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AMBR winner yet?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BLUDICE, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Congrats to the winner, maybe I'll make it next year.
  2. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    damn dave, you take some great pictures...

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  3. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,165


    I had a really close look at the Howerton Roadster while on an afternoon tour at the so-cal shop a while back. The detail and execution is the finest I have ever seen. It looks as precise as something from NASA or perhaps a formula one racer. I think it is well deserved.
  4. fleet-master
    Joined: Sep 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,774


    congrats to the winners!! the Indy Speedster is definitely a masterpiece. Well done to all involved esp Mr Howerton. there really is something timeless about a track roadster.:)

    gota say that Sylvester III and Brizio/Gloy car are also right up there IMO

    What a nail biter tho,so good to see so many honest to god HOTRODS competing.
  5. Thanks Larry!
  6. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 5,360

    from Wa.St.

    The Good, It's a very nice Roadster and I give all credit and due respect to all involved.
    The Bad, The wheel choice.
    The Ugly, The color of the exhaust system.
    Picky, picky I know.
    On the other hand it's hard to find something wrong with the Brizio roadster!
    Your thoughts? And before you ask it, no I could not build anything that nice in my lifetime but it's fun to critique it. JMO
  7. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,880


    Congratulations to the winner, I think it had all the features it takes to win the GNRS, totally custom built. When did the last GNRS winner have an I beam or tube front axle, and body that wasn't custom built?
  8. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    Yep, it's good to see REAL Hot Rods winning the AMBR again.
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  9. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
    Posts: 3,348

    from Dallas, TX

    This year's field of AMBR contenders is the best overall group of hot rods that I've seen in recent years. Any one of the cars (with maybe one exception if I'm being honest) could have taken home the trophy, and would have deserved it. It appears the new judging process has made a change for the better in the award.

    I really like the Lindig/ Howerton Roadster. I've studied it at length several times now, and the craftsmanship in the car is second to none.

    With that said, the paint scheme bothers me. I think that seeing the car in bare metal for so long makes it difficult for me to like the scallop and numbers. I don't want to take anything away from the work that went into the's exquisite. But the paint scheme seems like an afterthought to me. Of course this is just my opinion, and I've been wrong before.

    Congratulations to Bill Lindig, Jackie Howerton, and So-Cal Speedshop!
  10. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,003

    rick finch

    Prefered the Gloy/Brizio roadster (and I'm usually not a channeled car fan.) didn't like the choice of color or finish on the body of the "Howerton" roadster, but what the hell do I know...
  11. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,577


    Well chosen! I love it.
  12. Good pick (although I liked Sylvester better - but that's from 3000 miles away:))
  13. Congrats! They are all works of art.
  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,517


    Yuppers I like everything about the car except the silver looking nose and number panels. Now the poor car is probably stuck with them simply because someone would cry if the owner decided to change the color. It really looks great in the drawing that they showed with the car though. Maybe when Rodders Journal gets it in the studio and does their soft light photography of it and we don't see the florescent lights reflected in the nose it will look different to us.
  15. CRUZN60
    Joined: Aug 1, 2004
    Posts: 254


    Beautiful car and something different.
  16. 39ChevyBob
    Joined: Jul 14, 2011
    Posts: 604

    from Pomona CA

    I was lucky enough to get in for a good look at the AMBR cars early before the crowds on Saturday, and the Howerton was an amazing piece of craftmanship. With that said, after walking all the contenders, I sat down on a bench looking at Sylvester III, and just stared and smiled for about 10 minutes. IMHO - America's most BEAUTIFUL roadster.
  17. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,135


    I have been watching eagerly since the 50th GNRS and fell in love with the car while Jackie and I crawled around on our hands and knees on the main floor while he gave me a personal tour of the car from top to bottom. I think the best part is that Jackie built the car for himself and not to win any award at any show. Great article in Rodder's Journal a few issues back. The intricate and delicate small details are incredible. It is too bad that it had to be painted at all!
  18. Beautiful,tastful,stylish.......winner!

    and actually looks like a hotrod IMHO
  19. 29 sedanman
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,282

    29 sedanman
    from Indy

    Great to see this car win. My first memory of this car was in the Howerton shop on Gasoline alley. It was nothing more than a sketch on the wall, and a drive line on a chassis table with allot of line scribed on the chassis table. Great to see it come full circle.
  20. Doodlrodz
    Joined: Feb 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,439

    Member Emeritus

    I envy you guys that have seen it in person, tough choice this year with all those great cars. Best selection of cars I've seen in a long time. Congrats to everyone for a great show.
  21. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    Congratulations Bill, Pete & Jackie,... Well Done !

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  22. Congrats to all involved in the the Howerton Indy Special. A beautiful car for sure very deserving. I still hate the numbers they detract from the beautiful lines I do like the polished nose. Less is more. K.I.S.S.
  23. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,700

    from Canada

    Love the style of the winner but the number on the doors just looks wrong to me, obviously not to the judges though. Too me they look silly and detract from the roadster even if the theme is a "racer". However what do I know.
  24. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    Great to see such a cool car as a deserving winner.
    Although I will say that the Sylvester three illustrates perfectly why, to me, the late 50s and very early 60s were the golden age of hot rods and customs. If there were more like it I'd be a lot more into hot rods than I am.
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,476


    Well no surprise to me - they choose a "winning" number to put on the side of the car - #3 - Dale Earnhart RIP. And the car has some Indy connections too!
  26. Wow, given all the shit that has taken home the trophy in recent years past, how can any HAMBer complain about this car winning? We whine about them not listening to traditional hot rodders and then this car takes the trophy and we whine about the paint. Personally, I love the paint. I love the polished parts contrasting with the paint. It looks like an aircraft.
  27. Allows the lines to breathe
  28. I had it going down to between this one and Brizzio's car!

    Nice change from all the 'over-the'top' winners. (Not that they weren't 'beautiful', just that these fit my taste!)

    Loks like it was a rad show! Maybe one day.......
  29. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,380


    First, that's why Al Gore invented the Internet, so people could complain and other people could tell the complainers to shut up.

    Second, I don't really see many people here complaining that it won, just sharing their opinion about what they like and don't like and what they would have done instead; which is the second main reason Al Gore invented the Internet.

    Despite the number of posts I've seen over the years where people have said "Oh that car's perfect," there are no cars perfect to all people. That's why hot rodders and customizers exist in the first place.

    If we all thought the same cars were perfect, we'd all be driving the same car. Think how boring that would be.

  30. The number 3 has won more races at Indy than any other number

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