1977 Triumph Bonneville, Elizabeth II, Pick of the Day, Silver jubilee, T140, T140J, tom Stahler, Triumph Bonneville motorcycle

God Save the Queen! 1977 Triumph T140V Bonneville 750 Silver Jubilee | ClassicCars.com Journal


The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Triumph T140V Bonneville 750 Silver jubilee offered by a dealer in Temecula, California. This special-edition British bike was one of 2,000 built (1,000 for the US and 1,000 for the UK) celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as the Monarch of England.

The original Triumph Bonneville, the T120 began production in 1959 and with development, ran until 1974. The name was derived from the many speed records attempted at the famed Salt Flats in Utah. The T140, the second-generation Bonnie, featured a larger 750 cc engine, up from the T120’s 650 cc parallel-twin. This bike is the T140J, and it features front and back disc brakes, electric start, special-edition badging and a special “birth certificate” of build and ownership.

The mid-1970s were a turbulent time in the UK. A nationwide recession reigned and political strife, mixed with a musical and cultural movement could have cast a pale shadow over the significant event in Elizabeth’s still continuing tenure. The punk movement – with the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” as their anthem – and the worker’s cooperative that was running Triumph since 1973, faced major labor disputes which included a blockade and sit-in.

England was changing, and by 1977 a threatened shut down of Triumph’s Meriden factory, a government bailout and a new round of funding allowed Triumph to continue. Ultimately, the Meriden Works was shut in 1983 and Triumph was sold to businessman John Bloor, who produced continuation bikes, but then shut that operation in 1988.

Bloor would reignite the brand with brand-new designs and models in 2001. Well-received, Triumph Motorcycles LTD. continues to produce and sell motorcycles to this day.

Perhaps Triumph will build a special Jubilee version for the Queen’s upcoming 70th Anniversary? She sure doesn’t want to pass the throne on to her own kids, and at 93, is not showing signs of wavering.

The dealer has not posted an asking price. But states that the bike is original and has just 717 miles on the odometer.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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825 hp and available manual? Sign us up! Shelby Signature Series | ClassicCars.com Journal


The all new 825 hp Shelby Signature Mustang

The 2020 model Carroll Shelby Signature Series Ford Mustang will be introduced by Shelby American at the National Automobile Dealer Association Show in Las Vegas on February 14. It is the only sports car in the world available in new car dealer showrooms with a choice of convertible or fastback, automatic or manual transmission, and 825 street-legal horsepower. A total of 50 limited-edition sports cars will be available. Several are already spoken for.

Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American, is quite excited about the new creation, “The limited edition 2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang is the ultimate combination of exceptional design and amazing brawn. From its refined, yet functional styling to its poised handling and awesome power, this is the most polished performance car in Shelby American’s history. With its performance capabilities, this Shelby is the automotive equivalent to a champion ultimate fighter who looks as good in a tux as he performs in the ring.”

The Shelby American team spent the past two years carefully engineering and refining the car to create a vehicle worthy of Carroll Shelby’s name. They worked closely with Ford Performance and other partners on the new vehicle.

The Shelby Signature Series Mustang features a Shelby-specific tuned suspension, up to 825 horsepower, high flow exhaust and new brakes. The car’s bodywork may be the element most noticed by enthusiasts.

“The body was widened with high quality aluminum fenders to create a ‘square’ footprint,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American vice president of operations and chief of R&D. “This allows the one-piece forged Monoblock wheels and Ford Performance tuned MagneRide suspension to maximize the incredible power churned out by the supercharged 5.0-liter motor. The metallic ram air hood, front fascia and bodywork were all carefully sculpted to both tame the air and dramatically drop under hood temperatures. The fit and finish are unbelievable, making it as stunning at rest as it is in motion on the road or track.”

The new model will be shown for the first time in the Shelby Tuscany exhibit at NADA from February 14-16. All 50 super cars will be identified by special badging and will be listed in the official Shelby Registry. The cars can be ordered in any standard 2020 Ford Mustang colors.
“There are many aspects to performance, which is why we addressed every aspect of the car,” said Patterson. “We spent enormous energy to maximize speed, reliability and consistency. These enhancements will enable the Signature Series Shelby to perform flawlessly lap after lap and mile after mile.”

