Detroit Autorama 2019

March, 2019

Detroit Autorama

It’s a tradition dating back 67 years, where the hot rod faithful gather in Detroit for the annual Autorama. Here at the COBO center, hundreds of the best customized vehicles anywhere are displayed and judged, with the ultimate prize being the Ridler Award. Leading up to the selection of the winner of this highly coveted award, the field of contenders are first narrowed down to 8 finalists. Appropriately dubbed the “Great 8,” for many builders, making this cut is considered to be the greatest achievement of their careers. Here are the 8 cars that received this special recognition, as well as the car that took home the Ridler Award.


1959 Cadillac Named CADMAD Wins Ridler Award

Owner: Steve Barton of Las Vegas, NV
Builder: Super Rides by Jordan, Escondido, CA

Great 8 Finalists

1964 Acadian Named Anvil

Owner: Danny and Sandy Jadresko, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Builder: JF Kustoms, of Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada



1965 Chevelle Custom Named Reflection

Owner: Sonny Freeman of Lafayette, Louisiana
Builder: Mike Goldman Customs, of Meridien, Mississippi


1932 Ford Victoria Named Legacy

Owner: Phil and Deb Becker, of Dwight, IL
Builder: Fast Lane Rod Shop, of Donahue, Iowa


1969 Camaro Named ZL69

Owner: Pat Moran, of Moran Chevrolet in Michigan
Builder: Willy’s Workshop, of Port Huron, Michigan


1947 Ford Sedan Delivery Named Aluminator

Owner: Mel Harbaugh of Ottawa Lake, Michigan
Builder: Wounded Knee Motors


1941 Willys Pro Street Coupe

Owner: Quint Walberts, of Avon, IN
Builder: Quint’s Kustom Kolors, of Avon, IN


1935 Ford Slantback Custom Named Insaniti

Owner:Robert and Lorna Chapman, of Ontario, Canada
Builder: Robert Chapman, of Ontario, Canada


Other Cars on the Show Floor

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