Congratulations to the winner of the American Hot Rod Foundation Hot Rod of the Month contest for December 2022!
This month’s winning entry, a 1932 Ford Roadster, was submitted by Louis Stands…
When I was eight years old, I had a poster on my wall of “Lime Fire,” the Pete Chapouris built 32roadster. I dreamed of someday owning a 32 Ford myself. Now that dream car isn’t on the wall but in my garage or on the road with me behind the wheel. I actually hadn’t ever driven a 32Ford before owning this one! I’d ridden in plenty, including the Gray Baskerville Roadster. As many a hot rodder does, I idolized the beautiful lines of the 32 roadster. I studied old magazines and photos from the drag strips of Southern California, the early Dry Lakes racing and the Bonneville salt flats. I knew exactly the 32 I would build and was planning to do just that, when a for sale add popped up on Instagram.
With an approving smile from my wife Natasha, a deal was done!
I bought the car from a buddy in Minnesota. Before it came home I made a Deal with Scott Williams of SwilCo Speed Shop for the wheels as I knew it had to have the DIVCO 18s. I had a set that I had stored and we traded for this set that was originally slated for his AMBR build. The car was expertly built but I wanted to make it my own so in addition to the wheel and rubber update, I finished the interior with German square weave carpet and a Josh Shaw “Shaw4 Spoke” racing wheel. Under the hood I updated the small block chevy with a Dyers Blowers471 supercharge with a 3 V belt drive. This was inspired by the Tom McMullen Roadster. I love driving the car so much and do it as often as I can. Now it has over 20k miles on the odometer!
- Has run 8.3 E.T. in the 1/8th Mile supercharged vs 9.5 un-blown
- Raced at RPM Nationals Barona Drags, winning my class as well as at the Antique Nationals
- and TROG Flabob Drags.
- Color is Dark Jade Green – Base / Clear
- Pinstriping by “Real Ralph”
- License plate is VERDE 32
- “Verde” is Green in Spanish
- Engine is 350 Chevrolet with a 471 Supercharger by Dyer’s Blowers
- Installed by myself and Austin Grabowski of Grabowski Speed Shop.
Bore & Stroke
Rear Axle Ratio
About the AHRF Hot Rod of the Month Contest
The Hot Rod of the Month Contest is a special opportunity available only to Foundation Members. Active Members have a two-week period EACH MONTH in which to enter a car they own by providing photos and a description of their car. During the following two-week period, all Members, whether they have entered a car or not, can individually vote for their favorite car.
The car with the most Member votes at the end of each month will be the AHRF Hot Rod of the Month and will be featured on the AHRF website and on social networks.
At the end of each calendar year, the Advisory Board of the Foundation will select one car, as the AHRF Hot Rod of the Year, from that year’s Hot Rod of the Month winners. The Hot Rod of the Year will be given special publicity, and the car will be maintained in an ongoing catalog of AHRF Hot Rod of the Year winners.