MSCC JUNE 14 STAR OF THE WEEK: ANOTHER EXAMPLE FROM THE ‘WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE’ FILES

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14 imgp6647 001MSCC JUNE 14 STAR OF THE WEEK: ANOTHER EXAMPLE FROM THE ‘WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE’ FILES

There is one constant in the world of old iron.

You will be on the side of the road with your hood up at some point.

Old cars hate new gas, their wiring can be sketchy, and all machines wear out so you will be on the side of the road with your hood up.

14 imgp6646 001That’s a fact of life but it doesn’t make the experience worse-it just adds to the adventure.

This MSCC Star of the Week Impala is just another example for car guys from the ‘we’ve all been there’ files.

 

MSCC JUNE 13 STAR OF THE DAY: ’64 POLARA CONVERTIBLE—BIG, BOLD AND OPEN AIR

The convertible was alive and well in the 1960s.

Buyers who weren’t burdened by the reality of a large family were still flocking to cars without roofs.

Style won over substance anytime a convertible was in the equation because a ‘vert told the world you were still an interesting person instead of a sedan-driving family guy burdened by reality.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’64 Polara made a strong case for big, bold, open air cars.

 

 

 

 

 

MSCC JUNE 12 STAR OF THE DAY: CLASSIC VETTE-A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE’VE LOST IN 2015

12 imgp4262 001People tend to take the path of least resistance in life because we’re hard wired that way after ten thousand years of hardcore hunter-gatherer living.

Ten thousand years ago everything you did was based on survival skills so the guys who lived to pass on their genes were intelligent hunters-risk taking was a good way to turn a good day into a really bad day.

That’s why we take the safe route in 2015 and now humans drive new, reliable SUVs instead of much cooler 50-year-old cars because our risk-taking genes are long gone.

We may be taking fewer risks but this MSCC Star of the Day Vette is a great example of what we’ve lost in 2015 because evolution dictates you’re not going to daily drive this beauty.

 

 

MSCC JUNE 11 STAR OF THE DAY: PONTIAC VENTURA—WELCOME SIGHT AT A CAR SHOW

11 imgp6374 001The Chevy Nova was warmly embraced by the go-faster guys because they were extremely light so you could plunk a small block in one and dominate on the street.

The Novas got a little bigger in ’68 but car guys still loved the power to weight ratio.

That made the Nova a formidable street machine so the natural consequence was the Pontiac Ventura because Poncho guys liked lightweight muscle too.

This MSCC Star of the Day Ventura was a welcome guest at a show last night.

 

 

 

 

MSCC JUNE 10 STAR OF THE DAY: A PINTO ON A SERIOUS WEIGHTLIFTING PROGRAM

10 imgp6271 001The Pinto was introduced when the super small car (subcompact) was in its infancy.

The compact cars before the introduction of the Pinto and Vega were rides like Novas, Darts, Valiants and Falcons.

Those cars are considered bulky by 2015 standards so Detroit invented the subcompact.

This MSCC Star of the Day Pinto at a show last Sunday is clearly a subcompact on a serious weightlifting program.

 

 

 

 

 

MSCC JUNE 9 STAR OF THE DAY: GREAT IDEA-BAD TIMING-THE THING HITS THE ROAD

09 imgp6098 002The VW Type 181 (Thing in the US and Canada) was one of those good concepts that ran afoul of regulations.

This little ride was VW’s answer to the Jeep and it had a small but devoted group of followers who loved the dune buggy approach to driving.

Unfortunately the Thing’s loosey-goosey philosophy did it in because government guys (with no sense of humor) in the US decided it didn’t meet passenger car standards.

Despite the unglamorous ending to the story, cars like this MSCC Star of the Day VW Thing are welcome sights on a back road.

 

 

 

 

MSCC JUNE 8 STAR OF THE DAY: ’46 DESOTO CONVERTIBLE—WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

There are certain cars you’ll likely see at every medium to large car show.

You’ll see a ’57 Chevy, a vintage Mustang, a Chevy truck from the 50s and a Mopar muscle car from the late 60s to early 70s.

The simple reason is they were popular cars then and now.

The odds are really against spotting a ’46 DeSoto convertible like this MSCC Star of the Day at a show yesterday.

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