The 13th Annual Syracuse Nationals at the New York State Fairgrounds 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.

While canvassing the event we met up with Joe Gallicchio of Northford Connecticut, who is our latest award recipient with his very traditional '33 Ford five-window coupe running a Ford Racing 306ci crate V-8 linked to a Ford C4 automatic transmission. Installed by Mild to Wild Automotive in Orange, Connecticut, the 340hp V-8 was treated to an Edelbrock intake topped by a Quick Fuel Technology 750-cfm carb with spark from MSD and plenty of dazzling plating and polished aluminum. Built by Allstar Hot Rods in Meriden, Connecticut, the '33 features an original chassis packed with all the right goods, including a Currie 9-inch rear, dropped front axle, Wilwood discs and calipers at each corner, and Billet Specialties Legacy wheels capped with General Grabber radials. The original steel body was massaged to perfection by Allstar and coated in a dramatic deep maroon vibe, giving the coupe plenty of classic style. Inside, North Haven Upholstery worked their magic with just enough deep brown and ivory leather accented by brown square-weave carpeting. Dials from Auto Meter monitor the vitals while an ididit tilt column and Billet Specialties steering wheel set the course with wiring by Dennis Dagliere to seal the deal. Congratulations to Joe Gallicchio who will receive a limited-edition jacket as the award winner.