Dave Gonzales’ ’35 Ford crowned 2020 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance Winner!

Dave Gonzales’ ’35 Ford three-window coupe, built by Roger Burman with Lakeside Rods and Rides, has captured the Goodguys 2020 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance honor! This ’35 Ford showcases street rod styling with elegant enhancements, a combination that Burman has perfected over the years.

Dave Gonzales street rod 1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe

It’s hard to imagine this car was picked from a swap meet. After countless meticulous modifications, Burman chopped, stretched, wedge sectioned, and smoothed the body to make it sleek, sexy, and elegant. The low-down stance is acquired from a Pete & Jake’s chassis with TCI front suspension tucking the 18- and 20-inch Billet Specialties wheels neatly into the fenders. Power comes from a well-dressed 435hp LS3 backed with a 4L60E transmission.

A custom grille, bumpers and trim were crafted and chromed to accent the Axalta GM Subterranean hue finish. More hand-crafted trim pieces highlight the interior as well as a custom fabricated dash fitted with Dakota Digital gauges, caramel and grey custom leather work, and woodgrain accents.

Congratulations to Dave Gonzales and Roger Burman for winning the Goodguys 2020 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance title! Look for a more in-depth feature on Gonzales’ ’35 Ford in an upcoming Goodguys Gazette and be sure to come see the ride in person at the Goodguys 23rd Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals presented by Barrett-Jackson November 20-22 at Westworld of Scottsdale.

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.