John Mumford’s “Kelly Brown Track T" 1927 Roadster drove off with the 2013 64th Annual Grand National Roadster's AMBR Award Sunday in Pomona, CA, beating out an impressive field of 12.
These included a 1928 Modified Roadster owned by John Gunsaulis, a 1932 Hi-Boy Roadster built by Tucci’s Hot Rods, a 1933 Bonneville Roadster built by Rad Rides by Troy, a Full-Fendered Roadster owned by Harold Chapman, a 1928 Phaeton Hi-Boy built entirely by its owner, Joe Cane of Sydney, Australia, a 1932 Hi-Boy Roadster owned by John Colendich Jr., a 1932 Hi-Boy Roadster built by Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, a 1932 Hi-Boy Roadster built by Squeege’s Rod Shop (who also built the 2011 AMBR winner), Ira Horowitz’ 1932 Chevy Roadster Pick-up, a 1932 Phaeton with a Rolls Royce 12-cylinder engine owned by Timothy Tarris, and a 1932 Hi-Boy Roadster owned by James Farley.
Mumford’s winning effort was due to collaboration by several shops. The final assembly and finish on the Kelly Brown was performed by Roy Brizio and his team at his South San Francisco-based shop. Brizio, whose approach was “Simplicity,” he said. “We didn't overdo the car. We wanted to keep it where it still looks like a hot rod.”
Brizio, however, stressed that “The details were all hot rod correct, too, from the Track T nose to the Halibrand rear end. The car's stance was just right -- low and tight, like a Track T that could actually race around a track.
The body work and paint were done by Vintage Color Studio of Concord, CA., with credit for excellent interior work goes to Sid Chavers Upholstery. The chromework was performed by Sherm’s Custom Plating, and the engine was built by Howard Allen.
Side note: Roy Brizio won the AMBR, himself, 27 tears ago, while his father Andy (aka The Rodfather) won in 1970.