This year Rod & Custom magazine teamed up with Coker Tire to present the 2013 “Fab 5” awards. Five award winners from each of five different car shows across the country are being chosen, and at the end of the year one car from the field of 25 winners will be selected as the 2013 Car of the Year. We are honored that The Rodder’s Journal Revival has been chosen as one of the five events recognized by R&C and Coker. Rod & Custom editor Rob Fortier attended the Revival and there will be complete coverage of the event and the award winners in a future issue of R&C. In the meantime we wanted to congratulate the Revival “Fab 5” and wish them luck in the final competition.
Tom Venezia’s ’41 Willys never saw a drag strip in the ’60s, but you’d never know from looking at it. The Gasser-style vibe begins with a 6-71 blown and Hilborn four-port injected 392 Chrysler Hemi. The cockpit is loaded with ’60s drag car accoutrements, from diamond-pleated bucket seats to the Hurst Competition/Plus shifter, three-spoke wheel, and host of Eelco and Stewart-Warner gauges. We featured Tom’s Willys on the cover of TRJ #53.
Shadow Rods owner Jon Hall chose to take a unique approach to traditional hot rodding when he put together this Deuce sedan just about a decade ago. The result is this fenderless Ardun-powered ’32 Ford Fordor highboy sedan. Jon’s Deuce is nicely appointed with touches like leather hood straps, dropped, drilled, and chromed I-beam axle and a freshly installed set of Halibrand-style wheels. Shadow Rods business manager Paul Behling brought the Deuce to The Revival (along with the company’s sharp roadster pickup), and was seen cruising it around Baltimore all weekend long.
Anthony Bordonaro earned a couple of awards at The Revival, including a Fab 5 pick for his full-custom ’51 Ford. The two-door sedan has been chopped, nosed, decked, and lowered over wide whitewalls and Cadillac Sombrero wheel covers. Up front a Merc grille surround houses a ’55 DeSoto grille. Subtle pinstriping accents the flattened bronze paint. Anthony is also responsible for customizing Ron House’s ’50 Merc convertible, which was featured in last Friday’s newsletter for winning the Revival Custom Award.
Maryland native Pres Hartmann took home a Fab 5 pick with his ’29 Ford Model A Tudor. Pres brought the car to the Hot Rod Garage in Denton, Maryland, a couple years ago for new upholstery and wound up getting a host of traditional hot rod upgrades and fresh metallic gold paint. Under the mostly stock body is a heavily modified Model A-style frame with a dropped axle and four-bar to help create the healthy rake. Black painted steel wheels and caps with blackwalls continue the subtle resto rod vibe. Power comes from a Buick V6 and Turbo 350 transmission for effortless cruising.
Texas customizer Gary Howard finished freshening up Mike Young’s ’60 Chevy “Exotica” just days before loading it up to head to the Revival. The chopped, shaved, and lowered Chevy is nothing short of a modern classic custom car built in the spirit of the early-’60s show car era. The now-freshened Abalone Metalflake paint is Exotica’s crowning glory. We’ve long been fans of Gary’s work and of the Exotica in particular, having featured it back in TRJ #3, and we were honored that he and Mike chose to re-debut this fantastic custom at The Revival.
Congratulations to all those who took home Fab 5 awards from R&C and Coker Tire. We wish you all luck in the final competition, and we also thank you and everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Rodder’s Journal Revival.