Who Will Win the Ridler Award at the 2020 Detrioit Autorama?
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.
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
1966 Ford F-100
Owner: Tim & Angie Wheeler of Muskogee, OK
Builder: Steve Cook Creations of Oklahoma City, OK
1955 Cadillac DeVille
Owner: Frank & Demi Hinmon of Genoa, NV
Builder: Iconic Metal Works of Nashville, TN
1955 Chevy Bel Air,
Owner: Bob Matranga of Newport Coast, CA
Builder: Bomel Construction Co. of Irvine, CA
1934 Ford Pickup
Owner: Jerry Logan of Toledo, WA
Builder: Richardson Custom Auto Body of Hoquiam, WA
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.
Significant Hot Rods
Other Eye-Catching Cars
For more eye-catching cars at the 2020 Detroit Autorama, see our gallery.