Award Winners

Award Plate

The 'Yosemite' Sam Radoff Sculptural Excellence Award

The sculptural excellence award is an original welded steel sculpture created by 'Yosemite' Sam himself. Samís sculpture is a featured award at the Cobo Hall Autorama in Detroit. The award is bestowed upon the owner of the car who, in the opinion of the sculptor, has created a work of art in the form of a car. The award presentation is unique in that it is awarded on the Friday before the show opens. This allows the general public to appreciate the winning car throughout the show.

Specs: 35" to 45" (89cm to 114cm) tall

Each Award is an original sculpture by 'Yosemite' Sam Radoff & is completely different each year.

This Award is categorized in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Valued at approx. $7,000.00 US (value changes from year to year)


Award recipients are listed below:



1999Dick Metz -- Gilford, NH


2000Tim Allen** -- Beverly Hills, MI


2001Rick Williams -- USA


2002Wes Rydel -- USA


2003Bones -- USA


2004Paul Hansen -- USA


2005Steve Tracy -- Gallatin, TN


2005Bill Steele -- Oakdale, PANo Clear Image


** Please Note: The person pictured in the photograph of Tim Allen's car IS NOT Tim Allen, star of a popular TV show. Though it IS Tim Allen's car (And he IS the same Tim Allen, star of a popular TV show). No, the person in the photograph is actually 'Yosemite' Sam, making his first appearance as a celebrity look-alike. His new career was short-lived, however, as he wasn't very good at looking like celebrities. I think we all knew right away that it wasn't Tim Allen, star of a popular TV show, in that picture. So anyways, long story short, Sam went back to metal sculpting and painting. Which he IS very good at.


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