It is without a doubt one of the most recognized street rods in history. From album covers to magazine covers, the McMullen Roadster has been seen and admired by millions over the years. Originally built in the 1950s, the '32 highboy roadster was acquired by Tom McMullen in 1958. Tom added the signature flames, blown small-block, and Moon tank ... and the rest is hot rod history! Over the years, Tom built two reincarnations of his famous roadster. The one built in 1975 was dubbed the "Ultimate Highboy." It was a modern version of the roadster with all the tricks of the time. In 1991 Tom decided to duplicate the 1963 version of his famous roadster. It was history recreated.

With his untimely death, the legend of Tom McMullen and his famous roadster lived on in the pages of STREET RODDER. In 1997 (to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SRM), Lobeck's V-8 Shop in Cleveland, Ohio, was commissioned to build a 1963 version of the flamed roadster. Equipped with a blown small-block and the look that the McMullen Roadster was famous for, this reincarnation was driven to the National Street Rod Association events around the country. It was part of the famous Road Tour Series, which showed that modern street rods, when built with the quality components that are available today, are safe, reliable, and a whole lot of fun!

All of this brings us to the year 2000. Street rodding is bigger than it has ever been. The Road Tour Series is in its fifth year. When the time came to decide on a vehicle to celebrate our history and to take street rodding into the future, there was one choice that stood head and shoulders above the rest: a McMullen Roadster as Tom would have built in the year 2000.

At first glance every street rodder will recognize "the look." The flames and the Moon tank will be there, but with a twist for the year 2000. With Heidt's independent front and rear suspensions, the ride will be ultra-smooth. Lobeck's Just-a-Hobby designed a special frame to bring the overall stance low to the ground. Down's Manufacturing took one of its '32 roadster bodies and modified it for a hug-the-ground look.

Due to their reputation (built on two decades of quality street rod construction) the team of craftsmen at Ginny and Barry Lobeck's were called upon to handle the construction of the M2000. This experiment in "McMullen Modern" will have respect for the past but will also have an eye to the future of our hobby.

It is time to begin construction and it starts at the same place that every street rod starts: the chassis. Follow along as the Just-a-Hobby and Lobeck crew begins construction on the M2000 and we take street rodding into the next millennium. When the construction is complete, watch for the M2000 at the NSRA events around the country this summer. It will be a 25,000-mile tour of topless fun!