If you aren’t familiar with the Ridler Award at the Detroit Autorama, the quick and dirty is that it is arguably the most coveted car show award on earth. It is also never without drama. These cars are built and finished to a detail level not seen on anything else and just being chosen for the Great 8 is an accomplishment to be proud of. In order to qualify for the Ridler you must be showing your car for the very first time ever at the Detroit Autorama. You can’t have shared the build online, you can’t have spoken about any details, you can’t have spilled the beans at any level. If you do, then you’ll be disqualified. And that’s what almost happened to this year’s winner of the Ridler, Johnny Martin and Greg & Judy Hrehovcsik’s 1957 Chevrolet they named Imagine. Apparently some leaked build photos made their way online and that almost got them disqualified. I’m not sure on the specifics, but my guess is they were not responsible for the photos and so they were given a pass.
Regardless of the drama, this is one bad machine and thanks to our friends at Goodguys and Fuel Curve, you’ve got plenty to see.
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Johnny Martin and Greg & Judy Hrehovcsik’s 1957 Chevy was named 2018 Ridler Winner last evening in Detroit! After some drama regarding leaked build photos (and a potential disqualification) the spectacular, chopped silver 1957 Chevy hardtop from co-owners Johnny Martin and Greg & Judy Hrehovcsik from Alamosa, Colorado drove off with hot rodding’s most coveted prize.
Built by Johnny and Ryan Martin of Johnny’s Trim & Rod Shop (winners of a Great 8 award in 2011 for a ’62 Corvette), they reconfigured the hardtop roof (that was once modified for gull-wing doors for an unfinished previous build!), which is chopped 3″ (the same amount the body has been channeled) and also wedge-sectioned one inch in front and 3 inches in the rear.