DETROIT, MI — Few cars are as quintessentially American as the 1957 Chevy, so radically messing with its design can be met with consternation by many. It was a risk Greg and Judy Hrehovcsik were willing to take, and it paid off in a big, big way at this weekend’s Detroit Autorama.
The Hrehovcsiks and their radical 1957 Chevy 150 hardtop, built by Johnny’s Auto Trim & Rod Shop in Alamosa, CO, took home the 2018 Ridler Award.
[See all 2018 Ridler Award Great 8 Finalists here.]
Take a closer look at ‘the ’57 below to see what allowed it to outshine a fantastic field of Great 8 finalists for the Ridler Award.
The roof of the Chevy was recontoured and chopped three inches, and the hood was pancaked and sectioned. The body was channeled three inches and wedged and sectioned one inch in back and three in the front.
Even with all its modifications, the ’57 does maintain at least one of its distinctive features—the classic fins. Underneath the Chevy, you’ll find a Corvette rear-end and custom-fabricated coil-overs. The car is perched atop one-off 19- and 21-inch wheels.
No small block Chevy here…
The Hrehovcsik’s Ridler Award-winning 150 packs a twin-turbo 515 cubic-inch big block from Nelson Racing that puts out more than 1,000 horsepower.
Inside, the ’57 features handcrafted bucket seats, a custom console, and gauges from Classic Instruments.
Thumbs up for the Big Block.
[…] always, the event drew a diverse crowd. We saw everything from the Ridler-winning 1957 Chevy 150 to early-1970s Japanese […]
A lot of work went into that car but still not nostalgic enough to want one like it. Too modern looking and no bench seat.