It may have started out as an updated 348-inch truck engine, but it ended up as the CHEVY 409: BIG-BLOCK LEGEND! Two years before the Supercar hype and big-engined midsize cars, full-size ’62 Chevys, powered by 409-inch versions of the 348 W-Series passenger car and truck engine, carried the Musclecar banner for Chevrolet. While the engine first surfaced in the 1961model year, it was a late arrival. Just 142 Chevys with RPO-580 360-horsepower, single-four-barrel (Carter AFB) and solid-lifter-ca...Read More
GT3 LE MANS MUSTANG
Ford is headed back to the Circuit de la Sarthe with an all-new GT3 LE MANS MUSTANG. The Ford Mustang, fresh off its seventh generation unveiling, will soon return to Le Mans. “Mustang is raced at all the great tracks around the world, but there is no race or track that means more to our history than Le Mans,” said Bill Ford, executive chair, at The Stampede, the debut of the all-new seventh-generation Ford Mustang. “It's where we took on Ferrari and won in the 1960s and where we returned 50...Read More
SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA
Casual fan or gearhead, there was everything from Brass Era to Gurney Eagles; NASCAR’s greatest hits to Ferrari’s 75th anniversary; and almost anything in between at the 27th iteration of SHOWTIME AT THE AMELIA. Dan Scanlan brings us highlights. Under The Hagerty Group after it purchased Bill Warner’s Amelia Island Concours in June, an expanded family-themed Cars and Community Cruise-In, a Kid’s Zone, 1980s-1990s RADwood Sports Car Show, and even a Concours d’Lemons were added to the pr...Read More
1962: MUSTANG I CONCEPT
A radical new sports car, the 1962: MUSTANG I CONCEPT, confirmed that the only constant at Ford in the early-1960s was change! In early-June 1962, famed sports car constructors Troutman and Barnes in Culver City, CA received body molds from Ford for an experimental sports car – the Mustang l. Troutman and Barnes had been known for building stunning Indy and sports car racers, including Lance Reventlow’s Scarab. Known internally as Project W-301, Mustang I was a concept for a serious sports c...Read More
IN DETAIL: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE!
Both Steve Miller (Band) and Dan Gurney had chart-topping Eagles, but IN DETAIL: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE! zooms in on Dan Gurney’s AAR, the only constructor in the US to design and build winning F1, Indy 500 and sports car Eagles. For our second installment of “In Detail”, we look at a pair of Eagles from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (AICE), up close and personal. These came from All American Racers (AAR), established by Dan Gurney who made many contributions to racing as a driver, owner, c...Read More
LAGUNA SECA: ROLEX MOTORSPORTS REUNION!
No vintage-racing event showcases and celebrates the ‘way it was’ better than the 2019 Historics at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, sponsored by Rolex during Monterey Car Week. CGC’s Mike Matune was trackside to bring you highlights of this year’s RMMR. Each year since 1974 vintage racers have flocked to California’s Monterey Peninsula to make their mark during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR). Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca again played host in 2019. This year was a celebration o...Read More
DAYTONA COBRA COUPE: SUDDENLY IT’S 1965!
The first of six laser-perfect recreations of designer Peter Brock’s Le Mans winning Daytona Cobra Coupe – CSX2299 – broke cover on June 15 at the Nurburgring in Germany. It carries VIN # PBX 2299-01. Suddenly it’s 1965. Time limitations permitted construction of just six of the famed Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupes, built to challenge Ferrari, Jaguar, Aston-Martin and Ford’s GT40s for the World’s FIA GT Championship in 1964 and 1965. Collectively, the six uniquely designed racers, driven by some o...Read More
2018 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: THE BEST GETS BETTER!
Bill Warner and his team continue to raise the bar; the 23rd annual Concours d’Elegance does not disappoint…even when rain is in the forecast. In a world that appears dedicated to instant gratification, for anything to endure 23 years, let alone thrive and prosper, is unusual to say the least. But such is the case with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. For nearly a quarter century it has been treating aficionados to all forms of automotive wonderment in a beautiful setting. This year was n...Read More
’18 FORD GT: ’67 HERITAGE EDITION!
New Ford GT with ’67 Tribute Livery pays homage to the first all-American racecar to win Le Mans. The ‘18 Ford GT will be available in a new limited-production ’67 Heritage Edition theme, honoring the GT40 Mark IV racecar driven to victory by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt at Le Mans in 1967. The Mark IV was the first GT40 designed, engineered, powered, developed and built in the U.S. Roy Lunn, headed the team that gave us the Mark IV, was inducted into the Automotive Hall Of Fame in 2016 f...Read More