The Great 8, great friends, a great time and more…

color by PAINTHOUSE, picture by NotStockPhotography, stitchless dead cows by Compton Interiors & Badassery by GAP Racing

What a fantastic trip we’ve had. It’s been years since my rookie trip to Detroit with my good friend Mac Bernd and his ’32 Ford Roadster “Red Hot Meltdown”. We attempted to earn a spot in the Great 8 and were not successful despite a death-defying 4-month build. This trip, however has had a much different outcome. 

Mac & Shelly Bernd’s “Red Hot Meltdown” – our first Great 8 attempt

The trek north included Tim Palazzolo of GAP Racing, Jimmy Compton of Compton Interiors and Richard Weiss, owner of “Blue Belle“, our ’55 Tbird project.

“Stampede”, the 1969 Mustang built by Tim and upholstered by Compton has hit the mark and earned a spot in the Great 8! We were fortunate enough to mix the colors, “Super Blue” and “Greyt 8”, refine some areas of the car and (my favorite part), wetsand & polish the entire body of this sexy blue horse.

The moment we arrived, Stampede caused quite buzz in the arena. The stitch-less interior created by the guys at Compton Interiors was quite a coup and raised many an eyebrow. 

“Look ma! No stitches!”

The horse proved stubborn as we attempted to get her engine started for the Spot Check required in order to enter the Ridler competition. Each entry must prove that the car actually functions by starting, moving forward, moving backward, steering right, steering left and stopping. A local news station happened to capture the moment Tim finally convinced his pony to wake up and come out of the ‘stall’. 

There are a whole lot of horses in this pony…

Click HERE to see the 572″ Kaase Ford Boss engine do its thing…and more. 

Tim Palozzolo gets his just reward – a Great 8 selection

After all the setting up of displays, cleaning of everything, polishing of paint and chasing of dust was over and the show had begun, we could finally sit back and try to relax. It was then, just as the show opened on Friday morning, that Stampede was awarded a membership in a very exclusive club – The Great 8. 

Out of these 8 amazing vehicles, the winner of the most coveted award in custom car building, The Ridler Award, will be chosen. 

And the 2015 Ridler Award winner is…..the ’65 Impala built by Foose Design. What a spectacular automobile to which my pictures cannot do justice.

Chip was creative enough to include an unmolested original version of the same car to use as a study in comparison, showing all the subtle, yet significant mods that were made to the car. The car is, in my humble opinion, nothing short of amazing 

I cannot express the pride that was felt when the Mustang was chosen in to The Eight. It is a landmark in the careers of PAINTHOUSE, GAP Racing and Compton Interiors.  We at PAINTHOUSE are honored and humbled to have been asked to be a part of this amazing project and cannot wait to see where this little  pony ride takes all of us.  

Now, it’s time to ‘giddy up’ and put all this stuff back in the trailers. Chicago, here we come…

Until next time,