The 1150hp machine was designed by Jonathan Peace of Torq’d Design Lab and built in conjunction with Jesse Greening of Greening Auto Company in Nashville, TN.
The Ridler Award is the top honor given in the hot rodding and custom community for excellence in design and execution at the “Greatest Hot Rod Show“ held annually at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
To be chosen as a finalist, the cars had to debut at this year’s Autorama – the 60th anniversary of the show and 49th Ridler award – and be the cream of the crop. This year, 61 vehicles were eligible for the honor, but only one would earn the award judged by the Michigan Hot Rod Association.
Peace’s T-Bird started 3.5 years ago at Torq'd Design Lab under the direction of Jonathan Peace (the owner’s son) and was completed by Jesse Greening and the team at Greening Auto Company.
The car was finished in Glasurit brilliant red paint with a custom interiors by Torq’d Design Lab and Paul Atkins. It had custom concave wheels by Millwerks Machining with 235/35 ZR19 front and 295/30 ZR20 rear Pirelli P Zero tires.
“The car has a concept look – that was part of Jonathan (Peace’s) plan,” said Greening – co-builder of the ’55 T-Bird. “Once we got the car from Jonathan’s company, we tried to keep it simple, clean and neat. We didn’t want to stray from the original design of the T-Bird, (but to) clean it up and make it look newer. We worked hard to keep that theme.”
Pirelli Tire representatives were on hand to award each of the chosen Great 8 winners with $1000 in prize money as well as a custom jacket and award.