2013 Detroit Autorama – Why Not Ridler Contender?
2013 Detroit Autorama – Voyles’ Picks For Ridler Award
Words and Pics by Chris Voyles
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The 2013 Detroit Autorama was a great one indeed with eight cars nominated for the prestigious Ridler Award. These cars where exceptionally nice, but I think it’s safe to say we all said to ourselves, “Hey! Why wasn’t that car nominated?”
We’ll Pikesan and I thought the same thing… while he’s still deciding which rides he would have picked, I’m done! Here’s a few of the custom cars I thought were the best of the best, and could have, or should have been nominated.
This was a very nice done 1961 Chevy Impala owned by Gil & Janet Losi. The body channeled, shaved, nosed, decked and roll pans worked… it flowed very nicely. The chassis on the car was done by Morrison Custom and finished off with Ridetech air suspension. The Impala had a 2,000 hp 540 cubic inch twin turbo motor by Mike Moran between the fender! Completely stunning car!
Bill Hughart is the owner of this awesome 1934 Ford hot rod. It sported a 350 with 425 Horse power. Out back was a 9” rear end with 3:90 gears. Stopping power is provided by 11” disc brakes on all four corners. While it probably lack the extreme amount of details required for a Ridler Award it’s still a mighty fine ride in my book.
Maggie & Ryan Thomas brought “Relentless” to Autorama this year. This, by far, was the car I was rooting for. Absolutely flawless beauty here! The car is all steel and the more you look at it, the more you see everything that was fabricated to fit and flow throughout the car. Ryan told us the windshield is from an older Saab 900, then showed us how the front portion of the door opens into the body area… Way cool! Builder of this car was Tucci Hot Rods with the House Of Kolor paint being applied by Mike’s Restoration & Customizing. Great car Ryan and I hope to shoot it again someday!
Another great custom car was this 1949 Cadillac owned by Paul & Chris Andrews from Huntington Beach, CA. While a lot of info wasn’t available for the car, it was well worth it to just look at it and see what comes to your head! Outstanding display of workmanship all the way around. Something tells me Chip Foose had his hands on this car.
1949 Caddy Wagon:
Wait what? A Caddy wagon you say? Why yes it is! Jim “Bones” Notebloom from Hemet, CA created this wicked ride. This thing was off the charts cool! Check out the trick exhaust exiting behind the rear wheel wells. This car has serious style and deserves to wear the license plate its wearing “1 of 1 CAD”
(Editor’s note: I told Chris this car was displayed at GNRS, so it couldn’t compete for the Ridler)
Agree with Chris? Yes or no, leave a comment to let him know! Also, hat’s off for some great photos!!
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