Finalist
'70 Torino GT convertible
David Conn • Oceanside, NY
David Conn spends most of his shutterbug time snapping people and events, but he said the opportunity to get his pride and joy in PHR and show off a bit was too much to resist. We're glad he did too; we've always been fans of the '70-71 Torinos. This GT was picked up as way for David and his family to get out to cruise together. The most recent outing was an invitation to cruise in the local Memorial Day parade, which his son is still talking about.

BY THE NUMBERS
Photographer: David Conn; Oceanside, NY
Camera: Nikon D300
Engine: stock 351C 2-barrel
Trans: C4
Rearend: 9-inch with 3.50 gears
Suspension: stock front and rear
Brakes: stock discs and drums
Wheels: American Racing Torq-Thrust D
Great quote: "The Torino has brought us many happy times and memories, and I hope it will for years to come."

Finalist
'83 El camino
Randy Tomei • Renfrew, PA
Henry Skocz handled the restoration of this '83 Elky for Randy Tomei at his shop, Hank's Auto Refinishing. Rather than a modification, this was a stock restoration, which always surprises us; '83 still doesn't sound all that old, even though it's 27 years ago. At its first outing this year at the GM Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Elky took Third in its class against 18 entrants. Not bad, especially considering the modest $11,600 investment including the purchase price.

BY THE NUMBERS
Photographer: Henry Skocz; Portersville, PA
Camera: Canon PowerShot S515
Engine: original 305ci
Trans: stock TH350
Rearend: stock 10-bolt
Suspension: original front and rear
Brakes: factory discs and drums
Wheels: American Racing Torq-Thrust II
Custom touches: Even though it's essentially a stocker, Randy couldn't resist updating, and changed the upholstery in the Elky.

'05 Mustang GT
Jim Kaczor • Vernon, NY
This GT was bone stock when Jim Kaczor scooped it up on eBay, but as is the case with most Mustang owners, that didn't last long. Silver wasn't his top choice of colors, so Jim devised a two-tone treatment to break up the body a little, and his brother Ken sprayed it in Ford Blazing Copper. Custom pinstriping and flames were handled by Magic Mike's. The exhaust was much too quiet for Jim's liking, so a set of Borla Stingers went on. Underhood, so far it's just a JLT cold-air intake and a Bama Tunes program on a Superchips SCT3 chip, but a Kenne Bell blower is in the near future. So far, his best time at the track is 13.60, but that was before the new 4.10 gears, which he hopes will get him deeper into the 13s.

BY THE NUMBERS
Photographer: Bruce Galler; Vernon, NY
Camera: Pentax K100D
Engine: stock 4.6 with Bama Tunes tuning and JLT cold-air intake
Trans: stock 5R55S 5-speed auto
Rearend: 8.8-inch with 4.10 gears
Suspension: stock with Steeda springs
Brakes: stock discs
Wheels: 18x8 and 18x10, 340 Cobra style
Custom touches: The cool mirrors are retro pieces from Agent 47, and the cowl hood is from Cervini's.

Finalist
'65 Tempest
Charles Comanich • Baytown, TX
Charles Comanich has a problem. He's torn between the very strong urge to seek out and buy really low-mile factory-original muscle cars, and the uncontrollable urge to modify and upgrade them. We think it's an epidemic; we've had this same problem our whole lives! This '65 Tempest is a typical example. Charles found it at a swap meet stone stock with 38,000 original miles-all put on by a little old lady. Charles thought, what a great car, it needs nothing. He bought it and over the next five years he was nagged every day by the desire to tear into it-prodded on by the cars he saw in PHR. The day finally came when he snapped, and began ordering the parts to make his Tempest a tourer: Hotchkis suspension, Baer brakes, 455 ci, 700-R4, Budnik wheels, and so on. "Sometimes it's just a little hard taking that first step," Charles said, "But after you do-it's on!"

BY THE NUMBERS
Photographer: Charles Comanich; Baytown, TX
Camera: Nikon D3000
Engine: 455ci Poncho with Edelbrock Performer RPM heads, COMP Xtreme Energy cam, Edelbrock Torker intake, and Barry Grant Speed Demon carb
Trans: 700-R4 from Bowtie Overdrives
Rearend: Pyle Bros. 9-inch with Strange carrier, Moser axles and 3.50 gears
Suspension: Hotchkis springs, sway bar, and 2-inch drop spindles up front, Hotchkis springs and control arms in the rear.
Brakes: Baer Track system with 13-inch rotors up front
Wheels: 17x9 and 17x10 Budnik GTX
Great quote: "I guess that's why PHR is my favorite read; it seems to be a place where people like me can go and feel almost normal.