This year Bruce Ricks, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, picked up the top prize with his ’56 Ford convertible nicknamed “Suncammer.” Built by Steve Cook Creations in Oklahoma City the smoky silver ragtop was stunning top to bottom, and featured a 427-cammer motor under the modified hood (with a one-off intake manifold with the Ford logo cast in place). Subtle body mods were also made (extending the front fenders downward, A-pillar leaned back) and it sits on a longer wheelbase. Nickel plating was subtle, and both the interior and top were stitched by Gabe’s Street Rod Upholstery.

Even in tough economic times, the Autorama didn’t disappoint. But when one of the big anniversary shows are held, it seems that all the stops are pulled out, and next year’s show will celebrate 60 years of the Autorama, so you know it will be an extravaganza! For more photos of this event, be sure to check out www.streetrodder.com.