The mighty 825 horsepower V8 will begin at $127,795 MSRP, including a well optioned Ford Mustang. The car comes with a 3 year/36,000-mile warranty.

The Carroll Shelby Signature Series Ford Mustang will be available through select Shelby dealers across North America. A limited number will be built by select Shelby mod shops and distributors internationally. Individuals interested in these or any other Shelby vehicle can visit their local dealer or go to Shelby Signature Series Mustang.

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adam carolla, chassy media, Commentary, documentary, dvd, Movies, nate adams, netflix, tom Stahler, Uppity, Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story, Willy T. Ribbs

Racing to the movies – ‘Uppity: The Willy T. Ribbs Story’ | ClassicCars.com Journal


Willy T. Ribbs at Indy in 1993 | Dan Boyd photo

Lewis Hamilton is poised to become the winningest driver in Formula One history. Many think he may be the greatest of all time, and certainly for his era. The famed British racer is a black man, and while he overcame obstacles, he was not subject to the kinds of barriers faced by another black racer 35 years ago.

Willy T. Ribbs tests a Brabham Formula One car at Estoril, Portugal | Chassy Media photo

Willy T. Ribbs, an American, tested with Brabham – and was quick enough to be in the big show – but never got to turn a competitive wheel in the highest form of motorsport.

Ribbs’ life and racing career is the subject of new movie showing on Netflix.

Uppity Trailer

Willy, his son Theo and I casually sat together at a picnic table during lunch three years ago at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the SVRA historic racing weekend. He was there as a former Indianapolis 500 participant driving in the Pro/Am race.

We had a warm, engaging and friendly chat as we reminisced about Trans-Am, IMSA and so many other races I had watched as he raced. While chatting, he told me that Adam Carolla, a common acquaintance of ours, was set to make a documentary about him. He got a big grin on his face as he said, “It’s called ‘Uppity’.” We both laughed — hard. Not because of the racist slur – but for what we both knew it meant.

We had met many years before, in the 1980s, at Road America when my dad was the track’s promoter with his business partner, Carl Haas. For all the things I had heard people whisper under their breath, I found Willy to be quite charming and very kind to a teen fan. I had always held him in very high esteem, as a person and as a race driver.

Certainly, Ribbs was an anomaly. A black man winning races in what was otherwise a white male dominated sport. I knew Lyn St. James back then as well. I had really looked up to both of them as they broke unwritten barriers that today’s females and people of color really don’t have to face in motorsport.

From the moment Willy told me about the documentary, I was eager to see it. Carolla and his group, including producer Nate Adams, have become phenomenal storytellers in several racing-centric films including Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, The 24 Hour War, and Shelby American. Uppity is yet another great historical document from the talented folks at Corolla’s Chassy Media. Their fascination with the subjects they tackle make for viewing that sucks you into the story.

Ribbs racing in the British Formula Ford Series | Chassy Media

The grandson of a successful plumbing company owner in San Jose, California, Ribbs was fascinated with cars and racing his whole life. His father was a hobbyist sports car racer in the 1960s. From the time he was a kid, Willy had dreams of winning the Formula One World Championship and/or the Indianapolis 500. Much of his grit and wisdom seemed to be channeled from his grandfather, who hated racing and expected his grandson to take over the family business.

Instead of going to college, Willy took his educational savings and, like so many aspiring drivers, went to England to race in the British Formula Ford series. He put down a winning record, but ran out of money before he could make the step into Formula 3. The UK, even in the 1970s, did not have the same attitudes about color as the young, talented driver would experience upon returning to the United States.

Ribbs won many races for Jack Rousch | Chassy Media

Needless to say, in NASCAR, Formula Atlantic, Trans-Am and IMSA, Ribbs was fortunate enough to race for the likes of Jim Trueman, Jack Roush, and Dan Gurney, to name a few — all who respected his talent. But as racial barriers seemed to be crossed – along with numerous podium-paying finish lines – Ribbs still was judged on the color of his skin.

