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SHORT TRACK: Homage to a Forgotten Series - Plus: Cruisin' the Creek Car Show
Featured Car: Larry Kennedy's 1966 Ford Falcon

Forgotten Series

The first two rows of the starting field at Winchester, 1999
This article remembers the former Championship Auto Racing Series

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions

Hard to believe it's been nearly 20 years since the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) ran exciting, wheel to wheel stock car races on short tracks around Indiana. This series was distinct from and should not be confused with today's southeastern CARS series that descended from the old Hooters ProCup series.

The original CARS series was Indiana-based, founded by former ARCA driver Morris Coffman. The concept was built around a spec stock car chassis powered by 305 cubic inch Chevrolet small block engines with two-barrel carburetors that produced about 335 horsepower. The hard compound tires were grooved to limit grip. A completed car, ready to race, was available for about twenty thousand dollars while kits could be purchased for half that price and assembled by the race teams

The result was a fun, affordable mid-level touring series that frequented premier Midwestern short tracks including Indianapolis Raceway Park (now Lucas Oil Raceway), Winchester Speedway and Illiana Speedway.

The crowds were good. The race cars were fun to drive. They had enough power to slide through the turns but not so much grip that engine prices soared into the stratosphere. For a while – a very short while – CARS provided an excellent platform to learn the craft of stock car racing.

I competed in the series from early 1999 until August 2000. My record was marginal, winning two of the series' smaller events, sitting on the pole at Winchester and finishing sixth in the season points championship. But the competition sharpened my driving skills and introduced me to some great people who remain friends nearly two decades later . . . .

To read more about the Championship Auto Racing Series - click HERE

This Falcon is a Bird of Prey!

1966 Ford Falcon

Larry Kennedy's 1966 Ford Falcon Futura

by Society Staff

Maybe it was the striking Audi Brilliant Red paint or the Rushforth wheels that drew us to check out Larry Kennedy's 1966 Ford Falcon. What we found is an example of someone who likes his car and keeps it ! Larry has owned this Falcon for 18 years. He bought it when he was 20 and it is a genuine Sports Coupe Futura. While Larry kept the body 100% original – right down to the "289" fender call outs – he has improved and upgraded this bird ever since..

Let's start with the engine. Larry swapped in a 351 Ford Cleveland engine with a flat tappet Comp Cam and FiTech fuel injection. Firing that Cleveland is a MSD ignition system and distributor. The custom aluminum front accessory brackets hold the power steering pump and alternator. Power is controlled by a Tremec 5-speed transmission with spent gasses exiting via FPA headers through a stainless steel exhaust system. Believe us, it sounds STRONG!

Underneath that 100% original body are 4-wheel disc brakes with a Wilwood master cylinder. Power gets to those BFG G-force tires through a Ford 9" rear with 3.55:1 gear set with Ford locker. Those BFG G-force tires wrap around beautiful RushForth Black Widow 18" chrome and gold wheels . . .

To read more about Larry Kennedy's 1966 Ford Falcon Futura - click HERE
Cruisin' the Creek Car Show

Cruisin' the Creek Car Show

A cool local show with no registration fee, just a donation to help church activities

by Society Staff

Seems like when you think that you'll be bored waiting for the next big cart show, a local show – you've never attended before – catches your eye. Such was the case with the 6th Annual Cruisin' the Creek car show put on by the Creekside Church in Martinez, CA. To be totally honest, my wife spotted this show and urged me to attend. That's a great wife ! Anyway, the show is put on by the Creekside Church with donations (no registration fee is charged) going to fund church activities.

We arrived just before 9 AM (missing the Poker Run) but finding a nice spot to park and display the 442. The Creekside folks had a really great set of activities for the entire family. In addition to the Poker Run there was Pedal Kart races for the youngsters, Face painting, a 50/50 raffle, Cake Walk and a super BBQ lunch. All the while we were entertained by the "Elwoods" band and a great DJ!

On to the cars … We estimate that there were about 75 – 100 cars and trucks. They ranged from 60's muscle cars, to cool trucks, late model muscle cars as well as two Maseratis . Some of our favorites included a pair of Corvettes (a 1961 and a 1962) that were super sharp; a stock 1960 Chevy El Camino with a factory 348 engine set up; a 10 liter (yes that's 10) big block in an early Camaro; and a very early 1967 Shelby GT350 – the one with the center lights and a running light in the roof extractors – both discontinued after a few dozen cars . . .

To read more about the Cruisin' the Creek Car Show - click HERE


ARMO News - Classic industries Releases
New 1968-69 hood mounted turn signal indicator assemblies for Dodge Charger

Classic Industries, the leader in quality restoration parts and accessories worldwide, today introduced new OER® reproduction hood mounted turn signal indicator assemblies for 1968-69 Charger models. These quality reproductions feature correctly colored amber lenses, stamped steel housings as original, wire pigtails with correct connecting ends, mounting brackets, and hardware for proper installation. Sold in pairs.

1968-69 hood mounted turn signal indicator
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