Destination 300…

-Johnson's Hot Rod Shop is building this '53 Studebaker in an attempt to eclipse the 300mph barrier without the aid of a blower, turbo or nitrous oxide.

Alan Johnson and his team at Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden, Alabama are building one wicked looking ’53 Studebaker Competition Coupe for the 2013 Bonneville Speed Weeks slated for August 10-16 this summer. The car is being built for clients Paul & Betty Gilliam.

The project’s goal is to build a car so slippery that it can attain 300mph without the use of a turbo, blower or nitrous oxide and just 370 cubic inches of Chevy power (built by Keith Dorton – Automotive Specialist Inc.).  The car was designed using SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Shane Phillips – parts manager for Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop is slated to drive (but you know our 2012 Woman of the Year Angie Johnson is dying to drive it too!).

As you can see from the rendering and accompanying shop photos – the nose of the Studebaker has been stretched significantly. The body is hand formed aluminum offering sleek lines in an attempt to get the slippery ‘Stude to maximum velocity on the land speed course.

To follow along and receive project updates and construction photos, visit the Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop Facebook Page here.

We wish the team good luck this season in attaining their goal out on the salt!

-Johnson found this nice donor car in Texas to start the project

-Full cage and a wicked chop!

-Hand formed aluminum nose

-Lots of sheet metal!

-Lookin pretty slippery!

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