2014 Detroit Great 8 & The Riddler!
Pictures by Jerry Partlow
Here's the $10,000, 2014 Autorama Ridler Winner
1964 Buick Riviera Custom,
built by owner/builder J.F. Launier, from British Columbia, Canada.
J.F. Launier was also awarded the Builders Trophy for the best custom car builder.
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. 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.
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.
Below were the “Pirelli Great Eight” contenders for the 2014 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award.
1967 Chevrolet Nova - Steven Tornari - Parkland, FL Nova is powered by a
fuel injected LS2 Chevy engine, and features a completely custom interior and dash.
1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS - Brian and Gianna Ganos - Musekgo, WI
Camaro is powered by a 427 small block and 6-speed Tremec trans, and features
C-4 Corvette independent suspension front and rear.
1956 Chevrolet 210 Two-door Sedan - Dan Duffy - Marietta, GA
Chevy 210 features a 450hp LS3 with metal work by Tom Manner from Cartersville, GA.
1933 Ford Five-Window Coupe - Rocky Boler - Southampton, NY Ford coupe is
advertised as being a cross between the classic American hot rod and European styling.
1933 Ford Sedan Delivery - AL and Jean Seese – Lee’s Summit, MO Ford features
a complete ’05 Corvette suspension and transaxle, with an LS2 engine for power.
1957 Chevolet Bel Air Hardtop - John Sadler - N. Little Rock, AR Chevy features an
LS7 Chevy engine hooked to a 4L60E automatic and Heidts independent rear end.
1964 Buick Riviera - J.F. Launier - Osoyoos, BC Riviera features lots of handmade
body panels, powered by a 850hp Chevy big block and 6-speed trans.
1932 Ford Fordor Highboy - Don and Carolon Smith - Mansfield, TX
Fordor body is channeled over the frame, and is pillarless, so that when the doors
are open there is no B-pillar interrupting access.