Hot Rod Buzz...

American Speed Company and D. Mark Trostle are in the midst of another great success story. Capitalizing on 39 plus years of Detroit OEM experience balanced with years of hands on involvement, Mark and his teams have been busy creating a “buzz” in the personalized vehicle market. Combining experience and talent, American Speed has been delivering customers design and product development projects with OE-quality at a garage-based pricing structure. Capitalizing on the wealth of talent available in the Detroit area, teams have been gathered to generate solutions to client customer’s needs. Bringing artistic, computer and engineering design disciplines together, American Speed has been able to move quickly in developing themes that represent not only what the customer wants, but equally as important, what can be manufactured. Speed33's are out cruising and turning heads on the road !
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17th Annual PPG Good Guys Nationals in Columbus, OH

American Speed Company recently attended the 17th Annual PPG Good Guys Nationals in Columbus, OH, the weekend of July 11-13. We has an overwhelming turnout and as predicted, the weather was fantastic. It was a pleasure seeing some of our customers, (both past and present) in attendance, along with their Speed 33’s. Next stop, the NSRA Louisville Nationals beginning July 31 through August 3rd. Hope to see you there. Come join the fun!

 

 
 
 
 

Hometown Boys Score Big at 62nd Annual Detroit Autorama

The crew at American Speed Company drew top honors at the 2014 Autorama held in Detroit on the weekend of March 7th thru 9th. Making its show debut, this fendered roadster, built for local customers Bob and Connie Gula, took 1st place in the Altered Street Roadster Pre ’35 Class. This dazzling Speed33 gleamed under the lights of Cobo Hall, behind a brilliant tri-coat candy red paint job, furnished by Prefix Corporation, of Auburn Hills, MI. The interior, also done by our own in-house trim department, is accented with a plush Sabrina Cashew Spinneybeck leather interior featuring a Wise Guys bench seat setup. The custom six gauge instrument panel was fabricated by American Speed Company’s own craftsmen and sports American Tradition custom gauges by Classic Instruments of Boyne City, MI. It sits atop a Roadster Shop chassis with independent front and rear Heidt’s suspension and is powered by a 351 Windsor engine and 4 speed AOD tranny, provided by Total Performance, of Clinton Township, MI. The Real Rodder’s wheels, complete with knockoff spinners, should give it a menacing look as it cruises into local gatherings this summer!

Congratulations to the Gula’s for their debut win at this years 62nd Annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama and happy hot rodding!

 
 
 
 

GNRS 2014 Winners Line-Up

Once again, the Speed33 entries in the Altered Street Roadster class receive high acclaim!  

Danny Shaffer of Bakersfield, CA took second place with his eye popping, black fendered, “Injected Boss” Speed33.  Built by American Speed craftsmen here at our shop in Plymouth, MI, this black beauty features a Jon Kaase Boss 520 Big Block, corral housing 680 horses ready to stampede on cue.  It is poised atop a chassis built by the crew at Precision Hot Rods (formerly of Lobeck’s), from Macedonia, OH.  It has an IFS/IRS and is tubbed 2” to maintain its’ svelte appearance.  One-off custom wheels from Curtis Speed/Evod Industries (16” x 6.5” fronts and 17” x 10” rears) transfer the power to the pavement.   American Speed Company topped off the build with a custom, plush bomber brown leather interior brimming with ambience and comfort.  This prized stallion will be right at home at any of the high end venues in California.  You’ll be able to hear it coming!

Third place went to proud owner, Greg Weld, with his blue, open-wheeled Speed33 roadster.  The legendary Roy Brizio and his team built this gem and they pulled it off in a little over a year!  It features an LS engine and an elegant Sid Chavers interior.  A gorgeous, traditional theme, coupled with the combined precision of a highly customized approach, resulted in another standout presentation for Roy and his crew.

John Reese of Sandy, UT received some well-deserved notoriety with a fourth place award, in this tough category.  His remade rendition of the original Good Guys Giveaway Car was an exquisite looking burgundy, open wheeled Speed33 roadster.  The flawless transformation was executed by Boone Lipsey of Showcase Rods and Customs in S. Salt Lake, UT.  It features a 402 IR Roush powered drivetrain, impeccable paint and plenty of jewelry on the undercarriage to really set this classic apart.

Congratulations to all the Speed33 winners!

Congratulations to Danny Shaffer, owner of the 2014 2nd place award winner in the "Altered Street Roadster" '33-'34 class at this years GNRS.

