‘Magnatude’ Sweeps Street Rod Awards

Sep 3, 2010

Jerry and Maureen Magnuson’s “Magnatude” 1932 Muroc roadster, hand-formed by Marcel and designed by Chip Foose, was named America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Hushpower at the Goodguys 24th West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, Calif.

With the win, Magnatude made it a clean sweep this year by winning all three major street rod awards offered by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, according to a press release.

In April the car won the Goodguys Street Rod d ‘Elegance crown and was named Goodguys/Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year in Columbus. In being named Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod, it marked the first time a car has swept all three awards in the same calendar year, according to the release.

“We’ve had a lot of fun with the car this year,” said Jerry Magnuson, best-known for his Magnuson supercharger kits. “Receiving an award like this here in Pleasanton, competing against the best cars, is as good as it gets.”

The car features an LS-1 Chevy with an intercooled Magnacharger, Tremec 6-speed with polished Kugel 9-inch rear end, Kugel independent front and rear suspension, custom Kugel chassis, chopped Carson top, DuVall windshield, hidden headlights, custom dash by Magnuson, Jim Griffin upholstery, tunneled seats and countless other subtle tricks.

The paint is two-tone butterscotch pearl with champagne metallic. In traditional So-Cal hot rod fashion, it features one off Foose-designed “bigs and littles”-17-by-7-inch wheels in front and 20-by-10-inch wheels out back, wrapped in Scorpion Zero rubber.

The other finalists for America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod presented by Flowmaster included: Brent Scheider, Pleasanton, Calif., ’37 Ford Cabriolet; Cindy Warn, Aurora, Ore., ’39 Ford; Bill West, Tracy, Calif., ’39 LaSalle; and John Delahunt, Rough & Ready, Calif., ’37 Ford Woody.