MSCC NOV 16 STAR OF THE DAY: IT TAKES A MOPAR TO CATCH A MOPAR

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16-002MSCC NOV 16 STAR OF THE DAY: IT TAKES A MOPAR TO CATCH A MOPAR

There was a pretty nasty remake of the legendary car chase movie ‘Vanishing Point’ and one of the few high points in this bad TV version was the line: “It takes a Mopar to catch a Mopar”.

The TV guys conveniently skipped the part where the original Challenger in the movie was chased by a fleet of Mopar police cars.

This was the ‘C-body highway patrol cars could easily top 140 miles per hour’ era.

Despite that brutally ham-handed, watered down remake it did inspire this classic shot from a Mopar show many years ago when this Mope police car caught the Mope bad guy.

PS-it’s almost the season to be jolly but resist the urge to drive your vintage Mopar after a few cocktails.

Don’t drink and drive.

 

MSCC NOV 15 STAR OF THE DAY: A PETERBILT WITH THE BEST LOAD YOU CAN CARRY

15-imgp9834-001There are loads and then there are loads in the trucking world.

Some of these loads are so scary the drivers have sleepless nights before, during and after the job.

Fortunately, most loads are less threatening because they’re things like mattresses, bananas or chickens so the only real threats come from outside the truck in the form of bad drivers or brutal roads.

This MSCC Star of the Day Peterbilt at a show last July was carrying a dream load because it was comprised of three classic 70s GM trucks.

It beat the hell out of chickens or dynamite.

 

MSCC NOV 14 STAR OF THE DAY: ’31 FORD MODEL A – 83-YEAR-OLD SUMMER DRIVER

Here’s the scenario – you live in a summer resort town and you need a runabout to do errands around town and a Kia Rondo doesn’t rock your world.

Maybe you’re an outlier or maybe you’re a guy who loves the simplicity of early 1930s technology…

This MSCC Star of the Day ’31 Ford Model A is all one guy needed for a daily driver this summer because he lives in a place where the pace is more laid-back than a Jimmy Buffett album.

Cool summer drivers just set a new standard.

 

MSCC NOV 13 STAR OF THE DAY: CLASSIC FORD TRUCK ON STEROIDS – KEEPING UP WITH 2014

13-imgp7559One of the major changes over the last few decades in the world of the humble pickup is the sheer size of trucks in 2014.

These brutes are bigger than any highway tractor ever seen on the road in 1950 and their diesels would humble them.

65-year-old pickup trucks have even more of an identity crisis in 2014 because they look like kid brothers next to a one-ton Ram 3500.

That didn’t apply to this MSCC Star of the Day vintage Ford truck in traffic last May because this baby had no identity crisis whatsoever.

 

 

MSCC NOV 12 STAR OF THE DAY: 1956 PONTIAC–THE ULTIMATE 50S CONVERTIBLE

12-2014 car scans-001There is literally nothing cooler than a 50s era convertible because the 1950s were the perfect era for the convertible.

This was a time when rock and roll was born and nothing went better with rock and roll blasting on your AM radio than a warm summer night with the top down.

50s cars were the perfect fit for the convertible look because style definitely took precedence over practicality.

This MSCC Star of the Day was at a show back in the late 90s where it was a classic example of the ultimate 50s convertible.

 MSCC NOV 11 STAR OF THE DAY: 1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI – THE CORVETTE’S LESSER KNOWN RIVAL

11-bimgp5470-0011963 was the debut year for the legendary split window Corvette Sting Ray.

This was a car that cemented the Vette’s status as North America’s number one sports car because it set styling standards for the next decade.

Despite the Vette’s lofty position in 1963 there was another hired gun in town and it was called the Studebaker Avanti.

This fiberglass sports car in supercharged form could outrun a ’63 Vette by over 10 miles per hour but the Avanti disappeared almost overnight despite an impressive portfolio.

This MSCC Star of the Day ’63 Avanti was seen in 2011 traffic…a very rare sighting of a Vette’s lesser known rival.

 

MSCC NOV 10 STAR OF THE DAY: AN A-BODY GETS A LITTLE RESPECT

10-imgp3073-001A-body Mopars like the Plymouth Duster and the Dodge Demon are at the low end of the food chain for Mopar muscle.

That doesn’t mean Dusters and Demons are weak sisters in the world of Mopar muscle

A 340 Duster is a formidable street machine thanks to its light curb weight and a torquey well-built engine.

These A-bodies ambushed a lot of big blocks back in the early 70s but they never had the same aura of the Cudas and Challengers and that translates into lower 2014 values for these unsung heroes.

This MSCC Star of the Day A-body was at the track back in September where it clearly had more respect.

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