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The Great 8: 2022 Ridler Award finalists

By now you've probably seen the outrageous "Sho Bird", the radical custom 1931 Chevrolet Independence that won the Ridler Award at the 2022 Detroit Autorama. Even just based on the story's comments it's clear this year's Ridler winner was a polarizing choice. For those unacquainted with the custom hot rod universe, here's some perspective.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/events/the-great-8-2022-ridler-award-finalists/
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al5
New Driver

the stude pickup and the the 51 olds. both have a old school look and have some great engineering to make them a great hot rod.
Flashman
Technician

In our winner-obsessed culture, it's refreshing to see some attention paid to the other contestants. At this level, the "winner" is almost completely subjective. Any of these are equally worthy. More attention to should be paid to those who do (most of) it themselves.
edozeph
Intermediate Driver

Yes! I think there should be an owner /builder category. How to separate them out would be necessarily problematic, but the subbing out of major work to pros seems to be logical. A guy who figures out all that stuff on his own retains the artistic control, and is on a different level than those who sub out the work.
FloridaMarty
Instructor

If those are the "other cars", then I think the judges got it right.
sego
Intermediate Driver

Love that Olds!
DMcC
Detailer

Long been a favored car - not quite a Chevrolet but has the V8.
Lash
Intermediate Driver

The Cuda is gorgeous. Wish there were more pics.
RG440
Instructor

FINALLY, A Green Metallic ‘Cuda I liked….. I always ragged on them when they were metallic green. Would like to rag on that Mean Green !
RichDG
Pit Crew

I am a Studebaker nut, so, of course I like the Studebaker PU. The Olds and the Hyper Cuda also appeal to me. I agree with Flashman's comment about those who do the work themselves, more power to those who actually are involved in the building of their cars, not just check writers.
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

I could not agree more with you. I spent hundreds of hours working with my fabricator building this car from the ground up. All of us builders have the unique feeling of achievement whether we win awards or not with the fulfilling sense of accomplishment when it is all done.
scootertrash750
Pit Crew

The Ford roadster and the 51 Olds. Both cars built by their owners. I like the Olds, sb350, wheels off the shelf, ect. You could DRIVE this car.
GLaing
Intermediate Driver

Love the tiny door on the Devin Z. Even getting into the car would be a spectacle. Fun!
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

Actually quite easy to do with the removable steering wheel.
JSD13
Pit Crew

Green "Cuda" is so clean I almost mistook it for the current Challenger! That shape is eternal.
sclin10
Advanced Driver

Looking at the winner, the owners of the other choices must be shaking their heads in disbelief and disgust.
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

That yet seems to be the general thinking with everyone I met at the show.
Tinkerah
Engineer

No, I don't think there's a better word than "cleaner".
RVP1
New Driver

1933 FORD ROADSTER a classic hot rod look with those velocity stacks poking out the top.BEAUTIFUL
DaleL
Pit Crew

The 'Cuda is my favorite of these seven. I graduated from high school in 1970 so that may have had an impact. Unlike many commentators I find the Sho Bird to be delightfully overdone. It is totally impractical and the styling is the polar opposite of the clean and classy 'Cuda, but if I were a judge Sho Bird would have been the winner with the 'Cuda a very close second.
wmmlynch
Pit Crew

The 1951 Oldsmobile. Congrats to Dale Bernard!
Padgett
Advanced Driver

"Devin used exclusively General Motors" err no, were quite a few Devin bodies particularly on sports cars. In the 60s I had a Devin bodied Jaguar XK150s that had a set of Cibie halogen headlights, possibly the first in Florida (hand carried from France). "Would burn rubber in all four gears".
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

Actually, Devin built bodies for many cars, however, all of the cars he built, including the 1959 Devin SS were GM drivetrains.
CJinSD
Instructor

https://www.sportscarmarket.com/profile/1959-devin-d-porsche-special
This Devin D Porsche was out of Bill Devin's personal estate.
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

CJ, that’s true, but he did not build the Porsche, just re-bodied it. When he built cars from the ground up, he preferred Chevrolet components. In 1959, tube chassis built in Ireland, 4 wheel independent suspension, Disc brakes on all 4, fiberglass body, 327 v8 with a 4 speed. He is an unsung hero in automotive history, a builder, racer himself. 1956 SCCA national champion and his cars set records.
CJinSD
Instructor

The first cars Devin built himself had Panhard components. The Devin SS was sold as a complete car briefly with Chevrolet components. The Devin D was sold as a kit or as a complete car bult by Devin using a Devin tube frame, VW components and a choice of VW or Porsche engines. Devin built 46 complete Model Ds. He also built a version with a different frame that suited Corvair components.
Rudy
New Driver

