Kenny Kuder: The brains behind the Cool Rides Online 2012 Ride of the Year

In 2004, Kenny Kuder began quite the undertaking when he looked into transforming his 1953 Chevy 2 Door into the Stealth – a ride that would go on to being the ultimate show-winner, eventually taking home the prize of Cool Rides Online 2012 Ride of the Year.

This was hardly Kuder’s first rodeo, however, as he has been working on cars, trucks and motorcycles for more than 20 years. While Kuder himself calls it “tinkering,” his street machines have garnered several first place prizes and Best In Show titles at some of the biggest custom competitions around.

Although by his own estimates he has put more than 3,000 hours (and counting) of labor into the Stealth, he has kept busy working on a wide array of other projects.

For example, his custom PT Cruiser, which has more than 10,000 watts of stereo and 20 TVs, has won for best motor, best paint, best sound and best of show numerous times, including at the DUB show in San Diego.

Kuder started working on cars when he was 16 years old and has owned some form of hot rod his entire adult life. He married Cheryl Lynne when he was 19, right out of boot camp for the Marines, and enjoyed 21 years of wedded bliss before her untimely passing in 2011. He was forced to step up after the tragedy to take care of the couple’s three teenage kids, which meant a little less time out on the show circuit.

In the past eight months, Kuder and his family have expanded and things returned to a little bit of normalcy after he met Cathy Ruvalcaba and her three children – forming what Kenny calls a “real-life Brady Bunch.”

Kuder has returned to the show circuit and continues to rack up awards for all of his cool rides. Kenny isn’t a fan of conventional cars, so you can guarantee that if it is Kenny is working on a project, it will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.