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Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

Concours at the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

We came up here to the Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America this weekend, just for the fun of it. No work, all play. Saw some old compadres who are, surprisingly, still racing. The atmosphere after all these years is just as raw and intoxicating as it was when I came here as a teenager. People still come to camp out and watch the races, just like they did back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Looking around, some of those cars are still here as well.

We happened to walk out of a restaurant in downtown Elkhart Lake when we realized we were smack dab in the middle of a sports car concourse with exotic sports cars and old race cars all looking like brand new.

Without being too corny, I realized the too often quoted phrase from the Forrest Gump movie applied perfectly here. “Local car shows are like a box of chocolates … You never know what you’re going to find.”

Parked next to a camper in the pit area at the Elkhart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America I spotted an Allard J2X like the one Steve McQueen used to own. I stepped closer to read the hand written description on the windshield to find out that this one had been driven to victory by Carroll Shelby and Jim Kimberly (of the Kimberly-Clark family) in a Brazilian enduro race. That would perk your interest a bit wouldn’t it? Not something I see everyday.

Concours at the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

The streets of tiny Elkhfart Lake were packed with people who had come to see the cars on display in the downtown area. There was a 1968 Camaro Z/28 Convertible which had been the Road America Can Am Series Pace Car at one point. Of course, they did not make a convertible Z/28 … except for this one which was commissioned for Pete Estes, Chevrolet General Manager. The sign on the display said it was a “one-of-none” meaning it was a concept car that survived after all these years. This car sold at auction in 1991. It was the first production muscle car to sell for more than $100,000.

1956 OSCA Maserati, the Elkart Lake Brian Redman Challenge at Road America

A tiny, small-bore 1956 OSCA Maserati MT4-TN was on display in the concourse at Elkart Lake. You talk about provenance. This car took first place in the 1956 Elkhart Lake Enduro Race with Carroll Shelby and Jim Kimberly driving. It is one of only 72 MT4-TN roadsters built by the Maserati brothers under the OSCA name. When the Maserati brothers split with their patron Adolfo Orsi in 1947 they were not allowed to build a car under their own name brand. So they continued building small-bore race cars under the acronym OSCA (stands for “Officina Specializzata Costruzioni Automobili.”)  These cars were built by the Maserati brothers from the ground up, purpose built to be race cars. The four-cylinder engine is said to have had incredible acceleration. The MTN-TN roadster you see here was purchased originally by Jim Kimberly. It won Sebring in 1958.

Looking like brand new, this 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra was on display in the Elkhart Lake concourse. What a treat to see. The had written sign on the windshield said it was one of just 32 narrow hip Cobras produced. They estimate that there are probably only 20 of these cars left in existence. This one has never been restored, but had a repaint in 1974. It is in amazing condition.

Could not talk to the owner, but this 1961 Ferrari 350GT  California replica is said to be the one from the 1986 cult movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” If this is the actual car it was restored by Modena and has a 427 motor. One of three replicas by Modena used in the movie, it is the one that was actually driven in the movie. It sold at a Mecum Auction in 2013 for $235,000. As the story goes, when it was restored, Modena left one little dent in the car as a tribute to its movie roll.

See what I mean? You go to what you think is going to be a little car show, and what do you find? This show was a diamond in the rough. Be sure to look for our Cars-On-Line Car Show Calendar online. It lists all those special shows which might be coming up in your area. Otherwise, you’ll never know what you’re missing.

 

 

Carlisle Events Hosted First Hurst Nationals

1973 Hurst Oldsmobile at First Hurst Nationals

We are under the distinct impression that Carlisle Events  may have hosted the first Hurst Nationals this past weekend. While our Cars On Line Car Show Team was providing our readers with live coverage of the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals we visited a smaller display of Hurst vehicles on exhibit at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

By luck, we happened to bump into Rich Truesdell, author and photo historian, at the exhibit. Rich teamed up with Mark Fletcher to write the book “Hurst Equipped.” It was written about the 50 years of Hurst involvement in automotive production and high performance.  Truesdell also edits the Legendary American Motors Magazine. Because of his incredible knowledge of the cars in the exhibit we did a video interview with Rich. You may click the video interview below to discover interesting facts about Hurst’s involvement with various auto manufacturers.

