March 9, 2001
This year the Michigan Hot Rod Association hosted its 49th Annual Autorama at Detroit's Cobo Center during the last weekend in February. The heat was turned up in chilly Detroit when The M-80, a custom '49 Chevy Coupe, stole the show and walked away with most of the top awards. The fire-cracker red M-80, owned by Chris and Barbara Williams, and built by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, traveled 2,700 miles from Escondido, Ca., to reach the prestigious show in Motor City.
Because this was the first time the car would be seen, The M-80 was eligible for, and won, the Ridler Award for cars being shown the first time. The M-80 also won the Yosemite Sam Radoff Award for Sculptural Excellence. This is the first time that both awards have been taken by the same car in the same show. Other awards scooped by The M-80 and crew included: "Best Custom", "Best in Class" and "Outstanding Display".
The M-80, under construction for nearly 18 months, was finished only a week before it was loaded in the trailer for its debut trip to Detroit. Although it is a showcase of the custom car builder's art, The M-80 was built to be a driver for its owner, Chris Williams. Arriving at Cobo Center, the polished Street and Performance LS-1 motor was fired up and the car driven off the trailer to its assigned spot on the Center's floor.
Other features of the M-80 include: a custom-built tubular frame; polished Kugel front and rear independent suspensions and rear-end; a Corvette 6-speed manual transmission; a Dakota Digital remote entry and starting system; Specialty Power Windows; a Vintage Air AC system; a Ron Davis aluminum radiator; an ididt steering column; Halibrand Oval Track wheels; a custom paint job with PPG paint from Meza Body Shop Supplies; and a custom Ron Mangus leather interior _ just to name a few. Oh, and just a few thousand hours of blood, sweat and tears .
Located in Escondido, California, in San Diego County, Hot Rods & Custom Stuff is owned and operated by Randy Clark and his wife "Peaches". To see more pictures of the M-80, click on the following link: www.hotrodscustomstuff.com/M80-01.html