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Event Coverage 2014 AMBR Contender Sneak Peek

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 39ChevyBob, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Hope this works (clik to enlarge-LOVE the interior)

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  2. me too.
  3. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,156


    I hope it wins, if it is up against the mega-dollar cars that have won in the past...I pretty much lost interest in the AMBR award decades ago, though when Ermie Immerso's Ardun deuce won, I briefly had hope (did like the '27 roadster with the V8-60 that won last year, though!). Yes, there are probably things that we would change (I would not run stock 32 headlights, for example), but it's not our car, and it is much nicer than most recent contenders...
  4. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    X2 on the headlights, doesnt fit with the mid-fifties theme, about the only thing on the car that doesn't...
  5. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


  6. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,948

    metal man

    I thought the same thing. I don't think they look quite right,but it's nicer than any of my beaters, so I wont pick on it:)
  7. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,115

    anthony myrick

    Nice car. Truthfully at a car show I would probably not look twice at it .I would love to see the competition put a dollar cap on build spend. A true backyard builder with a chance to compete in it.
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    how to you put a price cap on a competition designed to show off the talents of those who are considered to be the top builders?

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    yes, as long as its not mine.
  8. T McG
    Joined: Feb 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,255

    T McG
    from Phoenix

    I always respect guys that can build a car like this. But, as far as being 1956, it misses. Wrong air cleaners, wrong headlights, tie wraps on the plug wires, modern spring, 1" white walls might have been available but didn't really gain popularity until the early 60's, and please, please tell me those aren't Dolphin gauges because they sure look like them.

    Sorry, but you asked for opinions. Very nice car, but not correct to that time period.
  9. did u see the pics of the green coupe u asked for?
  10. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    Don't care if it wins or not, it's a beautiful car, imo.
  11. Sounds like a lot of arm chair judges.:D HRP
  12. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,948

    metal man

    Yes, thanks. I see a lot of similarities between the two cars. Nice work.
  13. rod1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 659


    I'm afraid 20k wouldnt come close .Fred.On a full on total show ride,it would blow you away the prep work the chrome takes.It's like paint work times ten.You don't get to hide any thing with fillers and primers.Now go pick up your rearend housing and polish it for hours on end.
  14. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,948

    metal man

    I think the thing I like most about this car is the '40 column shift. I don't know why we don't see more of them in hot rods.
  15. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. It's seems like as soon as it was revealed that it was an AMBR contender, the claws came out. I greatly respect any builder who devotes the time, effort, and money to compete for the AMBR trophy. I will bet that the '32 will look great on display in the Big Building.

    Vic Cunningham took over the AMBR judging a few years ago, and these are the cars that he's trying to re-introduce back into the competition. Seeing $400K fiberglass cars with 24" billet wheels was getting really boring, and I think that it's the right move.
  16. redlinetoys
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,302

    from Midwest

    Beautiful car. I love the white top and pinstripe whites. Love the headlights. Dig the chrome stamped steel valve covers. Love the color.

    I could care less about whether it has a chance in the arena or not. I could also care less about whether it perfectly fits a "one year" era or not. Wasn't into drama or debate clubs in school, but I think I do know what is cool. Cool that it will be there and a beautiful car for sure.

    Nice work.

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  17. aonemarine
    Joined: Nov 2, 2013
    Posts: 501

    from Delaware

    Im not judging, I just want to drive that puppy!! To each is own, I like what I like and could give a rats ass what others think of it. I may not like every aspect of a car someone has built, but im sure there is something I can find that I like about every car.
  18. 39ChevyBob
    Joined: Jul 14, 2011
    Posts: 450

    from Pomona CA

    HRP - The guys really don't think they have a chance against the mega buck builds, but I am glad they went this direction and think it's a great statement about the original intent of AMBR...the most beuatiful, not the most expensive.

    Probably my lousy picture taking, as I don't think they did that much modifying of the original. The chopped windshield and modified top does make the car look a little longer.

    They know this is not a perfect "one year" build, but the spirit was to stay around the era. Didn't have much chance for discussion on this, but they mentioned 1956 as general look. Terry knows period correctness better than anyone I have met, and is not trying to hit everything dead on - I think partially for the owners tastes, and partly due to budget. I did ask about the headlights...just got a smile. The gauges are one offs built from Classic for the car.

    That's about all I know from my short visit this morning. Glad most of you like it, and really interesting to hear the feedback, as I am not anywhere close to an expert on these builds....but it was enjoyable to stare and drool for a while today. Can't wait to see it completed.
  19. From the (circa 1966) "BATMAN" television series:




    Don Ridler


    Don Ridler was the first professional promoter hired by the Michigan Hot Rod Association to assist them with the fledgling Autorama in the fifties. With Don&#8217;s creativity and professional approach in promoting, Autorama was able to grow tremendously, and eventually move to its present home at Cobo Center in 1961. In 1963, Autorama decided to honor Don Ridler, who had prematurely passed away, with an award given in his name.