 

Here is a review of the Hurst display. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

You would assume that there was a natural association between Mopars and Hurst since Hurst-Campbell built the 1968 Dodge Hemi Darts and 1968 Plymouth Hemi Cudas back in the day. But we think the real reason Carlisle Events had this exhibit is that they would like to host a Hurst Nationals as part of their summer schedule of auto events. We think they were testing the waters for bringing a new event to the Carlisle Fairgrounds in the future. Is it possible that we were seeing the First Hurst Nationals this weekend?

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals

The Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals is a sea of Mopars today. Great weather for the final day of the event here in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.)

 

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, Final Day …

CARLISLE, PA – July 16, 2017 — As we prepare for the final day of the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, the weather is cooler than yesterday and the sun is out, so it is a perfect day for a car show here in Central Pennsylvania. For today, at least, this is the center of the Mopar kingdom. They expect over 3,000 cars on display. For Mopar lovers, this is a good as it gets.

We are here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals to get a chance to experience a little slice of Mopar Heaven. The Cars On Line Car Show team will be bringing you all the action here this weekend. And the action will be intense. What would a Mopar Nationals be without a burnout contest, right? Here you go:

As a wrapup on Saturday’s action, we did an interesting interview with Dodge representative and TV personality Steve Magnante who is here unveiling the new 2018 Dodge Demon. He talked to our onsite photographer, Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com. For some insights on Dodge’s much anticipated Demon click the video window here:

Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAutos.com are here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals to bring you their take on this important event. If you can’t make it to the show, you can always say you saw it here on Cars-On-Line.com. Be sure to bookmark this page to get in on all the action. Here is what we have seen on the show fields the past few days:

Covering the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals was all about dodging the rain here on Friday. So we looked at some of the indoor exhibits. We found a display of Plymouth GTX and Hemi cars. It is the 50th Anniversary of the Plymouth GTX this year. Here is a taste of what we found:

People were already buying and selling in the Giant Swap Meet area here on Thursday. You’ll be amazed at the size of the swap meet, the variety of vendors, the car corral and the Manufacturers Midway.

This year, in addition to the displays of Mopars here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, there was also a special display of Hurst Cars. We think this display was put on by Carlisle Events to gauge the interest in having a Hurst Nationals here at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. For a full report follow this link to see photos and videos of the Hurst Exhibit.

 

 

 

Buick Club of America 2017 National Meet

Buick Club of America Celebrates in Wisconsin

The City of Brookfield, Wisconsin gave a warm welcome to the Buick Club of America for their 51st National Meet. Click here to go to their website. The Meet lasted from July 4th through the 9th. The prestigious club invited attendees to partake in transportation-themed tours including a visit to the Spirit of Aviation Museum and a tour of bikes and brews at the Harley-Davidson Museum and Miller Brewery. Of course, Buick Club members and show goers brought their Buick’s en masse to take advantage of 400 point judging, Archival recognition, the Driven Badge of Honor, and for simple enjoyment.

Other attractions included an impressive swap meet dominating the north parking lot, a car cruise around scenic Pewaukee, Pre-war Division meeting, and more!

Photos by Doug Bennett

Iola 2017 Car Show Honors Pony Cars

Iola 2017 Car Show

On Saturday at the Iola 2017 Car Show we spotted a rare 1957 Pontiac Bonneville Fuel Injected Convertible cruising the grounds in the Blue Ribbon Concours.

Iola 2017 Car Show & Swap Meet …

The Iola 2017 Car Show & Swap Meet is honoring Camaros, Firebirds and Pony Cars from the Trans Am Series. It is the 50-Year Anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. One of the big displays today included Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs, Cougars and Mopar Pony Cars. As always, there were great cars and trucks from all eras represented as the 45th Annual Iola 2017 Car Show convened in little Iola, Wisconsin, July 6-8, 2017. Once a year this community puts on one of the top ten best car shows in the country. The giant swap meet is like no other in size and quality of parts. If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist.

