Watch The 2014 Ridler Winning Revision Buick Hit The Goodguys Autocross – Sideways Action From The Wild Creation

Watch The 2014 Ridler Winning Revision Buick Hit The Goodguys Autocross – Sideways Action From The Wild Creation

Kids, we live in a generation where Ridler Award winning cars are cruised on the streets, taken to the Bonneville salt flats, and in this video the defending Ridler winner is autocrossed at a Goodguys event. How awesome is that?! There are Ridler cars that have run for less than one minute in their entire lives and will probably never see actual sunlight after being tucked away in the corner of some expansive building or collection somewhere. These days, if it is not able to be used and even mildly abused, people don’t look at it the same way, right? Blame it on Freiburger or others of his ilk who pounded on the “cars are meant to be driven” message for a long, long time but that has certainly pervaded every aspect of the hobby. Simply rolling around the fairgrounds and looking cool isn’t enough anymore. Now, to be fair Ridler cars represent some of the most amazing creativity and craftsmanship that the hot rodding world has to offer and often times those cars are viewed more as works of actual art than automobiles. Not to J.F Launier, the builder of this thing!

The Buick is a polarizing car. From the color to the styling and looks, this thing is unlike any other Buick ever constructed. A twin turbo LS7 engine with the turbos being mounted in the aft of the car is what is providing the umph here. It sounds wicked and Launier isn’t exactly romping on the car but he is giving it enough of a kick to get it sideways and turn the tires as he weaves around the cones. Is this as cool as when Checkered Past showed up on the Bonneville Salt Flats last year? Maybe not in the scope of the location but the fact that this car was actually being used in a competition environment is fantastic. Racecars have won the Ridler before but it has been a long time and it is even neater when a street style car wins and then gets used like this.

J.F. Launier gets it!


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6 thoughts on “Watch The 2014 Ridler Winning Revision Buick Hit The Goodguys Autocross – Sideways Action From The Wild Creation

  1. John T

    I love these Buicks, and I’d love to customise one…..that said, this car just annoys me. It looks ricey and tacked together and possibly has one of the yuckiest colours I’ve ever seen. There, said it. I acknowledge it is probably utterly stunning in its execution, probably goes like stink, handles and all the rest of it – none of that is in dispute. Visually, it looks like it was penned by a ten year old with a thing for baby poop as a paint color. Sorry, I know you’ll want to flame me, but I’m just being honest. Looks wise, give me a bog stock car any day of the week.

    1. Sumgai

      I agree with you – I actually think even the Riv from Death Race looks better than this, because even that car didn’t take away from the excellent proportions of the original car. This car is neat in its own way but the looks are just not for me.

  2. Everyday Reader

    Too bad he crashed the car, hitting a guardrail must hurt.
    OH sorry by the looks of the car I thought he crashed. I guess it was just built to look that way.
    BOY- is it Ugly!!!!! Riddler or not what a mess of ideas all rolled into to one car.

  3. joebogey

    See, that’s the cool part of this hobby- everyone is entitled to their opinion. Mine? Other than not liking black wheels across the board, I love this car, style and color.

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