2014 Detroit Autorama's Builder of the Year: Troy Trepanier


Lokar Performance Products' Driven Award

Unique to the Detroit Autorama, STREET RODDER and Lokar Performance Products teamed up to honor those rodders who put the extra effort into driving their rides (more often than not for thousands of miles) with a special one-off trophy called the Driven Award. This year's recipient is Charlie Rose. Rose is something of a fixture at the Detroit Autorama, as in 1968 he joined the Competition Specialists Auto Club (one of the clubs that make up the Michigan Hot Rod Association), and served on the MHRA's Board of Directors for 16 years. CSAC members have also manned the Rod Repair Trailer at the NSRA Nationals every year for the past 42 years. Rose's connection to his coupe began in 1958, when he found the car in a barn. Painted bright red, the chopped and channeled coupe was first finished in 1960, and was powered by a Dodge 318 engine. By 1964 Rose replaced the engine with a 406 Ford big-block and multiple carbs. By the time 1967 rolled around, the color changed from red to black. Another engine swap—this time to a 390 Ford—came with a special grind camshaft, though the three-two carburetion from the 406 was retained, and it is still on the car today. Recently freshened up with a new black paintjob (from "That's Minor" Customs), it's estimated the coupe has over 300,000 miles on the odometer since Rose pulled it out of the barn—more than enough miles to qualify for the Lokar Performance Products' Driven Award!


Pirelli Tire Great 8 Finalists


2014 Don Ridler Memorial Award Winner: J.F. Launier


Circle of Champions