STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR
Bob Johnson’s G Force Cuda, by Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop shook up the Street Machine scene for good. It was THE benchmark car of its class. To this day, it remains one of the most remarkable machines ever produced. A three-year build, the stance, the style, the power and the raw speed (it ran over 200mph in a land speed test with Scott Pruett behind the wheel) the G-Force ‘Cuda possessed both sinister and breathtaking qualities. The body was sliced up but with a hot rodder’s vision. Both A-Pillars were leaned inward pushing back the roofline. The upward-raked rear quarters added to the sexy hind quarters. Stretching the wheelbase 3-inches both lengthened and lowered the beast while the completely carbon fiber front end made for substantial curb weight reduction. Painted hemi orange, it was an absolute monster Mopar. No less than 870 ponies were available from the Indy Cylinder Heads-prepped 571c.i. hemi, with another 300hp available through a Nitrous system. The hand built chassis was suspended with a Morrison front clip. The addition of a shark tooth front grille, diffusers and other ground effects were previously unseen in the Street Machine realm. The car was so revered, it fetched $550,000 at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson auction. We could write another three pages on this car alone. G-Force now spends its days in Doug Cooper’s private collection.