MSCC MAY 25 STAR OF THE WEEK: THE LAST INCARNATION OF THE ROAD RUNNER

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25-imgp8136-001MSCC MAY 25 STAR OF THE WEEK: THE LAST INCARNATION OF THE ROAD RUNNER

There were several versions of the Plymouth Road Runner over the years but the final version was found in the F-Body era from 1976-80.

This was a lukewarm period for performance in general because technology was losing the battle to smog legislation, so the life was literally choked out of muscle cars.

The Road Runner was like every other car at the time with the same rules, but Mother Mopar did the best it could by inserting the 360 engine and a few police car suspension parts into these F-bodies.

This MSCC Star of the Week last-Gen Road Runner was on the street last week doing what all Road Runners do best.

Look cool.

 

MSCC MAY 24 STAR OF THE DAY: OLDS CONVERTIBLE –TAKE CHARGE OF THE SUMMER

24-imgp4778-001There is nothing wrong with top down driving on a summer day.Some guys do it in sports cars and hit the road at Warp Drive in a car built for speed, not comfort.

Other guys do the convertible thing at a much more leisurely pace. They like the spacious confines of an extremely large 70s ride.

This MSCC Star of the Day Olds convertible defines the 70s option.

That’s how you take charge of summer.

MSCC MAY 23 STAR OF THE DAY: RISE OF THE PICKUP TRUCK – WORKING CLASS HEROES

23-imgp8274-001Pickup trucks have always been the ugly ducklings of transportation because they were built for work, not beauty contests.

You didn’t show up for the prom in a dusty old truck because pickups were a platform to haul sheets of plywood, bags of cement and bales of hay.

You drove a truck to go elk hunting in Montana, not job hunting on Wall Street.

The tides have definitely turned for the humble pickup because they are now one of the hottest commodities in the vintage vehicle hobby.

This MSCC Star of the Day moment took place last night when a row of trucks took over a car show.

The ugly ducklings turned into swans.

 

MSCC MAY 22 STAR OF THE DAY: MISMATCHED NEIGHBORS…AN XKE AND A ’40 FORD

22-imgp6893-001You often see ’40 Fords parked beside other classic hot rod platforms like a ’32, 33, 34, 35 or ’36 Ford or any number of tri-five Chevys.

This makes sense because cars like those are the backbone of the hobby.

They’re Detroit iron through and through with massive numbers of followers so you’ll see ’40 Fords at a fair number of car shows.

You’ll rarely see them parked beside a tricked-out Jaguar XKE.

That’s an MSCC Star of the Day moment.

 

MSCC MAY 21 STAR OF THE DAY: A VINTAGE PORSCHE LIGHTS UP A COMMUTE

20-k6-photo-001The dreaded commute is a daily factor in most people’s lives because we live in an era where paved roads and internal combustion engines make more sense than a horse and buggy on a dirt trail.

Most of the time a commute is a blur of SUVs, commercial vehicles, busses and cars, so the possibility of seeing anything remotely interesting in traffic is remote.

This MSCC Star of the Day vintage Porsche was in traffic three years ago and it lit up a mundane commute.

Traffic was less grinding that day.

MSCC MAY 20 STAR OF THE DAY: PONCHO ON MASSIVE STEROIDS – IT’S A JUDGEMENT CALL

20-imgp8066-001There’s a never-ending debate about the direction some guys take with their old iron.

There are basic concepts at play…the ones about property rights, freedom of expression, artistic license etc. etc.

Essentially the line is drawn between doing what you think is right for your old ride versus what a lot of other guys think you should do with your old ride.

This MSCC Star of the Day Pontiac Judge at a show last Sunday is a case in point.

 

MSCC MAY 19 STAR OF THE DAY: CHRYSLER IMPERIAL – IT WAS COOL ENOUGH FOR SINATRA

The Imperial was in the same league as Cadillac and Lincoln for decades.

These three names were synonymous with luxury and style and Imperials ran with the best.

If you drove an Imperial back in the day, you had clearly arrived.

Eventually, Imperial was absorbed under the Chrysler division after decades of independence, but they were still the top dog at Mopar.

That reign continued into the 80s with the last rear-wheel Imperial – the car was so stylish they named one edition after Frank Sinatra.

This MSCC Star of the Day Imperial was at a show last Sunday…no sign of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

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