The PRO BUILDER SHOOT‐OUT is a feature event at the 2012 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals™ designed to spotlight some of the best builders in the country and the machines they have built. Readers of CAR CRAFT magazine and show attendees will have the opportunity to not only meet these extremely popular and creative individuals, but also vote on their favorite car designed and crafted by these various builders. The winning entry will earn the builder the honor of becoming the CAR CRAFT Pro Builder of The Year for 2012.
D&Z Customs: 1969 AMC AMX
The 1969 AMC AMX built by D & Z Customs and owned by Jimi Day is a full on pro-touring car that performs just as well as it looks. Power comes from GMPP LS3 powerplant that produces 453 horsepower to a Keisler 5-speed transmission. This build packs huge B.F. Goodrich KDW tires on 18-inch Rushforth wheels into each corner and are backed by a Wilwood brake system. D & Z Custom’s suspension at each corner of the car is compilation of Hedit’s, RideTech, and their own unique parts. With a no nonsense competition inspired interior and exterior in red with white, it is a car to be reckoned with both on and off the track.
D & Z Customs was founded in 2007 by Randy Johnson and his wife of 18 years Tobie. In 2008 at the Car Craft Summer Nationals Randy won first place for Street Machine of the Year, Muscle Machine Division with his 1966 retro mod Chevelle. He also came back in 2010 and won The Real Street Eliminator with his 1970 Camaro. He has gone on to earn many accomplishments and is no stranger to the Summer Nationals. Randy truly enjoys the excitement of watching a build come together and the thrill making his clients dream car become a reality.
Lakeside Rods and Rides: 1971 Chevrolet Camaro
Completed in February of 2012, the 1971 Camaro owned by Dave Leisinger and built by Lakeside Rods and Customs is the culmination of two years of hard work and unique styling realization by all involved. Intense body modifications are finished in Porsche Charcoal Silver enhanced with graphics in “Hot Licks” super blue and satin gray. Five hundred cubic inches of LSR engine packed full of top brand name go-fast goodies were machined by Warren Johnson Racing with an estimated 850 horsepower final output. The Morrison chassis uses C6 Corvette front suspension and Strange Engineering coilover shocks with Baer Racing brakes to mount the Bose 20x12 wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport tire. One impressive package to see and hear.
Roger Burman sold his first hot rod build in 1989 and used the money to finance the next one. After the third car the hobby turned in to a full-time business and Lakeside Rods and Customs was born. The current main shop is 8000 square feet with another 4000 square foot storage facility. Lakeside Rods and Customs build street rods, muscle cars and is not hung up on doing one-off cars. Each build is not just for show, but engineered to be used and driven. Winning several major awards Lakeside Rods and Customs strives to do the very best on every build.
Muscle Car Restoration: 1972 Plymouth Barracuda
Wayne Tunis is the owner of the fabulous 1972 Plymouth Barracuda created by Muscle Car Restoration over a two year period. The wait was well worth it as the final results in Lemon Twist Yellow features a host of AAR ‘Cuda and one-off custom body modifications. Besides great looks and a solid pro-touring stance, this “fish” packs a mean bite in the form of a Paxton supercharged SRT 6.1 liter Hemi that delivers a solid 518 horsepower to the T56 6-Speed Viper transmission. A full-on tube chassis outfitted with Magnum Force components supports this Barracuda that rides on WELD "Legacy" Wheels and Bridgestone tires.
Muscle Car Restoration was started when John Balow and a few acquaintances began putting their talents to sheet metal and making a hobby in to a full on business. In the first couple years, John did not do a whole lot to promote MCR but through reputation and word of mouth the business took off and grew. By the early 90’s some of the cars his team had restored started appearing in magazines which increased national exposure, and of course was good for business. Muscle Car Restoration are experts in custom metal fabrications, race chassis building, custom carbon fiber parts and chassis dyno tuning. They continue to work hard to earn and protect the trust each customer has in them.
Rad Rides by Troy: 1955 Chevrolet 210 Two-Door Sedan
The team at Rad Rides by Troy have assembled for owner Glen Grozich this extraordinary example of what is arguably one of the most iconic street machine of all time, the 1955 Chevrolet 210 2 door post sedan. The Morrison Enterprises chassis equipped car is outfitted with RideTech coilovers and provides a solid foundation to support the 540 cubic inch big block rated at 730 horsepower. Built for driving, the power is transmitted through a Tremec 5-Speed transmission to a Strange Engineering 9-inch rearend while stopping chores are handled by a Wilwood custom Rad Rides system. Billet Specialties full compliment of product offerings are housed in the beautiful car, including alternator, Tru Trac Serpentine system, steering column with wheel, and of course billet custom wheels.
After a trip to the 1990 Street Machine Nationals event in DuQuoin, IL Troy Trepanier was amazed at the building techniques he saw there, so he rebuilt his 1966 Chevelle shortly thereafter with a unique blend of ideas and called it Pro Box. It was a huge hit that spawned a new company.
Rad Rides by Troy was established in 1995 as a father and son business, and has since grown to become one of America’s top automotive shops in 16 short years. Along the way Troy has become a team builder - from the close-knit pack of fabricators, mechanics, painters and machinists that make up the company to the essential partnerships he has forged with some of the industry’s leading suppliers. The unique build styles, with leading edge technology and fabrication work, is of surreal craftsmanship that is a Rad Rides trademark found in each and every build.
