Goodguys Street Machine of the Year

Aug 6, 2012

Pennsylvania’s Gary Bowers’ bright orange 1965 Mustang won the Goodguys 2012 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year crown at the Goodguys 15th PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.

Bowers’ high-tech, ground-hugging Mustang, built by Ringbrothers, represents the latest in track-ready, show-quality super muscle cars, according to a press release.

Well-known for the ability to transform Mustangs into modern masterpieces, Ringbrothers has set the bar even higher with the Bowers ’65, nicknamed “Producer.” The body was widened 4 inches (2 inches on each side, rather than cut down the middle), the rockers are extended, there’s a full belly-pan underneath and both the hood and roof are carbon-fiber-signature Ringbrothers touches.

Under the hood is high-compression, Keith Craft-built 427-ci stroker based on the 351 Windsor small-block making 740 hp. The matte-finish three-piece wheels designed by Ringbrothers were built by Forgeline. Baer Brakes, AFCO shocks and a suspension consisting of front tubular A-arms and a Watts link setup in the rear give it razor-sharp handling.

The car gets its name from Bowers’ Waynesburg, Pa.-based Producer Supply Co.

For winning, Bowers will receive a customized toolbox from Snap-on as well as travel accommodations to the Goodguys 15th Southwest Nationals Nov. 16-18 to exhibit in the Champions Arena.

The other finalists for the Goodguys 2012 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year award were Dave Leisinger, Wall Lake, S.D.,  (1971 Camaro); Dana Irvin, Cypress, Texas, (1965 Mustang); Steve Keefer, Brentwood, Calif.,  (1969 Camaro); and Dale Boesch, Humphrey, Neb., (1969 Camaro).