Tony Feil's '40 Pontiac built by Ram's Rod Shop features a custom roof, numerous body upda
When heading off to the 11th Syracuse Nationals it was easy to take in many of the area's sights. Cruising through the Finger Lakes region not only offers some of the finest views, but also the chance to stop by and visit any one of the 60 local wineries. The National Baseball Hall of Fame (a short hop away) in Cooperstown is filled with historical artifacts from when the game first heard the crack of a bat. Syracuse, a city rich in culture, was also the birthplace of the Franklin automobile and currently boasts one of the largest collections of automobile memorabilia at the Museum of Automotive History; complemented by superb architecture, top-notch restaurants, and great nightlife, the area possesses a winning combination.
With plenty of early sprint car influence, Terri Wilson's '29 Ford features a handbuilt bo
The New York State Fairgrounds is an enormous facility encompassing 360 acres featuring some of the coolest tree-lined roads, vintage buildings, horse barns, and open-air eateries, evoking plenty of nostalgic charm at every corner. With a show program and map in hand it was time to park your ride and go exploring to check out the hordes of stoke rods, customs, and muscle cars lining every crevice. While planning out your weekend there was plenty to do, starting with the informative tech seminars presented by many of the industry's leading manufacturers, like Meguiar's, Lokar, and Tremec. With hundreds of vendors lining the roadways and filling the interior of the main exhibition hall it was easy to check out technology now available to us. You can always count on the chance to meet some of Hollywood's well-known legends and this year there were plenty of crowds gathered for an opportunity to talk with both Candy Clark and Paul LeMat of American Graffiti fame. Racking up the miles on his new Shadow Rods XL27 roadster pickup, Jerry Dixey and the AMSOIL/STREET RODDER Road Tour rolled into town to greet countless fans who had plenty of interesting questions about his experiences on the road.
Michel Barrette's '32 Ford coupe was post-war styled and complemented by a perfect chop, C
This year the team at the Right Coast turned up the heat to bring even more excitement to the weekend. Wanting to create a special signature award for the Syracuse Nationals, a call was placed to legendary car customizer Gene Winfield to help design and create the very prestigious Winfield Award bearing his name. Through an application process, Winfield hand-selected six cars, which were recognized as the Winfield Select Six. Owners arrived from all over the country and Canada to compete for the inaugural award, which was presented by Meguiar's and included a custom-made trophy, jacket, and check for $5,000. When decision time came, Winfield gave the coveted award to Rich and Paige Udell of Swan Lake, Montana, for their '32 Ford roadster "Timeless". With the success of their Old Skool Roundup in years past, a decision was made to extend the get-together from its original one day through the entire weekend, and to also give it a special mini-venue all its own. A huge open-air pavilion hosted the festivities with hundreds of traditional rods and customs grouped together creating a neat cultural experience for both the car owners and visitors. The happening featured its own specialized trophies, vendors, and searing rockabilly music from the amps of bands like Larry Holt & The Good Acoustics, The Pete Paycheck Band, El Kabong, and Glenn Beaman (as Elvis). Another very successful portion of the event is Artie's Party, a massive pinstriping panel jam that brings in some of the finest talents in the country to create unique artwork to be auctioned off for charity.
The Jeep Rocks & Road Tour was also set up at the infield area allowing visitors to sign up and have a chance to testdrive many of their new Jeep vehicles on a controlled off-road course with trained instructors over many of the challenging driving surfaces they prepared.
Kevin Walsh's "Gold Rush" '27 Ford T coupe had plenty of early '60s styling with a gold me
This all sounds like a pretty full dance card right? Well, as the sun began to set it was time to head out, fuel up, grab a bite, and head back to the grandstands at the fairgrounds to await the kick off of the evening's festivities. Taking nearly a year to organize, the presentation included an endless tire-burning competition, old-timey figure-eight racing, demolition derby, and scorching flamethrowers with jaw-dropping exhibitions of pyrotechnics, which was capped by a dramatic fireworks display. One of the most anticipated portions of the weekend was the endless giveaway program that commenced on Sunday afternoon. A signature of the Syracuse Nationals, crowds of registered attendees gathered at the main stage to see if they might have the magic number in hand to be lucky enough to take home this year's giveaway car: a hopped-up '70 Nova built by Chop-Shop Customs of Woburn, Massachusetts. By the time the excitement ended, it was Spike Furman of Colonie, New York, who was the lucky one with the keys. By the time the extravaganza came to an end, over 7,300 registered cars cruised the fairgrounds while 85,000 visitors came to check out the vibe.
Looking '50s cool, Wayne Woodman's '30 Ford highboy coupe had a perfect stance, un-split b
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the Central New York Car Club Association (who host the event) and area service clubs, donations were made from proceeds of the event in the amount of $70,000 (which included $47,478 from the Panel Jam auctions) to a number of local charities bringing the 11-year donation total to $431,000. If you're looking for an event that has it all, mark your calendar now for the 12th anniversary next year because it's sure to be a blast. You can check it all out at www.rightcoastcars.com.
