Winners at “The Big One” – PPG Nats.

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At GoodGuys they call the PPG Nationals “The Big One” for good reason. First of all, the show is big. Well actually it’s huge so that’s a no brainer. But it’s “The Big One” for a few other very good reasons. Right now “The Big” I’m talking about are the multitudes of Big Dog builders that were in Columbus showing their Big Bad new builds, many of which were out vying for either the Street Rod of the Year and Street Machine of the Year top honors. So, to cut to the chase there were two big announcements at “The Big One” today and I’ve got them for you. Drum Roll Please ………..

The GoodGuys Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year for 2017 went to Mr. Hot Rod himself and one of the “fastest” guys on the planet George Poteet with his ’32 Ford Tudor built by Johnson’s Hot Rods. This is one stout Street Rod! “Less is more” is the general theme for this amazing 1932 Ford Tudor build. It is a work of stunning craftsmanship. The sleek design called for a lot of significant changes to the Ford which Alan Johnson and his crew at Johnson’s Hot Rods executed flawlessly. Great strides were made to ensure the proportions were in line. The panels of the sedan were chopped and proportioned. The quarter windows were shortened, the leading edge of the cowl was moved back, and the cowl itself was moved down. The interior with wood plank floors and leather wrapped panels maintain the subtle continuity of the extremely refined “less is more” aesthetic. There’s a Ford in this Ford. This Street Rod is powered by a 312 Ford Y block V8 built around a hidden Hillborne injection unit system. The Tudor rides on a JHRS chassis and with gold anodized Halibrand wheels to finish off the look. Each of the countless details seamlessly tie together to create one spectacular ’32 and this year’s winner of the GoodGuys Street Rod of the Year. FYI, my bucket list includes a visit to Mr. Poteet’s stable. I would love to cast mine peeps on that fleet! Now take a gander at his most recent winner!

The GoodGuys PPG Street Machine of the Year for 2017 went to John Wilcus and his ’69 Camaro “Inferno” built by the Roadster Shop. This is some mighty muscle! The Roadster Shop has the well earned reputation for turning out world class unexpected rides and Inferno is an excellent example of their talents. The intention for the boys at the Roadster Shop was to “build an over the top concept car” while staying true to the of the origins of the ’69. Done and done. Talk about hands on; they designed “every part, piece and component” of this ride, they machined every switch, cut the body and redesigned the numerous lines. The valence, cowl, hood, rockers, tailpanel and spoiler all hand fabricated. The foundation for this blazing beauty is none other than a Roadster Shop’s Fast Track IRS chassis, I think they had an in with that proprietary technology! The engine compartment is pristine, fitted with an ultra hot Texas Speed built 680 horsepower LTI engine. A Tremec T56 Magnum transmission gets all those horses to the rear wheels. Oh and those wheels, rims specially designed for “Inferno” by Jesse Greening from the Greening Auto Company. High end super car inspired interior treatment is enhanced with the hand fabricated dash and panels. What we wear when your name is “Inferno”? None other than a coat of the hottest yellow McLaren makes. All told this first gen is greater than the sum of it’s parts. So much so, it’s got a new title, “Street Machine of the Year!” Now take a look at what thousands of hours spent in the shop looks like.

Although the announcement of the Street Rod and Street Machine winners was uber exciting, there was another 6,000 or so rides putting on one heck of a show. Again you know, it’s “The Big One”. So take a gander at some of the other GoodGuys and Gals that have brought out their finest for, you guessed it – “The Big One”, the PPG Nationals.

Stay tuned for full coverage from “The Big One” it’s coming up ASAP!

Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!

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