Ron Cizek’s 1940 Ford “Checkered Past,” is a car that’s been buzzed about a lot this year. The car was the winner of the Ridler Award at the 50th Detroit Autorama this year. The award itself is one of the hardest to achieve as every inch of the vehicle is scrutinized; right down to the door gaps. "We built this car to compete for the Ridler and also drive" said, Andy Leach, owner of Cal Automotive Creations.
Onwers can spend upwards of a million dollars just to win this one prestigious award. The guys over at CAL Automotive Creations crafted and machined this car to perfection. The goal of the car was to give a 60’s race feel while employing modern technology.
The interior featured similar gauges from the cars time period but when the car is not on, the needles drop down to form a “V” paying tribute to the V-8. The Ford is powered by a supercharged Flathead as a homage to the original engine the car came with from the factory.
We built this car to compete for the Ridler and also drive.
Most of the Ridler cars are not built for the road and Leach didn’t want this beauty sitting on the back of a trailer. The car will be joining the Goodguys Texas Road Tour this year on a 2,000 mile journey. If you get an opportunity to see the car, you’ll be able to tell that a lot of hands went into building it and making it what it is today. If you got a hold of our July issue of STREET RODDER MAGAZINE we featured the car and put it on our cover.
If you want to see more of this car, take a look at the video below or click the links to past stories below:
Ron Cizek's 1940 Ford Street Rodder Blog Post
Goodguys Texas Road Tour