The Northeast Rod & Custom Show event concluded Sunday, March 23 with the announcement that the winner of the 2014 Northeast Cup is Alan Beers of Owasso, OK with his 1957 Chevrolet pickup, "Quicksilver". The three day event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Oaks, PA drew thousands of enthusiasts looking for an escape from the harsh winter that the Northeast has experienced this year and the entries did not disappoint.
The winning truck, "Quicksilver" had a notable 2013 campaign on the show circuit winning Truck of the Year and being in the "Great 8" at the coveted Ridler awards at the Detroit Autorama. It also placed in the top ten out of 2600 entries at SEMA. The fit and finish are flawless with painstaking attention to detail that few vehicles can hope to achieve. The interior was fabricated using ten hides of Mercedes-Benz leather along with many one-off pieces of brightwork.
Every exterior panel has been reshaped in one form or another. The top has been chopped three inches with custom, flush mount windshield and back glass. The cowl was filled and moved forward. The bed with custom tailgate was modified to accept the 22 inch wheels that have "Quicksilver" etched in the hubs. A one-off tail light bar was added with a roll pan to smooth the rear of this beauty. The taillights are reminiscient of the 1962 Impala.
Out front, the custom grill sits atop a narrowed and reshaped bumper which complements the reworked front fenders and custom inner fenders and belly pan. Adding to the smooth look of the inner fenders is the reshaped firewall that serves to pay homage to the 540 cubic inch Chevy big block that produces 650 horsepower. Velocity stacks from an updated Crower mechanical fuel injection system (now EFI) lend a clean and unique under hood appearance.
Quicksilver was built by Jim and Jason Smith of Hot Rod Garage in Sand Springs, OK.