Built by Alan Johnson's Hot Rod Shop, Rodney's three-window packs a punch under the hood with a 426 Ford V-8.
Dooley & Sons Hot Rods did the build for Bill on this Willys, which is powered by a big 528 Hemi that is rated at 750 horsepower.
George Jezek built his roadster with a high level of attention to detail.
Smoothed up (without side trim and door handles), Jimmy's '40 is drenched in PPG red paint.
Starting with an original steel body, Wade had Limeworks Speed Shop chop the top a little over 3 inches to get the right look.
Jerry has owned his ride for more than 13 years, but it recently was gone through and updated.
Buck built his car and chopped the roof himself and also added a '55 dash to the interior.
Doyle has a nice collection of cars, and his most recent addition is this convertible Buick that was built at Bobby Alloway's Hot Rod Shop shop in Tennessee.
Owner built, this Nomad is owned by Kenny Davis, who also runs his own hot rod shop in Rogers, AR.
Lots of bodywork and fabrication went into this ride, which includes a 4-inch chop, a pancaked hood and trunk, and suicide doors.
Starting with a Brookville steel body on a So-Cal Speed Shop frame, this homebuilt knockout combines the look of an early '60s hot rod with some beautiful custom touches
Built from a true '60s Gasser, this Willys takes its inspiration from the legendary Big John Mazmanian.
Nick proved a big point when his mostly-owner-built, budget Deuce was an AMBR finalist at the Grand National Roadster Show.
It's tough to take a tri-five Chevy and depart from nostalgic without going too far, but every detail on this LS1-engined '55
Check out this unchopped, nosed and decked custom. Tasty Art Himsl pinstriping on the dash and lots of red vinyl make the inside pop.
The 2011 Ridler Award winner, built by Steve Cook, features a body that's been progressively section wedged and stretched for a truly custom profile.
This mouth-watering sled is loaded with beautiful custom elements, from the frenched headlights and taillights to the rounded corners, 3 1/2 inch chop, and amazing paint.
Reggie did a great job on this beautifully-detailed '33, giving the American Speed body the perfect stance and packing it with a 392ci Chrysler Hemi
This metallic root beer Shoebox, built at Dakota Muscle Cars, is custom all over. The glass is flush mounted in the chopped top.
Of course it was the eye-catching Kiwi Green paint that drew us to this ZZ4-powered pickup, riding on a TCI front and rear suspension set-up and rolling on 20- and 22-inch Race Line rims.
Influenced by Westergard, Keith's coupe was chopped 3-inches by good friend Dave Paras of Paras Rod & Kustom.
John's roadster is pure soup-job. It rides on an owner-built spine featuring a C'd front and 12-inch rear kick while '38 Ford lever shocks and Lucky 7 hairpins add style.
A unique design brought to life by Chip Foose, Ken's coupe was built at Reister's Rod Shop blending the lines of a '33 Ford coupe with the nose of a '36 Ford.
If you're 6'8" tall your hopes to fit into a Deuce are pretty slim. Bob worked with Mike Casey at Enigma Rod Shop who engineered a rear-engined hot rod with plenty of interior room from a Harwood body and an extended firewall.
After completing the rolling chassis and nailing a 302ci Ford V-8 to the 'rails; John delivered the coupe to the team at Bad Donkee Hot Rods to work their magic.
Built in his home shop, the coupe features a masterful chop, bobbed rear fenders, a perfect stance, and magnesium wheels.
There's always plenty of creativity flowing at Back Bay Customs in Portland, Maine. Shop owner Paul White came across a clean '58 Chrysler Imperial and decided to update it with cutting-edge technology while keeping the mechanicals all Chrysler.
To create a signature ride for his shop Creative Rod & Kustom, Mark went all out on the wagon setting the stance with an IFS and 4-link rear while adding 1-piece side glass and Mini Cooper door handles to the body.
Don's Impala had plenty of aggressive attitude thanks to the crew at Distinctive Street Rods who made the body razor-sharp and slammed then it to the ground on RideTech 'bags.
Wrapping up an 8-year home build, the '36 was loaded with custom touches including a perfect steel body coated in a combination of merlot and champagne gloss, a seamless headliner with stainless trim, an ultra leather interior, and Billet Specialties Fast Lane wheels.
