Text by Mariah Prescott and Al Liebmann
All photos by Al Liebmann, except where noted
HotRodHotline.com – Article published here
Detroit, Mich. – March 8, 2015 – Last night Don and Elma Voth of Abbotsford, British Columbia accepted the 2015 Ridler Award for their Chip Foose built 1965 Chevrolet Impala. The radical hardtop, dubbed “Imposter”, boasts a Corvette LS3 and 2008 Corvette Chassis with Magnaflow exhaust and a beautiful custom mixed BASF paint job.
The Voths drove a 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS on their honeymoon and wanted to recreate that memory. The idea behind it was to pay tribute to that car with a ground-up custom, but also have it handle like a modern machine. Once complete, they’ll be able to relive the early days of their marriage as they cruise. Foose has reportedly been working on this build since 2008.
Foose brought an untouched ’65 Impala to the show for a side-by-side comparison of how they modified the Imposter. The car was complete with design notes, such as ‘Rake wheel openings 1.5 inches’ and ‘Shorten deck lid 7 inches.’ Overall, the Imposter is 17-inch shorter with seven of those inches being chopped in the wheel base.
By far the most talked about aspect of the car is the wheel choice. Custom one-off FOOSE design, the 20” wheels with 335/30 Pirelli tires seemed too flashy to some, and to detract from the design as a whole. Ostensibly, this was not a main issue for the judges. But what do you think? Too much?