Judges got the Ridler wrong this year. While the car is wild and should be a show winner in its own right, it is down right ugly and should be named “Outlandish”

The Cuda would have gotten my vote. Beautiful in its simplicity.
buellerdan
Instructor

Perhaps qualification for the Ridler Award should include some real world activities. How about completion of a 500 mile road rally as a requirement to compete? Body masking to protect paint would be allowed. Trailer queens need not apply. Cars were not meant to be static.
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

I like that idea. The fact that chromed rotors, that look pretty, actually make it not road worthy should disqualify it for the Ridler. It is required that the Ridler cars be operational vehicles. It is a stretch to consider felt pads that bring the car to a gradual stop is operational. But those are acceptable, so we do. Perhaps in the future we can have road worthy and trailer queen Ridlers.
RoyRSorenson
Pit Crew

At the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance the cars are driven the Thursday before the show up and down the coast. The cars that complete the drive are given priority (over the cars who didn't complete the drive) when it comes time to judge the cars.
Alico87
Intermediate Driver

Or even just what used to be used for "true street" in drag racing. A 30 mile loop is long enough to make an unroadworthy car show it's colors.
Jr1
Intermediate Driver

The Cruise the Coast in Mississippi includes a drive along the Gulf coast.
jimmyschwinn
New Driver

More pics please!
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

I have several that might have been a better representation of the Devin Z that I wish the article might have used to better represent the car. Happy to share them with you if you wish.
Driver17
Intermediate Driver

"Front windshield?" Need some copy editing help.
And you say the Challenger has a Gen III Hemi, and the Cuda has a Gen II, like the Challenger. So, which?
Love that Pontiac and the Ford!
Sledogpilot
Detailer

The Sho Bird really bugs me with the turbos down there where the first pebble or piece of trash ingested will blow them up. Also why have a hood scoop if the engine is getting its air from those stupid turbos. Choices like this make the award lose credibility. Btw 33 Ford is just “right”.
1fastcat
Intermediate Driver

All beautiful rides . But , not driven much .
Hacksaw
Intermediate Driver

The 33 takes the cake. The Olds is nice except for the Corvette ditty on the side. The others? Meeeh!
flowney
Intermediate Driver

I tend to favor innovation, creativity and simplicity over the sheer volume of stuff attached to the winning '31 Chev. If there were a special category award for most ostentatious it would be a winner there but nowhere else.
I was especially impressed by the Olds grille and the '33 Ford's courageous inclusion of a Ford engine in a Ford body when a Chev power plant is almost de rigueur these days.
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

Devin Z engine was built by famed engine builder Brian Thomson of Thomson Engineering now owned by Lingenfelter
DevinZ2022
Intermediate Driver

Pictures; I wish the article contained more pictures of these cars, But you can get a further perspective on all of them on YouTube.
bradleydad
Intermediate Driver

Some of these entrance are not to my taste but except for the winner they all show some taste. I hope the winner does not point to a trend to come. That would make it a contest of who can tart up their ride the most. Perhaps if you took off some of that crap there might be some taste underneath the doo dads?
Alico87
Intermediate Driver

An expensive version of those cars you see with too many stick on fender vents
hyperv6
Racer

What I look for in these are originality, taste, functionality, and Hot Rod. 

I am not really into seeing non hot Rod type cars in this yet. That is like giving most beautiful roadster to a hard top Chevelle when it is not a true roadster, 

 

These don’t always hit the mark for me but it takes all kind to make up the hobby. When they do it inspires me to look for what others are not doing. 

Gary
Detailer

Gee, I had to build my own engine, do the body work and paint it, plus everything else myself and to top that I have to drive it! But then it is only an MGA. Fun fun fun
SJ
Technician

'33 Ford with a Boss Engine, sweet! Must be about the only old Ford with a Ford engine lol. The Challenger and Cuda are nice but would love to see a real Hemi under the hood all dressed out like the Boss Engine.
corv3tte
Intermediate Driver

The Sho Bird reminds of those decorated Jeepneys from the Philippines......TAXI !!!!!! My picks are the Olds and the 33 Ford Roadster. To me the roadster is smooth and clean....the Olds embodies many car customizing items and yesteryear body styles without going over the top. Oh well....my opinion and about 5 bucks will get you a gallon of regular gas....act quickly though !
sclin10
Advanced Driver

5 bucks will also get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
DUB6
Specialist

Yeah, and now they are announcing that you gotta bring your own cup (or pay a deposit to borrow one from them), as they are doing away with disposable cups.  For about $8 I can buy a whole pound of beans at my local grocery and fresh grind for my own brew every morning for about a month.  Of course, I still gotta bring my own cup!  😁

RoyRSorenson
Pit Crew

Any of the Great Eight could of been a Riddler Award winner, in fact, any of these look better then the car that won it!