1955 Ford Thunderbird wins 2012 Ridler Award

Dwayne Peace’s twin turbocharged 1955 Ford Thunderbird has won the prestigious Ridler Award at the 60th annual Detroit Autorama. Much like last year’s winner (Bruce Rick’s ’56 Sunliner), nearly every body panel on the beautiful bird was reworked, massaged and hand formed to perfection. The car was built and designed by Jonathan Peace with some help from former Goodguys Trendsetter Jesse Greening and his Nashville-based Greening Auto Company (who handled the paint work as well as some of the machine work on the car). One thing we know for sure – it takes a village of talented craftsmen to build a Ridler winner and Peace certainly chose wisely when it came to his build team.

Under the smoothed hood rests an 1150 horsepower Gale Banks Enginnering 6.0 Liter V8 with plenty of polish. The wheels are one off polished and milled 7 spoke while the hand trimmed soft brown leather blends perfectly with the red exterior.

We certainly look forward to seeing this year’s Ridler winner at a Goodguys event this summer!

The other lucky members of the Pirelli “Great 8” included:

-Ronson Burton, ’63 Chevy Nova convertible
-Gordon Phillips, ’67 Ford Mustang
-Robert Komlofske, ’53 Chevy pickup
-Dave & Joyce Emery, ’32 Ford highboy coupe
-Mike Alexander, ’33 Ford ASC convertible
-Peter Datino, ’32 Ford coupe
-Johnny Edmundson, ’55 Chevy

Congratulations to Dwayne Peace from all of us at Goodguys! To see more great ridler coverage, check out our friends My Ride is Me here: http://www.myrideisme.com/Blog/2012-great-8-ridler-award/

Photos courtesy of www.myrideisme.com





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