At this year’s Detroit Autorama the best of the best was acknowledged in the form of a suped-up 1964 Buick Riviera. The 2014 Ridler Award winner was, J.F. Launier, of Osoyoos, British Columbia. It was the first time since 1987 that a Canadian car took home the honors. Launier is also the owner of his own custom car shop, JF Kustoms, in Osoyoos.
After his win Launier said he was on Cloud 9. His design was built with blood, sweat, and most certainly some tears. It was noted that he spent more than 6 years and 20,000 hours to complete his award winning beauty.
The ’64 Buick Riviera’s name was Rivision. Launier’s winning design featured custom front fender vents, ducted radiator, deep chin spoiler, lowered suspension, and a bright yellow paint that vividly stood out among the other competitors.
What exactly is the Ridler Award, you say?
The Ridler Award recognizes the vehicle that best exemplifies creativity, engineering, and workmanship in its design. The award is given in honor of Don Ridler; the man who took Autorama to the next level during the 1950’s and unexpectedly passed away a few years later. Ridler was called upon by the Michigan Hot Rod Association to help with promotion, and with his help Autorama had a staggering growth in popularity.
Today the Detroit Autorama is a world renowned spectacle of custom automotive excellence.
We applaud the ingenuity of Launier’s twist on the classic 1964 Buick Riviera.