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JP created the topic: 2015 Detroit Autorama: Ridler Award-winning
AutoWeek, March 11, 2015
2015 Detroit Autorama: Ridler Award-winning 1965 Chevrolet Impala and the Great 8 finalists
There's more to the Imposter than meets the eye -- this Impala actually rides on 2008 Chevrolet Corvette underpinnings
Our money was on the Nash, but it was not to be:
Despite spending three days on the floor of 2015 Detroit Autorama, we never snapped a clear photo of the winner of the coveted Ridler Award -- a 1965 Chevrolet Impala belonging to Don and Elma Voth from Abbottsford, B.C., and radically restyled by Chip Foose. Fortunately, Adam Bateman of Wizards Products saved our bacon with these clean shots of the Impala and the other Great 8 finalists.
Named "Imposter," there's more to the prize-winning Impala than meets the eye; not a square inch of sheetmetal made it to the show floor without being modified in some way. The car's been chopped and shortened and just about everything from the windshield to the wheel wells has been moved and massaged. The whole package sits on a 2008 Corvette frame, and it's powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter 'Vette engine (hence the "Imposter" name).
Like the other Great 8 finalists in the running for the Ridler, the '65 Impala was an exceptionally clean build. We hope the car spends the second half of its life stretching its legs out on the open road, not tucked away in a garage or carted about in a trailer.
This 1965 Dodge Dart has a supercharged Hemi 392 under its screaming green hood.
This Ford highboy roadster packs -- you guessed it -- Chevy power.
"Infused," a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
This 1956 Plymouth Belvedere got a big 6.1-liter Hemi.
We didn't expect to see a Nash in the running for the Ridler award, but here you have it -- a 1959 Rambler wagon. It's powered by a supercharged Chevy V8.
This 1937 Ford woody wagon made us rethink the concept of composite construction -- instead of wood paneling, it uses carbon fiber.
Graham Kozak - Graham Kozak drove a 1951 Packard 200 sedan in high school because he wanted something that would be easy to find in a parking lot. He thinks all the things they're doing with fuel injection and seatbelts these days are pretty nifty too