SOURCE: Collector Car Showcase

Collector Car Showcase

July 22, 2015 12:00 ET

The American Hot Rod Next up at Collector Car Showcase

Will Feature 2009 Ridler Award Winner 1932 Ford B400 Deucenberg and 1971 G Force Cuda, Among Others

OYSTER BAY, NY--(Marketwired - July 22, 2015) - Collector Car Showcase (CCS) (, the only museum/showcase devoted to automotive memorabilia, Petroliana, and vintage cars in the metropolitan New York area, has announced that its next exhibit "The American Hot Rod" will debut on August 14.

​This marks the third successive exhibition that will be on display through October 31 at the 18,000-square-foot facility located at 85 Pine Hollow Road (Route 106) on the southern approach to this historic North Shore Long Island Gold Coast hamlet.

​The new exhibit will succeed "Century of Speed - 100 Years of Racing and Competition Cars," currently on display. The Petroliana museum, as car aficionados liken it, is open to the public daily from Tuesday-Saturday. It will feature a number of award-winning hot rods that have captivated audiences nationwide and are on loan to Collector Car Showcase for this special and rare exhibit.

​Douglas B. Cooper of Oyster Bay Cove, LI, who is serving as curator for this new event, has loaned his 1932 Ford B400 " Deucenberg," which captured the coveted Ridler award -- the most prestigious hot rod award -- in 2009. It was hand built by Alan Johnson's Hot Rod shop in Gadsen, AL, featuring one-off parts from bumper to bumper. The all-steel convertible sedan body features a stylized roofline and suicide doors, covered in a rich mahogany paint by BASF that appears to be a foot deep.

​Dubbed the "Deucenberg V8," the car was designed to be an elegant hot rod, drawing on cues from the luxurious Duesenbergs of that era. The B400 also won the Mothers Shine Award at SEMA in 2009, considered by many in the industry to be an acknowledgment of "Best In Show."

​Another top-flight car being exhibited is a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda "G Force Cuda." This won the Goodguys "Street Machine of the Year" in 2007 and The Chrysler engineers Design Award at its public debut at the SEMA Show -- the premier automotive products specialty event in the world -- in 2006.

Built by Alan Johnson and his team of fabricators at Johnson's Rod Shop also in Gadsden, AL, the G-Force 'Cuda sent shockwaves through the hot rodding industry. It could easily be said this car is all things to all car people -- it is part street machine, part muscle car, part dragster, part G-Machine, and part Fantasy unlike anything seen in this industry.

Statistically, it easily exceeds 200 plus mph with its 572-cubic inch HEMI 930 HP four-wheel independent suspension and six-speed transaxle.

A third featured vehicle is to be a 1932 Ford Roadster that was built by well-known Southern California hot rod fabricator Dick Bennett for the 2011 AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster) competition. The engine is a handmade 296 CI blown flathead-1948 Mercury Block.

Another headliner will be a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro battle axe that features an all-aluminum 410-inch Donovan small-block V-8 engine pushing over 600 horsepower. It was a finalist in the "Street Machine of the Year" competition at the Goodguys event.

Altogether, a congregation of over 40 vehicles will be rotated in during the course of the exhibit, offered Collector Car Showcase founder David Jacobson. In addition, CCS has a second floor display of European and other rare automotive treasures, which includes a world class collection of Porsche cars, Muscle cars, and even a Porsche tractor.

The backdrop to "The American Hot Rod" is a well-researched world class gathering of porcelain, tin, and neon signs, gas pumps, vintage advertising, and everything associated with Petroliana that is bound to captivate visitors of all ages. It is constantly being updated and new additions abound, according to Jacobson.

Collector Car Showcase represents one of the many museums or historic sites in Oyster Bay. Aside from former President Theodore Roosevelt's Summer White House, Sagamore Hill, under the watch of the US National Park Service (, which just reopened on July 12, the village is home to the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum (, Raynham Hall Museum (, Oyster Bay Historical Society ( and 20th Century Cycles, 'Piano Man' Billy Joel's motorcycle museum (

About Collector Car Showcase
David Jacobson opened the 18,000-square-foot multi level facility in January 2015 on the southern approach to Oyster Bay, NY. Filled with antique cars, collector autos, Petroliana-related memorabilia from the early 1900's thru 1970 and the advertising that promoted this on the silver screen and airwaves. Collector Car Showcase operates five days a week. Hours of operation and other information may be found at

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