JULY 21 MSCC STAR OF THE WEEK: ’59 CADDY, ALASKA HIGHWAY AND A BUFFALO-PERFECT VACATION

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july13-21p1020675-002JULY 21 MSCC STAR OF THE WEEK: ’59 CADDY, ALASKA HIGHWAY AND ADD A BUFFALO-PERFECT VACATION

This is prime time vacation season and most people follow a fairly predictable pattern where they load the kids into an SUV, minivan or four-door truck and hit the road.

Like the vehicles,the vacation destination is relentlessly predictable. It’s always some kind of resort area with a lake, good accommodations and “things to do for the kids”.

The difference between “typical” vacation and “outlier” vacation is what makes this picture the MSCC Star of the Week.

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The pictures were taken this week on an outlier vacation where the car was a ’59 Cadillac, the road was the Alaska Highway and the destination was the Yukon Territory.

The buffalo was a bonus.

Many thanks to Colonel Tom for the vacation pictures.


JULY 20 STAR OF THE DAY: A ROLLING CONVOY OF CLASSIC OLD IRON

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This is a collection of some of the most iconic cars Detroit ever built and it wasn’t staged.

These old rides were on the street last August in one of those car Karma moments where a rolling convoy turned a city street into a work of art.

The collection included a ’40 Ford,’57 Chevy and a 1st Gen Camaro. That’s like the lineup at an MLB All-Star game.

This MSCC Star of the Day is really a salute to the icons of the collector car hobby.

JULY 19 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: TWO CLASSIC HOT RODS, ONE GREAT NIGHT

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July can be one of the finest months for spotting old iron because this is the peak of the car show season.

You’ll never see a couple of classics like this in December but summer has a magnetic appeal for guys who drive stuff that’s off the beaten path.

These two old rides are a great example of how cool a warm summer night can be if you add two classic and custom trucks to the formula.

The combination was enough to be an MSCC Star of the Day moment.

JULY 18 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: COE DODGE TRUCK-FROM BLUE COLLAR TOOL TO 2013 COOL

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COE (cabover) trucks were built for work. They came out of the factory and went straight to construction sites, warehouses and fire departments.

COE trucks weren’t beauty queens because you didn’t drive them to country clubs-you drove them to oil rigs, farms and mining towns.

The cabover was originally designed to skate by maximum length trucking laws on highways but lately they’ve become one of the hottest custom ride candidates on the planet.

Here’s a great example on the street last August. This Dodge MSCC Star of the Day is a great example of the COE cool factor in 2013.

JULY 17 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: 4TH GEN T-BIRD-MID 60S STYLE ROCKS 2013

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The Ford Thunderbird was originally a two-seater sports car from 1955-57 but eventually it migrated into the Squarebird.

The Squarebird was a four-seater personal luxury car that significantly outsold the 1st Gen T-birds from 1958-1960.

History showed that sales didn’t matter because the ’55-7 Thunderbird is still the gold standard for the iconic Ford.

The Bullet-bird followed from 1961-63 and finally the 4th Generation T-bird graced the streets of Beatles era North America.

Thunderbirds had a street presence regardless of the era and this 4th Gen MSCC Star of the Day T-bird in traffic yesterday literally drove that point home.

JULY 16 MSCC STAR OF THE WEEK: A SUMMER OF LOVE ’67 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE

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The summer of 1967 will always be remembered as the “Summer of Love” and a quick look at the music charts confirms the label.

Songs like San Francisco by Scott McKenzie, Light My Fire by The Doors, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees and All You Need Is Love by a group called The Beatles were the soundtrack to the Summer of Love.

You can hear this music in many forms from Oldies radio to a well-stocked digital library but you can’t go back to ’67.

But you can come close to time travel like this guy did in his MSCC Star of the Day ’67 Chevy Impala convertible.

The Beatles were wrong…all you need is a great summer day, a classic ride from 1967 and a decent sound system.

JULY 15 STAR OF THE DAY: FIRST GEN CHALLENGER-THIS IS WHY IT’S BACK

The 1st Gen Challenger was Dodge’s belated entry into the pony car world. The Challey came to the party late but it sure arrived in style.

These Mopar pony cars had a distinctive Dodge look that said “I’m a first cousin of the Cuda but I’m all Dodge”.

Challengers were clean looking, wide-stance cars and they could be brutes on the street with a big, bad 426 Hemi under the hood.

They had an instant fan club and the evidence that they’re still popular comes in the form of the next Gen Challenger.

This Challey was at a weekend show and it was an easy pick for an MSCC Star of the Day.

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