When we say "Better builders prefer Wilwood" we mean it. Go to any Goodguys event, pick up any magazine, or watch any auction and you'll notice Wilwood brakes on all the top builds. The Grand National Roadster Show is one of the longest running and most well respected car shows in the world, and its America's Most Beautiful Roadster award is the top prize. Once again, the 2023 award went to a car with Wilwood brakes.

The black 1932 highboy roadster that won this year is deceptively understated in its elegance. There is nothing that shouts at you for attention, but when you start looking closely at the details there are a million little choices that have been made and executed perfectly. The owner/builder is Jack Chisenhall of Vintage Air, with help from Roy Brizio Street Rods and a who's who top talent. George Hagy -principle fabrication, Gary Gates - machine work, Damon Detmer - sheet metal, Mark Grohman - mechanical, Jimmy Shine - louvers, Sid Chavers - interior, and Darryl Hollenbeck - body and paint.

Jack Chisenhall with trophy and roadster

Under the hood is a reworked early Dodge Hemi engine, inspired by the ones built by Tony Capanna which nearly qualified for the Indy 500 in the 50s. Donny Anderson built this 1956 Dodge 325ci mill, with a custom set of injector stacks by Cody Chapman. Power goes to a manual five speed transmission and back to a vintage style quick change differential.

Keeping with the Indy inspiration, the wheels are vintage 16" Halibrand mags actually meant for an Indy roadster. They are real "knock-offs" with a central hold down that have been chrome plated.

For all the top notch custom finishing done on the car, the brakes are an off the shelf kit finished by our custom power coat shop in one of the 24 standard colors we will do for anyone (at additional cost). It looks as if they modified the Wilwood bracket, or made their own, but the front brakes are P/N 140-10739-D, with Competition Silver powder coat and black Wilwood logos. The rear kit was probably custom assembled or modified from one of our standard 12.19" rotor Superlite rear kits. The brakes aren't entirely as delivered from us though - it appears they replaced all the hardware with polished stainless steel bolts.

You can read more about it in Modern Rodding, who supplied these pictures. They will have a full feature on the car in the future. ​ ​

Jack Chisenhall 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster AMBR 1 Jack Chisenhall 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster AMBR 2
Jack Chisenhall 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster AMBR 3 Jack Chisenhall 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster AMBR 4
Jack Chisenhall 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster AMBR 5 Jack Chisenhall 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster AMBR 6


Leave a comment

All blog comments are checked prior to publishing