Troy Ladd

L.A. Roadsters 2012 Builder of the Year Troy Ladd owns Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank, CA. Ladd has been designing, building and restoring incredible custom hot rods out of that well-known shop for more than a decade.

This Newport Beach native’s trademark touch combines a strong reverence for past icons with an eye toward the future. Almost as soon as Hollywood Hot Rods began lighting up the auto world with a series of incredible custom builds, plenty of industry heavyweights began to sit up and take notice. It wasn’t long before enthusiast mags like Hot Rod Magazine, Street Rodder Magazine and Rod & Custom were all singing his praises.

Other major wins include Grand National Roadster Show 2010 Builder of the Year and the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association/SEMA 2007 Trendsetter Award.

The fact that one of his famous builds – a hemi-powered 1932 Ford Roadster – is actually named Respect Tradition pretty much says it all.

Video gallery: The craft | The builder

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