Rydell and Terzich grab top jonors at Columbus as Chevy's win across the board. Columbus, Ohio - Street rodding and hot rodding have long been dominated by early Ford's. That trend may be changing rapidly as two Chevrolet models swept the...
Rydell and Terzich grab top jonors at Columbus as Chevy's win across the board.
Columbus, Ohio - Street rodding and hot rodding have long been dominated by early Ford's. That trend may be changing rapidly as two Chevrolet models swept the Goodguys 2002 Street Rod of the Year and 2002 Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Street Machine of the Year presented by Baer Brakes at the Goodguys/K & N Filters 5th PPG Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts.
Bob and Wes Rydell's Chip Foose designed "Grand Master" '35 Chevy again scored gold in 2002, by bagging the coveted Street Rod of the Year title. While Rydell and Foose continue to rack up credit for this landmark car, family Patriarch Wes Rydell shined the spotlight directly on master craftsman Doug Peterson all weekend in Columbus. It was Peterson who took Foose's layout and Rydell's budget and molded them into what ultimately became the Grand Master. Peterson's metalworking prowess makes the difference with this car. Earlier in the 2002 Goodguys event season at the Goodguys 20th All-American Get-Together in Pleasanton, California, the "Grand Master" won the Goodguys Street Rod d' Elegance and two months prior to that bagged the coveted Ridler award at the 50th Detroit Autorama in Cobo Hall.
Rydell's fellow Street Rod of the Year finalists included Gerald Yate's Texas based 1940 Ford Tudor (built in Manley, Iowa by Scott Schneckloth of Snik's Rod Shop), Bob Lowe's slippery '32 Ford hiboy roadster from Springfield, Missouri, Bob Johnson's '47 Ford woody from Gainesville, Georgia (built by Alan Johnson Hot Rods) and Wyatt Fuller's Cullman, Alabama based '33 Ford Speedstar coupe (built by 27 year old Jesse Greening of Greening Auto Co).
While Rydell's car was dominant in the Street Rod of the Year voting, the 2002 Goodguys Popular Hot Rodding Magazine Street Machine of the Year presented by Baer Brakes saw the closest competition ever. In fact, the top three cars in the voting were separated by a mere two points resulting in a tiebreaker to determine the winner. Once the votes were re-tallied, 32 year old Denny Turzich's gnarly pearl orange & white '56 Chevy 210 emerged victorious.
Turzich, who's been building magazine quality cars for 8 years, blew the crowd away with his 895 horsepower beast. The 572-inch Merlin Chevy mill, assembled by Evanuick Motors, gets its thump from a set of Summitt Racing trick flow heads. While the '56 does pound the ground (that's 895 horses without Nitrous!) the car is by no means "all motor." Turzich was able to get the car to sit just right courtesy of an Air Ride Technologies "Shockwave" air suspension with a Fatman front clip which insures the right stance. Inside, the white leather with orange accent upholstery, stitched up by JC Auto Trim invites passengers to a comfy ride. The Kicker/Accell interior audio and video package - a must have for any young hot rodder these days, offers DVD quality pictures and tunes (not that Denny should be watching movies while driving an 895 horsepower monster!). Finishing off the package is a set of Colorado Custom "Slotted Slater" wheels.
The other four Street Machine of the Year finalists included Bruce Ricks' yellow and white '55 Chevy from Sapula, Oklahoma, Kevin King's Year One '69 Camaro of Loganville, Georgia, George Lange's Bobby Alloway-built '56 Ford Crown Vic and Neil Lea's stout '55 Chevy from Centre, Alabama.