STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR
The Wisconsin based Ring Brothers swept the Columbus field with Doug and Flo Hoppe’s “Reactor” Mustang – a dark green metallic 1967 Mustang that put Eleanor types on the trailer. Full of one-off house-machined billet parts along with liberal doses of carbon fiber, Reactor offered a glimpse of Ringbrothers’ future stardom. As you can see from the photos, they weren’t afraid to show off Reactor’s 552hp Roush 427IR V8. Machined parts were everywhere including the instrument housings, sail panels, taillight bezels, gas cap, hood scoop, pedals, shifter boot base, and miles more underneath the carbon hood. The Ring’s made the X-port brace and subframe connectors while Total Control Products supplied the tubular front suspension bits. A RideTech Airbar was used in the rear section – all of which was hidden beneath a full belly pan. I-Forged five-spoke 19-inch wheels concealed the Baer Brakes. This was the first of three Ring Brothers SMOY winners. It was also significant in that it was the last car selected before Goodguys mandated all future SMOY contenders run the Columbus AutoCross as a prerequisite.