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tward6

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I have a NEW Dream Car

By tward6

I have finally found the car I would LOVE to own. I have to admit I like the 1958-1960 "Square Birds" and I really like this 1960 Thunderbird it is totally awesome. So I thought I would share these photos with the group.
Now if I can just get somebody to buy my 83 Z28 (Zip) MAYBE I could own one of these, or if any of you on Motortopia wants to get me a early birthday present? Wish me Luck Tom

Muscle Machine Series Dash Plaques

By tward6

These are dash plaques designed by me for use at many of our car shows. I started this series with the quintessential Muscle Car the Pontiac GTO back in 2005 as a commemorative plaque given away at the first USMCF Muscle Car Shootout. I followed it up in 2006 with the release of the Plymouth Roadrunner. As the series continues and you can get your sneak previews here. The first 100 participants arriving at select events receive these magnetic plaques free with admission to the show. These are in addition to the regular dash plaques given at all events.
In 2009 A new series of Pony Cars will begin and will be handed out at the Pony Car Showdown in Williamsport, MD.
Back issues are available at my production cost and VERY limited numbers are still available. Contact me if you would like one. If you like them give them a trophy!
Release Schedule
2005 – GTO – Muscle Car Shootout – Limited Number still available at $2.50 each.
2006 – Roadrunner - Muscle Car Shootout – Limited Number still available at $2.50 each.
2007
AMC Rebel Machine – Williamsport, MD - Muscle Car Shootout
Ford Torino GT - Mercersburg, PA - Muscle Car Shootout
Dodge Super Bee – Mount Airy, MD - Motorama 2007
Chevrolet Chevelle – Williamsport, MD – USMCF Nationals/ Ghetto Car Show
2008*
Hurst Oldsmobile - Muscle Car Shootout
2009*
Mercury Cougar Eliminator - Pony Car Showdown
Chevrolet Impala SS - USMCF Nationals
AMC Hornet SC/360 – Muscle Machine Nationals
2010*
Pontiac Trans Am - Pony Car Showdown
Ford Fairlane GT - USMCF Nationals
Dodge Demon - Muscle Machine Nationals

* Show names and locations subject to change
EVERYONE of these dash plaques will be a limited edition of ONLY 100.

VOTE: Pony Car Series Dash Plaques Released in Muscle Machines Series

By tward6

In 2009 I will begin issuing a new series of Dash Plaques with in the Muscle Machines Series these are the Pony Cars and will be handed out at the USMCF's trademark event the Pony Car Showdown in Williamsport, MD. The first preview of this series has now been released and is featured here on Motortopia. The Mercury Cougar Eliminator will start this series off this summer in Williamsport MD. 2010 will feature the legendary, Pontiac Trans Am.
Stay tuned to find out which Pony Car will follow. Will it be the Challenger, Javelin, Mustang, Camaro, Cuda or AMX. You'll have to wait to see but in the meantime I will look at your suggestions, Comment your vote for the next Pony Car Series feature car below.
And as always if you like what you see in the Muscle Machines Series be sure to give it a trophy.

Sneak Preview - Muscle Machine Nationals Dash Plaque Design Released

By tward6

Hello again! I am pleased to announce that the I have officially released the designs for the 2009 and 2010 USMCF Muscle Machine Dash Plaque designs. The feature car for the 2009 Plaque is the AMC Hornet SC/360 and the 2010 Design is the Dodge Demon.These Dash Plaques will be given out to the first 100 participants in the USMCF Muscle Car Nationals in Mercersburg, PA. Also in 2009 and in 2010 The USMCF Nationals will feature Muscle Machines Dash Plaques 09 will feature the Impala SS and '10 will feature the Ford Fairlane GT.
Please check them out in the Muscle Machine Series Photo Album on my home page.

