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Tuesday September 16, 2014
Cars & Car Shows - Living Auto History! '72 Gran Torino CJ, 'Goodguys Nationals, '67 Plymouth Hemi, 'Ventura Nationals, '66 442 Tri-Carb Test, Tribute to Gassers, '59 300SL Brochure, & More!

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Cro-Sal Olds 455

Oldsmobile's Twin Turbo
Can-Am Aluminum 455!

1959 Ramchargers High 7 Mighty

Ramchargers Stories - Part 04
The "High & Mighty"

1963 Pontiac 421 GP

Big Bad Boys - Muscle Cars
did not start with the 1964 GTO!

Shelby Then and Now

Shelby Cobras - the History
and Development

1963 Ford-Mercury 427

Ford's FE Big Block Story
Part 1 - 1958 through 1965

1972 44s W-30 Test

The Big Sleep: Performance in the
In-Between Years 1971-1982

1962 Max wedge 413

Chrysler's"RB" Wedge Development Through the Years

1970 Chevelle LS6

1970 - Screaming the loudest
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Cars and Car Shows - Our Window Into Auto History!
Sure, we post historical materials on the website - but what we also post are member's cars and car show coverage, because the tin you see in those articles are what we call "living history". These cars and trucks are real, live examples of the materials we are saving on the Society's website. Both are significant and important, so always expect us to take time to show you that piece of automotive preservation. Remember, just like us at the society, these people are "preserving the past for the future".

Jerry Lester Gran Torino

Jerry Lester has owned this stunningly restored
1972 Ford Gran Torino since new.

351 Cobra Jet Engine

The original 351 Cleveland Cobra Jet engine has been brought
back to "showroom" condition - maybe even better.

1972 Gran Torino from rear

The car looks good from any angle. Ford got the proportions
and "look" right with the 1970-73 Torino.

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Jerry & Sue Lesters' 1972 351 CJ Ford
Gran Torino

by Jerry Lester as told to AHPS Staff -
reprint with permission only

Like all others who returned from Viet Nam, I have stories I can tell. But this isn’t about the war or survival, it is about the beginning of a longtime friendship. Most people call friendship a relationship between two or more people. This story is different because it is between me and this 1972 Gran Torino.

Most troops elected to take R&R to see the world. I elected to come home to see my new son in December 1971. While at home, I took time to shop both Ford and Chrysler dealers for a new car. The Hemi ‘Cuda looked and sounded great, but then it came time for the actual choosing. My first car was a 62 Ford Galaxie. Before that, my family had a ’57 and ’60 Fords. So Ford was, as they say, in my blood.

After returning to Da Nang, I made a trip to the PX, and with the numbers and ideas I had with me, placed an order for this new 1972 Gran Torino. That was February 10, 1972. I returned to the States in February and on February 25th, 1972 I received my new “friend” from Don McMillian Ford in Houston TX. Being stationed at Fort Hood (Texas) for a year, I started drag racing the Torino in NHRA L/SA at West Fort Hood. The car was very competitive – running 15.9 on a 15.1 national record.

Thirteen hard years later with 74,000 miles on him; four wrecks; and a divorce, the car was parked. My “friend” was nine years in the purgatory of the garage before my new wife and I decided that “our Friend” needed a better life. It would take another four years of countless miles a-drivin’, acres of salvage yards a-walkin’, numerous catalogs a-readin’ and buckets full of dollars a-pourin’ before we had a car we both were very proud of!

As with so many projects, what started as a redo make-over to have a car to drive around quickly turned into a total frame-off restoration. Not wanting a concurs stock car, we elected to personalize him to compete as a late-conservative hardtop.

Randy and Bruce worked their magic on a very sick patient while Sue and I became the legs of the project. Any parts that were needed – we found them. And with this car being a one-year only style (as far as the front end sheet metal goes) parts were not on every street corner. But with the help from Fairlane Club members and other connections, we were able to do our part of the job . . .

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1932 Ford High Boy
Goodguys 28th West Coast Nationals -- August 22-24, 2014

The 28th Annual West Coast Nationals was a massive affair. On Saturday the 23rd. We estimate that there were more than 3,000 rods, customs, muscle cars and trucks in attendance. There were machines literally everywhere in the sprawling Alameda County Fairgrounds. This was the third California Goodguys event No Limits eMagazine has attended this year in Pleasanton and was, by far and away, the largest. This national event has a very large contingent of non-traditional car/engine combinations . . .

Click Here to the story and pictures of the Goodguys West Coast Nationals

1967 Plymouth Hemi Ads
  1967 Plymouth Hemi Ads

"They don't call it King Kong for nothing" says the ad on the left - and they weren't kidding. The Plymouth and Dodge Street Hemi had the rep in 1966-67. Plymouth, perhaps more than Dodge, worked that cred big time. Not that it was a bad thing, the car was awesome. Check out these 1967 Plymouth ads and see what Plymouth was touting with their performance line of muscle.

To see the 1967 Plymouth Performance Ads - Click HERE!

2014 Ventura Nationals Car Show
  12th Annual Ventura Nationals - August 30, 2014

Open headers from gassers, sirens from the low riders, no problem. Johnny Law didn’t seem to mind at all since the town invited all the out of town spectators to browse the local eateries, brew houses and shops along the two main streets. Some of the local businesses got together and added their names to the helpful show flyer with a map. It all paid off with the foot traffic that grew as the sun went down. Spectators were not only from out of town, but also from out of the country.

To see the story and photos of the 2014 Ventura Nationals - click HERE!

1966 Olds 442 Test
  1966 Oldsmobile 442 Tri-Carb Road Test

Surprisingly, only two of the GM muscle cars opted for multiple carbs as an option. Certainly everyone knows that Pontiac's GTO had 3-2s, but few know that for 1966 Oldsmobile's 442 also had that option. For whatever reason Olds and Pontiac went head-to-head on the street and on the track from 1965-1970, competing more amongst themselves than with other muscle. Check out this test and you will see why Olds was able to match the GTO ET for ET!

To see the 1966 Olds 442 Tri-Carb Test - click HERE

Stone Woods Cook Gasser
  Tribute to Gassers Exhibit and Show - August 2, 2014

The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, California sponsored the “Tribute to Gassers” event which coincided with the month long exhibit dedicated to the gasser race car. In the mid 1950’s, racers started modifying their family sedans and coupes with big performance add-ons. The gas coupe and sedan classes had to maintain stock wheelbases and engine relocation was limited to a maximum of 10% setback from the centerline of the front spindle to the front spark plug . . ..

Click HERE to see and read the story of the tribute to Gassers!

1 Million Mustangs Milestone
1959 Mercedes 300 SL Brochure

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was developed by Mercedes as the beginning of what would become the S-Class grand touring cars. Initially it was intended to be the fastest production car of its day - and it was. It was first introduced in 1954 as a two-seat sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors. But as it's popularity increased,  the coupe was dropped (1954-1957) and it was then offered as an open roadster (1957-1963), as shown here in this 1959 US brochure.

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