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. 

 

2012 Dwayne Pierce 1955 Ford Thunderbird
1987 John Kolbusz 1934 .Ford Roadster
1973 Jerry Pennington Devlfish
1968 Chuck Miller C-Cab Ford Fire Truck
1991 Tony Carlini 1933 Ford Coupe
1965 Bob Massaron Venturian 1956 Chevrolet
1978 Bob Anzalone 23 Ford T roadster Black Diamond
1986 Dale Hunt Pontiac Grand Am Pro Stock
1981 Bob Tiano 1934 Ford Coupe
1980 Everett Rezendes Cranberry Delivery Ford Sedan Delivery
1997 Dave Emery 1932 Ford Roadster
1993 Dave Stitzer 1940 Ford Coupe
2007 Ross and Beth Myers 1936 Ford Coupe First Love
2002 Grand Master Wes and Bob Rydell 1935 Chevrolet Coach
1983 Ron Barnum 1929 Ford Sedan Delivery Renaissance Delivery
1985 Bobby Alloway 1933 Ford Victoria
2010 Tammy Ray Gold Digger 1933 Ford Phaeton
1998 Eric Peratt and Ken Reister 1933 Ford 21st Century Comet
1979 Frank Morabito Ford T Touring Garagefather
1970 Jan Bergel Electro Charger 1966 Dodge Charger
1972 Jerry Pennington Corvette Scorpion
1974 Don Campbell 1927 Ford T Sedan Tartan T
1977 Frank Camden 1926 Ford T Sedan
1995 Bob Rizzoli 1992 Mercedes 560 SEC
2005 Ken Reister 1936 Ford Impression
1984 Bob Reed 1934 Ford 3W Coupe Khrome Shoppe Special
2000 Paul Atikins 1933 Ford Speedster
2008 Mike Warn 1960 Rambler Ferrambo
2001 M-80 Chris Williams 1949 Chevrolet
2009 Doug Cooper 1932 Ford B-400 Deucenberg
1975 Bob Gutzke 1927 Ford Coupe
1969 Larry Alexander Top Banana Ford T roadster
1990 Dan Webb 1932 Ford Roadster
1976 El Toro Ford T Fuel Altered Bob Sweatt
1988 Mal Kieswetter 1932 Ford 3W Coupe The Gambler
2003 Stallion Ron Whiteside 1934 Ford
1992 Jimmy Stewart 1932 Ford Fordor
2004 Al Brockley 1937 Willys Coupe
2011 Bruce Ricks 1956 Ford Convertible Suncammer
1967 Alexander Bros. Deora 1966 Dodge Pickup
1966 Maynard Rupp 1966 Chevelle Chevoom
2013 Ron Cizek 1940 Ford Coupe Checkered Past
1971 John Greer C-Cab truck Brink's Express
1999 Bob Young 1932 Ford DeLuxe Coupe
1964 Al Bergler More Aggravation Comp Dragster 1964
1996 George Poteet 1937 Ford Roadster
2006 1935 Ford Roadster Kevnand Karen Alstott
1989 Mike Baliestero 1934 Ford Cabriolet
1982 John Pappert 1934 Ford Model Y
1994 Fred Warren 1937 Ford Aero Coupe

2012 Dwayne Pierce 1955 Ford Thunderbird

1987 John Kolbusz 1934 .Ford Roadster

1973 Jerry Pennington Devlfish

1968 Chuck Miller C-Cab Ford Fire Truck

1991 Tony Carlini 1933 Ford Coupe

1965 Bob Massaron Venturian 1956 Chevrolet

1978 Bob Anzalone 23 Ford T roadster Black Diamond

1986 Dale Hunt Pontiac Grand Am Pro Stock

1981 Bob Tiano 1934 Ford Coupe

1980 Everett Rezendes Cranberry Delivery Ford Sedan Delivery

1997 Dave Emery 1932 Ford Roadster

1993 Dave Stitzer 1940 Ford Coupe

2007 Ross and Beth Myers 1936 Ford Coupe First Love

2002 Grand Master Wes and Bob Rydell 1935 Chevrolet Coach

1983 Ron Barnum 1929 Ford Sedan Delivery Renaissance Delivery

1985 Bobby Alloway 1933 Ford Victoria

2010 Tammy Ray Gold Digger 1933 Ford Phaeton

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

1979 Frank Morabito Ford T Touring Garagefather

1970 Jan Bergel Electro Charger 1966 Dodge Charger

1972 Jerry Pennington Corvette Scorpion

1974 Don Campbell 1927 Ford T Sedan Tartan T

1977 Frank Camden 1926 Ford T Sedan

1995 Bob Rizzoli 1992 Mercedes 560 SEC

2005 Ken Reister 1936 Ford Impression

1984 Bob Reed 1934 Ford 3W Coupe Khrome Shoppe Special

2000 Paul Atikins 1933 Ford Speedster

2008 Mike Warn 1960 Rambler Ferrambo

2001 M-80 Chris Williams 1949 Chevrolet

2009 Doug Cooper 1932 Ford B-400 Deucenberg

1975 Bob Gutzke 1927 Ford Coupe

1969 Larry Alexander Top Banana Ford T roadster

1990 Dan Webb 1932 Ford Roadster

1976 El Toro Ford T Fuel Altered Bob Sweatt

1988 Mal Kieswetter 1932 Ford 3W Coupe The Gambler

2003 Stallion Ron Whiteside 1934 Ford

1992 Jimmy Stewart 1932 Ford Fordor

2004 Al Brockley 1937 Willys Coupe

2011 Bruce Ricks 1956 Ford Convertible Suncammer

1967 Alexander Bros. Deora 1966 Dodge Pickup

1966 Maynard Rupp 1966 Chevelle Chevoom

2013 Ron Cizek 1940 Ford Coupe Checkered Past

1971 John Greer C-Cab truck Brink's Express

1999 Bob Young 1932 Ford DeLuxe Coupe

1964 Al Bergler More Aggravation Comp Dragster 1964

1996 George Poteet 1937 Ford Roadster

2006 1935 Ford Roadster Kevnand Karen Alstott

1989 Mike Baliestero 1934 Ford Cabriolet

1982 John Pappert 1934 Ford Model Y

1994 Fred Warren 1937 Ford Aero Coupe

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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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