Archive for the ‘Cover Story’ Category

Riviera Paradise

Friday, January 6th, 2012

’65 Buick Riviera GS

I live in Pico Rivera, California, and I was initially looking to build a ’64 Chevy Impala, but it seemed everyone was after the same animal. My dad used to have a ’59 Buick Electra, as rare a car then as it is now. I’ve always been a fan of the General Motors Buick line, so I decided to take a path less traveled. I contacted some buddies and they put out feelers in search of a Buick. In the meantime, my friend Rob Fortier picked up a line on a ’65 Riviera. After checking out the Rivi, I fell in love with it, and the next thing I knew I was throwing down cash for the pink slip. With the car finally sitting in my driveway, I just couldn’t seem to get a handle on what I wanted to do to my new ride. After researching to mine a few ideas, I realized that I needed some help. So, I reached out to my friend, the extraordinarily talented automotive rendering artist Steve Stanford from Orange County, California. Steve sketched some incredible masterpieces, and advised candy green and pearl finish, custom interior and cool wheels. (more…)

A Resto Mod ‘62 Corvette From Oahu, Hawaii’s Gathering Place

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The father and son team of Bill Bartenstein Senior and Junior of Corvette Center of Hawaii are renown around the 50th state for performing classic Corvette restorations, as well as brokering pristine examples of these plastic fantastics to an elite clientele based within the Pacific Rim. In recent years, however, the Bartensteins have been favoring the resto mod side of the coin, because after awhile, one restored Corvette, or classic Camaro for that matter, just looks like another, and you’ve got to keep prospective buyers interested. However, before any of you GM purists go running for the tar bucket, we should make it perfectly clear that the two Bills generally find themselves a car in need of saving, a car that in most cases would cost far more to restore than its actual net worth. Such was the case with this Atomic Orange-hued, LS3-powered, ‘62 vintage straight axle Corvette convertible appropriately named 1-BAD-62. (more…)

A Gift From Christopher

Friday, October 7th, 2011

How low can you go? Pretty darned low when you slap on a set of Aerosport/Universal Air Suspension airbags governed by a Dakota Digital three-level levelers.

The Story of a Father and the Son Whose Memory Lives on Through This Flamed and Supercharged ‘09 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition SRT8

Chris and Beth Davis from Tulsa, Oklahoma, own this flamed and supercharged ‘09 Dodge Challenger Limited Edition SRT8, which they built as a tribute to their late son Christopher, who passed away from a rare bone disease just a few days before his 21st birthday. Christopher led a normal, healthy life as a child, and shared a common interest in Mopars with his father, who likewise learned to love Chrysler products through his father. (more…)

The Muscle Car Chief

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Is this GUY for Real?

Guy Fieri (http://www NULL.guyfieri NULL.html) is a phenomenon. All it took was a little nudge and Guy was off pursuing his dream to combine his innate passion for food, cars and entertainment. He has managed to mix his love of downhome cooking with an obsession for muscle cars and the thrill of revving up the crowd for television game shows and road tours. (more…)

Johnny Hollyday’s ‘53 Cadillac Series 62

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Building a custom car is a pretty tall order. Add into that mix the fact that the car is a ‘53 Cadillac roughly the size of a city bus and the job gets exponentially harder. Then add to that a dark paint color that shows every ripple and imperfection and the job becomes nearly impossible for a mere mortal. But that is what Johnny Hollyday wanted, so he called around and finally found a shop with enough confidence to take on the task, American Hot Rods in Anaheim, California. (more…)

Resto Low

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Mitch Henderson Could Give Lessons on How it’s Done

Getting a straight answer out of Mitch Henderson, the owner of these two ‘62 GM beauties, is like expecting not to find fish in the ocean. You can ask him why he built a pair of ‘62 GMs so closely related that they both feature the same 215-ci all-aluminum power plant backed by a Dyna Flow Transmission on a Wednesday and get a completely different answer than you did just 24 hours ago. We have heard at least a dozen different reasons, but we are willing to bet it came down to simple indecision. (more…)

A Race Truck Gets Another Shot at the Spotlight

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Eric Steinbrecher, 1967 Chevrolet C-10, Orangevale, CA

When Chevy introduced the ‘67 model in late 1966, they announced that this new truck possessed the most significant cab and sheet metal styling changes in the history of Chevrolet. The boldness of this statement is reflected in the six model years that this body was in production until the updated 1973 truck line was introduced. (more…)

This Woodie Delivers the Goods in Style

Monday, April 18th, 2011

If something needs to be done, it may as well be done with a little style. That was the thinking behind building this 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Woodie owned by the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Having a lot of pomp and circumstance surrounding the winner’s trophy presentation has a long and storied history (mostly involving cute trophy girls giving the winner a kiss; it’s a tradition we wholeheartedly support, by the way). (more…)

The Brothers Ring — The Next Great Shop?

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Most of the features that appear in Drive! Magazine are about vehicles that we have seen at a show. You know, we walk by, see a real nice car and then track down the owner to learn the particulars of the car and whether or not the owner is interested in letting us shoot the car. (more…)

Car Care 2011 – - Hot Tips and Cool Products to Keep Your Ride Ready for the Road

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Car Care can be cool when you know what to do and have the right tools.

For many driving in the winter means snow, sleet, ice and fog that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous road conditions, hot engine temperatures and unforeseen dangers. Even if you live in a warm climate, you may plan to drive up to the mountains for a little skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling.