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Transforming The Bandit: ’79 Firebird Trans Am

Gregg Hamilton always wanted a rear-wheel V8 and after immigrating from New Zealand to the States, he realized “this is the only place in the world where I can really own one.” When he acquired the ’79 Trans Am from an eBay sale, he set out to tinker with it, but with no endgame in mind. “You start out changing the engine, so you pull pieces off and make it look nicer.” Over years and years of various high-profile gigs, like working with the Subaru Rally Team or apprenticing with Ken Block, Hamilton kept adding to his legendary ride piece-by-piece and he says, “it sort of just evolved into what it is today.”

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