The online voting has been done, the votes have been counted, and, from 100 vehicles and five finalists, one car has been selected as the 2009 Turtle Wax/STREET RODDER Street Rod of the Year.
When he turned 50, David Douglas and his wife Sandy decided that the perfect birthday gift was a '35 Chevy coupe. He located an all-steel stocker in Pennsylvania, where the owner had spent 20 years not building it. After buying it and tearing it apart, David contacted Marcel's Custom Metal Shaping. We were there when Marcel De Ley did the 2 1/4-inch chop, and showed it in the September and October 2007 issues of STREET RODDER.
Roger Burman at Lakeside Rods & Rides handled the assembly and shot the Viper red paint. Under the hood, a ZZ4 Chevy small-block features an Edelbrock carb and intake, and HPC headers and Hushpower mufflers. The 700R4 transmission delivers torque to a Ford 9-inch. A Heidt's IFS system was added in front. Wilwood disc brakes stop the 17- and 18-inch Billet Specialties rims and Michelin radials. The interior features VDO gauges with Vintage Air controls below. Dan Weber Custom Interiors covered I.S.S. buckets in Ultraleather.
The three-year build was completed by the end of 2008. At the 2009 Goodguys Nostalgia Nats in Bowling Green, we added the Chevy to our Top 100 list. STREET RODDER readers did the rest.
In addition to a jacket and a big box of Turtle Wax products, David wins the
grand prize-a Total Cost Involved Engineering 35th anniversary Model A Signature chassis.
The STREET RODDER Top 100 program is back this year. We will be selecting ten cars from each of the ten 2010 events listed below, and announcing them in the magazine and on this website. At the end of the year, readers can come to this site and vote for their favorites. All Top 100 winners will receive a custom jacket and plaque. From the five biggest vote getters, STREET RODDER staff will select the Street Rod of the Year for 2010. Will it be yours? Only if you participate.
Goodguys Del Mar Nationals, Del Mar, CA-April 9-11
Goodguys Nashville Nationals, Nashville, TN-May 21-23
Cruisin' Ocean City, Ocean City, MD-May 20-23
Goodguys PPG Nationals, Columbus, OH-July 9-11
Syracuse Nationals, Syracuse, NY-July 16-18
Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals, Puyallup, WA-July 23-25
Goodguys West Coast Nationals, Pleasanton, CA-August 27-29
Goodguys Mid-Western Nationals, Kansas City, KS-September 3-5
Goodguys Southeastern Nationals, Charlotte, NC-October 29-31
Goodguys Southwest Nationals, Scottsdale, AZ-November 19-21
2009 Turtle Wax/STREET RODDER Top 100 Runner Ups
Linda and Rusty Jackson's...
Linda and Rusty Jackson's 1932 Ford roadster
Doc and Elsie Kinney 1937...
Doc and Elsie Kinney 1937 Chevy Coupe
Mike & Marcia Johnston 1934...
Mike & Marcia Johnston 1934 Ford sedan
Dustin Colclasure 1927 Ford...
Dustin Colclasure 1927 Ford Modified Roadster