ROD & CUSTOM: ART & THE AUTOMOBILE

https://patganahl.com/2021/07/26/unreal-auto-art/
Rod & custom archivist/historian, Pat Ganahl blogs about Charlie Smith’s ROD & CUSTOM: ART & THE AUTOMOBILE that turns as many heads as do iconic show-stoppers. I was going to title this column “The Unknown Artist,” but that’s not true at all. I’ve known Charlie Smith of Kansas City at least since the mid-1980s. I’ve published his work in Hot Rod and Rod & Custom, and you’ve seen it elsewhere. You’ve also seen cars he’s designed, though you might not know it. Just one example is...
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1970 GM-455: MAGNUM FORCE FROM MOTOWN

1970 GM-455: MAGNUM FORCE FROM MOTOWN
The new year ushered in bigger, more powerful engines, new specialty Supercars and a plethora of Ponycars.  Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile muscle machines, powered by similar but different 455-inch engines, led the displacement race: 1970 GM-455: MAGNUM FORCE FROM MOTOWN. In many ways, 1970 was the storm before the calm. The war in Southeast Asia continued casting a pall over a much-divided country and thinning the ranks of young enthusiasts. Carmakers’ racing budgets were being drasticall...
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DURANGO SRT HELLCAT: ONE HELLUVA SUV

With 710 Hemi horsepower, room for six, and Supercar acceleration, Dodge’s latest Sport Utility Vehicle - DURANGO SRT HELLCAT: ONE HELLUVA SUV – has no peers, blogs Dan Scanlan. Yes, the Durango has been around for 10 years, making it pretty long-in-tooth in automotive model cycles. And the fine folks at what is now Stellantis have put its supercharged HEMI in many other products including Chargers, Challengers and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Packing a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI...
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TANGERINE DREAM: ’21 HURÁCAN EVO RWD SPYDER

TANGERINE DREAM: '21 HURÁCAN EVO RWD SPYDER
It's fast, it's furious and an assault on the senses. And now with just rear-wheel drive, the TANGERINE DREAM: '21 HURÁCAN EVO RWD SPYDER is even more of a thrill ride, blogs Howard Walker. We all know about endorphins. They're those spunky polypeptides produced by the body that stimulate feelings of immense pleasure and well-being. Eating chocolate and drinking wine are great endorphin releasers. Of course, you knew that. But there's another source of endorphin production that's far...
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MENDENHALL: CARS, GAS PUMPS & PETROLIANA MUSEUM

CarGuyChronicles’ Jim Palam pulls in to the MENDENHALL: CARS, GAS PUMPS & PETROLIANA MUSEUM to fill-up with American petroleum industry history and an eyeful of colorful signage and cars from a bygone era.  Sitting at a window table at Ellen's Pancake House I could see the large neon and red Pegasus rising up above the tall wooden perimeter fence surrounding the Mendenhall Museum – located just across Avenue of the Flags from the eatery in Buellton, CA. Over the years I had picked up a ...
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CHEVY LS: MORE POWER, LESS WEIGHT; EASY TO SWAP!

CHEVY LS: MORE POWER, LESS WEIGHT; EASY TO SWAP!
When GM engineers took the LT-1 to the next stage in 1997 - LS1 - the venerable small-block was lighter, more powerful and showcased in the C-5 Corvette. It signaled the start of a growing portfolio - CHEVY LS: MORE POWER, LESS WEIGHT; EASY TO SWAP! Hemmings’ Daniel Strohl presents a definitive guide to LS-Series V-8s. Just as the original Ed Cole-design Chevrolet small-block V-8 launched an era of American performance upon its introduction in the mid-Fifties, so did the LS-series third...
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SHOWTIME: 2021 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS

SHOWTIME: 2021 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS
 ‘Expect the unexpected’ is why people from here and abroad flock annually to Bill Warner’s spectacle in the sunshine. Dan Scanlan brings us the best of the best from SHOWTIME: 2021 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS, complete with photos and videos. There was grace with pace last week at the 26th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. For pace, how about 3 Dog Garage’s ‘85 Roush Ford Mustang IMSA racer in the Cars of Lyn St. James Class? She thundered onto the show field in that Mustang that secured h...
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TOP 20: ROCK STARS & CARS

TOP 20: ROCK STARS & CARS
Luke Ponsford salutes 20 rock stars who love to drive and their favorite rides in Hagerty’s TOP 20: ROCK STARS & CARS. They drive fast cars, luxury cars, one-off exotics, custom creations, sports cars, race cars, mini-cars, a van and even a plug-in hybrid vintage Lincoln. But they all have one thing in common: They love their cars and music. Included in Ponsford’s Top 20 is AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson who is every bit at home on a race track as he is on a stage. An accomplished ...
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STUDE-A-SHAKER: IT’S A GAS-GAS-GAS!

Tony LaPolla channeled his 1960s Gasser heroes – Stone, Woods & Cook – when he built the STUDE-A-SHAKER: IT'S A GAS-GAS-GAS! Koufax, Clemente & Mays: Baseball legends who were heroes to legions of young guys in the 1960s – but not Tony LaPolla. It wasn't the crack of the bat that made his heart race, but rather the crackle of the supercharged 448-inch Oldsmobile motor powering a wicked '41 Willys Gasser – owned and campaigned by barnstorming drag racers Stone, Woods & Cook. The lege...
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MULTIPLE PERSONALITY: ‘21 BMW M5 COMPETITION

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY: ‘21 BMW M5 COMPETITION
The twin-turbocharged, MULTIPLE PERSONALITY: ‘21 BMW M5 COMPETITION can be a comfortable family sedan. Or it can be a very fast four-seat sedan with all-wheel-drive to safely play, or go out Supercar hunting, blogs Dan Scanlan. I had to double check the numbers. First, our 4,345-pound M5 Competition boasted 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, with all-wheel-drive and launch control. The 4,600-mile-old sedan hit 60 mph in a hair over 3 seconds, and 100 mph in 7 – check out the v...
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