Over the past few years the Ringbrothers have developed quite a reputation for themselves. Builders in the truest sense of the word, each of the custom vehicles these guys develop is more incredible than the last, and the level of craftsmanship – especially when you consider the amount of custom fabrication that goes into these projects – is truly staggering.
We first got a chance to see the Recoil in the flesh at the 2014 SEMA show where we were suitably floored. The car is a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle that is powered by a Wegner Motorsports-built aluminum block LS7 which has been fitted with a twin-screw Whipple supercharger and a Holley fuel injection system (and a whole lot more, which you can read about here).
All told, the motor makes 980 horsepower at the crank, and (gloriously) sends its power to the rear wheels via a custom Tremec six-speed manual transmission. Putting all that power to the ground is a unique set of HRE/Ringbrothers Recoil wheels – 19×9.5-inchers up front and 20×13-inch rollers in the rear, which are wrapped in meaty Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that measure 275/30R19 in front and a Viper-esque 345/30R20 out back. The Recoil’s underpinnings include C5 Corvette front suspension components, along with a 4-link rear suspension with AFCO coilover shocks all around.
But don’t call Mike and Jim Ring’s Recoil a restoration. “In restorations, it’s all about what’s wrong with a car,” says Mike. “But with a modified custom build, it’s about what’s right with it.”
Jay finds no shortage of things to like about the Recoil, both on the road and in the garage. The Ringbrothers also stop by to chat with Jay about the build and point out some of the numerous subtle custom touches that make the Recoil a wholly unique vehicle and very much worthy of the Best in Show award it received at SEMA.