Canadian 1964 Buick Riviera Custom Wins 2014 Ridler Award
J.F. Launier, who lives in Osoyoos, British Columbia, has won the coveted Ridler Award at this year’s Detroit Autorama custom car show. His prize-winning entry, a 1964 Buick Rivera revamped entirely, is undoubtedly a stunner, but it’s the attention to detail lying in the under-body that truly wowed the judges. The twin exhaust pipes form together to feed both turbos equally. This, combined with the trick oil pan and customized transmission seamlessly integrated for aerodynamic efficiency is what truly gave Launier’s vehicle its edge. Even prior to judging, the car was getting a lot of attention, with many already picking it as a clear winner! After the competition, many were expecting the machine to be bubble-wrapped and preserved, but Launier shocked the crowd by mentioning wanting to enter his prize vehicle in competitions. For more information on the Ridler Award and the Detroit Autorama custom car show, you should check out this blog by the Canadian Automotive and Trucking Institute.
“Under the car’s vented hood sits a modern 6.2 liter V8 engine capable of an astonishing 850 horsepower, thanks to a six-speed manual gearbox and twin turbochargers mounted in the rear of the car, with dual exhausts between the tail lights. Though the engine is very powerful, it’s not particularly loud, which is surprising. Some say the car is so fast it might be able to reach 200 miles per hour (or, if you prefer, 320 kilometers per hour).After being announced the winner of the competition, Launier claimed that he spent more than 20,000 hours working on his car over the past six years.”