Mike and Jim Ring have remained grounded, although the muscle cars they build for millionaires feel like they can almost fly.
The brothers are treated like rock stars each November when they unveil their latest work in Las Vegas at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show, considered the World Series for their industry. Their work has been on the covers and homepages of countless magazines, and awards are commonplace.
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At least, not when you compare them to the speed standards of today.
When we look back on the glory days of American classic muscle cars, images of speed, power, and flashy performance come to mind. Many people insist that the muscle cars of the '60s and '70s will never be surpassed by modern technology. But the shortcomings of old cars, from their less-than-perfect safety standards to their mediocre speeds and power, are often overlooked.
In the heyday of high-performance cars new models were mass-produced and shipped out as quickly as possible, resulting in easy-to-build engines that didn't perform as well as they could have.
Almost all 60's and 70's muscle cars took more than 7 seconds to accelerate 0- 60, which pales in comparison to today's 3 to 4-second performance. Hardly any of these classic cars could even beat 130 mph.
The 1970 Dodge Coronet, hailed as a speedy, high-performance car for its time, only accelerates 0-60 in 6.7 seconds and sprints a quarter-mile in an unimpressive 14 seconds. This was okay for its era; the technology to speed this number up did exist at the time. Many companies lowered their performance standards to produce as many cars as they could, as fast as possible.
Classic muscle cars are undeniably awesome. But don't sell yourself short- if you want a car that doesn't burn out after 50,000 miles, or tops out past 150mph, go with a newer model.
Celebrities, in general, have a unique taste in cars. However, the following celebrities have topped the list when it comes to owning not only the hottest looking cars, but also the most powerful and rare.
Hail to the king of automotive enthusiasts! Although he constantly tries to mask his coolness with his full denim attire, there is no doubt that this guy has the coolest of cars money can buy (or restore for that matter).
In addition to running a very successful clothing company, this man of many tastes still finds the time to collect the coolest muscle cars and even cruise around in them. He even sends some of his cars to foreign countries for display.
Before his sad demise, and even beyond the fact that his work on the Fast and the Furious franchise established him as an enthusiast, Paul was an avid car collector with more than 30 cars. He will always be remembered for his role in bringing back the automotive culture to a new generation.
Beyond having every important engine ever made by Chevy, his unique collection also includes other models. However, it is clear where Mr. October’s passion lies.
Billy F. Gibbons
This custom muscle car enthusiast has appeared in magazines and has even written a book about his obsession with cars.
These celebrities just can't let themselves be separated from their muscle cars; can you?