For many years the community park in Macungie, PA has been the home of some of the larger classic car events in the Mid-Atlantic. One of our favorites is the Wheels of Time Street Rod show. This event brings in hundreds and hundreds of classic cars. Don't let the term "Street Rod Show" scare you off, this show isn't all fiberglass, wild paintjobs, and billet wheels (though there is plenty!), there are classics for everyone at the show. The show is full of every type of classic car from the perfect restorations, time capsule barn finds, to traditional hot rods and customs, to a sprinkling of muscle cars.. it's all here! The show goes through Sunday the 25th and is packed with activities for the entire family! Make sure you stop and see the famous Butch Patrick AKA: Eddie Munster and the Munster Coach and Drag-u-la at the show! Check out some of our favorite sights from the show when we visited below!
You'll be taking your ride to a weekend car show, so of course you want it to look its absolute best on display in front of friends and colleagues. Every "oooh" and "ahhh" you'll hear does wonders for your self-esteem, and if there's a judging portion of the show, you certainly want that top trophy.
Of course you always wash the car’s exterior and vacuum the interior, but is that enough? If you've got a lot of time on your hands, and you've got the expertise, you can detail the car to a perfect show-ready appearance by yourself. But if you don't have that time and skill set, it's worth the money to take your classic to a professional detailing pro. They know what it takes to meet the strict standards of the expert judges who will critique your vehicle at the show.
Judges look everywhere, and that includes places you can easily miss...a hard-to-reach corner, or even under the carpet! Remember, these judges have usually seen it all, in all types of cars. I don’t want to say they’re looking to trip you up, but you better be ready to impress them.
Now if you really want to earn that first prize, you have to make your car stand out above the rest. Bring pictures of the resto work you’ve done so people can see how much work you've put into it. Bring along past trophies that you've won to display. Add something to garner some extra attention. Let's say you're showing your ’57 Chevy Bel Air. Why don't you and your wife dress in Fifties "period" clothing?
Don't forget to bring some soft cleaning cloths to wipe your vehicle at the show itself, to remove dust and dirt that collects on the way there and while on display.Click Here To Read Full Post...
Like most members of classic car clubs, those in Jacksonville, Florida's First Coast AMC Club are truly passionate about their classic cars, even though you don’t see that many restored AMC cars out and about.
But among car collectors, none are more dedicated to the pursuit than American Motors Corporation vehicle owners, a dedication that stems from a combination of patriotism, nostalgia and the thrill of the hunt, since AMC vehicles are quite rare.
American Motors Corporation was formed in 1954 when Nash-Kelvinator and Hudson Car Company merged in what was then the largest corporate merger in U.S. history. For the next three decades, AMC produced cars for the American market that were reliable and affordable and, in many cases, powerful muscle cars that appealed to teenagers.
“Most people who collect classic cars do so because it provides them with a connection to their childhood,” said Cliff Danley of the First Coast AMC Club. “When I was 18, I bought a 1971 Javelin. It was a sports car and the price was low, which is important to an 18-year-old in the market for a car. It was a good-looking car but also different from other muscle cars of the day.”
He added, “AMC vehicles are extremely rare, which is very appealing to me. Rare, however, does not necessarily translate into monetary value. But it is a novelty and I appreciate that aspect of AMC ownership."
The 1981 AMC Spirit GT that Danley owns was originally equipped with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, since improving gas mileage was very important in 1981. Danley added, “It now has a 401-cubic-inch V-8 built for drag racing. It wasn't produced in large numbers, so the car is very rare. Younger people today have no idea what it is, and aren’t even familiar with American Motors. But it’s 100 percent American-made in Kenosha, Wisconsin.”
Steve Berg, president of the club, owns a few AMC vehicles, including an AMC Spirit, a 1978 AMX and a 1967 Rambler Rebel. “The first vehicle I owned as a kid that was actually operational was an AMC Rambler,” Berg said. “You just don’t see many AMC models these days, even at car shows. You'll see plenty of Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler classics. Those are great cars but they are common. If you see an AMC at a car show, that’s unusual.”
To read more about these not-too-common rides, click on over to Jacksonville.com.Click Here To Read Full Post...
The 1940 Ford Coupe has always been a popular car for restoration projects, ever since World War II veterans began turning them into hot rods by adding performance equipment to the car’s flathead V8 engine.
But you no longer have to poke around in junkyards or barns looking for an original to work on. Now you can buy a brand new 1940 Coupe body directly from Ford!
The 1940 Ford Coupe body is produced with today's high-strength steel, and is assembled using modern welding techniques. The new body comes rustproofed from the factory and is ready to be assembled as a custom hot rod or as a reproduction to the original.
You can choose a stock firewall that accommodates the original flathead V8, but it can also be ordered with a recessed firewall to allow installation of much larger modern engines. Ford also supports it with a variety of model-correct mechanical and trim restoration parts; to see what's available for the 1940, click here.Click Here To Read Full Post...
If you're in your forties or younger, there's a good chance you developed your interest in cool cars while playing with those little Hot Wheels® models. Now you can actually drive one in real life — an official, GM-produced, Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition!
There have been more than 800 models and 11,000 variations of Hot Wheels® cars created since 1968, but the Chevrolet Camaro was chosen as the first full-size, production Hot Wheels® to be offered for sale, starting in early 2013.
“Millions of us grew up playing with Hot Wheels,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Offering a special production model of the Camaro Hot Wheels is an opportunity to bring those memories to life.”
The exterior of the Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition has that Hot Wheels® look you'll recognize, including a vibrant, graphics-accented metallic paint scheme and red-lined wheels that make it instantly recognizable as you tool down the road. And just in case someone comes up to admire your ride and doesn't quite know where they recognize it from, there's a Hot Wheels-style flame decal on each door and Hot Wheels® Edition sill plates.
Felix Holst, vice president of creative for the Mattel Wheels Division said, “It’s been nearly 20 years since I started designing cars for Hot Wheels, and I have yet to drive one home!”
Keep checking with your Chevy dealer early next year to see when the Hot Wheels® Edition will arrive. Just like collectible toys, once they're gone, they're gone!
Watch a behind-the-scenes video about this cool Camaro Hot Wheels Edition here.Click Here To Read Full Post...
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