The people have spoken and the votes are tallied! Congratulations to Max Kempton and his 1967 Pontiac GTO on winning the Goodguys 2017 Speedway Motors Homebuilt Heaven award. In the Traditional Homebuilt Heaven category, it was Melvin Cherry’s 1929 Ford Model A Tudor taking the big win! Both winners will receive a $500 Speedway Motors gift certificate as well as a custom Speedway Motors jacket.
Goodguys 2017 Speedway Motors Traditional Homebuilt Heaven Winner Melvin Cherry’s 1929 Ford Model A Tudor
Melvin’s low-slung ’29 Model A from Yakima, Washington won its Traditional Homebuilt Heaven event award at the Pacific Northwest Nationals in Puyallup. The sedan gets its low-down stance in part from having the body channeled over the Model A frame. A dropped beam axle suspended with hairpins continues the traditional theme, along with finned Buick brakes, steel wheels and wide whitewall bias ply tires. Power comes from a vintage Flathead hopped up with finned Fenton heads, dual carbs and lake-style headers, backed by a four-speed transmission. Red vinyl upholstery with white piping keeps the vibe going inside, while a sliding top insert allows for fun-in-the-sun cruising.
Goodguys 2017 Speedway Motors Homebuilt Heaven Winner Max Kempton’s 1967 Pontiac GTO
Max Kempton’s ’67 GTO hails from Tucson, Arizona and was selected as a Speedway Motors Homebuilt Heaven award winner at the first event of 2017 – the 8th Spring Nationals in Scottsdale – before topping the end-of-year voting. While the bright PPG paint is reminiscent of the original Marina Blue hue, this homebuilt Goat is far from stock. A 6.2-liter LS3 gives the car modern manners and power, with Wilwood brakes and big-inch versions of Pontiac sport wheels providing better grip and stopping power. The engine compartment is updated, as well, with a smooth firewall, custom core support cover and billet hood hinges. Black upholstery over updated seats keeps things comfortable inside on this pro-touring machine.
Congratulations, Max and Melvin, and thanks for reminding us how cool home-built rods can be!