Big things can come in small packages, and it's proved by Brockmeyer's Rambler.
Dave Lane worked his one-man-shop magic on this three-window, which included a 3/4-inch chop and a hood that was pie cut 3/8ths of an inch.
We can't believe the work Jack put into his truck. After straightening out a steel cab, he made and pulled molds off of an entire Model A truck and made his out of fiberglass.
Jeff Eischen has been building one sharp looking cars each year for the past 5 years (collecting Top 100 awards each time) and he's done it again with this Deuce.
Nice to see this year's Ridler winner just out cruising the grounds.
Jeff had other wheels on his flathead-powered Deuce roadster, but the look of the car didn't really click until he added the Firestone-wrapped artillery wheels.
You want different? Barry and Vicky Cawley's Plymouth was bought by Barry's father in 1969 and given to Barry as a Xmas gift.
A mid-Fifties Cad is a big car to customize, and John got One Off Rod and Custom in Middletown, DE, to do the work on his '55, which included an Art Morrison chassis.
Derick was only 12 years old when he got this car, and he learned how to do bodywork on it (obviously with great success!).
Driving in from the Boston area, Greg rolled up with his all-steel '36, which has been modified with a LaSalle grille.
To get a wicked signature look for his hot rod, Dorr worked with Gas Axe Garage in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to give it plenty of attitude.
Starting with a sport coupe body, Steve and his team at Wilson & Steely Kustom Coachworks in Athol, Massachusetts, transformed it into a roadster loaded with custom updates.
Originally raced as a Gasser in the Buffalo, New York, area, Ron first saw the car when he was 8-years old.
Looking like it rolled off the pages of a little book, Jack's '55 nailed the look of a classic mild custom from every angle.
Jason and his brother Adam gave the Galaxie a 408ci Ford for power and slammed it to the ground thanks to a RideTech system while 20-inch black chrome wheels and low profile rubber seals the deal.
Known for their amazing creativity and fabrication skills, Tucci Hot Rods of Marcy, New York, infused plenty of style into Jim's Nomad.
Joe originally built his hop-up way back in '57 with all the right go-fast goodies.
As close to perfection as you could get, Dave and Sue's wagon was loaded with custom touches including a razor sharp body and impeccable woodwork, a slammed RideTech stance, and big-inch Budnik Fontana wheels.
Built completed in his home shop, Al masterfully lowered the cab's lid 4-inches and followed by bolting a 350ci Chevy between the 'rails.
Keith's Deuce is pure hot rod thanks to a stunning combination of parts and design elements.
It may have been an AMBR contender but Russ originally built his Flathead-powered bucket as a roller from spare parts and sold it to finance another project.
With all the gasser-inspired cars roaming the earth it's easy to overlook even the good ones.
Few pickups have been as handsome as the ones Dodge built from '33 to '38.
It's probably easier to say what Andy didn't do to his Deluxe sedan: he chopped and sectioned it, denuding the rear of the touring-car bustle it once had.
Some of the neatest cars and trucks evolve slowly rather than simply show up all done.
We dig this car for the way it looks but love it for how it was built: at home and on a budget using available parts, ingenuity, and help from friends.
Tina's magenta-pearl Mayflower started out as Lloyd Turner's only he sadly passed away right after he finished it.
Would you believe the guy who originally built this Nomad didn't like it? It has an LS-6 against a T-56 transmission on an Art Morrison chassis.
If you've never seen a '60 Edsel you're not alone: Ford made only 2,846. Bud's started as one of 777 sedans.
A car needn't be outlandish to be a Top 100. In fact the Carlaws' Invicta, with its fridge-white paint and blue interior is quite understated.
This copper colored '48 Caddy convertible belongs to Chris Ryan of South Carolina, and has all the goods including the Street & Performance LS1 for power.
Robert Lawson from Jonesborough, Tennessee, brought out his '32 five-window highboy coupe painted in a near stock Ford blue called Washington blue back in the day.
Herb Jenkins of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was on hand with his '48 Ford coupe in primer with painted steelies and "thin" while walls.
Darryl Odom from Parrish, Alabama, drove his '32 Ford highboy pickup to Shades of the Past.
Buddy Lowman from Claremont, North Carolina, drove his '55 Chevy Bel Air to Shades of the Past.
