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Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Ford Mustang which she bought as her first car at the age of 16. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn, and uses the car to participate in track events. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is Editor-in-Chief of Car Street Journal, an online publication catering to the Arizona car enthusiast community, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram (@Nicole_ellan), Twitter (@nicoleeellan), and Facebook. Use her hashtags: #highheelsandhorsepower #V6withsomebite

Fort Lauderdale Auto Museum opens in South Florida ‘Xtreme Action Park’

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Fort Lauderdale Auto Museum has opened its doors within Xtreme Action Park | Museum phtoos

The Fort Lauderdale Auto Museum has opened its doors within Xtreme Action Park, an indoor entertainment complex in South Florida. The museum is the third created by real estate developer Michael Dezer. each composed of vehicles from his personal collection, which is estimated at 1,600 cars housed between Ft Lauderdale, Miami and Las Vegas.

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Shomad, Mulholland Speedster earn spots in GoodGuys Top 12

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1957 Chevrolet Shomad Nomad | Goodguys photos

“Shomad,” a 1957 Chevy Nomad station wagon, built by A&M Deluxe Customs in Oregon, was awarded Goodguys 2017 Street Rod Headquarters Custom of the Year in Pleasanton, California — a first for the builder and owner, Ron Maier — while Bruce Wanta’s “Mulholland Speedster” captured the 2017 Goodguys/March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award in Del Mar, also securing a spot in the Top 12. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang used to prepair actors for Eleanor in Gone in 60 Secounds

April is always a fun month for Mustang enthusiasts because of its celebrated debut in 1964 on April 17. The car became increasingly popular due to its significant impacts on popular culture, one being “Eleanor” from the 2000 version of Gone In 60 Seconds.

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Rewind: The unexpected 1964 Ford Mustang, coming April 17


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

In 1964, Ford debuted the Mustang, a car for those who “want stick-shift action and room for four,” that was “designed to be designed by you.”

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Early unrestored Mustangs highlight Allentown museum exhibit

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Ron Hermanns 1964 1/2 Mustang featured in the exhibit | AOW Museum photos

The Ford Mustang marked the dawn of a new era in the American automobile business, creating not only a new niche but a new mind-set that would become an indelible part of American life. Mustang was “fast, fun and affordable,” and quickly became a public sensation.

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Rewind: 1955 Hudson Hornet TV commercial


(Editor’s note: Vintage television commercials can be as classic as the cars they promoted back in the day. This is one in an ongoing series of such vintage car commercials we’ve found on YouTube.)

What makes Hudson better than other cars? Donald Duck explains it’s the deeper and wider coil springs because they provided passengers with a smoother ride.

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Classics to Concepts: AutoCon Los Angeles 2017 has it all

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Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for AutoCon 2017 | Nicole James photos

What started as a parking lot car meet in Southern California to strengthen the automotive connection through the celebration of life, individuality and community has become a full show series with events held around the country where extraordinary vehicle builds are debuted, product launches happen, news is announced, and the future is introduced.

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Owls Head to restore Fokker, sets model Festival & Kite Week

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Fokker to be restored | OHTM photo

The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine has achieved its goal of raising $50,000 to restore its Red Barron Fokker aircraft.

The museum is scheduled to host its annual Midcoast Model Festival, April 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Kit Week, April 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Continue reading