'52 Chevy • Francis Schaubel • Aurora, IL
Selling his Pro Street '55 Chevy was a mistake, Francis Schaubel later realized, so this '52 Chevy was built to be the perfect replacement. Francis actually had Ridler award aspirations for the '52, so extreme detail went into every area over the course of nine years. "I sure didn't know what I was getting into," Francis says. Now that it's finished, the plans have shifted over to cruising and enjoying rather than just showing, even though a few people have told him he's nuts. We can't blame him though. Who could resist joyriding in a rod with a blown 502ci cranking out 1,150 hp?
'94 Mustang GT • Dan Tinkes • Lakemoor, IL
Daily driver duties over 125K miles had started to take their toll on Dan Tinkes' '94 Mustang, probably because it also had heads, cam, intake, and nitrous upgrades to make the commute more fun. Once the 5.0 was yanked, a built 4V 5.4 was dropped in its place. The Mustang will still be a street car with power everything, but first it's getting a full cage and safety upgrades to pass the ECTA's rule book so he can take some top-speed runs at the Maxton Mile in North Carolina.