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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 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.

Top Show Cars at the 2016 Detroit Autorama

Cadillac concept cars

A pair of GM Heritage Center vehicles were special Cadillac concept cars back in the day. They fit in perfectly with the show cars at the Detroit Autorama this weekend.

 

Top Show Cars, 2016 Detroit Autorama …

When you say “top show cars” at the Detroit Autorama people may think that you are referring only to the Ridler Award competition. But another category of top show cars are also on display here in Detroit. Close to 1,000 cars are here at the Cobo Center for the 2016 Detroit Autorama. While every car owner would like to vie for the Ridler Award, most are here to try to win their class at the show. There are 50 classes covering cars from radical customs to stock original classics. Here are some of the top show cars at the Detroit Autorama this year. These are the ones the press will not show you because they are not involved in the Ridler Award competition. But these are really some spectacular cars.

Select each thumbnail to view photos in the sliders below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have not yet read Cars On Line’s feature article on the 2016 Detroit Autorama follow this link to see the 2016 Ridler Award Winner and the Great 8 contenders for this year.

 

1940 Willys Pro Street Great 8 Winner at 2016 Detroit Autorama

1940 Willys Pro Street Great 8 winner at 2016 Detroit Autorama

1940 Willys Pro Street Great 8 winner owned by Greg Malvaso of Murphreesboro, TN

Torch red never looked so good as on this 1940 Willys Pro Street Great 8 winner from Tennessee. There is a lotta’ pride in this ride. Owner Greg Malvaso started this car years ago. When he met up with Triworks Hot Rods from Nashville he knew he wanted to bring it here to the 2016 Detroit Autorama to compete for the 2016 Ridler Award.
See more detailed photos in this slide show.
We got a chance to talk with Greg Malvaso and Grant Saulter, of Triworks Hot Rods, the company that finished the build. View the Periscope video on this 1940 Willys Pro Street Great 8 winner which broadcast live on Twitter earlier:

 

Go to our Facebook page to place your vote for the 1940 Willys Pro Street in an unofficial poll for the Ridler Award.

 

1941 Ford Pickup called “Mirage” Great 8 Winner

1941 Ford Pickup called "Mirage"

1941 Ford Truck called Mirage by Richard & Lynn Broyles

 

This 1941 Ford Pickup called “Mirage” is trending as the most popular Great 8 contender this morning among our Facebook followers. It will be among the top eight cars being considered for the Ridler Award this evening at Cobo Hall for the 2016 Detroit Autorama.
The people from the Borla booth here in Cobo Hall all came over to see this car because the Broyles used a Borla exhaust system with one-off custom built stainless steel over-the-frame headers. The number of radical custom mods are so numerous. This truck is a true one-of-a-kind custom. Look for the 1941 Ford Pickup called “Mirage” to win the 2016 Ridler Award here at the Detroit Autorama.
 

1937 Ford Deluxe Coupe Chosen to the Great 8

1937 Ford Deluxe Coupe Great 8 at 2016 Detroit Autorama

Dan Wathor’s 1937 Ford Deluxe Coupe w/Ford Hemi head motor.

 

His 1937 Ford Deluxe Coupe took ten years to build, but to Dan Walthor from California it was well worth the wait. His beautiful ’37 Deluxe has been chosen as a Great 8 selection, and this evening it could be chosen as the 2016 Ridler Award winner.

At Kenny’s Rod Shop they spent ten years off and on to finish this 1937 Ford Deluxe Coupe. It was a passion for KRS crew to finish this car they simply call the ’37 Deluxe. Readers may know that Ford never produced a ’37 Deluxe Coupe that year so this one-off, all steel car is the only one in existence. Here is a detailed look at this Great 8 contender.

We got a chance to talk with the builder of the 1937 Ford Deluxe Coupe just when they told him his car had made the Great 8. Watch as he lets us know what it means to have a car in the Great 8.

 

We ask our Facebook fans to vote for their favorite to win the Ridler Award out of the Great 8 contenders. All of the Great 8 contenders will be featured on our Facebook page during the weekend. Join the fun and vote for your favorites as you follow our coverage on the Cars On Line.com Facebook page.

1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S Great 8 winner

1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S wins Great 8 at 2016 Detroit Autorama

1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S is owned by Mark Gooden of Marshall, Missouri. It has been chosen to the Great 8 in the Ridler Award competition.

