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America's Most Beautiful Roadster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,269


    Wouldn't it be cool if the first "winner" wasn't even a Hamber (or even heard of the Hamb), just a regular guy who built a bitchin' roadster that everyone dug.....he'd be like....."What's this hamb award?":eek:......hahahahahaha......
  2. KutThrtKustms
    Joined: Mar 18, 2006
    Posts: 680

    from SO.CAL.

    Why piggyback someone elses carshow and award? Why not just give out an award over the internet to someone (owner/builder) that is apart of the HAMB. Someone that meets HAMB criteria. Let the GNRS have it's history and own award.
  3. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,157


    That happened already, with the HAMB Drags raffle mill.......................
  4. it's kinda like being in the lost amigos c.c. one day in the mail you get a tee shirt with a note.Welcome to the lost amigos..........what a kool feeling,this will make somebody feel like king of the world winning some thing from the HAMB.........Ryan hit it square on the head.ITS ALL ABOUT FUN WITH CARS.....OK we all understand there is a differance between a "show"car and a driver right ??
  5. Crankhole
    Joined: Apr 7, 2005
    Posts: 2,626


    I agree. How about a HAMB build of the year award?
  6. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    "i can hear it now, "that guy didn't build his own car", "that car isn't Henry Ford Steel","that's a gold chain/trailered car, it isn't driven". Not to mention if it was a HAMB members car who had a build thread on here....But hell, who ...."

    Got that covered...actual award should be judged with the pure integrity of utter subjectivity..."Yep, that's the coolest one!"...but for reasons of defense, terror, show tradition, and humor, that would only cover 90%. The other 10 would come from the TRADITION GEEK, 5%, and the AMBR GEEK, 5%.
    When asked about the winning car's 92% score, "Well, the brake line T fitting was a configuration not made by Weatherhead until 1972, and we discovered that the inside of the radiator cap wasn't polished as well as the outside..."
    Now, THAT would satisfy all factions!
  7. kaydub
    Joined: Apr 26, 2007
    Posts: 370

    from Cali

    adds up to me!:D
  8. tattfrog
    Joined: May 15, 2005
    Posts: 96


    Great Idea,It's about time that we all stood up for what we believe in.Thank you Ryan.I will proudly vote next year when you post the picts.
  9. KIRK!
    Joined: Feb 20, 2002
    Posts: 12,031


  10. RF
    Joined: Mar 13, 2001
    Posts: 1,897


    This was sorta my point earlier, though it was probably a bit too seasoned with typical sarcasm.

    I'll stick with my earlier comparison to the NHRA. Anyone remember the last time they staged a Cacklefest at Pomona? While it went over fairly well, what were most of the people there to see in the first place? John Force (or any of the other top drivers). That's why they have the March Meet, Hot Rod Reunion, etc.

    I'm in no way opposing this, despite how much it may appear that I am. But, if the "power of the HAMB" is really what many claim it to be, why can't something like the Revolution grow on its own two feet, soon surpassing shows like the GNRS?
  11. vendettaautofab
    Joined: Jan 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,602

    Member Emeritus

    Bingo... I too love traditional rods, but thats not what AMBR is about. I think KIRK! is dead on with this.

    And for their to be a maverick award, and to have substance, something will have to be behind it....someone or group or company or organization. If this is what we want to do and vote, why not make it official and have a HAMB peoples choice would still be cool and very rewarding to recieve.

    I am all about the DONT BITCH, START A REVOLUTION movement....always have been with alot of things. I understand the idea of just having the trophey appear with what was voted as the most beutiful roadster in our eyes....but without a voice behind it, it has no substance
  12. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,936

    Staff Member

    Cuz I have no interest in it... I'm not a show promoter. I'll never do an indoor car show. I'm just a guy that likes hot rods...

    Rob, you don't gotta like the idea.
  13. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,763


  14. I agree with Ryan,and many others,in my dislike for indoor car shows. But living where i do(written while watching snow fall),i understand how many enjoy the "social' aspect. That said,an award that is "fun" in spirit,and also honouring the fine creative efforts of a "real hot rodder" will be well received. It will be interesting to see the reaction from the promoters and participants of the show.As many have noticed,most of the "mainstream"hot rod publications, are embracing the return to more "traditional"cars,as are all the shows that have recognized the need for "traditional shows within a show". The time has come to "Complete the Revolution",all in good fun of course,through the power of the HAMB.:p
  15. It goes in cycles... Phil Cool's '32 broke the 70's show car streak in '78 or 9... but this award could have some balls if

    1) It was big


    2) It had a name.

    I know you said it shouldn't be named... but if I worked really hard on my hot rod, and got an award... I'd feel kinda funny telling people "I got this award... wiith no name"

    Wanna trump the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award?

    Call it "The World's Most Beautiful Roadster"

    Find a way to sneak it in... in pieces, of course... each of the ten judges brings a piece of it in, and they assemble it in quick fasion right there on the spot... plop it in the owner's display... and tell him that he just recieved "The World's Most Beautiful Roadster Award" and then say "We'll be back next year to pick this up" (or Wherever, whenever)

    Oh yea, make it one inch higher than the AMBR trophy.

