AMBR Award Winner 2015

What a Surprise! Another Ford  Wins AMBR

A Pretty Good Bet

There are two reliable predictions you can make about hot rod shows. There will be a lot of Fords, and a lot of small-block Chevys. This year’s AMBR followed half the trend.


Many of the most graceful AMBR winners have been based on the 1933-34 Ford. Larry Olsen of Sioux Falls, SD, carries on the trend with his flamed black ’33 built by previous AMBR-winning fabricator Bobby Alloway.


Simplicity reigns in the Roadster’s Cockpit. Contenders have to be virgins – never having been shown elsewhere – so odometers typically have a lot of zeros on them. Instruments are from a 1933 Nash, steering wheel from a ’62 Corvette, and the Vintage aftermarket Motorola radio plays through a ’57 Cadillac speaker.


The winner is powered by a Mopar engine. They call it a 1955 Dodge Red Ram 241, although most sources say that engine (a Hemi) was enlarged to 270 CID after 1954. An odd quirk: Three Stromberg carburetors sit on top, but they are hiding a fuel injection system.


Daryl Wolfwinkel’s 34 Ford AMBR was displayed without the headlights mounted in 2011, lending a majestic sweep to the fenders. The flames on the fenders of this year’s car did not lend themselves to such an effect. We’re of two minds. We thought the 2011 car was magnificent, but we’re a sucker for flames.


Now that’s a Hot Rod Roadster! Aggressive stance, low windscreen, fat rear tires, a graceful sweep of fender – and those flames, fading from hot yellow to purple to cool blue! What’s not to like?

We’ll post the rest of the contenders (the 15 of 17 we photographed, that is) in the next blog.

As we are wont to say, stay tuned. 

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Author, Editor, Publisher, Reporter, Historian, Archivist:
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