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Event Coverage 2017 AMBR Contenders

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HEMI32, Jan 26, 2017.

    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
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    from IDAHO

    Thanks for the excellent preview and all great contenders.....
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  2. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 6,119

    from Ks

    Gord Grays 32 does it for me. :) Lippy
  3. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

    "You should see how the roof comes off! The decklid flips up and back rumble seat style and the roof flips 180* upside down into the trunk, then the decklid closes back up. All automatic. Wayyyyy cool!"

    Now I understand why the roof is disproportionally undersize. They had to do that to make it fit. Nice trick, but it really makes the car look awkward when up.
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  4. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 691

    from Missouri

    Thanks for compiling and posting the pictures! I like several of them, but that "periwinkle" RPU may be my favorite.
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  5. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,278

    Staff Member

    Theses two are my favorites... I'm biased, but really pulling for Dr. Dan's car... He's one of the best guys I know.
  6. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,650


    Mine as well, it had me at the cycle fenders and full wheel covers. But, looks to be a pretty terrific line-up from the photos. Nothing that made me immediately gasp out an "Eeewwww yuck", like happens most years.
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  7. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,279


    I like the Muroc Roadster too Ryan, I think their theme is Muroc 1938, and to me it's remanesent of
    Eldon Haas's record setting roadster.
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  8. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
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    Wow. Like a lot of you I feel it's a great line up this year. Not a stupid 20" billet rim in the bunch! Other then the 37, Packard and Dodge they look pretty much stock bodies, it's going to come down to build quality, the details instead of massive customizing (quality v/s quantity) if that make sense. I have a hard time picking out my favorite. Wish I could be there, bet one could spend hours digesting all the small little details.
    The Packard makes me think of how I feel about the 57/59 Ford Skyliner, neat trick to make the top fold in but the big butt needed to make it work throws the whole car's proportions off.
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  9. Thanks for giving credit to the builders.
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  10. 24 Dodge
    Joined: May 2, 2010
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    24 Dodge

    Lot's of money spent here. I like the phaeton.
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  11. Yep, the car just isn't the right proportions.

    I'd like to see more of the custom Dodge....
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2017
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  12. My vote is for Don Lindfor's RPU. 3 reasons. I love RPU's, obviously:), Don is a good friend, and he built that beautiful roadster in his own garage with his own two hands. Paying a shop to build an AMBR car is OK, but building it yourself is just plain is a whole 'nother level of cool in my book. Great job Don!
  13. :cool:They're all really nice.
    These 2 do it for me:
    1932 Ford Roadster, Gord & Caroline Gray.jpg

    1932 Ford RPU rear, Matthew Gordon.jpg
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  14. I'm going to have to see them in person tomorrow and Saturday. Pictures don't always do justice, but none of them are blowing my socks off. They all look to be excellent quality, but '40s traditional isn't my preferred style. I think seeing them in person will change my mind.
  15. I like this one too. The fact that it's actually home-built is icing on the cake...
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  16. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
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    Great to see the trend continuing. Thanks for the thread Todd!
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  17. J. A. Miller
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    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Thanks Hemi32!
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  18. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,234

    from California

    I saw this one last summer at the Strangers show at "History Park" in San Jose. cool!



  19. tevintage
    Joined: Mar 12, 2014
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    It is always exciting to see the AMBR Contenders each year. Such a culmination of thought, artistry and talent. As a judge I would be hard pressed to pick the best, as there is so much beauty this year.
    If I were going for purely traditional, Hetfield's "Blackjack" and Grant's "Muroc" would be the top picks. Although Hawley's "Back in 47" also is right there.
    Dr Dan's "Hill Country Flyer" is gorgeous, though it begs the question is that hue to passe to be a winner in today's climate?
    On a pure build beauty and uniqueness level Bruce Wanta's "Mulholland Speedster" seems at the top of the game. As a side note, I feel Troy's time has arrived. Also can very traditional 32's win two years in a row?
    It will be great fun for all attendees as usual! TEB

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  20. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 691

    from Missouri

    I like a lot of the cool features of this car and I understand why the paint is what it is (Himsl fade), but to me the paint doesn't do the rest of the car justice. Then again, nobody asked me.
  21. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
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    A Boner

    Blackjack.....would look good in my garage.
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  22. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 3,490

    from michigan

    '34 Phaeton for me. Doesn't get any prettier!
  23. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,800

    Atwater Mike

    The Wanta Khardashian-styled Speedster has it over all the others...Posterior Plus!
  24. eddie1
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 563


    What a great line-up.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  25. As always some of the greatest artists at work. Maybe I can't afford one, but their creativity helps me live "longing
    for one like it". Best of luck Judges going to be another tuff one.
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 1,262


    WOW, I wouldn't want to be the judge.
    All beautiful pieces of rolling art.
  27. The Packard does it for me. Finally, someone with money AND class
  28. Interesting how "traditional" the contenders appear as a group to recent years past.

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  29. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 5,167


    Wow awesome line up and dig the first one 29 roadster and Pheaton and probably why I never traded it off. The 32 roadsters are killer and in person they have to be like jewelry
  30. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 730

    from so cal

    "Coachbuilt" just doesn't ring my bell. But it must be a good living.
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