Larry Griffey's 1954 Corvette

Larry Griffey Earns Vaughn Early Memorial Award at Birmingham World of Wheels

By Adam McLean

The Vaughn Early Memorial Award presented by American National Insurance is given to the best first-time shown vehicle at the Birmingham, AL O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels.

A professional ISCA Judging Staff selects the “Fabulous Five”: the top 5 first-time shown vehicles in the Birmingham, AL show. These are the contenders for the Vaughn Early Memorial Award presented by American National Insurance and its $10,000 Cash Prize.

This coveted award places special emphasis on “the vehicle that best exhibits excellence in design and fabrication”. It represents a vehicle as a total package and places importance on creativity, ingenuity and overcoming design obstacles. The Southeast has some of the best builders and most beautiful cars in the country.

There is no better place to establish a perpetual award of this prestige than the Birmingham, AL O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels. The Birmingham show is the largest, longest running indoor custom auto show in the Southeast. Since its beginning in 1971, this show has grown in size and stature to become one of the most respected custom car shows in the nation attracting top tier competition cars from all over the United States.

The award’s namesake, Vaughn Early, was an avid car lover and father-in-law of the nationally recognized custom car builder, Jonathan Goolsby of Goolsby Customs.

The 2018 Fabulous 5 Award Winners are:
• Bobby Trentham – 1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible
• Dan Coleman – 1956 Ford Club Sedan
• Douglas Juonis – 1931 Ford Roadster
• Jamie Estes – 1955 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
• Larry Griffey – 1954 Chevy Corvette

Congratulations to Larry Griffey and his stunningly beautiful 1954 Chevy Corvette for winning the coveted Vaughn Early Memorial Award presented by American National Insurance, along with its $10,000.00 Cash Prize. This vehicle is truly the pinnacle of design and quality. The amount of detail and workmanship in this Corvette is truly amazing.

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