69 AMC Scrambler

I’ve always been a fan of these fast little cars. It seems as though all of the best cars were built in 1969 and 1970. For those of you that are wondering what the heck this car is, it’s a 1969 AMC Scrambler. For those of you who encountered one at a stop light back in the day, you’d better tighten up on that belt because these little cars came with a 390 and would rip off a 14.3 in the quarter mile, which was pretty darn fast in 1969.

American Motors and Hurst got together to introduce the SC/Rambler. The plan was for at least 500 units to be built that would enable the Rambler to qualify for stock classes in drag racing. The car was fitted with a 390 V8 engine, a functional ram air hood, and had 315 HP coupled with 425 LBS of torque!

1,512 units were eventually built and about 1,200 of them sported the red, white and blue color scheme as pictured above.  AMC had a pretty limited advertising budget, but the car did a great job of screaming “I’M HERE!”

Images borrowed from:

http://www.cartype.com

http://www.musclecardrive.com

Did You Miss This? 4 Mile Z28 Locked In A Truck Since 1985.

This stuff amazes me every time I see it. People buy a new car, and stuff it away in a time capsule for a few decades without every enjoying it. Then, the future happens, they blow the dust off the car, and tada! it’s 1985 again Michael. Who has the money to do this you ask? I have no idea, but it’s fascinating to me, so I recommend that wealthy people continue to do so.

As for this specific car, it is basically old news, but I apparently missed it. I guess about 2 years ago this car was “found” in a trailer. In the video it appears to be sitting behind a 68-70 Chrysler B-Body (at 1:37-1:55 ish), which is actually what I personally would rather have, but alas, nobody seems to care about that car. Anywaaaay…. The 2 or 3 guys break out the video camera, and record the entire removal of this car from the trailer and onto the ramp truck. From there, it lands on eBay and grabs something like $20K. While this is technically a profit based on the original purchase price of $16K, I’m not convinced that it was a great “investment” per se.  There are a whole bunch of pictures of this car from 2 years ago on AutoBlog, but who needs pictures when you have video amirite?  We are in 2011 after all, and we are totally Y2K compliant. So without further adieu, I give you, the “barn find” 4.3 mile 1985 Camaro Z28 video.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCK7N2SgJjE

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCK7N2SgJjE

2011 6T9 GTO Trans Am

Which One: T-Top Trans Am, Convertible Trans Am, or GTO?

2011 6T9 GTO Trans Am

Let’s imagine for a moment that a genie popped out of your coffee this morning and said that he is magically acquiring you one of the three vehicles pictured above in the next 24 hours. You must take them as show, not knowing anything other than what you see in this picture.  All are brand new, drivable cars, with zero miles.

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The builder of these beauties can be found at transamdepot.com

What A Race At Martinsville

If you watched last Sundays Nascar race at Martinsville, you were at the edge of your seat for the entire race. The race at Martinsville is how the Bristol used to be before they decided to change the track.

There was a ton of action during the entire race and the bump and run was alive and well. Martin Truex Jr. had a scary moment when his throttle hung going down the backstretch as he crashed into Kasey Kahne so hard, Truex’s car burst into a ball of fire before the two of them slammed into the wall.Truex immediately ran from his car to see if Kasey was ok.The two of them luckly ended up walking away from that crash.

Then with 18 to go, Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped Kyle Bush up the hill and made the pass for the lead. He lead all the way until there was four to go when a hard charging Kevin Harvick made that pass for the lead going into the turn as Earnhardt’s car got loose in the corner. Harvick crossed the finish line first taking home the victory and a Martinsville grandfather clock!

During a post race interview Dale Jr. said “I bumped Kyle and got him loose for the lead, I didn’t want to do the same thing to Harvick and be the bad guy for the day.

SPRINGS HERE! April Fools! Oh Nature, You Got Me Again…

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Snowy Rx8
......uh oh... QUICK! Check calendar!
AHHHHHH!!! Nature, You Little Rascal!

It was March 31st. The grass was green, the street sweepers were out, birds were chirping, cars were clean, jackets were off, and the snowblower was put away for the season. I then awoke on the morning of April 1st. I stood up, and peered out the window like a zombie. Just as my eyes began to focus, Nature screamed in my face “APRIL FOOOOOOLS! It’s still winter! L0Lzz!” Ugh. I hate being Punk’d by Nature.

The Original BIGFOOT Monster Truck

The original BIGFOOT Monster Truck, is by far my favorite monster truck of all time. The creation of BIGFOOT began as a brand new 1974 F250 Ford Pickup that was purchased by Bob Chandler and his wife so that they would have a vehicle with more cargo room for camping and have the ability to go off road.

While becoming frustrated with the lack of parts and services for four wheel drive trucks in his area,  Bob Chandler teamed up with Jim Kramer and began modifying his Ford F250. This partnership became Midwest Four Wheel Drive. Chandler used the truck to deliver parts from the shop.Continue Reading

Please: Don’t Part Out Your Rare Unique or Desirable Car.

Rare 1962/63 Nova Convertible Shell

Today I have a gripe that I would like to discuss with you all. The topic really irks me on some cars and I feel it needs to be addressed because I see it too frequently. Maybe I need to stop getting emotionally attached to rolling heaps of metal. I don’t know, just peruse this and let me know your thoughts on the subject, because I may be the crazy one. This gripe of mine is known as “parting-out” your car. Continue Reading