Got a ’70 Road Runner Superbird, or a ’69 Dodge Charger 500 or Dodge Charger Daytona? Want to take part in an “Aero Cars” cruise that will join up with this year’s HOT ROD Power Tour? Come on inside for more… We got this e-mail from the North Georgia Mopar Club’s Chris Street, about the “Southern Aero Car Power Tour: If you’re in the Southeast, and have wanted to drive your Aero Car on the HOT ROD Power Tour, this June is your chance! The North Georgia Mopar Club, Southside Cruisers, and fellow member Chris Street, will be hosting this get together and cruise. The plan so far is to meet Wednesday morning June 5th at the Atlanta Motor Speedway at 7:30 a.m., to kick off our cruise with several Speedway cruise laps around AMS, then we’ll head down scenic back roads to Pine Mountain for an early lunch, and then on over to an afternoon tour at The Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City Alabama, which will have a BBQ … [Read more...] about Mopar Aero Cars, HOT ROD Power Tour, North Georgia Mopar Club
Wellborn muscle car museum
For many attendees, the annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals has become a yearly pilgrimage. Filling up the Stephens convention center in Rosemont, Illinois, minutes from O’Hare Airport, people travel from literally around the globe to be here. For most of the year leading up to it, managing MCACN member Bob Ashton is out locating a few great cars to invite. Well, more than a few; a lot of really great cars. There are no bad cars at MCACN. The best of the best originals, the best historical examples, the best modern and accurate restorations, and some of the best stories all come together. Bob made a great statement in the annual program about how our cars erase the political, religious, color lines and gender lines that fissure modern culture. As the unifier in these somewhat turbulent times, there is a level appreciation for the finished and found, the rarest and “realest”, and more. But then Ashton goes and finds area managers from every interest and discipline … [Read more...] about Car Craft’s Top 25 Picks From the 2017 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
On New Year’s Eve 1983, Mario Rossi vanished off the face of the Earth. Not long after his disappearance, Mario’s son, Bill, went on a quest to locate and purchase one of his father’s race cars. After 33 years, he found what he was looking for. From 1968–1971 Rossi’s Automotive Engineering maintained and operated a highly successful NASCAR race team. During the team’s five-year existence, four drivers piloted Rossi race cars, including Donnie Allison (1967), Darel Dieringer (1968), Bobby Allison (1969–1970), and Dick Brooks (1971). In 1970 Rossi came up with the idea to de-stroke a Chrysler 340 TA engine to meet the new 305ci engine displacement mandate for the 1971 NASCAR season. To keep the wing or aero cars from showing up at the 1971 Daytona 500, this rule was mandated to eliminate wing cars from competition without banning them, as it was believed no one would take the risk of running a 305ci engine in a Super Bird or Daytona. With the … [Read more...] about Found: The Last Wing Car
I’ve traveled around the country during the past few years, documenting what we call “barn finds.” The term, perhaps a bit misleading, is used to describe any neglected yet still desirable car— regardless of whether said car has or hasn’t been in an actual barn. The barn find label may be used for any vehicle that has been sitting neglected, disused, or nearly abandoned by the current owner. The collection before you is one of the craziest barn finds I’ve been able to document. I’ve heard of this place for years, but hadn’t been able to investigate it until I made a trip to the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum in Alexander City, Alabama, and took a small detour through Tennessee on the way home. The number of rare and desirable cars stashed away was mind-boggling in this day and age. These weren’t four-door Pintos and 1969 Camaros. This was a secret stash of winged superspeedway cars from the 1960s. The owner of the cars and I decided we … [Read more...] about Secret Stash of Winged Superspeedway Cars from the 1960s
They existed for a mere 24 months in action, spanning the Daytona 500s between 1969 and 1971. For manufacturers, the aerodynamically improved Grand National circuit cars were an expensive exercise in promotion and winning at all costs. For the racers, they were a brief prelude to the future of NASCAR in terms of aero changes. For the fans, based on vehicle preference, it was a love/hate relationship with these models, one that also extended to buyers on showroom floors as well. For today’s car guys, they are now a fond and important part of the heritage of red-blooded American muscle, the he-man era of NASCAR, and going to extremes. These cars were the unlikely result of the constant performance wars that Ford and Chrysler fought across the 1960s era in circle-track, stock-car racing. When engine science had reached a plateau, the ideas were fomented to restyle bodies for decreased air resistance. Often to the chagrin of the marketing and styling departments, the result was … [Read more...] about Mopar Aero Car Reunion at Talladega Superspeedway
