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Meet the Winners of the

NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show
Presented by United Recyclers Group

Thank you to everyone who entered the second annual National Auto Body Council® Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by URG to help power the programs that serve our mission of Changing and Saving Lives Every Day.

National Auto Body Council® Announces Best of Show and Category Winners of NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by LKQ

The National Auto Body Council® announced today the category winners in the NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show Presented by LKQ.  In the virtual show, members, their company employees and auto enthusiasts put their passion and pride on display.

CHECK OUT THE CATEGORY WINNERS!

See all the entries from around the country in the NABC™ Rides for a Reason Virtual Car Show. Click the image or category below to view these sweet rides. 

Stay tuned to see who takes home the Best of Show Award Presented by Akzo Nobel.

ANTIQUES/VINTAGE

Owner: 
Gary Unverzagt

Make/Model: 406 Diamond T Truck

Year: 1939

Special Modifications: This was a barn find in West Virginia. It was in pretty rough shape. It is a total frame-off restoration. The only modification is 6 voltage upgraded to 12 voltage. Everything else is reconditioned to original. Every nut, bolt and part was reconditioned or replaced. A lot of missing parts were remanufactured in my shop. I rebuilt the motor, transmission, rear, brake system and the electrical system. Did all the body work. I remade some chrome strips. Made truck ready for final paint and chrome. I designed and built the wooden body by myself. I am a retired firefighter and work in my shop on old cars n trucks 5-7 days a week as a hobby with little previous experience. Photos from start to finish are available. 

CLASSICS: BEST OF THE 50s, 60s and 70s

Owner: 
Nick Notte

Make/Model: Chevrolet Corvette

Year: 1966

Special Modifications: I had been looking for the right car for two years when I saw this one on eBay. I looked for an address and it was located 9 miles from me. I looked at it, and bought it on the spot. I rebuilt the engine, transmission, interior and restored paint. It has the original numbers matching engine and trans.  It’s a great driver. 

OLD SCHOOL MUSCLE CARS: 60s and 70s

Owner: 
Dave Kattner

Make/Model:
Chevy Camaro Type LT

Year: 1974

Paint: PPG Deltron Base/Clear

Special Modifications: Motor is a 350 bored 30 over, original block. Edelbrock Aluminum heads, Dual Edelbrock 4bbl carbs, Vintage Air, Dougs headers, Be Cool Radiator, EMS serpentine belt system, Dakota Digital Gauges, 4L60E 4 speed automatic/overdrive tranny. Moser 12 bolt rear end with Eaton posi and 3:73 gears. 4 wheel Wilwood disc brakes, Foose wheels with BFG tires, L88 fiberglass hood.

The story behind this car is one of which I am extremely proud of and only what is above has the answer.

Three years ago I was hit in the head with a hot tub cover on Christmas Day. After being taken to the doctor and extensive tests being done I was diagnosed with two brain tumors. I ended up at Madison University and had brain surgery for the removal of one of the tumors which was cancer. During my extensive recovery, brain radiation and chemo, my cancer counselor says, “Dave you are very special. There is something very different with you that the medical people cannot figure out. You shouldn’t be doing the things your doing and you keep on moving forward.”

She started to push the idea of me building and painting a car as it is what I did most of my life. I thought she was crazy!! Well, she has become the sole reason for me taking the chance on it. She was right and I ended up building this White Camaro in six months while on chemo. I do not know how or why but it happened. I was able to take the White car and my Black Camaro to the World of Wheels in Milwaukee in February of 2020 and I received the Steele Master Builder of the Year award for what I have accomplished.

Now please know, I do not have a shop, lift, special tools or any help, just me in my garage. If I had answers for all the questions that people ask I would be very smart. Well, I tell them, “I’m OK”
I am very fortunate making it through to this point. I enjoy going to car shows and having people see what I have accomplished.

I am a Very Proud Cancer Survivor!!! To all the Cancer patients out there, “Never Give Up”

MODERN MUSCLE CARS: 1980s to Today

Owner: 
Curt Tate

Make/Model: Dodge Challenger SRT8 

Year: 2010

Special Modifications: This Dodge Challenger is powered by a 6.1 liter Hemi, feature classic Hemi Orange paint and a 6spd manual. It has a 93 Octane Dyno Tuned 500 rwhp; 90mm BBK Throttle Body; K&N Cold Air Intake System; Hurst Shift assy; Eibach Hellcat complete lowering suspension kit; Staggered 275/40/20 Front and 295/45/20 Rear; Petty Garage Strut Brace Bars; Full Custom Exhaust  System; and 3M matte black hood wrap w hood pins. The owner, Curt Tate, is a Tennessee Vol fan so it could only be orange!

VINTAGE TRUCKS

Owner: 
Daryl Dudas

Make/Model: Ford / F-100

Year: 1956

Brand of Paint Used: PPG

Special Modifications: I purchased this truck with close to a 20-year old build on it and spent the last year during the pandemic taking everything apart and upgrading areas that I thought should be. The paint, interior and body were done in the early 2000’s and after some color sanding and hand rubbing, it looks as perfect as the day it was first completed.

Being an engine builder and machinist in my early ages I couldn’t resist taking the 460 apart and stepping it up quite a bit. The original build was done with 15" steelies and the under hood was finished with a mild factory / custom appearance. The whine of the straight cut geared Winters Quick-Change rearend was more than I wanted to listen to daily so I reset the axle with helical cut gears.

