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Simply throwing a massive motor and better brakes into an old muscle car is a semi-decent formula for bringing a classic back to life, but there's something about a completely detail-oriented retro-mod build that really gets the blood flowing. And it's hard to find a better example of that sort of breed than the flawlessly fixed-up '69 Camaro seen here in the most recent Jay Leno's Garage video.
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Curt Brohard and his brother Allan took 20 years to restore a rare surviving 1906 Stanley steam-powered car. The year this car was built, a Stanley steamer set the world’s land-speed record of over 127 miles an hour.
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ProMedia Events & Publishing, the parent company of the NMCA, NMRA, and the LSX Challenge Series, have revealed their championship and speciality class lineups for the 2017 season, which will once again feature many of the traditional heads-up and index classes that have put each of the series on the map over the years.
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One of America’s most cherished muscle cars is going electric — the Ford Mustang. Ford announced plans Tuesday to make a hybrid version of the Mustang that will be powered by electric motors as well as a gasoline engine.
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Eleanor is not a person but a muscle car. This Gone in 60 Seconds 1967 Mustang is the complete embodiment of what muscle cars are all about.
Usually powered by a V8 engine, muscle cars were monsters of drag racing world back in the 1960’s until early portion of 1980’s. With extremely powerful torque, these cars are really going to give you a jaw-dropping ride. Muscle cars are no doubt fast cars with high horse power capability.
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Winter driving has never been this much fun as Dodge proves in its first ad for the new Dodge Challenger GT, America's first and only all-wheel drive American muscle coupe. The 30-second spot, titled "Russia," was shot in Alaska and showcases how Dodge Challenger enthusiasts can now have the confidence to drive their muscle cars all-year round, no matter the weather conditions.
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Generally speaking, influence plays a large part in the path one takes down the proverbial web of open roads. Most of the time it’s subliminal, and on the off-hand chance you recognize it, you gotta use it to your advantage. That’s what Bryce Bidinost did when he found out his father, Ron, was an F-body enthusiast during in his early 20s.
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The 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is my pick for the best of the breed when it comes to the retro-themed muscle car. The Scat Pack checks all the right boxes: 485 horsepower from a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, the quicker steering, stiffer suspension, and bigger brakes found in the standard Super Track Pak package, a louder exhaust system, and the availability of the ‘Shaker’ intake option, which sticks up through a hole in the middle of the car’s hood and rumbles every time you rev the engine.
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Back on the block in 2010 the fifth generation Camaro is offered with five different trim options for retail consumers. The basic engine offer is a 3.6 Liter (217 cu in) V6 that puts out 312 hp (233 kW) 6,400 rpm and produces 273 lb-ft (370 N-m) of torque at 5,200 rpm.
The SS is the high power option having a six speed manual transmission bolted to the GM LS3, 6.2 Liter engine (376 cu in) it develops 426 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm with 420 lb-ft (570 N-m) of torque at 4,600 rpm.
If you order the SS with a six speed automatic transmission-the power plant is a newly designed variation of the LS3 engine-the GM L99 producing 400 hp (300 kW) at 5,900 rpm and developing 410 lb-ft (560 N-m) of torque at 4,300 rpm. The automatic version comes equipped with the “Active Fuel Management” system allowing the preservation of fuel while driving at highway speeds by only running on four cylinders.
Other basic goodies include six standard equipment air bags, a four wheel fully independent suspension, variable rate power steering, four wheel disc brakes, and the electronic SabiliTrak stability/traction control system on all models. The SS versions are equipped with Brembo four piston calipers with launch control as a standard feature on the SS standard transmission. Any LT or SS model has the RS appearance package as an available option which includes HID headlights with halo rings, special tail lights, spoiler, sport wheels, with several color options for the stripping.
Yes, the Camaro is back for 2010 but the engineering and revisions are still ongoing. The Camaro concept in black is powered by a 3.6 Liter (220 cu in) V6 putting out 304 bhp (227 kW). This prototype features HID headlights with halo rings a dark grill, tinted glass, black matt finished hood, with a black interior, and sits on dark colored 21 inch wheels.