Ring Brothers: 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback
This 1965 Mustang, named the Producer, was built by the Ring Brothers for owner Gary Bauers, and follows their tradition of highly modified yet stock appearing muscle cars. The body was widened a total of 4 inches to swallow the super wide Michelin tires on Forgeline wheels and features custom fabricated front and rear panels, carbon fiber hood and full belly pan. The Keith Craft 436 cubic inch Ford engine puts out 740 horsepower to the Bowler T56 transmission and are set back eight inches into the Morrison Enterprises chassis. The interior follows a competition theme with one-off seats, instrument cluster and gauges in the finest materials for comfort on the long hauls both on and off the track.
The Ring Brothers are known for their creativity and precision among the muscle car industry elite. They strive to maintain stock appearances to highly modified muscle. Upgraded performance is done with contemporary parts and products. They cover the full spectrum of redefining the classics. Recently they won Goodguys Rod and Custom Association Street Machine of the Year for the second time in a row for a car of their own making.
The Roadster Shop: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
The Roadster Shop team have applied their build talents on yet another iconic muscle car, the 1969 Camaro. Built for owner Bruce White, this Camaro features many subtle body modifications all finished in black with matte red accents. The Roadster Shop started with one of their own "Fast Track" brand chassis with independent front and four-bar rear suspensions. The car is outfitted with a Baer Racing brake system to bring the Michelin Pilots on HRE wheels to a stop. Power is provided by a LS3 massaged by Turnkey Engine Supply that sends 565 horsepower to the Tremec T-56 transmission and Strange Engineering 9-inch reared.
The Roadster Shop has been in the chassis fabrication and turnkey vehicle building market for street rods and muscle cars for more than 25 years. Currently located in a 30,000 sq. ft. facility, the Roadster Shop includes a 5,000 sq.ft, upscale retail showroom.
Quick to embrace the growing trend in muscle cars and the Pro-Touring movement with advances in design, innovation and engineering, the Roadster Shop constantly provide their customers with industry leading chassis products that exceeds all expectations and driving needs. The Roadster Shop Team has a level of craftsmanship that is unsurpassed with a vast knowledge of stylized vehicles and the savvy to build award winning cars across a vast range of brands and build styles.
Schwartz Performance: 1981 Pontiac Trans Am
The 1981Pontiac Trans Am is calling card of the products and building expertise provided by Schwartz Performance. Riding on a Schwartz Performance G-Machine chassis that features their own uniquely engineered complete front and rear suspension systems, it provides ample room to house a Baer Extreme Plus brake system and Michelin Pilot tires on Forgeline wheels in modified openings of the Firebird. Additional body modifications include enlarged air-extractors, shaved door handles, YearOne flush-mount fender flares, and more all finished in "White Lightening" white. Power is provided from a Schwartz Performance 6.9L LS9 measuring 415 cubic inches that delivers with 16 pounds of boost a whopping 1,010 horsepower to the Bolwer 4L80E transmission and culminating within the gear set of a Moser reared.
Schwartz Performance was founded on the premise that race-car performance can be had with street-car convenience, reliability and comfort. Jeff Schwartz has had an extensive career in machining, manufacturing and product design, along with a racing career in various venues including Motocross bikes, road-racing bikes and various race-cars from front-wheel-drive sport compacts to V8-powered GT1 Corvettes and IMSA Camaros. As industry technologies evolved, Jeff realized that race-car performance no longer required uncomfortable purpose-built track cars—an idea he proved by building a 1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, which won Car Craft Magazine’s 2002 Real Street Eliminator competition. Jeff’s unyielding passion for blending modern technology with classic style causes his cars to consistently surpass conventional expectations and is the driving force behind Schwartz Performance and the products it provides.
Woody's Hot Rodz: 1957 Chevrolet 150 Two-Door Sedan
More than just an icon, the "Black Widow" circle tracks cars that first appeared in February of 1957 were more a mystery machine of the day and the build theme of this example. Unlike the racers of the past the team at Woody's Hot Rodz have added hundreds of body modifications as well as a whole lot more power to this freshly completed car. The engine is a GM Performance Parts all aluminum 427 that has been massaged by Engine Masters Champion BES Racing Engines to an estimated 557 horsepower. Installed in the Morrison Enterprises chassis and backed by a Tremec 5-Speed transmission to a 9-inch rear end that applies the power to the ground through a set of Clay Cook (one-off) 6-lug billet wheels mounted with BF Goodrich tires.
From humble beginnings in a backyard garage, Woody’s Hot Rodz was founded with the dream of becoming one of the Nation’s premier builders of classic hot rods. Fast forward nine years and they now have eight employees working out of two separate facilities in Bright, IN with more than 7,500 sq ft of floor space; the dream is coming to fruition. Woody’s specializes in creating one-of-a-kind turnkey hot rods and muscle cars. Christopher Sondles, the founder of Woody’s Hot Rodz, has had a lifelong passion with classic and performance cars and trucks of all types. Woody’s is considered by many to be one of the best kept secrets in the hot rod world, but they continue to gain greater recognition with each passing project.