The Goodguys/Detroit Speed 2009 Muscle Machine of the Year has been awarded to Bryan Frank’s ’69 Pontiac Trans Am from Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
Frank, an avid collector with over 160 cars in his stable, decided he wanted something different and sought out the team at RPM in Warrendale, PA to build him this ground hugging G-Machine. He was drawn to RPM due to their penchant for blending top shelf styling with all-out performance. He asked them to build his ’69 Trans Am “like they would for themselves.”
The RPM team began with a rare drop-top – one of only eight made in 1969. After two years, the finished project debuted at the 12th PPG Nationals in Columbus this summer. When Frank first laid eyes on it, he was pleased to say the least! The convertible features one-inch extended rockers, a blended Camaro/Firebird front valence, a molded rear spoiler, stylized side vents and slick black paint with custom airbrushing by Skunkworx.
The custom-paneled engine bay houses a GM 350 crate motor with a smoothed and powder coated intake, MSD ignition and a Painless Performance computer. It’s backed by a Bowler 4L60E and a Currie 9”. The chassis features a reworked Fat Man front sub frame, a modified DSE Quadra-Link, RideTech shockwaves, and 6 and 4-piston Wilwood brakes.
The interior sports a fiberglass dash, AutoMeter gauges, bucket seats, a custom console and black leather upholstery by Trent’s Trick Upholstery.
Not only a looker, Frank’s ’69 Trans Am can run too! The car was flogged in Columbus at the 2009 Goodguys/Air Ride Technologies Street Machine of the Year Autocross where it clocked the 10th best lap time of 34.657 seconds!
The Goodguys/Detroit Speed Muscle Machine of the Year award is designed to honor a Muscle Car that’s been modified to perform at a high level including handling, stance, body & paint and engineering. Participation in a Goodguys Autocross is also mandatory for award finalists.
Congratulations to Frank and the RPM build team on their big win!
The runner up finalists for this year’s Detroit Speed Muscle Machine of the Year award included James Shipka, Calgary, AB (1967 Chevy Camaro), Johnny Teunissen, Corona, CA (1967 Pontiac Tempest), Scott & Laura Taylor, Sacramento, CA (1968 Ford Mustang), Tim Spencer, Pelham, AL (1966 Ford Mustang) Dave Lesisinger, Wall Lake, SD (1967 Camaro), Yanniv Sannes, Miami, FL (1965 Mustang), Tony Grzelakowski, Imlay City, MI (’66 Chevy Chevelle), Mike Yale Tomball, TX (1970 Chevy Camaro) and Jesse Greening, Cullman, AL (1971 Camaro).