COPO is synonymous with performance and this inspired the Camaro LS7 concept vehicle which also has a somewhat 60’s retro look. This version has been years in the engineering stages culminating in the LS7 for 2010. The track proven LS7 is a 7.0 Liter V8 engine producing 550 bhp (410 kW) of power. This is a greatly modified LS3 power plant attached to the Tremec six speed manual transmission with a Hurst short throw shift kit. The race tuned camshaft, the headers with upgraded exhaust system are all from GM’.s power arsenal of COPO racing equipment. The car is painted in “Victory Red” with black matt accents. The LS7 badging, also with red accents, are prominent on the grill, light panel, and the hood cowling with the body sitting low to the ground but on 20 inch wheels. The interior is also in victory red, seats, flooring, headliner, door panels, and the dash. All the features that might normally be chromed or brushed aluminum in lesser models are gloss black in this version like the shift stick, steering wheel trim, and the console gauge clusters.
The 2012 model year saw a very limited edition of 69 units of the COPO Camaro produced-most to race in the super stock class of NHRA Drag Facing. The Camaro is the Chev of choice for almost every GM team in NASCAR events for 2013.
Camaro is the pace car for the Indy 500 in 2009, ‘10 and ’11. The Camaro also paced at Daytona, Watkins Glen, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Mosport, Canada as well as putting in a yearly appearance for the IMSA GT Series.
The Mustang 289 and the 390 were not as competitive as Ford would like, by '68 along-side the models biggest rival; Chevrolet Co. and its Camaro. The Ford Motor Company raises the bar a few notches with two new "Boss" V8 power plants-a 429 cobra jet and the 302. The engines are introduced in the middle of the 1968 model year in a successful effort to improve the Mustangs results on the track and its image to prospective owners. The 429 cobra jet would leave the Chevy big blocks in its dust, while the Boss 302 engine option for the Mustang, in 1969/70 meets all the criteria required to compete in the Trans-Am series for those years, as well, it is formidable competition for the Chevy small block series.
Semon (Bunkie) Knudson is the new President of Ford, he was formerly with G.M. and he brought designer Larry Shinoda with him. Larry is the man responsible for the ‘69/70 Mustang which was an undercover project. When asked by fellow employees what he was working on Larry would reply the “boss’s car”. When he referred to his project he would call it the “boss” and this moniker stuck. The 302 is a combination of the Cleveland engine heads and the tunnel port Windsor block. The redesigned body lacks the non-functional rear fender scoops of earlier Mustangs and now features a front spoiler and a wing on the rear deck. Another added touch is the reflective “C” stripe while a blacked-out hood and a black louvered rear window shade are both options.
The 1970 Mustang has some minor revisions with the “hockey stick” stripes on top of the hood, the four headlights are replaced by a two light configuration mounted inside the grill which now has a vent on each side of it. The engine has smaller intake valves topped with chrome valve covers rather than the aluminium ones. Standard fare in the ’70 Mustang is the Hurst shifter, redesigned dual exhaust, riding on a finer tuned competition suspension. Front disk brakes, heavy duty spindles, thicker sway bars, beefed up shock towers are standard on the Boss 302, with the car riding a little closer to the ground for the 1970 model. The 302’s free breathing Cleveland style heads have solid lifters to motivate the large valves. This “G code” engine can be bolted to a four speed transmission which according to Ford specs will deliver 290 hp (216 kW) but this is an under rated figure with modern dyno tests showing up to and in excess of 380 hp (283 kW). The Boss 302 can do 0-60 in 6.9 seconds and the quarter mile in 14.6 seconds achieving 98 mph (158 km/h) in the process. The Ford Mustang with a standard interior carried a suggested sticker price of $3,720.00 with 7,013 units sold in 1970. The deluxe interior could have been optioned which would have upped the above price should it have been chosen. Two fully restored Boss Mustangs sold in 2007 for $530,000 U.S. for the pair however many clones are around which are created from a regular fastback unit.
The option most coveted by collectors of the Mustang is the “drag Pack” and was most often included if you chose the 4.30:1 rear axle gear ratio. This very rare package can be recognized by the vertically mounted oil cooler sitting in front of the radiator when you open the hood.
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