Award winners at the 73rd O’Reilly Auto Parts Sacramento Autorama

Award winners at the 73rd O’Reilly Auto Parts Sacramento Autorama


Cliff Mattis’ 1957 Chevrolet convertible won the Custom d’Elegance award, while a 1964 Chevrolet Impala owned by Carlos Martinez was crowned World’s Most Beautiful Lowrider

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The O’Reilly Auto Parts Sacramento Autorama, one of the world’s longest-running indoor car shows, closed out its 73rd annual event on Sunday, May 5, at Cal Expo by recognizing some of the country’s finest custom cars with trophies and prizes. Overall, the show hosted over 500 world-class custom vehicles and handed out more than 400 individual awards during its closing ceremony.

The show’s prestigious Custom d’Elegance award was presented to Cliff Mattis for his 1957 Chevrolet Convertible. Built by Lucky 7 Customs, this spectacular custom has been channeled by 2” and the frame was moved up to allow the car to sit as low as possible. Each piece of handcrafted copper trim has been fit, filed and chromed. The Roadster Shop chassis houses a vintage-look LS motor and the elegant leather interior was completed by Gabe Lopez. Mattis received $5,000 in prize money courtesy of ARP Fasteners.


World’s Most Beautiful Lowrider award winning Carlos Martinez’s jaw-dropping 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible.

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New for 2024, the show crowned the World’s Most Beautiful Lowrider. The inaugural award went to Carlos Martinez’s jaw-dropping 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible. The lilac-painted ‘Indigenous Angel’ features fabrication and assembly by American Muscle Cars, wheels and intricate engraving by Chavez Engraving, hydraulics by “Big Rob” Barajas and spectacular murals by Tim Lowery. Martinez bested five other lowriders for the first-ever award.


Brent Schieder was presented with the Best of the West award for his 1937 Ford Cabriolet

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For the second consecutive year, the West Coast Challenge Car Show Series presented by ARP Fasteners crowned its Grand Champion during the Sacramento Autorama. Brent Schieder was presented with the Best of the West award for his 1937 Ford Cabriolet, beating out eight other vehicles that competed in at least three of four select car shows in California, Oregon and Washington. Schieder received a $12,500 prize, while second- and third-place finishers Scott Cooper (1970 Chevy El Camino) and Gary Holyoak (1932 Ford Roadster pickup) received $6,500 and $3,500, respectively.


King of Kustoms award went to Mike McAuliffe’s winning 1953 Ford Victoria

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The King of Kustoms award sponsored by Celebrity Kustoms returned in 2024, honoring the best custom-styled car or truck manufactured from 1936 to today. Mike McAuliffe’s winning 1953 Ford Victoria showcased the crucial elements of this award, including overall design, flow, quality and workmanship of bodywork, paint and interior. McAuliffe will receive a bespoke Jostens ring engraved with his name and car.

“We brought together all the best parts of the Sacramento Autorama with a few new elements for 2024, and we are delighted with how Northern California’s incredible car community responded,” said John Buck, owner of Rod Shows and producer of the Sacramento Autorama. “This year, we celebrated hundreds of custom hot rods and muscle cars alongside lowriders, trucks, bicycles and more, and it wouldn’t be possible without the car owners and builders who bring their incredible entries to the show.”


H.A. Bagdasarian World’s Most Beautiful Custom Award went to Dave Zocchi’s immaculate 1936 Ford

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Other significant awards included the four historic “Big B Awards.” Dave Zocchi won the H.A. Bagdasarian World’s Most Beautiful Custom Award for his immaculate 1936 Ford.


Sam Barris Memorial Award wen to ‘Lucille,’ a beautiful 1951 Mercury built by Cambra Speed Shop for Gary Stell Jr., as the car featuring the best metalwork, alignment of body panels and paint.

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The Sam Barris Memorial Award, named in honor of legendary custom car builder Sam Barris, is selected by members of the Barris family. They chose ‘Lucille,’ a beautiful 1951 Mercury built by Cambra Speed Shop for Gary Stell Jr., as the car featuring the best metalwork, alignment of body panels and paint.


The Joe “Candy Apple Red” Bailon Memorial Award went to John D’Agostino’s 1941 Cadillac designed by Oz Welch.

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The Joe “Candy Apple Red” Bailon Memorial Award was designed and created by Bailon, one of the nation’s premier custom car designers and builders. This year, the award was presented to John D’Agostino’s 1941 Cadillac designed by Oz Welch.

The last of the “Big B Awards,” the Dick Bertolucci Automotive Excellence Award, was given to a vehicle manufactured before 1973 that the family of the late hot rod and custom builder Dick Bertolucci felt exhibited the best craftsmanship in assembly, fit, finish and detail. This year, the Bertolucci family selected Schieder’s Dominator Street Rods-built 1937 Ford Cabriolet for the trophy.


Sunday’s popular Pinstriper Charity Auction raised $10,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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Sunday’s popular Pinstriper Charity Auction raised $10,000 for UC Davis Children’s Hospital, which is dedicated to improving lives and transforming health care.


Chip Foose was in the house to the delight of many fans.

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For more information about the Sacramento Autorama, the complete list of 2024 award winners and updates on upcoming Rod Shows events, please visit rodshows.com.

About Rod Shows – Rod Shows produces the West Coast’s premier indoor hot rod and custom car shows, including the Grand National Roadster Show and the Sacramento Autorama. Its professional show management team sets the highest standards for top-quality competition and displays with every show and personally visits the country’s top automotive coachbuilders and events throughout the year, ensuring the Best of the Best participate in its events. For more information, visit www.rodshows.com.

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