Who Will Win the Ridler Award at the 2020 Detrioit Autorama?

February, 2020

The Ridler was just awarded to a 1963 Chevy Custom Wagon at the 2020 Detroit Autorama.   Owned and built by Bradley, Brady, and Cory Ranweiler of Show Cars Automotive, this “family project” took almost 10 years to complete, and was a labor of love from start to finish.  This Best of Show award, which has previously been won by car designers and builders, such as Chip Foose, Jerry Pennington, Troy Trepanier, and Bobby Alloway, has become one of the most coveted awards in the industry.  The Ranweiler’s are now part of this elite group.

Click here, for a walkaround with the Ranweilers, as they discuss their 1963 Custom Chevy Wagon.

Leading up to the selection of the winner, the field of contenders was narrowed down to 8 finalists. Appropriately named the “Great 8,” the cars that make this final cut are considered the best-of-the-best.  Although, there can only be one Ridler winner, being part of this group of eight is quite an honor.

2020 Great 8 Winners



Interviews with Ridler Award Finalists (Great 8 Winners)

1929 Ford Model A

Owner: Greg & Gail Wilson of Louisville, KY
Builder: Builder: Brad Starks Rod & Custom of Paducah, KY

1929 Model A

1966 Ford F-100

Owner: Tim & Angie Wheeler of Muskogee, OK
Builder: Steve Cook Creations of Oklahoma City, OK

1969 Camaro

1955 Cadillac DeVille

Owner: Frank & Demi Hinmon of Genoa, NV
Builder: Iconic Metal Works of Nashville, TN

1955 Cadillac Deville

1955 Chevy Bel Air,

Owner: Bob Matranga of Newport Coast, CA
Builder: Bomel Construction Co. of Irvine, CA

1955 Chevy Bel Air

1966 Ford F-100

Owner: George Conrad of Huron, Ohio
Builder: Rowe’s Rod & Custom, of Akron, Ohio

1966 Ford F100 Rowes

1934 Ford Pickup

Owner: Jerry Logan of Toledo, WA
Builder: Richardson Custom Auto Body of Hoquiam, WA

1934 Ford Pickup

1963 Chevy Wagon

Owners: Bradley, Brad, and Cory Ranweiler
Builder: Show Cars Automotive of New Ulm, MN


1963 Chevy Wagon

1956 Oldmobile 98

Owner: Jeffrey Hess of Woodland, CA
Builder: Pro Design Hot Rods of Santa Ana, CA

56 Old 98

The Detroit Autorama hosted more than 800 customs, trucks, and motorcycles over a three-day period at the TCF Center (formerly the Cobo Center).  Other headliners of this year’s events were some of the  most significant hot rods of the 20th century, such as Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s Outlaw and his Beatnik Bandit, Tommy Ivo’s 1925 T Bucket, Bob McGee’s 1932 Ford Roadster, and Norm Grabowski’s Kookie T Bucket – just to name a few.   Also in attendance: two of the cars used in the Oscar-winning movie, “Ford v Ferrari,” the P330 Ferrari and the Ford GT40.  


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