SROY Earns Sweet Swag
Being selected as STREET RODDER magazine's Street Rod of the Year, presented by Painless Performance Products, is a pretty big honor. We like to think so, anyway. But in addition to the glory that comes with being chosen from the 2013 STREET RODDERTop 100 winners of the year (and from literally thousands of cars that we see at the car shows where our Top 100 program takes place), the annual winner is treated to some nice prizes. Our 2013 SROY winner was the 1964 Fairlane built by Rutterz Rodz in Bristol, Tennessee, and owned by Doyle Thomas of Longview, Texas. The extraordinary Fairlane was featured in the Apr. 2014 issue. As the winner of STREET RODDER's most prestigious award, Thomas has received a pair of unique prizes. One is a custom trophy, created from an air cleaner and decorated with the image of his car. The other is a personalized one-of-a-kind varsity letterman-style jacket stitched with his name, award title, and the Top 100 logo.
The 2014 STREET RODDER magazine Top 100 program, again presented by Painless Performance Products, is already underway. We will be selecting 10 cars from 10 different events throughout the season. For the schedule of events, visit our website at streetrodder.com.
Brian Brennan Added to GNRS Hall of Fame
Perhaps you're wondering why Brian Brennan, Editorial Director of this very magazine, was photographed standing behind a microphone at the 2014 Grand National Roadster Show. No, he's not singing the national anthem. He is addressing the 300-plus people in attendance at the luncheon where he was inducted into the GNRS Hall of Fame. The special event was held on Saturday during the Roadster Show festivities at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, site of the show since 2004.
The Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame was established in 1960 to recognize the builders, promoters, and journalists who have made an outstanding influential contribution to the GNRS and, by extension, to our hobby. Inductees are selected by the Hall of Fame members, who comprise the biggest names in street rodding. In addition to Brian Brennan, there were three other honorees for 2014: GNRS owner John Buck, hot rod and engine builder Jim Gonsalves, and Penny Pichette of West Coast Kustoms.
Slick Vic from Steve's
Traditional style with updated performance. Sounds like a pretty good way to build a street car. The guys at Steve's Auto Restorations (SAR) in Portland, Oregon, have applied that technique to everything they've built, including this in-progress 1951 Ford Victoria. Eric Black's illustration shows the body customized with a 1955 Crown Vic roof. The car will ride on an Art Morrison chassis with Schott Wheels. A Ford Boss 302 Coyote engine and TREMEC six-speed will provide forward (and reverse) motion. Plans for the interior include leather trim and contemporary creature comforts. Keep up to date with build photos on the SAR website at stevesautorestorations.com.
As we reported in the March issue, David Mayeur of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, was the winner of the 1932 Ford roadster giveaway prize at the 2013 Shades of the Past Car Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In the photo, David is posing with Bobby Alloway and a young man named Knox, who was misidentified as David's son. Knox was chosen to draw the winning ticket and is not related to David. We apologize to our readers—and to the families involved—for any confusion.