The RideTech ’33 Ford is a 3,000 hour build that incorporates an all-aluminum 427cid small block Ford engine making 580hp, a magnesium NASCAR 4-speed, a Winters quick change rear end, 14″ Baer brakes, Forgeline wheels and a Holley EFI system. It also features an on-board fire suppression system, a Fuel Safe fuel cell, full stainless roll cage and a stainless 3″ exhaust. Starting with a Factory Five body, the craftsmen at RideTech created the handformed riveted aluminum interior, decklid hinges, rear spoiler, license plate bezel and dozens of handcrafted brackets and mounts. The aluminum seats incorporate ergonomic foam cushions and wear custom leather covers by the Recovery Room. The chassis has been refined with custom fabricated front control arms, a Woodward rack & pinion front steering system, Tilton floor mount pedals, custom fabricated wishbone rear suspension system and the Ride Tech triple adjustable coilovers. The list of achievements for this car is substantial, including 2012 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Brake Stop Competition (winner), 2012 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (3rd overall), 2012 Goodguys Pro Series (winner), 2012 Goodguys Street Rod Series (winner), 2013 Optima Face Off At Road America Brake Stop Competition (winner), 2013 Optima Face Off at Road America (winner), June 2013 Hot Rod magazine cover car, June 2013 Hot Rod magazine 10-page feature article and featured on five of the Optima Street Car TV shows. This car has been tested, raced, driven on the street, refined, tuned and has achieved success at the highest level. At the end of 2013 it was disassembled, refurbished for this Barrett-Jackson event and is now ready for its next challenge.
Bret Voelkel, driving the RideTech 33 Ford, was the winner of the Optima Face Off at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin this past weekend. Voelkel placed second in the autocross segment, first in the speedstop segment, and fifth in the road course segment, culminating in the overall first place finish over 70 other cars.
Voelkel commented: “Some days it all comes together… The RideTech suspension, the Baer Brakes, and the Falken Tires were all working together perfectly, I can’t say enough about how the car performed. I love the Road America track… I was so happy to do well there, especially with the level of competition present!”
He went on to say: “Optima puts on a great event… not only the race itself, but the cruise and the whole social aspect of hotrodding makes it our favorite event of the year. Thanks to Optima Batteries for creating the event and to Baer Brakes, Falken Tires, Holley EFI, Forgeline Wheels, Factory Five Racing, and Centerforce Clutches for the components that make my 33 Ford fly!”
In addition being the driver of the RideTech 33 Ford, Bret Voelkel is the founder and CEO of RideTech, a manufacturer of coil and air suspension components for the hotrod market. RideTech suspension components were used on 23 of the 70 cars competing at Road America last weekend.