Last summer, we came up with a master plan to crash our very first Hot Rod Power Tour. It was going to be awesome... A couple of Super Street guys in a highly modified Porsche 911 swimming in a sea of old Fords and Chevys. Unfortunately, the car we were planning to take experienced a couple of hiccups and had to retire before the tour even started. This meant our plan of causin' a ruckus at our very own sister magazine's event had come to an end. Bummer.
Five months have gone by since that fateful day and as we sit on the eve of SEMA week, we caught wind that the same Porsche we'd planned on rolling in during the Hot Rod Power Tour was about to make its highly anticipated debut, and this 1986 Porsche Carrera 911 3.2 belongs to none other than Rutledge Wood.
If you don't know Rut, he's a bit of an industry celeb. The Alabama-born enthusiast turned racing analyst and former host of America's Top Gear, is now a spokesperson for the likes of Continental Tire and Toyota, while also just being one insane car nut that millions of fans follow. You wouldn't think a 'Bama boy like Rut would be into Euros, let alone a modified version with unmistakable Japanese styling, but he's heavily rooted in imports and drag racing. He's has read his fair share of Super Street mags so we give him props for that!
How this RWB Porsche came about, well, it was just a dream, just like many of the cars we feature here. We've been lucky enough to be one of the first to share this exclusive video, directed by Drew Kaiser, documenting his journey toward creating his own RWB with Akira Nakai, Kenwood Rod Shop, Continental Tire and other partners. We might've missed our opportunity to crash the party at Hot Rod Power Tour, but it'll be on display at SEMA next week with Continental Tire and we'll bet our piggy banks it'll be one of the most standout builds of this year's show.