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2020 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award Final 8

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    They are all works of art, BUT, I don't know, none of them 'grab' me this year. Just me. :)
     
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    The only one that I really liked is the '55 Coupe DeVille.
    The workmanship on these cars is incredible, but the design, ideation just doesn't do it for me. Cant criticize how well crafted they are.
     
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    I think that bar has become so high in the last 10 years, that we've become jaded. We've seen it all before. (maybe 1st gen Camaro's should be banned :) ) Perfection isn't good enough. You still need the 'look'.
     
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    I liked Driftwood best. The wood work and root beer paint set it off from the others.
     
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    yawn......... though yes, "jaded' may describe it best from a personal POV.

    Purely from a 'design' standpoint though, none of these creations show me anything that I haven't seen before. Different combinations maybe; but it's all a repeat.....
    So much chrome........
    Re/design of some of the motors are most interesting......
     
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    Have to agree about the motors. Some pretty cool stuff.
     
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    Can’t say. Not part of the judging process.
    We’ll probably learn more later.
     
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    had some lengthy conversations today re the Ridler Award.
    All my designer friends are scratching their collective heads as to the ultimate winner.
    Beautifully executed car but lacking in any originality. Don't want to take anything away from the owners or the builders. Its a gorgeous car, but design wise, I think it falls short. I was asking about whether there are any design considerations given to the selection process and the answer was no. It shows.
    I believe the Ridler Award has morphed into a search for perfection much like many of the Concours today. Ideation and design thought are unimportant and take a back seat to build and execution.
    As a result, you pretty much get what you ask for. The cars are beautifully built but are in need of a good 'eye' for design and ideation.
    Just my personal opinion, without taking anything away from the owners/builders.
     
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    You nailed it perfectly John.
     
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    Which explains all the cookie cutter pro-touring 1969 Camaros out there.
     
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    Driftwood was awesome, but the Gold Camaro was attention to detail over the top. For example, all the bolt ends that came through as in suspension connections were diamond cut at the ends, even the three piece wheels with dozens of little bolts were hand diamond cut. Plus most would never see this from behind. I spent 2 hours with the owner who pointed me around his car. Even the floor had it's own special trailer with curves built into to hold the rolls of carpet so they wouldn't get dented during transportation. The frame and rear inboard brake suspension were all molded in together, crazy. Yes the Impala wagon was gorgeous but just didn't have any soul to it and uninspiring.
     

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