MSCC APRIL 20 STAR OF THE WEEK: LITTLE KNOWN FACT-MOPARS MAKES GREAT HOT RODS

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20-imgp7190-001MSCC APRIL 20 STAR OF THE WEEK: LITTLE KNOWN FACT-MOPARS MAKES GREAT HOT RODS

The most obvious answer to the question, “what is the most popular canvas for a hot rod platform?” is Ford.

Fords from the 1920s, 30s and early 40s are clearly the number one choice for building a hot rod, but that doesn’t mean Blue Ovals were the exclusive choice for cool rides.

The MSCC Star of the Week is this shot from a 2012 Mopar show.

Cool hot rods come in many forms.

 

MSCC APRIL 19 STAR OF THE DAY: FIRST GEN TOYOTA CELICA-A 36 YEAR TRADITION

19-september 29 high river jim pix 012-001The Toyota Celica was an instant hit back in 1970 because it was sporty, economical and above all-affordable.

Celicas combined miles per gallon with looks and captured what was then a niche market for Japanese imports.

This was long before imports became a major player in the North American market so the Celica was a pioneer in the automotive world.

This MSCC Star of the Day Celica was at a 2013 show where it was (logically) the best of class.

 

MSCC APRIL 18 STAR OF THE DAY: A CHALLEY ON A BEAUTIFUL AUGUST NIGHT

18-dsc00711-001Life is full of moments and if you’re a car guy this moment is at the top of the list.

This picture was taken on a beautiful August night and the only thing better than seeing this car would be driving it.

The MSCC Star of the Day is this Challenger because this is why the hobby is so cool.

You get moments like this.

 

MSCC APRIL 17 STAR OF THE DAY: HAPPY 50TH-THE MUSTANG TURNS A HALF CENTURY

17-imgp2720-002There was no debate for today’s MSCC Star of the Day.

The Ford Mustang turns 50 today so if you’ve got a sliver of car guy DNA in your system you know this is a big day-regardless of your brand loyalty.

This MSCC Star of the Day 1st Gen Mustang was at a show last July and it underlined a very real fact.

A very cool ride stampeded into legendary status 50 years ago today.

 

MSCC APRIL 16 STAR OF THE DAY: ’73 BUICK RIVIERA-A BOAT TAIL RIV GRACES A JULY SUMMER NIGHT

16-aimgp1467Buick Rivieras have always been statement vehicles. The Rivs debuted in 1949 with the innovative two-door hardtop.

They called them “pillarless hardtops” and they would set a styling trend for the next three decades before crash-proofing regulations turned them into yesterday’s news.

The ’63 Riviera was another high-water mark because these iconic cars were a work of art on 4 wheels.

The boat-tail Riviera debuted in 1971 and once again the name was synonymous with innovative style.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’73 Riviera at a July 2010 show said it all.

 

MSCC APRIL 15 STAR OF THE DAY: THINK JEEP BUT THINK PICKUP TOO

15-imgp0992-001The name Jeep conjures up an image more akin to the Rat Patrol or MASH because they were built for the battlefield, not the farm.

Eventually civilian use became their mainstream function, so Jeep started building pickup trucks with the same rugged qualities.

This MSCC Star of the Day Jeep pickup was on the street back in 2011 and it begged the question.

Why didn’t they build more of these?

 

APRIL 14 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: ’69 SIX PACK SUPER BEE: A HEMI FIGHTER

14-imgp1219-001The 426 Street Hemi was a dominant force from the first day Chrysler squeezed one under the hood of a B-body in 1966.

The Hemi was based on a “take no prisoners” attitude in the muscle car wars and it definitely delivered.

There was nothing more discouraging than looking over at a Mopar and seeing that subtle little badge that read 426 Hemi.

Chrysler brought another monster to the party in ’69 when they added six carbs to a 440 big block and found out they built a hemi fighter.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’69 Super Bee had the Six Pack option and it was on the street back in 2012…no hemi in sight that day.

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