Big Day at the Big One
Street Machine of the Year is the '65 Mustang "The Producer" belonging to Gary Bowers. This amazing ride was built into a reality by the Ring Brothers. The Mustang is a sight to behold; it's been widened 4 inches, has carbon fiber everywhere, is powered by a 427 Keith Craft NASCAR motor that sounds awesome and now has the title of "Street Machine of the Year" 2012. After winning Jim Ring said the Street Machine category at GoodGuys is why they build cars. Well fellas mission accomplished and congratulations on the award!
Street Rod of the Year went to the Bobby Alloway built '32 Ford Vicky owned by David Walsh. Although Walsh initally wanted a coupe, Alloway thought a sedan would be a better build and well the rest, as they say, is history. Alloway explained the Vicky is nearly bone stock , "it's been stretched but that's about it." There is an all aluminum big block with a manual 5 speed trans that I don't think was an option in '32 along with the hand made interior but yah other than those few things this Street Rod of the Year is near "bone stock."
To qualify for Street Machine of the Year the car has to be taken around the AutoCross track 3 separate times. Here is the 2012 winner on a go around with some bonus footage of "The Producer" on the move.
The Street Machine and Street Rod of the Year announcement wasn't the only action of the day. AutoCross was going on and today part of the action was the Sponsor Shootout. Here is the final, BF Goodrich sponsored '71 Camaro vs. the GoodGuys sponsored C-10 pickup Saturday Night Special "Snoopy".
Tomorrow is award day and the PPG Nats is where builders bring their latest and greatest. Here's a quick peek at just some of the rides vying for one of the ten Builder's Choice Awards.
Here's some more eye candy.
FYI friends, it was a record breaking day here in Columbus. Today was the hottest temperature ever recorded at a GoodGuys event - EVER! My car said 110'. Not sure what the temp was at the Expo Center, I do know the AutoCross track temp was 148'. Hot, hot, hot but oh so worth it.
One more day at the Nats., I can hardly believe its almost over. Heading home tomorrow so stay tuned for my wrap up of this awesome event; should post at the beginning of the week.
TIl the next time - Keep on Kruzin!