All said, Willy T. Ribbs was an amazing shoe. One wonders what could have been had his immense skill as a wheelman been met by a color-blind sport.

Ribbs with Champion Boxer Muhammed Ali | Chassy Media

The movie itself is really well edited and has so much period footage. It took me back to those days of my youth, leaning on the chain link fences at turns five and three at Road America — and at the Milwaukee Mile when Willy had his IndyCar rides. The commentary was spot-on from many insiders.

The only caveat I personally had with the film was having to sit through the pontifications of journalist Marshall Pruett. Otherwise, the other interviewees including Caitlin Jenner (formerly the race driver and Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner), Doug Boles of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, F1’s Bernie Eccelstone, racer David Hobbs – along with archival footage of Trueman, Paul Newman and Bill Cosby (an investor in Ribbs’ IndyCar foray), made for wonderful storytelling.

No stranger to the podium, Ribbs was known for his “Ali Shuffle” after winning | Chassy Media

This documentary is a fitting tribute to a great racing driver who performed any time he was given a break. It’s a story from which we all can learn. The film is currently running on Netflix and is available on DVD from Chassy Media.

5/5 stars.

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ClassicCars.com, Ford 300, Pick of the Day, r-code, tom Stahler

A quarter mile at a time: 1963 Ford 300 R-Code | ClassicCars.com Journal


1963 Ford 300 R-Code

The Pick of the Day is a 1963 Ford 300 R Code offered by a dealer in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Muscle car aficionados should look at this listing and take a moment of pause. I sure did. This red-on-red monster with 4 on the floor would be easily at home at the drag strip or perhaps a speedway circle track.

This Ford did go to the drag strip. It makes one wonder how many of the stated 1,084 miles were accumulated a quarter mile at a time? According to the seller, it was bought by the Warner Ford dealership in Loveland, Ohio, and raced during 1963-64.

The Ford 300s were mainly purchased as police cars and taxi cabs, and they were only produced for the 1963 model year. Needless to say these were not heavily optioned cars. One could call a new 300 from the factory, a ‘stripper.’ However, availability of big-block FE-series V-8 engines, including the 425-horsepower 427cid engine gave them other purpose. The light weight, combined with big horsepower and manual transmission, made these cars factory-ready for the strip.

‘R’ means ‘Racing.’ In the case of this Rangoon Red beauty. ‘R’ also means ‘Rare.’ According to the seller, “There were only 50 of these cars ever built and this one is mostly a survivor that has had a repaint done. It’s 1 of only 5 High Performance 300s in the 427 Registry and 1 of only 3 R codes in the registry.”The 427 R Code engine is set up with the H dual quad 427 Aluminum Intake and two Holley 4-barrel carburetors. The powerplant has D heads and exhaust manifolds.All the period badges are on the car and the car features all its original glass, the body matching factory-style 15″ Wheels, Firestone tires and Ford dog-dish hubcaps. The interior is red bench seats with white headliner and visors.

The asking price is $109,995. This rare R-Code begs to be launched – and cherished!

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Rockin’ the Petersen: James Hetfield’s ‘Reclaimed Rust’ showcases his cars, guitars | ClassicCars.com Journal


James Hetfield chats with Petersen executive director Terry Karges during the unveling of ‘Reclaimed Rust: the james Hetfield Collection.’ Full Gallery Below.

Opening February 1, 2020 in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection” celebrates the Metallica frontman’s creativity as a world-renowned artist through his built-from-scratch custom car collection, guitars, photos and memorabilia.

An opening reception was highlighted by a ribbon cutting, a fireside chat with James Hetfield, and an auction featuring two limited-edition ESP guitars.

Hetfield was making his first appearance since entering rehab last September. It was explained to staffers at the Petersen that this grand donation was a part of his “letting go.”
During the fireside chat, Hetfield sang his praises of the museum:“There’s no other place like this. The Petersen is the pinnacle. It’s the best place to have your vehicles. They weren’t doing me much good sitting in my garage. I loved looking at them.

“The best part is they’re all together. I didn’t want to auction them off and go all over the world. It’s a collection. It marks my life.”

