After sifting through the sea of entries, one thing is for sure—you didn’t make it easy on us! We were impressed with both the quantity and quality of cars that made their way into our inbox from around the world. There was every type of rod, custom and competition machine imaginable, and we thoroughly enjoyed looking at each and every one of them.
When it was all said and done, we selected Jon Centracchio’s chopped and channeled Deuce five-window as the 2017 Subscription Drive Winner. Look for a full feature on the Springfield, Massachusetts-based coupe in a future issue.
Even though there could only be one winner, we can assure you that you’ll be seeing multiple Subscription Drive submissions in the pages of The Rodder’s Journal sometime down the road. We would like to thank everyone who participated, and we look forward to seeing you out on the open road.
In the meantime, here are a few more favorites that we couldn’t help but share.
Charlie Padula, Grafton, Massachusetts – 1934 Ford Coupe. Along with the Altered, he has a flamed ’34 Ford three-window, 1940 Ford pickup and a smallblock Chevy-powered ’33/’34 Ford roadster project in the works.
Michael Weinzettle, Huntsville, Texas – 1929 Ford Roadster that was a dirt track pace car in the late-’50s and early-’60s in North Texas.
Paul Miller, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York – 1932 Ford three-window, all steel and powered by a 4×2-fed 327 Chevy.
Dave Venski, Manvel, Texas – 1926 Ford Roadster with a widened body, Deuce frame and 322cid Buick nailhead. Dave built the roadster in his carport more than 20 years ago.
Clyde Warden, Betterton, Maryland – 1951 Mercury customized in mid-’50s style, complete with a chopped top and maroon and white tuck-and-roll interior.
Jackson Furlan, Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil – 1953 GMC Pickup, lowered with a tasteful mild-custom look.
Steve Sokol, Pella, Iowa – 1931 Ford Coupe powered by a hot four-banger. He also has a ’50s-style ’29 Ford roadster under construction.
Gary Alumbaugh, Swartz Creek, Michigan – 1928 Ford Pickup with a 4.3L Chevy V6 beneath the hood.
Dean Lowe, Oceanside, California – 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup that he built with his dad in 1960. It’s now owned by Steve Hill of Brighton, England, and is still being raced to this day. This 1966 photo shows the truck staging for another run at the Hot Rod Magazine Championship Drags at Riverside.
Although he has long since sold hist first Model A roadster pickup, Dean Lowe built this bright-yellow ’29 a little over two decades ago. Much like his first RPU, this one also has a blown smallblock Chevy.
Thomas Russell, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada – 1927 Ford Touring that he built in 1977. Highlights include a Fenton-equipped ’41 Ford flathead, ’40 Lincoln brakes and a Halibrand quickchange.
We figured there would be no better way to end this summer’s Subscription Drive than with a shot of Mike Lowe’s “lead sled” 1971 AMC Gremlin from Loveland, Colorado. It’s nicely built and features a wide range of custom touches from the ’56 Buick grille bar to the shaved handles and emblems. Mike says it best: “Not your typical car, but it’s all about fun.” We couldn’t agree more.