 

A 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S Great 8 winner is not only a rare classic, it is a rare and unusual car to see street rodded. And to be done to this extent and detail … well, let’s just say it is a one-off that you may never see attempted again.

Derick Gooden of Samson Designs was at the show display when they told him his father’s 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S had been chosen for a Great 8 award to be considered for the Ridler Award. He nearly jumped out of his shoes when they gave him the envelope. Here are some detailed photos of the car:

You can tell be the photos that the undercarriage on this car ranks it right up there with the best for show competition. Obviously the 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S has been totally built ground up from scratch. Watch the video below to find out just how much time and love went into building this unusual street rod.

Just as Derick was being notified that he had won a Great 8 selection we did this Periscope video from Cobo Hall broadcast live on Twitter.

 

We ask our Facebook fans to vote for their favorite to win the Ridler Award out of the Great 8 contenders. All of the Great 8 contenders will be featured on our Facebook page during the weekend. Join the fun and vote for your favorites as you follow our coverage on the Cars On Line.com Facebook page.

1938 Graham Great 8 Award Contender for 2016 Ridler Award

1938 Graham Great 8 Award Contender

1938 Graham Great 8 Award contender owned by Michael and Patricia Markin of Eau Claire, WI

A 1938 Graham Great 8 Award contender was chosen this weekend to vie for the prestigious 2016 Ridler Award. The competition is happening as you read this report here at the 2016 Detroit Autorama. Cars On Line.com has been talking to the owner and even did a live Periscope video on Twitter (see below.) Now Cars On Line.com is asking its readers to vote for their favorite to win the 2016 Ridler Award on their Facebook page. Click here to vote now if you favor this 1938 Graham Great 8 Award contender to win the Ridler Award.

In an interview with Michael Markin, the owner of the 1938 Graham Great 8 Award contender, Cars On Line.com reviewed his “concept car”  5-Window Coupe. He told us he wanted to do the ’38 Graham Model 97 because back in the day Graham had plans to make a coupe, but never got around to it that year. Only the sedan models were built. So Michael decided he would build a coupe himself.

 

Here is the Periscope video broadcast live on our Twitter page and redistributed here for you:

 

 

When he was notified that his 1938 Graham had been chosen as a Great 8 car, Markin told us his “feet were 20 feet off the ground.” It was a dream come true. “Everything on this car has been either manufactured, modified or remade to the theme of the car, an art deco car with extreme features,” Markin told us. “Everything has been modified. In fact, the grille has been custom modified. Graham’s theme was ‘Spirit of Motion.’ They had a lot of flowing lines, big fenders and a lot of extreme curves.”

Cars On Line will cover the 2016 Ridler Award announcement live on Sunday evening. Watch for our Periscope live broadcast of the announcement on our Twitter page.

 

2016 Detroit Autorama, Home of the Ridler Award

2016 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award winner

1939 Oldsmobile Convertible Custom called “Olds Cool” wins Ridler Award at 2016 Detroit Autorama

 

2016 Detroit Autorama, World’s Greatest Car Show …

DETROIT, MI — In the finale of the 2016 Detroit Autorama a rare 1939 Oldsmobile Series 60 Convertible named “Olds Cool” captured the most coveted honor in the custom car world, the Ridler Award. Owner Billy Thomas of Corpus Christi, Texas accepted the 2016 Ridler Award at a ceremony in the Grand Riverview Ballroom at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit this evening. Custom Hot Rods of Andice won the 2016 Builders Award for their work in creating this “Olds Cool” dream car.

Here is a photo slideshow of the 1930 Oldsmobile Series 60 Convertible called “Olds Cool” during the awards presentations.

Click this link to view a photo gallery on “Olds Cool” taken earlier this weekend at the 2016 Detroit Autorama. You’ll find several videos with interviews with the owner and a discussion of what it takes to bring a car to this level.

Here at the 2016 Detroit Autorama we have been awaiting the 2016 Ridler Award annoucement.  It was a little tense as the Great 8 group of contenders was the best there has ever been at the MHRA show in Detroit. You spend years of your time and talent to get a custom car to this level. You dream of this day all your life, to build a car so flawless and special that it can be called the 2016 Ridler Award winner. These are all great cars. No, actually they are all works of art.  But only one can win the coveted Ridler Award here at the 2016 Detroit Autorama.

