The 2014 Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama will induct the first lady of motorsports, Linda Vaughn, ISCA General Manager Bob Millard and the 2013 Ridler winner, Ron Cizek into the Circle of Champions. The Circle of Champions pays tribute to iconic auto enthusiasts, builders, journalists and others who’ve been instrumental in the growth of the Detroit Autorama and its recognition as a premier automotive event.
The inductions into the Circle of Champions are an annual event at the Detroit Autorama, which is scheduled for March 7 -9, 2014. The inductees are selected by their peers for their contributions and support of the event. Recipients of the prestigious Don Ridler Memorial Award are automatically elected to this elite group.
Last year’s Circle of Champions inductees included prominent and noteworthy industry leaders Chip Foose, Bob Larivee Jr., Dwayne Peace and Bob Vivian.
Linda was the sweetheart of many a race fan from the mid-’60s to the early ’80s when she discontinued her reign as Miss Hurst Golden Shifter.
Georgia-born Linda Vaughn, known as the first lady of motorsports, kicked off a career as an automotive ambassador in 1961, when she was named Miss Atlanta International Raceway. After being featured in Esquire, she won a national contest coordinated by Hot Rod and took the role as Miss Hurst Golden Shifter. In 1979, Linda represented major Detroit speed shop Gratiot Auto Supply as “Miss Gratiot Auto Supply” in national and local campaigns. She remains an icon of the performance and racing worlds and continues work today with Chevrolet Performance, making appearances at automotive enthusiast events across the country.
As general manager of the International Show Car Association (ISCA), Bob Millard has worked tirelessly over the last 50 years, judging vehicles entered at ISCA-sanctioned events, including the Detroit Autorama. In 1979, he was named Competition Director and wrote and enforced the rules to ensure that judging was performed correctly. Today, Bob is the General Manager of the ISCA, and still oversees its day to day operations, injecting his passion for custom cars into the ISCAs long-term planning.
To build a car worthy of being a Ridler contender can be a daunting task, but Ron Cizek never wavered from his dream of capturing this highly prestigious award. His 1940 Ford, aptly named “Checkered Past”, was built by Andy Leach and Cal Automotive Creations. It had the show participants and judges buzzing from the moment it rolled into Cobo Center in Detroit.
Rod Authority will be bringing you complete coverage of the 2014 Detroit Autorama and diving deep into the heritage of award-winning, show-stopping cars in the Motor City. The Detroit Autorama is the centerpiece of a 15-event series produced each year by Championship Auto Shows, Inc., which produces the Summit Racing Show Car Series that includes Autorama, World of Wheels and Cavalcade of Customs events throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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