Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by storm

A colorful  circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos
A colorful circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos

‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Ford Mustang GT

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1965 Ford Mustang GT

Classic Car News asked readers which car they are most thankful for and its “game-changing” contribution to automotive culture. Capturing the hearts of millions, the Ford Mustang received 28.94 percent of votes and was in good company with other nominees including the Model T, Honda Civic, Jeeps and Minivans. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ron’s 1940 Ford Deluxe woodie wagon

Family seems to approve of the revisions | Ron Ayers photos
Family seems to approve of the revisions | Ron Ayers photos

All of the factory 1940 woodie wagons were four doors, but Jody Sauls of Cowboy Customs in Clinton, South Carolina, decided to make this one a two-door Ford.

I watched him while he was building it. I was in his shop one day and a pallet of lumber straight from the saw mill was setting on the floor. One month later, I went in and the body was built and in paint. Well, I said in paint. When Jody built the car, there was some differences in the color of the wood and Jody decided to stain the wood almost black and he painted the rest of the car black. Continue reading

Driven: 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan

Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an upgraded grille and other refinements for 2017 | Bob Golfen
Ford Fusion Hybrid gets an upgraded grille and other refinements for 2017 | Bob Golfen

Hybrid cars have a reputation for being boring, more like appliances than automobiles. Their main positive quality is good fuel economy, but rarely do they offer an interesting driving experience.

Really, when was the last time you heard someone say their Prius was fun to drive? Continue reading

An amazing Carroll Shelby relic, a 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 used in his driving school, for sale with a seven-figure price tag

The GT350 fastback is one of three used at Carroll Shelby's driving school in the 1960s | Dynamic Motorsports photos
The GT350 fastback is one of three used at Carroll Shelby’s driving school in the 1960s | Dynamic Motorsports photos

The remarkable legacy of Carroll Shelby has many twists and turns, many deviations from his history as a successful racecar driver and Le Mans team leader to the visionary who combined a British roadster with a Ford V8 to create one of the greatest sports cars of all time, the Shelby Cobra.

One of Shelby’s sidelines after heart issues ended his racing career in 1961 was operation of the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving, considered to be America’s first competition-driving school. Shelby ran the innovative school at Riverside International Raceway in California, where his students included racing stars, movie stars, fashion models and an assortment of the rich and famous. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H Hertz coupe

The Shelby GT350H has had a color change from black with gold stripes to white with gold stripes
The Shelby GT350H has had a color change from black with gold stripes to white with gold stripes

Since it is election week, I decided to make the Pick of the Week something that was uniquely American in concept.

In 1966, Shelby and Hertz put together an amazing partnership. They made available for rent 1,000 special Shelby GT350 cars, calling them the GT350H. These are an amazing part of the Shelby legend, and there are many stories of renters picking up these cars and racing them in professional events and then returning them to Hertz. Hopefully, they opted for the full insurance package on their rental agreements. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1948 Ford resto-rod convertible

The Ford convertible looks like what might have been seen at a '50s drive-in
The Ford convertible looks like what might have been seen at a ’50s drive-in

This is the kind of old-school street rod that appeals to me: a nicely restored classic that’s lowered though not slammed so much that you can’t get in your driveway, wheels that are appropriate and not too flashy, and completely usable since it’s powered by the ubiquitous 350 cid Chevy V8 with automatic.

The Pick of the Day is a 1948 Ford convertible advertised on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Cleburne, Texas, who described it as “fully restored.” The information with the ad is pretty skimpy although the photos tell the tale. I believe the model would be a Super Deluxe. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: Sung Kang and Project Underdog 1972 Ford Maverick

Actor and high school students worked with Steve Strope to build up the 'Underdog' Ford Maverick | Larry Edsall photos
Actor and high school students worked with Steve Strope to build up the ‘Underdog’ Ford Maverick | Larry Edsall photos

There has been a lot of talk — and action — at this 50th annual SEMA Show about attracting young people to careers involving cars. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Jose’s 1966 Ford Mustang

Joe and his Mustang
Joe and his Mustang

Since I was kid, my dream was to drive a classic Mustang. Three years ago, my dream was done.

This car, I made some things to be almost perfecto. I converted to disc brakes in rear, put in a new performance clutch, rebuilt the 289 engine to produce 550 horsepower, rebuilt the transmission, new radiator, etc.
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Pick of the Day: 1930 Ford speed-record-style street rod

The 1930 Ford is streamlined for cheating the wind in speed-record attempts
The 1930 Ford is streamlined for cheating the wind in speed-record attempts

The Bonneville Salt Flats is the coolest place on earth during Speed Week, when a marvelous assortment of racers vie to beat records in what seems like an endless variety of classes. One of the most fascinating facets of this top-speed motorsport is that so many of the teams celebrate vintage forms of hot rodding, from belly tanks to roadsters, that sprang up shortly after World War II.

The Pick of the Day is a street rod built to emulate the streamlining efforts from those early days, a custom 1930 Ford five-window coupe designed to cut through the air with a minimum of effort at a maximum velocity. As it is, the rod is more about dramatic flair than for racing at Bonneville, although one most certainly could run it on the salt. Continue reading