STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR
When George Poteet originally commissioned Troy Trepanier to build the “GPT Special” ’69 Torino in 2010, the goal was to win big in Columbus. Not only did it win, this car was yet another benchmark in the annals of Pro-Touring lore. Trepanier and his team spent three years hand-crafting this car. Poteet’s idea was to blend the dash, hood and other favorable design traits of a Mercury Cyclone together with a Holman Moody NASCAR-style Torino. After all the meticulous bodywork was done it was three inches shorter in the front fenders, widened five inches, and had slightly shorter wheelbase. Everything else, including the rear quarters, was made from scratch. The interior, adorned with original Holman Moody logos on the gauges was all race car, including oval-shaped punch plates and a full-on roll cage. A trick 750hp EFI Ford Boss 429, coated in delicious muted bronze had stump-pulling torque. While not bred for AutoCross, it ran around there like a champ with Danny Burrow in the captain’s seat. A custom Morrison chassis with C5 Corvette front suspension and a Detroit Speed four-link in the rear with a Watts link and a Mark Williams 9-inch axle offered stout stability. The GT40-style knock off wheels (8×10 front & 20×12 rear), coated in a beautiful root beer hue, were courtesy of Billet Specialties.