The Ridler Award-winning "Imagine" is a 1957 Chevrolet 150 with a 1,800 hp twin-turbocharged V8. (Hot Rod Shows)
Building a custom car takes a lot of imagination.
Take the 2018 Ridler Award-winning 1957 Chevy 150 nicknamed “Imagine” that’s owned by Greg and Judy Hrehovczik and was named the best hot rod at the Detroit Autorama this past weekend.
The 150's ho-hum interior has been given a sleek, retro-futuristic overhaul crowned by a chrome steering wheel. (Hot Rod Shows)
The outlandish silver two-door started its life as a no-frills model aimed at fleet buyers. Designer Jason Rushford began working on the concept for it well over a decade ago, according to Hot Rod magazine, taking the classic shape to the next level with a chop top, streamlned style that's been stripped of its iconic side trim.
2018 @Pirelli Great 8 Finalist at @Meguiars Detroit Autorama - Greg & Judy Hrehovcsik & Jon Martin from Alameda, CO - 1957 Chevrolet #autorama #detroit pic.twitter.com/lrbtIZPpRi— Hot Rod Shows (@HotRodShows) March 2, 2018
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Johnny’s Auto Trim and Rod Shop of Alamosa, Colo., did the build and stuffed a 515 cubic-inch twin-turbocharged Nelson racing engine under the hood that breathes through the Chevy’s signature hood bullets and pumps out 1,000 hp on premium and 1,800 hp on race gas.
A sleek, minimalist interior with a center console adds a retro-futuristic touch that’s crowned by an oversized speedometer and a chrome steering wheel from Evod Industries.
“Imagine” marks the first win for the shop, which was a Great 8 finalist at the 2011 show.