Kirk Ives never wanted a Pontiac Chieftain, but that’s mostly because he'd never heard of the car. Odds are neither have you. Pontiac manufactured the car from 1949 to 1958, and NASCAR proved its worthiness throughout 1957, but the Chieftain never quite rolled off the tongues of post-WWII hot rodders like, say, the ’57 Chevy did. Which is exactly why Ives was initially hunting for a Chevy 150 sedan...READ MORE...
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The Uncommon Build

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Kirk Ives never wanted a Pontiac Chieftain, but that’s mostly because he'd never heard of the car. Odds are neither have you. Pontiac manufactured the car from 1949 to 1958, and NASCAR proved its worthiness throughout 1957, but the Chieftain never quite rolled off the tongues of post-WWII hot rodders like, say, the ’57 Chevy did. Which is exactly why Ives was initially hunting for a Chevy 150 sedan...
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Four-door fury

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You want something with four doors and more than 400 hp underneath its hood that’ll do 0-60 in under five seconds and instinct sends you packing for someplace in western Europe. Not Australia. Turns out your instincts are wrong, and the Aussie-built Chevy SS does everything you’d never expect an American sedan to do and in all the right ways. At least that’s what Derrick Yee thought...
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Sinister C7

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You know APR Performance for the company’s high-end carbon-fiber aero components, like their track-proven adjustable wings, air ducts, and brake-cooling systems. And now you know them for building what’s one of the boldest Corvette Stingrays you’ve seen yet that’s every bit as capable as the woven-fiber parts the Southern California aero firm churns out. At least that’s what APR’s marketing and sponsorships guy, K.C. Chou, hopes you know. And all of that’s mostly because of the C7’s ProCharger that nets the LT1 engine just north of 600 hp. On 91 octane.
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The Standout

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It’s the’66-’67 Chevelle’s longer and sleeker look, bigger and restyled grille and front bumper, curved windows, and bulked-up rear fender lines that snake-charmed Karmyn James the first time she’d laid eyes on one. The available, 375hp and 396 cubic-inch big-block that was offered in short supply really wasn’t all that bad either. None of which James forgot about when mulling over what sort of car she oughta enlist when the stars of having enough time and money for a restoration of her own aligned.
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Hennessey Performance

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Horsepower. Heaps of it. Probably more than any reasonable person could ever use. Those are the sort of things Hennessey Performance Engineering’s become famous for since being founded in 1991. And also turn-key hypercars. The word alone makes you think of expensive combinations of bright metals, exotic composites, and formula-derived engines almost always of European descent. But Hennessey’s Guinness World Record-setting, 270mph Venom GT doesn’t come from Italy. And it wasn’t put together in Germany...
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The Villain Mustang

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Oklahoma based coachbuilder Classic Recreations expands with CR Supercars and the 1968 Mustang Villain, a turn-key supercar that fuses modern performance with an iconic American design: By now, the recipe for building a decent Pro-Touring car has been pretty clearly laid out. It usually involves calls to companies like Hotchkis Sport Suspension or Detroit Speed, Wilwood or Baer, and a crate LS engine of some kind.
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Restoration Perfection

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Chad Collins will be the first to tell you that any history between himself and modifying cars isn’t exactly extensive. One look at the man’s 1957 ragtop Beetle, though, and none of that matters. Collins is quick to point out that much of the oval window Bug that he calls his had already been completed before he’d lay claim to it. But none of that really matters either. Collins’ VW is his now, not yours, it’s perfect, and you want it.
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Taming the Bronco

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How you end up immersed in a world full of modified Ford Broncos isn’t as unpredictable as you might think. Ask John Cole, who’s almost as synonymous with the pioneering off-road and later sport utility vehicle as O.J.’s getaway driver Al Cowlings, and he’ll tell you that it almost always has to do with one thing: nostalgia. “They all have one thing in common, a Bronco story,” Cole says about the clientele of the Bronco-modding arm of his El Cajon, Calif.-based auto repair shop, Elite Auto Service.
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The Top Notch Mustang

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Creations ’N Chrome in Valencia California has built a reputation for themselves as being one of Southern California’s most unique custom car builders. Their work, particularly their stellar Fox body notchback “Top Notch”, has received attention at the national level for being bold as well as thoughtful and for taking unexpected directions in aesthetic as well as technical design. At the helm of all this sits Mr. Gary Watson. Gary has been neck-deep in car culture essentially since birth.
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The End of an Era

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For eight years Irvine’s Cars and Coffee has been responsible for keeping Southern California’s car culture from sleeping in on Saturdays. The weekly gathering, which almost always tapered off as early as eight in the morning, attracted all walks of motoring life—from the orthodontist and the Z06 he bought last Sunday to the college kid with the S2000 on green rims. Nearly all were welcomed—so long as whatever it was didn’t have four doors—which allowed the venue’s eclectic nature to grow stronger each week.
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’66 C-10 Showcase

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Eric Connor and his crew at SoCal Suspension have been working long days, late nights and lots of weekends to put the finishing touches on the newest addition to their stable of creations – a 1966 Chevrolet C10, dubbed 'Showcase.' A build designed to draw people’s focus to the performance and structure of the truck; focusing on the passion and detail that Eric feels often gets tucked away, covered up, or goes unnoticed.
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Exploring the diversity of America’s car cultures

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Great car culture can be found anywhere car lovers and enthusiasts hang their hats, but some cities offer more bang for your buck. The icing on the cake is that every city or locale puts a unique spin on their car culture. Like a kid in a candy store, we might find ourselves digging on hotrods, European sports cars, rare vintage, jacked-up Monster Trucks and everything in between. Check out the cities with the most unique car cultures, then seek out your own…
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