’32 Ford Roadster Earns Hot Rod of the Year Award

Jul 1, 2010

The 1932 Ford hot rod roadster of Floyd Williams took home the 2010 Goodguys/Gearstar Hot Rod of the Year award at the 22nd Hot Rod Nationals in Indianapolis.

Williams, a longtime Southern California native, recently pulled up roots and settled in Austin, Texas, according to a press release. He grew up drag racing at OCIR and other So-Cal strips, so his goal with the car was to build a ’60s style street/strip roadster.

Enter Dave Lane of Fast Lane Rod Shop in Donahue, Iowa, who joined forces with Williams and his son, Kevin, to build the ultimate hot rod roadster.

Following the trio’s vision, artist Eric Brockmeyer rendered a period-correct interior that incorporated a combination of barebones basics and diamond-pleated leather seats. Meanwhile, the exterior was shot with DuPont Super Jet Black.

A small-block Chevy topped with Hilborn stack injection was chosen to drive the machine, and vintage ’60s features include a Joe Hunt magneto, Milodon oil pan and Corvette valve covers. The 400-plus ponies are routed through a Tremec 5-speed transmission to a ladder bar-supported Winter’s quick-change rear end, according to the release.

Big window-polished Halibrand rear wheels are wrapped in Hurst cheater slicks for an old-style drag look, and the car gets its rake courtesy of a Magnum 5-inch dropped axle with SO-CAL hairpins. A SO-CAL front brake kit stops the polished kidney bean Real Wheels, and all the fancy brightwork is courtesy of Jon Wright’s custom chrome plating in Grafton, Ohio.

Look for Williams’ hot rod roadster at the Goodguys 13th PPG Nationals in Columbus in July, the Goodguys 24th West Coast Nationals, Goodguys Midwestern Nationals in Kansas City and the season-ending Southwest Nationals in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The finalists for this year’s Gearstar Hot Rod of the Year included Bill Kullbom, Burlington, Iowa, (’30 Ford); Dick McCann, Wheaton, Ill., (’29 Ford); Floyd Williams, Austin, Texas, (’32 Ford roadster); Donny Friese, Beach Park, Ill., (’32 Ford); and Jeff Kuhn, Plainfield, Ill. (’34 Ford).