In 1990 when Chip Foose was attending Art Center and studying Automotive Product Design he designed and hand built a 1/5th scale this beautiful ride as part of his (Chrysler Sponsored) graduation project. I do find it interesting (as do many others) that just 6 years later a strikingly similar vehicle emerged from Plymouth. While the prowler was horribly underpowered when first released in 1997, the HEMISFEAR has a 392 HEMI with over 500 HP. In partnership with Metalcrafters, this vehicle is planned to be produced in very low numbers (50 total) for a cool $300k. A bit more than a Prowler but probably a better investment overall (although I do like the Prowler).
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I’ve been following DuSold Designs on Facebook for quite some time. I was stoked to finally run into one of their cars @ the Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals at Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ and lucky enough to see the shop ’67 TT Camaro cutting loose on the AutoX track. On the outside, the car looks like it might be a beater but you can clearly see that this ride was carefully purpose-built. The nasty TT boosted 427 LS motor pushes 900hp at the wheel and runs high 10s in the quarter. The Detroit Speed front clip and QUADRAlink rear along with the Wilwood discs at all four corners enables this thing to also perform amazingly well when not headed in a straight line. Much respect for the work on this ride fellas!
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While I like a ’56 Chevy there seems to be a ton of them that look alike, I always like seeing something different and this car has “different” written all over it! When a car is built by Rad Rods by Troy out of Manteno, IL you know it will be solid but this one is just on a whole different level. The star of this car is the 413 Nailhead engine (based off a 401) that was used by early racers in the 1950s. Rad Rods added fuel injection and a slick and subtle twin turbo system to generate 800hp in a tidy package with a dry sump system to keep it lubricated on the twisties. Riding on an Art Morrison chassis with C6 font clip, triangulated 4-link rear with a Ford 9-inch 3.5 posi diff, 12″ Ridetech coilovers and Wilwood discs all around. This foundation leads to a killer old school ride that moves, corners and stops as good or better than a modern car. The list of modifications goes on and on, take a look at that interior and the details in the metal work and paint and you can begin to appreciate the love that was poured into this car. I really like that the exterior is done in gloss clear and the engine compartment is finished in matte clear, not something that I can ever remember seeing on another car. I am glad that I got some shots of this beautiful ride and hope to see it again!
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I dig wagons and I’ve always thought that the Magnum was a sweet ride. I don’t have a ton of info about this ride besides that it was built by Show & Performance out of San Diego, CA that it is Bagged and finally is Boosted with a Vortech supercharger. If you have more info about this ride, let me know so I can add more details.
On the second day of SEMA, my brother and I walked into the parking lot near the Vegas Convention Center monorail station and were immediately greeted by this loud and low widebody 300. I have always had a thing for the 300, to me it ushered in the new generation of tough domestic cars. The amount of work that has been done on this ride is out of sight, a 12″ widebody to fit 24×15 and 24×9.5 Forgiato Azioni wheels, Custom two tone Dodge Viper Snakeskin Pearl and Sublime Green on Black paint, beautiful custom interior and most recently a 6.1 HEMI to name a few of the many mods. While some trolls have been hating on this from SEMA, I dig it. When you customize something this much, it is bound to ruffle some feathers. Well done BigSpicy!
The trouble with SEMA is that there are so many ridiculously awesome cars that stuff like this Custom ’54 Chevy (I think that is what it is at least) just gets lost in the crowd. I spent some time searching for more information on this car but ended up empty handed. The candy green paint was miles deep and the stance was just right. Such a clean execution deserves a better write up but unfortunately I don’t have the details for the load of work that has been done on this sweet ride. If you know more, drop me a line!
As you may have gathered, I dig patina. Let me tell you, this truck has it in spades (pun intended). Riding on enormous 24″ Forgiato Borsa wheels and has the perfect stance tucking just the right amount of the P405/25 ZR 24 Pirelli P-Zero Nero rubber. I couldn’t fund much info on this truck so if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.