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Aero Cars Return to Talladega Speedway

Aero Cars Return to Talladega Speedway

One of the reasons we started this site nearly ten years ago was to find ways to have more fun with our cars. Sure it is fun to have some friends over and work on a car or go to a car show and chat with new car folks. We even enjoy going out in […]

Legendary Collector Cars

Legendary Collector Cars

According to the Webster Dictionary A legend is a “non-historical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical”; legendary is likewise defined as “celebrated or described in legend”. It is history and stories that make any car Legendary. Part of the fun and mystique of owning collector cars […]

Write a Muscle Car Blog Post

Write a Muscle Car Blog Post

50th Anniversary Celebration 2019 is the 50th birthday of the cars born in 1969! Many believe that the 1969-1970 muscle car years were the peak of performance and style. This is our opportunity to celebrate these fantastic cars and relive some old memories. During 2019 we will be featuring your stories and photos about the […]

Being Stupid In a Car

Being Stupid In a Car

Youth = Stupid When I was in high school and hand just turned 15 I bought my first car for $150. It was a 1953 Plymouth two door, flat head six with three on the tree. It was rusted any place it could rust but I was proud of it and loved that car. Like […]

Buying a Car Online; Ups and Downs

Buying a Car Online; Ups and Downs

Purchasing a car online whether if be from an individual, auction site or a reputable dealer can be a stressful process. Over the years, I have done it a few times with mixed results. I must say, the results are usually less than I expected if not down right disappointing. I eventually made a pack […]

Road Rage or Car Addiction?

Road Rage or Car Addiction?

I have been in love with cars since I was old enough to have memories. It started with toy cars and evolved into real cars as soon as I was old enough to know the difference. At 14 I had a learners permit, at 15 I had a car and at 16 I had a […]

Street Rodder Tour

Street Rodder Tour

LONG BEACH, Calif.  – United Pacific Industries will be the Title Sponsor of the 2018 United Pacific Street Rodder Road Tour which has been held annually by Street Rodder Magazine since 1996. For the tour, a nationally-known builder is commissioned to build and design a state-of-the-art street rod. The 2018 tour will have Hot Rods […]

Car Art, Part Three

Car Art, Part Three

This is our third part of our Three Part series of car art done by artist Robert Luczun. To see more of his work on an El Camino, Click here.  

Car Art, Part Two

Car Art, Part Two

This is our second part in the fabulous art work done on cars and car related items by  Robert Luczun . You can see more of his work by Clicking Here. If you have not yet seen Part One of this series Click Here.

Car Art, Part One

Car Art, Part One

In our last post we brought you some details of an artist who uses cars as his canvas. Robert Luczun is one of those guys. However, Robert takes it even a step further. He saves junk and paints on it! I can honestly say, nothing this artist paints on is junk now. Every piece is […]

American History on Wheels

American History on Wheels

There are times when a car or truck comes along that just blows my mind. There are car builders that can create absolute works of tire burning art. Then there are guys like Robert Luczun of Clifton NJ, he actually uses his artistic skills to create artistic master pieces on a car. Robert is no […]

Collector Car Friends and Activities

Collector Car Friends and Activities

Over the past few years I have noticed a trend, at least locally. It seems more and more car enthusiasts are looking for alternatives to the typical car shows. We have had numerous discussions with others about this topic. It seems at first competing to win a trophy is very exciting. However, let’s be honest. […]

The Great Race; Murfreesboro, TN

The Great Race; Murfreesboro, TN

On Tuesday June 26, 2019 the Great Race stopped in Murfreesboro TN for lunch. All the local AACA Clubs and crowds of spectators stopped by Cannonsburgh Village to welcome all 120 cars to a little Southern Hospitality. What a great bunch of cars and participants. It was obvious everyone was having a terrific time even […]

Split Ray Feature Car

Split Ray Feature Car

It isn’t a Corvette! The 2017 Nashville Good Guys show featured one of my favorite custom Corvettes of all time. Unfortunately, or luckily depending on your position on custom Corvettes, this was not a Corvette at all! Confused? So was I for awhile when I first saw this Vette. It appeared to be a close […]

Barn Find to Show Car!

Barn Find to Show Car!

The story is one that is touching to the heart. Back in the early 70s a very young seven year old boy lost his parents. It was a difficult time for the family and he spent his week with close family members and weekends with a family friend. This difficult experience was also a very […]

1955 Dodge Project Car Update

1955 Dodge Project Car Update

Peggy Sue, our 1955 Dodge Royal Project Car is making some progress over the winter months in hopes of a fun spring time. We recently visited her at RES Automotive Restoration in Franklin, TN. They love Peggy Sue as much as we do and are enjoying bringing her back to life. Although the old girl […]

Motion Performance

Motion Performance

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s the words Motion Performance were in or on most car magazine. Hi-Performance Cars magazine had a special connection with Motion Performance through Editor Marty Schorr. As a result, the Cars magazine was the go to mag for anything Motion. Schorr also did all of Motions marketing and […]

2016 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance; Part 2

2016 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance; Part 2

Without fanfare, here are some of our favorite cars from the 2016 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington KY. We brought you the winners last time but in most classes almost any car good have been a winner in our mind so here are our picks.

