Tom Gloy wanted a '32 Ford he could drive low and fast, so he took his dream to Roy Brizio Street Rods Inc. in San Francisco where the car seen above was born.

Brizio and his team made some radical changes to a typical '32 Ford, starting with a narrowed cowl, grille and windshield. The floorboard was lowered more than any rod they have built before and those tall, thin, 18-inch rear tires were nuzzled close to the filled and channeled rear quarters. All that work got the body looking right, and a Ford 302 crate motor and Tremec five-speed got it moving. Gloy went to Porsche for the car's color, choosing a mid-'50s blue to contrast the bright red, leather interior.

The results are at once both classic hot rod and beautifully radical.

When the world-renowned Goodguys show rolled around, Gloy drove the Hi-Boy 2,000 miles from his home in Lake Tahoe to Indiana, proving the rod Brizio crafted is more than just an automotive museum piece. The judges at Goodguys agreed and bestowed the 2012 Tank's Hot Rod of the Year Award on Gloy, Brizio and their low, fast '32.
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Indianapolis, IN - Tom Gloy made a career out of sittin' low and drivin' fast. In a racing career that spanned more than 25 years, Gloy collected a Trans Am World Championship as well as a Formula Atlantic title. He drove in 6 IndyCar races including a start in the 1984 Indy 500 finishing 14th. Last weekend, he returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and unlike the 1984 trip, found himself all alone in the winner's circle this time around. His Brizio Street Rods-built '32 Ford roadster won the Goodguys 2012 Tank's Hot Rod of the Year award at the Goodguys 2ndWIX Filters Speedway Nationals.

Gloy's low flying roadster was born during a conversation with Roy Brizio a few years back as the two drove to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Gloy wanted a channeled '32 Ford roadster but Brizio cautioned "Channeled '32 Fords aren't very comfortable and when channeled they can look too wide." He also told Gloy how the driver often "sat up too high" in the channeled cars he'd seen over the years. So that was the challenge – to build a channeled, traditionally styled roadster in which Tom could sit low and drive fast.

To redesign the car's front end, Brizio and his build team narrowed the cowl, grill and windshield. They also sectioned the radiator shell 3 ½". To get Tom down low in the seat, the floorboards were radically lowered – more so than any other hot rod to roll out of Brizio's South San Francisco stable. Out back, the rear quarters were filled and smoothed and 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-inch dropped axle. Custom made 18 and 16-inch ET knockoff wheels are enhanced with custom machined caliper brackets designed to fill the backside of the wheels (inspired by Bonneville style Moon discs). The 302-inch, Hilborn EFI Ford crate motor and Tremec 5-speed get the roadster up to speed in hurry then stops on a dime courtesy of Wilwood brakes.

Bay area body & paint specialist Darryl Hollenbeck of Vintage Color Studio spent many hours perfecting the car's classic finish – mid 50's Porsche blue which perfectly contrasts the red leather interior stitched by Sid Chavers.

Gloy, who now lives near Lake Tahoe, got the channeled Bonneville-inspired roadster he dreamed of and a talented team of Bay Area craftsmen, led by Brizio pulled off the challenge of getting it to sit and look just right. But that's not all. Gloy got a driver, or as the late Gray Baskerville of Hot Rod Magazine was fond of saying a "reacher." To prove it he strapped in and drove the car over 2,000 miles from his home in Nevada to Indy, this time with a victorious result.

The top 5 finalists for the Goodguys 2012 Tank's Hot Rod of the Year award included, Keith Hill, Bixby, OK ('34 Ford), Tom Gloy, Incline Village, NV ('32 Ford), Tim Kirby, Fountain Hills, AZ ('33 Ford), Henry Richards, Mansfield, OH ('32 Ford) and Larry Christensen, Arvada, CO ('32 Ford).

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      So glad to see a Ford engine in a '32 roadster, even if it is a new crate motor. And the T-Bird valve covers go quite well with the style of the car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a gorgeous car with a good vibe overall, but the polished tilt column, bucket seats, and GM alternator kill the otherwise traditional look.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is the flames??? I thought all hot-rods had flames...!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stunning. I am amazed at how people are able to make subtle changes to a '32 hiboy and make it stand out from all the other 32s.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent work on the rod! Nice photo album of the build on Roy Brizio Street Rods website..
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry it's really very plain and bland looking.If put side by side with others that show up at meets this would be lost in the background noise. Not Hot Rod of the year in my book.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice job but not really a hot rod.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love hotrods but this is just meh.
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        Try registering a car in Maryland that has been modified. I waited 2 years for my hot rod to get to 25 years old. They didn't seem to like that I converted a FWD to RWD, added frame to strengthen and larger exhaust to let it breathe. The engine and it's exhaust system were basically stock for engine except for headers. They have no sense of fun.
          • 2 Years Ago
          Maryland street rod laws. (a) "Street rod" defined.- In this section, "street rod" means a motor vehicle that: (1) Is 25 years old or older; and (2) Has been substantially altered from the manufacturer's original design. (b) Classification.- Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, if registered with the Administration under this section, every street rod is a Class N (street rod) vehicle. it has been this way since they were approved by maryland. did you not check the laws b4 you built your car ? if you want a street rod in md buy a car or truck over 25 yrs old. no problem.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, but I'd have gone w/a hardtop.
      wonky donky.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That will be the fastest goddamn Hoveround in Boca, for sure!
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