George Poteet’s “Miller Hauler Special” Indy-inspired ’32 Ford pickup has been named Goodguys 2010 Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year –Early. The Truck of the Year is divided into two categories – “Early” (trucks through 1952 vintage) and “Late” (1953 through 1972).
Poteet’s no stranger to winning major awards in the rod & custom industry. He’s a multiple winner of the Goodguys Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year but also likes to go fast. Real fast! His “Blowfish” ’69 Plymouth Barracuda is one of the fastest cars on the planet. His latest creation, the “Miller Hauler Special” is incredibly detailed and masterfully built. The early Ford pickup was designed by Brian Stinger with machine work and final assembly by the Rad Rides by Troy Team.
The truck has what seems to be a million thoughtfully placed louvers and mind boggling amounts of milled aluminum, chrome and custom fabbed parts and pieces. The focal point is the polished custom grill built by Steve Moal. The body features a wedge chop, stretched cowl, custom hood and hood sides by Stinger and a custom box out back. The engine is a 201 cubic inch Donavan 4 banger linked to a Tremec T5. The truck rolls on a genie deuce frame with custom front horns. A Magnum 5 inch drop tube axle insures a killer stance. The Brakes are 12-inch Bendix style with custom machined fins which stop the 19 inch gold Dayton wires. Sitting in the custom Stinger-built seats gives you a birds-eye view of the immaculate Diamond T dash featuring Classic Instruments gauges and MG steering wheel.
Poteet will receive a customized toolbox courtesy of Snap-on as well as his Street Rod HQ Truck of the Year of the Year – Early award while in Scottsdale at the season-ending 13th Southwest Nationals, November 19-21 at Westworld.
Fellow award finalists included the trucks of Ricky “Slim” Kircharr, Northpoint, AL (’53 Chevy), Steve Frisbee, Portland, OR (’33 Dodge), Jimmy Heravtin, Warrington, MO (’30 Ford), Tom Stephens, Williams, CA (’48 Ford) and Jerry Holbrook, Haymarket, VA (’41 Willys).
Congratulations to Poteet and all fellow finalists!