The internet opens up a world we could never have dreamed of. I run a page on Facebook (The Auto Archaeologist), and I’m posting constantly about my adventures driving around the country documenting cool cars in neglected states. I had mentioned that I was heading down to the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum for the Aero Warriors Reunion in October, and one of my followers mentioned that he had something that was worth my time to come and see. So after the reunion, I headed straight there. Pulling up to the house, Eddie came out to greet me and released his contingent of attack wiener dogs. They of course ran straight to my Challenger and urinated on it. This was going to be different! But Eddie was a great guy, as was his friend Kevin, and we sat there for a bit and talked about our many travels and adventures. Things really got going when we headed over to the first storage building though. I was immediately greeted by a row of Ford products, including a Lightning that was a show … [Read more...] about Wow! Huge Collection of Ford Cars, Trucks, and Parts
Tim Wellborn has been hooked on the Mopar brands for decades. He recalls accompanying his father during a trip to the local Dodge dealership in Talladega, Alabama, to trade in a used 1967 Charger for a new 1970 model. A salesperson told Doug Wellborn about the totally new design coming for the 1971 Charger, and he opted to wait it out. Tim was 12 at the time. While at the Dodge dealership, he came across a copy of the Rapid Transit System brochure his father had picked up. Plymouth had put out the brochure to target the high-performance end of the muscle car community, and it drew attention to Plymouth’s hottest models as well as accessories to make them even hotter. “Anybody can offer a car,” teased the brochure. “Only Plymouth offers a system.” A particular picture in the brochure threw young Tim for a loop. Before his eyes was a ‘Cuda striped with 25 colors of paint, plus a wheelie bar, zoomie headers, a rollbar, and drag racing slicks. It was … [Read more...] about Is This Wild 1970 Plymouth Barracuda the Most Famous Muscle Car that Never Existed?
The annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals held each November showcases truly amazing cars. MCACN event co-owner and manager Bob Ashton gathers machines from around North America, with each year seeming to surpass the prior occurrence. Filling up most of the first level of the sprawling Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, the show is only moments from O’Hare Airport and surrounded by hotels and restaurants, making it into a must-attend weekend for many of the collecting hobby’s movers and shakers from around the world. Open for two days to the general public on Saturday and Sunday, it is always an amazing array of perhaps the best vehicles in existence for various groups. This year included invitational displays of the Class of 1966, the Class of 1971, Factory Sunroof Cars, and Day 2 Modifieds as well regular favorites like Barn Finds and Vintage Certification. While the event is for mixed makes, there are always more than enough unique Mopars to make … [Read more...] about 22 Crazy Mopars From The Muscle Car Nats In Chicago!
I have been very fortunate to make friends in my travels. Whether it’s from being on the road hunting down barn finds or doing other adventures like the Hot Rod Power Tour, I have made friends on these adventures that can be lifelong companions. A friend I met many years ago on the Power Tour, Brian, told me that if I was going to the start of the 2016 Tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I should really go out of my way to check out a yard on the Gulf of Mexico. That turned out to be fortunate advice. I had already made plans to visit the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum for a few days and then drive to the start of the Power Tour. The yard Brian told me about was on the way. Heading down was fun; it always is. I am constantly following up on different leads and stories I had heard. Some panned out well, and others did not. But it is always an adventure. As long as your gauge for adventure is pretty wide, you will always have fun. Perfect example: On the way down I was driving past a Dodge … [Read more...] about Trove of Dodge Challengers Hidden in a Forest
The 2017 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) isn’t open to the public quite yet, but we were there during move-in on Thursday to bring you this preview of a few of the 500-some rare muscle cars expected for this incredible show. If you’re thinking about attending MCACN this year, don’t just think—go! It’s shaping up to be a memorable event. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of GM’s F-Body cars, and we’ve already seen some incredible Camaros and Firebirds getting ready for display: pace cars, Yenkos and other super-tuned cars, drag race cars, Trans-Am cars, even a George Barris Firebird! The “missing” 1969 Trans Am convertible is here, there’s a whole display devoted to just 1967 Z-28s (including the very first one, which we profiled in “Documented!” in the Dec. 2016 issue), and a long row of Firebird Formula models. Ford fans won’t want to miss two special displays: The Kars of Kar Kraft, … [Read more...] about Sneak Peek: Move-In Day at the 2017 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals