Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

Brandon Zambrano’s ‘10 Chevy Camaro

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Brandon Zambrano, owner of Saints Motorsports, set out to build a one-of-a-kind ride that was as at home cruising the boulevard as it was tearing up the track. Once he saw the new ‘10 Camaro he knew his search was over and ordered one of the first off the lot. He also knew that we were not going to be content with the ordinary styling or the stock performance, so doing what he does best, he turned to the custom market to shape this ride into the mean performance machine that he envisioned. (more…)

The Road Runner Rides Again

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Finished in Bronze Fire Poly, this Plymouth carries its heft and length pretty well. Built as a muscle car for the masses, the Road Runner sold many more units than others in its family did. With plenty of horsepower and a low cost of ownership, Plymouth nailed it with these cars.

A ’69 Survivor Stashed in the Surf City Garage

Opening up any book about the history of the automobile will inevitably reveal interesting stories about America’s most famous technological innovation. How cars became branded and named is history lesson in itself. One of the stories that has is fairly well known is how the Plymouth Road Runner came to see the light of day. Its namesake cartoon character emblazoned in many places on the car’s body and interior made Plymouth’s Road Runner easily identifiable. The Road Runner was introduced in 1968 as a mid-priced, intermediate-bodied muscle car and even had a horn that went “beep, beep,” just as the feathery cartoon character. (more…)

Classic Meets Modern in a Clean Package

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Owner: Patrick Collins; 1969 Chevrolet Camaro; Pembrooke Pines, FL

Going from modern luxury to classic muscle car can be a big hurdle to overcome. Heated seats, navigation and parking assistance had no place in the classic cars of the ‘60s. Back then, the only checkmark next to the word “power” on window stickers was by the engine. They were about one thing: blazing a trail of speed and torque down the highway—comfort and handling be damned. Patrick Collins of Pembrooke Pines, Florida, is a service manager at the nearby Lexus dealership. He is used to climbing in and out of high-end luxury vehicles all day long. When the weekend hits, he prefers to cruise town in something a bit more classic and American: his ‘69 Chevrolet Camaro built by the crew at Miranda Built in Deerfield Beach. (more…)

ResurreXion

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Blake Foster’s ‘72 Chevy Nova

Blake Foster, owner of Blake Foster Speed Tech Performance, is well versed in building high performance muscle cars, and his newest creation does not disappoint. Blake’s ’72 Nova started life as a Super Chevy build project that sponsored by Speed Tech, which donated the front subframe and rear torque arm suspension. About halfway through the build the original owner contacted Blake explaining that he would not be able to complete the build. The two worked out a deal and the car came into Blake’s possession. With so many Speed Tech parts already on the car, he decided to begin a new project. “I named the car ResurreXion because it started life as a Super Chevy build, spelling includes the ‘X’ for the Nova body style,” Blake told MCP. The vehicle was shipped across country, and after it arrived, upon further inspection, the build crew discovered that the original workmanship was not up to their high standards. “We decided to completely strip the car including removing the subframe connectors and roll cage and sandblasting the entire car,” Blake said. (more…)

History Lesson

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

This Barracuda is History

Americans love two things: cars and nostalgia. This killer ‘66 Plymouth Barracuda exemplifies them both. Just looking at this car brings back memories of evenings spent at places such as (the original) Irwindale Raceway and Lions Drag Strip, and cruising Van Buys Boulevard. (more…)

Vortech Engineering’s 2008 Mustang GT Shop Car

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Oxnard, California’s Brian Ellis has what many consider a dream job. Brian is a member of Vortech Engineering sales and marketing staff, which means when he isn’t talking tech on the telephone with a potential customer, he’s chatting up Vortech Engineering’s latest technical innovation with a prospective buyer. But that’s only the half of it. Ellis practices what he preaches, as witnessed by this Raven Black, Vortech-supercharged and intercooled 4.6L three-valve ‘06 Mustang GT, which was part of the Vortech Engineering LLC/Paxton Automotive Corporation display at the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas. (more…)

Mike McDonald’s ‘70 Chevelle SS

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Mike McDonald doesn’t believe in doing anything halfway. If he’s going in for a nickel, he is going in for it all. And when he isn’t working or spending time with his family, he can be found doing one of three things: boating, golfing or “tinkering” with one of his classic cars. As you can tell by the photos of his ‘70 Chevy Chevelle SS, he takes his tinkering pretty seriously. (more…)

Full Throttle and Pitched Sideways

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Rich Jones; 1969 Chevy Camaro; Tucson, AZ

Rich Jones of Tucson, Arizona, stumbled across his ‘69 Camaro a couple of years back when it was an unfinished project for sale in the classifieds. Call it custom car karma, but Rich always wanted a pro touring Camaro and what better year to build than a ’69, considering this was the pinnacle year for Chevrolet’s pony car program of the late-‘60s as well as the basis for GM’s retro-themed ‘10 Camaro of today. Having owned and built his fair share of hot rods and muscle machines in the past, Rich found himself ready to wrench again when he spotted this diamond in the rough.

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Fast Forward

Monday, October 31st, 2011

“Have it your way” may be a well-known advertising tagline, but the crew at the SpeedFactory (http://www NULL.speedfactorycars NULL.com) thinks that they have a better one, “Your imagination is our blueprint.” The crew at SpeedFactory starts with the latest in Dodge and Chrysler iron and takes them to the next level. One of their most recent offerings is this ‘09 SpeedFactory Challenger SF700R. (more…)

Wild Horse

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Devan Alissmeyer; 1968 Mustang Fastback; Salt Lake City, UT; Builder: Kindig-It Designs

Kindig-It Design Releases One Impressive Pony From the Stables

Chiseling out a precision-built muscle car with all the raw performance and one-off style required to keep up with today’s standards is no small feat. To hang with the big boys you have got to bring the heat and pack the skills to take something from a pile of rust to art on a turntable. The cars that get your blood boiling with one look are certainly cool, but we have more respect for the rides that can hold their own with the car show judge and do battle on the asphalt. (more…)