Muscle Car


What You Should Know About Redlining


You probably know that “Redlining” an engine is a bad thing.  It usually means you have punched the throttle on your car enough that the engine is spinning into the “red zone” on your tachometer. But what happens when an engine redlines, and can you really damage your engine if it occurs?

Engineers determine the maximum speed that an internal combustion engine can operate at without causing damage and they call that point the redline. The redline of an engine depends on factors such as the mass of the engine parts, composition of the parts and the interrelated balance of components.

The Real Autobahn


To most Americans, the word “Autobahn” conjures up images of infinite stretches of European roadway without any sort of speed limit, a place where supercars are legally allowed to zip past ordinary vehicles at any speed they wish. To the average German, the image is less exotic.  The Autobahn, or Bundesautobahn as it’s known in Germany, is simply a federal highway system. Most German drivers consider it just a road, kind of like the U.S. Interstate System but with one important difference, no speed limit!

The Nitrous Oxide Boost


If you are car enthusiast, you have undoubtedly bumped into nitrous oxide systems.  Nitrous systems are a way to boost the horsepower of an automobile for racing and specialty purposes.  They are not for standard street cars, however, because they can be dangerous and will void your cars warranty. That being said, enthusiasts still install them on all sorts of cars and if you’ve wondered what they are all about, this article will help.

Let’s start with methods to increase an engine’s horsepower.  Standard methods usually involve things like changing blocks, pistons, camshafts and other engine hardware. These methods are tried and true but require a great deal of mechanical skill and can be expensive.  An alternative method is to install a nitrous oxide system.

The First Muscle Car


Unbeknownst to them at the time, when General Motor’s Oldsmobile division introduced the Rocket 88 model in 1949, they created America’s first real muscle car.  It was a perfect combination of a lighter than usual body and a large, powerful engine.  It soon became a darling among NASCAR drivers and this popularity translated into considerable consumer demand.  I retrospect, the Model 88 changed Oldsmobile. Here’s the history of this fascinating car:

Prior to 1949, Oldsmobiles came with in-line, flat head engines.  In 1949, however, the Model 88 featured the powerful, new 303 cu. In. Rocket V8 engine. In one year, the model 88 vaulted Oldsmobile from a somewhat conservative automobile to a performer that became the one to beat on the NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) circuits. Here are some of the race statistics: In 1949, the Model 88 won six of the nine NASCAR late-model division races, 10 of 19 division races in 1950 and 20 of 41 in 1952. It was soon eclipsed by the low-slung, powerful Hudson Hornet, but it was still the first real “King of NASCAR.”

Belly Tank Racers


If you’re a car guy or girl, you’ve likely seen the pictures.  An old black and white photo of a curious, low-slung racing car with an aluminum, torpedo-shaped body. These are racecars from another generation and are they called “Belly Tank Racers”.  They were built to break speed records. To understand the significance of these unique racers requires knowledge of 1940s and 1950s Southern California hot rod culture.

The body of a belly tank racer came from aluminum drop tanks, or “belly tanks”, that were common on WWII aircraft. Belly tanks were supplemental gas tanks that were strapped to the bellies of planes to provide extra fuel, which in turn provided additional flying range. When a belly tank was empty, the pilot would jettison it to reduce air drag and then continue on his mission. After World War II ended, lots of belly tanks ended up in surplus and scrap yards and Southern California hot rodders soon took notice and started making them into race cars.

1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible 1st in Class at the Texas Concours dElegance


1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible 1st in Class at the Texas Concours dElegance

  • Recent body-off restoration by Collectible Cars and Parts of Arizona
  • 322/236 HP engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Cherokee Red and Windsor Gray
  • Correct waffle pattern leather interior
  • Wire wheels
  • Correct Gold ornamentation
  • 2014 Texas Concours d’Elegance 1st in class winner
  • Original sales invoice from Coleman Buick in Hightstown, New Jersey

Chevy Reveals Price, Online Visualizer for 2016 Camaro


Chevy Reveals Price, Online Visualizer for 2016 CamaroAs production of the lighter, more powerful, more advanced 2016 Camaro grows near, Chevrolet revealed more details to help customers tailor their Gen Six exactly how they want it, including pricing information and an online visualizer.

The 2016 Camaro offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement, starting at a suggested retail price of $26,695 for the Camaro 1LT, while the most powerful Camaro SS ever starts at $37,295 for the 1SS.

The new accessories visualizer allows customers to view many personalization features on the 2016 Camaro, including interior and exterior colors, wheels, stripes, and accessory options.

1650 HP Drag Race – Hennessey Z28 Camaro vs Hennessey ZL1 Camaro


Source: Hennessey via YouTube

All-New Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Roars Off the Line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant


All-New Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Roars Off the Line at Flat Rock Assembly PlantOne of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates of all time the all-new Shelby® GT350R roared off the line today at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant. The new GT350R Mustang is the most athletic Mustang ever, designed to tackle the world’s most challenging roads and race tracks while creating an exhilarating experience for the driver.

“This is a special day for all Mustang enthusiasts,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company.  “We have taken the GT350 formula to the next level of innovation, style and performance.  Today the legend continues.”