Most Unique Speed Freaks

More than 50 different Speed Freaks sculptures have been created since the brand was introduced about 12 years ago by sculptor Terry Ross. Until recently, the Speed Freaks collection of wild and wacky cars and bikes has been mass produced in England.

Now Ross, Speed Freaks creator, has a new range of sculptures called Speed Freaks Originals. Like the others, they will be mass produced, but not until the spring of 2014. For the next few months, Speed Freaks collectors and enthusiasts can purchase one-offs direct from Ross' studio.

Four new limited-edition hot rod–related sculptures are currently available: Salt, Rat, Gofer, and Drag.

Each one is cast in a combination of bronze and marble resin, and uniquely hand-painted by Terry Ross. Once completed, each car is mounted on a hardwood base. All editions are signed by Ross and dated and numbered, and delivered with a signed certificate of authenticity. Best of all, each can be personalized to suit the customer. Imagine a salt-covered '32 roadster or a rusty rat rod painted any color you like, with your name or shop name hand lettered along the sides!

Prices for these unique and desirable special editions start at around £220 ($350 U.S.) plus the cost of shipping from the UK. This is a limited-time opportunity, so don't wait too long to order your handcrafted Speed Freaks creation. To find out more, visit speed-still.com then click on the Speed Freaks title on the menu bar.


Goodguys Awards a "Pretty Penny"

On a sun-soaked afternoon at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton California, this copper-colored '33 Ford roadster won the 2013 America's Most Beautiful Street Rod award. Nicknamed "Pretty Penny", the coach-built, full-fendered beauty is owned by Harold and Tracy Chapman from Andice, Texas.

The win capped off a big year for the roadster, which has been shown at all the nation's biggest events this season. It was a Painless Performance Products/STREET RODDER Top 100 winner at the Detroit Autorama in March and was a Top 5 finalist for numerous awards, including Goodguys Street Rod d'Elegance and Street Rod of the Year.

The roadster spent 10 years bouncing from shop to shop before Chapman scooped it up. At his in-house fab shop, Customs & Hot Rods of Andice, more than 100 parts and pieces were custom-machined in-house for the project. The underside features a boxed and dimpled frame, and one-off suspension parts. Evod Industries machined the dished, bronze-coated wheels designed by Jimmy Smith. A Roush 427 Ford with a custom-scooped TWN injection system and AFR heads is featured under the hood. The custom, wrap-around dash is filled with a flipped Studebaker gauge cluster. Jay Schuler made the bench seat and stitched the custom pleated leather.

Chapman finished the project in time to debut at the Grand National Roadster Show, where it was one of the favorites for America's Most Beautiful Roadster. Our favorite thing about the car? After a season of shows, Chapman was eager to test the car's limits by driving the '33 on the 2,000-mile Goodguys Texas Road Tour from Pleasanton to Fort Worth.


Roadster Shop Rides Earns Honors at SEMA

The SEMA Show isn't entirely about American iron, but classic American iron, including street rods and custom trucks make up a large percentage of the display vehicles at the event. The Roadster Shop has good reason to be proud that the most recent SEMA Show featured a large number of vehicles equipped with Roadster Shop components, and a few built at their facility in Mundelein, Illinois.

The Roadster Shop was involved with project vehicle buildups for General Motors, Craftsman, and Mr. Gasket, all of which debuted at the SEMA Show. The GM '14 Silverado "RSV" Race Support Vehicle, Craftsman Restoration Rollout '69 Chevy C10 pickup, and Mr. Gasket "Lime Crush" '66 Suburban each won at least one award at the Show. Congratulations Roadster Shop, and to all other builders who participated at SEMA.