1957 Daytona Beach

Cool Old Racing Film – 1957 Daytona Beach Measured Mile

Would you believe us if we told you that NASCAR was once involved in land speed racing? It’s true! In fact, NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) was the sanctioning body for the Daytona Beach Measured Mile for several years. Daytona beach had been the location for several land speed records starting back in 1927.  Anyone who has walked on the beach at Daytona can see how smooth and flat the area is, but it is nothing remotely like a paved surface. It could also be dangerous as hell.

Today land speed trials are held at remote locations with lots of runoff room and plenty of space if things go wrong. Not at Daytona! If you didn’t keep a sharp eye on the course while making a run there was the very real danger of running through the water. When that happens, things go wrong:

Just as bad, the inland side of the course was usually lined with spectators and other cars. Back in 1928 Frank Lockhart almost took out a crowd with his Stutz Black Hawk Special, narrowly missing a photographer. Unfortunately Frank was thrown from the car and later died. Yes, the Daytona Beach course was  far cry from the steel cable reinforced mesh steel fences and foam walls of today.

The last Daytona Beach Measured Mile event was held in 1961. By then most of the focus for land speed racing had shifted to Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. Today you can still drive on Daytona Beach but at a much more sedate 10 mph. Even at a slower pace we recommend doing it once in your life. If you listen closely, you may even hear the sound of open headers mixed with the waves.

Widebody 2014 Mustang V6

This Wide Body 2014 Mustang Has A Sad Secret…

While perusing eBay this morning, pretending that we have money, we came across an awesome looking wide body 2014 Mustang:

 

Pretty cool right? It even has an old school IMSA vibe to it from the front. There was obviously a lot of work put into this car, and the 2014 Mustang was probably the best looking model year of S-197 generation. We’ve got stripes, customs badges, custom headrests, and a decent tire & wheel package. Looking good so far! So imagine our surprise as we scrolled through the images and were met with this:

Widebody 2014 Mustang V6

 

Yup, all that work for a 3.7L V6 powered Mustang. Even better, it is an automatic. And while the 3.7L V6 does put out an honest 305 horsepower and 280 lb./ft. of torque, we are guessing that with the addition of the bodywork and the larger wheels the poor car is probably HEAVIER than it was when it left the factory. Luckily the cold air kit is there to help unleash the true power potential of the six shooter. If someone gave it to us we’d immediately call Scott Hoag at MRT and have him duplicate his TKO treatment on the car.

All this can be yours for a buy-it-now prices of just $55k!  What a bargain! Now what else could you have bought in 2014 for $55k? Think…think…think…oh yeah, a Shelby GT500 with 662 horsepower and 6-speed manual transmission! Our best explanation is that this was an ex-SEMA car that would only be displayed with the hood closed. Anyone else want to chime in on why they think this car exists?

Click here to view the auction of this odd “sheep in wolf’s clothing.”

2016 Ford GT

2016 Ford GT – A Twin-Turbo 600 Horsepower V6 Supercar!

And just like that “BAM!” there it is, the return of the Ford GT. Gone is the thundering V8 power of the previous GT and GT40, in its place an impressive 600-horsewpower twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5L V6. The last generation Ford GT has been generating a lot of interest in the collector car world, with values only appreciating. With this latest generation Ford brings their EcoBoost engine along with extensive use of carbon fiber to shave weight and bolster rigidity. Ford has also brought active aerodynamics to the party which should make this car a real challenger to Ferrari and Lamborghini. Continue reading

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am

1970 Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am Racer To Hit The Auction Block

Further acknowledging what we here at Motor City Muscle Cars have long known, American race cars are not only worth saving, but they are also a serious investment opportunity. Last year RM sold a 1965 Shelby GT350 R for just a touch under $1,000,000.00. That is some serious coin for a Mustang. And while this Boss 302 probably won’t bring that level of bidding right now, we think that sale may influence future sales of these vintage race cars. There is bound to be a lot of discussion about the value of a car that was build from a leftover chassis and parts, but when the hammer does fall on this particular car we should have a good idea on just how important on-track racing history is to vehicle value. Continue reading

