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Mothers Picture Perfect Award
This is the place to show off your pride and joy to the rest of mankind, so we figure those readers who took the time to capture a really cool shot of their hot rod should get a little bonus. Mothers agreed, and decided to come to the party with some freebies for the best picture submitted to PHR.
Each month, the editors at PHR will sift through the images and pick the one with the best composition, lighting, and overall quality. The winner will get a cool assortment of Mothers products to keep his or her ride looking nice and shiny. Mail us a CD with digital images in JPEG form, along with a written description of your car. Remember that digital images need to be 300 dpi, and the bigger the image, the larger it can run. Also, be sure to include info on the car, along with your name and address. Good luck!
Santa Clarita, CA
Rick Klein of Canyon Country, California, isn’t just a guy with a car he parades to car shows. Rick really beats the snot out of his car. He flogged his car at the road course, autocross, and speed stop challenge at the first and second annual Run to the Coast event in Irvine, California. There he wasn’t afraid to test the limits of his fine ’68 Camaro. He proved this big-block to be plenty potent, and the event cost him a set of pushrods. Aside from the track events and autocross circuits, Rick makes all of the local Southern California car shows. He’s dreamt of building this car all of his life, and eight years ago he landed the car and started the project. He upgraded all of the suspension to make it handle. Then he finished out the interior with amenities to allow for long drives and hard corners. It’s been a long journey for Rick, but now that it’s done he couldn’t be happier.
Fed up with riding in mom’s car to run errands and taking the bus to school, Jerry Cogdill was more than ready for a car of his own. His mom bought him this ’66 Mustang for his birthday, and almost 30 years later there’s still a special place in Jerry’s heart for this ’Stang. Some time ago, Jerry’s wife, Elizabeth, encouraged him to give the unmodified six-cylinder Mustang some much needed attention. He took the car to Chris Nash at Precision Rod and Custom in Sevierville, Tennessee, for a transformation. An aluminum-headed 347 stroker took the place of the sixer, and the comforts of power steering, air conditioning, EFI, and much needed disc brakes were added. The car got a full rotisserie job and a fresh coat of Techno Gray paint complementing some Boyd Coddington wheels to complete the look of this restomod. There are a couple more items to bolt on but that’s not stopping the Cogdills from enjoying Jerry’s first car.
El Cerrito, CA
Most people get the car bug from their parents, but it wasn’t until Asif Chaudhri stumbled upon an orange and black Javelin for sale in a parking lot that he started getting symptoms. He had never seen this kind of car before but he knew instantly that he had to have it. He brought the car home only to realize some thick oil was masking a rod knock and the orange paint housed a cubic yard of chicken wire and Bondo. Recognizing he had bitten off more than he could chew, he ditched the project but was hooked on the model forever. Twenty years ago, he found this car and did a Trans-Am racing resto on it, emulating the Roy Woods race car he was inspired by. He’s gotten a ton of track time under his belt between his old Fox-body Mustang and Corvette Z06. Since his first track day in the Javelin, he’s hit an event every month March through October with it. He’s now building a ’74 to compete in NASA’s American Iron class.
This ’73 Firebird has been across the pond a couple times in its life. Originally registered in Florida, this ’Bird flew to Italy where Manuel Scettri’s grandfather bought it from a soldier at the local NATO base. Grandpa enjoyed this car as his daily driver for six years before it got parked in the garage. When it was time to sell his Italian home and move back to the States, the Firebird came over in a container where Manuel took delivery. He happened to be going to school in Florida at the time, and it didn’t take much to push it into daily driving duties. He’s taken it on as a part-time project starting with the paint. He found a half-ton of lead on a quarter-panel repair. We guess that’s how the Italians do it! The factory green was sanded off for this potent paintjob with more upgrades to come.