DENNY TERZICH’S PRO RIDES CELEBRATES 20 YEARS!

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DENNY TERZICH’S PRO RIDES CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF WINNING!

Pro Rides took the Goodguys Street Machine Of The Year in 2002.  And the awards -- and cool rides have kept on coming ever since!

Pro Rides took the 2002 Goodguys Street Machine Of The Year award with this beautiful ’56 Bel Air. Ever since, the awards — and cool rides — have kept on coming ever since!

My how time flies!  And so do the machines that the Terzich family has been building under the moniker Pro Rides.  Denny Jr., and his dad, Denny Sr., started Pro Rides in their home garage 20 years ago and have been churning out some of the nicest — and fastest — street machines ever since.

There's a home-grown feeling with every car that Pro Rides churns out.  Attention to detail, and forward thinking have been the team's trademark since day one!

There’s a home-grown feeling with every car that Pro Rides churns out. Attention to detail, and forward thinking have been the team’s trademark since day one!

The family operation, which includes cousin Mike and his dad, Nick, have been regular competitors on the national scene and are no strangers to those who follow the competition, nor compete against them!  From the coveted Goodguys Street Machine Of The Year to a couple of Fastest Street Car In America wins, their trophy case has no shortage of awards on display.

 

Imagination, and the ability to turn it into reality have helped Pro Rides to numerous awards.

Imagination, and the ability to turn it into reality have helped Pro Rides earn numerous awards.

Accolades have come regularly to the Terzich clan.  From a plethora of major magazine covers, to dozens of feature stories, enthusiasts from around the world have been witness to the magic that’s created in their humble Pennsylvania digs.

 

No expense is spared when it comes to delivering on a customer's concept.

No expense is spared when it comes to delivering on a customer’s concept.

From the beginning, the company’s mission statement has been simple, “To raise the bar with aesthetics and functionality.  And the belief that a car must perform as good as it looks.”

 

There isn't a Chevy fan out there that hasn't seen this pose before.  This car started a revolution that was quickly adapted by many high-end shops across the country.

There isn’t a Chevy fan out there that hasn’t seen this pose before. This car started a revolution that was quickly adopted by many high-end shops across the country.

In 2002, a beautiful orange and white classic ’56 Chevy rolled out of the shop and promptly took the prestigious Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award, and found its way onto the cover of a major national magazine.  Other recognition was soon to follow and hasn’t stopped more than 20 years later.

 

This '67 Camaro garnered the first of two Fastest Street Car In America titles for Denny and crew.

This ’67 Camaro garnered the first of two Fastest Street Car In America titles for Denny and crew.

 

A little more than is necessary to make a trip to the corner market.  But it could and probably does.

A little more than is necessary for a trip to the corner market. But it could, and probably does!

 

This mega-inch Procharged Rat motor is wild at the track, but tame enough for the boulevard.

This mega-inch Procharged Rat motor is wild at the track, but tame enough for the boulevard.

A special pair of First-Gen Camaros deserves special mention.  In 2007, a totally wicked, blown mega-Rat-powered 1967 earned Pro Rides its first “Fastest Street Car in the Country” title, with a victory during the annual Hot Rod Drag Week. Denny and family garnered the award again in 2013 with an orange Procharger-equipped ’69, affectionately known as “Sick Seconds.”

The second Camaro to earn the Fastest Street Car title is this orange '69, known as "Sick Seconds."

The second Camaro to earn Pro Rides the Fastest Street Car title is this orange ’69, known as “Sick Seconds.”

 

Not content to rest on their laurels, team Pro Rides continues to work towards building customer cars that have the perfect mix of classic lines and modern comfort and performance.  A couple machines currently being built include “X-BOX,” a truly state-of-the-art ‘55 Chevy Shoebox.  The goal is to contend for another Goodguys Street Machine of the Year title.  Not a Chevy, but a noteworthy machine under construction at Pro Rides is a 1937 Woody, called  “Carbon 14,” to compete for the legendary Ridler Memorial Award in 2015.

Pro Rides XBOX '55 is the latest Shoebox project to undergo construction in Denny's shop.  What looks good on paper, looks better in real life.

 

A lot of thought goes into what details a major project such s XBOX will get.

A lot of thought goes into what details a major project such s XBOX will get.

 

From concept to real world.  Check out the detail applied to this Tri-Five's custom sculpted hood.

From concept to real world. Check out the detail applied to this Tri-Five’s custom sculpted hood.

 

Fit is perfect.  Can't wait to see this ride finished!

Fit is perfect. Can’t wait to see this ride finished!

While the list of past, current and future projects is extensive, and the awards they’ve earned — and will earn — are important, the primary motivation for the effort put forth by the Terzichs is neither material nor egotistical.  As Denny puts it, “We are truly a family with the passion for building cars and purchasing cars to put our touches on. We’ve worked with many people to build these cars over the years and it has become truly a family affair.  We enjoy the challenge of pushing the envelope with what we feel is the upcoming trends in performance.”

 

Attention in the details!  Not content to simply use over-the-counter reproduction parts, Denny will create a new windshield wiper bezel to replace the stock one, left, out of a solid piece of billet aluminum!

Attention in the details! Not content to simply use over-the-counter reproduction parts, Denny will create a new windshield wiper bezel to replace the stock one, left, out of a solid piece of billet aluminum!

We’d say they’ve been doing that pretty well for the last 20 years.  And there’s definitely no end in sight.

Check out the latest projects at Pro Rides on their website at   www.goprorides.com

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