People build all-out pavement-shredding muscle cars for all sorts of different reasons. Some build them because they’ve always dreamt of owning one in high school and years later they finally have the financial ability to do so. Some do it as a status symbol and some do it just to be able to command a bunch of horsepower and experience the pin-your-back to the seat torque. But what about building a muscle car for a completely unselfish reason altogether? Building tribute vehicles to honor our American heroes that fight for our freedom is nothing new, but each project dedicated to the efforts and sacrifices of our young soldiers is a testament to how truly awesome their work is. (more…)
Archive for 2011
It’s hard to believe that this car was designed and built in three months. And while we have all gotten used to watching builds on cars happen on TV with deadlines like the SEMA Show or the Detroit Autorama, this Camaro had to be done for something more important than all of those things rolled into one: Becky Austin’s 40th birthday. (more…)
Once upon a time muscle cars were about putting the largest torque-wrenching motor inside of a small or midsized car–style and comfort be damned! Power was everything. Chances are that car didn’t have all of the niceties that we now take for granted. But not anymore, the total package is what many desire from their muscle cars, including power, style, handling and comfort. Nick Martorano of Lighthouse Point, Florida, sought to take his clean but outdated ‘70 Chevelle to the next level. (more…)
The birth of the Ford Mustang was an awakening for Ford and the auto industry. The Ford sales department estimated it would sell maybe 100,000 units of its new Mustangs, but that estimation turned out to be more of a grand underestimation. By the end of the full first year of production, 418,812 units had shot out of dealers’ showrooms. The wave surged from coupes and convertibles to the slick 2+2 fastbacks, which joined the lineup in September 1964. It was instantly the car to own—the cool of the decade! It wasn’t long before the snazzy new fastback would find even greater fame when a tall Texan took it under his wing and created the Shelby GT series of Mustang. (more…)
There’s been a little combining of business with pleasure going on lately at No Limit Engineering in San Bernardino, California. Recently, Rob MacGregor, owner and founder of No Limit, and his adorable girlfriend Tina were married. (Congratulations, you two from MCP.) So what does an engineer get his new wife for a wedding present? He builds her a muscle car, of course! (more…)
As its name implies, Houston’s Camaro Concepts specializes in the parts sales, restoration and modification of Chevrolet Camaros from 1967 to the present, as well as other popular makes of GM muscle cars, like Corvette, Chevelle, Nova and full-size Chevrolet. Founded in 1991 by the father and son team of James and Roy Chaney, Camaro Concepts has built numerous award-winning Camaros, many of which have been featured in the best magazines in the business. However, as good as the company’s work is, their calling card is even better. Passersby can’t help but notice a ‘69 Camaro RS, or at least the front clip from one, protruding through the front of the company’s 11,000-sq-ft building. (more…)
Dual Friction Clutches for 2011 Mustangs
The dual friction and DFX Series of clutches by Centerforce, both high-performance single-disc clutches, are now available for ‘11 Ford Mustangs with the 5.0L 32-valve engines and six-speed transmissions. Each of these new clutch assemblies replaces the current assembly with a higher holding capacity pressure plate designed as a direct bolt-in replacement. Note: The DFX clutch assembly requires a Centerforce flywheel. (more…)
All the Greats Invade Pomona, California
It’s called the Grandaddy of Them All, and this year’s Grand National Roadster Show (GNRS) proved once again that it is truly the greatest hot rod show of the season. Held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, on Jan. 28-30, 2011, the GNRS has seen its share of venues. From Oakland to San Francisco to the Fairplex, it has remained the premier event of the season, and one still shrouded by a distinct mystique. (more…)
Proof That They Sure Can Throw a Party
The name John Hotchkis might be familiar to you. After all, he spent more than 20 years racing on the IMSA and SCCA circuits for companies like Wynn’s Oil. Like most successful race car drivers, their ability to give feedback to their crew chief about how a car handles at speed is invaluable to a race team efforts. John had a talent for this, and after he retired he decided to open a performance suspension manufacturing facility that caters to a clientele in search of handling excellence, or how John likes to put it, “horsepower for your suspension.”
Due to their success, John and his staff needed to expand their operations to a larger building. The search took some time, but their patience paid off when they found the perfect building right down the street from the old building that would help assuage their recent growing pains.
To celebrate such a great find, and taking the opportunity show off the new digs, John decided to throw an open house so the public could get an inside look at where some of the finest suspension parts are made right in Santa Fe Springs, California.
Highlights of the event included tech talks on Hotchkis suspension systems, raffle prizes, installation demonstrations and a complimentary lunch. John opened the event with a presentation on Hotchkis products, and the recent formation of the H-Team, an exclusive group of drivers that run Hotchkis Total Vehicle systems. Members of the H-Team also spoke and answered questions about their own projects. Members of the Southern California Super Sport club showed their support by bringing out a great display of GM muscle.
All and all, we had had our fill on lunch and a great time, talking to many new friends and visiting with some old, familiar faces. We were also very impressed with the turnout of vehicles, the staff, the quality of products and the great-looking facility. If you would like to learn more about the Hotchkis line of products, check out Hotchkis.net (http://www NULL.hotchkis NULL.net/), or give them a call at 888.735.6425.
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There are few enthusiasts out there who can say they still own their high school hot rod, that car that introduced a world of performance freedom the minute the key was cranked and the pedal was mashed. Some of us spend our whole lives searching for the VIN that carried us through our youth. Ken Jansen is lucky enough to flashback 35 years every time he climbs behind the wheel of his ’68 GTX, minus the long hair and Cragars. (more…)