STATE STREET NATIONALS: SANTA BARBARA, CA!

Kicked off by a cruise & BBQ the day before, the State Street Nationals this past weekend lived up to it’s name: Santa Barbara’s Premier Car Show. Held in downtown Santa Barbara on State Street this past Sunday, the State Street Nationals showcased some 350 cars spanning 11 picturesque blocks. Packed with great cars, enthusiasts and happy tourists from all parts of the country, the show was a rousing success. The theme this year was “BIG” right down to the flick playing in the Arlington ...
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PANTERA: ANGLO-ITALIAN HYBRID!

Designed by an American, powered by Ford and sold by Lincoln-Mercury, Alejandro de Tomaso’s Pantera offered both panache and performance. Designed by Tom Tjaarda, the 351-Ford mid-engined Pantera replaced the stunningly impractical de Tomaso Mangusta, one of the most beautiful and difficult to drive Supercars ever. With less rearward visibility than a Ford GT and a clutch from Hell, the Mangusta is a four-wheeled piece of art. Not a great road car. While the Mangusta had a steel backbone c...
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