2014 Detroit Autorama preview: All the Ridler Award winners, 1964-2013

2013 Ron Cizek 1940 Ford Coupe Checkered PastThe Detroit Autorama, America’s great indoor hot rod show, happens this weekend. As a warmup for the event, Mac’s Motor City Garage presents all the Ridler Award winners in history, 1964 through 2013. 

 

 

You know the story of Don Ridler and the Ridler Award. As the promotions and marketing wizard for the Detroit Autorama, Ridler helped to bring the show into national prominence, but then tragically passed away at the age of 54. By way of thanks and to keep his memory alive, the Ridler Award was created, which each year honors the show’s best new car. This weekend will mark the 51st year for the prize, which many regard as America’s top hot rod award.

In what we hope to make an annual tradition, here we present a photo gallery of all the Ridler Award winners from 1964 to present. (And each year we hope to provide new and better photos when possible.) Some of the cars in this group are now famous, others nearly forgotten, but they’re all worthy of a look.

See you at Autorama, and stay tuned to Mac’s Motor City Garage for full coverage of the show, including this year’s Great 8 and the 2014 Ridler Award winner.

62nd Annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama; Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI; Fri 12 PM-10 PM, Sat 9 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-8 PM. 

 

2013 Ron Cizek 1940 Ford Coupe Checkered Past

2013 Ron Cizek 1940 Ford Coupe Checkered Past

1971 John Greer C-Cab truck Brink's Express

1971 John Greer C-Cab truck Brink's Express

1989 Mike Baliestero 1934 Ford Cabriolet

1989 Mike Baliestero 1934 Ford Cabriolet

1973 Jerry Pennington Devlfish

1973 Jerry Pennington Devlfish

1987 John Kolbusz 1934 .Ford Roadster

1987 John Kolbusz 1934 .Ford Roadster

1990 Dan Webb 1932 Ford Roadster

1990 Dan Webb 1932 Ford Roadster

2009 Doug Cooper 1932 Ford B-400 Deucenberg

2009 Doug Cooper 1932 Ford B-400 Deucenberg

1996 George Poteet 1937 Ford Roadster

1996 George Poteet 1937 Ford Roadster

2004 Al Brockley 1937 Willys Coupe

2004 Al Brockley 1937 Willys Coupe

1984 Bob Reed 1934 Ford 3W Coupe Khrome Shoppe Special

1984 Bob Reed 1934 Ford 3W Coupe Khrome Shoppe Special

2011 Bruce Ricks 1956 Ford Convertible Suncammer

2011 Bruce Ricks 1956 Ford Convertible Suncammer

1991 Tony Carlini 1933 Ford Coupe

1991 Tony Carlini 1933 Ford Coupe

1982 John Pappert 1934 Ford Model Y

1982 John Pappert 1934 Ford Model Y

2006 1935 Ford Roadster Kevnand Karen Alstott

2006 1935 Ford Roadster Kevnand Karen Alstott

1980 Everett Rezendes Cranberry Delivery Ford Sedan Delivery

1980 Everett Rezendes Cranberry Delivery Ford Sedan Delivery

1969 Larry Alexander Top Banana Ford T roadster

1969 Larry Alexander Top Banana Ford T roadster

1998 Eric Peratt and Ken Reister 1933 Ford 21st Century Comet

1998 Eric Peratt and Ken Reister 1933 Ford 21st Century Comet

1972 Jerry Pennington Corvette Scorpion

1972 Jerry Pennington Corvette Scorpion

2002 Grand Master Wes and Bob Rydell 1935 Chevrolet Coach

2002 Grand Master Wes and Bob Rydell 1935 Chevrolet Coach

2008 Mike Warn 1960 Rambler Ferrambo

2008 Mike Warn 1960 Rambler Ferrambo

1970 Jan Bergel Electro Charger 1966 Dodge Charger

1970 Jan Bergel Electro Charger 1966 Dodge Charger

1986 Dale Hunt Pontiac Grand Am Pro Stock

1986 Dale Hunt Pontiac Grand Am Pro Stock

1983 Ron Barnum 1929 Ford Sedan Delivery Renaissance Delivery

