Radical Renderings by Ben Hermance
Ben Hermance puts his passions on paper
Not unlike most enthusiasts, Ben’s affinity for all things automotive became evident at an early age. With a father who was a successful dealership general manager and uncles who were deeply involved with hot rods since the ’50s, plenty of influential people in his life fueled his rapidly growing interest. Ben was elevated to Honors and Advanced Placement art classes during high school to give the creative youngster more instruction, as well as offer new challenges in an attempt to redirect his skills to a trade that was thought to be more lucrative, Industrial Design. Upon graduating from the Industrial Design program at Wentworth Institute of Technology in '02, Ben worked as a staff designer at an award-winning Product Design firm outside Boston. Since setting out on his own, Ben has worked on an extremely broad range of projects. He’s created some logos you would definitely recognize and branding for aftermarket parts vendors and shops. However, he is most well known for creating renderings of everything from hot rods and street machines to lifted show trucks and body kits for Super Cars. If you're interested in working with Ben on your next project, please visit www.hermancedesign.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Built by Mike's Auto Restoration in Minnesota, to be styled after a dirt track racer, this ’54 Chevy eschews fancy design elements and goes for lean and fast. A 415ci small block pumps out 700hp and 580lb-ft, thanks to a MSD EFI Throttle body system (E-85 compatible) with a Magnaflow exhaust, while a six-speed trans moves all that power to the rear wheels through a Ford 9-inch rear end. A TCI 4-link Pro-Street chassis was paired with a Mustang II front end to keep the suspension firm and planted rock solid. A ’98 Chevy S-10 donated its bed box as widened fenders, a custom tailgate, a stretched and chopped cab, pancaked hood, and integrated front and rear bumpers completed the look. The interior is decked out with a Vintage Air Frontrunner system, and tunes blast out of an Alpine stereo. The 14-inch Wilwood brakes sit behind 20-inch Grip Equipped Saryan Wheels with Continental ContiForceContact tires, which keep this beast firmly planted on the pavement.
Built by fabricator and photographer Solomon Lunger, this ’61 Ford F-100 Unibody will spend its days basking in the sun and be gawked at by showgoers all over the country. This full custom features a Vortech polished centrifugal supercharger and spits its spent gasses through a custom-built set of headers mated up to a Magnaflow exhaust system. The exterior received the most attention with a Billet grille, custom-fabbed hood that takes all the smoothness out of the equation and adds two deep channels to feed twin hood scoops that keep the original center ridge, while the front and rear bumpers were flipped and smoothed. Above the hood, the windshield was flush mounted; the vent wings on the door were deleted and fitted with one-piece side glass, and Lokar Goolsby Edition aluminum door handles were swapped in. The interior is full custom (and at this time, still being decided) while a Flaming River polished push-button steering column will be added. One-off custom-made Forgiato Ito wheels were mounted to Pirelli Scorpion P Zero Nero tires that were so big, the wheel wells had to be stretched front and back.