John Persson Jr. put down plenty of miles in his Deuce with the STREET RODDER Road Tour. T
One custom that grabbed our attention was Dale Spiteri's '62 Chevy Impala with its ground-
It doesn't get anymore bitchin' than a slammed '48 Ford bread truck with red steelies! Rob
Dave Rafferty's chopped '34 Ford coupe got its thunder from an injected '56 Chrysler Indus
With white flaked scallops over a blue metallic body, shaved front bumper, louvered hood a
Slammed hard with a wicked chop and channel, Norm Schroeder's '29 Ford coupe featured Alls
Pete and Margaret Schmid's '34 Chevy coupe was loaded with attitude, thanks to an aggressi
Dipped in a vat of lipstick red sparkle and packed with a '51 Merc Flathead block capped w
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Street Rodder Top 100
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Jeff Norwell, Orangeville, Ontario / '32 Ford channeled pickup
Jeff Norwell just complete
Casey Cornell, Greenfield Center, NY / '32 Ford highboy Tudor
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Barry Latta Sr. and Marilyn Latta, Homer, NY / '54 Buick Special
Barry and Marilyn Latta
Richard Grossarth, Monroe, NY / '36 Ford cabriolet Rich Grossarth just completed a decade
Eric Gonsalves, Scarborough, ME / '54 Chevy Bel Air
Slammed mercilessly with its bags dum
Fabrice Monceaux, Brossard, Quebec, Canada / '31 Ford highboy roadster
Ron Lasker, East Aurora, NY / '31 Ford channeled coupe
Ron Lasker's coupe was chopped 6 i
Paul Howard, Sagamore Beach, MA / '31 Ford highboy roadster
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Bruce Stumpp, Phoenix, MD / '23 Ford T
A 'banger-powered Track T, Bruce Stumpp's ride has
Lenny Biondi, Randolph, MA / '36 Ford roadster
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David and Susan Ciappa
Lockport, New York
'40 Ford pickup
With the fairgrounds packed to the brim with event participants at the Syracuse Nationals, it was a perfect time for STREET RODDER and Ford Racing's recognition of street rodders who install a late-model Ford engine in a Ford hot rod.
David and Susan's pickup was loaded with style thanks to a subtle chop, immaculate gloss,
Our weekend search led us to David and Susan Ciappa of Lockport, New York, who are our latest award recipients with their dramatic '40 Ford pickup fitted with an SVT 5.4L supercharged crate V-8 linked to a Ford AODE transmission. To get just the right stance, a custom triangulated three-bar rear suspension with RideTech ShockWaves keeps a Currie 9-inch rearend planted while a Heidts IFS with RideTech ShockWaves brings the frontend to the ground. A mirror-straight body was chopped 1-1/2 inches and covered in plenty of PPG Blood Red vibe expertly accenting the custom Dayton wire wheels capped with Falken Z-rated tires. Inside the cab, a pair of black leather Recaro seats and sculpted panels keeps everything comfy while Vintage Air and tunes from Alpine set the mood. Congratulations to David and Susan who will receive a limited-edition jacket as the Best Ford in a Ford award winner.
Under the hood a dramatic engine bay acts as the perfect showcase for the Ford SVT 5.4L su
Congratulations to David and Susan Ciappa and welcome to the exclusive group of rodders wh
Looking at the new 5.0L in the '11 Ford Mustang? While Ford has made big news about the engine being all new and a radical departure from previous modular engines, they did us a huge favor by retaining the same bellhousing pattern and engine mount pattern and placement as the modulars before it. Also, the exhaust spacing is identical, so all we need now is a set of Sanderson headers with the new 5.0L flange and we're in business!
Rich and Paige Udell's '32 Ford roadster "Timeless", from Swan Lake, MT, took home the hon
Introducing The Winfield Award
When it came time for the team at the Right Coast to develop a special new event award for the Syracuse Nationals, they looked to one of the most well-recognized customizers in history, Gene Winfield, to be the creative force behind it. Winfield's rich history as a custom car builder and designer dates back to the mid-'40s, and his magnificent creativity has garnered a vast array of memorable cars along the way including the "Reactor", "Jade Idol", and "Maybelline", to name but a few. Candidates for the award from all over the country and Canada submitted an application form along with images of their car (there were 75 applicants) for Winfield to personally review and make a selection of what was known as the "Winfield Select Six" to compete for the Winfield Award. Each of the finalists, upon arrival to the show, received a customized plaque, jacket, and $500 award. The winner was announced Saturday evening at the annual Syracuse Nationals dinner dance where they received the Etrick Enterprises-designed trophy from Winfield as well as a one-off jacket and check for $5,000 from Meguiar's, the award presenter. This year it was Rich and Paige Udell of Swan Lake, Montana, whose '32 roadster "Timeless" took home the inaugural honors. With the uniqueness of this very special award, we can easily see the applications for consideration continue to grow in the future.
Larry Johnston's '50 Ford coupe embodies what a custom is all about since there isn't a sq
Dean Arnold's '61 Ford Thunderbird known as ThunderFlite looks like a jet fighter. Wanting
Jerry and Maureen Magnuson's Muroc II (Kugel Komponents) known as Magnatude. Jerry worked
Mike Etrick of Etrick Enterprises in Huntington Beach, CA, was contacted to come up with a
Throughout the weekend there were massive crowds passing through the exhibition hall to ch
Once the winners were announced, we wasted no time in getting the Udells together with Gen
Ed and Lynn McLean's '51 Merc was updated by the team at Bailie Customs of Windsor, Ontari
Doug Cooper's '09 Ridler award-winning Deucenberg '32 Ford B-400 sedan built by Alan Johns