The Sacramento Autorama celebrated its 67th year and handed out over 400 individual awards during its closing ceremony on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in California.
The most prestigious of these awards were the Custom d’Elegance which was awarded to the ‘Mulholland Speedster’ built by Hollywood Hot Rods, the King of Kustoms award which went to John D’Agostino, and the H.A Bagdasarian World’s Most Beautiful Custom award which was presented to the ‘Mulholland Speedster’ built by Hollywood Hot Rods.
The Sacramento Autorama 2017 did not disappoint fans, with over 650 custom vehicles on display for the 35,000 people in attendance. The cars in attendance were the best in their categories which included everything from radical customs to motorcycles, trucks, hot rods, muscle cars, and street machines. At the end of the weekend, the best of the best were recognized with one of the Sacramento Autorama trophies.
The most coveted award of the Sacramento Autorama was the Custom d’Elegance which was given to the best chopped, channeled and sectioned vehicle from 1935-1948 that embodied the true spirit of a classic custom. This year, Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hotrods beat out the other five contenders earning his spot customizers like Gene Winfield, Joe Bailon, George Barris, and John D’Agostino on the perpetual plaque as well as $2,000 in prize money. Troy Ladd’s car, a 1936 Packard called the ‘Mulholland Speedster’ and owned by Bruce Wanta, is now also the only vehicle in history to win both the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster and Custom d’Elegance titles.