Road Rage 1960s Style

Road Rage 1960s Style

I grew up in Oskaloosa a small rural Iowa town. It was a good place to grow up but a little short on excitement back in the 60s. I am sure that has all changed by now. Our thrills seemed to all evolve around cars. I was 16 and just got my driver’s license. I […]

Big Easy Mopar Show 2016

Big Easy Mopar Show 2016

After hearing about it for several years my wife and I attended the 2016 Big Easy Mopar Show in New Orleans. How was it? I can tell you I have never attended an event quite like it before and we will likely attend may more! The Big Easy Mopar Club in New Orleans really knows […]

Man Cave

Man Cave

As much as we all love our cars it is impossible to drive, race or show them all the time regardless of how much we would like to. As a result the concept of the “Man Cave” as a place to hang out with our beloved vehicles has become a passion for many of us. […]

Husband's Love of Wife and Car

Husband’s Love of Wife and Car

I recently received the following story from one of our readers. It is the true story of one man’s love of wife and car as told by the wife. As I attend car shows, races, museums, tours and all kinds of other car activities with my wife I am reminded of how rare it is […]

Fixer Upper: 1966 Olds Toronado Part 2

Fixer Upper: 1966 Olds Toronado Part 2

First Inspection Our Project 1966 Oldsmobile Torodado Fixer Upper arrived recently but it would not start. It had to be pushed off of the multi-car hauler. However, as soon as we got it in the driveway, shot a spray of raw gas into the carb and hooked up a jumper battery it fired right up. It […]

Fixer Upper

Fixer Upper

We are going to start a new series of posts here on www.LegendaryCollectorCars.com called Fixer Upper. Although I love the high end cars that are beautifully restored, restomoded or customized they generally fall into the “dream” category for most enthusiasts. The reality is that most of us can only afford a nice driver car and […]

Christmas Parade: Leipersfork, TN

Christmas Parade: Leipersfork, TN

When I was a kid growing up in Iowa I had never heard of a Christmas Parade. I could not imagine wanting to go out in the cold winter air, stand around for hours to see a parade. Living in Southern California for many years introduced the concept to me and it made sense where […]

Talladega and Wellborn Museum Aero Car Reunion 2015

Talladega and Wellborn Museum Aero Car Reunion 2015

Wow, what a weekend. My wife and I just returned from the 2015 Aero Car Reunion held at the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum and Talladega Speedway. This event included hot laps at Atlanta Speedway, a day at the historic Russwood estate home of Tim and Pam Wellborn, a day at the Wellborn Museum plus the parade laps […]

Original 1966 Mustang Fastback

Original 1966 Mustang Fastback

We always appreciate receiving information and photos on special cars. We can’t use them all but we do try to publish the ones we find especially interesting and unique. Any well preserved survivor meets that criteria. Here is a 1966 Mustang fastback that was brought to our attention recently and thought you might enjoy knowing […]

2015 Wilson County Fair Car Show

2015 Wilson County Fair Car Show

    Although we really enjoy the quality and rarity of cars found at the large regional and national car shows we still like attending the larger local shows. The quality found at these show can often meet and surpass what can be found nationally. Although our Dodge Nuremberg Daytona has been shown a couple […]

Ragtop Picture Cars

Ragtop Picture Cars

Today we did some of our favorite things; get in an old car, drive, eat a great meal in an old “mom and pop” restaurant and tour a car related collection. We also got to tour a small town, visit antique shops, eat ice cream and visit a home made candy store. What could be […]

Ford Build Sheets; Save your money!

Ford Build Sheets; Save your money!

When we first heard the news that Ford was going to provide owners with a “Build Sheet” documenting their cars factory correct specifications I was extremely excited. How cool would it be to have a Ford generated document that correctly states how your rare Ford/Mercury collector car left the factory? I thought this might give […]

Ford Returns to Le Mans; Will 1966 Win Repeat?

Ford Returns to Le Mans; Will 1966 Win Repeat?

Anybody up for a trip to Le Mans in 2016? Ford is taking it new and absolutely killer beautiful Ford GT to Le Mans next year for the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Le Mans win when they filled the Podium with Ford drivers! Ok Chevy, the challenge as been made. Do you have anything […]

Who Went 200 MPH First?

Who Went 200 MPH First?

Part 1   The record books say that Buddy Baker in a 1969 Dodge Daytona race car at the Talladega Superspeedway was the first to go 200 mph on a closed course. It was the time of the aero wars on the NASCAR tracks with Ford/Mercury locked in a real battle with Dodge/Plymouth for bragging […]

Visit to a Private Car Collection

Visit to a Private Car Collection

One of our favorite activities is to jump in one of the old cars and take a Saturday cruise to visit a different private car collection. It always amazes me how many large private collections are out there. Not only large but some have the most unbelievable cars. Take for instance the most recent visit. […]

What do you like to do with your car?

What do you like to do with your car?

It is still February and it is likely very cold in most parts of the US right now but here in Tennessee last weekend it was very nice. One of our local car clubs hit the road with 56 members. We pulled out our 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler Cale Yarborough Special and put approximately 175 […]

Second Round of Aero Cars Going Up for Auction at Mecum

Second Round of Aero Cars Going Up for Auction at Mecum

CORRECTION: The Blue Talladega was mistakenly previously listed as the $110,000 from last year but it was not. The early photos on the BJ site showed the car from the previous year. They are different VINs. Sorry for any confusion. You can read a little more about them on our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com.   […]

Prototype Trans Am Cars

Prototype Trans Am Cars

The 2014 Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals had two of the Trans Am pony car Prototypes on display. These are the cars that were special small cubic inch high winding v-8s for the late 60s and early 70s Trans Am series. Although the Pontiac Trans Am model of the Firebird carried the same name as […]

The Very First Camaro

The Very First Camaro

If you received a phone call or an email asking if you wanted to buy the very first Camaro what would you say? Is this a scam? Is this some joker in Nigeria trying to steal my identity? Or, would you think you won the lottery?  Well, that is just what happened to me several […]

Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals

Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals

We just returned from the 2014 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago. It was unbelievable. The quality and quantity of cars on display was remarkable. A row of Hemi cars, a long line of Boss 9s, prototypes, one of ones were common. This is a show that has to be on your Bucket List if […]

MicroFinish Paint Repairs; Part 2

MicroFinish Paint Repairs; Part 2

Previously we told you about MicroFinish and our efforts to repair some minor paint damage to our 2001 Corvette ZO6. Next time we will go into more detail on the aerosol part of the fixes but this time we are going to cover the Paint Pens.We really love these little devices. At first I was very skeptical […]

Chrysler Power Magazine

Chrysler Power Magazine

We recently did an article for Chrysler Power magazine. Check out the article below or better yet, pick up the magazine and read all the articles.