While we were taking a break from searching the swap meet fields, we caught some of the excitement at the Pass In Review in the concours area. Here is some video of the Pass In Review:

The Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. So the Iola 2017 Car Show decided to invite Camaro and Firebird owners to bring their cars for a special display. While they were at it they invited some of the top Pony cars that competed against them in the SCCA Trans Am series back in the day. Here is a slider of the cars we saw here today:

When you go to the Iola Car Show one of the areas to take in is the Blue Ribbon Concours. Here you will find cars which are on display by invitation only. Needless to say these are some of the finest in the country.

If the Iola Car Show is unfamiliar to you, you may want to put it on your bucket list. It is well worth the effort to experience this show at least once. Here are some of the stories from past shows we have attended in Iola, Wisconsin.

Review of the 2014 Iola Car Show

 

2017 Amelia Island Concours – Best Car Show On The East Coast

2017 Amelia Island concours RM/Sotheby's Auction

On Saturday at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours the top sale at the RM/Sothey’s Auction was a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet. The hammer price was $7 million exactly ($7,070,000 including sales commission.) Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.

 

2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance

It was just announced here at the show field during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours that the two top awards went to a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider for Concours de Sport, and a 1935 Duesenberg SJ 582 Dual Cowl Phaeton for the vaunted Concours D’Elegance award.

The ’39 Alfa Spider is part of the A. Dano Davis Collection in Jacksonville, Florida. In its day the right-hand-drive Alfa Lungo Spider was the most desirable sports you could buy.  Only 12 Touring Spiders were ever produced. Only seven were produced with the long chassis as this one has. Most of the Lungo Spiders were used for racing. This car was raced in San Paolo in 1949 and 1950. After that the car disappeared from public notice until 40 years later when it was redone.

The ’35 Duesenberg SJ is owned by Terence Adderley from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It is a Torpedo Phaeton designed by Gordon Buehrig himself. Mr. Adderley said it was one of the last Torpedo Phaetons built. It was born a Duesenberg J with custom coachwork by the A.J. Walker Company. But the Wisconsin buyer was not happy with the car and sent it back to Indianapolis where it was updated with a supercharged SJ-582 engine. It has a 420 ci overhead cam engine. In supercharged form it is said to produce 320 horsepower.

But there was much more to see on the show field on Saturday:

The 2017 Amelia Island Concours, March 10-13, 2017,  will be one for the history books. In its 22nd year, the The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance moved to a Saturday timeslot for the first time. Usually the concours would be held on Sunday afternoon. For the first time in its history the fast moving Amelia Island Concours staff had to modify their schedule and reset the event for Saturday instead of the normal Sunday venue. The potential for torrential rains on Sunday afternoon was not good news for owners of six figure valued vintage classic cars. So the Concours officials made the call to reset the event for Saturday. The crowds were heavy along the concours field. The change did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm for seeing these incredible vintage motorcars.

This is what it is like to be here at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours:

The Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance is the biggest event of its kind on the East Coast, and rivals the pomp and circumstance of legendary events such as Pebble Beach and the Meadowbrook Concours scheduled for later in the year.

“This show brings in cars from all over the world,” our photojournalist Bob Boberg told us. “In its 22nd year, the concours is growing in prestige and excitement. You see cars here that you’ll never see anywhere else.” Boberg and his wife Donna will capture the show in photos and video for our Cars On Line.com readers.

The show, starting on Friday and running through Sunday, March 13, 2017, is a world class exhibition of automotive history. There were over 300 rare vehicles from collections from around the world. Most of the activity revolves around The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton.

Saturday at the RM/Sotheby Auction

On Saturday we will be there at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours when the RM/Sotheby’s Auction presents some of the most valuable motorcars in the world. What a blend of vintage motorcars, race cars and American classics. Here are some of the top sales for the RM/Sotheby’s Auction.

We will be on hand to capture all the action this weekend for our readers just as if you were here yourself. You can also follow our posts on Facebook and Twitter. The highlight of the show weekend will be the announcement of the 2017 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance Best of Show awards on Saturday afternoon.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for all the trending news from the 2017 Amelia Island Concours. Get the auction prices here and on our Twitter feed.

 

Gooding & Co at 2017 Amelia Island Concours

Among the top events during the 2017 Amelia Island Concours weekend is the Gooding & Company Auction. They stole the show yesterday when a 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion crossed the auction block for $5,665,000, the top sale so far here at the East Coast’s most exclusive concours show.

