Since the demise of Pontiac, Buick has been trying to once again inject some performance and excitement into their vehicle line by releasing new turbocharged models; such as the Regal and Verano. Unfortunately, both of these cars are front wheel drive, 4-door sedans packing four cylinder engines. Nice cars, but not quite what we’re looking for.
Until they figure out a way to give us another musclecar, we’ll have to stick to tinkering with our classic Bufords. Typically they’re relegated to drag car status, but there’s always the occasional rebel who likes to stray away from the pack.
One of those rebels is Scot Walkowiak, and he has transformed his plain-white wrapper ’86 Regal T-Type into one of the coolest pr0-touring cars we’ve ever seen. Scot’s Buick has been making its rounds in several magazines and multiple websites. Not only as a feature article car, but also in advertisements, as it’s the vehicle Detroit Speed (DSE) used to test fit their line of ’78-88 GM G-body suspension components on Regal turbos.
An interesting fact about Scot’s car is that it still wears its factory paint, and much of the original interior. Only the seat upholstery has been replaced with modern ProCar Elite leather/suede seats in the front and reupholstered factory Buick seats in the rear.
The exterior has had some tweaks too, the front and rear bumpers, air dams, and implanted GNX-sourced fender vents were all painted to match the car. The scheme itself mimics the GNX-Ray car that was built by former ASC employee, Rick Hunt, back in 1987.
Apparently, Rick helped design some of the GNX parts for the program, and once the 547 “real” GNX’s were built, he asked GM if he could buy every piece available to put into his own white T-Type. GM obliged, and he went on to build the only unofficial white example in existence. Scot’s car was built as a tribute to that Regal, but with modern updates incorporated in the overall aesthetics of his version.
Walkowiak’s Buick has been such a hit, that it has inspired Scot to start his own company, GNS Performance, to cater to the Turbo Regal community. He currently offers his customers many cosmetic and performance upgrades, and is constantly expanding his line of products.
We’ll continue to monitor Scot’s progress on the T-type through the GNS Facebook page, and at upcoming road course events in the future. Hopefully his car will inspire other G-body owners to build their own pro-touring cars.