Key vehicles on display include the 1948 Jaguar “Black Pearl,” the 1934 Packard “Aquarius,” the 1953 Buick Skylark “Skyscraper,” the 1937 Lincoln Zephyr “VooDoo Priest,” the 1936 Auburn “Slow Burn.” which were designed by famed builder and television personality, Rick Dore, as well as the 1936 Ford “Iron Fist,” the 1937 Ford Coupe “Crimson Ghost,” and the 1932 Ford Roadster “Black Jack.”

Along with the custom vehicles, memorabilia on display includes an ESP Hollow Body guitar and a Mesa-Boogie amplifier painted to match the Buick Skylark “Skyscraper.” There also are images displaying the build process of each car and a video of Hetfield talking about the cars.

‘Reclaimed Rust’ brings together two industries that go hand in hand with artist expression,” said Petersen executive director Terry L. Karges. “This is the first time the Hetfield collection will be showcased to the public and we can’t wait to share the inspiration behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world.”

Without a doubt, cars and music do go together very well. Top-tier donors of the museum include guitar-god Jeff Beck and ZZ-Top frontman Billy Gibbons. Also attending the opening were Hetfield’s Metallica bandmate Robert Trujillo; Van Halen and Sammy Hagar bassist Michael Anthony and Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell.

Hetfield is a lifelong car enthusiast and views his collection as a form of expression to convey his creativity. Hetfield’s vehicles assert both a reverence for history and a disregard for convention, standing collectively as a testament to the musician’s distinctive personality and artistic energy.

“Reclaimed Rust,” sponsored by ESP Guitar Company, will run through October 2020.

For more information, visit the museum website.

https://www.petersen.org/hetfield

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Alfa Romeo, Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce, Bertone, Pick of the Day, tom Stahler, trans am

Alfa Romeo: Ti farà sentire meraviglioso! (it will make you feel wonderful) | ClassicCars.com Journal


The Pick of the Day is a 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce for sale by a dealer in La Jolla, California is a pure red-blooded Italian with Bertone lines. I have always loved watching the GTA race in the vintage under-two-liter Trans-Am classp they were formidable competitors back in the day – unless you faced off against Peter Brock’s Datsun 510s in the hands of John Morton.

This example, which has no milage reported, is the lower-powered version of that Veloce race car. It’s sporty handling with power from a 1,600cc twin-cam inline 4-cylinder engine that made 109 horsepower. Match it with a 5-speed transmission, a curb weight of 2,231 pounds. and ATE disc brakes, you may find yourself flying down the road singing “o sole mio.”

According to the dealer advertising this car on ClassicCars.com, The Alfa is, “A matching-numbers, colors example in very nice condition. Older repaint in original color red. Recent service work to include all suspension, corners rebuilt, brakes brand new, shocks new. Fuel tank removed and resealed. Engine serviced. $2,500 paint detail. Still with original interior. A wonderful example of a very rare step nose Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce.”

The 105-series Giulias were produced beginning in late 1963. Some 6,000 examples were built in 1967. The ultimate example was the Sprint GT Veloce of 1966-68. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone, the Giulia remains one of the most-loved Alfa Romeos from this period.

According to the seller, “Known as the ‘step nose’ because of its front hood design. The Veloce is the ultimate 1960s 105 Series Alfa Romeo short of a $450,000 alloy-bodied GTA.”

The newest sedan Alfa introduced to America is the Giulia Quadrifoglio. I drove one at Willow Springs Raceway a couple of years ago and was immensely impressed. It’s a real driver’s car.

However, considering the several Quadrifoglios I have seen stalled at stoplights and a good friend who needed his replaced after just a few thousand miles, the simplicity of the old Alfas seem simpler for roadside repairs – after all, it IS Italian.

