Big Hemi Customs' 1969 Big Hemi Road Runner Gathered Big Crowds at SEMA

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Lowden and his crew spent countless hours making certain every detail of the Road Runner was perfect.
Lowden and his crew spent countless hours making certain every detail of the Road Runner was perfect.
Big Hemi Customs' home is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and it's owned and operated by Jason Bair, and Todd Lowden. Both huge custom car fanatics, Bair and Lowden started Big Hemi Customs to help restore muscle cars for other car enthusiasts. With over 6,000 square feet of shop space and over 40 Years of combined experience, Big Hemi Customs is a full restoration shop offering some of the highest quality restoration of high quality performance cars to be found anywhere. From rotisserie frame off to a simple paint job, or engine and power train upgrades, for them it's a labor of love, and their attention to the most miniscule details has won them fans nationwide.
Big Hemi Customs went with a K&N air filter because of performance and quality and because it just plain looks cool.
Big Hemi Customs went with a K&N air filter because of performance and quality and because it just plain looks cool.


"I've had a love for cars all my life, from Hotwheels, to models, to the real thing," declared Lowden. "Just going to car shows and seeing all the nice cars, I wanted my cars to look that way, or a little better, and I wanted to show my own talents."

Lowden's talents were on display big-time, for all to see at the 2010 Las Vegas SEMA show, in the form of a sculptured 1969 Big Hemi Plymouth Road Runner; featuring a 472 cubic inch Mopar Performance headed stroker, fuel-injected hemi that pumps out 560 ponies.
The paint scheme is "Back in Black" by Barrett Jackson at Planet Color.
The paint scheme is "Back in Black" by Barrett Jackson at Planet Color.
Lowden has built other show-stopping muscle rides, such as a 1970 Z28 Camaro, a 1972 Olds 442, or another Road Runner, a 1970 version, but this is the first time he and Big Hemi Customs displayed their creation at SEMA.

Lowden says his inspiration for the SEMA Road Runner was "To show the caliber of work we do at Big Hemi Customs, and hopefully to bring in some new customers." We have to suspect it's mission accomplished, as the Road Runner gathered many new fans and lots of respect at the show.
The wheels are American Racing Torque Thrust M Chrome - 22" x 9.5" in the rear, and 20" x 8.5" in the front.
The wheels are American Racing Torque Thrust M Chrome - 22" x 9.5" in the rear, and 20" x 8.5" in the front.
I car sold immediately following the show and Lowden say the new owner intends on taking it to other shows to show it off, and to perhaps even drive it on the weekends.

This was Lowden's first ever SEMA show and he says there was a lot of long hours put in to making the car perfect. And, being that the shop is in Indiana it had to leave a week before the show. "We crossed our fingers that nothing happened while in transit to SEMA," said Lowden.

Lowden's tips for prospective car builders looking to get started, "Just try to do the best you can and learn from your mistakes. Get a game plan for the car your doing and try to stay in a budget. Then take it to some shows and get some feedback."

Lowden chose to go with a K&N air and oil filter in the Road Runner "First, because of performance and quality and second, because they just look good," he explained. "We have been putting them on 95% of the cars we restore the other 5% want the total stock way. I have been using them myself for about 20 years."

We asked him if he'd won any awards, or had his cars featured in magazines or other publications?

"Yes, we received first place in Modified at Mopars at the Strip (Las Vegas) in March of 2010. We were on the cover of the October 2010 Mopar Muscle Magazine and also had a small TV interview with Dan Woods of 'Chop Cut Rebuild' that aired on the first episode of the new season last fall."

Lowden's impression of the SEMA show, "Well, since it was my first time, one word says it all - WOW. It was awesome, so big I think the show should last for two weeks so I could see it all."

Lowden and the crew have every intention of returning next year. "Hopefully, we are getting ready to work on a '68 Charger to take to the show this year."

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