Here are the top sales from Friday at the Gooding & Company Auction:

 

Already on Thursday the Bonham’s Auction saw a seven figure sale. When a 1955 Ferrari Europa GT sold for over $2 million yesterday afternoon the mood was set for more auction action. Here is a review of some of the top marques at the Bonhams Auction:

1949 Chevy C-10 Pickup Makes Great 8

A 1949 Chevy C-10 Pickup owned by Robby Collvins of Mt Vernon, Texas has earned the right to be called a Great 8 award winner here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. The Michigan Street Rod Association placed the Great 8 award trophy in Collvins’ show display yesterday. Now the owner will be on pins and needles until Sunday when one of the top eight cars will be chosen as this year’s Ridler Award winner.

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We talked with Robby Collvins this morning. Look closely at this one because it is not just another pickup truck. He showed us where the whole bed and fender area were fabricated from a 1955 Cadillac Eldorado, including the quarter panels and rear body panels. Note the fat fender styling. Way cool, but still very old school. The wood in the bed is all laminated wood which is native to Northeast Texas. It is all unfinished.

“We designed the paint,” he said. “One off paint from BASF which they will probably release after the show.”

Robby told us his ’49 Five Window Chevrolet has been chopped, channeled and sectioned. It sits on a 2005 Corvette chassis, so the running gear, motor and transmission were originally out of a Corvette.

“We built the 5-bar Chevy grille in house,” he told us. “We wanted to stay with the 5-bar factory grille. But it looked too much like it belonged on a school bus. So we built it, improved on it.”

“We designed the wheels off an old Cadillac hubcap. We took the Cadillac hubcap, modified it and the wheels were made by Colorado Customs.”

“The seats are made of vegetan leather. They’re made a lot like the way you construct a saddle. They are all hand sown, water formed and given the vintage luggage look.” And indeed they do have an old school effect.

Look at this 1949 Chevy C-10 Pickup closely because it has all the elements of a true Ridler Award winner. We have the feeling this one will be a strong contender. It was built by Robby’s shop, Collvins Customs in Mt Vernon.

 

1966 Corvette Called Split Ray Named Great 8 Pick

1966 Corvette Called Split Ray

A 1966 Corvette called Split Ray made the cut to be one of the Great 8 award winners here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. It is generally felt that if you make the Great 8 your car is one of the top eight custom show cars in the country. Now owners Dennis Johnson and Scott Roth will be biting their nails until Sunday evening when the 2017 Ridler Award winner will be announced from among the top eight contenders here at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

The Split Ray monicker is a play on words. The 1966 Corvette called Split Ray has been entered in the Autorama judging in the Radical Sport 1963-67 category. The car was built by The Auto Shoppe of Burlington, Vermont. It is all about speed and performance. The Auto Shoppe even made it “look” fast. It is a true wide body with an extra 6 -3/8ths inches added to the center of the car down the middle. The Corvette is channeled and the gills have been relocated for effect. The front end is dropped and restyled. The floor was dropped and has en enclosed driveshaft. Cooling for the supercharger is integrated into the body.

The engine is an LS9 Superchared 6.2L putting out 638 horsepower, 604 ft-pounds of torque. It features a T56 Magnum 6-speed. The interior is high quality Richmond leather relicate with styling much like a 2015 Z06.

1930 Ford Model A Coupe Called After Thought

1930 Ford Model A Coupe After Thought

A 1930 Ford Model A Coupe called After Thought has made the cut to be in the Great 8 this year at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. Ted and Colleen Hubbard of South Bend, Nebraska are the owners. They had the car built by CAL Automotive Creations in Omaha. Andy Leach and his team at CAL Automotive Creations have been here before. They won the Ridler Award in 2013. Now they’re back with their “After Thought.” The “cast-look” is a basic theme of the design.

The 1930 Ford Model A Coupe will be competing in the Altered Street Coupe, Pre-1935 class. With 18 basic body modifications and eight major chassis mods, this old school hot rod was refabricated top to bottom. The 1932 original style rails were re-worked, pinched, sectioned and a higher kick-up over the rear was basic to the structure. It has hand made, cast-look cross members. The one-off machined wishbones hold it together underneath. Houdaille friction shocks are recessed into the frame with cast-look I-beam. It has a ’32 heavy dropped axle.