1983 Ron Barnum 1929 Ford Sedan Delivery Renaissance Delivery

1977 Frank Camden 1926 Ford T Sedan

1977 Frank Camden 1926 Ford T Sedan

1988 Mal Kieswetter 1932 Ford 3W Coupe The Gambler

1988 Mal Kieswetter 1932 Ford 3W Coupe The Gambler

1966 Maynard Rupp 1966 Chevelle Chevoom

1966 Maynard Rupp 1966 Chevelle Chevoom

1964 Al Bergler More Aggravation Comp Dragster 1964

1964 Al Bergler More Aggravation Comp Dragster 1964

1968 Chuck Miller C-Cab Ford Fire Truck

1968 Chuck Miller C-Cab Ford Fire Truck

1994 Fred Warren 1937 Ford Aero Coupe

1994 Fred Warren 1937 Ford Aero Coupe

1979 Frank Morabito Ford T Touring Garagefather

1979 Frank Morabito Ford T Touring Garagefather

1976 El Toro Ford T Fuel Altered Bob Sweatt

1976 El Toro Ford T Fuel Altered Bob Sweatt

1974 Don Campbell 1927 Ford T Sedan Tartan T

1974 Don Campbell 1927 Ford T Sedan Tartan T

1992 Jimmy Stewart 1932 Ford Fordor

1992 Jimmy Stewart 1932 Ford Fordor

2010 Tammy Ray Gold Digger 1933 Ford Phaeton

2010 Tammy Ray Gold Digger 1933 Ford Phaeton

2012 Dwayne Pierce 1955 Ford Thunderbird

2012 Dwayne Pierce 1955 Ford Thunderbird

1997 Dave Emery 1932 Ford Roadster

1997 Dave Emery 1932 Ford Roadster

2005 Ken Reister 1936 Ford Impression

2005 Ken Reister 1936 Ford Impression

1965 Bob Massaron Venturian 1956 Chevrolet

1965 Bob Massaron Venturian 1956 Chevrolet

1985 Bobby Alloway 1933 Ford Victoria

1985 Bobby Alloway 1933 Ford Victoria

2007 Ross and Beth Myers 1936 Ford Coupe First Love

2007 Ross and Beth Myers 1936 Ford Coupe First Love

2001 M-80 Chris Williams 1949 Chevrolet

2001 M-80 Chris Williams 1949 Chevrolet

1975 Bob Gutzke 1927 Ford Coupe

1975 Bob Gutzke 1927 Ford Coupe

1967 Alexander Bros. Deora 1966 Dodge Pickup

1967 Alexander Bros. Deora 1966 Dodge Pickup

2000 Paul Atikins 1933 Ford Speedster

2000 Paul Atikins 1933 Ford Speedster

1999 Bob Young 1932 Ford DeLuxe Coupe

1999 Bob Young 1932 Ford DeLuxe Coupe

1993 Dave Stitzer 1940 Ford Coupe

1993 Dave Stitzer 1940 Ford Coupe

1978 Bob Anzalone 23 Ford T roadster Black Diamond

1978 Bob Anzalone 23 Ford T roadster Black Diamond

1995 Bob Rizzoli 1992 Mercedes 560 SEC

1995 Bob Rizzoli 1992 Mercedes 560 SEC

1981 Bob Tiano 1934 Ford Coupe

1981 Bob Tiano 1934 Ford Coupe

2003 Stallion Ron Whiteside 1934 Ford

2003 Stallion Ron Whiteside 1934 Ford

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3 thoughts on “2014 Detroit Autorama preview: All the Ridler Award winners, 1964-2013

  1. I’m really looking forward to attending this great event over the weekend and picking my favorite from the Great 8. Somehow, my choice and the judge’s choice are never the same. I encourage every car enthusiast to go at least once because it is truly one of the world’s great events for rods and customs. When you’re there, don’t miss my favorite part, Autorama Extreme.

  2. They keep saying that the drugs are more powerful now than in the Seventies, but I think this feature offers irrefutable proof that they are wrong. Many of these rods are too ostentatious for me, but the newer ones are more to my liking.

    I appreciate the classic lines of the ’32 Ford, but I’d like to see more of what can be done with a recent production car. Customizers were more creative in their choice of vehicles back in the Fifties, Japan is active in customs of current vehicles, but psychedelic mushrooms are legal there and it shows.

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