Detroit Autorama: First Woman Wins Ridler Award With Gold Digger

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At this weekend's 2010 Detroit Autorama,Tammy Ray's 1933 Ford Phaeton dubbed Gold Digger took home the prestigious Ridler Award — the first ever female-owned vehicle to take the prize. The stunning long-runner intakes might have won the prize alone.

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Ms. Ray can now count two firsts to her name, she was the first woman to ever make it into the Great Eight in 2006 and now the first-ever to take home the prestigious Ridler Award with Gold Digger. The Ridler Award is given each year to the finest first-time-shown hot rod at the Detroit Autorama and is named in honor of Don Ridler, one of the shows earliest and most loved promoters.

Gold Digger is a modest proposition by modern hot-rodding standards, clocking in with just over $100k in custom work, but the final product is so cleanly executed with such classic hot-rod shapes the price couldn't matter less. The car started life as a 1933 Ford Phaeton but has been chopped, the grille laid back, a custom top created, all original interior fabricated, and a lustrous coat of gold dropped on top. Quite a handsome rod if you ask us.

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Every time I see these at Autorama I think to myself; what a waste of time.

Sure it's top of the line Craftsmanship and every detail has been poured over with a fine tooth comb, but for what? A "car" that will never again be used as a car? It will be relegated to sitting on a stand with mirrors underneath and being pushed around on go-jacks for the rest of it's life because the asphalt may kick up a rock and chip the $20K paint job or scratch the chrome.

It just makes me sad. Give me a Rat Rod that I can hoon the shit out of any day over this thing.