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whoa, a history lesson all laid out of the time a penniless race team handed Shelby and his highly funded Toyota racing team a smack down defeat

August 27th, 2017 by admin

grab the Aug 21st 2017 issue of Autoweek, and flip to pages 10-13

Hino started out making cars and trucks, which caught the attention of a guy named Dunham, who pointed out that to succeed big, they’d need to win some races, in America. This would open the US market, and then they’d get a foothold where they could sell serious numbers of vehicles

Dunham met Peter Brock, and BRE was making the Hino competitive. The 1st season the Dunham raced it, the 2nd season Brock raced it, and made some podiums, enough to impress Hino. They then sourced bigger engines, and in 1966 Brock and Dunham take the 1st and 2nd places in the Mission Bell 100 in Riverside –

they sent a Shelby GT 500 to prison… at the end of the calendar year, to avoid taxes. It ended up in a junkyard, then saved and restored, but they had to figure out what it was to restore it correctly

December 16th, 2016 by admin

Formally called the Michigan Training Unit, M.T.U. was one of five state prisons located in the Ionia, MI. area. M.T.U. had a vocational training center for inmates where drafting, welding, auto body and auto mechanics were taught to prisoners as a part of their rehabilitation process.

Shelby Automotive vehicles (the production end of Shelby American had been reorganized under that name when it relocated to Michigan at the end of 1967) were donated to various institutions, including Montcalm Community College, Western Michigan University and M.T.U.

New Year’s Eve, 1968. The Ionia, Michigan paper, The Ionia Sentinel-Standard, carried an article with the headline “Shelby Cars Are Donated to MTU.” The story went on to say that two cars, a “Ford Cobra” and a “Shelby Mustang” (to use the somewhat-confusing nomenclature of the article) had recently been donated to M.T.U.

The Shelby American issue #49, Dec 1984 had and article where there was an interview of three former Ionia Shelby employees about the Shelby operations in Ionia

Jim Frank, an engineering department technician for Shelby Automotive took a job as an instructor at the prison, after Shelby Ionia closed its operations, coincidentally.

In Jan ‘87 SAAC members met Frank at M.T.U. and got a tour inside the prison, the training unit vehicles that proved to be the most interesting were a 1968 Shelby Cobra, a 1967 Gurney Cougar prototype, a completely fiberglass-bodied 1969 sportsroof Mustang and a 1971 Torino.

When the three SAAC guys left the prison there was little hope any of the cars they had seen would ever make it to the outside world, because when a manufacturer donated a vehicle to a school or prison, the title was cancelled with the stipulation that the car never be registered or driven on public roads. This protects the manufacturer from liability.

A second sipulation to the donation of vehicles prohibits the school or jail from transferring ownership to a private party. When donated vehicles’ lives have come to an end they are usually cut up or crushed after having been disassembled and reassembled multiple times by student mechanics, from eventually hitting the road where the chances of an improperly-reinstalled nut and bolt might cause a crash (and subsequent lawsuit).

In March of 2000. a Mustang enthusiast learned of a Mustang fastback rumored to have been a “shop class instruction car” somewhere and had a few Shelby fiberglass parts on it turning up in a junkyard, T-bird taillights, spoilered fiberglass body end caps, Shelby side scoops, Cobra rear seat belt button inserts, front disc brakes, a nine-inch rear end, dual exhaust, a fiberglass nose panel (laying in the trunk) and a very strange looking high back bucket seat.

The 24 Hour War, Ford vs Ferrari… will be available on, iTunes and digital platforms on Tuesday, November 22

November 8th, 2016 by admin

The Ford/Ferrari rivalry at Le Mans is one of the most famous in racing history. It started in 1963 when Henry Ford II tried to buy Ferrari to save the ailing Ford Motor Company, which was being crushed by GM and the Corvette on the track and at the dealerships. After months of negotiation, Enzo Ferrari said no, refusing to allow Ford to interfere with what he loved the most: racing.

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The 24 Hour War, Ford vs Ferrari… will be available on, iTunes and digital platforms on Tuesday, November 22

Want to go to SEMA? But think it’s impossible because you aren’t Chip Foose? I’ve got a long list of how you can get a pass

June 25th, 2015 by admin

I’m going to put SEMA’s mission statement right here so you know that they want you to become a part of the show:
  • Proactive leadership in our industry to help it expand domestically and worldwide.
  • Delivering programs, activities and information in response to the ongoing and emerging needs of our members.
  • Producing the industry’s leading trade show.

The Ioccoca Award honors a person who has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to the classic car hobby through vehicle preservation, club participation, and one who has unselfishly assisted and encouraged others in perpetuating an “American Automotive Tradition.” ( nobody nominated me… sigh) Here are some stand out award recipients

May 16th, 2015 by admin

Don Garlits is considered the “father” of drag racing, with his design perfecting the rear engine “top fuel dragster design” saving many lives. Together with his wife they started the Don Garlits Museum in 1976.

Denise McGluggage is a pioneer for women in both motorsports and journalism as a race car driver, author and photographer. Her many achievements include the only journalist inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. She’s founding editor of the magazine Autoweek and through The Concorso she’s helped to contribute to non-profit youth organizations in Northern New Mexico.

John Hotchkis, Jr. President of Hotchkis Performance is involved first-hand with many aspects of the car culture: through modification, installing latest performance parts as well as providing driving instruction on the track. He participates in the Wounded Warrior Foundation, Cruising for a Cure, Make a Wish, Motor 4 Toys and Sema Cars – Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Jacob Bagnell is a “car guy for all seasons”! He is a retired high school teacher of auto shop/mechanics, an entrepreneur starting an automotive and motorcycle upholstery business, a restorer with dozens of cars to his credit, an author writing professional journals and curriculum, a speaker demonstrating automotive procedures and a leader with his volunteerism in numerous charitable organizations.