  16. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,873

    Harms Way

    At Detroit, there is a artiest / pin striper Yosemite Sam and he makes and gives out a award every year, It's not sanctioned by MHRA, CASI or ISCA,... it just shows up Saturday night,.. It's called "The Rolling Sculpture Award",.... It's now as much a part of Autorama as the Ridler,.....

    Ryan, this is a outstanding idea, deal me in,..... In my humble opinion, I think the award should pay homage to the origin of the AMBR,... just a thought but how about a bronze of the Bill Niekamp roadster (at speed kicking dust off her tires !) on a walnut base,..... O'Brians could possibly handle the foundry work,... also if the plug was kept, a new one could be made every year,... if you decided to let the previous winners keep there Award,... just like the Alliance plaque, I would have a big problem letting mine go to someone else,..... just my thoughts


  17. 4tl8ford
    Joined: Sep 1, 2004
    Posts: 1,087

    from Erie, Pa

  18. hemi
    Joined: Jul 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,961


    Why not just ask them if you can give out or sponsor a HAMB award? :eek:
  19. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    I hope none of you are actually surprised by this. I went to my first indoor car show in Spokane in 1958 - every car in it had been driven there and then, of course, dusted, cleaned, etc. The "Dukes" sponsored the show I believe. You can't whine about the direction that car shows have taken out of one side of your mouth and then bow at the altar of the customizers of yore that began the practice of building vehicles strictly FOR show. I've always been a "drive 'em" kinda guy, and the indoor car fanatics are welcome to all that glitz and glamor - give me some black soot on the nerf bar and some rubber fuzzies on the fender well.

  20. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,516

    from California

  21. junkcad
    Joined: Jun 16, 2006
    Posts: 601

    from nashville

    i like the idea & i have a suggestion for the "first ten" people to pick the list.
  22. BruceVE
    Joined: Aug 2, 2006
    Posts: 1,331

    from Sacramento

    I'm on board with this...good idea.

    As a matter of fact, I think we should practice this idea with the Sacramento Autorama. After all:

    -Same promoter
    -Only one year younger than the GNRS
    -Steeped in the same tradition and same judging

    Only difference is it has worlds most beautiful custom.
  23. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,693


    Just one small problem here - the judges are always so damn judgmental....
  24. gbones32coupe
    Joined: Jan 1, 2007
    Posts: 733


    That car is brand new why did it win and old car show There is not anything old on it. The body is prob brand new doubt they used an old one. I here that. My dad had his front engine dragster at an indoor show after he restored it, and they wanted to give 1st place but instead they didn't give out a first place, they called it inopertive because he had no spark plugs in the hemi not that you could tell any way. instead he got second place that was a kick in the balls I guess if your dragster dose not have a starter or spark plugs.on the engine that means it dosn't run? indoor car shows are bullshit thats why I think this is a good idea. PS as soon as I get my income tax check I'm sending you your over due 50$ I am ready to be an allience member.
  25. buzzard
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 4,335

    Alliance Member

    Roadster, schmoadster. If it's the coolest car there, and has a top, bed, or happens to be a 4 door hardtop wagon, give it the award.

    I wouldn't plan on the GNRS loving the idea of an outside award. I'd be curious as to how Billetproof, Pileup, Roundup, PnP, would feel about a group trying to upstage their awards. Not that you are trying to upstage them, but that might very well be their perception.

    I think you might end up having a hard time keeping up with the trophy, if you want to travel. Suppose we give it to somebody unfamilar with the HAMB. Not saying that it would purposely be stolen. It might hardly be acknowledged and be forgotten in the corner of the garage. Heck, we haven't been able to have Mr. Bones travel around like originally intended. How are we going to control an outsider.

    As small as the hot rodding world is, I don't think it does any good to try to make it anonymous. Once you have 40,000 people vote for the winner, they are going to find out where it came from. You might as well put a name to the trophy. I'm not saying it has to be an official Jalopy Journal award. In fact, I'll pm you an award name that popped into my head as soon as I started reading that part. You can post it if you feel it is appropriate.
  26. mgbtc
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 112


    great idea! we went on friday, there were nicer, more deserving cars!
  27. Also, in my opinion... the World's Most Beautiful Roadster may not be a traditional hot rod.

    I mean, if it's a Traditional Hot Rod that gets the award... and it's an award with no name, it'll soon get a name... catch my drift?

    There are plenty of examples of great looking hot rods that are beautiful... that don't get the recognition they deserve because they didn't recieve enough point on their display, or because the owner did not leave the deck lid open.

    To me, you strip away all the things on a judging sheet that don't have to do with the car being beautiful, and you judge the car on its looks.

  28. Rick Sis
    Joined: Nov 2, 2007
    Posts: 710

    Rick Sis
    from Tulsa OK

    I think this is a great idea. I'm not sure I understand the reason for it being anonymous. If it's by HAMB members votes, why not call it the HAMB members choice award, with pride?

    Another question: Don't the big shows have a peoples choice award anymore? Where everyone with a ticket to the show has a vote? I always thought that was the best way to judge an overall show winner.
  29. hillbillyhell
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
    Posts: 934


    Good plan boss. Classis subversive activity, right up my alley.
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 66


    Exacty...the Detroit autorama has a basement full of stuff not allowed on the main floor due to lack of twinkle...and all the trophies are made hand made from left over parts...real good stuff

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