After the Barrett-Jackson organization decided to move their midsummer auction from Orange County, California to Reno, Nevada, they scheduled the sale to be held in conjunction with Reno’s huge Hot August Nights car show. As a result, Barrett-Jackson, which was the first big car auction house to embrace the world of top shelf custom cars (and the sale thereof), decided to start giving out their own trophy for one of those big dollar custom builds. Forty-five cars were selected to be judged and winnowed down to five finalists. Unlike the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster and Ridler awards, given at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona and the Detroit Autorama respectively, Barrett-Jackson will be giving their award to cars that have previously been shown. As a result, three of the five finalists were cars that we’ve shot in 3D, two of them Ridler winners. The winner of the inaugural Barrett-Jackson Cup, though, was not a Ridler winner, though it’s been shown twice at the Autorama. Actually, that’s why it never competed for the Ridler. George Poteet’s “GTP Special” NASCAR inspired ’69 Torino was shown unfinished in bare metal at the 2012 Detroit show and in finished form at this year’s show. The build was also extensively covered in the media, a disqualifying factor along with previous public showings when it comes to eligibility for the Ridler. The two Ridler winners were 3rd runner up Bruce Ricks and his 429 “cammer” powered 1956 Ford, “Suncammer”, which won the Ridler in 2011 and 1st runner up Ron Cizek and his 1940 Ford Coupe, “Checkered Past” (it has a racing history), that won this year.
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