The interior has some basic design technique which may not be immediately noticeable. It uses a 3-D modeled cast-look. The machined transmission and driveshaft tunnel match the machined door and trim. It has a ’57 Olds themed dash all hand made to capture the original aesthetics and produced by Classic Instruments. Notice the one-off column mounted tach. The interior upholstery was done by the Recovery Room.

The wheels are a one-off design and made to look like Hallibrand style wheels. They are made for this vehicle by Evod.

The body and paint were done by Charley Hutton Color Studio.

Elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster Wins Ridler Award

Elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster

Buddy Jordan’s 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster will take home the 2017 Ridler Award. The announcement was just made here at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The selection of an elegant high tech 1930’s street rod is a knod to the Detroit show’s roots in the street rodding hobby. Click the video window below:

Nancy and Buddy Jordan’s elegant 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster made the cut Friday to be selected for the Great 8 here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. No one could have known at that time that it would become a legend in its own time by winning the 2017 Ridler Award. It is a more modern looking build with everything beautifually hand built and fabricated. Everything on this car is a custom modification. The paint and bodywork are exquisite. The design was by Chris Ito and Steve Frisbie. The street rod was built at Steve’s Auto Restorations in Portland, Oregon where they hand built and CNC machined it from aluminum, steel sheet, tube and billet. Amazing effort.

View dozens of photos of the 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster and the awards ceremony:

Steve’s Auto Restorations has long been a leader in steel and aluminum fabrication in the Pacific Northwest. The body was hand crafted from aluminum sheets. The frame was hand built from steel. The front suspension is an independent split tube axle with remote shocks, and rack and pinion steering with CNC machined tie rods. The rear suspension uses CNC machined A-arms, uprights and half shafts; remote shocks, and Mustang IRS third member.

The engine on the 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster is a GM Performance Anniversary Edition 427 using an aluminum block and heads. The transmission is a GM 4L60 with smoothed case, CNC pan, and a CNC machined tapered aluminum driveshaft. The headlight buckets were hand formed, as was the custom shaped rear bumper. Front bumper was CNC machined.

The detail is incredible.

Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup Makes Great 8

Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup

His Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup was one of the cars selected to the Great 8 on Friday here at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. So Dennis Portka of Hamburg, New York is a step closer to his dream today. The car he built with his own two hands will be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award. Brian Fruzen of the Cars On Line car show team interviewed him when the Great 8 banner was placed in his display.

Dennis told us he spent 24 years putting the details together to complete his Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup.  He figures it took 13,500 hours of work to put it together. All of the sheetmetal and bodywork were done by Dennis. He also did the Glasurit paint with basecoat and clearcoat. The upholstery was done by Joe McDonald at Z-Best, with pinstriping by Terry Buczak.

It is almost unheard of these days that a custom car hobbyist working on his own could complete such a project without expensive shop work. And then for him to win a Great 8 award really is a complement to his efforts. We commend Dennis for his accomplishment.

 

GTP 1932 Ford Tudor Contends for Ridler Award

GTP 1932 Ford Tudor

The GTP 1932 Ford Tudor built by Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop has made the Great 8 in Detroit this weekend. It was announced on Friday that the custom Deuce sedan had made the cut at the 2017 Detroit Autorama. It is now one of the top eight cars in line to be chosen as the 2017 Ridler Award winner here. The car was built for George Poteet of Memphis, Tennessee. Poteet is a long standing patron of the hot rod hobby. He is a former Ridler Award winner.

The detail and aesthetics on this GTP 1932 Ford Tudor are exquisite. e.Black Design out of Portland, Oregon designed the car. (They were also the ones who designed the 1936 Packard, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the Grand National Roadster Show last month.) The car was initially rendered by known artist and designer Eric Brockmeyer. The engine was designed and built by Automotive Specialists Racing Engines in Concord, North Carolina. The transmission was built by Bowler Performance Transmissions of Lawrenceville, Illinois.

