Rogers’ 1951 Mercury Takes Home Sacramento’s Custom D’Elegance Award
By Janet Bires
Nick Rogers’ 1951 Mercury sedan captured the prestigious Custom D’Elegance award at the 63th O’Reilly Sacramento Autorama. Rogers’ Merc beat out a field of amazing autos, some of which were honored with Custom D’Elegance Outstanding Awards: Jim Noteboom’s 1949 Cadillac Phantom Wagon (Engineering), Jeff James’ 1954 Chevy 210 (Paint), Matt Beckdolt’s 1954 Chevy Bel Air (Engine and Detail), and Diana Landry’s 1950 Ford Sedan (Interior).
Dan Coleman’s 1956 Ford (Best Custom, Best in Class)
Sacramento also presented a number of special local awards to notable vehicles. John D’Agostino’s 1940 Cadillac was named King of Customs, and it also earned the Sam Barris Memorial Award. The H.A. Bagdasarian – World’s Most Beautiful Custom Award went to Justin Hills’ 1960 Dodge Dart, while Mike Garner’s 1951 Lincoln took home the Joe Bailon Award and West Coast Customs Outstanding Nostalgia Award. David Kornell picked up the Dick Bertolucci Automotive Excellence Award for his 1933 Ford roadster; and Rick Robbins’ 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 won the Butch Gardner Memorial Award. Nic’s Pick for Best Use of Flames went to Ed Bordenave’s 1955 Chevy 150, and Don Luchessi’s 1955 Ford T-Bird scored the Steve’s Auto Restoration Award. Finishing out the local awards were Matt Beckdolt’s 1954 Chevy Bel Air (Manuel Arteche Memorial Interior Design) and Ron Crawford’s 1926 Ford roadster (Lee’s Vintage Car Shop Restoration).
Scott Peterson’s 1967 Camaro (Best Street Machine Comp, Best in Class)
Richard Azevedo’s 1968 Ford Shelby 350 (Best Restored)
Bruce Boldon’s 2003 Harley Fatboy (Best Bike, Best in Class)
In the ISCA Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series competition, winners included: Bruce Boldon’s 2003 Harley Fatboy (Best Bike), Richard Azevedo’s 1968 Ford Shelby 350 (Best Restored), Maurie Hoover’s 1967 Chevy C-10 (Best Truck), Jerry Kjenrud’s 1939 Chevy (Best Rod), Dan Coleman’s 1956 Ford Club Sedan (Best Custom), and Scott Peterson’s 1967 Camaro (Best Street Machine/Comp).
The 64th O’Reilly Auto Parts Autorama will take place February 14-16, 2014.