Hilton Hot Rods Candy Colored, Hemi Powered Tudor Named Hot Rod of the Year, Fuel Curve

Goodguys Hemi Powered Hot Rod of the Year

Photos by Mike Harrington and Steven Bunker

Fourty-two hot rods. One winner. That is how it went down this past weekend at the Goodguys 12th Nashville Nationals in Music City USA. Heard round the country, the rallying cry for real, genuine, hell-raisin’ hot rods went out in January when the award was officially announced as part of the Goodguys 2017 Top 12 Awards program.These hemi powered classics are sure to leave their mark on the show

Hilton Hot Rods Candy Colored, Hemi Powered Tudor Named Hot Rod of the Yea

When the chips were pushed to the middle of the table Ralph and Linda Miller’s candy-colored, supercharged Hemi powered Model A Tudor sedan cashed in by winning the Goodguys 2017 Tank’s Hot Rod of the Year award. It marked the second time in the last five years an “Angry A” from the Hilton Hot Rods team of builders Bobby Hilton and Tony Lombardi won this award. The two also brought it home in 2014.

Hemi Powered Tudor Named Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year

We simply don’t recall a more bitchin’ hot rod sedan than the Miller’s Hemi hauler. The pearl teal blue fades and layered panels scream Larry Watson. The polished baby Moon’s take us back to Dean Moon’s 60s identity. The blown Hemi by Lombardi’s Ross Racing Engines wakes the dead. Together with its propensity for high-speed highway jousts, thunderous burnouts, and rambunctious attitude – it embodies everything a hot rod is.

Hemi Powered Tudor Named Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year

If you have been following the Hilton and Lombardi builds, every car they produce has bad-to-the-bone hot rod characteristics. Playing to that credo, the Wilson’s Tudor is chopped, has a perfect rake, dropped axle, deuce rails, plentiful polish, driveshaft headers, skinny wheels and bias ply tires, and a leather trimmed interior along with serious attitude. The fit and finish is on par with rodding’s elite but make no mistake – this is no car show queen. With just 30 miles on the clock, the Hilton Angry A crew saddled up and drove 3,000-miles round trip to the Lone Star Roundup in April. This group of hot rod rebels consider it an annual carbon-blowing right of spring to boogie south.

Hemi Powered Tudor Named Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year

About that Hemi. Lombardi assembled it with his usual bullet-proof bottom end, added a 4-71 huffer, dual 94-series carbs and a retro Vertex mag. It looks like mechanical jewelry sitting in front of the stamped, pearl blue firewall.

Hilton Hot Rods Candy Colored, Hemi Powered Tudor Named Hot Rod of the Yea

Goodguys will have a full feature on the Hot Rod of the Year in their September Goodguys Gazette. Congratulations to the gang on their supercharged Nashville coup!

Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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