Strange Corvair
1964 Chevy Corvair
Builder: Strange Motion Rod & Custom Construction

Corvairs are neat cars, but it's not often we run across one that really catches our eye. Of course it's not often you run across a Periwinkle one with killer stance set on top of 18- and 20-inch Budnik wheels. And is that a grille we see? Indeed it is, a scaled-down custom version of a 1959 Chevy grille was cut into the previously sealed off nose of the Corvair by Strange Motion Rod & Custom Construction. That one detail dramatically changed the look of the car and wiped away our least favorite part of the original design. Beyond style, the grille was a necessary addition since this Corvair is no longer air-cooled or rear engined—yet it's also not powered by what you might be expecting.

Under the custom C2 427 Corvette-style hood is not a V-8 transplant, but a 4.3L V-6. Not only was the little six-banger ideal from a fitment standpoint, it also added less weight to the little car, and is easy on fuel. That's ideal since as we understand it Tim Strange's wife, Carrie, intends to drive the Corvair regularly. "I told her that I think she picked this color because it would make the car hard to sell," Tim told us with a laugh.

One other 1959 Chevy addition that we love is the 6-inch shortened dash. Despite being five years older than the car, the styling works perfectly, better than the original Corvair dash even. But forget the custom chassis and wheels; if Chevy had built front-engine Corvairs that looked like this, we think you'd see a lot more of them at shows.

By The Numbers
Engine: 4.3L GM V-6
Trans: Phoenix Transmission 200-R4 four-speed automatic overdrive
Suspension/Chassis: Strange Motion frame with Fat Man Fabrication front clip and RideTech coilovers, Dutchman 9-inch Ford rearend
Brakes: 14-inch Wilwood rotors with six-piston calipers
Wheels & Tires: 18x7 and 20x10 Budnik Tungsten with 255/40 and 255/35 BFGoodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2 tires
Contact: Strange Motion; 615-852-8110;

GPT Special
1969 Ford Torino Talladega
Builder: Rad Rides By Troy

The cars that George Poteet commissions are typically the product of some image that has been germinating in his mind for years. When he feels he has it flushed out, he'll turn to his go-to hot rod shop, Rad Rides By Troy, to make it a reality. "We haven't done a hard-core street machine lately, so I was excited when George called on us to do a 1969 Torino Talladega that could be driven on the street," Troy Trepanier said. "George was looking for Blowfish features (Poteet's Bonneville Salt Flat race car) with a strong NASCAR theme consistent with the Holman Moody Ford stock cars of the late 1960s. As much as he liked the 1969 Talladega, he longed to tweak the Torino's proportions for better aesthetic balance." Essentially, George wanted a car that had a visceral race-bred nature, but with exquisite street car execution.

To capture some of the Talladega's NASCAR glory days of the 1960s and early 1970s, wrap it up with the beautiful modern race-spec fabrication created for Blowfish, but then to enhance it with modern features and body modifications was quite a tall order, but Trepanier's crew pulled it off. The GPT (George Poteet Torino) is imbued with period-inspired race parts, a full rollcage, bare floors, and Lexan windows all around, but manages to pull it off with an elegance that subdues everything so perfectly that one would struggle to think of the GPT as race ready. Make no mistake, however, Poteet likes to drive his cars hard and fast and there has already been plenty of discussion regarding appropriate venues for wringing out the Talladega. First on the list is the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational.

By The Numbers
Engine: 750hp Jon Kaase racing Boss 429 with converted Ford experimental Hilborn EFI intake
Trans: Tremec TKO 600 five-speed by Bowler Transmissions with period-correct Hurst shifter and Holman Moody wood shift knob
Suspension/Chassis: custom Art Morrison chassis built with 2x3-inch rails front and rear, and 4x4-inch perimeter rails, Art Morrison C5 Corvette front suspension with rack-and-pinion, four-link rear suspension with Rad Rides Watt's link, Mark Williams Ultimate 9-inch Ford rearend with 3.70 gears and Detroit Locker
Brakes: Wilwood, 14-inch rotors with six-piston front calipers, four-piston rear calipers
Wheels & Tires: 18x10 and 20x12 Billet Specialties one-off GT40 with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
Contact: Rad Rides By Troy; 815-468-2590;