JUNE 2 STAR OF THE WEEK:59 CHEVY ON THE ROAD-THE OPPOSITE MEANING OF TRAILER QUEEN
One of the easiest ways to become an MSCC star is simple-drive the wheels off your old ride.
Trailer queens may make sense if you’re protecting a documented “30 original miles” survivor ’52 Pontiac because you’re preserving a piece of automotive archaeology for future generations.
That, in its own way, is honorable but eventually a car like that should end up in a vacuum sealed container in the Smithsonian.
Most old cars should be just like this ’59 Chevy (Feb 2012 MSCC) on the highway yesterday-clipping along comfortably at 65 miles per hour and looking extremely cool.
That’s an MSCC Star of the Week.
JUNE 1 STAR OF THE WEEK: 62 CHEVY STEPSIDE-YELLOW IS THE POWER COLOR
Take enough pictures of old iron and you’ll come to a definite conclusion about the color yellow.
Yellow works in nearly every photo scenario from a grim winter day to bright summer sun but it really comes alive at dusk or at night.
You can be the most ham-handed guy in the world with a camera but paint a car or truck yellow and all is forgiven.
This ’62 Chevy step side was in traffic back in 2009 and it jumped out like a nudist in a church because it was yellow.
This pickup is the MSCC Star of the Day because it’s a cool truck but that bright yellow paint sure made it easy.
MAY 31 STAR OF THE DAY: JEEP TRUCK-A CLEAR CASE OF FUNCTION OVER FORM
Vintage Jeep trucks will never be mistaken for works of art but that was never the point.
The Jeep name was based on building rugged, functional vehicles for a tough world where survival was a million times more important than style.
If you don’t think that’s true then by all means take your Prius on an elk hunt.
Jeep trucks are a classic example of function over form and this Star of the Day was at a May 2012 car show.
MSCC STAR OF THE DAY:TWO C BODY MOPARS-FORGOTTEN SIBLINGS OF THE B AND E BODIES
There’s no question that the B-body Mopars like the Dodge Charger and the E-bodies like the ’70 Cuda are far more popular than their full sized C-body siblings like the big Chryslers.
It’s a lot like having a brother who starred as a starting quarterback in high school while you were pretty good in French class.
The flashy cars got the girls but these big cars did most of the grunt work.
That Challenger was pretty cool but it lost its appeal pretty fast if they stuck you and five of your junior high buddies in the back seat for a 400 mile trip to a Boy Scout camp.
Star of the Day-these two big C-bodies because they did all the heavy lifting in the real world.
MAY 29 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: THE CLASSIC MERC LEAD SLED-THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF COOL
The 1949-51 Mercury was one of those cars that exuded cool from the first day they hit the streets.
They were low and wide and custom made for customizing so car guys used them as a canvas for some of the coolest and most iconic custom rides ever built.
These Mercs are like Tony Bennett because they never lost the cool factor-even after six decades.
This MSCC Star of the Day Merc was at a September 2012 car show and if cool could jump off the page it would happen with this classic piece of iron.
MAY 28 STAR OF THE DAY:1965 FORD FALCON FUTURA CONVERTIBLE
Most people don’t realize that the original Mustang was a Falcon with different sheet metal.
The frivolous automotive sector known as the pony car was born via the marriage of a practical, plain Jane vehicle known as the Falcon to an idea that North America needed a sporty, but affordable car.
Most Falcons were sedans or wagons that did family duty as a second car but a few were Futura two door hardtops and convertibles.
This MSCC Star of the Day ’65 Falcon Futura convertible was at a show on the weekend and it proved that the Mustang evolved from a car with its own sporty DNA.
MAY 27 MSCC STAR OF THE DAY: 1971 CHEVY PICKUP MAKES YOU GREEN WITH ENVY
The 1967-’72 era of the Chevy pickup is regarded as one of the most uniquely styled trucks of the late 20th century.
These trucks lit up the market in ’67 because they led the charge in light truck design.
They are still highly regarded over 40 years later because they look great and you can literally build one from aftermarket parts.
Some Chevy guys prefer the ’69-70 era but a large number of them look at the 1971-72 version as the pinnacle of very clean design.
Here’s a case in point-this bright green ’71 Chevy was on the road a few weeks ago and it was the highlight of that day and the MSCC Star of the Day today.
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