THE 2018 RIDLER WINNER
The winner of the 2018 Don Ridler Memorial Award is the '57 Chevy 150 Hardtop owned by Greg and Judy Hrehovcsik and built by Johnny’s Auto Trim & Rod Shop in Alamosa, Colorado.
“Imagine,” as the Chevy is called, began with a concept illustration by Jason Rushforth. From there, the project went through several iterations spanning more than a decade—eventually ending up at Johnny Martin’s shop.
Doing a radical rebuild on a '57 Chevy is risky business. Making even mild changes to these iconic cars invites controversy. Johnny’s Auto Trim made hundreds.
The roof was recontoured and the top was chopped 3 inches. The window glass was sunk and laid back for a more aerodynamic profile. The popular '57 bullets have been retained on the pancaked and sectioned hood—and can function as scoops for small twin blowers or turbos.
The body has been channeled 3 inches and wedged and sectioned 1 inch in back and 3 in the front. The 19- and 21-inch one-piece custom wheels were designed and built to resemble stock hubcaps.
Power is provided by a Nelson Racing 515ci twin-turbo Chevy big-block engine, dressed up fancy with custom components. The beauty is also a beast—the engine is capable of more that
1,000 hp on pump gas. Feed it race fuel and the horsepower rating jumps to 1,800 hp. The engine is backed up by a modified Turbo 400 transmission. The Corvette rear is packed with 4.11:1 gears. The rear is suspended with custom fabricated coilovers.
The interior is '57 Chevy inspired but with 21st century styling, starting with the handcrafted bucket seats, split by a custom console. A new single insert was grafted into the dash and houses one-off gauges created by Classic Instruments. An Evod steering wheel was created to match the elegance and style of the rest of the cockpit.
Read more about the 2018 Ridler winner at https:// bit.ly/2JgfsTy. See the Pirelli Great 8 Ridler finalists at https://bit.ly/2HJN0wd.