 
 
 

Kornell Speed33 – Multi Award Winner 2013

David Kornell debuted his black Speed33 at the the 2013 GNRS Show in Pomona, CA.  This fendered roadster was built by Bill Bourbonnais of Billy’s Rod Shop in West Kelowna, British Columbia.   Body and paint were done by Kelly Geoghegan of Kelly’s Custom Auto Body Shop in Kamloops, British Columbia, utilizing PPG two stage black.  Housing an LS3 480 hp engine with a GM 4L70E transmission, it sits on a Roadster Shop chassis sporting American Racing 6 x 15 wheels on the front and US Indy 9 x 16’s on the rear.  The leather interior featuring German square weave carpet was upholstered by Lee Baxter of Baxter’s Hot Rod Interiors of West Kelowna, British Columbia.    Other unique features are the John Deer tractor headlights and the custom built gauge cluster based on 1932 Nash bezels, from Classic Instruments, in Boyne City, MI.

Acclaiming FIRST PLACE at the 2013 GNRS, in the pre-1935 Street Roadster class, this impeccable roadster also took FIRST PLACE, the following month, at the 63rd Annual Sacramento Autorama and received the prestigious Dick Bertolucci Automotive Excellence Award.

By invitation, this two-time award winner will be at the 50th Anniversary LA Roadster Show in Pomona, CA – June 2014 – where it will be on display at the host hotel.
Congratulations to everyone involved with this magnificent build.   This is a real show stopper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cobble Beach Concours Award Winner - 2013

Receiving international recognition at the inaugural Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held in Georgian Bay, just north of Owen Sound, Ontario, the Speed33 dubbed “Tupper’s Tuxedo” took home the first place award in the category for Street Rods and Hot Rods to 1956.   This prestigious event featured a large selection of more than 120 cars in 16 different classes.  Owner’s Ty and Linda Tupper, from Aurora, Ontario, were ecstatic to add yet another award to their ever growing collection.

Congratulations to the Tupper’s and good luck at your next event!

 
 

Grand National Roadster Show Speed33 Winners - 2013

"Speed33 Retains Throne"

Subsequent to taking the top three awards in Altered Street Roadster at the GNRS 2012, the Speed33 all-steel roadster defended its’ throne and knocked off both First and Second Place at GNRS 2013.

TOP SPOT in this heavyweight division was awarded to Squeeg’s Customs of Chandler, AZ, with their red, full fendered Speed33.  Squeeg’s stunning craftsmanship shone from afar, displaying flawless execution for proud owner, Bill Coulter, of Paradise Valley,  AZ.

This Speed33 sits atop a custom chassis designed by Terry Palmer and Squeeg’s own Doug Jerger.  It features an 8” tub and a 3” stretched wheelbase, built by Doug at Squeeg’s. The engine is a monster 800HP LS7 powerplant with Kinsler injection.  Power is transferred via a 700R4 tranny built by Arizona Precision.  It will be melting pavement with Real Rodder’s 16”x10” wheels in back and chooses its’ path with 15” x5” wheels up front.   The interior was done by Gabe’s Custom Interiors of San Bernardino, CA and includes Vintage Air and Auto Meter gauges.  The dazzling red epidermis was a recipe of Squeeg’s specially formulated primer and PPG basecoat/clearcoat.   A truly exceptional specimen.  

SECOND PLACE went  to a fellow Michigander.  Dubbed the  VISION 33, this vehicle is owned by the legendary Mike Alexander, of the Alexander Brother’s customizing fame.    Mike has been in the business of building and customizing cars since the mid-1960’s.     This modified Speed33 was built at Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, Inc. in Fountain Valley, CA with the help of Mike’s son, Mike Jr.  From concept design to completion, Mike worked along side a vast number of individuals to make this hot rod come to fruition.  The Vision 33 originally debuted at the  60th annual Autorama Show in Detroit, MI.  It has previously received the Pirelli Great 8 Recognition and was a Don Ridler Memorial Award contender.  Not stopping there, The VISION 33 also made the cover of Street Rodder’s SRP (Street Rodder Premium) Edition in the Summer of 2012. 

CONGRATULATIONS  AND WELCOME TO THE WINNER’S CIRCLE!!!

Congratulations to Bill Coulter, owner of the 2013 1st place winner, in the "Altered Street Roadster" '33-'34 class at this years GNRS.

The Alexander Brother's Vision33 took 2nd place at the Grand National Roadster Show. Also the recipient of the 2013 Blackie Gejeian Award.

 
 

Speed33's sizzle at 2012 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. Johns

It was a sizzling sunny day at the 2012 Concours d'Elegance of America which was held at The Inn at St. John's on Sunday, July 29th. The large crowd of over 11,000 auto enthusiasts were treated to more than 300 classic and rare automobiles. The American Speed Company exhibit featured two spectacular Speed33 vehicles built at our Plymouth location. A portion of the proceeds raised at the event will go to the College for Creative Studies, Hospice of Michigan and Leader Dogs for the Blind. Thanks to all who stopped by our exhibit at St. John’s. We look forward to seeing you again in 2013!

