You may remember builder Doug Shultz of Maple Valley, Washington, for receiving the 2001 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award for his '67 Nova. The Nova graced the pages of many magazines, including the cover of PHR, shortly after the award was given. Back then, the Street Machine of the Year contenders were a soup of Chevys, and Doug wanted to introduce something different to the mix.

As many projects start, Doug was looking to give it some cool wheels and a slick paintjob. After scoring some monster meats for the rear, he saw he needed to tub the rear. The tub would then require relocation of the framerails, and a complete back half suspension. Once the back was done, the front needed some work to match, and the snowball got bigger. He started to build this 1966 Ford Fairlane in hopes to compete for the 2003 award, but because of life's trials, he sold his shop and the car didn't enter the competition until 2007. One vote short, Doug didn't make it to the Top 5. This by no means discouraged him from continuing to show the car and have fun with it. He frequents Goodguys car shows and heaves this midsize through the autocross course as if he won the award.

While many builders try to get every new shiny part on their car, Doug found what he started with in 2002 to work just great. The seven-year-old, two-piston Baer brakes still clamp tight around the rotors to ensure survival through the turns. We may not see another Street Machine of the Year award with Doug's name on it, but he's got plans to build an electric car with all the car show's classic features.

BY THE NUMBERS
1966 FORD FAIRLANE
Owner: Doug Shultz, 45
Occupation: fabricator
Hometown: Maple Valley, WA
Engine size & type: 514-inch by Ford Motorsport
Transmission: Richmond 6-speed manual
Performance: 635 horsepower
Front suspension: modified Heidts SuperRide II, sprint-car-style sway bar
Rear suspension: parallel four-bar, Watts link, sway bar
Brakes: Baer 13- and 12-inch rotors, 2-piston calipers
Wheels & tires: Boyd Coddington 18x7-inch and 20x12-inch Hot Rod wheels,
Michelin Pilot Sport 225/40R18 and 335/30R20 tires
Paint & body: PPG Salsa Red and Titanium, by Byers Custom and Restoration
Built by: owner
Vendor affiliation: none
Years owned: 6