My vision was to transform this truck to a simple classic hot rod look with a bunch of chrome work and polished aluminum and plenty of horsepower to back it up along with the ability to be a rock solid reliable machine. Items I had added like the big Griffin radiator, the March Serpentine system, TCI transmission, and aluminum driveline all helped step up the reliability. There isn’t one wire, nut, bolt, or bracket that I haven’t had my hands on during my upgrading, spending countless hours underneath this beauty.

It features

  • Ford 514 stroker motor
  • H-beam rods and forged steel crankshaft
  • Crane .590 / .614 lift hydraulic roller cam
  • Harland Sharp roller rockers
  • Ported , polished, and flowed cast iron heads with oversized stainless steel valves
  • Trick Flow intake manifold
  • Quick Fuel 750 cfm. carb w/ Wilson Manifolds tapered spacer
  • March Style Track Serpentine System
  • Vintage A/C with all hoses hidden in wheel well with bulkheads
  • Griffin polished radiator
  • TCI C-6 Street Fighter transmission w/ 2500 stall convertor
  • Flowmaster Stainless Steel Super 40 mufflers with custom exhaust system
  • Winters Quick Change rearend w/ 3.19 helical gears and Dutchman axles
  • Inland Driveshaft 3-1/2" aluminum driveline
  • Fatman Fabrications complete chassis with Heidts Mustang II front suspension, power rack and rear 4 link
  • Polished Ridetech custom fabricated stainless steel rear 4 link bars with their new R joints
  • 4 wheel power disc brakes with cross drilled and slotted rotors
  • Custom frenched in Moon Tank plumbed as a vented catch can for the overflow
  • Eddie Machine billet hood hinges
  • All polished stainless steel button head bolts under hood
  • Fabricated polished aluminum fender support rod mounts
  • Widened steel rear fenders and sectioned steel running boards
  • Tucked front and rear bumpers
  • Fabricated polished aluminum fender braces and mounts with heim joints
  • Fabricated polished billet exhaust mounts
  • Cowl vents removed and grafted into center dash as a 3rd A/C vent
  • All steel truck with beautiful body and paintwork performed by Jack Honse of Mansfield, Ohio
  • Frame and complete underneath painted to match the truck
  • New bed with custom woodwork and bull nosed aluminum strips and hidden fasteners
  • LED tail lights with billet mounts and hidden wiring
  • Fabricated polished billet rear license plate mount to relocate plate
  • All new safety glass
  • Bench seat back sectioned 1-1/2" for flush fit to rear window
  • Custom Old School upholstery work in a combination of leather and naugahyde
  • Classic Instruments gauges
  • This is a complete frame off restoration with every nut, bolt, clip, wire, hose, etc., etc. replaced and upgraded with only the best pieces available
  • American Racing 2 piece Torque Thrust wheels with custom center caps

…I’m sure I’ve left a bunch of other details out

 

 

 

MODERN TRUCKS

Owner: 
Bruce Gracie

Make/Model: GMC Sierra

Year: 2001

Brand of Paint Used: BASF Glasurit

Company: CARSTAR Gapsch

Special Modifications: I’m 16 years old. My dad and I built this truck together during COVID. I couldn’t go to school, so I worked in the front shop during the day and when we would clock out we would work on it every night for a couple of hours. The money I made from working went right into the truck. He told me to go in the mixing room and find a color so I came out with this.

Three stage paint, Btr stage 3 cam, long tube headers, complete stainless 3 inch exhaust, 8 inches of lift. 35 inch tires on 22×12 wheels. 2006 front end and 3 inch cowl hood.

HOT RODS, RAT RODS AND CUSTOMS

Owner: 
Bryan Corder

Make/Model: Mercury

Year: 1950

Brand of Paint: PPG 

Special Modifications: One of a kind custom paint with full body scallops including interior panels. 6 & 4 chop, channeled, frenched, rolled hood & doors, custom rear deck, shaved handles, one off bumpers, 11 Desoto grill, fully body molded 51 Mercury shirts, bagged all around, 79 LTD frame, smoothed firewall & engine bay, 1959 Chevy Dash, High pro 350, r700 trans, custom interior with full power windows including quarters.

My love affair with Mercurys began riding in my grandmother’s 1949 way back in the 60s. I have build & owned lots of cars over the years but dreamed of having a true “Lead Sled”. I am living that dream as this is an amazing car and only missing is not having my grandmother alive so we could “roll low and slow” and get an ice cream !

WILD CARD

Owner: 
Eric Goodrich

Make/Model: Ironlung Bubbletop

Year: A little bit of the past five decades

Brand of Paint: Lil Daddy Roth metal flake / house of kolor

Special Modifications: Everything is custom! The iron lung started life as a 1965 thunderbird. I tell everyone I cut all the ugly off and built what was left. The body is all steel, and I fabricated the acrylic dome and engine with a tunnel ram and twin 600 holley carburetors. 

MOTORCYCLE

Owner: 
Shane Durkopp

Make/Model:Honda CB750

Year: 1974

 

Special Modifications: Full custom 2002 Suzuki GSXR-600 engine. Bought a 2002  Suzuki GSXR-600 engine in high school (2004) for a project that I didn’t complete. The engine sat in a garbage bag in the back yard until 2014 when I decided to build a bike.  Pieced it together over the coarse of 1.5 years and it turned out to be a pretty cool rat bike.