and reminisce with me over this collection of pics from the 1987 Detroit Auto Show at Cobo Hall:

That's me sitting in a blue '87 Corvette convertible!

That’s me sitting in a blue ’87 Corvette convertible!

Another pic of a 12 year old me standing in front of the Entech Pontiac race car

Another pic of a 12 year old me standing in front of the Entech Pontiac race car

1987 Pontiac Bonneville on display

1987 Pontiac Bonneville on display

Big Ford truck

Big Ford truck

Chevrolet Beretta on display

Chevrolet Beretta on display

I was pretty much in love with the Pontiac Firebirds at this point in my life! Only Fiero's were cooler.

I was pretty much in love with the Pontiac Firebirds at this point in my life! Only Fiero’s were cooler.

Oldsmobile Aerotech on display

Oldsmobile Aerotech on display

Looks like I'm enjoying the Pontiac Sunbird convertible a bit too much. Hey, I was young and inexperienced!

Looks like I’m enjoying the Pontiac Sunbird convertible a bit too much. Hey, I was young and inexperienced!

The black beauty: that's me getting into a 1987 Buick Grand National

The black beauty: that’s me getting into a 1987 Buick Grand National

1987 Buick Skylark

1987 Buick Skylark