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‘Imagine,’ a Re-envisioned 1957 Chevy One-Fifty, Wins the 2018 Ridler Award

Posted March 12, 2018 10:00 AM by dstrohl

Tri-five Chevies may be a staple at cars shows and cruise-ins, but there hasn’t been one in the running for the Ridler Award since 1965. That changed last weekend, when Imagine, a 1957 Chevrolet One-Fifty owned by Greg and Judy Hrehovcsik and Johnny Martin, founder and owner of Johnny’s Auto Trim & Rod Shop and the car’s builder, beat out an impressively diverse array of Great 8 finalist to take this year’s Ridler Award at the 2018 Detroit Autorama.

Named for Don Ridler, the promoter who put the Detroit Autorama on the national car show map, the Ridler Award has been presented annually since 1964, the year after his untimely death. The award “emphasizes creativity, engineering and quality workmanship,” and to qualify, a vehicle must be making its public debut at the Detroit Autorama (though it is allowed limited prior media exposure, if shown in part only). Additionally, any contender must be “minimally operable,” able to start, stop, drive in forward and reverse, turn in both directions stop using a brake pedal. In 2018, car care company Meguiar’s signed on as the award’s primary sponsor, with company founder Barry Meguiar on hand to present the Ridler Trophy.

This chromed Chevy takes home the prize for best new entry.

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03/12/2018 12:28 PM

I thought I saw this guy behind the wheel . . .

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