About Troy

Troy T. Trepanier, President of Rad Rides by Troy, grew up in Manteno, a small town in Illinois. He and his wife Angie have three beautiful children… Carly (18), Jack (15) and Luke (12). Together Troy and Angie run one of the most successful companies in the custom automobile industry.

Troy has grown up around cars and craftsmanship. Even though he found time to play every sport possible in high school, Troy always worked in his dad’s automotive shop. His grandfather taught him that “there’s only one way to do things: the right way.”

A competitive spirit, a passion for excellence and a “nothing’s impossible” attitude have shaped Troy’s life and every car he has built.


It all started in 1986 when his grandfather gave him a 1966 Chevelle to “fix up” for himself. After a good effort he took that car to the 1990 Du Quoins Street Machine Nationals. He was amazed at the building techniques he saw, so he redid his Chevelle shortly thereafter with a unique blend of ideas like brushed trim (taken from a John Buttera car) and Boyd wheels. The car was called Pro Box. It was a huge hit and it launched a new company.

Rad Rides by Troy was established in 1995 as a father and son business that has grown to become one of America’s top automotive shops over the past 18 years.

Along the way Troy has become a team builder. From the close-knit pack of fabricators, mechanics, painters and machinists that make up the company… to the essential partnerships he has forged with some of the industry’s leading suppliers.

Today Rad Rides by Troy is one of the most well known and respected names in the business. In addition to building cars for many of the top Automotive collectors in the country, Troy has worked closely with Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota on a variety of promotional vehicles. Because of his presence in the hot rod industry Troy has been featured on Discovery channel’s “Rides”, participated with Chip Foose on two “Overhaulin” episodes, and been highlighted in several Documentaries concerning his efforts in Bonneville land speed racing.

The Rad Rides Difference

Troy inherited his grandfather’s passion for fabrication and perfection, as well as his father’s mechanical aptitude. These characteristics, along with his own highly diverse interests in the automotive realm, have led him to build a variety of amazing vehicles under the Rad Rides name. His shops commitment to both craftsmanship and performance is now recognized by fans all over the world.

With a unique combination of skills, and drive to build the finest hand-crafted automobiles in the world, Troy and the Rad Rides team have received a variety of accolades confirming their efforts. The shop has produced multiple Bonneville land speed record holders, Riddler, AMBR, and Barrett Cup winners, multiple street machine of the year awards, and have been highlighted in numerous feature articles from a variety of publications.

In addition to receiving top honors in the racing and show car world, Troy has participated in countless road tours with both the Hot Rod and GoodGuys associations. With a variety of Rad Rides built vehicles, he has proven that they can, without a doubt, perform as well as they look. Rad Rides has often been acknowledged for their engineering and design abilities. The shop has been honored with the GM design, and multiple Mother’s Polish Shine awards, both given through the SEMA organization.

When reflecting on the history of Rad Rides and the shops relevance in the hot rod industry over the past twenty years, one might ask what more Troy can expect to accomplish. His answer is always the same and the reason for the shops continuing success. He simply says;

“Were just getting started……..wait til you see what’s next.”



  1935 Ford Phaeton “Black Bowtie" 2014 Pomona CA GNRS, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster
2014 GoodGuys Street Rod d’ Elegance Award
2014 Hot August Nights 2nd Runner up Barrett Jackson Cup
  Rad Rides By Troy 2014 Detroit Autorama “Builder Of The Year”
   Mariani Streamliner  2014 SEMA Mothers Choice Award of Excellance in Automotive Design{tab


  1969 Torino “GPT Special" 2013 Detroit Autorama Best Overall Street Machine
Hot August Nights Barrett Jackson Cup Winner
GoodGuys Street Machine of the Year
SEMA Best Paint
  1958 Vette 2013 Detroit Autorama
Best In Class
  1956 Buick “Nailed"

2013 Detroit Autorama , Detroit MI
Debute Great 8 Finalist
GoodGuys 2013 Custom Hotrod of the Year

  Rad Rides By Troy Feature and Cover 25 Years of Troy Trepanier’s Raddest Rides
     Hot Rod Magazine


  1954 Buick

2012 GNRS, Pomona, CA
     Outstanding Paint/Outstanding Engine/Outstanding Interior/Outstanding
     Display/Outstanding Overall Full Radical Hand Built Custom/Best of class.
2012 Detroit Autorama, MI
     Semi-Hard Top Best Of Class/Best Custom of the Show
2012 Salt Lake City, UT
     Full Hard Top Best Of Class/Best Custom/Best Chrome/Best Display

  1934 Roadster Mariani 2012 Bonneville Salt Flats World Finals  Record Holder 214.202 mph in the E/GR Class
2012 Bonneville Salt Flats World Finals  Record Holder 216.404 mph in the E/GR Class
2012 SEMA / Mother’s Choice Award Excellence in Automotive Design
  1958 Vette 2012 SEMA debute / Winner 2012 SEMA GM Design Award


  Notorious [’70 Nova] 2011 GRNS, Pomona, CA
     Best Pro-Touring Award, Best Street Machine Comp.
  Passion [’56 Chrysler] 2011  Daryl  Starbird’s Rod and Custom Show, Tulsa, OK
     Run For The Gold Grand Champion $20,000.00
  Passion [’56 Chrysler] 2011 Chicago World of Wheels
     Legend Cup Winner, Best of Show, Outstanding Engine-Custom, Outstanding Full/Radical/Hand Built
     Custom, Outstanding Interior Custom, Outstanding Engineered, Outstanding Paint, Outstanding Display.
  1951 Chevy PickUp 2011  Chicago World of Wheels
     Outstanding Interior-Truck, Outstanding Non-Electrical Display, Outstanding Truck, Best in Class
  Blowfish [69 Cuda] 2011 Bonneville Salt Flats Record Holder 307 mph in the B/BBFCC Class.


