Archive for the ‘Feature’ Category

A Camaro for all Reasons

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

CGS Performance Products, based in Chino, California, is best known for its stainless steel exhausts and cold air intake systems, but for more years than we can remember, CGS has been building custom vehicles for the annual SEMA show. The crew has built cars, trucks, SUVs and everything that is the “latest and greatest” from the OEMs. The crew at CGS has won many distinguished awards at the SEMA show, such as the GM Design Award, Ford Product Excellence Award, Chrysler Design Excellence Award, the Outstanding Achievement in Design from Ford Motor Co. (three times) and many more throughout the years. This year, the company has put its expertise into this 2’11 Camaro. (more…)

This ’66 ‘Vette Packs a Punch

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Dr. Walter Kushman, 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, Lubbock, TX

In the world of ‘60s performance cars there are few rolling masterpieces more coveted than the Corvette Stingray. Its lines revolutionized a performance era that had just begun to hit the red line, and their lightweight fiberglass construction made them prime candidates for road racing and all sorts of high-speed track situations. Fast-forward 48 years, and the 1963-67 body style Corvette is still a prime player in the world of full throttle performance. (more…)

This Mustang is Built to Kill

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Though Scott Taylor is retired now (actually, he refers to it as “RETIRED!!”), he was the laboratory supervisor of an animal science nutrition research lab. So it would only seem natural that he would want to build a Mustang. But he actually started this ‘68 Mustang project with the intention of building a nice Eleanor replica that his wife Laura could drive and attend local shows with. The Taylors have always had a strong appreciation for ‘60s muscle cars, but Laura felt somewhat overlooked because she didn’t have a car of her own. Since she liked the Eleanor Mustang, they began looking around for a nice ’67 or ’68 fastback that would suit their needs. They finally located a one in San Bernardino, California, which belonged to an 18-year-old high school senior. He was reluctantly selling the car to support his future college education. The Taylors liked what we saw, purchased the car for $11,000, and drove it the 450 miles to back to their home in Sacramento. (more…)

CFR Performance Builds a Performance Car

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Automotive aftermarket companies have always built vehicles that showcase its wares, but lately these companies are building vehicles that not only show off its products, but are intended for another purpose, too. Autocrossing has become an activity that many are finding not only fills a marketing niche, but it’s a blast, too. (more…)

A Camaro for all Reasons

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

CGS Performance Products, based in Chino, California, is best known for its stainless steel exhausts and cold air intake systems, but for more years than we can remember, CGS has been building custom vehicles for the annual SEMA show. The crew has built cars, trucks, SUVs and everything that is the “latest and greatest” from the OEMs. The crew at CGS has won many distinguished awards at the SEMA show, such as the GM Design Award, Ford Product Excellence Award, Chrysler Design Excellence Award, the Outstanding Achievement in Design from Ford Motor Co. (three times) and many more throughout the years. This year, the company has put its expertise into this 2’11 Camaro. (more…)

Hill’s Hot Rods Builds a Game-Changing Mopar

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Bob Brandt, 1970 Dodge Challenger, Lubbock, TX

In the tire-smoking and camshaft-thumping world of high performance muscle car art there are all sorts of ways in which enthusiasts choose to enjoy their cars. Some like to take a Sunday drive and grin from ear to ear when the loud pedal is mashed and their spine is forced back against the seat. Others build them to roll to a cruise night and turn heads, while some just hold the fabrication pedal all the way down and don’t lift it until they have the baddest (insert Chevy, Ford or Mopar here) on the planet. For Bob Brandt of Lubbock, Texas, his fascination with pavement-pounding performance cars was ignited at a young age when he saw factory-fast performance cars roll off the showroom floor new and do battle at the local drags in stock trim. In high school Bob was fortunate enough to drive a purple ‘70 Challenger R/T. (more…)

CGS Performance Products’ 2010 Mustang

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Casey Scranton, 2010 Ford Mustang, Chino, CA, CGS Performance Products

It is no secret that when the latest versions of modern muscle cars come out, there are a lot of aftermarket performance companies that have to get their hands on them as soon as possible. The idea is to get going on R&D so they can come to market with their parts pretty darn quick. A lot of times a company can find someone locally who doesn’t mind giving up their new car for a couple days at a time so that they can get the latest new performance part or accessory for their ride. But when a car as cool as the ‘10 Ford Mustang is involved, well, you’ll have a hard time not wanting the car for yourself. (more…)

A 772 Horsepower Big-Block Powered Work of Art

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

RK-Collection-Tom Farrell, 1969 Camaro Convertible, Concord, NC

The best part about owning a high performance muscle car is sliding into the seat, cranking the key, hearing the rumble exit the pipes, and mashing the gas as the rear tires feverishly search for traction as their grip is no match for the fire breather you’ve got under the hood. For the crew at the RK-Collection in Concord, North Carolina, the injected big-block powered pro touring ’69 Camaro convertible radiating off of these pages was an investment in potential. The RK crew wanted to see how far they could and would go to create the ultimate pro touring ’69 with power, style, detail and craftsmanship rounding every curve and corner of this handcrafted pavement pounder.

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Boxing Match! This ’66 Nova II Puts on the Gloves

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Box Novas have always been great quarter-mile warriors due to their light weight. Cram a potent small-block in one, slick it down, uncork the pipes, and go racing is the recipe many follow when embarking on a box Nova build. While they make excellent race cars, they are also easy on the eyes, and with the right suspension, wheel and tire, power train, and body and paint modifications, can make excellent street able muscle cars. (more…)

ROSIE – The World’s Most Outstanding 1,000-HP ’66 Mustang

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

In the world of custom muscle cars there are those cars that emerge at the shows that put chins on the pavement and are talked about for years to come once they’ve made their show debut. These types of cars usually feature more body mods than a Hollywood movie star and sport the best in drivetrains, suspension and body and paint, but one element that makes these cars a frequent topic of gearhead conversation is shock factor. To make a statement in the custom scene, these cars have to impress at the very first glance and reel the viewer in with exquisite detail. (more…)