We have an Answer to: What is this?

We have an Answer to: What is this?

Last week we got several replies to our “Can you help?” article. Although we can not be certain about the answers provided we strongly believe the question has been answered. See at the end of the original article below for the answer. We get questions about certain cars and if we know of anyone looking […]

Visiting the Wood Brothers Museum

Visiting the Wood Brothers Museum

Wood Brothers Racing Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood. Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 98 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last […]

Corvette Museum Sink Hole

Corvette Museum Sink Hole

I have been into Corvettes since I was very little. I remember my favorite toy as a child was a 1953 white plastic Corvette. I have owned over 25 Corvettes and have visited the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green KY on many occasions. My wife and I followed all the photos and stories on the […]

Corvette: America’s Star Spangled Sports Car

Corvette: America’s Star Spangled Sports Car

BOOK REVIEW BY: Wallace Wyss Corvette: America’s Star Spangled Sports Car by Karl Ludvigsen   There are lots of car history books written by writers who come across the cars they write about decades later and write their histories based on old PR releases, magazine stories and the like. But this particular book Corvette America’s Star […]

1947 Norman Timbs Special

1947 Norman Timbs Special

This is one of those cars you just can’t stop looking at because it is just so darn strange, unusual and beautiful. We think of two seat sports cars as being small and usually having a short deck and long front end. We also think a mid-engine car should be exotic and made for high […]

A Fourth of July to Remember

A Fourth of July to Remember

The Fourth of July, to me, usually means some find of car activity and watching what will always be the Firecracker 400 at Daytona in my vocabulary. Oh yea, and there is the fireworks as well! I have found that as I grow older I tend to be more patriotic but also a little more […]

Cruising the Back Roads in Your Classic Car

Cruising the Back Roads in Your Classic Car

  In the past we have talked a lot about trips to races, car museum and car shows around the Country. All kinds of car activities are fun but what we like even more is Hitting the Road. Katrina and I belong to a local AACA club that has no meetings and no dues and no […]

The Disappearing Shelby

The Disappearing Shelby

Was it destroyed long ago? This is a guest Post by one of our regulars Wallace Wyss.   There are valuable Mustangs and among the most valuable are the GT350s made by Shelby in ’65 and ’66 when the car was still a rough tough sporty car, with no pretense at luxury whatsoever. But one of […]

Saint Louis Museum of Transportaion

Saint Louis Museum of Transportaion

We have had a number of people tell us the Saint Louis Museum of Transportation is not to be missed and is wonderful. We have seen a couple of the cars in the Museum previously and were very impressed. The first was the Chrysler Turbine car and the other was the Bobby Darin car. Katrina and […]

A Vintage Race Special

A Vintage Race Special

The 1969 Boss 302 Factory Race Car That Wasn’t Factory (But Hey, it was still a genuine Boss….) A guest article by Wallace Wyss Note: all photos shown are of the actual Trans Am race car. One of the dreams of vintage racers who like American iron is that they will come across a Trans […]

Helping You Purchase Your Collector Car

Helping You Purchase Your Collector Car

There is one thing that prevents many of us from purchasing that Legendary Collector Car of our dreams…MONEY. Until recently I believed no one would lend money to purchase a collector car or a classic car. That all came to an end when I became aware of Woodside Credit. When I sold our 1969 AMC […]

Tracking down a 1969 Ford Talladega Drag Car Part-3

Tracking down a 1969 Ford Talladega Drag Car Part-3

When we left off last time we told you the history as we have it regarding the Skip Mac Farland Drag Race Talladega sponsored by Keats Ford. There is still a lot we don’t know and would welcome any additional information or photos readers can give us regarding this car. In late 2012 I almost […]

Tracking down a 1969 Talladega drag car Part-2

Tracking down a 1969 Talladega drag car Part-2

In Part-1 we gave you a quick education on what a 1969 Ford Talladega is and why the cars are so special. In addition to this site we also run the www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site. What good is a car registry? One of the reasons we started this online Registry for the Ford Aero Cars was to […]

Tracking down a lost 1969 Ford Talladega-Part 1

Tracking down a lost 1969 Ford Talladega-Part 1

Because we have so many pages of information devoted to the Talladega and Spoiler II cars we have developed an entire site devoted to just these cars. In addition that site includes the first ONLINE REGISTRY FOR THE 1969 FORD TALLADEGA, 1969 MERCURY CYCLONE SPOILER AND SPOILER II, THE 1969 MERCURY CYCLONE COLOR CODE CARS […]

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch

In my last Post I told you about my trip out west to pick up a new Project Car which I still have not revealed to you. I also promised you an up close look at the iconic Cadillac Ranch. For those of you who might not be familiar with this highway monument it is […]

Take a Cruise on Route 66...the easy way.

Take a Cruise on Route 66…the easy way.

I recently had to make a fast trip to California. It was 2,000 miles one way and I did the round trip in 7 days including time to pick up a car and load it up. I was by myself in a pickup pulling a 24′ enclosed trailer. 90% of the trip was on I-40 […]

Fall Tour

Fall Tour

The show season is winding down in all but a few locations of the country right now. Most of you are most likely tucking your pride and joy away for the winter season. Don’t be in too big of hurry to put it away just yet. We actually went to fewer shows this year but […]

Update on Petty Torino

Update on Petty Torino

I received an update on last week’s article on the Petty Torino. Joshua Kupka was the previous owner of the car in our article and he provided the following clarifications. “I have talked with Kevin Marti and he stated that they made 200 of these and they came with several types of engines but all […]

Monza Road Kill

Monza Road Kill

If you want to have some fun get a leaf blower; better yet get five of them. What? Oh, and get yourself a V8 Chevy Monza while you are at it. The guys a Motor Trend Road Kill did just that. If you or I tried this and told anyone there would be an ambulance […]

Change at Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum

Change at Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum

  Our Dan Gurney Spoiler II has spent the last 3 years on display at the Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville TN. Since it is one of our favorite cars it has been a real struggle to leave the car there for that long. While it was there it was spotted by one […]

Kids Don't Try this at Home.

