Wiets Lourens Bronkhorst is just one of those guys that has been a petrolhead since birth. He explains below:
“Since I can remember I loved all sort of cars and hotrods. I’ve been driving since the age of 13, but started building cars when I was 16. My first build was a Vauxhall. I have learnt that if you want something built, you should build it yourself. I have experienced so many people/businesses just helping you for the money and not for the love of a car or what you are doing. After many problems, I decided to do all projects myself with the help of my sons Armand Bronkhorst”
This project started as a ’34 three window coupe fiberglass kit. It was an unfinished project that Wiets had bought from a guy onine. It was a raw body – straight out of the mould. He wanted to build a custom street rod with all the bells and whistles. The full works – air suspension, custom paint job and a big motor. The body still needed some attention, so his son did all of the body work which took him about a month to complete.
When it finally came time to work on the motor, Wiets turned to Piet Frost from Racing High-Tech Services. Piet did not disappoint. Dart Iron Eagle small block with ProTopline Pro Lighting iron heads, 235cc runner, 64cc chamber, Comp Cam, Comp roller rockets, SCAT crank, Iron Eagle rod, forged pistons, Moroso baffled racing sump, Hight Right manifold, 850 double pumper Holley racing carb and all of this pushes out a staggering 475hp and 740nm of torque.
The suspension is a Jaguar but changed to a full air setup. When asked why Jag with air, Wiets stated that he wanted a more comfortable ride, and it also looks great. The wheels came from Nahim at Tyre Rack and Wiets decided on a set of A-line Claw Satin Black wheels. They really work well with the aesthetic of the body. The car is running 18x8J with 225/35/18 at the front and 315/35/20 on the back. His son Armand did the paint work and the custom flames. He has a rare talent for this. The car is 2 tone base black with a satin clear at the bottom and Candy Pearl green with ghost flames. It is an unusual colour combination which is why it appealed to Wiets.
The interior was also created by Armand. Black leather with green stitching. He wanted to keep the interior unique. He imported a tilt steering column with a flame steering wheel wheel, Dolphin gauges and B&M shifter. When asked what part of the car stands out the most, Wiets said that the airbrushed ghost flames. Also, the shape of the car as it shows a combination of all the ideas coming together. Armand really went out of his way to make this project one of his best. He gave so much attention to detail. Their next build is a ’34 Chevy Coupe.