(Photos by Mike Brooks) – It is one of the hardest core awards in the world of hot rodding and it is one that guys throw millions of dollars at their cars to win. The Ridler Award still stands and likely forever will as the highest achievement in the hot rodding world, perhaps even beyond the more specific America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award because of the fact that virtually any type of car can be entered for consideration. When one considers that a 1959 Cadillac station wagon won this year’s award that’s an inarguably fun point.
There was not a weak sister in the bunch when looking at the Great 8 contenders. Each of the machines was creative, beautiful, and finished to an amazing degree. The engine selections were interesting. One traditional small block, one Ford Coyote engine, and two twin turbocharged 632 Chevy big blocks. The other four? All GM LS variants. While this is not a contest of performance in terms of the cars running, they do HAVE to run for a short period as they need to be driven to the judging area, at least that is our understanding.
Mike Books blasted these photos and they are awesome. Check out the list of contenders and then the images below them!