Kids Don’t Try this at Home.

Road Kill by Motor Trend is like drinking fine wine out of a oil can. Motor Trend is one of the best known car magazines. It has been around forever and is know for new car road test and Car of the Year Awards. I consider it old, established and conservative. Road Kill is none […]

Hot Wheels Match Race Haulers

Hot Wheels Match Race Haulers

Back in the early 1970s Drag Racing was really catching on and star Match Races were a big draw. Every kid, like many today, wanted Hot Wheels. What better way to promote a product than to blend the real with the toy? This 1967 D-700 has a remarkable place in racing history. It first began […]

1939 Delahay Type 365 Cabriolet

1939 Delahay Type 365 Cabriolet

There is a point when a car is so wonderful it is no longer just a car. Its beauty may transform it into sculpture. Its power may make it a racing icon or its ownership may make it a historical artifact. This car is arguably one of the most beautiful in the World. We found […]

The So-Cal Special

The So-Cal Special

So-Cal Speed Shop is an Icon for the hot rod world and arguably one of its best known creations is the So-Cal Special. After World War II there were a lot of surplus war items and returning GIs were innovative, creative and ready for thrills. Hot Rods and Drag Racing were the outlet for many. Building a […]

Not a Barn Find...It's a Lake Find!

Not a Barn Find…It’s a Lake Find!

Today, it seems everyone wants to discover a Barn Find. The desire to find that rare hidden away vehicle that no one has seen for decades. Most of us dream of a forgotten Cobra, Corvette or Hemi. I challenge you to dream a little bigger. How about finding a multi-million dollar car at the bottom […]

Buyer Beware!

Buyer Beware!

On our sister site www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com we constantly track the sale of for sale status of the 1969 Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II and related cars. On that site we recently provided everyone with an update on the sale of a number of cars at auctions and other outlets over the past few weeks. […]

What are you working on? John Craft

What are you working on? John Craft

John Craft, Texas, has a couple of very interesting projects going on in his garage. The first is a real deal 1964 Ford Galaxie race car. You need to know a little history on this car. It was originally the 1964 Holman Moody “House car” (C4HM=10041).  It was an “extra” chassis that H&M prepared for “celebrity” […]

So Cal Speed Shop

So Cal Speed Shop

We recently paid a return visit to arguably the best known speed shop in the Country, So Cal Speed Shop. We were fortunate enough to visit and tour the shop several years ago but on this trip Katrina was with me and she desperately wanted to see their facilities in Pomona CA. We were lucky […]

2013 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award

2013 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award

The Ridler Award given out each year at the Detroit Autorama for the past 50 years is arguably the most prestigious award a car builder can put on his shelf. The cars that compete cost more than some of us will earn at work in a lifetime. The video below not only recaps some of […]

Mullin Automotive Museum

Mullin Automotive Museum

Southern California has no shortage of great car places. Hot rod shops, cruise-in places, historic custom car builders, collectors and of course the best of car museums. It is all but impossible to pick the best one. On a recent trip to the Golden State we had the very rare opportunity to visit the Mullin […]

Hot Rod Magazine 65 Year Cover Car Show

Hot Rod Magazine 65 Year Cover Car Show

Last weekend Katrina and I attended the Hot Rod Magazine 65 Year Cover Car Show. If you haven’t heard about this show then you don’t read Hot Rod. For the first time they invited every car that had ever been on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine to attend a car show in Pomona, CA […]

1200 Horse Power, Australia and lots of Smoke!

1200 Horse Power, Australia and lots of Smoke!

Here is another Road Kill from the folks at Motor Trend. It is 27 minutes but it will blow your mind what those crazy gearheads do downunder. You think burnout contests here in America are nuts you have to see this video.

Building a VW in a "glass house"

Building a VW in a “glass house”

This is a Collector Car site and we mostly focus on Muscle Cars. To some, even a VW is a collector car and for most of us anything car related is of interest. This video is neither about classic cars or even American cars but it will be of interest to any gearhead. If you […]

Body Art

Body Art

This is a very interesting story I found on the Internet about Body Art and cars. A wrecked car is always something that is of interest to me. The way the body crumples and changes shape due to the impact in some morbid way is intriguing. Check out how one artist convinced 17 people to […]

Jeff Gordon "Test Drives" a Camaro

Jeff Gordon “Test Drives” a Camaro

In the past I have not been a big fan of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. He always seemed a bit, how do I say it? Wimpy and whinny. That was until I saw this video of him taking a test drive in a used Camaro. He did what most of us have wanted to do forever. However, […]

Motor Trend Road Kill

Motor Trend Road Kill

  I have subscribed to Motor Trend Magazine for decades off and on. I have always considered it a good magazine with lots of info on the new cars. When the foreign cars began to invade our Country it seemed to lose its edge and was not so appealing. Today, that is changing and nothing demonstrates that more than Motor […]

What are you working on?

What are you working on?

We like to hear from each of you on what your current projects are. One of our friends from down in the Dallas area and long time Ford guy, Marty Burke has two projects I think any of us would be proud to have in our garage. First up is a black Cyclone he took […]

Rat Rod Rumble 2012

Rat Rod Rumble 2012

We have a lot of viewers who absolutely love Rat Rods and we have really not given them much to look at for a long time. Here is a video we came across that may keep some of you entertained until we can get back and get some of our photos and videos up.

