STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR
Roy Pigford and his low slung 1966 Chevy Nova of Pasadena, as in Pasadena, Texas took home the 2005 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award presented by Baer Brakes. Pigford was selected as the winner over four of the nation's top street machines, accepting the award Saturday evening July 9th at the Goodguys 8th PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH.
It hasn't been an easy road with the car for the body shop owner from Texas. Had things worked out, he would have been in competition last year for the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year crown, but more on that later.
Pigford's Nova made it's national debut at the 2004 Detroit Autorama. It qualified for the historic Ridler award making it all the way to the Great 8 (the 8 Ridler finalists) which is somewhate rare as the Ridler is most often geared towards outstanding street rods.
What makes his story so fascinating is that Pigford did "99%" of the work himself - an anomaly in today's hi-tech hot rodding world. It also marked his first foray into the hi-performance street machine world.
The wheelbase was altered on the car by moving the front wheels 2 inched forward, the rear wheels 3 inches forward, coming up with a one-inch "shorter than stock" factory wheelbase. The custom made frame features narrowed Corvette suspension pieces, an Air Ride Technologies "Shockwave" suspension, and a Lil' John Buttera custom milled differential housing cover.
As mentioned earlier, It wasn't an easy road to Columbus for Pigford. In 2004 when he was road testing the car to come to this event, the hood blew back, destroying it and severely damaging the fender wells. He had to completely disassemble to entire front of the car and start over. Then last fall, it broke loose in his transporter, smashing and scraping the right rear quarter panel. But this summer - the stars aligned for his victorious trip to Columbus. "This was definitely one of the best days of my life because of the punishment I endured just getting it here. To win over the competition here says a lot. I was selected over some of the world's finest builders which is an honor" he said.
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