Dr. Frederick A. Simeone a renowned neurosurgeon has assembled over 60 of the rarest and most significant racing cars ever built at The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. His Foundation supports and has held events for United Cerebral Palsy, American Cancer Society, Mission Kids, Daddy’s Spirit to name a few.

Bill Alley is a virtual library of facts. He will make the parts if he cannot find what the other person is seeking. He specializes in collecting brass era cars, about 125 in total, many pre-1915. Through his various automotive affiliations, he has been a major participant in Driving Young America Fund for scholarships to individuals and institutions. A former Olympian and a retired mechanical engineer with multiple patents in the medical and aerospace industries. He is the owner of a large collection of early original unrestored cars. Alley does most of his own restoration work including fabricating parts when needed.

Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, is one of the world’s most respected car collector and restoration experts. Jackson’s auctions are known all over the world and he consistently has improved the quality and scope of the events. His commitment to philanthropy has earned millions of dollars for charities across the country.

Ken Gross is a highly acclaimed automotive journalist for 37 years writing in numerous publications, such as AutoWeek, Hagerty’s Magazine, Road & Track, Old Cars Weekly and many, many more. He’s written numerous books, his latest: Hot Rods and Custom Cars, Los Angeles and The Dry Lakes.

Tim and Pam Wellborn (joint award) host a gathering of win cars every 5 years on the lawn of their home. Tim is a proud owner of a very rare car, the 1971 Hemi Charger. He became a car aficionado at age 14, and bought his car 2 years before he even had his license. He fixed up the car, and used it to woo his high school sweetheart, Pam, who is now his wife of many years.

Jack Nethercutt is the owner of Nethercutt Museums (which was started by his father, JB Nethercutt, in 1971). The Museum showcases over 200 cars and is open to the public for free tours. Jack continues to enrich the legacy of his father, a true car enthusiast and collector.

Jim and Zona Painter (joint award) are owners of Painter Motor, a Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge Franchise commencing in 1945. Jim and Zona have 60 years in the car business, 60 years of marriage, 10 children, 37 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. These two have made cars their business and their hobby for over half a century.

Bill Warner is the founder of The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and has been an avid car collector all of his life. He is an award winning photographer and writer for Sports Car Graphic, Road & Track and dozens of respected national magazines, prestigious museums and celebrated automotive venues. Bill is also recognized by his countless charitable contributions.

Roger Morrison has served as a member and chairman of the McPherson College Advisory Board since its inception of its auto restoration program. He has the distinction of being one of, if not the longest serving team of judges for the famous Concours Pebble Beach Show.

Arnold Marks has been a car club member for 50 years. He owns a shop where he holds a yearly clinic, which members can work on their cars. Arnold is also an auto mechanics teacher. Arnold is one of the original members of the MOCC since it started in 1978.

Larry Dobbs has been a car club member for 30 years. He is the publisher of Mustang Monthly Magazine and was inducted in the Mustang Hall of Fame in 2005. He has supported the Iacocca Foundation as he himself has type I diabetes.

Steve McCarley purchased his first Mustang even before he could drive. At 14 years old, he spent two years fixing it up so it would be ready when he obtained his drivers license. He was event director of this 30-year anniversary event and has held numerous positions in Mustang Clubs on the local and national level. He also was the first person Ford allowed to test drive a Mustang that was not a Ford employee.

Carroll Shelby has been a car club member for 50 years. Carroll’s organizations include: Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation and Automotive Hall of Fame. Carroll has helped restore Cobra cars and reproductions all around the world. Carroll Shelby was also the Grand Marshal of the Concours show. And, all Mustang lovers are familiar with the “Shelby” and he continues to advise on automotive design.

This very unique award is linked with the Iacocca Family Foundation whose mission it is to find a cure for diabetes. This is fitting because, like Lee Iacocca’s dedication to the Foundation’s mission, these car enthusiasts are committed to serve their communities.

1995 Neon celebrity race car challenge… has Plymouth ever done anything else this high profile except Superbirds?

January 4th, 2015 by admin

Race results 1995 Limerock May 29th 1995

I just learned of Throttle Gals magazine and website, and their cool centerfolds

December 28th, 2014 by admin

these are the coolest idea for centerfolds!

Doni and Trish are gear heads, have 70’s motorcycles, old trucks, and they started a magazine called Throttle Gals.

A Night At The Movies With Alex Xydias June 14th

May 8th, 2014 by admin

Alex Xydias, will be hosting and narrating a director’s cut screening of his 60s documentary, The Hot Rod Story. All the while, he’ll be sharing tales from the golden age of land speed racing, the stomping grounds of drag racing, and warming automotive enthusiast’s hearts with the spirit of nostalgia.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center located on 601 W. McKinley Avenue., Pomona, California 91768. As detailed in the event flyer, cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. and following that is dinner and a live auction at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $100, $60 of which is tax-deductible. Some may hesitate based on the price but know that proceeds will be going towards two fundraisers dedicated to the preservation of automotive culture, check it out.

“The evening is a fundraiser for the Alex Xydias Center for the Automotive Arts, which is a real-live entity that teaches the performance-car hobby to local high school kids who no longer get to attend auto shop in school.” Furthermore, “The evening also benefits the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.”

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the Miller Cycle engine, I’ve never heard of it before… and a bit about Mazda

January 11th, 2014 by admin

Brock, what is in a name?

September 29th, 2013 by admin

Brock Yates,