Modering Rodding News: GUNIWHEEL, X-60 Buick Invicta, Giveaway at Triple Crown of Rodding

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GUNIWHEEL Supports Operative Talent

GUNIWHEEL is proud to announce its $20,000 in-kind donation to Operative Talent, underscoring a shared commitment to empowering the next generation in the vast world of automotive careers.

This significant contribution highlights GUNIWHEEL’s leadership in not only recognizing but also actively supporting Operative Talent’s dedication to youth involvement and education within the automotive sector. As Operative Talent champions initiatives to introduce young minds to the myriad of opportunities in automotive professions, GUNIWHEEL’s support plays a crucial role in driving these efforts forward.

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Operative Talent acknowledges the impact of collective strength and passion in shaping the future of the industry. This collaboration with GUNIWHEEL exemplifies the adage “built by the industry, for the industry,” and cements both organizations’ commitments to #drivingtalentforward.

Addressing this challenge, GUNIWHEEL developed the GUNIWHEEL 45 and GUNIWHEEL 56. The GUNIWHEEL 45 caters to most 4- and 5-spoke lug pattern assemblies, while the GUNIWHEEL 56 is designed for larger SUV and truck assemblies. Their patented universal mounting system revolutionizes the way vehicles are handled during repair and customization. GUNIWHEEL ensures a safe, secure, and mobile solution, allowing for efficient movement and storage of vehicles. GUNIWHEEL has just launched the GUNI X Series interchangeable locking/free-rolling system for cars with locked-up brakes, hubs, gears, and EV vehicles in mind.

This donation from GUNIWHEEL will significantly contribute to Operative Talent’s initiatives, enabling them to expand their outreach and resources, further impacting the lives of young individuals passionate about the automotive industry.

Remember to see the Operative Talent Camaro at this year’s Triple Crown of Rodding event. For more information on how you too can get involved, visit, or for more about GUNIWHEEL visit

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Andy Leach’s X-60 Buick Invicta Wins SEMA Battle of the Builders

Andy Leach won the 10th anniversary SEMA Battle of the Builders competition presented by Mothers Polish with his ’60 Buick Invicta Custom “X-60” at the 2023 SEMA Show.

Inspired by the Jet Age B-52 (or Boeing B-52 Stratofortress), the X-60 Invicta features sleek lines perfected after countless hours of thoughtful reengineering. Its brass trim is CAD-designed and precision-machined, and its one-piece, precision-machined rear bumper delivers a refined and polished flow.

In designing the interior of the car, the goal was to keep the look and feel of the ’60 Buick. The interior is built around the iconic Invicta hardback bucket seats and center console, featuring custom logos and pockets. Custom-made pearlized leather and woven aircraft carpeting brings everything together for a seamless and aesthetically appealing ride.

The X-60 Invicta stays true to its roots, outfitted with the same factory-correct 401 Nailhead engine block featured in the ’60 Buick. Featuring a crank-driven supercharger with custom-made bracketry for the blower, as well as power steering, A/C, and an alternator with a custom-made front drive.

Leach’s winning build will be featured in the SEMA: Battle of the Builders TV special that will air in January 2024 on the History Channel. For more information, visit

Remember, the X-60 also has won the Best Street Cruiser at the Triple Crown of Rodding event and will be featured on the cover and inside of next month’s issue of Modern Rodding.

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Triple Crown of Rodding Giveaway

This brand-new Chevrolet shortbed, Fleetside, two-wheel-drive pickup truck is destined to be a valuable collector’s piece. The artwork presented comes by way of Eric Brockmeyer and will be brought to life by Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop.

The truck features an Alumicraft one-off billet grille, Billet Specialties one-off 22-inch Bonneville wheels, and note the truck features a designer red accent body stripe applied at Alloway’s. The pickup rides on speed-rated Toyo rubber featuring a thin “Redline” added by Diamond Back. And of course, the ultimate hot rod slammed profile, which is a signature design element of all Alloway hot rods, is present in this Chevy pickup.

All registrants are entered for a chance to “win” this truck valued at $70,000-plus. It will be given away by a luck-of-the-draw held during the awards ceremony (Saturday, September 7) during the Triple Crown of Rodding event. The eventual winner must be present to win; good luck to all registered participants.

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