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2012 Cool Rides Online Ride of the Year Poll

Every month in 2012, the Cool Rides Online team and our sponsors selected FIVE cool rides to feature each month.  Then we held an online poll that was open to the public to select that month’s “Ride of the Month”.  Below are the 12 Ride of the Month winners as chosen by YOU, the reader.


Now it is time to select the “2012 Cool Rides Online Ride of the Year” from the 12 monthly winners.  Below is the picture of each ride followed by a brief description of it.  At the bottom of the page, you will see a poll where you can vote for your favorite ride!   Visitors are allowed to vote once per day and the voting closes on the evening of February 17th. The winner of this poll will win the Ride of the Year honors and with that a $100 gift card, a personalized crystal award and will be featured on the cover of our next Cool Rides Online calendar!  The first and second runner-ups will each receive their own award along with product prizes from our sponsors.


 Jim 1963 Dodge Town WagonJanuary Winner – Jim’s 1963 Dodge Town Wagon

We call her “Bertha”!  She started out as an ambulance for the Atomic Energy Commission in California. She was bought at auction in 1976 with only 28,000 miles on it. I am the third owner, and she only has 38,000 miles on her to date. Bertha is a real crowd please where ever we cruise or show her.





Gene Gillam 1949 MG TCFebruary Winner – Gene’s 1949 MG TC

I built this MG TC to vintage race then retired and decided I didn’t have enough money to play the racing game.  The car has the original engine (beefed up) and transmission but has been stripped of all additional weight. Originally it had two SU carburetors but when I decided not to race it I removed them and installed an Eaton M45 supercharger.  All the work was done at my house and the car was painted in the driveway (but doesn’t look it).




Gary Jomant 1985 El Camino IROC-S Pace CarMarch Winner – Gary’s 1985 Chevy El Camino IROC-S Pace Car

This is the actual track-used El Camino that paced races for the International Race of Champions series in 1985!  It was the only El Camino pace car ever built by GM to pace a professionally sanctioned race. It has been in climate controlled storage since it was retired as a pace car, and only had 640 original miles on it when I purchased it in 2008. Also, it was still on the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin and had never been titled.   It features custom candy paint, one-off Goodyear tires that are serial numbered and have “NOT FOR SALE” stamped in the sidewall, a roll-bar mounted light bar, and strobes in the head and tail lights. It also still has the original instructions typed on paper for the driver pacing the IROC race still taped to the dash.


John 1902 OldsmobileApril Winner – John’s 1902 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout

Purchased as a basket case in 1986. It took 7 years to get it back on the road. Great runner.  Used for occasional parades, short tours and shows. Always a hit with the crowds. This car is the 1,064th production Oldsmobile built.  Not too many 110 year old cars still on the road!






Rick 1971 Pontiac Trans AmMay Winner – Rick’s 1971 Pontiac Trans Am

Back in the 1971 while I was setting by a window of a Navy chartered bus that was returning me and rest of the USS Ethan Allen SSBN608 crew back the Naval Submarine Base after being deployed to Spain. A 1971 Trans Am with the Girl of my Dreams flew by us. And much to my and the other 50 guy’s delight she slowed down and let the bus pass her. This was when I really got a good look at the CAR. The rest is history I didn’t get the Girl but I got the CAR 19 years later. I have had this car for a little over 22 years. During that time I have spent more time and money than I care to admit maintaining and restoring her. And I know that once you’re behind the wheel and the rush you get. You understand it just doesn’t matter how much time or money you have spent. It’s all about you and your car.



Brad Hicks 1949 Chevy 3100June Winner – Brad’s 1949 Chevy 3100 ½ Ton

7 years ago I took this down to a bare cab on the frame and FINALLY have it back on the road (yay!).  I have a ton of info on the truck in my album, so I won’t repeat it all here – but the highlights of the build – 350 CID, 350 HP, 10:5:1 Forged Flat Top Slugs, 305 HO (58cc) heads with pro port/polish, Air Gap intake, Accell billet HEI dist, Edelbrock 650 carb, Lunati Vodoo cam and block hugger headers.  A 75 Firebird donor car gave contributed the front clip, rear end and steering column. This thing was a beat up old farm truck when I got it, so the entire bed got tossed and replaced with a pros-pick bed.   The wife stained the wood for me and there are stainless bed stips setting it off.   Interior – Dodge Dakota seats, and a 450-watt sound system that I can almost hear over the 2-chamber Flowmasters!