Immediately after hearing that a Pirelli Great 8 award standard had been put in their display, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop put out this post on Facebook. Click here to see the post.  Alan Johnson is one of the premier builders who is well known for his expertise in build Deuce Ford customs. He will be one of the top builders on the panel for a discussion today starting at 1 PM at the Cobo Center. Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop is located in Gadsden, Alabama.

 

1941 Ford Pickup Called Gold Standard Great 8 Pick

1941 Ford Pickup Called Gold Standard

A 1941 Ford Pickup called Gold Standard was selected to the Great 8 during Friday’s session of the 2017 Detroit Autorama here in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Anxious owner, Ed Sears of Annapolis, Maryland waited Friday morning when his classic custom pickup was chosen to compete for the legendary Ridler Award. Each of the top eight cars selected to the Great 8 will be a contender to win the vaunted Ridler Award here on Sunday evening.

“The Gold Standard,” Sears’ nickname for his 1941 Ford Pickup, will be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award as much for its aesthetics as it will be for its great build. It has a Flathead with a detailed Ford 8BA block updated with today’s high performance technology and three Stromberg 97 carburetors. It is bored and stroked, has a Winfield Performance cam and Navarro aluminum heads and manifold. It is ported, polished and relieved, and comes with a serpentine belt system. Quite an impressive engine.

Interestingly, the 1941 Ford Pickup called Gold Standard was built with an electrically operated hood, electric seats and electrical bed cover.

1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute Competes For the 2017 Ridler Award

1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute

No surprise, a 1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute car was picked to be a contender for the 2017 Ridler Award here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama yesterday. It was picked as one of the Great 8 award cars in the competition. The car is a completely refabricated custom tribute to the GM Concept Corvette promoted in the 1954 GM Motorama shows. Larry and Robbie Griffey are the owners from Powell, Tennessee. It was built by Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods & Restorations in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Beginning with a 1954 Corvette Roadster body, Larry Griffey and Chuck Powell did the original body and chassis modifications to create this custom design. They included a removable hardtop and roll-up windows just as GM had done in the 1954 concept car. These features were not actually available on a Corvette until 1956. The build also includes modern day technology, a lower hot rod stance and improved performance and handling. Its features will remind you of the actual Motorama concept car.

Some of the many body modifications to the 1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute include: a tapered body drop with 2 1/2″ at the front, 1 1/2″ at the A pillar and 1″ at the rear. The body was widened 3″ in the rear and tapered to 1 3/4″ inch wider in the front. The cowl vent was removed and re-contoured to accept a 1956 Corvette windshield. The rear hatch was modified so as to accept a 1956 Corvette removable hardtop. Passenger compartment was reconfigured in real steel to make it safer. All fuel lines, brake lines and cables are hidden. A custom hood scoop was used to accomodate the supercharger. Remote latches were installed, and the doors were split and widened with steel structure to accomodate power windows.

2017 Chicago Auto Show has the Newest Auto Tech!

2017 Chicago Auto Show Welcome

Newest Technology on Display at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

It’s hard to imagine the Chicago Auto Show getting even bigger. They already boast over 1 million square feet of show space. But with 55,000 additional square feet of space added for this year’s show, that’s exactly what’s happening. The industry is bigger than ever! Friend of Cars On Line, Doug Bennett was at this year’s show to photograph some of the top displays.

There’s something for everyone!

The Chicago Auto Show gave participants a chance to take some of the industry’s newest vehicles out for a drive on one of the show’s five indoor test tracks. Mazda, Kia, Ford, and Subaru let show goers get behind the wheel and take vehicles onto the road. Ford had it’s famous mustang on the dynamometer, and Chevy brought something for kids and adults alike to enjoy; a life-sized LEGO Batmobile!

Want more from the Chicago Auto Show? Click here to go to their webpage. The show runs through February 20th, 2017.

2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award Tribute

Ridler Award Winner at 2017 Detroit Autorama

Buddy Jordan here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama fresh from the awards ceremony where his 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster won America’s most coveted trophy, the Ridler Award.

 

2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award

DETROIT, MI, February 26 — Buddy Jordan was bubbling with enthusiasm here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award ceremony as his 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster won the most coveted award in the custom car hobby. The automotive media is swarming Buddy and his Ridler Award winning Renaissance Roadster to get the first photos.

