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GALLERY: Mooneyes Xmas Party 2017

Uncategorized December 12, 2017

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Mooneyes? For me it’s the Moon Disc hub caps. The company has been a staple of Southern California car culture since the ’50s, making everything from gas tanks to steering wheels. Even today some of the most recognizable trends and styles in the classic car hobby are the product of Mooneyes.

This past Saturday was the annual Mooneyes Xmas Party at Irwindale Speedway. If you could name it, it was there: a pinup contest, pomade, music, pinstripes, lowriders, drag racing, motorcycles, art, bbq, bombs, restorations, barn finds. The list could go on. If there is a gold standard of what SoCal car culture is, this is the show to see because the variety of cars is unlike any other show in the state.

HOT ROD staffer Jacob Davis brought out his “Green Hornet,” and HOT ROD Network Director Doug Glad brought out the Car Craft Demon for some good ol’ eighth-mile fun. Glad put down a solid 5.58-second pass at 126 mph, while Jacob tried for the millionth time to break the 6-cylinder Hornet with a 100ish-shot of nitrous. Needless to say, the Hornet lives to see another day after a 10.57 at 57 mph and some nasty backfires.

Scroll through the gallery for more action on the day from the Mooneyes Xmas Party 2017.

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The Man With 5,500 Mustangs

Uncategorized December 12, 2017

Following a meeting with the Scott Drake folks at the 2017 SEMA show, Drake’s Gary Schechner introduced us to Adelbert Engler from all the way over in Belgium. Gary knew this author is a huge Mustang II freak, as is Adelbert, so we bonded over that right away but then we saw his collection of Mustangs at his Belgium-based shop The Mustang Garage (MustangGarage.be and www.themustanggarage.com) and realized we had to show it to you.

In broken English, Adelbert told us, “I started to love Mustangs at the age of 8. It became a red line in my life. In the year 2000 it was possible to start a business with only Mustangs, and now we have a team with 8 persons involved into the Mustangs.”

He also claims responsibility for helping develop a 1/18-scale mini-Mustang from Greenlight, and working with an importer from the Netherlands there are 16 different Mustang II models in 1/18 scale. Speaking of Mustang IIs, he also owns an original Belgium Cobra II V8 (one of only seven sold in Belgium), in addition to a Mach 1 with a 2.8L V-6 and manual transmission, also originally sold in his home country. His third II is a fairly rare 1977 coupe with a V-8 and automatic and all the power options, including an 8-track player, with only 35,000 miles on it. Adelbert told us, “It was originally sold in California and driven by a Dutch woman. She moved to Japan with her Mustang and after driving it there, she came back to France via the Netherlands. The car has more miles on the boat than on the road. Ten years ago it was bought by a Dutchman and he repainted it and placed new carpet and the chrome wheels. All the rest is still original.”

This Mach 1 is an original sold-in-Belgium car with a 2.8L V-6 and four-speed that Adelbert is building for a friend named Peter.
This white coupe was originally sold in California to a Dutch woman who took it to Japan, then shipped it to France via the Netherlands and out in storage for 10 years. Adelbert said, “It’s for sale but I would not be angry if it stays here.” He was aware of this car and always told the owner “if you have plans to sell it please call,” and he did. This original 35,000-mile V8 automatic Mustang has all the paperwork with it. Adelbert said, “All the invoices even in Japan ( and translated) are with it. I have the Japanese licence plate. It is hard to find those untouched and nearly rust-free Mustang IIs.”

In addition to his “Little Jewel” ‘stangs, Adelbert has a 1988 GT, ’93 convertible GT, ’83 GT race car (a clone of the 24 Hours of Spa racer in 1983), a 2016 EcoBoost, ’65 hardtop rally car the Montel Carlo, and is currently in the middle of building a clone of George Folmer’s 1969 Boss 302 Trans Am car. His shop sells and builds cars, parts, and accessories, and also houses his enormous collection of die-cast Mustangs among all the “real” Mustangs.

Check out the video that Ford of Europe did on the collection some time ago, as well as the photos in the gallery below, and if you ever make your way to Belgium, stop in and tell him Mustang Monthly sent you.

This 1965 coupe is from the Monte Carlo rally and The Mustang Garage is also in the middle of a George Follmer 1969 Boss 302 #16 Trans Am clone.

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Toyota Olympic marketing will help explain mobility vision

Uncategorized December 11, 2017

Heeding a call to action from President Akio Toyoda, Toyota marketers are leveraging an eight-year Olympic sponsorship deal and its first global campaign to lay out its vision of mobility for the world.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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GM-Lyft relationship gets complicated

Uncategorized December 11, 2017

General Motors has reaped financial benefits and learnings from its $500 million investment in the ride-hailing company Lyft; however, the long-term parameters of the relationship between the two remain uncertain.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Hundreds of ‘Vettes Gather for the Fall 2017 Corvette Expo

Uncategorized December 11, 2017

Whether it’s a simple wave of the hand, or chatting at the gas station, Corvette owners appreciate each other’s cherished machines. And while there are plenty of chances to gather with like-minded folks at car events across the country, there aren’t many opportunities for Corvettes to take the stage as the main attraction. The Corvette Expo, held in the foothills of the Smoky Mountain is one of those opportunities. The Corvette Expo is held twice a year—the spring event is held in Sevierville, Tennessee, while the fall event is held in Loudon, Tennessee.

