The second annual Barrett-Jackson Cup is in the books. What an incredible event, drawing the top names in the industry to compete for the coveted Best in Show award. This years winner was a 57 Chevy pickup built by Hot Rod Garage and owned by Alan Beers.
In only it’s second year the competition was exceptional. Imagine the AMBR winner, SMOY winner, Ridler Winner, SROY winner and Great 8 finalist all under one roof. Pretty much every finalist said that they know people who are building cars specifically for next year’s event. Most preferred the TV coverage to their share of the $100K prize. That’s saying something!
I wish I could capture the energy that TV created. They staged the “Reno Five” cars so that the owners did not know the final order. Then they covered them so that the people on the couch did not see the cars. With the camera booms and full Fox Sports crew, the builder/owners were flipping out. Barrett-Jackson truly introduced these builders to millions of new people. If you missed this years event, here’s some pictures and info on the winner and the four runner-ups. Make plans to attend next years Hot August Nights in Reno so you can see this event in person, it will be worth it!
Ultimate Best in Show Winner
Owner: Alan Beers
Builder: Hot Rod Garage – Jason Smith
Car Description: 1957 Chevrolet Pickup
- 2014 Good Guys Truck of the Year
- 2013 Great 8 Truck at Detroit Autorama
- 3” top chop, 540 big block with Crower “Stack” fuel injection, Baer brakes, one-off billet wheels and trim by Greening Auto Company, Interior by CAR Upholstery, Inc. with Classic Instruments gauges.
- Every body panel has been modified and smoothed.
Ultimate Best in Show Winner Package: $30,000 CASH and individualized Barrett-Jackson Cup Trophy plus General Motors Crate Engine and Transmission ($15,000 Value), Waterloo Tool Chest and Craftsman Tools ($6,000 Value), Reliable Transportation Credit for 1 year ($5000 Value), Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).
1st Runner Up:
Owner: Don Smith
Builder: Jeff Kinsey – Hot Rods by JSK
Car Description: 1932 Ford 4 Door
- 2014 Street Rod of the Year.
- 2014 Great 8 Car in Detroit.
- This month’s Street Rodder cover car.
- Early 50s race car theme.
- Bored and Stroked Thunderbird Y block V8 with a vintage Hilborn intake converted to EFI, a 5 speed manual transmission feeding into a quick-change rear axle. The body and frame are handmade including suicide doors with eliminated b-pillars.
- Hand stitched “baseball glove” leather interior by Paul Atkins.
- Sprint Car Steering and modified vintage drum brakes.
1st Runner Up Prize Package: $18,000 CASH plus Miller Motorsports Package ($5,000 Value), Craftsman Tools ($3,000 Value), Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).
2nd Runner Up: 1935 Chevrolet Phaeton
Owner: Wes Rydell
Builder: Rad Rides by Troy
Car Description: 1935 Chevrolet Phaeton
2014 “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” at the Grand National Roadster Show.
Designed by Chip Foose and built by the winner of the inaugural Barrett-Jackson Cup, Rad Rides by Troy.
Modified Roadster Shop chassis with “Heidt’s” independent suspension all around.
A GM Performance 383 Ram Jet engine with EFI modified to look like an old 1957 Rochester unit.
Understated CNC machined wheels were made by Curtis Speed
Rad-rides stitched the art-deco red leather upholstery and canvas top in-house.
2nd Runner Up Prize Package: $10,000 CASH plus Bed Wood and Parts bed liner ($3,000 Value), Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).
3rd Runner Up:
Owner and Builder: J.F.Launier
Car Description: 1964 Buick Riviera
2014 Ridler Award Winner at the Detroit Autorama.
Hand built body starting with little more than a $300 “parts car” rusted hulk.
Rear window and deck area grafted from a later “boat tail” Riviera.
Two rear-mounted turbochargers feed a 6.2 liter Chevrolet LS V8 by way of a massive intake tube that runs through the cockpit.
Giving the car its low, wide stance, a custom built perimeter chassis rides on Curtis Speed billet wheels
Inside the completely hand made interior has been converted to a two seat sports car layout. The theme draws attention to the rear mounted turbos.
3rd Runner Up Prize Package: $7,000 CASH plus Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).
4th Runner Up:
Owner: Steve Turnari
Builder: Jeremy Miranda, Miranda Built
Car Description: 1967 Nova
2014 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year Winner.
2014 Detroit Autorama “Great 8”.
Twin Turbo “NASCAR SB2” small block Chevrolet engine.
RideTech pro-touring suspension controlled by and iPad.
Budnik Gasser D wheels
Paint by Charley Hutton including the unique orange finish on the wheels and engine trim.
4th Runner Up Prize Package: $5,000 CASH, plus Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).