    Originally the award was given to the Best Vehicle shown for the first time. Over the last forty-nine years the award has evolved to better conform to new ideas, changing designs and concepts. Today it emphasizes creativity, engineering and workmanship. Anyone building a vehicle for Ridler competition should post these words on their garage wall. The vehicle that best represents these three areas will win the Ridler Award.

    In addition to the above judging guidelines, there are a few hard and fast rules, with no exceptions.

    The vehicle must make its first public showing at the Detroit Autorama. Showing the vehicle at any indoor or outdoor show or any unique part of the entry, i.e. frame, engine or body, will make it ineligible for the competition. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about eligibility.

    Realizing that car owners and builders may need some form of exposure to develop interest or to gain sponsorship, vehicles contending for the Ridler Award may have limited exposure as follows: Magazines or video of the building process are allowed, only of individual components such as chassis only, engine only, body panels being built, but not assembled. Photos, internet, magazine, TV coverage or video of the entry in its completed form, with or without paint, interior or engine are not permitted. If the coverage of the entry gives the appearance of a total or completed car, painted or not, the vehicle entry will be disqualified from the Ridler Award competition. Additionally, no articles may be written about the build project; allowable coverage is limited to photos with captions only.




    Sponsored by Pirelli Tires &#8211;WINNER WILL BE AWARDED $10,000, Trophy, & name on the 9&#8217; Perpetual Trophy.​

    To qualify, owners must verify that it is the first time the vehicle has been entered and shown in a judged competition where a judges sheet has not been ran on the vehicle.

    Open to all United States built roadsters, roadster pickups and touring vehicles 1937 and older, including designer roadsters that resemble a 1937 or older roadster.

    The AMBR is a special class with awards for Display, Engineering, Undercarriage, Paint, Engine, Interior, and Detail. All entrants will receive a class participation award and therefore are not eligible for other Rod Category class awards. Vehicles are eligible for other Grand National Roadster Show pick awards except for the Al Slonaker award.

    All AMBR entries must be operable. All vehicles must run, drive forward and reverse, turn left and right, under their own power. Vehicles must be able to stop using their own braking system.

    All AMBR entries will be displayed in 20x20&#8217;s. All AMBR contenders must bring their own display. (Photos required).

    The AMBR winner is determined by a point system from the judging staff.
  20. aonemarine
    Joined: Nov 2, 2013
    Posts: 501

    from Delaware

    ^^^ well shit!!!
  21. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 5,336

    from Mass

    WOW, that car is beautiful. Really nice to see a traditional roadster. Good luck to Terry and the lucky owner. Thanks for the pics ChevyBob and thanks to F/U for the 3 window pics.
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 656


    Terry: Good luck, Looking awesome. les
  23. It goes without saying that we all have likes & dislikes when it comes to building a car and enjoy pointing out things that doesn't work with our tunnel vision line of thinking.

    This doesn't work,that is wrong for the period and so on,IMHO,for a car like this to contend and actually win would add credibility to the AMBR,,the big wheels,gold plating and million dollar cars are something the mass majority of our membership just can't relate.

    Clean,detailed and traditional. HRP
  24. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,396

    from Colorado

    I've been looking at show cars for 50 plus years as well as reading about high dollar builds for an even longer time. I've yet to see or read about a high dollar car that didn't have some ideas that were worth stealing for my builds!

    Looking forward to the GNRS and getting new ideas as well as seeing old friends.
  25. Its a nice car, but I'd like to see something really different enter... Maybe time for a radical entry like back in the day when the Ala Kart rolled in...
  26. Emperor Chris
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 469

    Emperor Chris
    from Nor Cal
    1. Upholstery

    I dig it. Can wait to see it i person.
  27. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,148

    hugh m
    from ct.

    If the Ala Kart were to be entered now all the thirty year olds would say it's not traditional!:)
  28. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    from what I have heard, a lot of guys had more or less the same complaint in 1957...
  29. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,704

    from Locust NC

    What a beautiful hotrod. I couldn't give a crap less if it's "worthy" of some award.

    And I love the color.
  30. lcfman
    Joined: Sep 1, 2009
    Posts: 199

    from tn

    fly united. I have a question on the 32 mint green 3 window photo's. On the interior shot you posted the seat cloth looks to be 59 Chevrolet truck material. I need some of that material. Anyone know were to obtain it?

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