2014 Corvette Hits the Road

2014 Corvette Hits the Road

So you have the best job in the World, you test drive new Corvettes 6 months before the first one is released to the public. You get to drive fast on some twisty Arizona roads and sudenly it isn’t such a great joby any more. Now you are on your cell phone trying to explain […]

Prototype Mustang

Prototype Mustang

The following photos and article came to us from the folks at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. We have been to this event and it should be on every car guy and gals bucket list. It is all that you can imagine it would be with muscle cars to vintage race cars, concept cars as […]

Compare Mustang Shelby GT 500 and Camaro ZL1

Compare Mustang Shelby GT 500 and Camaro ZL1

Our friends at Motor Trend have more fun than anyone deserves at work and get paid for it. However, I am disappointed in that what they give us is a great show but they then come to a conclusion that is not demonstrated in their on screen comparison tests. Watch for yourself and see if you agree.

1973 Ford Torino-Speedway Newsletter

1973 Ford Torino-Speedway Newsletter

Since we are about to enter the 2013 Daytona Speedweeks which kick off the new race season I thought it would be fun to go back 40 years and see what was happening in 1973. The following information was provided by Steve Marek and was taken from the Ford and Mercurys Speedway Newsletter from the early 80s. […]

2014 Corvette

2014 Corvette

I have owned Corvettes, old and new since I was 21 years old. That amounts two approximately two dozen different cars over the years. Each one had an entireley different personality. It wasn’t until the C5 cars came out that I absolutely fell in love with them. The C5, in my mind, was the very […]

Getting Respect

Getting Respect

I have found that most people, car folks or not, respect other peoples property. However, there is a certain portion of the general public that are absolutely oblivious to respecting others’ property; heck they don’t even know what a high quality object is. It is these people who make car shows stressful and leaving your […]

Linda Vaughn Miss Hurst Shifter and 69 Hurst Olds

Linda Vaughn Miss Hurst Shifter and 69 Hurst Olds

One of the true highlights of the 2012 Corvette Muscle Car Nationals was meeting Linda and seeing this iconic muscle car.

Order Tickets for the Daytona 500, 1970 Race!

Order Tickets for the Daytona 500, 1970 Race!

If you are all fired up to attend the opening NASCAR race at Daytona this year I can’t help you! However, if you want to attend the 1970 race try this info. The following is a copy of the 1969/1970 Daytona Speedweek schedule leading up to the 500. It even includes a way to order […]

Kris Kringle Car Show

Kris Kringle Car Show

When the weather is warm and the sky is clear it is time to drive and cruise. However, when it gets cold with snow and rain in the air it’s time for indoor shows! Here are some photos from one such show we attended just before Thanks Giving. This was a smaller local show but […]

Grand National Race Cars

Grand National Race Cars

We recently received some interesting information and photos that we want to share with all of you. John Craft is a name many of you may remember from the early days of the Talladega printed Registry. He now focuses on the Grand National Ford Aero cars and has some terrific information and facts he wants […]

Cars are more than Transportation

Cars are more than Transportation

To most of us our cars are an extension of our family. They are a source of memories past and a creator of future memories. They are treasures and heirlooms to be handed down to the next generation. Unfortunately, bad things can happen and destroy everything. Hurricane Sandy was just such an occurrence. It killed and destroyed. […]

Voo Doo Hellion Rat Rod

Voo Doo Hellion Rat Rod

When we were recently at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals we saw a car that really caught our eye. No it is not a Muscle Car nor a Corvette and it was not displayed in the main arena with such cars either. It was one of the welcome cars located in the Loby on […]

1961 Corvette For Sale Video

1961 Corvette For Sale Video

We previously provided you with some photos of a fantastic original 1961 Fuel Injected Corvette. Today, we bring you another episode of Legendary Collector Cars TV featuring this Corvette in even more detail. I hope you will take a few minutes to appreciate this car. For more information on the sale of this car please […]

1961 Corvette Fulie; the best one? For Sale!

1961 Corvette Fulie; the best one? For Sale!

If you grew up in the late 50s or early 60s and you were a car guy; there was one show you had to watch. It was Route 66 with that beautiful Corvette. Todd and Buzz seemed to have a perfect life for the young car geek. They were young men with the best possible car […]

Dyno Wars at Shelby American won by a Boss 429 Talladega

Dyno Wars at Shelby American won by a Boss 429 Talladega

I just received an email from friend Rick Stanton regarding his Benny Parson Tribute Talladega. Most of you are familar with Rick and his beautiful maroon Talladega. We have it featured on our Feature Car pages and it has also been featured in Hot Rod magazine.  Most of us Aero Car people talk a lot about […]

Cruisin The Coast 2012

Cruisin The Coast 2012

We have yet to make it to Cruisin the Coast but have it on our Bucket List. Next year it is a priority. Luckly, our friends Steve and Nancy Whitaker from Ankeny Iowa make it a regular on their schecule and always furnish us with some great photos. Here are some of my pics from their 2012 […]

I Gotsta to Get Paid - ZZ Top

I Gotsta to Get Paid – ZZ Top

We recently attended a ZZ Top concert and enjoyed it from beginning to end. It was full of car related video backdrops. The big surprise is when we walked out and their was their tour bus. It was an old Grayhound style with wild custom vista cruiser style two story roof and much more. These […]

New Project Car

New Project Car

Doing a Project Cars is one of the things we have the most fun with on this site. We just finished our Project Barn Find AMX, and Project High School 67 Mustang fastback, sold the Project Bulls Eye Dodge Dart and our Project Cougar is near completion so it was time to start a new […]