 

Grand National Roadster Show Speed33 Winners - 2012

first, second, and third place!!!  -  wow!!

The Speed33 roadster entries stole the crowd and captured the attention of the judges at the Grand National Roadster Show held in Pomona, California the weekend of Jan. 27, 2012. The top awards and recognition came in the highly competitive “Altered Street Roadster” Classification.

Top Prize went to Steve Payne from Bagong Ilog, Pasig City, Philippines. His car was built by John Reid of Rods by Reid from Tauranga, New Zealand . Steve is a two-time award winner. He also placed in the Top Five for America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod at the Goodguys 25th West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California last August. This car is a stunning rendition overall of an all-steel Speed33 in all its’ glory! Kudos to Steve Payne, John Reid, and his team for their well-deserved achievement in taking the top prize.

Second Place went to Ty Tupper, from Aurora, Ontario Canada. His car was built by non-other than the Team at American Speed Company in Plymouth, Michigan. This black beauty made its debut at this show and can be seen at the upcoming Detroit AutoRama, February 24 – 26th, 2012. Nicknamed “Tupper’s Tuxedo”, this iconic gem features a Chevy 350 with an electronic fuel injected 8-stack system that was turning heads from afar!

Third Place, at the top of the class awards, went to Richard Walpole from Gilbert, Arizona. Richard’s Speed33 was built by Squeeg’s Kustoms out of Chandler, Arizona. This elegant example of a traditional design theme featured impeccable execution and was stationed front and center, near the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster corral.

Congratulations to the Steve Payne, owner of the stunning Payne Speed33 the 1st place winner at the Grand National Roadster Show.

Walpole Speed33 winner 3rd place at the Grand National Roadster Show.

Ty and Linda Tupper win 2nd place award at Grand National Roadster Show.

 
The Tupper Speed33 Features

All steel Speed33 Build and Body, American Speed Company
Chassis, Lobecks V8 Shop - Cleveland, Ohio
Engine, Chevrolet 350 with Fast Burn Aluminum Heads
Inglese 8 Stack Injection System
Transmission, Tremec TKO 5 speed
Wheels, SO-CAL knock-off cast Aluminum
Tires, Firestone Dirt Track
Paint, Greg Dutton - American Speed Company
Interior and Top - American Speed Company

 

Bumgarner Speed33

Built to drive – this Roush Supercharged 4.6L 3V Speed33 features a full independent front and rear suspension, touch-screen navigation and satellite radio and as well as the nearly 500 ponies on tap. Built to fulfill the dreams of its lucky owner, American Speed worked hand in hand with the customer to spec out every detail in this great performing and looking Speed33 example.

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NSRA Giveaway Project

On a warm sunny Louisville Saturday, one lucky NSRA Nationals participant walked drove away from the event in a brand new Speed33 built by Tucci Hot Rods of Marcy, NY. Featuring the all steel Speed33, this one stole the spot light of the entire NSRA Nationals four day event with all eyes and discussions on the high quality body used in the Giveaway build. Drawn from the 10,000+ participant pool, one lucky winner from Dayton, Ohio was the one to “come on down” and drive off in his new Supercharged Speed33 featuring Dayton Wire Wheels, Classic Instrument gauges and a beautiful interior by Noone Customs.

 

American Speed Company Offers Help to Hot Rod Lovers

 

"From the private collector to the hot rod hobbyist, American Speed Company offers quality components and vehicle design that will make any gear head salivate" - myfoxnews.com

American Speed Company was recently featured on the Detroit Fox 2 News Morning Show for a special "Made in Michigan" segment. Proud to have its roots in the Motor City, American Speed Company was happy to show-off the Crain Speed33 at the Detroit Fox 2 News studio with newscaster Jackie Paige. The Detroit Fox 2 News Morning Show also traveled to Oakley Industries Incorporated in Clinton Township where the all steel Speed33 is manufactured. See the "Made in Michigan" news video on the Fox 2 News Morning Show website

 

New 33 grille shell

Check out an all-new reproduction 1933 grille shell - an exact copy digitized from a perfect N.O.S. 1933 grille. Also, a totally unique gauge surround has been added to the Speed33 accessory line-up.
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turnkey build services

American Speed Company can provide exclusive design theme development and follow through with your personal Speed33. We can also facilitate your full vehicle build with a number of proven competent full vehicle build sources. Call or email us for more information about your personalized vehicle project. See our customer project section for recent Speed33 vehicle builds.

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news & events

NSRA 45th Annual Street Rod Nationals
July 31st - August 3rd
Louisville, KY
www.nsra-usa.com