Featurama 2009 - Going out on a limb

By tward6

It has been a LONG LONG time since I logged onto Motortopia to write or post anything at all. But guess what I'm BAAAAACCK.
In this particular instance I am going to write about an upcoming event I am going to put on this summer in Mercersburg, PA. This event is like no other I have ever attempted to do. I literally am going out on a limb to put on the best damn car show in the Mid Atlantic region. Featurama 2009 is an event like no other - its the type of event we put on at every show accept we are combining EVERYTHING in one location for a Mega event attendees will talk about for years to come. We are going to do a little bit of everything. Here's the list of shows we are having:
The Quad State Tractor and Farm Exposition - This event will feature everything to do with farming from antique tractors and implements to engines used in farm operations.
The Quad State Truck and Transportation Exposition - This event is all about Truckin' From your everyday pickup to the Big Rigs that run up and down the interstate delivering your parts to your house.
The Muscle Machine Nationals - Feature the best of Ford, GM, Mopar, and AMC STOCK Muscle Cars.
The Street Machine Nationals - features the best hot rods from all eras if its modified it has a place at this show.
The Antique and Classic Car Show - This is for all antique and Classics from 1900 - 1984 these are restored and unrestored cars from all eras, that don't fit into the muscle machine or street machine show.
The Sport Compact and Import Nationals - is for the guys and girls who own Sport Compact Cars as well as those who own antique pre - 85 Import Vehicles.
and Finally the Quad State Toy Expo is all about antique toys from the 1980's back.
We are looking to do something totally different and I think we have found it with this combination of shows.
The event will also feature some competitions including: Stereo, Exhaust, Hydraulic Hop, SLOW Drag Racing, a Cash Bonanza Extravaganza with over $1000 cash and prizes to be given away every 15 minutes from noon til 4 pm, and more!
We will be awarding trophies in judged classes, we have a kids corner where your children will be watched by certified caretakers where Mom and Dad can enjoy the show! This event is a must for ANY car enthusiast and for all of you on Motortopia we will hold a get together on Friday Night for any Motortopia member all you have to do is preregister for the event and the dinner and you will be included in the Friday Night activities.More details about the Friday night event will be forth coming in the very near future so check back here or on our website www.musclecarfederation.com for more details on how you can be a part of this fantastic event.

Hope to see you all in Mercersburg, PA

Repectfully yours - Tom (tward6)

USMCF Nationals

By tward6

United States Muscle Car Federation Nationals to be Held October 20, 2007 in Williamsport, MD

Winchester, VA: The United States Muscle Car federation based in Winchester, VA is pleased to announce the inaugural USMCF Nationals event to be held October 20, 2007 in Williamsport, MD. This is an all new event and one that is sure to be exciting for everyone. In order to take the USMCF to the next level, we are initiating the USMCF National Awards program. This new awards program is based on participation in the USMCF Nationals to be held annually in October. During this event, participants who pay the required entry fee will have their automobile judged using the USMCF approved 1000 point judging system. In this event cars will be competing against the judging sheet and not other cars in classes.
National Awards
In the first year of participation, participants can earn their Junior National Award with a total score of 950 or better. In year two, Junior award winners will compete for a Senior National award and can achieve that honor with a score of 965 or better.
Grand Nationals
After achieving a Senior National award participants are then eligible to enter into the Grand National awards program. In this competition participants will compete for the title of USMCF Grand National Award winner. In the first year of eligibility the Grand National award is up for grabs and participants must score a minimum score of 975 to be awarded the honor of Grand National winner. Once a participant has been awarded their Grand National title, that participant is then eligible to participate in the Senior Grand National program. The Senior Grand National is the highest honor to be awarded by the USMCF. The Senior Grand National award can only be achieved with a score of 990 or better.
Under the current plan only one National event will be scheduled per year however that is subject to be changed as the program grows.
Those wishing to participate in the USMCF Nationals this year MUST pre-register by mail postmarked on or before September 1, 2007. Cost for the USMCF Nationals is $25. Location: Williamsport Redman’s Club Williamsport, MD. The USMCF Nationals is open to the public. For more information please contact Tom Ward 540 664 9273

