For the past five years the organizers of the Detroit Autorama have allowed a portion of the floor space at the show to be devoted to a pinstriper jamboree, with the artwork created on-site to be auctioned off for charity.

This year the Motor City Auto Arts Pinstripers Charity Auction raised roughly $30,000 for the Leader Dogs for the Blind (leaderdog.org), an 80-year-old organization that supplies guide dogs to the visually-impaired or blind. That's a good chunk of change, considering the tough economic times most folks are experiencing.

Pinstripers and sign painters from all over the country (as far away as Nevada) joined together to lend their talents and create artwork that would be auctioned off at specific times during the show.

Organizers Bob Behounek and Dave Jeffery led the team of stripers at this event (and did a great job), which also saw local legend Keith Knecht be recognized with the first Motor City Auto Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for his pinstriping and sign painting talents.

We look forward to next year's show, which organizers promise will be bigger and better than this year's, and that's sayin' something!