American Classic Cars and Cal-Rods Team Up

January 10th, 2012

Collector Car Appreciation Day

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils announced July 8, 2011 as Collector Car Appreciation Day. The date marks the second commemoration in what will become an annual event to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.  SEMA’s commitment to preserving and promoting the automotive restoration industry through its projects and programs is evident in this event. Read the rest of this entry »

Riviera Paradise

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. Read the rest of this entry »

The 17th Annual Orange Plaza Car Show

December 29th, 2011

Orange Sunrise Rotary’s Annual Hot Rodding Effort to Benefit YMCA of Orange

Within the hot rodding and custom car community there are several events held to benefit the lives of others, and the annual Orange Plaza Car Show is one of those events. Hosted by Orange Sunrise Rotary Club, this year marked the 17th annual event with proceeds going to the YMCA of Orange, Youth Literacy and Education Programs. Read the rest of this entry »

Desert Cruising

December 26th, 2011

Hacker’s Hot Rods & Customs Grand Opening & Car Show

Shop parties and informal hot rod gatherings are some of the best events around. They provide a relaxing environment for us gearheads to show off our rides and get better acquainted with our hot rodding brethren. The grub usually isn’t too shabby either. Read the rest of this entry »

Scenes From the Biggest Moparty in the West

December 21st, 2011

Mopars at the Strip 2011 Returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

It’s called the Biggest Moparty in the west for good reason, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the event’s official home. Last April 8-10, the ninth edition of the Paintermotor.com (http://www NULL.Paintermotor NULL.com)-promoted Mopars at the Strip literally rolled into Sin City with car caravans coming from as far away as Oregon, Texas and Canada. For three whole days Mopar fans were treated to record-breaking runs, as witnessed by Stephen Herbert and his SS/AH Hemi Shootout ‘Cuda’s incredible 8.57-152.93; bumper dragging wheel stands, particularly in the A/FX Nostalgia Super Stock category where there was a big surprise finish; lots of concourse quality Mopars in the car show area; a total of four divisions and 40 classes, like Popular Choice, World’s Ultimate Mopar, Judged and Best of Show/Editor’s Choice; and it all culminated in a parade of champions. Read the rest of this entry »

Run to the Sun

December 20th, 2011

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One Bad Nova

December 19th, 2011

Don Clark is the second owner of this ‘67 Nova SS. Its original owner purchased it in Southern California. The Nova was delivered from the factory with an inline six-cylinder engine and was painted butternut yellow. Now painted two-tone burnt orange and gold, the Ram Jet 350 engine was built by Wylie, TX, Wade Faustmann and his crew at Wade’s Rod & Custom.

Don Clark’s ’67 Nova SS

The 1966-67 has become the most popular Nova model Chevrolet ever built. These mighty little compact two doors are all the rage among today’s muscle car builders. Enthusiasts have been building the little deuce coupes for decades now, but there’s one gentleman who really did it right: Don Clark from McKinney, Texas, collaborated with Wade Faustmann of Wade’s Rod & Custom in Wylie, Texas. Wade and his crew are responsible for building this incredible two-tone burnt orange and gold metallic ’67 Nova SS. It’s an incredible muscle machine! Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Big-Bloc Bolt-on Power

December 15th, 2011

A Quick Fuel Carburetor, Sanderson Headers And Magnaflow Exhaust Breathe New Life Into This Old 396

Muscle cars that were built decades ago tend to need a little updating. Lacking the developments in technology for improved suspension, braking and certain speed-producing conveniences that we enjoy today, enthusiasts were forced to use what was available at the time. That probably explains why the ’71 El Camino we have been working on that was built in the ‘90s was originally dropped with Astro van spindles and cut springs. Read the rest of this entry »

New Products

December 9th, 2011

New Vintage Three-in-One Instrument Sets

Running out of room in your dash? New Vintage has taken all of your pertinent information and placed it in one gauge package. The 4 3/8-inch gauges feature programmable speedometer, tachometer, voltmeter, oil pressure, water temperature and a GM-match fuel level gauge. The high-tech stepper motor movements and LED lighting behind the scenes are the core of the units, and the styling carries on what New Vintage designers have started with in their famous Woodward and 69 Series. Read the rest of this entry »

Biggest “Little” Car Show

December 6th, 2011

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Reno’s Hot August Nights

While Reno calls itself the biggest little city, the Hot August Nights event held there is anything but small. Now in its 25th year, HAN is widely recognized as the largest classic car and nostalgia festival in the United States, selling out some 6,000 participant vehicle passes, and attracting a gazillion visitors. Way more than just a car show, it celebrates a simpler time with a diverse mix of ’72 or older vehicles, everything from rods to muscle cars to classics. Read the rest of this entry »