8 Great Cars, 1 Lucky Winner – The 2017 Ridler Award
Every year in Detroit, the judges for the coveted Ridler Award have the unenviable task of narrowing down hundreds of incredible cars into a field of contenders called the Great 8. At the 2017 Detroit Autorama, a one-of-a-kind custom 1933 Ford Roadster sweeps the top prize. Could you be a Great 8 judge? Check out our video overview and see if you could pick a winner. Let us know your choice in the comments.
For Portland couple Nancy and Buddy Jordan, taking home the Ridler Award is a dream come true. The job of building this magnificent roadster from the ground up fell to Steve Frisbie and the team from Steve’s Auto Restorations. From the aluminum hand-formed body to the hand-crafted leather and cloth interior, this Ford is more work of art than garage build. Even its name, Renaissance Roadster, suggests the builder’s desire to create a masterpiece.
The candy apple red roadster is the visionary work of designer Chris Ito. There is very little on this Ford that hasn’t been modified or tweaked. From the removable hardtop and the 1930’s Nash instrument panel to the big block Chevy 427 engine, this hotrod embodies a car enthusiast’s wish list. If you are going to customize a car, remember to use only your favorite parts!
This year’s class includes three imaginatively different pickups, two creative takes on the classic Corvette, and three Fords so distinctively different, even Henry Ford himself might not recognize them. One of these Fords is a gray-blue 1930 Ford Model A Coupe called After-Thought. Obviously, this is a misnomer because the owner and builder put a great deal of hard work into their creation. With the Hemi engine positioned prominently up front, this coupe is ready to take on challengers.
For any vehicle at the Detroit Autorama, being listed among the Great 8 is an incredible honor. It is recognition for the hard work, imagination and love we have for the automotive industry. The award, named for the early Autorama promoter Don Ridler, selects candidates based on their unique designs, ingenious engineering and flawless execution. We can always count on seeing exceptional custom cars and trucks each year in the Motor City.
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