Cruis’news Detroit Autorama Awards


Every year for the last sixteen years I have been choosing recipients for the two Cruis’news Awards given out at Detroit Autorama, one being the:”Spirit of Rodding” award which is given to a car guy or gal that busted their behind on their vehicle, in their driveway, garage or barn not just throwing money at it, they also must have the bloodied knuckles to prove it (not really) and reside in Michigan.

The “Spirit” award epitomizes the hard work and is an incredible example of what the Hot rod, Classic and Muscle car passion is all about.

The second is the “Cool Car” award and the only prerequisite is that I think it’s a cool ride. This award goes to a vehicle that I find myself being drawn back to time and again and stand in awe of its “Coolness.” That’s it just my idea of that “WOW” factor.

The Sprit of Rodding Award went to Chris Morris of Garden City, MI and his 1980 Chevrolet Malibu Street Machine. Chris told me he followed in his Dad’s footsteps by building his Malibu racecar, putting hundreds of hours into the ongoing build. The Malibu has a 502ci BBC, PG trans, 4300 conv. w/ brake and a 8.5”GM 10 bolt and 4:30 gear. Chris also painted the car himself and added airbrushed hood and trunk lid. Congrats Chris for continuing the Spirit of Rodding in Michigan.

The Cruis’news “Cool Car” Award actually went to a truck, a very large truck. The Stock “Monster” is owned by Doug Gibson of Drumore, PA, this is a 195 Chevrolet 5700 COE, the Chevy is named “Burgundy and Bone.

This was the vehicle I found myself coming back to more than a couple times. It’s just a very cool piece of machinery and a very slick looking, and a super clean machine. I can only imagine the looks you get cruisin’ down the road in this beauty. Conrats on owning such a “Cool” ride Doug.




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