This year we want to give recognition to the following awards: Best Ford in a Ford, sponsored by Ford Racing and presented by Street Rodder; the Driven Award, sponsored by Lokar Performance and presented by Street Rodder; and two Editor’s Choice awards, presented by the AutoRama World of Wheels Extreme (the traditional rods that reside in the basement and sponsored by Ol’ Skool Rodz).

Best Ford in a Ford

Larry Lyke of Novi, Michigan, took home the Best Ford in a Ford honors presented by Street Rodder Editorial Director and Editor Brian Brennan. The 1934 Ford Tudor sedan built in a resto-rod theme with gennie headlights, cowllamps, and bumpers was clearly an outstanding example of a Ford-powered Ford.

Equipped with a Ford 302 (345hp crate motor) that’s backed by a Tremec five-speed (matched to a Centerforce clutch) on the way back to a Currie-prepped Ford 9-inch rearend. The engine is topped with an Automation Tri-power, GT-40 aluminum heads, Sanderson headers, MSD ignition, and chromed Ford Racing valve covers. The wiring comes by way of a Ron Francis wiring kit and the potent small-block is cooled by a Walker radiator and a Cooling Components’ two-speed fan. The all-steel original body is sprayed in a two-tone maroon and black by Cas Schulty of Motor City Steel.

The chassis sports a Super Bell 5-inch drop I-beam axle, four-bar, Aldan coilover shocks, and Totally Stainless bolts and fasteners. The rubber comes by way of Coker mounted to wires. The BFGoodrich Silverton radials are P185/70R15 in front and P255/70R15.

Driven Award

Brian Paul of New Baltimore, Michigan, brought out his fenderless ’29 Model A sedan (5-inch chop, 3-inch channel) to Detroit and was surprised and elated to take home the Driven Award, sponsored by Lokar Performance Products and presented by Street Rodder Editorial Director and Editor Brian Brennan.

The fenderless Model A is jam-packed with a ’56 330-inch Desoto Hemi fed by an Edelbrock 650-cfm EnduraShine carb topped with a ’56 Caddy air cleaner. This hot rod is a load as it is filled with a T5 five-speed, real 45-fin Buick brake drums, and folding roof that allows a bird’s-eye view into the interior. The twin bomber-style bucket seats made out of aluminum are all business. A unique gauge treatment is the use of an old Appleton spot housing that now wraps the speedo used along with the original Model A instrument cluster.

While there are plenty of traditional hot rod goodies, like a drilled I-beam front axle and split wishbones, you get a hint something is up with the underslung frame and the inboard-mounted Indy-style coilover shock absorbers. The rearend is a 12-bolt Chevy held in position with NASCAR truck-arm control bars.

The red painted Artillery-style wheels feature trim rings, chromed lug nuts, and a bullet center cap. Of course, the cheater slicks in back and bias-ply in front provide plenty of vintage appearance. Plenty of bodywork, like the chopped roof line and the sectioning, require other modifications, such as the taillights mounted into the body three-quarters of the way up the rear sheetmetal.

Editor’s Choice: What a Pair!

Detroit is really two shows in one. There is the Detroit Autorama that we have all come to enjoy, celebrating its 59th anniversary this year, but over the past five years or so something new has taken shape and shows signs that it will be here for some time to come.