Checkers Rat Rod

Checkers Rat Rod

Rat Rods are like ice cream they come in all flavors and sizes. I find them to be of interest to a wide varitety of car guys. Some are little more than heaps of rust relying on gravity to keep the bodies attached to the frame. Others have a strong sense of humor and are […]

Reversion Mustang

Reversion Mustang

When it comes to retro design and new cars the results are often far from acceptable. There are some exceptions both by the new car factories and individuals. One car we really like is the Mustang known as the “Reversion Mustang”. This new Kid on the block was built by ‘Johnny Sparks’ aka John Heermann. It […]

Project Bulls Eye Sold

Project Bulls Eye Sold

When we started this project our goal was to demonstrate that it doesn’t take trunk full of money to have fun with a collector car. Project Bulls Eye our 1963 Dodge Dart GT with slant 6 and push button automatic has been sold for under $2,000. Our intent was to dress the car out a little and get […]

Legendary Collector Cars TV; Episode 7: Nashville Good Guys

Legendary Collector Cars TV; Episode 7: Nashville Good Guys

Previously we brought you some individual photos of our favorite cars at the 2012 Nashville Goo Guys show. Today in this Episode of Legendary Collector Cars TV we decided we would just sit back and let you enjoy some of the great cars drive buy. Not only will you get to see them but listen […]

Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby

  By now there is most likely no Gearhead in the World that doesn’t know that we have lost Carroll Shelby. I will not try to add any additional information on his life nor praise his wonderful automotive accomplishments. However, I would like for you to listen to this interview with Carroll done just a […]

Project "Bulls Eye" 1963 Dodge Dart GT; Part 3

Project “Bulls Eye” 1963 Dodge Dart GT; Part 3

We have started on Project Bulls Eye and so far so good. I called around to some friends and found another 14 inch wheel from a Dart with a tire mounted on it. It is a steel radial, I know this because I can see the steel coming out of the tread! That’s ok, it […]

Legendary Collector Cars TV Episode 2: The Henry Ford Museum

Legendary Collector Cars TV Episode 2: The Henry Ford Museum

In our first Episode of Legendary Collector Cars TV we took you to the GM Heritage Collection just outside of Detroit, today we are going across town to Dearborn and the Henry Ford Museum. The two museums could not be further apart in purpose and presentation. The GM Heritage collection is all about GM and its […]

 New Feature: Legendary Collector Cars TV, Episode 1: GM Heritage Collection

New Feature: Legendary Collector Cars TV, Episode 1: GM Heritage Collection

We are always trying a new way to bring our stories to you in the best way we can. Today marks the beginning of Legendary Collector Cars TV. These will not be every day or even every Post but they will provide you with more video and audio of the cars and activities that we […]

GM Heritage Collection

GM Heritage Collection

We all have “Bucket Lists” of all those things we want to do or accomplish before we die. Some are momentous and will likely never be achieved while others are much less so but still very important to us. One such item on my Bucket List was to visit the GM Heritage collection. It is […]

Henry Ford Museum

Henry Ford Museum

Katrina and I have been on the road recently and visited some of the most impressive car museums in the Country. Over the next few weeks we will be taking you inside the private, not open to the public, GM Heritage Collection, the Chrysler Museum and the Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Museum. In addition we will be […]

Original Owner 1965 Chevy SS

Original Owner 1965 Chevy SS

This is a story we all hear about and dream about. I need not say any more just watch this video and try not to tear up.

Project "Bulls Eye" 1963 Dodge Dart GT; Part 2

Project “Bulls Eye” 1963 Dodge Dart GT; Part 2

  Project Bulls Eye Dodge Dart GT is under way. We pushed the little girl into the garage and put her on the lift to get a better look at her from all angles. We are still not disappointed but, as usual, there is always more work than you originally planned on. Here is what […]

Riding Shotgun: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler; Cale Yarborough Special

Riding Shotgun: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler; Cale Yarborough Special

The Car Rather than experiment with strangers’ cars we decided to do our very first Riding Shotgun using one of our own cars. Katrina and I purchased this 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler Cale Yarborough Special out of Iowa in the spring of 2005. At the time it was an average quality driver car. It had previously sat […]

Project "Bulls Eye" 1963 Dodge Dart GT

Project “Bulls Eye” 1963 Dodge Dart GT

Tired of all the high dollar “I’m scared to drive it!” muscle cars? Tired of high horsepower gas gulping collector cars? We love these kinds of cars but even more we love to drive our old cars. Most of the time these two desires are in conflict with each other. Therefore we have jumped off in […]

GPS is Great but Stupid!

GPS is Great but Stupid!

Not long ago Katrina and I were showing our 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler Cale Yarborough car at the NASCAR race in Bristol TN. On Saturday there were no planned activities so we thought it would be a great time to see some beautiful TN back roads on a sunny spring day. Then we had a […]

2012 Bristol Speedway Aero Car Show

2012 Bristol Speedway Aero Car Show

  We just returned from the March 2012 NASCAR Race in Bristol TN. It was a wet but wonderful weekend in Bristol. We have been to the races at Bristol several times and it is a race track you have to put on your Bucket List. We have always done NASCAR races but after this […]

What Are You Working On? 1971 Pinto 8.75 E. T. at 154 MPH

What Are You Working On? 1971 Pinto 8.75 E. T. at 154 MPH

Not often we get two great “What are you working on?” contributions at the same time, both Fords, both black and both from Southern California. This week we did. You might remember our good friend Rick Stanton and his Hod Rod Magazine Cover Car 1969 Ford Talladega tribute car to Benny Parsons. If not you can […]

What are your working on? 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA Convertible

What are your working on? 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA Convertible

We keep you posted on our Project Cars but there is a lot more going on out there. We like to have you update us on what is in your garage and what you are working on…or have just completed. Here is a recent contribution from California. Rick Schutte found this 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA Convertible […]

1965 Acadian Beaumont

1965 Acadian Beaumont

We ocassionaly get calls with people who have rare cars they want to sell. Sometimes we can help suggest a buyer, other times we might be interested and still other times it is such an interesting car we like to share it with all of our readers. Here is one such car. I have seen […]

Craig Breedlove and AMX Set World 24 Hour Speed Record

Craig Breedlove and AMX Set World 24 Hour Speed Record

Since we are about to have our Barn Find Project AMX back on the road I thought is might be time for a little history lesson. Many car enthusiasts think of the American Motors Corporation (AMC) as builders of little economy cars. Some of you younger guys probably don’t even know that AMC ever existed! It’s […]

What Are You Working On?