Add some bellissimo romance to your life: pack a picnic and take your best friend for a ride in the country. The asking price is $59,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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bruce meyer, Car Shows, Carroll Shelby, Ford v Ferrari, LeMans, Peter Brock, peter miles, Petersen Automotive Museum, Shelby, Shelby Cobra, tom Stahler

Petersen Museum All-American Drive-in gathers many motorheads for mayhem in the morning | ClassicCars.com Journal


(l to r) Bruce Meyer, A.J. Baime, Lenny Shabes, Allen Grant, Charlie Agapiou, Peter miles, Pete Brock, Aaron Shelby

Overcast skies did little to deter lots of American muscle, including GT40 and Cobra movie cars, along with race cars and sports cars, from having a presence on the parking structure at the Petersen Automotive Museum, named for the famous publishing magnate. A panel discussion gave attendees first-hand stories of Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles and lauded the movie, Ford v. Ferrari, which is up for a Best Picture Academy Award.

Big crowd, big car count | Petersen Museum photo

Event host and museum board member Bruce Meyer commented, “Le Mans is the most important motor race in the world – it’s the only one that matters. It’s the Super Bowl, World Cup, Olympic Games of motorsport. That movie is so important. Even people who have no interest in motorsport, when they got done with (Ford v. Ferrari), they sure realized how important Le Mans was, and is today.”

The esteemed panel included Go Like Hell author and Wall Street Journal columnist, A.J. Baime, who’s book influenced the movie; Peter Brock, the renowned racer-car designer who designed the Shelby Daytona Coupe and ran Shelby’s racing school; Allen Grant, Team Shelby race driver; Peter Miles, former competition boss for Toyota Offroad, consultant on the film and the son of Ken Miles; Charlie Agapiou, crew chief for Ken Miles; Aaron Shelby, grandson of Carroll and board member of the Shelby Foundation; and Speedvision pioneer Lenny Shabes, a close friend of Shelby’s.

Ken Ligenfelter stands beside a Ligenfelter-powered Superformance Grand Sport | Petersen Museum photo

The panel agreed that a few of the characterizations were victim of Hollywood embellishment. Phil Remington, who notably fabricated for Shelby and Gurney’s All American Racers, was a lot of the technical mastermind behind the Le Mans-winning cars, and was not given as much credit as he should. Peter Brock alluded, “I don’t think there would have been any championships for America without Phil Remington.”

Further, of Ford Racing boss Leo Beebe, the panelists felt he was vilified more than the person and motorsports leader that he was. During that part of the question and answer, Petersen historian and curator, Leslie Kendall, displayed a poster of Beebe, Henry Ford II and FIAT boss Giovanni Agnelli, conversing at Le Mans. Bruce Meyer held the poster with NAME for all to see. Apparently though, it was said that Shelby had said he would never forgive the Ford racing boss for what he did to Ken Miles, insisting on the side-by-side finish of the GT40s which actually gave the win to Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, who had started the race further down the grid and thus covered slightly more distance in the 24 hours.

Bruce Meyer and Petersen curator Leslie Kendall show a poster of Beebe, Ford and Agnelli to the gathered crowd | Jonathan Sieger photo

An awkward and funny moment came as Allen Grant spoke of a dinner years ago with Shelby and driver Bob Bondurant, with the two debating over who had been married the most times.

Shabes chimed in with a Shelby anecdote from a long ago conversation, “I married a couple girls ‘cause I loved them, I married a couple girls ‘cause I had fun with them, I married a couple of girls to keep them in the country, and that’s when I lose track!”

Superformance, which built many of the Cobras in the feature film, had a number of those cars on display. There was literally a sea of Mustangs, Shelbys of all kinds, and very interesting period racing cars, including a “longtail” Porsche 906.

Add to the cars, a number of notable automotive and Hollywood celebrities mingled anomalously in the, “sea of people,” as Bruce Meyer described it.

The panel discussion was followed by an autograph session. Meyer himself was so impressed with the huge turnout that he interrupted his own opening remarks to take a picture of the gathered crowd.

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Arizona Auction Week 2020, FCCS 2020, Future Collector Car Show, high street, Roger Falcione, tom Stahler

Tim Eull’s 1993 Mazda RX-7 takes Future Collector Car Show ‘Best of’ honors | ClassicCars.com Journal


Tim Eull poses with his Best of Show 1993 Mazda RX-7 | Daniel Nikkhoo photo

The 5th annual Future Collector Car Show, presented by ClassicCars.com, kicked off Arizona Auction Week 2020 on January 12. The show attracted more than 170 entrant cars and thousands of spectators at High Street, an upscale shopping district in the Desert Ridge area of Phoenix.

