Detroit AutoRama
Detroit, MI
March 5,2006
Pictures by Al Liebmann
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Greeting from the DETROIT AUTORAMA 2006 ... HOME OF THE GREAT EIGHT finalists for the "RIDLER AWARD" This award will given to the best vehicle, first time shown. Over the last forty years, the award has evolved to better conform to new ideas, changing designs and concepts. Today, the award emphasizes creativity, engineering and workmanship. Anyone building a vehicle for the Ridler competition should post these words on their garage as wall. The vehicle that best represents those three areas will win the Ridler Award.

Don Ridler was a man with a very competitive spirit excelling in athletics in high school and later at Michigan State University. His achievements landed him in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. After college, Don coached Lawrence Tech's basketball team and served as Athletic Director in the 40's. After games, Don would contract entertainment such as Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller for dances. During this period, Don also produced the Michigan State Fair Grandstand shows and handled public relations for horse tracks in the Detroit area. In the 1950’s, the producers of Autorama decided they needed promotional help to take the event to the next level and turned to Don Ridler. With the help of Don’s creativity and professionalism, car enthusiasts flocked to the Coliseum at the Michigan State Fairgrounds to see some of the wildest hot rods that cruised the streets of the Motor City and were entertained by acts such as Little Anthony and the Imperials and the Big Bopper.

Don Ridler passed away in 1963 at the age of 54. It was immediately decided to create an award to honor his memory. Don’s forte had always been his creativity. Therefore, it was decided the award would honor individuals who are equally creative in building cars. The award geared to honor new creations, is only eligible to cars shown for the first time.

And the WINNER IS .................Kevin and Karen Alstott of Fort Dodge, Iowa with there '35 Ford roadster built by Lakeside Rods & Rides.
So, let’s get on with the show!!! NJoy............ ”Big Al”!!!

2006 Don Ridler Memorial Award Winner....The winner is Kevin Alstott of Ft. Dodge, Iowa with his '35 Ford convertible built by Roger Burman and his staff at Lakeside Rods & Rides with a Marcel Custom Metal fitted a convertible body that was then painted in a outrageous PPG two-tone.



Motorpower is a 408-inch Donovan block (Chevy configured) hooked to a Tremec 6-speed with a SST exhaust and Sanderson headers. The suspension is based on an Indy-style system it.

50 Chev....Larry Johnston, Greensburg, PA








Seth Wagner...41 Willys Pick-up





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'33 SpeedStar coupe owned by Tammy Ray of Dahlonega, Georgia. The car was built at T&T Customs in Canton, Georgia



37 Ford owned by Lew & Wanda Winters of Georgetown, TN




59 Chev....Bob & Barb Delia of Libertyville, IL Build by Hot Rod Restoration in Schiller Park, IL




32 3 Window Ford Coupe owned by Chuck Svatos of Huntington Beach, CA




Thank you Al for the pics of the “Riddler Winner” and the finalists.




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