1953 Bonneville Class Record Holder — 172.749MPH.
About The So-Cal ‘34 Coupe:
Inspired by the Pierson brother’s chopped ‘34 coupe, Jim Gray and Russell Lanthorne built this car in 1950. It was initially not as radically chopped as the Pierson car and was powered by a GMC six-cylinder engine. Indy car builder Frank Kurtis fabricated the racecar style nose.
In 1996 Don Orosco purchased the car and decided to restore it back to its 1954 period correct specification. Competing at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance against the Pierson Brothers coupe that had inspired it, the restored coupe won the class and the Dean Batchelor Award for the most significant Hot Rod.