Bill 1954 Chevy PickupJuly Winner – Bill’s 1954 Chevy Pickup

This truck was born the same year my wife and I were. That is why I have this year.  I modified it with a 350/350 and power assist disc brakes in the front and newer rear end for better cruising. My wife picked the color and basically turned it into a chick magnet.  We take it to local shows including the state fair, but struggling to keep it now because of lack of work, so we don’t get out as much as we’d like to.





Michael's 1976 Chrysler CordobaAugust Winner – Michael’s 1976 Chrysler Cordoba

I’ve had my ’76 Cordoba for 6 years and I looked for years for one.  Over the years I’ve added some things like 1969 440 TNT 375 H.P 480 FPQ just done with 30 over 10 to 1 Compression and i had it Balance. APR High Performance Connecting Rod Bolts, cam Duration 272/282, Lift .442/.465 Edelbrock Performer intake manifold with a Holly 750 CFM Vacuum secondary carb Mallory Unilite distributor With Jacobs PRO Street Digital Ignition Accel 300+ Racing wires Accel Ultra coil March Performance brackets alternator and power steering removed the 2.90 rear gears and added 3.91s put the 140 speedo in added the factory tack and i have a load parts iv been picking up over the years that got to go on So stop in and see whats going on from time to time.



David 1970 Buick GSXSeptember Winner – David’s 1970 Buick GSX Tribute

1970 Buick GSX Tribute Car 455 Stage 2, SP TB 400, 3.42 posi Bought her out in Kansas City, MO from a classic car dealer out there.  He had bought it at the Mecum Auction that was out there in 2010. I flew out in Dec. 2010 to look at her and fell in love rite then. I’ve been making her mine since Jan 2011 when she was trucked to me.  I took “Best of Show” at my 1st cruise night with her and she has been turning heads since. I’m fixing her up this winter to be even better come spring.  Thanks!



Tom Harrison 2008 Bid Dog MastiffOctober Winner – Tom’s 2008 Big Dog Mastiff

Clad in striking gloss black, the Limited Edition version is as high performance as it is highly eye-catching.  Like the standard Mastiff, this edition touts a potent 117 cubic inch engine and Big Dog Motorcycles award-winning 6-speed Balance Drive system with a redesigned clutch mechanism for effortless shifting all working in harmony to get the rider from zero to 60 miles per hour in a jaw-dropping 3.9 seconds while getting over 40 miles per gallon.



Michael Leyva 1985 Chevy El CaminoNovember Winner – Michael’s 1985 Chevrolet El Camino

My 1985 Elky 2 tone: This El Camino is featured on the cover of the National El Camino Owners Association 2012 calendar.  My Elky has new paint, trim, headlight trim and billet grill. The interior is new and is dark gray and black. I have a split bench seat with armrest. A new sound system is installed with a Sony head unit, Legacy Icon 2000 watt amp, Pioneer 6×9’s, Kicker 5.5 door speakers, 10in sub, 3in Infinity dash speakers.  The motor is a 305, and the trans is a stage II 200-4R. The differential is a 3.73 posi. She’s got Corvette Rally’s and BF Goodrich Radial T/A’s. I have a 350 Vortec motor with a ZZ4 ROLLER cam, Pro-Comp air-gap dual plane manifold, 1405 Eddy 600CFM carb, Jegs HP HEI distributor and MSD AL6 digital control box and a set of polished stainless steel headers.  All of this is sitting on the sidelines waiting to go in, hopefully within a month. I’ll update this when it’s done. That’s it for now!



Kenny Kuder 1953 Chevy 2-DoorDecember Winner – Kenny’s 1953 Chevy 2-Door Custom

1953 Chevy 2 Door, Custom 400+ CI Chrysler Hemi Motor, Everything from the Block up is hand made and hand crafted!

Air powered hood, custom hood with Louvers and intake, custom hand made front clip, Shaved handles, deeply recessed headlights and tail lights, exhaust tips come out of the body, chevy emblems recessed front and back driver and passenger side as turn signals, nitrous, hand crafted dash with 1000 led’s, hand crafted overhead console, air ride front suspension and air shocks rear, tubbed, custom exhaust, dual antennas from trunk work as trunk poppers, louvered trunk, recessed break light in trunk, gas cap filled and re-located in trunk, custom black paint, custom interior, over 3000 hours of labro was put into the beauty, fun and definitely different!!! It is the STEALTH



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  1. The red/black Chevy truck could use your vote if your so inclined 🙂

  2. The May Winner – Rick’s 1971 Pontiac Trans Am, the description does not match the car in the pictures, you might want to correct before voting proceeds.

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