Here are the Great 8 contenders for 2016:

1940 Willys Pro Street Great 8 winner at 2016 Detroit Autorama

Torch red 1940 Willys Pro Street.  Click here to view a photo gallery and videos.

 

1961 Chevy 409 Double Bubble Station Wagon

1961 Chevy 409 Double Bubble Station Wagon. Click here to view a photo gallery.

 

1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S wins Great 8 at 2016 Detroit Autorama

1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S owned by Mark Gooden of Marshall, Missouri. Click here to view photos and video.

 

1941 Ford Pickup at 2016 Detroit Autorama

1941 Ford Pickup called the “Mirage”. Click here to view a photo gallery.

 

1939 Olds Cool Custom Convertible

Bill Thomas’ 1939 Oldsmobile Convertible, “Olds Cool” wins the Ridler Award. Click here to view a photo gallery and videos.

 

X-Boss 1976 Ford Falcon Australian Street Machine

Chris and Colleen Bitmead’s 1976 Ford Falcon XBOSS from Australia. Click here to view a photo gallery and video.

 

1937 Ford Deluxe Coupe

Dan Wathor’s 1937 Ford Deluxe Coupe w/Ford Hemi. Click here to view a photo gallery and video.

 

Great 8 winner announcement

The SHARK, Pat and Mike Markin’s 1938 Graham called the SHARK. Click here to view photo gallery and video interview.

Friday’s opening of the 2016 Detroit Autorama revealed that the competition for the Ridler Award was going to be intense. Eight stellar cars were selected to the Great 8 as the field was narrowed down to the top eight contenders.  All eight cars are featured inside Cobo Hall where the world famous 2016 Detroit Autorama is underway. The 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. By definition of the rules the Ridler Award winner must be a fresh build, never shown anywhere before.

Sometimes we put so much weight on the importance of the Ridler Award that we forget that there are over 1,000 cars on display here at the Cobo Center during the 2015 Detroit Autorama. Cars entered in all 50 class categories are very strong entries this year. The winners of those categories are judged and awards are given for the top cars in each category. In addition, there are cash awards for the top categories. Here is the winner for Truck of the Year which has a $750 cash prize.

For more of the top show cars at the 2016 Detroit Autorama follow this link to our feature page on show car class winners.

While we were at the 2016 Detroit Autorama this weekend we were looking for new trends in the Street Rod hobby. We spotted this one at the GM Performance booth. Check out this video of a new development in paint techniques:

The cool electroluminescent paint is something fresh for this year. It is being offered here on a 2016 Camaro RS. The package is called the Krypton Concept. It includes luminescent Chevrolet bowties which appear in the paint and can be remotely activated. The package also includes 20-inch blackout wheels, HID headlamps with green LED running lamps, unique grille and decklid mounted spoiler. Interior has Krypton Green door inserts. This is so unique we had to show it to you here.

The Detroit Autorama has been running annually for 64 years and is the feature event of the Michigan Street Rod Association. Sponsors for the event againt this year are Meguiars and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

Photo Gallery of 2015 Detroit Autorama Show Cars

Bugnaughty in the photo gallery of 2015 Detroit Autorama show cars

We thought it would be interesting to put together a photo gallery of 2015 Detroit Autorama show cars. These are some of the popular rods and customs that did not make the Great 8 but may have just missed the cut this time. These cars were drawing lots of attention from show-goers.

 

Fred Warren (left with microphone) of Macedonia, Ohio was being interviewed by local media when we came across him on Friday. His 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe might have made it into the Great 8 this year but was disqualified from Ridler Award competition because he had shown it at the Grand National Roadster Show. His coupe was entered in the Altered Street Coupe 1932 class. Fred is a former Ridler Award winner. Click each thumbnail to see a larger high resolution photo.

 

Maureen and Jerry Chandler of Livonia, Michigan brought their ’71 Cuda to compete in the Semi Hardtop class at 2015 Detroit Autorama. The motor is a 440 Mopar big block bored out to 496 ci. Jerry said he did the body modifications, chassis and engine himself. It has a 727 Torqueflite with manual shift. Steve Holcomb at Pro Auto Custom Interiors did the leather interior.

 

An exotic custom replica of a 1937 Delahaye was set up in a display by Terry Cook, former Hot Rod magazine editor. Cook is now designing and marketing his own line of exotic classic replicas. This one he calls the Budnaughty. It uses design from the Delahaye as the pontoon fenders and the Auburn speedster. Chip Foose helped Cook with the design. Click the thumbnails to view larger high resolution photos.

