"Rivision" JF Kustom's '64 Riviera Takes The Ridler Award
"And the winner of the 2014 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award is … the 1964 Rivision a Buick Riviera Custom built by owner and builder J.F. Launier of British Columbia, Canada. The crowd at Cobo Hall exploded as a large contingent of Canadians had made the trek here to Detroit to show support for Launier and his gorgeous custom Rivision. J.F. Launier is the owner of Launier Customs. He is coming into his prime as a custom car designer and builder. He had in the recent past had three other client owned cars make it to the Great 8.
This time he said he pulled out all the stops to build his own car. In his acceptance speech he referred to being an [launier-ridler-winner] “owner/builder” and referenced that it had been a long time since an “owner/builder” had won the Ridler Award. Launier had invested $300,000 in parts and materials and 20,000 hours of labor to complete this car. He was also awarded the Builders Trophy at the 2014 Detroit Autorama. Each year, in addition to the Ridler Award, they also give out a trophy for the best custom car builder. Launier’s 1964 Rivision so impressed the judges that he also won the Builders Award this year. In the photo he can be seen hoisting both trophies. He designed his custom Buick Riviera to be a road racer and that is what he intends to do with the 1964 Rivision … race it. He believes the twin turbo setup that he improvised on this car will give him a competitive advantage in road racing. Click here for more detailed information about the 1964 Rivision, this year’s Ridler Award winner.
Another chapter of the 2014 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award was written here on Sunday as this year’s Ridler winner has been crowned. The Ridler Award is the most coveted honor in the custom car hobby. It is of note that J.F. Launier is both owner and builder of this year’s Ridler Award winning car, a custom phenom he calls “Rivision.”
Eight custom cars were chosen out of 38 cars entered in the Ridler Award competition here at Cobo Center. These constitute the Great 8, a title sponsored by Pirelli that describes the top eight finalists. These were all fresh builds, never shown anywhere before, all hoping to capture the Ridler Award, considered the highest achievement in the custom car building hobby."
Amongst all the custom sheetmetal and one off fabrication lies a turbo charged LS engine boasting 850 hp and backed by a 6 speed transmission. All of this rides on Speedtech Performance's Pro Touring 1st gen Camaro subframe featuring high Clearance upper and lower control arms, sway bar, rack and pinion steering, adjustable coilover shocks, ATS AFX spindles and ZR! Corvette hubs. Out back Rivision makes good use of Speedtech A Body Articulink suspension. Although an incredibly beautiful show car this great suspension package won't go unused- JF plans to beat on the car at Goodguys Autocrosses and he intends to join the 200 mph club at the Salt Flats. Congrats and good luck with it JF!