Detroit Autorama Preview: All the Ridler Award Winners 1964–2014

2015 Autorama Ridler PreviewThe Detroit Autorama is coming this weekend. To celebrate, here’s a big photo gallery with all 51 Ridler Award winners from 1964 to 2014. 

 

 

Gearheads everywhere know the story of Don Ridler and the Ridler Award, the top prize at the Detroit Autorama. As the promotions and marketing wizard for Autorama, Ridler brought the show into national prominence, but then tragically passed away at the age of 54. To say thank you and to keep his memory alive, Autorama organizers created the Ridler Award, which each year honors the show’s best new car. This weekend will mark the 52st year for the prize, which many regard as America’s most prestigious hot rod award.

We’ve begun an annual tradition here at Mac’s Motor City Garage. Each year leading up to the show, we present a photo gallery of all the Ridler Award winners from 1964 to present. Some of the cars in this collection are now famous, others nearly forgotten, but they’re all worthy of another look. Gallery below.

See you at Autorama, and stay tuned to Mac’s Motor City Garage for full coverage of the show, including this year’s Great 8 and the 2014 Ridler Award winner.

62nd 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-8 PM. 

 

1978 Bob Anzalone 23 Ford T roadster Black Diamond
2002 Wes and Bob Rydell 1935 Chevrolet Coach Grand Master
2006 Kevin and Karen Alstott 1935 Ford Roadster
2011 Bruce Ricks 1956 Ford Convertible Suncammer
2012 Dwayne Pierce 1955 Ford Thunderbird
1967 Alexander Bros. Deora 1966 Dodge Pickup
1998 Eric Peratt and Ken Reister 1933 Ford 21st Century Comet
1999 Bob Young 1932 Ford DeLuxe Coupe
1994 Fred Warren 1937 Ford Aero Coupe
2010 Tammy Ray 1933 Ford Phaeton Gold Digger
1997 Dave Emery 1932 Ford Roadster
1977 Frank Camden 1926 Ford T Sedan
1973 Jerry Pennington Devilfish
1983 Ron Barnum 1929 Ford Sedan Delivery Renaissance Delivery
2013 Ron Cizek 1940 Ford Coupe Checkered Past
2000 Paul Atikins 1933 Ford Speedster
1992 Jimmy Stewart 1932 Ford Fordor
1989 Mike Baliestero 1934 Ford Cabriolet
1968 Chuck Miller C-Cab Ford Fire Truck
1971 John Greer C-Cab truck Brink's Express
2003 Ron Whiteside 1934 Ford Stallion
2008 Mike Warn 1960 Rambler Ferrambo
1993 Dave Stitzer 1940 Ford Coupe
1980 Everett Rezendes Cranberry Delivery Ford Sedan Delivery
1995 Bob Rizzoli 1992 Mercedes 560 SEC
1972 Jerry Pennington Corvette Scorpion
1979 Frank Morabito Ford T Touring Garagefather
1982 John Pappert 1934 Ford Model Y
1985 Bobby Alloway 1933 Ford Victoria
1964 Al Bergler More Aggravation Comp Dragster 1964
1975 Bob Gutzke 1927 Ford Coupe
1969 Larry Alexander Top Banana Ford T roadster
2015 Autorama Ridler Preview
1984 Bob Reed 1934 Ford 3W Coupe Khrome Shoppe Special
1974 Don Campbell 1927 Ford T Sedan Tartan T
1986 Dale Hunt Pontiac Grand Am Pro Stock
1988 Mal Kieswetter 1932 Ford 3W Coupe The Gambler
1991 Tony Carlini 1933 Ford Coupe
1987 John Kolbusz 1934 .Ford Roadster
2007 Ross and Beth Myers 1936 Ford Coupe First Love
1966 Maynard Rupp 1966 Chevelle Chevoom
1981 Bob Tiano 1934 Ford Coupe
1990 Dan Webb 1932 Ford Roadster
2004 Al Brockley 1937 Willys Coupe
1970 Jan Bergel Electro Charger 1966 Dodge Charger
2014 JF Launier 1964 Buick Riviera Rivision
1965 Bob Massaron Venturian 1956 Chevrolet
2009 Doug Cooper 1932 Ford B-400 Deucenberg
2005 Ken Reister 1936 Ford Impression
1996 George Poteet 1937 Ford Roadster
2001 Chris Williams 1949 Chevrolet M-80
1976 Bob Sweatt El Toro Ford T Fuel Altered

1978 Bob Anzalone 23 Ford T roadster Black Diamond

2002 Wes and Bob Rydell 1935 Chevrolet Coach Grand Master

2006 Kevin and Karen Alstott 1935 Ford Roadster

2011 Bruce Ricks 1956 Ford Convertible Suncammer

2012 Dwayne Pierce 1955 Ford Thunderbird

1967 Alexander Bros. Deora 1966 Dodge Pickup

1998 Eric Peratt and Ken Reister 1933 Ford 21st Century Comet

1999 Bob Young 1932 Ford DeLuxe Coupe

1994 Fred Warren 1937 Ford Aero Coupe

2010 Tammy Ray 1933 Ford Phaeton Gold Digger

1997 Dave Emery 1932 Ford Roadster

1977 Frank Camden 1926 Ford T Sedan

1973 Jerry Pennington Devilfish

1983 Ron Barnum 1929 Ford Sedan Delivery Renaissance Delivery

2013 Ron Cizek 1940 Ford Coupe Checkered Past

2000 Paul Atikins 1933 Ford Speedster

1992 Jimmy Stewart 1932 Ford Fordor

1989 Mike Baliestero 1934 Ford Cabriolet

1968 Chuck Miller C-Cab Ford Fire Truck

1971 John Greer C-Cab truck Brink's Express

2003 Ron Whiteside 1934 Ford Stallion

2008 Mike Warn 1960 Rambler Ferrambo

1993 Dave Stitzer 1940 Ford Coupe

1980 Everett Rezendes Cranberry Delivery Ford Sedan Delivery

1995 Bob Rizzoli 1992 Mercedes 560 SEC

1972 Jerry Pennington Corvette Scorpion

1979 Frank Morabito Ford T Touring Garagefather

1982 John Pappert 1934 Ford Model Y

1985 Bobby Alloway 1933 Ford Victoria

1964 Al Bergler More Aggravation Comp Dragster 1964

1975 Bob Gutzke 1927 Ford Coupe

1969 Larry Alexander Top Banana Ford T roadster

2015 Autorama Ridler Preview

1984 Bob Reed 1934 Ford 3W Coupe Khrome Shoppe Special

1974 Don Campbell 1927 Ford T Sedan Tartan T

1986 Dale Hunt Pontiac Grand Am Pro Stock

1988 Mal Kieswetter 1932 Ford 3W Coupe The Gambler

1991 Tony Carlini 1933 Ford Coupe

1987 John Kolbusz 1934 .Ford Roadster

2007 Ross and Beth Myers 1936 Ford Coupe First Love

1966 Maynard Rupp 1966 Chevelle Chevoom

1981 Bob Tiano 1934 Ford Coupe

1990 Dan Webb 1932 Ford Roadster

2004 Al Brockley 1937 Willys Coupe

1970 Jan Bergel Electro Charger 1966 Dodge Charger

2014 JF Launier 1964 Buick Riviera Rivision

1965 Bob Massaron Venturian 1956 Chevrolet

2009 Doug Cooper 1932 Ford B-400 Deucenberg

2005 Ken Reister 1936 Ford Impression

1996 George Poteet 1937 Ford Roadster

2001 Chris Williams 1949 Chevrolet M-80

1976 Bob Sweatt El Toro Ford T Fuel Altered