APRIL 6 2014 MSCC STAR OF THE WEEK: I FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON-SOMETIMES
There are very few situations where you can pull up beside a police car, look over at the driver and punch it when the light turns green.
Most of the time that scenario ends up with an extremely negative outcome.
There are exceptions to the rule that you can’t race a cop and every one of them are endorsed by law enforcement agencies.
This MSCC Star of the Week is a good example of when you can fight the law and win.
APRIL 5 2014 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: A BIG LINCOLN IS A LOOK BACK TO A BYGONE ERA
2014 isn’t the end of giant vehicles. In fact, they’re bigger than ever but now they have truck beds instead of trunks.
They can haul massive loads and they ride nicer than a ’59 Caddy but they’re called trucks-not luxury cars.
That wasn’t the case in the 1970s. They were still called luxury cars back in the disco era and they were massive vehicles despite the OPEC gas price extortion in the early 70s.
This MSCC Star of the Day Lincoln in traffic last year is a great example of what a giant land barge was back in the 70s.
This massive ride only has two doors but you sure couldn’t miss it in traffic.
APRIL 4 2014 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: ’68 ROAD RUNNER-THIS IS HOW THEY SHOULD LOOK
The Plymouth Road Runner was built for the stripped-down, affordable muscle car market.
Chrysler picked the cheapest model they could find (a Belvedere 2-door sedan) and turned a librarian’s affordable and sensible ride into a street punk.
They kept costs down by reaching into the police car parts bin and adding stuff that made the Road Runner an instant success.
This MSCC Star of the Day ’68 Road Runner was on the street back in August 2012 and it was the perfect example of how these bad boys should look.
This is a dog dish, 2-door post, standard 383, no frills, no options 1968 Road Runner-the definition of a classic muscle car.
MSCC APRIL 3 STAR OF THE DAY: 1970 FORD TORINO 429 CJ-THE OTHER ’70 MUSCLE CAR
1970 was a pivotal year for muscle cars.
Most people know Chevy had the SS 454, Plymouth had the Hemi or 440 Six-Barrel GTX or Road Runner but fewer remember the Ford Torino.
The Torino could option up to the 429CJ and that was another potent package even without the notoriety of its competitors.
This MSCC Star of the Day ’70 Torino was at an auction last year.
It’s a Pacific Blue 429CJ so that makes it rarer than honesty in politics but even more importantly, it’s a great example of that “other” 1970 muscle car.
MSCC APRIL 2 STAR OF THE DAY: OUT FOR A RUN-THE REASON FOR THE RIDE
Car guys have many reasons why they build a classic ride but the biggest reason is “the run”.
The lure of the open road is why gearheads spend countless hours on a build.
This MSCC Star of the Day was on the road last August.
The reason for the ride is pretty obvious.
MSCC APRIL 1 STAR OF THE WEEK: ’59 CHEVY-THE VARIOUS STAGES OF A CAR’S LIFE
There are various stages in the life of a car.
There’s the “showroom stage” where the proud owner drives off the dealer’s lot in his brand new car.
The next one is the “gently used” stage followed by the “time to trade the old girl in” stage.
Eventually you get to the “ordered off the road with one wheel in the car crusher” stage.
Finally, there’s the “metal donor in China” stage.
This MSCC Star of the Day ’59 Chevy was in the “indeterminate” stage back in July 2010.
MARCH 31 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO LEAVE THEM STOCK
There’s little doubt hot rod guys were the original self taught engineers.
They’d look at something like an old Model T and add new carbs, gears and dump some weight and suddenly the Tin Lizzie came alive.
Later on, they’d pump up the flattie in a 30s Ford and get more results. Eventually they’d plunk a big 50s Caddy or Chrysler motor into a 20s or 30s ride,add bigger brakes and dump more weight for a spectacular power to weight ratio.
That’s the upside but there’s a huge case for just leaving them stock.This group of cars is a great example of why you keep some of them in factory condition.
There’s little doubt hot rod guys would work mechanical magic on these classics but the real magic is simply leaving a legacy for another generation.
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