2016-Cadillac-CTS-V

Cadillac Kicks Down The Door With The New 640HP 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

Dear Lincoln,

What happened to us? We used to be so close, but you’ve grown more and more distant as the years have gone by. When I bought my first Mark VII we had so much fun together, doing burnouts, drag racing, and eating up hundreds of highway miles at warp speed in quiet comfort. Then you built  the Mark VIII for me, and that was so thoughtful. You put a DOHC 32-valve Cobra engine in a buttery smooth body that would do an honest 155-mph. I felt like I was at the helm of the starship Enterprise in that car. You make me feel special. But something happened to you after 1998, something bad…

The last few year I know you’ve tried to make it up to me. You put the EcoBoost SHO drivetrain in the MKS, but you forgot to make the rest of the car a real Lincoln. I think it’s time we had a talk about where this relationship is going… Continue reading

2009 Corvette ZR1 Museum Pulled From Sinkhole

Museum Sinkhole 2009 Corvette ZR1 Blue Devil Restored

2009 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Museum Sinkhole Restored

Chevrolet unveiled the restored 2009 Corvette ZR1 at the automotive industry SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The vehicle was damaged earlier this year when a sinkhole developed beneath the National Corvette Museum. After the SEMA Show the Chevy will return to the Bowling Green, Ky museum on permanent display. Continue reading

Vintage Jeep training film

Retro Cinema: How To Waterproof Your MB Jeep

Here at Motor City Muscle Cars were absolutely love vintage Jeeps. This old War Department Signal Corps training film is all kinds of awesome. First we see what appears to be a complete waterproofing kit in a crate. We’d love to know what that kit is worth today intact. Second, we learn about our friend the water proofing material, which of course features that marvel of modern technology ASBESTOS! Yes, the main component in the kit is a five gallon bucket of asbestos laden play dough. Our fearless subject dives into his work after taking the proper safely precautions…wait, there are none! Just grab a handful of asbestos putty (actually called asbestos waterproofing compound) and start smearing it everywhere. Today we know that asbestos is nasty stuff but back then we just used the best material for the job. Make sure to stick around to the end of the video to see trucks and Jeeps frolicking in the water like they are on holiday. Continue reading

2015 MRT TKO Mustang

MRT’s TKO 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3L Rolls Out At SEMA 2014

Scott Hoag has a funny sense of humor. Back in 2011 Scott’s team at MRT decided to take a different path and customize a lowly V6 Mustang. Yes, the same car your parents bought your little sister for graduation. But Scott had a plan, one that included bolting on a ProCharger and pushing the little 3.7L V6 over the 400 horsepower mark. He treated the rest of the car to a full road racing package and a full custom interior. The car made waves at the 2011 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational and still gets beaten regularly on race tracks around the country. I personally experienced the TKO at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit with Scott behind the wheel and myself holding on for dear life in the passenger seat. Who knew a V6 Mustang could be that good? Continue reading

1982 Jeep Scrambler Ambulance

Found On eBay: 1982 Jeep Scrambler Ambulance Conversion

Scramblers are awesome, let’s just go ahead and make that statement now. While the short wheelbase of the CJ is great offroad, there are times when a bit more room is a welcome addition. The folks at Horton Ambulance (still in business by the way) saw the potential of the Scrambler chassis as a nice mid-size all-terrain ambulance. Continue reading

Ringbrothers 1966 Chevelle

Ringbrothers Built An Insane 980 Horsepower 1966 Chevelle

Over the years Mike and Jim Ring, aka “The Ringbrothers” have created some amazing show cars. Whenever we see one of their masterpieces in person we are always caught scratching our heads and asking “why didn’t I think of that?” Their newest creation is not different. This is “Recoil” and it is a 1966 Chevelle packing an astounding 980 horsepower blown LS7 running on readily available 91-octane gasoline. A beefed up T-56 shunts the power back to Continue reading

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