 

Brent and Dina Groh brought their 1972 Mustang they call “Stilleto” from across the river in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada to show it here in Detroit. It is an interesting and ambitious treatment of a Mustang which was cagtegorized as being in the Street Touring ’70-Current class.

 

The 1932 Ford Roadster nicknamed “The Goodwin Speedster” was brought to the 2015 Detroit Autorama by Debra and Ronnie Goodwin of Smithville, Tennessee. It competed in the Altered Street Roadster – Pre 1935 category. It was built by Street Rods by Michael. It incorporates a Brookville steel body with a chassis done by the builder. It has a Pete & Jakes suspension, Ford 9″ rear and chrome by Advance Plating.

 

Also in the Altered Street Roadster – Pre 1935 category, an elegant 1933 Ford Roadster with a very rich looking interior was shown by Gil LeBlanc of New Brunswick, Canada. Click on any photo to see a larger version in high resolution.

 

A gorgeous 1956 Chevy Custom Convertible was display by John Provenzano of Wichita, Kansas. John’s car was built by Baur Restorations and competed in the Custom Convertible class. Beautiful chrome and brightwork by San Joaguin Plating, interior by Downey Upholstery. It includes a backup camera and push button shift. Those are Budnick wheels.

 

This cool 1956 Chevy Shorty Convertible called the “Bambino” started life as a ’56 4-Door Sedan. But now it has had 31 inches removed from the body. Doors were sectioned to fit. It has a Fatman front subframe. It is owned by Al Michol of Waterford, Michigan. Talk about a car that turns heads! It was entered in the Radical Custom Convertible class.

 

The quarters on this 1957 Corvette were widened 2 inches to fit the massive 345-45-18 tires on this one-off custom owned by Mark Eaton of Wichita, Kansas. It was entered in the Pro Touring 1955-Current category at the 2015 Detroit Autorama. It was also built by Bauer Restorations. In fact the body mods and detail on this car were extensive. It has an LS7 motor built by K-Tech Engineering to produce 600 horsepower.

 

Yes, there were muscle cars on display at Autorama too. Here is a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible with the W-30 option package. It was shown by owner James Kytra of Bruce Township, Michigan. It was entered in the Restored Convertible class. It is historically significant, being one of only 96 factory W-30 convertibles produced.

 

This 2005 Saturn Ion Redline edition has been so completely modified, it may have the most electronic devices of any car at the show. There were full size video screens in the dash and in the outside hood. It is owned by Lisa and Pablo Cruz of Amherst, New Jersey. It was the most impressive car in the Full Tuner category. It had been featured in Performance Audio & Sound magazine.

 

Al Nagele’s Deuce Flyer 1932 Ford Roadster

1932 Ford Roadster "Deuce Flyer" made the Great 8 at the 2015 Detroit Autorama

They only let one 1932 Ford Roadster into the competition for the Ridler Award this year, but it
is a good one and worthy of the award. Al Nagele’s Deuce Flyer 1932 Ford Roadster is as exquisitely beautiful as it is cutting edge progressive. Stretched and pinched, it is a jewel among true hot rod customs. The Roadster Shop stretched the ’32 Brookville steel roadster chassis while they pinched and stepped the frame rails with refabricated cross members. They dropped the front 5 inches. The center section is a Ford 9″ with positraction. The Deuce Flyer has a GM LS6 motor with CNC heads, Comp Cam, Edelbrock dual quads and a TKO500 5-speed. They estimate this little roadster will create 500 horsepower. About Noon today we noticed there was a Great 8 sign in their display.

In previous year’s there might have been five or more 1930’s Ford roadsters in the Ridler Award competition. This year Al Nagele’s Deuce Flyer 1932 Ford Roadster is the only one represented in the Great 8. It is entered in the Altered Street Roadster – Pre 1935 category.

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Al Nagele's Deuce Flyer 1932 Ford Roadster  Al Nagele's Deuce Flyer 1932 Ford Roadster interior  Al Nagele's Deuce Flyer 1932 Ford Roadster

Al Nagele's Deuce Flyer 1932 Ford Roadster  Al Nagele's Deuce Flyer 1932 Ford Roadster