The Meadow Brook folks in Motown have the formula for success on the show field. Kat Kurkov takes us up front and personal. If you take rare automobiles, add thousands of hours of restoration, then add preshow activities combined with perfect weather in an idyllic setting, the result can only be the 2015 Concours d'Elegance of America held in Plymouth, Michigan. Still referred to as “the new Meadow Brook” where it was held for 32 years, this concours has a history of getting things “just r...Read More
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’62 CHEVY SS409 IMPALA: LIGHTWEIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT!
Anyone could order a 409 Impala in 1962; just 18 racers ordered the purpose-built lightweight version. It's in original condition and fully documented. Chevy introduced its W-series cast-iron engine family in 1958 as a performance step-up over the popular 283-inch small-block V-8. The first “W” was a 348-inch powerplant that could be fitted with Tri-Power, rated at 315 horsepower. On December 17, 1960, Chevy announced it was enlarging the 348 engine to 409 cubic inches and would offer the...Read More
CHEVY RPO Z-11 427: THE 409 GROWS UP!
A lack of official racing programs at Chevrolet forced Z-11 Chevys from NHRA S/S to A/FX, making them less competitive. Most ended up being match raced. The handwriting was on the wall in 1962: Chevrolet was in for big trouble on drag strips in 1963. While its 409-inch update of the W-Series 348 held its ground in 1962, Pontiac, Dodge Plymouth and Ford were readying serious assaults the following year that Chevrolet would not be ready for. Enter RPO Z-11, a much-improved 427-inch W-style m...Read More