Steve Strope of Pure Vision Design decided he needed to build a cool daily driver, but he wanted something different. He wanted something that would stand out while still being just a bit subdued. He finds a solid 1964 Cutlass sitting in front of a local Yamaha dealership and buys it. Once it gets into the shop, he and his team begin the process of building a very simple, reliable combination with a few slick tricks and an incredible amount of attention to detail.
The gang over at Cotati Speed Shop have been busy busting along on this radical 1968 Camaro for USAC Silver Car champ Brian McClish and his dad Mike. While the car may look like some modern racer, it has some great styling ties to the old days at LeMans, and really brings the Sprint Car flavor, using the very engine that Brian won his championship with for motivation. It even has ties to our podcast team. Get the full scoop here.
On episode twenty-eight, the Gearheads host Brian Brennan, the Network Director at the Motor Trend Group. You may know him best as the Editor of Street Rodder Magazine (and his work with Classic Trucks Magazine, Chevy High Performance and ‘Vette, just to name a few), and you’ll most likely come to know him in this episode as a guiding light in the hot rod industry and hobby, and one heck of an entertaining and nice guy. Even after the drive-by mooning story.
Mike LeFevers, the man behind Mitech Racing Engines and a life member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club joins the Gearheads on episode twenty-seven to talk 300 MPH Firebirds, a Crown Victoria without brakes, and land speed racing as a family hobby. Having been the Engine Development Director at Carroll Shelby Enterprises and cutting his teeth at Gale Banks Engineering, he knows a thing or two about muffler selection and butt dyno myths. Yeah, we had to ask.
My brand new GMC is a nice truck and I got a great deal. It’s the first NEW truck I’ve ever purchased. Bells, whistles, doo-dads, dingle berries, satellite radio and four wheel drive. That last part is what I’m having the most trouble with. In GM’s infinite wisdom/delusion they seem to have made the world’s LOWEST 4X4 pickup. Don’t believe me? Let me explain.
A few nights ago, I was scrolling through the menu of my Amazon Firestick and came across the classic 1983 movie, The Right Stuff. For folks who haven’t seen it, it focuses on two important landmarks in aerospace. The first is the quest to break the sound barrier and the second is the creation of the space program. The movie has a great cast, but there’s one actor that steals the show. Dennis Quaid plays the role of Gordo Cooper, one of the Mercury Seven astronauts. As the movie progresses, you quickly discover that Cooper is the funnyman of the group, and a bit of a prankster. Quaid serves up an awesome performance, and because of that, you instantly become a Gordo Cooper fan