Muscle Machine Series Dash Plaques

By tward6

New Dash Plaque Series Added

The USMCF is going to be giving you more when you attend certain events. In previous years we have featured collectors dash plaques at the Muscle Car Shootout. For those who don’t remember The GTO and Plymouth Roadrunner plaques have been handed out at the 2005 and 2006 Muscle Car Shootout in Mercersburg, PA. In 2007 we are going forward with an idea that was formed a couple of years ago, that is to offer a limited edition Muscle Car Dash Plaque 4 or 5 times per year. These dash plaques will only be available to the first 100 arriving the day of our events. Here is the complete issue schedule through 2011. Remember this is a preliminary list the cars will likely remain unchanged however the locations and shows may change after 2007. These plaques feature the original artwork of Tom Ward, and are always limited to 100 magnets.
2005 – GTO – Muscle Car Shootout – Limited Number still available at $2.50 each.
2006 – Roadrunner - Muscle Car Shootout – Limited Number still available at $2.50 each.
2007
AMC Rebel Machine – Williamsport, MD - Muscle Car Shootout
Ford Torino GT - Mercersburg, PA - Muscle Car Shootout
Dodge Super Bee – Mount Airy, MD - Motorama 2007
Chevrolet Chevelle – Williamsport, MD – USMCF Nationals/ Ghetto Car Show
2008*
Oldsmobile 442 – Pony Car Showdown IV / Muscle Car Shootout
Plymouth GTX – Autorama 2008
AMC SC/Rambler – All American Autoshow
Chrysler 300 Hurst – Motorama 2008
Mercury Cyclone – USMCF Nationals
2009*
Ford Fairlane 500 GT – Pony Car Showdown V / Muscle Car Shootout
Buick GSX – Autorama 2009
Dodge Demon – All American Autoshow
Studebaker Hawk – Motorama 2009
AMC Hornet SC/360 – USMCF Nationals
2010*
AMC Gremlin X – Pony Car Showdown IV / Muscle Car Shootout
Mercury Comet – Autorama 2010
Pontiac Grand Prix – All American Autoshow
Plymouth Duster – USMCF Nationals
Chevrolet Impala (61 SS) USMCF 5th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque
2011*
Dodge Dart – Pony Car Showdown
AMC Matador – Autorama 2011
Ford Galaxie 500 – All American Autoshow
Shelby Cobra – Motorama 2011
Oldsmobile Hurst Olds - USMCF Nationals
* Show names and locations subject to change

Looking for a few good pictures!

By tward6

Hey everyone I am looking for a few good large format photographs of the following cars: 1971 Dodge Demon 340, 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360, AMC Gremlin X, AMC Matador 1971 is preferred, 1962 - 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix, 1970 Buick GSX (only), 1964 - 1966 Mercury Comet
Please read: the size should be 1024x768 or at smallest 800x600 in 72 dpi. 300 dpi is great any size over 900x600 will work there. Most digital cameras over 5mp take photos larger than the above criteria, original unsized pictures work the best. These pictures MUST be copyright free. I am looking for front 3/4 angle of the car from either the left or the right similar to the one above. No straight on pictures or rear shots. I am using this for a project I am currently working on and that is what I need. I also need original stock appearing SHOW CARS no modified wheels, low riders,projects, etc. The photos must be good clear photos as well no blurry pix please. If you can help me out shoot me a PM and I will give you a regular email to send them to.

About the Restoration

By tward6

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This the second car I ever owned my first being a 1966 Impala. After learning of the Impala's history I knew I had to own one of the first issue cars. In those days these cars weren't really all that easy to find, but I was determined. I asked around searched High and low and finally found this one setting in a barn where it had been for some 28 years. As one could imagine it was in shambles, literally, but again I was bound and determined I could make that baby run, drive and look like new again. As you can see determination pays off. The restoration took 13 years and lots of time and money but the Black Beauty you see here was a reality. Most all of the parts used in restoring this car were NOS because in the 90's and even today they just don't make all the parts for the 58. Unlike the 5, 6, & 7 Chevrolet's these weren't the most popular of the bunch. This car was painstakingly finished to original factory specs with all the factory options and accessories retained, using notes provided by the original owner as well as many original factory notes on the car. It was a labor of love and a hard lesson learned. Folks in other words IT WASN'T EASY. The lesson was rewards take time, and anything worth doing is worth doing right the first time. The aggravation and disgust that went along with this car was worth it in the end but many times I through in the towel only to return and fight another day. While I am sure there are many that are nicer, and I have seen some, I would venture to guess many can't tell you the complete history of the car ALL the way back to the assembly line, I can. The 58 Chevrolet is still and will always in my mind be the most beautiful of the Chevrolet line.
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