Two “Do it Yourself” hot rodders were honored by Goodguys and Timberland as the national winner’s of the Timberland PRO “Homebuilt Heaven” competition. The competition is divided into two distinctive categories: Homebuilt Heaven (contemporary street rod, truck or custom through ’72 vintage) and Traditional Homebuilt Heaven (traditional hot rod, truck or custom through ’72 vintage).
The 2008 Homebuilt Heaven National winner is Rich Harris and his hand built 1937 Chevy Woody from San Jose, CA. Harris’ radically lowered woody features a TPI 350, disc brakes, Budnik Wheels and a one-off full custom wood body. Harris was selected as a regional winner of the Homebuilt Heaven at the 2008 West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton.
The Traditional Homebuilt Heaven winner is Bobby Keown of Morgantown, Kentucky. Keown’s genie red & white ‘55 Chevy was selected as a finalist at the 2008 Nostalgia Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Keown had a ’55 in the ‘70s and regrettably sold it when he entered the service. He bought and restored this beauty to have a ’55 again, and he did all the restoration work (except for the interior) at his home shop.
Each winner was selected via online voting which was held the entire month of January 2009 onwww.good-guys.com. Both Harris and Keown will receive a special trophy from our friends at Timberland PRO as well as a $1,000 shopping spree at www.timberland.com
Congratulations to both winners!