Designers Dozen


On Thursday and Friday, our celebrity judges hand select approximately 100 cars to compete for one of 16 elite ‘designers dozen’ custom award , commemorative jacket and recognition. Criteria that the judges look for range from: Craftsmanship and creativity to eclectic quality and originality. When this competition began over 13 years ago, the judges selected 12 cars to receive the award, which gave us the wonderful name, ‘The Designers Dozen’. Since then, the number of cars competing has increased and due to the high caliber of innovative competitors, the judges have increased the number of awards to a total of 16!

2018 Judges include:

Murray Pfaff – Pfaff Designs Detroit, MI
Hot rod designer and builder

Ken Fenical – Posies Hot Rods and Customs
Hummelstown, PA – Hot rod builder and legend

John Edwards – Dream Machines LTD Toronto, CA
Hot rod and custom car builder

Sydney Weaver – Weaver Customs, Sandy, UT
Hot rod and custom car builder

Rich Perez - RP Interiors
Horseheads, NY -

Randy Weaver - Weaver Customs

Reggie Tibbets - Albuquerque SuperNationals

Chris Ryan - Ryan’s Rod & Custom

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Scroll down to see the 2018 Designer Dozen Winners

Bob Casey
Waban, MA

1954 Ford Sunliner - 351 Windsor, 4R70W Trans, Art Morrison Chassis, P/S Vintage Air, Heated Leather Seats, Custom Engine Compartment


Preston Carden Jr
Newcastle, DE

1956 Chevy 150 - 421 CU Chevy AFR Heads, Tremec 6 Speed, Borla Injection, Olds Rear, Wilwood Brakes, Painless Wiring Harness, XFI Electronics


Joe & Marilyn Pierson
Painted Post, NY

1933 Dodge Coupe - 1966 426 Hemi, 518 Manual Valve Body Torque Lite With Push Buttom Control, Dodge Viper Suspension, Steering, Brakes, and Wheels, Custom Frame, Hilborn 8 Stack EFI Induction, Body Has 2 Inch Chop and 5 Inch Channel, Customer Leather Interior By RP Interiors, 2 Stage Paint By RJ Cars, Vintage Air A/C, Body/Chassis Mods By Eric Baldwin and Owner, Design, Engineering and Assembly by Ownder


Steve Bicker
Churchville, NY

1970 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon - 455 Olds: Bored and Stroked to 496ci, Turbo 400 Transmission, Olds Posi Rearend with 3:42:1 gears


Wayne Archer
Ilion, NY

1967 Chevy C10 - Slawiak Racing 383 Engine, 700r4 Transmission, 3.73 Twelve Bolt Rear End, Vintage Air ECE 4/6 Drop, Ash Bed Floor, PPG Paint, Built and owned by Dylan and Wayne Archer at Archer's Auto Body in Ilion, NY


Mike D'Ambrosia
Levittown, PA

1946 Olds Coupe - 455 Olds Engine with 671 Blower, Turbo 400 Trans, 9 Inch Ford Rear with 4 Link, 1974 Nova Subframe with 2x3 Rear Frame, A/C, Power Brakes 4 Wheel Disc, Power Steering, Chopped 3.5 Inches, All Corners Rounded, Corvette Grill, Louered Hood, Car was built and painted with all fabrication done by owner.


Keith & Beth Tautkus
Ellington, CT

1939 GMC Dually Flatbed - 355 SB, 29" Drop 2 Frame, Flatbed, 2 Speed Rear, 22.5 Tires, 4 Speed Transmission, Custom Sickle Bar Visor, Corn Picker Chain Body Trim, Dual Rear Tractor Seats, Model A Head Lights, 1959 Cadillac Tail Lights


George & Debbie Dewitt
Pine Bush, NY

1932 Ford Roadster - 454 Big Block, Unique Detail Wood Flooring with Quilted Trans Cover, Beautiful Detail


Alex Hohman
Queensburg, NY

1975 Ford F250 Ranger XLT - 360 Motor, Automatic Transmission, 4 Inch Lift, 35 Inch Tires, Headers, Flow Master Exhaust, Kindig-it Design Exhaust Cutouts, Factory Air, Shaved Gas Doors/Hidden Saddle Tanks, Dana 60 Front and Rear Axles, Drum Brakes Front and Rear, CB Radio


Don Comerer JR
Mechanicsburg, PA

1932 Ford Roadster - Father and Son project that started with a JW Rod Garage bare perimeter frame that was purchased at this show. Hand fabricated mounts and brackets. Body worked, painted and assembled in home garage. It features a healthy small block chevy, Richmond 5 speed and a 9 inch ford rear.


Arnie Gervasio
Ringoes, NJ

1937 International Pickup KB - 383 Stroker, 750 Holley, 5 Speed Tremec 500, Walker Radiator, Curry Rear, Inland Drive Shaft, MSD Pro Ignition, Possie Rear Spring, RP Interior, Fatman Front End, Wheel Smith Wheels


Patrick Fortin
Ste-Anne De Beaupre, Quebec

1930 Ford Pickup - 354 Hemi, Lots of SS Trim, Converted Oxygen Tanks to Gas Tanks, Air Plane Yoke Steering Wheel, Bomb Controls


Ian Weber
Willow Street, PA

1952 Chevy Sedan - Small Block Chevy, 350 Trans, Air Ride, House of Kolors Paint, Roll and Pleated Interior, Frenched '59 Cadillac Tail Lights, French Headlights, Chopped 5 Inches, Lots of Long Hard Work


Mark Seward
Cochranville, PA

1935 Ford Pickup - Buick 401 Nailhead, Cutom Lake Pipes, 9 Inch Ford Rear, 400 Automatic Trans, 4 Inch Chop, Custom Bed, Coker Classic Tires. Mark and brother assembled and details.


Scott Wilcox
Plantsville, CT

1971 AMC Hornet S/C 360 - Raim Air 360, 4 Speed, Uncle was AMC service manager and car was in uncles woods. Owner did all work and has been on the road 2-3 years.



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