Homebuilt hot rods take top billing at Goodguys
Andy Bolig - April 04, 2012 04:40 PM
Rolling on five-spoke Intro wheels and powered by a 400-inch small-block, the sharp Chevy showcases a high level of detailCredit: Speedway Motors
Abrahams first acquired the rare Darrin as a teen in Cleveland, Ohio, building it into a racecar in the early-’60s.Credit: Speedway Motors
Speedway Motors has built its 60-year reputation as America’s Oldest Speed Shop by offering high-quality products to hands-on rodders who prefer to build their own rides
These two award winners prove that homebuilt cars can still be stars!
Mike Toberman has been named the 2011 Speedway Motors Homebuilt Heaven winner for his ’55 Chevy, while Lee Abrahams has scooped up the 2011 Speedway Motors Traditional Homebuilt prize with his ’54 Kaiser. Both winners were selected by popular vote from among the Homebuilt Heaven and Traditional Homebuilt award recipients selected at all 20 Goodguys events in 2011.
Toberman, who hails from Anaheim, California, cruised down the coast in his ’55 Chevy for the 2011 Goodguys Del Mar Nationals, where his orange-and-black beauty earned its initial Homebuilt Heaven pick. Rolling on five-spoke Intro wheels and powered by a 400-inch small-block, the sharp Chevy showcases a high level of detail, highlighted by a custom interior stitched by Armando’s Custom Upholstery.
Abrahams’ Kaiser has a 50-year history behind its Traditional Homebuilt award. Abrahams first acquired the rare Darrin as a teen in Cleveland, Ohio, building it into a racecar in the early-’60s. Abrahams relocated to Tucson, Arizona shortly afterward, where he eventually sold the car in the early-’70s. In 2007, Abrahams managed to relocate the car’s body and set to work rebuilding it to its racing form, complete with a Hilborn-injected big-block Chevy. The unique Kaiser was chosen for a Traditional Homebuilt pick at the Goodguys Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale last fall.
To commemorate their wins, both Toberman and Abrahams will receive a $500 Speedway Motors gift card, plus a personalized Speedway Motors jacket. Both cars have also been featured in the 2012 Goodguys Yearbook.
With the 2012 Goodguys event season already underway, Speedway Motors returns as the proud sponsor of the Homebuilt Heaven and Traditional Homebuilt areas and awards at all 20 Goodguys events this season. The sponsorship could not be more fitting, as Speedway Motors has built its 60-year reputation as America’s Oldest Speed Shop by offering high-quality products to hands-on rodders who prefer to build their own rides, rather than pay a shop to do the work. Be sure to visit the special Homebuilt Heaven parking area at your next Goodguys show to check out the high-quality rides crafted by these talented and resourceful do-it-yourself rodders. For more information, call them toll free at 800.979.0122 or visit them online at SpeedwayMotors.com.