We almost tossed this entry into the garbage can, thinking it was someone's gratuitous attempt at getting their girlfriend in the magazine with their daily driver. Truthfully, Brandon Bussard's 2002 Ford Focus wouldn't get two dirty looks from most hot rodders, until they stared at a pair of two long black tire patches being tattoo'ed to the tarmac by the rear tires. And that's just the way Brandon likes it. Brandon's Focus was built almost entirely by him (including the paint) in his Warsaw, Indiana, shop (Bussard Performance Specialties). Brandon performed all the mechanicals, including a conversion to being driven by the correct set of wheels. DSS built the 331 Windsor stroker, which sites in front of a Tremec TKO 500; Kugel Komponents also lent a hand with some suspension fabrication. Inside, Brandon has transformed the pedestrian commuter with a custom instrument panel loaded with Auto Meter dials. An aluminum sheetmetal tunnel covers the beefy Tremec.

Car Owner: Brandon Bussard; Warsaw, IN
Photographer: Ken Rieves; Fort Wayne, IN
Camera: Canon 30D
Model: Amanda Hypes
Photo location: Warsaw, IN
Engine: 331ci Ford Windsor small-block,
  10.5:1 compression
Cylinder heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM,
  stud-mount rockers
Camshaft: COMP Cams, custom spec hydraulic roller
Intake: GT-40 upper and lower
Carb/induction: 65mm throttle body,
  Superchips Custom Tune software
Transmission: Tremec TKO 500
Cooling: factory radiator, Spal fan setup,
  Edelbrock water pump
Rearend model & gearing: Ford 8.8-inch, Auburn posi,
  Moser axles, 3.55 gears
Suspension/brakes: custom by owner
  and Kugel Komponents (La Habra, CA);
custom rear four link;
custom tubular front K-member;
custom sway bars;
stock Focus front brakes,
’92 Mustang rear drums
Body & paint: Brandon Bussard
  (Bussard Performance Specialties)
Wheels: Motegi MR7, 17x7, front; 17x8, rear
Tires: Dunlop 225/45R17, front; 245/45R17, rear
Peak hp: 400 hp (flywheel)
Best ¼-mile time: n/a
Built by: owner
Years owned: 2 years
Cost to build: $55,000

Kregg Reynolds finished his '73 Camaro in 1985 and began showing it in earnest. Crushed blood red velvet interior, candy stripes, easter-egg paint, chrome wheels, tubular grille, and a 6-71 blower through the hood are your cue to crank up the Van Halen, don the spandex, and dust off that can of Aquanet. Tired of the scene in 1991, Kregg mothballed the split bumper 'maro in a barn until 2003. After washing the dust off and vacuuming the mouse nests out, Kregg was back in action just in time for the Street Machine/Pro Street revival we're now enjoying.

Car Owner: Kregg Reynolds; Knoxville, MD
Photographer: Kregg Reynolds
Camera: Minolta 8000
Model: Brandi Danner
Photo location: Merryland Park; Brunswick, MD
Engine: 355ci small-block Chevy
Cylinder heads: Dart Iron Eagle
Camshaft: mechanical roller,
  .650-inch lift, 294 degrees duration
Intake: Weiand
Carb/induction: dual Holley 750-cfm blower carbs,
  Weiand 6-71 supercharger
Transmission: Turbo 350; 3,500-rpm stall converter
Rearend model & gearing: GM 12-bolt
  with 4.11 gears
Suspension/brakes: factory
Peak hp: 525 hp
Best ¼-mile time: n/a
Years owned: 27
Cost to build: $35,000