APRIL 21 STAR OF THE WEEK: 1958 CANADIAN DODGE SOMEWHERE OVER THE NORTHERN RAINBOW
APRIL 21 STAR OF THE WEEK: 1958 CANADIAN DODGE-SOMEWHERE OVER THE NORTHERN RAINBOW
Car shows are a crap shoot in the northern latitudes. Just ask anybody in Oslo, Sweden or Moscow, Russia how things work out when you really need a break in the weather for a good car show.
Alberta Canada is no different. This 58 Dodge (or Plodge as they're known for their Plymouth fins in Canada) was one of two survivors at a washed out midsummer show last year.
It had a devastating effect on the show but this classic finned Mopar ended up as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Any car that has Virgil "Forward Look" Exner's styling fingerprints on it is always going to be a star at any show but this 58 Dodge is an easy mscc Star of the Day.
APRIL 20 STAR OF THE DAY: THE CLASSIC 60S MUSCLE LOOK IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE CLASSIC
This 68 Charger was in traffic last summer in a smaller town and it raised a big question. There's an old cliché that reads "imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery".
In this case the imitation is the Charger name and in fairness to Chrysler the newest generation is a good-looking car. 21st Century Chargers look tough and many of them have a Hemi heart, but in reality, they'll never match the street presence of this yellow 68 Charger.
The same thing applies to new versus old Boss 302 Mustangs or new versus old Camaros. The new versions are monsters under the skin but there's something about an old warrior like this Charger that really puts car guys in orbit.
Star of the Day-the classic version of American muscle.
APRIL 19 STAR OF THE DAY: 1960 BUICK CONVERTIBLE-THE LAST ROUNDUP FOR 1950S STYLE
The 1950s covered the most dynamic decade in the history of the automotive industry. Cars went from a warmed over post-war look to soaring fins in a few years.
They became faster, more comfortable, flashier. In short, they truly reflected Space Race optimism after a World War and a Great Depression.
But style is a cruel mistress and by 1960 the fins and excess chrome were destined for a page in history. People wanted a new look for the 60s so 1960 displayed the last vestiges of an incredible era in automotive style.
This 1960 Buick is a case in point. The 59 Buick had the distinctive slanted headlight feature and it truly represented the peak of 50s style.
The next year the styling was dialed back and the headlights were straightened out so this Buick was subdued...by 1950s standards.
By today's standards this car is a wild looking blast from the past and it was like a rock star at this show 2 years ago.
A rock Star of the Day...
APRIL 18 STAR OF THE DAY: 1968 OLDS 442-BEHIND THE WHEEL OF CLASSIC 60S MUSCLE
A regular mscc reader submitted this picture and quite honestly, it was awe-inspiring. Bob Connors lives in Virginia and he's had a very mild winter so essentially summer came early for his 442.
This picture is one of those magic moments for a car guy because it's a beautiful day, a great road with incredible scenery and Bob is behind the wheel of a classic 60s muscle car...a 1968 Oldsmobile 442 convertible.
If there's a thing called car guy Karma then this picture defines the highest level of achievement because the old car experience simply doesn't get any better.
The Star of the Day is simple—it's the whole picture...a car guy, a classic ride, a great road and a beautiful spring day.
APRIL 17 STAR OF THE DAY: A LOOK BACK AT SOME CLASSICS IN WINTER HIBERNATION
This winter scene may look a little gruesome to people in spring mode but in reality some areas are still fending off the winter blues in mid-April.
These two old Fords look a little forlorn under a blanket of snow but the spring brings promise that these old warriors will rise again.
The ability to endure and survive adverse weather with rugged reliability is high on the list of positives for old iron.
Fact check here-this picture was taken last year in the middle of a brutal winter but a Star of the Day comes in many forms.
The picture speaks for itself...
APRIL 16 STAR OF THE DAY: 1953 HUDSON TWIN H...THE FIRST MUSCLE CAR
One look at this car might raise questions about its muscle car status but one fact remains...Hudsons like this dominated NASCAR in the early 50s.
They did this with a 6 cylinder Twin H engine so that makes this Hudson the ultimate sleeper muscle car.
Hudsons don't get much press anymore and that is a crime against automotive history.
In reality, most people under 50 would be stymied by a request to even ID a vintage Hudson but anybody who remembers hearing Rosemary Clooney on the radio would remember what a force these cars were back in the day.
This one was part of a 2010 cross-Canada tour and by all reports it had no trouble keeping up with modern traffic.
That shows what made this car a Star of the Day in 2012 and 1953.
APRIL 15 STAR OF THE DAY: A 1954 OLDS-BUILT FOR THE TURNPIKE EVEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Old iron has such an innate style that even the most indifferent non-car fan will notice a car that's nearly 60 years old simply because it's so unique.
This 1954 Olds was a classic example.
It was clipping along at an effortless 75 miles per hour on a modern 4-lane highway last summer and it had an entourage.There wasn't a car show within 500 miles when this shot was taken so this classic was the sole representative of a bygone era.
An era dedicated to turnpike comfort and speed.
This old brute was in its element despite the fact that it was built when Elvis was a part time singer and full time truck driver.
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