The Best of Show winner, the 1993 Mazda RX-7 owned by local resident Tim Eull, was chosen by a panel of expert judges led by veteran concours judge Andy Reid and included Formula Drift Judge Ryan Lanteigne and Fielding Shredder, who was a top-3 finisher on the popular Netflix series, Hyperdrive, as well as ClassicCars.com-sponsored Formula Drift Pro2 driver Andrew Schulte.

The event displays, judges and awards cars that represent the next generation of cherished cars. This year the judges, students and attendees honored cars in eight categories. The awards and their respective winners are as follows:

• Best of Show: 1993 Mazda RX-7 – Timothy Eull
• Best Modified Vehicle 1st: 1992 Mazda Miata – Nick Hammon; 2nd: 1997 Acura NSX – Jay Pfenning; 3rd place: 2009 Nissan GT-R – Jose Flores
• Best Preserved: 1988 BMW M3 – Brian Abraham
• Best Restored – Presented by Barrett-Jackson: 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda – Theril Lund
• Rookie of the Year: 2014 Subaru WRX – Johnny Juarez (age 24)
• Fan Favorite: 2006 Subaru WRX – Austin Connelly
• Students Choice sponsored by Universal Technical Institute: 2014 Ford Mustang GT — Krisztina Athanasakis
• Best Trunk sponsored by Slime: 2015 Dodge Charger RT – Mike Klennofsky
• Best Ford – presented by Steeda Performance Vehicles: 1979 Ford Mustang – David Jocobelli

The show also featured a Stylist Competition and Fashion Show presented by Luxe and City, on-site pet adoptions, and Kid Zone presented by the official charity, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Roger Falcione, chief executive of ClassicCars.com, said, “We couldn’t have asked for better weather, a better array of cars and the wonderful people. We are grateful to our growing number of sponsors. We really liked the fashion show, which added depth to the lifestyle aspect of the show. The Kid Zone encouraged enthusiasts to bring their children. Overall we are very pleased with the show’s success.”

Arizona Car Week continues with auctions, shows and parties running through January 19.

As the automotive world descends on Phoenix and the surrounding areas, ClassicCars.com is at the center of all the action. The online marketplace and authority on classic and collector vehicles has comprehensive coverage from all of the week’s events available at journal.classiccars.com.

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1970 Chevrolet Camaro, 2+2, 396ci, BF Goodrich, bill mitchell, Camaro, Camaro RS, camaro ss, chassisworks, CPP, Disney World, GM, GM Design, Pick of the Day, PininFarina, tom Stahler, wilwood

Bitchin’ Camaro! Resto-mod ’70 coupe has big-block V8, driving upgrades | ClassicCars.com Journal


When Bill Mitchell and his team were looking for inspiration for a followup design to their wildly popular 1967-69 pony car, the legendary GM executive encouraged study of Italian design – Pininfarina to be exact. What resulted was a beefy-looking, racy-stance, 2+2 with a split bumper and a big Barchetta smile.

So outstanding was the F2 that the basic body style and chassis that, with minor styling changes, would be built for the next twelve years! It handled relatively well, too.

The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro resto-mod coupe in SS trim offered by a dealer in Rancho Cordova, California. The Cranberry and Pearl White stripes give this car a very racy, original SS look. According to the dealer, there have only been a few miles since the restoration of the original car, which included rebuilding the 396cid V8/Turbo-Hydromatic 400 drivetrain and adding improvements in handling and stopping components.

Interestingly, in 1970 the displacement of the big-block V8 was actually a 6.6-liter 402, but budget-minded GM decided not to change the 396 badging from the 1969 trim.

The car features factory air conditioning, power steering, Wilwood power disc brakes front and rear; adjustable coilovers; Chassisworks 4-Link rear end; Chassisworks Fab9 rear end housing; CPP tubular control arms; aluminum radiator with dual fans; Holley 750cfm carburetor; vintage style stereo with  auxiliary input; Rockford Fosgate speakers; tilt steering column; 18-inch Intro wheels and beefy BF Goodrich tires.

