Grayhairs who are inclined to judge quality in a street rod have a term: “the right stuff.” It’s a rarely used compliment, even in a gathering of thousands of street rods. The elusive “rightness” describes an extremely high quality of fit ’n’ finish, proper stance, and appropriate parts usage. Jack and Carol Jamieson’s flamed ’33 Ford roadster got it right.

One reason the Jamieson’s ’33 deserves this high praise is the experience Jack earned the hard way, building his own hot rods. The second and third reasons are his experienced helpers, Norm Francis Street Rods and Cypress Auto Body. It’s a partnership that has weathered several decades. Much like the smooth red ’33, Jamieson provides little information that isn’t appropriate—but he does credit those who helped, as noted in the photo captions.

The moment the Jamiesons debuted their topless ragtop, awards were bestowed on the little red roadster with the Don Babb–produced steel body: two Pros Picks, a Best Paint, an SRM Top Ten, and a Best Chassis award. Chances are likely there will be more.