The World’s Only P-40 Rat Rod

The World’s Only P-40 Rat Rod | World War Wings Videos

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The Car

In 2017, the Daytona Turkey Run sponsored a car show before the main event and drew quite a big crowd of Rat Rods. One of them (and arguably the one that stole the show) was the P-40 inspired car we have a video of below.

A U.S. Army Air Force Curtiss P-40E Warhawk of the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. | National Museum of the U.S. Air Force / Public Domain

Jamie Trudeau, an aircraft restorer, had a lot of aircraft parts laying around so he decided to use them to build this P-40 Warhawk inspired machine. Most of the aluminum was taken from a T-28 Trojan and was fabricated by Jamie himself. The kicker, however, is the fact that the car is driven by a real control stick which is something he explains in the video.

Trudeau Warbird Enterprises

We felt like we should give Jamie’s company a shout out because he does such good work. He started restoring aircraft over 40 years ago in New England with his wife and relocated to Florida to partner up with another company.

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Over the years, Trudeau Warbird Enterprises earned the reputation of “the most-respected North American T-28 maintenance & restoration facility in the country.” Restoring over 800 aircraft, Jamie’s and his teams’ work was featured many times in various aviation magazines.

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