The name Tom Gloy might be familiar to you from a racing career that spanned over 25 years, including a Trans Am Championship and Formula Atlantic title. He drove in six IndyCar races, including the 1984 Indy 500 where he finished 14th. Last weekend, he returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and found himself alone in the winner’s circle with his ’32 Ford roadster built by Brizio Street Rods. It won the Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award at the second Goodguys WIX Filters Speedway Nationals.
Gloy’s roadster was born during a conversation with Roy Brizio as the two drove to Bonneville. Gloy wanted a channeled ’32 Ford roadster but Brizio cautioned they aren’t very comfortable and can look too wide. So the challenge was to build a channeled, traditional style roadster in which Tom could sit low and drive fast.
To redesign the front-end, Brizio and his team narrowed the cowl, grille and windshield. They also sectioned the radiator shell 3.5”.
To get Tom low in the seat, the floorboards were lowered – more than any hot rod out of Brizio’s San Francisco stable.
Out back, the rear quarters were filled and smoothed, the rear wheels tucked tightly against the channeled body.
The custom Brizio chassis features torsion bar suspension from Moal Coachbuilders, and a classic hot rod rake courtesy of the chromed Magnum 5” dropped axle.
Custom 18 and 16” ET knockoff wheels were enhanced with custom caliper brackets designed to fill the wheels (inspired by Bonneville-style Moon Discs). The 302”, Hilborn EFI Ford crate motor and Tremec five-speed transmission get the roadster up to speed, stopping on a dime courtesy of Wilwood brakes.
Bay area specialist Darryl Hollenbeck from Vintage Color Studio spent hours perfecting the classic finish – mid ’50s Porsche blue, which contrasts the red leather interior stitched by Sid Chavers.
To prove the car was a driver, Gloy drove it more than 2000 miles from his home in Nevada to Indy for the show.
The top 5 finalists for the Goodguys 2012 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award:
Larry Christensen, Arvada, CO (’32 Ford)
Tom Gloy, Incline Village, NV (’32 Ford)
Keith Hill, Bixby, OK (’34 Ford)
Tim Kirby, Fountain Hills, AZ (’33 Ford)
Henry Richards, Mansfield, OH (’32 Ford)