Nancy & Buddy Jordan’s 1933 Ford Renaissance Roadster is a beautifully hand fabricated street rod. Designed by Chris Ito and Steve Frisbie, the build was done by Steve’s Auto Restorations of Portland, Oregon.  Follow this link to find out all about the custom mods and see more photos.

The Autorama is in its 65th year, and is one of the most talked about custom car events in the world. Some of the best custom car builders are here in downtown Detroit this weekend to compete for the Ridler Award.

The Michigan Hot Rod Association narrowed the field of Ridler Award contenders to eight on Friday. Countless hours have been put into the Great 8 vehicles by some of the industry’s best builders. Winner or not, all of these cars are an accomplishment deserving of their place here at the 2017 Detroit Autorama.

 

1954 Custom Corvette

Larry & Robbie Griffey’s 1954 Corvette GM Concept Tribute built by Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods & Restorations in Knoxville, TN. Read all about it and view more photos here.

 

1941 Ford Pickup

Ed Sears’ 1941 Ford Pickup “The Gold Standard” made the cut for the Great 8. Click here to see more photos and info.

 

1932 Ford Sedan

George Poteet’s GTP 1932 Ford Tudor was built by Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden, Alabama. Find out more by clicking thru to more photos and info.

 

1929 Ford

The Phoenix Phantom 1929 Ford Pickup took Dennis Portka 24 years to build. Now it is contending for the Ridler Award. Find out more by following this link to more photos and info.

 

1949 C-10 Pickup

Robby Collvins’ 1949 C-10 Pickup from Mt Vernon, Texas has all the elements of a Ridler Award winner. Click here to see more photos and a video interview.

 

1930 Ford Coupe

Ted Hubbard’s 1930 Ford Coupe built by CAL  Autumotive Creations. Old school is still cool. See more photos at this link.

 

1966 Corvette

Dennis Johnson & Scott Roth’s 1966 Corvette Split Ray is a true fan favorite. Find out more when you follow this link to its photo page.

 

The 2017 Detroit Autorama is where custom car builders come to display their work and contend for the most sought-after trophy of them all: the Ridler Award. But the Ridler Award is only one aspect of the 2017 Detroit Autorama. Over 1,000 cars were on display at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit during this year’s event. Here are some of the cars we saw here:

Cars On Line.com was onhand this weekend to cover all the action live for our readers. The Detroit Autorama is honoring its 65th Anniversary by celebrating the past. Among the show cars are some past Ridler Award winners. See the stunners from shows past in the slide show below:

The Detroit Autorama has been running annually for 65 years and is the feature event of the Michigan Hot Rod Association. Sponsors for this year’s event include Meguiars and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Award Winner Chosen

1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed "The Mulholland Speedster" wins 2017 America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award

A 1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed “The Mulholland Speedster” wins the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award here at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

POMONA, CA, Sunday, January 29, 2017 — A 1936 Packard Roadster was chosen as the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster here at the Pomona Fairplex during the closing moments of the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. In the final moments of the 68th Annual Roadster Show the crowd saw the ten-foot trophy go to the Packard custom creation owned by Bruce Wanta. It was built by Troy Ladd and his crew from Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, CA. This is the first time in 68 years that the top award has gone to a Packard.

Bruce Wanta wins 2017 Americca's Most Beautiful Roadster Award for his 1936 Packard.

Bruce Wanta, owner of the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, holds trophy (center) while Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods looks on (left.) Their 1936 Packard Roadter won the award here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

Bruce Wanta’s “Mulholland Speedster” 1936 Packard Roadster.

Cars On Line’s Bob Boberg interviewed Bruce Wanta after the awards presentation. Click the video window below to hear and see what Wanta had to say about this historical achievement:

 

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner was chosen from a field of 13 finalists. There were 650 show cars on display in ten indoor buildings here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show at the Pomona Fairplex. Over 1,000 cars will be on display outside.

Here are the AMBR contenders for 2017:

Nice paint on this 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup owned by Matthew Gordon.

We immediately noticed a Rick Dore creation called “After Shock”, a 1937 Ford Custom with exotic car looks and features.