The location at the Loudon Municipal Park offers a spacious layout for the car show, swap meet, car corral, NCRS judging, food vendors and more, and it allows for a short drive to the “Tail of the Dragon”, a popular stretch of Highway 129 that features 318 curves in 11 miles. This twisty road through the Smoky Mountains is a featured attraction for Friday’s Corvette Expo attendees, while Saturday is more of a relaxed atmosphere for participants.

You’ll see Corvettes from every generation, ranging from bone stock NCRS-approved restorations to high performance custom builds. Everyday driver Corvettes are also welcome, and there were plenty of C4, C5 and C6 drivers with limited modifications on display. Whether you like supercharged LT4-powered C7 Z06’s or Tri-Power big block C2’s, you’ll find something to drool over at the Fall Corvette Expo. We made the drive to Loudon, Tennessee for the Saturday portion of the Corvette Expo, so take a look at our favorite Corvettes on display and visit www.corvetteexpo.com for information regarding upcoming events.

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Taking a tour of Mast Motorsports booth full of Modular goodness #TENPRI2017

Uncategorized December 10, 2017

Mast Motorsports has long been an engine builder specializing in those other engines. However, the company has come to realize there’s opportunity on the Ford side of the fence, as well. Using the expertise it applied to those other engines, Mast Motorsports has a couple options for us Ford guys and gals.

Starting with a 5.2-Liter Coyote engine, this offering uses a Boss 302 block, a Callies stroker crank and rods, and Mahle forged pistons for the short-block. Up top, the 5.2-Liter uses CNC-ported heads, a Ford Performance intake and throttle-body, and a Dailey 5 Stage dry sump option is also available.

On the display engine, Mast Motorsports had American Racing Headers’ long-tubes. If that’s the route you’d like to go with your build, Mast can get you set up with them, as well.
Checking out the front of the Mast Motorsports display engine, you get a glimpse of the Ford Performance throttle-body, electric water pump, ATI Super Damper, and optional Dailey Engineering 5 Stage dry sump oil pump.

If a 5.2-Liter isn’t enough, Mast also has a 5.4-Liter VooDoo engine available. Using a Shelby GT350 VooDoo block, Mast again uses a Callies stroker crank and rods, and Mahle oversized forged piston for the short block. Keeping with the engine’s VooDoo theme, the 5.2-Liter uses CNC-ported Shelby GT350 heads, along with a Ford Performance intake and throttle-body. Just like with the 5.2-Liter, a Dailey Engineering 5 Stage dry sump option is available on the 5.4-Liter, as well.

If either of these options sound like what you need, check them out at www.mastmotorsports.com, or call them at 866.551.4916.

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BMW's Kuhnt offers an 'olive branch' to dealers

Uncategorized December 10, 2017

BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt is working to revamp the company’s culture and improve its relations with the dealership network.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Ford will test Internet sales models in China

Uncategorized December 10, 2017

Ford is using the world’s largest vehicle market as a test bed for alternatives to traditional dealer showrooms.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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Where It All Began: Half Moon Bay’s 1964 NHRA Drag Race

Uncategorized December 9, 2017

Racetracks were so much simpler in the 1960s. Every other Sunday morning, San Francisco–area hot rodders transformed waterfront Half Moon Bay Airport into one of the world’s quickest, fastest, and prettiest quarter-miles. Regular starter Andy Brizio (left), who also ran Fremont Drag Strip’s starting line for promoter Jim McLennan on alternate Sundays, turned over the switchbox to NHRA’s Ray Helm (right) during this September 1964 regional record meet. Division Seven director Bernie Partridge (center) watched Joe Davis pull his Chevy-powered gas altered to the line. (This Fiat Topolino body would soon be swapped for a shortened Mustang coupe, producing one of the first “funny” cars with mismatched engine and body brands.) The future “Rodfather” is alive and well at 85. McLennan, Helm, and Partridge are deceased. Since racing stopped in 1969, private pilots have had the tarmac all to themselves—except on the last Sunday in April, when more than 2,000 vintage piston-powered contraptions of all kinds gather on this hallowed asphalt for the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show.

Photo: Pat Brollier/Petersen Publishing Co. Archive

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Nissan's robotaxi field-test to be challenge to Waymo

Uncategorized December 9, 2017

Nissan steps its challenge to Waymo in the race for self-driving cars with plans to field-test robotaxis in downtown Yokohama early next year.
Source: Automotive News – swapmeetclassified

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