In 1972, Disney World opened to great fanfare, and lucky 4-year-old Tommy got to go. My parents made the long trip from Morton Grove, Illinois, on the edge of Chicago to Orlando, Florida, and back in a 1970 Camaro — in Rally Sport trim. It was Butternut Yellow with a black landau top and a 350ci V8.

For the entirety of the trip, which included stops in Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Biloxi, Mississippi; and Atlanta, Georgia, I sat on a pile of phone books in the back seat and looked out the window at America in a simple-yet-similarly tumultuous time.

For the asking price of $49,988, you too could get that feeling again.

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Arizona 2020: Future Collector Car Show kicks off auction week | ClassicCars.com Journal


The world is changing. What constitutes a “classic” or collector car is changing. The modes of how cars are shown are changing, too. Clearly car culture is gaining momentum with the next generation of enthusiasts, and it’s not just about 1957 Chevys and butch-waxed hair anymore. Nor is it just about the fairways and sun hats of a concours d’elegance.

Roger Falcione, an enthusiast, visionary and chief executive of The Collector Car Network, which owns ClassicCars.com, had seen classic car shows and also had been exposed to sport tuner events. The preverbal lightbulb went off.

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Judge Andy Reid and Illinois-based car restorer John Saccameno check out an 80s Ferrari at the High Street show.

“I knew that the collector car market was on the verge of a shift,” Falcione said. “There are still the traditional enthusiasts and collectors, but there is also a burgeoning group who have their own ‘hero cars’ they admire. The future of the classic car hobby is in good hands.”

Taking the best practices from what he saw at so many different events, Falcione started his own show, the Future Classics Car Show – now known as the Future Collector Car Show.

By design, the event displays, judges and awards cars built after 1974. As has been acknowledged by many collectors, many OEMs are producing “instant classics,” cars that are so anticipated and admired in the marketplace they immediately jump in value without the aging process that so many automobiles have had to endure. Expect to see cars like this, tuner culture and much, much more.

Crowd-pleasing cars, good food and fashion highlight the 2020 FCCS.

At the show, which features more than 150 cars and upwards of 5,000 spectators will have everything from Acuras to Aston Martins, Ferraris to BMWs and everything in between. The diverse car array is a product of passion and sentimentality – which has driven car culture from its very beginnings.

Judging crosses nine categories: Best of Show; Best Modified Vehicle (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place); Best Preserved; Best Restored – Presented by Barrett-Jackson; Rookie of the Year (16-25 owners age); Fan Favorite! – Spectators may vote on the people’s choice; Students Choice sponsored by Universal Technical Institute, Best Trunk sponsored by Slime, Best Ford – Presented by Steeda Performance Vehicles.

Keeping with a family friendly environment, the show includes a Stylist Competition and Fashion Show presented by Luxe and City, on-site pet adoptions, and Kid Zone presented by the official charity, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Period correct, modified and custom vehicles feature prominently at FCCS.

Automotive judging will be done by historian and veteran concours judge Andy Reid along with celebrity judges including Formula Drift Judge Ryan Lanteigne, Fielding Shredder, who was a Top-3 finisher on the popular Netflix series, Hyperdrive, and sponsored Formula Drift Pro2 driver Andrew Schulte.

At the helm of the show is a driven, enthusiast, millennial, Rebecca Nguyen, hired by Falcione in the show’s first year. Her knowledge of the youth market has been a boon to the show’s success.

Nguyen said,”The Future Collector Car Show is meant to be an all inclusive event that encourages attendees and participants to engage with each other no matter what type, or level enthusiast as well as what their niche may be.

“Every year has been bigger and better than the previous one with new engaging aspects to make the show welcoming to new, old, and current enthusiasts of any kind.  I hope to bring the show to another state this year.”

The show is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on January 12 at High Street, an upscale shopping district in the Desert Ridge area of Phoenix north of the 101 Freeway.  For more information visit the event website.

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