Vintage NASCAR-inspired, the Torino blends old-school design ques and racing heritage with the performance and reliability of modern performance products, making it the perfect choice for the award.
Masterfully designed and built by Troy Trepanier and the Rad Rides team of Manteno, Illinois, the same name behind rides like “Chicayne,” “Sick Fish” and “Sniper,” the Torino, dubbed the GPT Special, is beyond jaw-dropping. Completed over three years, the once bulky Ford was transformed into a sleek pro-touring beast with an epic mix of appealing Mercury Cyclone design cues and a Holman Moody NASCAR-style Torino.
Giving the car its Cyclone flare is a unique dash and hood, which were added to hours and hours worth of body work, custom body panels, including the rear quarters, and a shortened but widened stance. Shortened in the front fenders by 3 inches and widened by 5, the Torino also sports a subtle 1-inch shorter wheel base than its factory-original siblings.
It also features massive 14-inch rotors and 6-piston calipers from Wilwood, and 8×10-inch (front) and 20×12-inch (rear) GT40-style Billet Specialties wheels. Built to look good and drive better, the Torino and Poteet will be making their way to the Bonneville Salt Flats in just a couple weeks for the SCCA Speed Week, where the two will compete in the street-legal, 150mph class.
Taking the job of powering the high-class hot rod to heart is a 1953 Mercury Flathead topped with a 4.71 GMC blower, both dusted in a coat of gold anodized paint. Supported by a boxed and reinforced chassis, the hot rod also makes use of a Tremec 6-speed transmission, custom A-arm front suspension, independent rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and one-off gold Halibrand style wheels.
For dedicating themselves to these fantastic vehicles, both Poteet and Cizek will receive custom Snap-On tool boxes as well as travel accommodations to the Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals this November at Westworld in Scottsdale, where the vehicles will both appear in the “Champion’s Arena” for the Goodguys Terrific 12 award winners.
Congratulations goes out to Poteet and Cizek for their extraordinary wins, as well as to all those individuals who owned vehicles in the top five finalists for each award.
Article by Lindsey Fisher, courtesy of the Rod Authority.