I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting out of my first trip to the SEMA show in Las Vegas, but the event somehow ended up being both everything and nothing I thought it would be.
Let me put it this way — I can say with some confidence that whatever it is you’ve heard about SEMA, it’s true. All of it.
The event is carried out on a scale that is virtually impossible to articulate on paper, and the Read More
Ispent a LOT of my teenage hours nose-down between the pages of one hot-rod magazine or another.
I read them cover to cover. Over time, I eventually grew weary of reading what seemed like the same feature article intro over and over.
I’m sure you know the one — guy reluctantly parks old car for decades to build family/house/life, but finally gets around to car of his dreams.
The only sorrier story was guy reluctantly sells old car to build Read More
This 1963 Dart was built by Steve Magnante in 2008 as a totally streetable tribute to Jack Sharkey’s Chicago-based “Rampage” Dart match racer.
The all-steel California body is California-sourced with just the right amount of real patina and a Mazzolini Racing fiberglass Max Wedge hood scoop. The painted body graphics were hand-applied by Southern California go-to graphics man Bob Thompson. The narrowed 8¾-inch rear axle has 10-inch drum brakes and a clutch-type 3.91 Sure Grip with Super Stock leaf springs Read More
Authentic Richard Childress Racing serial #5, with a Chevy Lumina body, sponsored by Goodwrench and raced by Dale Earnhardt.
This NASCAR Cup car comes with supporting documentation from crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine, who personally inspected the car and found it to be 100% true as raced by Dale Earnhardt. This car was raced by Earnhardt in 1989 and 1990. The car was originally built as a Monte Carlo Aerocoupe Read More
This Olds has been campaigned in vintage racing and does show some signs of track time, but is largely straight and clean. The interior space will only need updated safety equipment to return to competition; however, all components are currently present.
The heart of the car — the Banjo Matthews chassis — is complete, with lots of good racing components ready for their first shakedown and adjustments. While Read More
When the Dobbertin Nova was unveiled in 1982, it turned the custom car world on its ear. It has appeared on the cover of 14 magazines and has been featured in over 100 publications around the world. It is, without question, one of the most significant and important custom cars ever built, and to this day remains a benchmark for innovation and excellence among hot rod enthusiasts.
Rick Dobbertin devoted more than 3,000 hours over the course of three years Read More
With a striking color combination of brown exterior and tan interior, this 1980 Jeep also has orange Renegade graphics, orange to yellow tones of stripes and period-correct white steel wheels.
The Jeep is reported as running with the “rare” 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that is also known as the “iron duke.” This is paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and has the popular 4×4 drive system.
The CJ5 has received a recent, sympathetic mechanical restoration that is complemented by what Read More
The Stutz Blackhawk was an American high-end specialty luxury car manufactured from 1971 through 1987. The Stutz Motor Company was revived in August 1968 by New York banker James O’Donnell. He joined forces with retired Chrysler stylist Virgil Exner, who designed the new Blackhawk.
The new Blackhawk was prototyped by Ghia in Italy at a cost of over $300,000. To offer exclusivity and still allow easy servicing in the United States, a custom-built Italian body was added to a GM Read More