Saturday, September 19, 2009

2009 Chip Foose Braselton Bash

The Chip Foose Braselton Bash Car Show is a once a year event for the Hot Rodders Children’s Charity and is held at YearOne to benefit the Progeria Research Foundation. Now that is a mouth full, but all you really need to know is that Chip Foose, Courtney Hanson, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd came to YearOne to raise money for a great cause!

Chip Foose Braselton Bash at YearOne

Courtney Hanson At YearOne

The rain came down hard Saturday during the event, but that did not stop the show cars from showing up to raise money for Progeria. 100 of the participants were part of the Chip Foose select group. Select group participants paid extra to have their cars judged by Foose and take a few pictures with him; 100% of the entry fees went to charity.



During the photo shoot, Foose and Courtney Hanson personally dried each car before they took a souvenir photo. This was no easy task and by the end of the day, Foose was soaked!



Never one to disappoint a crowd, Kenny Wayne Shepherd put on a big show during the burnout exhibition in YearOne’s 1967 Chevelle. Kenny didn’t take it easy on this Chevelle, but then again he is a car guy. On a side note, this Chevelle was used in the 2005 Dukes of Hazard movie.







And the winner is….

Cindy and Chad Williamson, as chosen by Chip Foose, in their 1939 Chevy Master Deluxe coupe took home the top prize. This elegant coupe hides a blown 383ci small block Chevy under the hood. The body is all steel and topped with a custom mix coat of what can be described as light moss green pearl metallic. While the interior has modern onveniences , the feel is all 1930’s. The interior is boxed in with lightly tinted safety green window glass to complement the paint. Being chopped 2 ½” with suicide doors and smoothed steel running boards, this car masterfully mixes timeless style with modern rod styling cues and surely deserved the award .


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

AJ's 1968 Pontiac Firebird LS3 YearOne



Adrienne Janic (AJ from Chip Foose's Overhaulin) gets a 1968 Pontiac Firebird built by Year One. This bad machine features an LS3 and all the goodies that make it a real street driven hot rod.

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Article From Popular Hot Rodding:

Many of us get into our cars after work and try to wipe our minds clear of the business day. It forms a division between your work and home life, usually a necessity for maintaining sanity. This wasn't the case for Adrienne Janic (or A.J. for short), former co-host of the popular TLC program Overhaulin'. A.J. spent countless hours overseeing the modification and restoration process performed on the show, and realized she had to have a hot rod of her own.

When she first started on Overhaulin', A.J. didn't know a thing about cars, and she was perfectly honest with the production and build team about it. She didn't want to fake the car girl thing because she knew no one would buy it. Just like a 12-step program, the first step is to admit you have a problem. "I knew absolutely nothing about cars, but the show turned out to be the best school I ever had. The build team spent a lot of time showing me the ropes and getting me more and more involved," she shares.

In season five of Overhaulin', A.J. was given a special assignment. "It was like the final exam, to see if I had been paying attention," she says. She was to be responsible for the design of a young lady's '63 Comet. At this point, A.J. had a lot of time to absorb the information presented to her on the show, and came up with an amazing design. Getting to see the final product and to receive praise for her vision gave her the confidence to build her own car.

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There was no doubt in A.J.'s mind what car she wanted. The Overhaulin' episode titled "Uncle Sam's Nephew" featured the build of a 1968 Firebird. "This was the most stunning car ever. When introducing David, the owner of the car, I whispered, 'You know, if you don't like it or want it, ill take it.' He faked a little smile at the joke. I leaned in again and told him I was serious; he clenched his keys a little tighter. That's when I knew a 1968 Firebird was the car for me," says A.J. She felt it was the perfect blend of masculine and feminine cues. It has the potential for brutal power and handling, yet has smooth styling, and all in a compact, lightweight package.

The next step was to find the perfect place to have her dream realized. Hollywood hot rodder hubby and Overhaulin' producer, Bud Brutsman, knew exactly where to go. He had his 1969 Mustang fastback built by Year One a couple years ago, and the build turned out phenomenal. A.J. took a trip to Georgia, home of Year One, with a clear vision of what she wanted. The guys there suggested she might do a Mustang or a Camaro, but she knew the Firebird was meant for her.

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She began to describe how she wanted the car to be built. She wanted a strong foundation, modern upgrades, and it needed to be reliable. A large percent of build time is usually dedicated to brainstorming and trying new tricky things, but the simplicity of her desires allowed a smooth buildup in a very short amount of time. From start to finish, it took Year One about six months to create.