The green and cream '61 Chevy Impala "bubbletop" runs a LS6 with a TREMEC T56 six-speed running the power back to the stock rear equipped with 4.10 gears.
Bobby Hardin from Savannah, Tennessee, brought out his '55 Chevy Nomad painted in a PPG Midnight blue with a white top.
Linda Kitchens from Harper, Texas, drives her '49 Chevy pickup everyday and to the Shades of the Past event.
Stan Parker from Owings, Maryland, drove out his black '32 Ford highboy roadster resting on a SO-CAL Speed Shop chassis with red painted steelies, and BFGoodrich rubber.
Ted Novicki from Greenwood, Indiana, was on hand with his black '37 DeSoto coupe powered by a flathead six-cylinder featuring an Edmonds intake with a pair of Carters.
Larry went to O'Connell Specialties to turn his '30 Ford coupe into an award-winner.
Rutterz Rodz in Bristol, TN, got the call from Doyle to transform his ugly-duckling Rambler into a crowd pleaser.
Painted a sunlight gold opal, Bales' bubble-top rolls on big 19- and 20-inch Schott wheels and features custom work on the bumpers, dash, and interior pieces.
Big Oak Garage helped Steve Contris achieve his dream of having a nice street rod when they went through this '54 from the ground up.
Bob Oney has a owned a string of great hot rods over the years, which is a testament to what a great eye he has when building his rides.
What looks like a pretty nice '55 gets real interesting when you pop the hood and find an Arias Hemi under the hood!
Roberts was happy when he won the Barry Lobeck Memorial Award at Columbus this year, and we think Barry would have really liked Kevin's take on a '32.
Jack Downs has been building cars for decades, and they are all pretty nice rides. This one features a RideTech suspension and an injected 5.3-liter Chevy engine backed to a 4L60E transmission.
Marty tells us there isn't a trailer waiting at the hotel for his car after the event-something we like to hear.
Starting with a Cornhusker chassis, LeeRoy built his sedan up using a 300-hp 327 and a TH350 trans as well as a Chassis Engineering axle and hairpins along with Wilson Welding drum brakes.
Jason is multiple Top 100 winner and he's done it again with this '30 Ford sedan.
Performance Vehicle Works built this beast, which is powered by a twin-turbo LS3 bolted to a six-speed transmission. They built the chassis using Corvette C6 suspension up front and a Ford 9-inch out back.
Steve looks like he's having fun with his sedan, which is chopped 3 inches in the front and 6 inches in the rear (he reshaped the rear section of the body to resemble a Model T sedan).
Looking like a throw-back to the '60s, Greg's coupe is not only Ford 302 powered, but it uses a fair amount of Holman-Moody dress up parts for the engine.
You should be able to spot the quality a mile away with this one: it was built at Bobby Alloway's shop in Tennessee.
Now here is something you don't see every day! Under that long hood is a 2003 4.6-liter, 32-valve, supercharged Cobra motor.
In the family for decades, this Plymouth took almost 4 years to build, and was finished off with body and paint work by Ron Dudley.
Keeping up with his brother, who won a Top 100 award at the Goodguys Puyallup event with his own car earlier this year
Originally built in the 1950s, this Model A hot rod was recently restored by Rich Oakley to exacting standards for its owner, Howard Wagner.
Clean and simple is the way Ted Debruhl wanted his Chevy, and that's the way he got it.
This two-owner old-time traditional rod was bought from the Texas rancher who bought it new, and hot rodded with all pre-'48 or similar parts.
There aren't many of these classics left, and few as nicely done at this mildly modified specimen.
Built with a reproduction body, but intended to look old.
The essential simple, homebuilt hot rod. Larry started modified the repro steel roadster body with a cowl vent and cowl bead.
The screaming green paint, Watson-inspired scallops, and Radir wheels on this Chevy sled caught our eye.
This just-finished Chevy 454-powered maroon and tan Buick is a driver, riding on a Mustang II-style frontend and 4-bar rear.
After buying the convertible three years ago, Jim swapped the ZZ3 for a GM Ram Jet.
Talk about stunning, this gorgeous resto-custom spent years disassembled in boxes before its transformation.
Fenderless '33 coupes make knock-out hot rods, as this chopped and channeled beauty proves.
Notice anything different about the diimensions on this cool owner-built coupe?