The Ringbrothers actually have two spots on our list of top SEMA cars this year since they wowed us with their perfected Pantera as well as this understated 1965 Mustang fastback known as "Blizzard." Snowy conditions aren't the realm of high-power muscle cars, so what's that name? Owners Dominic and Becky Farbo say, "The car is white, light, and has high horsepower—700 hp. Blizzards are often unexpected and there are a lot of unexpected things on the car—carbon roof, hood, trunk, and composite doors. Also, there is a NASCAR motor that one would not expect to find in a Pro Touring car. Blizzards are a frequent occurrence in our geography. We are from Buffalo, New York."
A blizzard also tends to stop progress when it arrives, and this one certainly did at SEMA. Everyone who walked by stopped in his tracks to look over the refreshingly clean Mustang. There are far more mods to the car than we could possibly mention here, but they are all presented with restraint and with respect to the original design. That seems to be a theme for the Ringbrothers this year. Though the car is a real fastback, most of the body panels have been replaced with Ringbrothers' own carbon-fiber parts, but other than the exposed roof, you'd be hard pressed to notice them as they're presented in stock fashion. Even the front air dam, the most radical part of the bodywork, is strongly reminiscent of a GT350 and doesn't look out of place.
By The Numbers
Engine: Wegner Automotive 427ci NASCAR V-8
Trans: Tremec five-speed overdrive
Suspension/Chassis: DSE Aluma-Frame with tubular control arms, Detroit Tuned rack-and-pinion, JRi aluminum coilovers in front, DSE QuadraLink with JRi coilovers in the rear, John's Industries 9-inch rearend
Brakes: 14- and 15-inch rotors with Baer six-piston calipers
Wheels & Tires: 18x9.5 and 19x12 HRE 560R rims with Nitto Invo tires
Contact: Ringbrothers; 608-588-7399; Ringbrothers.com
The past few years the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, or just "Goodguys" to hot rodders, has championed the concept of adding life and motion to the traditional car show by encouraging people to get into their cars and drive them. The harder the better. That's an idea we're all about as well, which is why you see regular coverage of the Goodguys autocross series here in the pages of PHR. Despite having become perhaps the most recognized autocross venue in the country, and being responsible for introducing the sport to thousands of people, Goodguys didn't have their own warrior present for cone carving. Marc Meaders, son of Goodguys founders Gary and Marilyn Meadors, decided it was high time for that to change.
Gary's bright yellow 1932 Ford Sedan has been the face of Goodguys for almost three decades and racked up 200K miles going on cruises and to various events. It's certainly not going to be retired, but with the proposition of another car becoming heavily associated with Goodguys, it had to be the right vehicle. Marc's personal favorite muscle car, and one of the most popular to build, is a 1969 Camaro. With the recent full embrace of muscle cars into all Goodguys events, Camaros have shown up in spades, so it was the logical choice. Brett Voelkel and his crew at RideTech were tapped for the build. Two things were firm from the beginning: It had to be an excellent autocross contender, and it had to be yellow. After 17 months of building at RideTech, the finished Camaro debuted at SEMA. The specs are impressive, we can't wait to see it action!
By The Numbers
Engine: Chevrolet Performance supercharged LSA
Trans: Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed
Suspension/Chassis: RideTech coilover suspension and TigerCage, Moser rearend
Brakes: Baer Racing 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers
Wheels & Tires: 18-inch Forgeline wheels with BFGoodrich tires
Contact: RideTech; RideTech.com