It’s nearly here! The 2017 Detroit Autorama happens this coming weekend, February 24-26, at Cobo Center. Here’s a preview, including a gallery with all the Ridler Award winners from 1964 through 2016.
The Detroit Autorama is regarded by many as the biggest and most important indoor hot rod show in America—sharing that honor, many will also say, with California’s Grand National Roadster Show. Autorama is the home of the Ridler Award, which is selected from a group of finalists known as the Pirelli Great 8. Earning a slot in the Great 8 is quite an honor in itself, while the Ridler is pretty much the top of the heap in the world of high-end show rods.
Cars built to this level of near-perfection can represent an investment in the millions of dollars. Pictured above is the 2005 Ridler Award winner, a stylized ’30s Ford roadster named Impression, owned by Ken Reister and designed and built by Chip Foose. The professional car designer and TV personality has taken the award four times.
Other Autorama attractions include the alternative rodding show in the Cobo Center basement, Autorama Extreme, the big main-floor display with hundreds of world-class rods and customs, and manufacturer displays from Chevrolet Performance, Ford Performance, Chrysler, and Mopar. We’ll see you there. In the meantime, here’s a gallery of all the Ridler Award winners from 1964 to present. Click on any image below to start a slide show.
65th Annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama; Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI; Fri 12 PM-10 PM, Sat 9 AM-10 PM, Sun 10 AM-7 PM.