The country’s top award for a performance based Street Machine was presented to Erv Woller at the Goodguys 11th PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH on July 12th. Ringbrothers, the same team that produced last year’s Street Machine of the Year winner, built Woller’s 1969 Camaro, known as “RAZOR”. That’s the first time in the fourteen-year history of the award the winning car was produced by the same build team in consecutive seasons.
Featuring a two-tone gray and orange design, “Hunter” leather interior, carbon fiber hood and decklid, a Detroit Speed & Engineering “Quadralink” suspension and one-off custom Budnik wheels, Woller’s Camaro exudes class and ingenuity. Both Mike and Jim Ring, known for their ability to design and fabricate parts from carbon fiber as well as their finesse in body and paint applications, completely repainted “RAZOR” during a 96-hour period over the 4th of July holiday weekend. The car debuted June 27th at a Goodguys event in Nashville and when the car hit the sunlight, they saw some flaws they knew would not serve the car well in Columbus – the biggest stage there is for Street Machines. “It was a painful decision,” said Jim Ring. “Mike and I were at each other’s throats and our wives may never talk to us again. It had to be done. You build a car like this for this event and this award. It means everything.”
Woller expressed his gratitude for all the hard work of the build team. “When you embark on a project like this, you become family with everyone involved in the car. It’s a project that takes a lot of resources and countless hours. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Part of this year’s award criteria mandated that all eligible vehicles take part in a demanding three-lap autocross. Woller strapped himself into RAZOR and cranked out three very impressive lap times with a best of 18.466 for the 1000-foot course.
In the end, the RAZOR defeated the largest field of contenders ever (28 cars) for the Street Machine of the Year crown.
The top 5 finalists for this year’s award included Kevin Alstott (’68 Camaro), Gary Abraham (’70 Nova), Woller’s RAZOR, Jeff Hanson (’69 Camaro) and James McLeod (’69 Camaro Convertible).
Overall Fabrication & Construction: RingBros. – Spring Green, WI
Design Concept: Sean Smith, SS Design
Interior and Design: Upholstery Unlimited (Steve Pearson)
Carbon Fiber Body Components: Hood, deck lid, rear bumper, brake duct air intakes – all custom fab by Ring Bros.
Machined Parts: Custom machined taillight bezels, rear fuel filler, shifter plate, gauge bezels, ignition switch plates, hood hinges, wheel house vents by Ring Bros.
Engine: GM Performance all aluminum ZL1 big block, 454 cid.
Transmission: Viper T-56
Suspension – Front: Detroit Speed Hydraformed Rear: Detroit Speed “Quadra link”
Paint: BASF RM line (Mineral Gray and other custom blends)
Wheels & Tires: custom one off Budnik wheels 18×10 front, 19×12 rear, Goodyear tires
Gauges: Custom one off by Classic Instruments
Exhaust: Flowmaster Super 44’s