Columbus Winners

Goodguys Gives Awards

Larry Jewett - July 11, 2012 08:40 AM


Gary Bowers and his Ringbrothers creation called Producer


Dave Walsh was honored for this '32 Vicky


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Pennsylvania’s Gary Bowers and Georgia’s Dave Walsh drove off with the top two awards at the Goodguys 15th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Braving record high temperatures, Bowers’ bright orange ’65 Mustang won the Goodguys 2012 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year crown while Walsh’s jet black ’32 Ford Victoria collected the Goodguys 2012 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year title.
The two cars encapsulate perfectly the current state of the hot rodding world. Bowers’ hi-tech, ground hugging Mustang, built by Ringbrothers represents the latest in track-ready, show-quality super muscle cars while Walsh’s Victoria, built by Bobby Alloway represents the time-tested appeal of a smoothed out early Ford.
 Bowers ’65 is named “Producer.” The body was widened four inches (two inches on each side), the rockers are extended, there's a full belly-pan underneath and both the hood and roof are carbon-fiber – signature Ringbrothers touches. Under the hood is high compression Keith Craft-built 427 cubic inch stroker based on the 351 Windsor small block making 740hp crank horsepower. The matte finish three-piece wheels designed by Ringbrothers were built by Forgeline. Baer Brakes, AFCO shocks and a suspension consisting of front tubular A-arms and a Watt’s link set up in the rear give it razor sharp handling. The car gets its name from Bowers’ Waynesburg, Pennsylvania based Producer Supply Company.
Dave Walsh’s ’32 Vicky is a timeless beauty with a rich and smooth PPG Deltron black coat, sitting just right on an Alloway chassis. The signature Alloway big and little polished wheels were cut by Billet Specialties and the car gets its perfect rake courtesy of Pete & Jake four-bar suspension with a five-inch dropped axle. There’s nothing vintage about the thumping 502-inch big block mated to a Tremec five-speed. Inside the cabin is a painted burl wood dash with garnish molding and a custom leather interior by Steve Holcomb’s Pro Auto.
The top five finalists for the Goodguys 2012 Optima Batteries Street machine of the Year award were Dave Leisinger, Wall Lake, South Dakota  (1971 Camaro), Dana Irvin, Cypress, Texas (1965 Mustang), Steve Keefer, Brentwood, California  (1969 Camaro), Dale Boesch, Humphrey, Nebraska (1969 Camaro) and Gary Bowers, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (1965 Mustang).
The top five finalists for the Goodguys 2012 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year award were Gary Crawford, El Dorado, Kansas (1940 Chevy), Pete Datino, Valhalla, New York (1932 Ford Coupe), Joe Stuban, Naples, Florida (1937 Ford Coupe), William Shores, Concord, Alabama (1932 Ford Roadster) and Dave Walsh, Macon, Georgia  (1932 Ford Victoria).