The Dutchboys Hotrods of Vicksburg went to a Las Vegas show of Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) and returned with honors and awards: the Goodguys Gold SEMA award and the GM design award Best Track Build in the Chevrolet SEMA Design Awards. They were listed in the Top Ten Hot Rod Builders in the nation and the Best of the Rest Finalist in the Roadster Shop.
The first week of November, Paul and Joe VanNus drove straight through from Vicksburg to Las Vegas with Chris McFee’s 1969 Camaro that won all the above-mentioned awards. They had worked 24 hours without stopping to get the car done. Their customer, based in Palm Springs, Florida, had never seen the car, designed by Paul. It was his vision for the car along with a few things the customer wanted on the vehicle, Paul’s wife, Tori, said. He designed it on the computer and used a machine that molded the door panels. With his dad, Joe, and the guys in the paint shop, they finished it with gold accent colors. It has carbon wheels.
This winning car will be on display in the Dutchboys’ showroom for a full year. “It’s pretty sweet looking,” Tori VanNus exclaimed. Dutchboys Hotrods is a father-and-son-owned business in Vicksburg that strives to be one of the finest restoration shops around. They specialize in anything from original muscle cars to high-end custom builds, according to their web site.