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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.”

Intro to NASCAR


In 1920, the 18th Amendment banned the production and possession of alcohol in the United States.  As law enforcement officials began to enforce “Prohibition”, alcohol producers had to be clever about how they transported their liquor. Specifically, to transport illegal alcohol, they needed vehicles that didn’t attract much attention so they would take ordinary “stock cars” and hot-rod them for high speed driving. When Prohibition ended in 1933, this widespread activity had became enormously popular and legal “stockcar racing” began.  By the late ’40s, it had become a major form of entertainment.  So popular, in fact, that NASCAR (The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) was formed in 1948 primarily to give formal definition to the sport.

Chevrolet Performance at the Woodward Dream Cruise


Chevrolet Performance is back at the Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend at Memorial Park in Royal Oak, where it will display a collection of performance vehicles – including the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – parts and accessories, and host autograph sessions with automotive personalities Linda Vaughn, Courtney Hansen and Izod IndyCar driver Will Power.

Back to the future as Chevy produces standalone SS


It was more than fitting that the new 2014 Chevrolet SS got its first major outing at Daytona recently. The production model of the company’s latest muscle car may only have been on the infield this time but the first real-wheel drive performance sedan to be released by the company since 1996 is as exciting for some people as the high-octane racing on the oval, where the Nascar Sprint Cup version was making its debut.

Indeed, it was some debut for the Chevy SS – after the new production model paced the racecars at the start, Jimmie Johnson followed up by bringing his Nascar Super Sport over the line for victory in the main event.

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 – 850 HP + Kaase heads on 460 Block


1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 - 850 HP + Kaase heads on 460 Block - Muscle Cars BlogHere we present you this awesome 1970 Mustang Boss 429 just completed by the guys at Peak Performance Restorationsa. The muscle car features Kaase replica Boss 429 heads on a 460 block, bored and stroked to 545ci delivering an amazing 850 horse power! A 

The Boss 429 is arguably one of the rarest and most valued muscle cars to date. In total there were 1,358 Boss 429′s made. The origin of the Boss 429 comes about as a result of NASCAR. Ford was seeking to develop a Hemi enginethat could compete with the famed 426 Hemi from Chrysler. NASCAR’s rules required that at least 500 cars be fitted with this motor and sold to the general public. After much consideration, it was decided by Ford that the Mustang would be the car that would house this new engine.

In 1970 there were 499 Boss 429′s made by Ford Motor Company. There were five new exterior colors (Grabber Orange, Grabber Green, Grabber Blue, Calypso Coral, and Pastel Blue) and the interior was available in White or Black. The hood scoops for this year were all painted black regardless of the color of the car. These cars also had a manual transmission and no AC was available.

These cars were rated conservatively at 375 horsepower and 450 ft lbs of torque. Actual output was just over 500 horsepower . The manufacturers and dealers only listed 375hp because of legal issues and rising insurance costs.

In present day, these cars are highly sought after. As of 2008, auctions on Ebay and at Barrett-Jacksonhave brought bids of over $250,000.

Peak performance is proud to present their tribute to the Boss 429. A complete rotissore build surrounds this amazing engine. We started with a 1970 fastback which was completely sandblasted and all rust removed and new sheet metal replaced. All new parts were used to improve the handling of this car. New suspension, Wilwood brakes and TKO 600 transmission complete the transformation. Read more!

2013 NASCAR Dodge Charger Sprint Cup car


2013 NASCAR Dodge Charger Sprint Cup car - Muscle Cars BlogDodge Charger Race Car For 2013 Sprint Cup Series Unveiled At LVMS

LAS VEGAS (Sunday, March 11, 2012) – Fans asked for it. NASCAR agreed. SRT Motorsports and Dodge delivered. SRT Motorsports unveiled the 2013 Dodge Charger that will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today in front of the people that asked for the change — the fans. Just as they did with the Dodge Challenger when it was introduced in the NASCAR Nationwide Series two years ago, SRT Motorsports designers and engineers created a race car fans will have no problem identifying on the race track. The defining features of the street Charger have been expertly incorporated into the racing version. Read more!

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS RCR Street Performance SN2


2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS RCR Street Performance SN2 - Muscle Cars BlogRichard Childress is a self-made racing icon who has built a legacy as a winning race car driver and team owner. Throughout his 40 year career, he has made more than 190 trips to victory lane, won 12 championships and built cars for some of the most successful drivers of all time. He is dedicated to both winning on the racetrack and establishing trusted race engineered and track proven performance cars for the street. Wearing a familiar black, silver and red color scheme, this custom built 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS/RC1 has a 500 horsepower LS3 V8, is the second of a limited production run from RCR, and is one of the most unique Camaros we’ve ever offered. Read more and see large gallery!

David Ragan sets new record in 2011 Ford Mustang GT


David Ragan sets new record in 2011 Ford Mustang GT - Muscle Cars BlogOn March 19th, 2011, David Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion saddled up behind a 2011 Supercharged Mustang GT at Bristol Motor Speedway to set the new half-mile closed course speed record at 98.497 mph in 19.481 seconds. Watch the video on read more!

Welcome to Murray Country


Welcome to Murray Country - Muscle Cars BlogMachines come and go, usually becoming the victims of human progress..

Murray Markwell of Southern Customs, in Pakenham Melbourne loves his American Muscle Cars, he also loves having a beer and having a chat. Murray is a walking talking encyclopedia of information about cars and car culture. Bandit Films were happy to go along for the ride and film this old NASCAR behemoth, a true testament to speed, power and money…

Director: Aaron Cuthbert

Director of Photography/ Editing/Colour Grade: Daniel De Silva

Producer/ Photography: Tom Broadhurst


Title: The Outside Man theme music

Composer: Michel Legrand

Read more and watch the video!

Ford F-150 EcoBoost Torture Test Episode 3: 24 Hours of NASCAR Track Testing


Check out the video of the F-150 as it runs a full day at full throttle. This is episode 3! – The Ultimate Blog for American Muscle Cars and Muscle Vehicles