MSCC NOV 9 STAR OF THE WEEK: HARDCORE CAR GUYS— THE LAST CAR SHOW OF THE SEASON

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09-imgp5295-004MSCC NOV 9 STAR OF THE WEEK: HARDCORE CAR GUYS— THE LAST CAR SHOW OF THE SEASON

This is the hardest time of year for car guys up north because the car show season is down to the final whistle in football terms.

Most car guys have put their beloved rides away for the year because winter will turn pristine old iron into a project in a matter of weeks.

November means a fleet of classics are under car covers in a garage safely tucked away and protected from the brutality of sub-arctic winters.

09-imgp5299-001This past week was a true freak of nature because last Thursday a few hardcore gearheads showed up at the local spot where the weekly car show is held and put on a spontaneous little show.

The weather was pushing 18C (64F) that day so these guys definitely had the weather on their side but it disappeared in a snowstorm two days later.

Call it the last car show of the season.

 

MSCC NOVEMBER 8 STAR OF THE DAY: YOU LIKE SPACE RACE ERA 50S FINS? DIG THIS TRIO OF MOPARS

08-imgp8717-001There will never be another explosion of automotive style like that seen in the late 1950s.

This was the dawn of the space race and the cars reflected this incredible period when rockets into outer space became science fact instead of science fiction.

Detroit loved the space race because it gave them a reason to stretch the boundaries of design and nobody did it better than the Chrysler studios.

This MSCC Star of the Day is a row of finned Mopars at a show last June because frankly—the space race was never cooler.

 

MSCC NOVEMBER 7 STAR OF THE DAY: 1973 CADILLAC COUPE DE VILLE – IT AIN’T OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER

07-imgp5294-001Last year’s winter arrived like a punch to the gut but this year it’s arriving in a kinder, gentler form so the old iron is still out on the street.

People in the northern latitudes know the end is near but for now there are still some classic old rides on the street.

This MSCC Star of the Day 1973 Cadillac Coupe De Ville is a great example because it was still prowling the streets last night.

Winter may be coming but it ain’t over until it’s over so the streets are still full of classic iron.

 

MSCC NOVEMBER 6 STAR OF THE DAY: 1931 MODEL A 5-WINDOW COUPE—WHEN YOU WANT A CLASSIC ROD

06-dsc 0227-001There are many variations in the world of hot rods because this is a world where the sky is the limit.

The key to any hot rod can be summed up in these four words—power to weight ratio.

That’s why things like fenders and bumpers are early casualties in hot rod wars.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’31 Ford Model A 5-window coupe is a typical example of hot rod theory applied to the real world.

 

MSCC NOVEMBER 5 STAR OF THE DAY: ’67 GALAXIE FROM THE GOLDEN ERA OF HARDTOPS

05-imgp2521-001The 1960s were the golden years for the two-door hardtop because the roof lines truly defined the cars.

They were occasionally called hardtop convertibles or pillarless hardtops but the biggest feature was the lack of a B-pillar.

These sporty looking rooflines told the public you were still cool even if you were a chartered accountant.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’67 Ford Galaxie in traffic a few years ago was a classic example of a classic two-door hardtop.

 

MSCC NOVEMBER 4 STAR OF THE DAY: 1976 IMPALA – ANOTHER FORGOTTEN 70S SURVIVOR

04-imgp3704-001Chevy was on the brink of a downsizing in 1976 but that was still a few years away.

Big sedans were still really big in ’76 and the Impala was no exception.

Impalas had sheer presence front ends on them and they basically thumbed their massive noses at any notion that shrimp-sized cars would dominate the market.

Sure that would come later but in ’76, Impalas were still large and in charge.

This MSCC Star of the Day 1976 Impala was on the street yesterday surrounded by the small cars that eventually took over the roads it dominated nearly 40 years ago.

MSCC NOV 3 STAR OF THE DAY: ’73 IMPERIAL — LAND YACHT SURVIVES AN OIL EMBARGO

03-img 0002-001Detroit wasn’t quite prepared for the oil embargo in October 1973 when OPEC turned the taps off.

Oil spiked from 3 bucks a barrel to 12 bucks almost overnight so used muscle cars and large luxury barges suddenly turned radioactive for buyers.

Giant lineups at gas stations will do that and legislated mandatory smog equipment didn’t help the cause.

Fortunately, there were survivors like this MSCC Star of the Day 1973 Imperial on the street a few weeks ago because any car that survived OPEC is worthy of stardom.

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