The Great 8 Finalists and Ridler Award Winner from Cobo Center
The highly anticipated Ridler Award was created to honor one
of the most prolific show promoters of the 1950s and the first front man for
the Michigan Hot Rod Association’s Autorama who made a lasting impact not only because
of the professional way that he brought recognition to the show, but also for
the creative ways by which he did it. The Don Ridler Memorial Award has been a
yearly tradition since 1964 and has since become one of the most coveted recognitions
that a custom car owner or builder can receive.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Ridler competition is
its first rule: The vehicle must make its first public showing at the Detroit
Autorama. This also means that no images or information on the vehicle can be
disclosed on social media. Not an easy commitment in this day and age of instant
photo sharing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Still, the competition is teeming
with an arena full of show cars, all of which having the potential to take home
the grand prize.
The 2019 Great 8 Finalists and Ridler Award Winner
The process of elimination that determines who the recipient of the Ridler Award will be all boils down to the Great 8, which is a group of finalists chosen from the many entries that roll through the doors of Detroit’s Cobo Center. The winner of the Ridler Award receives a cash prize of $10,000, a paltry sum considering how much time, labor and money is invested into the building of these vehicles. It’s clearly the prestige of winning the award that holds the magic, and even being selected as a Great 8 contender is considered a win in itself.
Edelbrock, a supporting exhibitor at the Detroit Autorama, rolled into the Motor City with the familiar Big Red rig full of the latest Pro-Flo 4 EFI, E-Force Superchargers, AVS2 Carburetors and Engine Accessories, and we spent the weekend talking shop with all of the Michigan hot rodders who stopped by to say hi. Walking the show, we managed to fill our memory cards up with a gallery of photos from the 67th Annual Autorama including the Great 8 Finalists and 2019 Ridler Award winner. Take a look at this year’s Great 8 and see if you can pick the winner out of these incredible machines below.