LOST DETOMASO ZONDA CONCEPT POWERED BY FORD – WITH A TWIST

LOST DETOMASO ZONDA CONCEPT POWERED BY FORD – WITH A TWIST Most enthusiasts will remember Italy’s deTomaso Automobili (later deTomaso Modena) as producer of the Pantera in joint venture with Ford from 1971-74. This relatively small specialty carmaker had other...

Barrett-Jackson Back to Live Auctions

Barrett-Jackson Returns to Live Events with Fall Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale; Revised 2020 Schedule Announced SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – July 30, 2020 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, announced today a special Fall Auction will take...

The “Compact Pickup” is now a thing of the past

We’ve all likely noticed that every time a car (or truck) model gets refreshed or redesigned, it gets larger in nearly every dimension.  There are many reasons for this which include customer demand for more cargo and people room; the need to incorporate more...

New Hot Rodding Magazines Born

HOT ROD Deluxe.  Rod & Custom.  Street Rodder.  Popular Hot Rodding.  Due to a combination of changing times, mergers and closures, the media convergence, and titanically poor management, one by one, many of America’s best, best known, and/or most enjoyed...

BUCKLE UP AS WE RE-TRACE THE CHASE IN SAN FRANCISCO WITH A 2019 BULLITT

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – We’ve been aching to get behind the wheel of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition ever since it was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Seeing the new car up on that big stage, sitting alongside the original...

US Marshals selling three replica movie cars at auction

Some potentially fun and interesting news I thought you might enjoy – MS   US Marshals selling 3 replica movie cars: ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean, ‘Ghostbusters’ ‘Ectomobile,’ and ‘Batmobile’ from Ohio federal criminal case involving Medicare fraud   For...

More cool Japan car sightings by Mo

As I’ve mentioned to you and posted about before, my daughter lives and works as a freelance writer and ESL teacher in Tokyo.  And sharing my affinity for strange, cool, and wonderful cars, she snaps them along her trail and shares them with me so I can share...

AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE HONORS LYN ST. JAMES IN 2021

I couldn’t be happier about this, as Lyn is both friend and star.– MS AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE HONORS LYN ST. JAMES IN 2021 Racer, writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and honoree of the 26th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Lyn St....

Medford CarsnCoffee revs up for summer

Hey Southern Oregonians — tired of couch arrest?  Cars need to get out for some air?  Looking for a great Cars n Coffee?  This once launched in Medford about a year ago, and had a bit of a slow windup, but appears to have really turned the corner now, with...

Abby Hempy Launches Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge Team

Gang…this is just the type of story that I really love.  A young woman who has ambition, passion, and skills, pursuing a life in motorsport.  Don’t laugh — you’d be amazed at how many F1 and top tier sports car racing teams have women in their...

American Car Guy Happily Lost in Cuba

A few years back, Linda and I visited Cuba with a group of like minded car people.  The whole trip was magical and I don’t recall if I ever shared it with you.  Wonderful colorful places, warm lovely people, great food, nice beaches, and a seriously enthusiastic...

BLAST FROM THE PAST: GALPIN FORD FOUR-ENGINE ‘MACH IV’ FUNNY CAR

BLAST FROM THE PAST: GALPIN FORD FOUR-ENGINE ‘MACH IV’ FUNNY CAR Multi-engined dragsters became ‘A Thing’ back in the 1960’s. “What’s the easy way to double the power of your quarter-miler? Simple – drop in another engine, and tie them crank-to-crank.”...

OFFICER ERIC GAONA’S HOT PURSUIT IS RESTORATION OF SSP MUSTANGS

OFFICER ERIC GAONA’S HOT PURSUIT IS RESTORATION OF SSP MUSTANGS BAKERSFIELD, Calif — Ford has been producing and selling law enforcement patrol and pursuit vehicles for many decades, as have most other American-brand carmakers. The majority of those cars have...

PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM TO REOPEN FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020

Some damn fine news in my world, and I hope in yours too…MS PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM TO REOPEN FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020 The museum will strictly adhere to the guidelines set by the CDC, State of California and County of Los Angeles to ensure the health and safety...

FLIGHT OF FANCY: STORY OF ‘MIZAR,’ THE GALPINIZED FLYING FORD PINTO

FLIGHT OF FANCY: STORY OF ‘MIZAR,’ THE GALPINIZED FLYING FORD PINTO VAN NUYS, CA – A flying Ford Pinto? Yes, we promise. A flying Galpinized Ford Pinto?  Sure, why not? In 1973, aeronautical engineer and inventor Henry Smolinski had the idea of beginning with a rear...

REVIEWED: Two Great New Car Books for Your Shelf

As a guy who writes car books for a living, I pay close attention to all the new bookware that gets published.  Plus of course I love to read them.  Here’s a couple new ones for your consideration. JUNKYARD: Behind the gates at California’s Secretive...

A Great Memory from Amelia Island, 2020

3 of 3: The Scimitars Reunited Highlights from the 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance The three Scimitar prototypes were reunited at the 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Photo: Deremer Studios, LLC. Industrial designer Brooks...

Cool Cars spotted in Kanazawa, Japan, Photos by Mo

You may or may not know that one of my daughters lives and works in Japan.  She’s lived in several places during her tenure there, but is most currently based in Tokyo, and currently riding out the Co-19 wave in a lovely, historic city called Kanazawa (which...

DeTomaso Zonda Concept — Powered by Ford, but with a Twist

Most of you will remember Italy’s deTomaso Automobili (later deTomaso Modena) as producer of the Pantera in joint venture with Ford from 1971-74.  This relatively small specialty carmaker had other models too, relying mostly on Ford engines for power.  Even though...

Welcome to my Virtual CarsNCoffee

Dear gang, I miss my daily, weekly, monthly, favorite car events just as much as you do.  But in order to keep the old personal hardware active and moving, Linda and I take a walk at the end of nearly every work day.  We seldom go far from our neighborhood, but...

Hot Rod history spoken here…

I was talking cars with a friend who has recently moved from SoCal up to Oregon, and he shared with me some charming photos (dated 1943) of his father and uncle and their hot rodded Model A.  My guy’s name is Larry Harlan, and if you look closely at a couple of...