Detroit city council nixes Autorama car jump over Confederate flag
A stunt planned for the 67th Autorama custom car show in Detroit would have seen a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am take flight in front of a crowd, but has been cancelled over the car’s Confederate flag licence plate.
According to The Detroit Free Press, the stunt was scheduled for March 1st in front of the Cobo Centre, where the hot rod and custom show takes place annually.
But a movie-accurate Confederate flag licence plate affixed to the front of the Smokey and the Bandit replica stunt car pushed Detroit’s city council to halt it.
Councilman Scott Benson called the stunt a “slap in the face” to Detroit, which is a predominantly African-American city. “This body said we are not going to support that type of symbolism nor the audacity to support that type of activity in the city of Detroit,” he said.
Autorama two years ago hosted a similar stunt in which a 1969 Dodge Charger Dukes of Hazzard replica performed the jump. That vehicle also had a Confederate flag plastered on its roof.
Benson said at that time the Autorama organizers “expressly said they would not display that symbol during the jump,” but video evidence shows it was featured on the car regardless.
This is pretty much good news all around: besides stopping a symbol of hate being promoted – albeit a historically accurate one – it means we don’t have to watch a perfectly good classic car get destroyed for a useless stunt.
The organizers of Autorama are working with the city to have the stunt go forward.