Two “do-it-yourself” hot rodders were honored as the national winners of the Speedway Motors Homebuilt Heaven competition. The competition was divided into two 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.) Finalists were selected at Goodguys events throughout the season and the winner determined through online voting.
Homebuilt Heaven Award Winner – Gary Wallace, Cleveland Tennessee – 1953 Chevy:
Hot rodding has long been the playground of the mechanically inclined. The do-it-yourself attitude is a great one to have, and for those who can, building their own car gives them immense satisfaction. With today’s selection of parts and equipment bigger than ever, the quality of cars in the Homebuilt Heaven special parking areas never fail to impress. Many times it’s hard to distinguish a homebuilt car from a pro built car.
Gary Wallace’s convertible 1953 Bel Air from Cleveland, Tennessee could easily be confused for a pro built car. The red paint and chrome plating are absolutely flawless from bumper to bumper. An Art Morrison chassis resides below, with Corvette suspension, big disc brakes, and polished American Racing wheels. Power is a 472 with an automatic overdrive transmission. The stunning red leather interior looks great with the top up or down, and features a custom console and Dakota Digital Gauges.
For his efforts Gary will be receiving a $500 gift certificate from our friends at Speedway Motors.
Traditional Homebuilt Heaven Award Winner – Brock Gilmore, Marshalltown, Iowa – 1928 Ford Model A Pickup
The Traditional Homebuilt Heaven Award pays homage to hot rodding’s earliest roots. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and dedication to not only build a car from the ground up, but to do so within a the traditional style. Nostalgia hot rodding is bigger than ever, and continues to grow in popularity. Built as a challenge to stay focused on the style, or to recreate a feeling of youth, the traditional-style vehicles in the Homebuilt Heaven Area are always fun to look at.
Brock Gilmore worked hard on his 1928 Ford roadster pickup, and the beautiful color combination and clean construction made him the voter’s favorite. A clever use of white paint kept the chrome bill low and emulated the show car styling of the ‘50s and ‘60s. White-hued items include the front suspension, Deuce grille insert, the firewall, and the tuck-n-roll interior. A contrasting red was used on the wire wheels and the vintage Thunderbird air cleaner and valve covers of the 302. The chassis was stretched and the windshield chopped. White walls and cheater slicks round things out.
Brock will receive a $500 gift certificate from our friends at Speedway Motors.
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