Each year, we get tons of entries into our annual photo contest, and there are usually a good number of hot rodding fans of the fairer sex who send in photos too. Our photo contest story ran in the Jan. ’12 issue, but we saved our young ladies for the onset of summertime. Just so you know, the Hot Rodding Hotties serve as the official beginning of summer, so get out there and start driving your street machine today. None of us is getting any younger. Get your street machine out on the road and who knows, you just might find the perfect hottie to pose with your ride for next year’s story!
Mayumi Masuda, 42 • Honolulu, HI
“Lincoln” is an ironic name for someone who’s such a die-hard Camaro guy, but Lincoln Masuda has no problem with it, and neither does his beautiful wife, Mayumi. Lincoln has owned this ’69 Camaro SS/RS since 1983, when he attended Creighton University in Omaha. We were digging his story about his stock but well-optioned daily driver SS/RS, right up to the point where he wrote about driving it from Nebraska to Hawaii in 1994. That’s some kind of special car you’ve got there, Lincoln! We’ve yet to run across a hot rod that could be driven across the Pacific, but who knows? Lincoln’s magical abilities might explain how he came to find the company of his lovely hot rodding Mayumi, who hails all the way from Tokyo. The couple lives on the island of Oahu, where they enjoy lots of fair-weather motoring with three wonderful daughters. Lincoln and Mayumi love doing the cruise-in thing, and regularly support their local drives for the Hawaii Food Bank and Toys For Tots. Lincoln’s other daily driver? A Lincoln maybe? Nah. It’s a ’98 Corvette pace car convertible.
Anastasia Kuzyk • Wilno, ON, Canada
When Anastasia Kuzyk asked her friend Ralph Albano if he was going to make his car all original or into a hot rod, he knew right away that it had to be on the spicy side. Ralph calls the make and model of his car a “Custom Hot Rod,” but we know even in Canada it’s called a ’67 Malibu—which he transformed into a Sunburst Orange Pearl Chevelle SS clone at the behest of his young friend, Anastasia. Although mostly stock underhood (it’s got a Carter four-barrel carb on a stock 327ci small-block), Ralph spared no expense on a coilover conversion kit and 17x8 American Racing billet five-spokes. With mirror flat paint, striking hood graphics, and some serious rolling stock, it’s no surprise the Malibu’s first car show outing in Niagara Falls, Canada, netted the 62-year-old Ralph a huge First Place trophy.
Hannah Britt-Baker Damascus, MD
Cindy Shifflett of Brunswick, Maryland, loves tooling around in her totally restored ’77 Pontiac Trans Am—but that’s not her in the photo, it’s her 19-year-old friend, Hannah Britt-Baker from nearby Damascus. (Another friend, DiAnna Reynolds, took the photos. We wish we could’ve been there for that threesome photo shoot!) Cindy’s 461ci Poncho has stock Butler-ported heads, a COMP .481-inch lift cam, an Edelbrock intake, the stock Turbo 350 trans, and was fittingly shot at Hannah’s horse farm. In case you haven’t figured it out, Hannah is role-playing Sally Field’s “Frog” role from Smokey & The Bandit—and she’s doing it to a T. Like Sally Fields, Hannah has a down-home flare; she’s a good ol’ country girl who likes farm life and barrel racing. As for the Trans Am, Cindy says it’s just one of 743 cars made that year with no T-tops and the Pontiac 400 engine.