What Are You Working On?

I know most of you have some project underway, just finished one or are about to start a new one. The other thing I know is most of the people who visit this site like to see what others are doing. With that in mind I am adding another feature on our Legendary Collector Car site called […]

Carroll Shelby; Innovator

Carroll Shelby; Innovator

Is there anyone who is into cars that doesn’t know who Carroll Shelby is? Have you ever met him in person or listened to him give a talk? I have been fortunate enough to do both. Here is a clip of an interview you might enjoy. It is a good overall and brief snapshop of […]

Our Pick for the Top Ten Muscle Cars for 2012

Our Pick for the Top Ten Muscle Cars for 2012

In 2010 we did our pick of the Top Ten Collector Cars for the new decade 2010-2020. We thought it would be fun to go back and revisit that list and see how we might tweak it for this year. If you would like to see the original story just Click Here. I don’t have […]

Mercury Cyclone GT 500

Mercury Cyclone GT 500

We don’t talk much about the 1968 Cyclone GT 500 because we know so little and there just aren’t any around. It has been a great draw for this site and people seem to really want to know more. We recently received an email from K. Peppers with some information and photos that we thought deserved […]

Wild Mustangs

Wild Mustangs

The following information and photos were sent to us by: Doug Kielian; Auto Kraft Body & Paint, Inc. DSK Auto Products, LLC (shop – 402-474-2344 & cell – 402-475-9968). I hope we can get Doug to send us some more info and progress photos of the build on the red Mustang; I just love it! […]

24 Hours of Le Mans Ford GT 40 engine testing

24 Hours of Le Mans Ford GT 40 engine testing

We sometimes have historical paperwork and videos donated to us which provide invaluable background context to our collector cars. On our sister site, www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com, we have been providing a series of Ford Intra-Comapny memos regarding the development of the 1969 Ford Talladega, Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II and Boss 429 engine. Prior to jumping into the […]

Collector Car Pileup

Collector Car Pileup

The next time you are out with your collector car and feel the need to do a burnout or accelerate around some corner just keep this video in mind. I am sure each of the owners/drivers of these high dollar exotics never thought they could wreck their car let alone all their buddies. It seems […]

Car Idiot

Car Idiot

By: Anonymous I was Car Crazy plus I was a Car Idiot! Dad’s 1959 Rambler was similar to this picture. This is an anonymous story on “The Most Idiotic thing I ever did With a Car, To a Car or In a Car!”  Send in your “Idiotic Car Story” NOW. I am not an angel […]

Rad Rods by Troy Update on Talladega

Rad Rods by Troy Update on Talladega

One of the least seen cars at a car show has to be the 1969 Ford Talladega. Having one at a show modified is even more unusual. However, having a 1969 Ford Talladega reworked by a legend like Rad Rods by Troy is a real treat. Fear not Ford diehards, no real Talladgea was sacrificed […]

Barn Find AMX Project Car

Barn Find AMX Project Car

Originally this Project Car was going to have the engine and suspension freshened and paint buffed and put back on the road after sitting for nearly 30 years in a barn. Like most Project Cars I decided I wanted more out of this little bomb. After rebuilding the engine, suspension and detailing the underside of […]

Project Cars Update

Project Cars Update

We have two Project Cars that have been getting neglected as of late. However, we are now back on both of them full speed and will have both on the road very soon. The first is our Gloriana Mustang. It is the 1967 Mustang that was featured in the Gloriana Music Video, How Far Do […]

Vintage Drag Races at Bristol, TN

Vintage Drag Races at Bristol, TN

Here is another of the great vintage drag racing films provided by Tim Lopata of the Forge Muscle Car Show. This includes a feature on Danny Ongais when he was a drag racer before he went Indy Car Racing.

Cougar GT 500 Update

Cougar GT 500 Update

We have some new information on the 1968 Cougar GT 500 we told you about last week. We have known about these cars for sometime but we are just now beginning to get some good details on an actual car. The owner and I still need a lot more information about these rare Cougars and […]

Rod & Custom Machine & Fabrication

Rod & Custom Machine & Fabrication

A big part of what we do here at Legendary Collector Cars is to bring you pictures and stories about car related events and places that you might not ever get to see on your own. This includes car shows, museums, private collections as well as restoration and custom speed shops. We recently completed just […]

1968 Mercury Cougar GT 500

1968 Mercury Cougar GT 500

We are often contacted by individuals wanting assistance in locating or selling very rare cars. We also obtain a great deal of our knowledge about these cars from our readers. It is next to impossible to be an expert or even knowledgeable on all the various collector cars. Each of us tends to have a […]

Drag Racing at Bristol Tennessee 1970

Drag Racing at Bristol Tennessee 1970

Our friend Tim Lopata has a large collection of vintage racing moving from back in the day and agreed to share some of them with us. Here is one that all of you drag racers will find interesting. It is vintage 1970 lots of action from the Bristol Drag Strip. This is a little long […]

Crusin the Coast 2011

Crusin the Coast 2011

One of the events I keep hearing about but have not yet participated in is Crusin the Coast. Our friends Steve and Nancy Whitaker just returned from one of their many visits to this Gulf Coast event and forwarded some of their photos. Click on any photo to enlarge it for better detail. We thank […]