  1932 Ford Miller Hauler 2010 GNRS, Pomona, CA
     2010 AMBR Outstanding Class , Sweepstake Award Truck, Blackie Geijan Award of Excellence
2010 Detroit Autorama “1st Place in Class Altered Rod, 1st Place in Class, “Outstanding
     use of Paint and  Color” “Outstanding Detail” Outstanding Outstanding Display”
2010 Truck of the Year-Early Winner, Goodguys
  Passion [ ’56 Chrysler]

2010 GNRS, Pomona, CA
     2010 AMBR Outstanding Class Award, Sweepstake Award Custom, Chip Foose Design Excellence Award

  Rad Rides By Troy 2010 Shop Feature on cover of Hot Rod magazine
  Blowfish [ ’69 Cuda]

2010 Bonneville Salt Flats Record Holder 272 mph in the B/BGCC Class.



  Summernats, AU 2009 Celebrity guest “22nd Annual Summernats Festival” Canbera, Austrailia
  Hershey, PA 2009 Celebrity Speaker AACA Museum
  Passion [’56 Chrysler 300B] 2009 Detroit Autorama “1st Place Full Hardtop”
     “Casi Cup Award Winner”
     “Best Custom”
2009 Featured in Hot Rod magazine 
  Notorious [’70 Nova] 2009 Detroit Autorama “Outstanding Engineered”
     “Outstanding Engine”, “Outstanding Interior”, “Outstanding Street Machine”, “2nd Place
     Pro-Touring 55 to Current”
  Blowfish [’69 Cuda]

2009 Bonneville Salt Flats Record Holder
     292 in the CBFCC Class




  Vision [‘40 Ford] 2008 Featured in Street Rodder magazine
     2008 Goodguys “Pros Pick” -  Columbus, Ohio
     2008 Goodguys “Street Machine of the Year” finalist
  Notorious [’70 Nova] 2008 Goodguys “Muscle Machine of the year”
  Woodward Dream Cruise 2008  1st Grand Marshal
  Blowfish [69 Barracuda] 2008 Rad Rides featured on Discovery Channel
     Speed CapitolOf The World: Bonneville


  Blowfish [‘69 Barracuda] 2006 Bonneville Salt Flats Record Holder
      Hot Rod magazine “Car of the Year”
      Hot Rod Magazine Top Ten
  Hurricayne [‘66 Chevy Biscayne] 2007 Goodguys “Street Machine of the Year” finalist
  First Love [‘36 Ford] 2007 Ridler Award Winner
     Hot Rod magazine Top Ten
  Grand National Roadster Show 2007 “Builder of the Year”


  Bisquick [‘61 Chevy Biscayne] 1999 Super Rod magazine cover
  Quadradeuce [‘32 Ford 4WD] 1999 Goodguys “Street Rod of the Year” finalist
  Chicayne [‘62 Chevy Biscayne]

2002 Goodguys “Street Machine of the Year”
Mothers Shine Award
GM Engineering Award

  Al’s Long Bed [‘70 Chevy Pickup] 2003 Goodguys “Truck of the Year” finalist
Cover of Custom Classic Trucks
  Ritzow’s 32 [‘32 Ford Roadster] 2004 Goodguys “Street Rod of the Year”
One of Ford’s “75 Most Significant Roadsters”
  Chocolate Thunder [‘37 Ford Convertible] 2004 Mothers Shine Award
  Fastforward Fastback [‘67 Mustang] 2004 Rides TV episode
Hot Rod Magazine Feature
eBay auction for charity
  Sickfish [‘70 Barracuda] 2005 Rides TV episode


  Pro Box [‘60 Chevy Bel Air]

1990 Hot Rod magazine “Car of the Year"
Hot Rod magazine cover
Car Craft magazine cover

  Bumonguous [‘50 Buick Sedanette] 1992 Hot Rod magazine “Car of the Year”
Car Craft magazine cover
  Rumbler [‘60 Rambler American Wagon] 1994 Hot Rod magazine “Top Ten”
Goodguys “Custom Rod of the Year” finalist
  Predator [‘39 Chevy Coupe] 1995 Hot Rod magazine “Top Ten”
Goodguys “Street Rod of the Year”
  Sniper [‘54 Plymouth] 1997 Hot Rod magazine cover
Goodguys “Custom Rod of the Year”
Rod & Custom magazine cover
Featured in Fifty Years of Hot Rodding
Hot Rod Magazine “Top Ten of All Time”
  Intruder [‘57 Ford Wagon] 1998 Goodguys “Custom Rod of the Year”


Today, Rad Rides by Troy operates at 24 East Third Street, Manteno, IL 60950. Phone: 815-468-2590