MCHENRY, Ill. To kick off the annual HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour, representatives from Affinia Global Brake & Chassis, manufacturers of Raybestos Brakes & Chassis products, were in attendance to deliver the company’s 1964 GTO-R promotional project build to its prizewinners Nina & Mike Murray from Flesherton, Ontario, Canada. The Murrays’ winning entry was pulled from more than the nearly 60,000 unique entries received, as part of the brand’s Summer 2011 North American sales promotion.
“We’re thrilled to be presenting the GTO-R to Nina and Mike here in Detroit, at the drivers meeting to kick off the HOT ROD Power Tour,” said Georgianne Dickey, Raybestos Brand Manager. “This serves as proof positive that our customers, and serious car enthusiasts, really do win and drive these amazing Raybestos giveaway cars!”
The Raybestos ’64 GTO-R was built by Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle (Addison, IL) to handle racetrack duty like no other mid-1960s musclecar. While retaining a vintage outwardly appearance, its suspension was entirely re-imagined, nearly 800 pounds of weight eliminated, and was then equipped with a 700 horsepower GM LSX 454 engine, Tremec T56 6-speed transmission, and Raybestos NASCAR-spec racing brakes. Since its completion, the car has become a star in its own right having been featured in television programs, magazine feature articles, countless enthusiast websites, and several high-profile car shows.
The Murrays look forward to driving the GTO-R throughout the summer, sharing their new musclecar with many excited friends in their hometown. On the morning they accepted the keys to the car in Detroit, new owner Mike Murray shared his plans to take the GTO-R to his local dragstrip which quickly brought smiles to the faces of the teams from Raybestos and Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle.
During the sweepstakes, the interactive website RaybestosGarage.com offered a behind-the-scenes view of the entire build process. Visitors got the inside scoop on everything from design inspiration, to chassis and suspension fabrication, engine tuning, brake package engineering, custom paint and on-track testing.
Also on display at the event was the new Raybestos promotional giveaway vehicle for this summer, the Raybestos 2013 ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang a collaboration with Raybestos partners ROUSH Performance & NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing. A monster on the street, it is motivated by a ROUSHcharged and intercooled 5.0L 4-valve DOHC TiVCT powerplant, delivering 580 rear-wheel horsepower. Race-ready stopping power is delivered by the huge Raybestos “Generation 2” NASCAR-spec short track & road course brake package specially adapted to fit the Mustang the very same Raybestos brakes equipped on Roush Fenway’s Sprint Cup cars in NASCAR competition.