Mustang Boss 429 muscle-car icons head to Indiana auctions

The Mustang Boss 429 at Auctions America has been repaint its factory Royal Maroon | Auctions America
The Mustang Boss 429 at Auctions America is a low-mileage survivor | Auctions America

Limited-production rarity, ferocious capabilities and uniquely aggressive styling, the 1969-70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is a true icon of the muscle-car era, an A-List celebrity applauded everywhere it goes.

Yet the Boss 429 was an unlikely creation, a piece of high-performance art built by necessity. Just 1,358 of them were produced during the two model years, and they are highly sought after today, not just by Ford enthusiasts but by collectors who recognize how very special they are. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR racer

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo raced in NASCAR during the 1984-86 seasons

I was inspired for the Pick of the Day by the season-ending race for the 2016 Sprint Cup series, when Jimmie Johnson won his seventh championship. This awesome achievement pushed me to take a look at vintage stock cars for sale on ClassicCars.com.

Little known fact: Not only am I a longtime NASCAR fan but a former NASCAR driver – I raced from 1996-2001 in the NASCAR Winston West, Featherlite Southwest Tour and NASCAR Goody’s Dash series. So, yes, I have an affinity for NASCAR stock cars, especially old ones. Continue reading

Al Unser Sr., Ray Evernham add charity vehicles to Motostalgia’s Brickyard auction in Indianapolis

The 1964 Plymouth NASCAR racer from Ray Evernham was driven by country music star Marty Robbins | Motostalgia
The 1964 Plymouth NASCAR racer from Ray Evernham was driven by country music star Marty Robbins | Motostalgia photos

Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Sr. and legendary NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham are each donating vehicles from their personal collections to auction for charity at Motostalgia’s sale June 18 during the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Brickyard Invitational. Continue reading

Simeone museum will exercise NASCAR race cars

'Mystery Motor' '63 Chevrolet | RK Motors Charlotte photo
‘Mystery Motor’ ’63 Chevrolet | Michael Furman photo for Simeone Museum

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum not only displays some of the world’s most amazing vehicles, but from time to time takes them outside so they can demonstrate their aural and dynamic capabilities.

The next such demonstration day is October 11, when NASCAR Racing Legends will be exercised between noon and 2 p.m.

The star car figures to be the famed “Mystery Motor” 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS that Junior Johnson drove to a speed record at Daytona and to seven victories that season wearing the No. 3 and Holly Farms sponsorship colors.

Chevrolet withdrew from official factory participation in motorsports for the 1963 season, but not before delivering some of its newly developed “Mystery Motor” engines to several NASCAR teams. The engines (RPO Z33 Mk II 427) featured cylinder heads with valves canted in two planes. The engines were so strong they were banned for the 1964 season. The No. 3 went from the race track to storage in a barn.

1938 Ford replica racer | Michael Furman photo for Simeone Museum
1938 Ford replica racer | Michael Furman photo for Simeone Museum

It reportedly has undergone no modifications since, except for a replacement alternator and a new carburetor, needed after the original Holley carb was stolen.

The car is owned by RK Motors Charlotte and is on a brief loan to the Simeone. NASCAR Racing Legends Day is the only time will be “exercised” while in Philadelphia.

Joining the No. 3 car in demonstration runs will be a 1986 Buick Regal raced by Larry Pearson with Chattanooga Chew sponsorship, a replica of the 1938 Ford raced by Louis Smith, a 1953 Hudson Hornet that competed successfully in hill climbs and became known as the “Satan of Morimar,” and a 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

For additional information, visit the museum’s events webpage.