Photo-journalist Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com captured this video of “After Shock” during the opening festivities at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show:


Shawn Killian’s 1928 Lincoln Roadster Brings Chrysler Firepower to the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show. Will it be this year’s AMBR?

A hot rod worth the name entered by Wayne Johnson.

Dan Peterson’s “The Hill Country Flyer”

Don Lindfor’s 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup.

Bill Grant’s 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster.

Scott Hawley’s 1932 Ford Roadster in a dark blue.

Canadian Gordon Gray brought his 1932 Ford Roadster.

Matt Taylor brought his 1927 Dodge Roadster.

Metallica rock star James Hetfield is showing his old school 1932 Ford Roadster.

Jim McPherson’s 1934 Ford Phaeton.

The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy is equivalent to a West Coast version of the Ridler Award. It is one of the most coveted awards in the street rodding world. The 68th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show runs January 27-29, 2017 at the Pomona Fairplex.America's Most Beautiful Roadster trophy

The top cars in the country are here to compete for a place in their class. And the very best of the best will be considered as contenders for the 2017 America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.

Here is what the coveted award looks like (see photo, right.) It is ten feet tall and takes four men to move it. When Al and Mary Slonaker started the National Roadster Show in 1950, Al came up with the idea of having a statuesque trophy to impress on people the importance of the award. Originally the trophy stood 8 1/2 feet tall, but more recently it had to be modified to hold more winners. The art deco designs of the Ganat Brothers of San Francisco are now priceless collectibles, and this trophy is one of their creations. In years past this show was called the Oakland Roadster Show. Back then no one ever dreamed it would have the world wide attention that it gets today.

Follow this link to view more cars and photos from the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.

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1936 Packard Roadster at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

A 1936 Packard Roadster nicknamed “The Mulholland Speedster” was chosen America’s Most Beautiful Roadster 2017 here at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

2017 Grand National Roadster Show
America’s Most Beautiful Roadster Chosen

POMONA, CA, Sunday, January 29, 2017 — At the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show this evening, a 1936 Packard Roadster was chosen as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. The close of the 68th Annual Roadster Show saw the ten-foot trophy go to the Packard custom creation owned by Bruce Wanta of Bellevue, Washington. It was built by Troy Ladd and his crew from Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, California.

1936 Packard Roadster at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

Bruce Wanta and the whole crew at Hollywood Hot Rods

Bruce Wanta’s “Mulholland Speedster” 1936 Packard Roadster.

The concept for the car was done by eBlack Design. All of the fenders and original lines were refabricated from metal by Hollywood Hot Rods. The car was displayed last year at the Grand National Roadster Show in bare metal. Eleven months later we see the gorgeous results. The big V-12 Lincoln engine is fed by Winfield Double D carbs and energized by a vintage Latham supercharger. The interior was done in leather by Mark Lopez.

Here is an interview with Bruce Wanta, the owner of the 1936 Packard Roadster:


The America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award winner was chosen from a field of 13 finalists.

1937 Ford Exotic Roadster

1927 Dodge Turtleback Roadster at 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

1927 Dodge Turtleback Roadster

See photos and vidoes of all the top contenders at the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster page.

The 68th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show ran January 27-29, 2017 at the Pomona Fairplex. Once again this year, Cars On Line.com covered the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California for our readers. Our photo-journalists Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAustos.com supplied the photos and video here in Pomona for the weekend show.

The top cars in the country are here to compete for a place in their class. There were 650 show cars on display in ten indoor buildings here at the Pomona Fairplex. Over 1,000 cars were on display outside. One whole building here at the Pomona Fairplex was packed with Woodies sponsored by the Southern California Woody Club. Many of these cars you may have seen at the Doheny Wood or Wavecrest Woodie Show.

There also was a whole display building at the Fairplex featuring only Tri-5 Chevys. Here is a slide show of what we saw.

 

Famed NASCAR crew chief and TV personality Ray Evernham was at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona to promote his 1958 Chevy Impala from the movie American Graffiti. Evernham, after 15 years of trying, acquired the car and has restored it. He is shown in the photos with Candy Clark, the blonde who was in the ’58 Impala in the movie.