AUGUST 4 MSCC STAR OF THE WEEK: 1976 TRIUMPH TR6 THE END OF AN ODYSSEY
The car hobby is based on nostalgia intertwined with family connections. How many times have you heard these words at a car show?
“My Dad drove one”.
Ford guys are Ford guys, Chevy guys are Chevy guys and Mopar guys are Mopar guys because their dads drove Fords, Chevy and Mopars.
This ’76 Triumph TR6 is the definitive “dad drove one” car guy story because in this case, “dad really drove this one”.
Angus Sutherland is an occasional contributor to MSCC and he chronicled the story behind his late father’s car in his blog, The TR6 Project.
Last Thursday, Angus and the TR6 crossed the finish line in a trip that hadn’t been made since 1979…the year Angus was born.That successful journey was a defining moment in the project because it was the end of a long and often painful car guy odyssey.
Do yourself a favor and check out The TR6 Project because the Reader’s Digest version of it here simply won’t do it justice.
Needless to say, this TR6 was an easy Star of the Week.
AUGUST 3 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: ’66 FORD SHORT BOX-THE ALTERNATIVE TO CHEVY
The 1960s were a turning point for pickup trucks because they moved from tough and unforgiving in the ride department to a ride that was comfortable enough for the suburbs.
Ford led the charge in 1966 with twin I-beam suspension but Chevy is the first name that comes up when classic 60s trucks are discussed.
Despite the Chevy’s popularity in the world of sixties trucks, Fords had their own unique style.
This MSCC Star of the Day ’66 Ford is a glowing example of why this era was so a high water mark for pickups.
AUGUST 2 STAR OF THE DAY: ’69 SUPER BEE-THE ROAD RUNNER’S LESS POPULAR 1ST COUSIN
The ’68 Plymouth Road Runner was one of the best ideas Chrysler had since they introduced the Hemi engine.
Road Runners were fast, affordable,tough-looking cars and sales spiked and this meant Dodge had to have a comparable car to this taxicab Plymouth.
Enter the Super Bee.
Super Bees got into the game late and that reflected on sales because the Road Runner had already captured the hearts and financial commitment of kids who wanted an affordable muscle car.
That didn’t mean a Super Bee wasn’t an extremely cool ride-it just meant it was rare.
This MSCC Star of the Day Super Bee is a classic example of just how well history treated these entry-level Dodge muscle cars.
AUGUST 1 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: 1963 MERCURY COMET…AND A FURRY FRIEND
The MSCC Star of the Day typically has at least four wheels, a metal body and an engine.
This Star of the Day has four legs,a furry body and a heart beat.
That’s a pretty good trade because this cute little guy stole the show back in June.
For the record, that is a 1963 Mercury Comet.
JULY 31 STAR OF THE DAY: FORD MAVERICK-THE COOLEST CAR THAT EVER CAME IN 3RD
The Ford Maverick was designed to compete with the Chevy Nova and the Plymouth Duster.
This was the low-end affordable side of the car market but the Big Three wanted a little style to go with a decent price.
The Nova and the Duster are cars with a cult following in 2013 but the Maverick ended up in 3rd place so they’ve nearly disappeared off the face of the earth.
Maybe the Maverick didn’t keep up with the competition but this Star of the Day from June showed how cool these misunderstood cars are in retrospect.
JULY 30 STAR OF THE DAY: TAKE A DRIVE ALONG THE BEACH IN A CLASSIC PONCHO CONVERTIBLE
There a was a song back in the ’70s by England Dan and John Ford Coley called ‘I’d Really Love to See You Tonight’.
One of the lines in the song was “We could go walking through a windy park, Or take a drive along the beach”.
This was a typical summer song but the ‘drive along the beach’ part played out two days ago when this Pontiac convertible was on a road beside one of the best resort lakes in the world.
There was no indication that this Star of the Day ride had England Dan on the radio but the people in the vintage Poncho were sure living the song.
JULY 29 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: 1981 DELOREAN DMC-12…A BACK TO THE FUTURE STAR ON VACATION
Most people remember the car in the movie Back to the Future because it was a DeLorean DMC-12.
DeLoreans were more notable for their builder, a guy named John DeLorean, than their impressive engineering, build quality and performance.
John was the father of the GTO and a powerful guy at GM but he liked the party life too and eventually that led to some pretty serious drug charges when his company strated taking on water.
Despite the checkered history of the car and its builder the DeLorean was a great choice for a time machine.
Here’s the time traveling Star of the Day at the beach a few weeks ago.
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