Introducing the Mako Shark Corvette

Introducing the Mako Shark Corvette

I was always a Corvette kid more than a hot rodder back in the day. When I first saw photos of the Mako Shark my heart would not stop pounding. Living in Iowa it was several years before I actually got to see this car in person and up close. It had been on the […]

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aero Cars on Track

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aero Cars on Track

We participated in a very special event this past August. It was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in conjunction with the 2011 NASCAR Brickyard 400. Participants came from all over the Country and included 1969 Dodge Daytona, Ford Talladega, Mercury Cyclone Spoiler and Spoiler II cars as well as 1970 Plymouth Superbird and vintage […]

2005 Ford GT 40 Road Test

2005 Ford GT 40 Road Test

When the first GT 40s were built by Ford they were legendary in design and accomplishments. I was a Corvette lover at the time and wondered why Chevrolet couldn’t build a Corvette like this for the street. I remember reading an article about how Mr. Ford tried to drive one on the street as his […]

Chrysler Turbine Car Video

Chrysler Turbine Car Video

  I remember this car from when I was a pimple faced teenager in love with cars and this was a dream machine. It was like nothing else out of Detroit. It was like the futuristic 50s show cars but this one drove and the public could drive it even if they couldn’t purchase one. […]

Mug n' Bun + Speed and Wings

Mug n’ Bun + Speed and Wings

What would you do if you and the family went out on a Friday night to the local Mug n’ Bun, A&W or Dairy Queen for a little summer fast food and found yourself surrounded by fabulous and rare Superspeedway Muscle Cars from the late 60s? That is just what happened to some folks in […]

Corvette ZO6 Mom + Laguna Seca = Laughs

Corvette ZO6 Mom + Laguna Seca = Laughs

I just found this video on YouTube and about wet my pants watching it. A young guy in his C6 ZO6 Corvette takes his mom for a Sunday drive around Laguna Seca race track. Every time they go through the Cork Screw I can’t help but laugh out loud! She is scared silly but loves […]

Indy 500 Museum, 100th Anniversary Winning Cars

Indy 500 Museum, 100th Anniversary Winning Cars

On Memorial Day 2011 the Indy 500 celebrated the 100th year since the first Indy 500 Race was run. There were special events everywhere but in the Museum every winning car was on display! It was a spectacle that could humble any true race fan. Katrina and I were fortunate enough to be able to […]

Dennis Albaugh Collection of Chevrolet Convertibles

Dennis Albaugh Collection of Chevrolet Convertibles

I was a happy camper trying to decide which Yenko was best! Private car collections are often the most fascinating and the most difficult to visit. Friend Andy Snetselaar arranged for me to visit him at his “best job” in the car world. He is the curator of the Albaugh Collection in Ankeny, Iowa. I […]

"Barn Finds" in a Pasture!

“Barn Finds” in a Pasture!

I was taking a trip through Central Iowa not long ago and driving down a main road outside of Pella just about sunset. It had been a long day of driving with about 12 hours under my belt when what should my wondering eyes should spot but a 50s style junk yard right beside the […]

Project Barn Find AMX Update

Project Barn Find AMX Update

The Barn Find AMX is progressing slowly but steadily. It is currently having all of the little body waves and dings removed prior to getting its final bath of red and black paint. Here is the body fresh from having the last of the paint removed and the body scrubbed. Second is a skim coat […]

Best Deal of the Day; Back in the Day

Best Deal of the Day; Back in the Day

We were recently looking through some old Auto Week newspapers and stopped in the classifieds to see what we could find. Now this particular Auto Week was from February 1969 and had a lot of interesting finds. My next step is to find a “way back machine”; scoop up some old greenbacks and see if […]

Shania Twain and Taylor Swift do Thelma and Louise in our Bird!

Shania Twain and Taylor Swift do Thelma and Louise in our Bird!

Here it is, the final product of the Thelma and Louise video staring Taylor Swift and Shania Twain. We had a fantastic time I set Monday when all of this footage was shot outside of Nashville in near 100 degree temperatures. This was a really great experience and we are so proud of the final […]

Thelma and Louise Parody with Taylor Swift and Shania Twian

Thelma and Louise Parody with Taylor Swift and Shania Twian

Since all the other sites are trying to catch up on this story we thought we  better start giving you the on site photos from the shoot. We have hundreds more but will not do them all right now. It is our 1965 Thunderbird that Taylor and Shania along with Kid Rock are using in […]

CMT Awards Video with Taylor Swift and Shania Twain-Thelma and Louise Parody

CMT Awards Video with Taylor Swift and Shania Twain-Thelma and Louise Parody

Ok all you car guys take 5 minutes out of your Wednesday evening and tune into the CMT Awards on Country Music Television (CMT). It will have something for everyone! If you have young girls in the house, make sure they watch with you! I just got back from spending 14 hours on the set […]

Deuce of Spades by Faith Granger

Deuce of Spades by Faith Granger

We sometimes do reviews of car books on this site and we are currently reading one we will be telling you about in a couple of weeks but today is all about a very special DVD video we really like. You won’t find this on Netflix or at the neighborhood video store and it was […]

100th Anniversary of the Indy 500; The People

100th Anniversary of the Indy 500; The People

The infield at the Indy 500 is always a party. Not the best place for a race fan though. We went to our first Indy 500 back in the early 70s and have really enjoyed returning on a regular basis. We don’t go every year but the 100th Anniversary of the first Indy 500 back […]

Good Guys Nashville 2011 Day 2

Good Guys Nashville 2011 Day 2

We just posted some more photos from the Nashville Good Guys Show. These are from Saturday and attendance was not what I expected. The car count and attendance appeared to be way down from the “good economic times” of a few years back. However, the quality of cars was fine and the Autocross event had […]