A.J. traveled to Georgia as often as her busy schedule would allow. She prides herself on not being the girl who sits around and has the boys do all the work. Despite her good looks, she isn't afraid to get some dirt under her nails. She recalls an episode of Overhaulin' where she was elected to crawl inside a '57 Corvette to tear out the interior because she had the smallest body of the bunch. The car was filled with rat droppings and spider webs, but it didn't faze her. She ended up suffering from a severe spider bite that earned her a trip to the hospital. Compared to this, working on the clean-bodied 'Bird was a walk in the park.


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'69 Camaro - 40 Years of Cool



Generations of enthusiasts have grown up with the Camaro - and there are literally hundreds of thousands running around the streets of the world at this exact moment. And even though Ford invented the pony car segment with their Mustang (yes, some Mopar folks will argue that point) it's hard not to say Chevrolet defined the market with the Camaro.

So, yes, Camaros are popular. And the most popular of all the Camaros has to be the 1969 model. Why? IN our view, the answer is a combination of muscular good looks, proliferation (sheer numbers built), and the tremendous variety of models offered.


Let's look at looks - the '67 and '68 Camaros are undeniably good looking cars. They are clean, with classic pony car long hood and short deck proportions, and just the right amount of Coke bottle effect through the middle. The '69, though, took all that was good about the basic Camaro shape and muscled it up. Chevy designers added toughness and aggression to the body - a look that promised almost angry performance. These things simply look like muscle cars should, and when front and rear spoilers, a cowl hood and some stripes are added, well, lets just say generations of enthusiasts have signaled their agreement through buying and building thousands along those same lines.

Ok, so the cars look really cool. What else makes the '69 Camaro so special? How about sheer numbers produced. Almost 250 thousand cars rolled off the assembly lines in what was a lengthened product run for the last of the first-gen Camaro. Think about that number for a second - roughly a quarter-million examples... Obviously not all the cars produced were big-block Super Sports or Z28s, but there were plenty of those cars built, too. More importantly, lots of cars means lots of exposure and lots of ways to customize and personalize. When something is wildly popular, like the Camaro, it usually means it has staying power. Like the '69 Camaro!


One of the reasons so many cars were built and sold during the '69 model year is the wide variety of models offered by Chevy. Customers could choose from a base coupe or convertible, with L6 or small-block V8 power, or step up to a Rally Sport (RS), again in coupe or convertible form. Or, they might choose the Z/28, which featured a screaming little 302 and loads of options, or possibly an RS/Z28. If the Z/28 didn't strike the buyer's fancy, there was the legendary Super Sport, again with small-block or big-block power. Or how about a '69 Indy Pace Car replica? Hard core racers in the know could order a COPO special with 427 power. Even more hard core enthusiasts with deep pockets could order the legendary ZL1 package with a race-bred aluminum block and head 427. Need more choices? No problem, as dealers such as Yenko and Nickey and Fred Gibb and Berger and Baldwin had packages developed and ready for delivery. From mild econo-cruisers to ground-pounding big-block terrors, the 1969 Camaro offered something for everyone.


Yet another reason the '69 has thrived for 40 years is the fact that the performance, and now restoration, aftermarket has embraced the car from the beginning. Sometimes classics emerge over time - think '32 Ford - and sometimes they are evident from day one - think '55 Chevy. In the case of the Camaro, it was evident from the start. Hot rod and custom bits were being churned out before the paint was dry on the first car. This allowed owners to personalize their rides - to separate them from all the others out there. As time passed and the cars aged, the restoration market stepped up by offering a tremendous amout of stuff to restore and/or maintain them. Perhaps the ultimate expression of the '69 Camaro's overwhelming popularity is the fact that complete reproduction body shells, and virtually an entire car, can be bought. Sure, other reproduction bodies and vehicles have been built, but the first of the mass-produced muscle cars to be reproduced was the '69 Camaro. Why? Because they're still wildly popular.


For 40 years enthusiasts have bought, tweaked, hot-rodded, fixed, wrecked and loved '69 Camaros. And with the availability of all the repro stuff these days, we fully expect enthusiasts will continue to do these things for another 40 years. Hey, gasoline may not be available in 2049, but what do you wanna bet there will be an electric/hydrogen/whatever-powered '69 Camaro running around? Count on it.


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