Presented by Kyle Tucker of Detroit Speed, Inc.
For over 20 years, Detroit Speed has been at the leading forefront of our industry improving on current trends and carving new ones of their own out of their Mooresville, NC-based facility. Their suspension products are popular worldwide and in the past few years, their complete builds have also stretched worldwide under President Kyle Tucker’s leadership. Whether it’s selling direct bolt-in suspension products to turning out award-winning builds, the Detroit Speed team is meticulous in each aspect of their craft, which is what has propelled them to the top.
We can’t thank Kyle, and the Detroit Speed crew enough for their continued Goodguys support and help with our Charlotte event throughout the years. From building award-winning rides to selecting Builders Choice awards, hosting a kickoff party, and running hard on the AutoCross track, Kyle Tucker and the DSE crew are on the gas! Here are their Top 10!
|Chad Adams has turned out some killer hot rods in recent years and this new ’32 Ford hi-boy is no exception! Coated in a custom mixed PPG paint, the body rides on one of Adams’ hot rod chassis with a dropped axle and saddles a 383c.i. stroker engine, 350 trans and a Ford 9-inch rear end. The Rodwell windshield was chopped and significantly laid back meaning the riders in this hot rod need to slouch down pretty far, but that’s half the fun of riding in a roadster!The interior was finished with a distressed brown leather with ball glove stitching and So-Cal gauges.|
|It amazes us how quickly cars and trucks are being built these days. Angelo Vespi’s most recent build, this 1967 C/10, was completed in only 12 months. Finished in July of 2016, it rides on a Roadster Shop chassis with Rushforth 19 and 20-inch wheels. Custom billet trim accents the exterior and a custom aluminum tonneau cover seals off the bed.
The interior features distressed brown leather upholstery and a custom, vintage-appearing dash while a supercharged LS3 engine provides ample power for the lead-footed owner. Finishing off Vespi’s pickup is a two-tone PPG white and smoky blue paint job. It was also selected as a Truck of the Year-Late finalist for the 2017 running, you’ll definitely want to peek the feature of this hot hauler found on page 46.
|This choice for Tucker didn’t surprise any of us as we know he has a soft spot for second-gen track-killing Camaros. Paul Van Nus’ 1971 Camaro was built to rip up the asphalt and put impressive times up on the board but it’s also a certified highway cruiser. Paul’s Camaro sports matte maroon PPG paint covering many body mods including the flared fenders. Underneath it’s all DSE suspension with 18-inch Forgeline wheels attached. An LS7 provides the power and utilizes a dry sump oiling system to keep the engine happy at high RPM’s. A tubular roll bar was tucked nicely inside the cabin which also features a touch screen dash, black leather panels and comfy Sparco racing seats. The guys at Dutch Boys Hot Rods took this second-gen over the top finishing it in the fall of 2015!|
|Here’s a name you’re going to hear a lot of this year – Rod Parsons. This is the third Gazette in a row where Parson’s 1967 C/10 has appeared, and we’re thinking this is going to be a continuing trend through 2017. Under the hood is a supercharged LSA engine that throws plenty of power to the 20- inch B-Forged wheels that rock “ZL1 C/10” center caps. A carbon fiber hood insert, fender exit exhaust, and an air splitter, spoiler, and honeycomb grill up front highlight exterior mods. The interior is decked out in red leather with custom door panels, handles, console and dash which is fitted with Classic Instrument gauges. This one is the total package!|
|Terri Blackburn’s Frankenberry red ’67 Camaro uses a DSE QUADRAlink rear end with Heidt’s front suspension cradling a 383 c.i. Chevy stroker engine. The door handles and drip rails were shaved and smoothed while the front and rear glass are flush mounted. Inside the cabin are a charcoal gray leather interior, custom built console, and a ’57 Chevy dash that was trimmed to replace the stock Camaro dash then fitted with Classic Instrument gauges. The wheel choice always seems to be one of the hardest decisions to make but Terri got it right with 18- inch Schott billets on all four corners.|
|The crew at One Off Restoration wrapped up Gary Corkell’s ’32 Ford Highboy Roadster the night before the Southeastern Nationals and cruised down from Middletown, DE to find instant gratification. Not only did it pick up the Hottest Hot Rod award, it doubled up with a Detroit Speed Builder’s Choice award! The custom PPG Sugar Blue paint is accented with white paint on the firewall as well as white accents throughout the entire car. Flip the tables and the interior is finished with custard white leather accented with blue piping. The front suspension features a 4-inch dropped polished stainless axle with hairpins while a six-deuce fed 383 c.i. Chevy engine powers Corkell’s hot rod down the road.|
|Fred Treadway’s 1967 Chevelle got Tucker’s nod of approval for its gleaming Hot Hues Underground Brown paint, tan convertible top and cream leather interior. Treadway’s Chevelle is fitted with DSE suspension products and was built by Super Rodz in just 18 months. Many custom touches affix the exterior including custom door handles, narrowed and shaved bumpers and a billet grill. A custom dash and console add more billet parts and pieces to Treadway’s Chevelle which rolls on Schott wheels fitted with BFG tires. Powered by an LS3 / Tremec 6-speed setup, this mega muscle car gets with it!|
|Kyle Tucker knows a thing or two about street machines so when he personally selects your muscle machine for a Builder’s Choice award, you know you got it right! Tucker selected Kelly Moss’ 1970 Challenger and rightfully so. Built by Ferrell Creations, Moss’ Challenger rides on a custom-built RMS frame and has an EFI-fed 500 c.i. big block engine wedged between the rails. The smooth black paint is paired with a caramel leather interior featuring a custom console with billet trim pieces. In all, it took a little over four years to finish with a 2014 debut but it’s still looking like a brand new ride years later.|
|Jason Graham’s “Sexy Blonde” 1940 Mercury Coupe found the winners circle at every Goodguys event it rolled into this past season. The customization and body mod list is long with this one but most obvious is the 6-inch chop and filled in rear window. Adding to the mod list are custom skirts and running boards, reworked grill, one-off split bumpers, shaved doors, hood, deck lid and more. When all the sheet metal work was done it was sprayed with Metallic Yellow that pops in the sun. The stock chassis still utilizes the original straight axle up front but RideTech air suspension was added for that “in da weeds” look that we all love!|
|Still turning heads wherever it shows up is Angelo Vespi’s 1969 Camaro which won the SEMA Battle of the Builders back in 2014. By far one of the nicest street machines on the grounds, Vespi’s Camaro was a meticulous four-year build featuring a full Detroit Speed chassis, 800 horsepower Mast Motorsports LSX engine, Rushforth wheels, M&M custom black leather interior, and custom dash all finished in PPG matte white paint with matte black and red graphics. We never get tired of seeing Vespi’s killer Camaro!|