Championship Auto Shows (CASI), the undisputed leader in indoor custom car show production, produces the largest show series in the business: most commonly known under the monikers of Autorama or World of Wheels. Nearly, 20 events are held annually across the whole United States as well as Canada. At the Detroit Autorama nothing is more coveted than the Ridler Award.
That is why today, another chapter of the 2014 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award was written as this year’s Ridler winner has been crowned. The Ridler Award is the most coveted honor in the custom car hobby. The Ridler award was created to honor Don Ridler back in 1963. Don Ridler was the first professional promoter hired by the Michigan Hot Rod Association to assist them with growing Autorama in the fifties. Don’s creativity and professional approach in promoting helped to tremendously grow what is now one of the biggest show’s in the country.
Originally the award was given to the Best Vehicle shown for the first time. Over the last forty-nine years the award has evolved to better conform to new ideas, changing designs and concepts. Today it emphasizes creativity, engineering and workmanship.
It is of note that J.F. Launier is both owner and builder of this year’s Ridler Award winning car he calls “Rivision.” Launier had invested $300,000 in parts and materials and 20,000 hours of labor to complete this car.
J.F. Launier was also awarded the Builders Trophy for the best custom car builder. For his 1964 Buick Riviera.
Eight custom cars were chosen out of 38 cars entered in the Ridler Award competition at Cobo Center. These constitute the Great 8, a title sponsored by Pirelli that describes the top eight finalists. These were all fresh builds, never shown anywhere before, all hoping to capture the Ridler Award,considered the highest achievement in the custom car building hobby.
Check out more pictures of the 2014 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award Winner, and the Great 8 : http://forums.coolridesonline.net/vbtube_show.php?tubeid=827
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