Bill Lindig’s Indy-inspired hand formed aluminum bodied speedster won the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” crown at last weekend’s 61st Grand National Roadster show in Pomona, CA. Long time Goodguys members will recall the car’s humble beginnings in the shop of Indy Goodguy Jackie Howerton.
For more than a decade, it showed up to Goodguys events and gatherings (including the 50th Oakland Roadster Show in 1999) in bare metal, still a work in progress, due to Howerton’s storied dissatisfaction with anything less than perfection.
It took Lindig’s purchase of the roadster in 2007 to move the project along. After the purchase Lindig handed it over to Pete Chapouris and Alberto Hernandez at So-Cal Speed Shop in Pomona, California, to put the finishing touches on the body, the Howerton-built chromemoly chassis (which incorporates torsion bar suspension at all four corners) and the Chrisman-built Ford 352-cu.in. small-block V-8. It’s all functional as well as beautiful: The speedster reportedly was subjected to 500 shakedown miles before entering the show which we know made Howerton proud!
The win marks the first for Lindig (and, for that matter, SoCal) at the Grand National Roadster Show. Congratulations to all involved!