George Poteet made a bunch of money selling home water filtration units and he’s used that money to indulge his two automotive passions, going fast and building top-shelf customs. Driving his Speed Demon streamliner, Poteet is the current Land Speed Record holder for piston driven cars at over 439 MPH. The ’37 Ford roadster he commissioned Don Pilkenton to build was the first car to win both the Ridler and America’s Most Beautiful Roadster awards in 1996 and 1997.
This car, based on a 1969 Ford Torino GT, is Poteet and builder Troy Trepanier’s vision of what a Holman Moody NASCAR Torino Talledega would look like in a more modern pro-touring idiom. It wasn’t eligible for the Ridler for at least a couple of reasons. It had been shown to the public before, in finished form at January’s Grand National Roadster Show, and in bare metal at the 2012 Detroit Autorama. The build was also the subject of extensive media coverage, another no-no when it comes to the Ridler.
At this year’s autorama, I mentioned to one of the Rad Rides guys that I thought the finished car looked great but that the bare metal one might have been “meaner”. He replied that I wasn’t the only person who thought that way. You can decide for yourself since I did get pics of the car at last year’s Autorama so we have galleries of the car in progress and in finished form.
The GPT Special features a Boss 429 engine with a trick fuel injection system based around a vintage stack injection manifold that was CNC machined and retrofitted with modern injectors. Also CNC machined, and elaborately so, from a single piece of aluminum billet, is the top of the fuel cell located in the trunk.
Speaking of media coverage, here are some pics from early in the build at Bang Shift, you can check out Hot Rod’s article on the car in progress here, and Troy Trepanier’s own account and details of the finished car here.