RODS & CUSTOMS IN CLIFTON: LIONS ROAR!

The Clifton Lions Club presents its 15th annual Labor Day Car Show in Clifton, VA. Mike Matune brings us highlights. Benefiting local charities, the show has become a staple on the Washington, D.C. area car calendar. Here the Fairfax County Police Color guard presents the colors at mid-day. From the buildings in the background, you get an idea of the show’s setting in historic Clifton, about 25 miles West of Washington. In addition to cars, the show featured live music and a Chili Challeng...
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JEFFERSON 500 HISTORICS: SUMMIT POINT!

Celebrating its 45th year, Summit Point hosts more than 200 cars at its Spring Spectacular. Mike Matune was trackside. After a somewhat soggy start on Thursday that saw rain pummel the track, the weekend stayed dry with blue skies. Here Ralph Manaker’s Chevron B-16, left, climbs the hill towards Turn 10 about to sweep under the vehicle bridge. For more than 20 years, the Jefferson 500 has occupied a place on Summit’s Spring Vintage Racing Calendar, evolving this year to incorporate ove...
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MUSTANG 50th: MUSTANG CLUB OF IRAN!

Under the auspices of Iran’s Classic Car Committee, enthusiasts celebrate the Golden Anniversary of America’s Ponycar at the Azadi racetrack. Iran’s Mustang Club President and life long Mustang enthusiast, Amir Bagheri, still has pictures of himself as a three-year old sitting on the hood of his father's ‘66 Mustang. A prominent car collector, the centerpiece of his collection is a trio of 1965-1966 Mustangs: fastback, notchback coupe and a convertible. He is currently restoring a ‘69 She...
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FORD 427 SOHC VS. CHRYSLER 426 HEMI: WIN-WIN!

Ford’s 427 Cammer challenged Chrysler’s 426 Hemi and the Hemi prevailed. Both were winners, however! Chrysler’s Hemi is a study in evolution, starting life in the 1950s, emerging in the 1960s as a hard to beat powerplant on drag strips, NASCAR ovals and in Street trim. It continued for decades, adding new levels of sophistication and still available. Ford was the challenger with a complex, powerful overhead cam 427. While engineered to beat the Hemis in NASCAR, it earned its cred on the q...
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CARROLL SHELBY’S V8: THE GREAT STOLEN ENGINE CAPER!

Stephen Cox blogs about stolen Shelby engines and the one in Brad Brooker’s GT350 Mustang racer that almost led to an arrest! A good Shelby-built 289 engine was a coveted item in the mid-1960s. Many were stolen out of the legendary Hertz Shelby GT350-H “Rent-a-racers.” They left the rental lot on Friday with a High-Performance 271-horsepower 289-cubic-inch V8 and returned on Monday with a garden variety 289 that appeared nearly identical. Rumors also abound of Shelby engines that were ordere...
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MUSTANG 50TH: MAGIC MILESTONE CELEBRATION!

Next year’s Silverstone Classic (UK) will pay special homage to the legendary Ford Mustang, the car that created the Ponycar category. First unveiled in New York City in April 1964, Ford’s iconic Ponycar is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014 – a milestone that will be marked in style both on and off the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone, top, the World’s Biggest Classic Motor Racing Festival. Next summer’s Classic (July 25-27) has been chosen by the Mustang Owners Club for its official...
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SLOT CAR RACING: AMERICA’S LOST HOBBY!

Stephen Cox has figured out what’s wrong with America’s youth today: They don’t race slot cars anymore! Racing HO scale Aurora AFX slot cars with the greatest man I’ve ever known – my Dad – in our garage in the summer of 1969 taught me pretty much everything I needed to get through life. After slot car racing, formal education was anti-climactic. Because of slot car racing, I could identify a Mustang, Camaro or Corvette on sight. I knew Trans-Am from Can-Am. I learned that the Indy 500 is...
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