Mulholland Speedster Awarded the Custom d’Elegance at 67th Sacramento AutoRama
The hits keep on rolling. After winning the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) award at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, the Mulholland Speedster walks away with the Custom d’Elegance award at the 67th Annual Sacramento AutoRama. Built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods, the custom roadster that started with the bold statement of a ’36 Packard grille and then built from the ground up, was awarded the most coveted award of the Sacramento AutoRama. The ’36 Packard with a disappearing top and V-12 was also presented the H.A. Bagdasarian “World’s Most Beautiful Custom” award at the awards ceremony on Sunday, February 19, 2017.
The other highly sought-after award at the show was the “King of Kustoms,” which recognized the best 1935-1964 custom build with particular focus on bodylines, design, flow, and quality of workmanship. Along with those features, the judges also considered the use of color, design of the paint, as well as the look of the interior with the outward appearance maintaining the true spirit of a classic custom. This year’s winner was John D’Agostino with his 1958 Packard named “Rita.”
In addition to the Custom d’Elegance, World’s Most Beautiful Custom, and King of Kustoms awards, there were four more coveted awards given out as the “Big B” awards. The second “Big B” award is chosen by the Barris family for best metal work, alignment of panels, and paint. The third “Big B” trophy – the Joe “Candy Apple Red” Bailon Award – went to Joe and Carol Cusumano for their 1954 Mercury named “Tangerine on Ice”. The honoree was handpicked by Joe Bailon who is known as one of the nation’s premier custom car designers and builders.
The Dick Bertolucci Automotive Excellence Award was the final “Big B” award of the event and was awarded to the vehicle manufactured before 1973 that Dick Bertolucci personally felt exhibited the best craftsmanship in assembly, fit and finish, and detail. This year, it was Michael McAuliffe and his 1940 Ford Sedan called “The Second Time Around” which impressed Mr. Bertolucci enough to take home the trophy and $500 in prize money.