APRIL 30 STAR OF THE DAY: A HARLEY GUY AND TWO FAITHFUL COMPANIONS
APRIL 30 STAR OF THE DAY: A HARLEY GUY AND TWO FAITHFUL COMPANIONS
The mscc Star of the Day usually has four wheels and no tails but there always exceptions. Here's a Harley guy with a soft spot for his dogs.
These little guys stole the show in traffic last week so stardom was a natural consequence.
Some women are drawn to guys on Harleys and most women are drawn to cute little dogs riding shotgun, so this guy clearly had it covered.
Star of the Day-a Harley guy with a couple of charismatic passengers.
APRIL 29 STAR OF THE WEEK: A TRIBUTE TO A CAR GUY-HIS OWN DESIGN SAYS A LOT ABOUT HIM
This Star of the Week will never be found in an old brochure. It's a one-off creation from a guy who could easily be described as a car guy's car guy.
Harold Gilmour passed away a few months ago but he left an automotive legacy collection behind that would rival a few world class assemblies of vintage iron.
Harold married into an automotive family and many of the vehicles were part of his late father-in-law's massive inventory.
Harold clearly understood his role as the de facto caretaker of the old iron and he took the job very seriously. He knew the biography of every car in the lineup like it was his own but he delivered the stories in a very colorful and informative narrative.
Harold was an Australian so he had a natural instinct towards a folksy, friendly style with a generous amount of humor.
That's why he built the Star of the Week. It was a whimsical idea as he said, "it just seemed like the right thing to do".
As a legacy to a very cool car car guy, it was indeed, the right thing to do...
APRIL 28 STAR OF THE DAY:1966 CHEVY PICKUP-FROM THE FARM TO THE SHOW CIRCUIT
This 66 Chevy pickup was photographed in 2010 for an mscc story about the truck. This Chevy was a typical family farm truck – it survived years of hard labor and eventually ended up in the hands of its current owner via the family hand-me-down scenario.
He remembers driving this truck to the dump grounds as part of his farm chores when he was 14 and the truck actually had a 383 Mopar engine.
Years later he put hundreds of hours into the old Chevy and he ended up with this...a show stealing 66 Chevy custom far removed its former life as a garbage scow. This is a true car guy Cinderella story.
From humble beginnings to mscc Star of the Day...
APRIL 27 STAR OF THE DAY: 1965 MERCURY ON THE STREET-THOUGH APRIL SHOWERS MAY COME YOUR WAY
Spring is a season that clearly has its ups and downs. One day can be sunny and warm, blue skies and fluffy clouds and the next can be...just like this one. Rainy and dark....
Car guys hate the guessing game in the weather when every day is a gamble.
Nothing sucks the joy out of a great road trip in a 47 year old car more than a torrential downpour.
Strange things happen.
Vintage carbs start acting up if it gets wet, wipers refuse to work and you expose a beloved old ride to streets that still contain more than a trace of salt contained in a watery spray into all those areas you just fixed.
This 1965 Mercury lit up a gloomy spring day yesterday simply by its appearance in traffic. There's no doubt that the owner would have preferred a better day to showcase a classic and rare 60s ride but the rest of the world appreciated his foray into spring weather.
That foray earned this Merc Star of the Day status.
APRIL 26 STAR OF THE DAY: LONG BEFORE GIANT TRUCKS THERE WERE 1973 IMPERIALS
In 1973 people rarely placed trucks and holiday trailers in the same sentence. Trucks generally sat 3 cramped passengers in a smallish cab and rode like a stagecoach.
Crew cabs were typically reserved for Department of Highways works crews and they still rode like stagecoaches.
The default choice for a trailer puller came down to two choices: big station wagons or big full-sized cars...
or giant full-sized cars like this 73 Imperial
Most people in the 70s remember these big boats from the Rockford Files.
If a car like this Imperial showed up in Jimmy's rear view mirror you knew it was full of thugs who wanted to do bad things to Rockford's personal health.
That was TV but in the real world these barges hauled trailers for a living and this 73 Imperial was still on the job back in 2010.
That feat made it an instant Star of the Day.
APRIL 25 STAR OF THE DAY: 1973 RELIANT REGAL-3 WHEELED MAGIC FROM EUROPE
Not too many North Americans have heard of this car. They've heard of the Chrysler K-Car that saved the corporation from a sad exit in the early 1980s.
The Reliant was manufactured for 20 years in England hence the name "Regal". It was a tweener car in England because the three wheels gave it motorcycle status.
This Reliant was at a big show back in 2010 and despite the fact that it was surrounded by automotive icons like Corvettes and Jaguars this little car was the star.
Star of the Day-a trike car that's a mystery over here.
APRIL 24 STAR OF THE DAY: WHEN "MORE DOORS" DON'T KILL A CLASSIC 50S RIDE
There's a never-ending debate in the old car hobby about the value of a 4 door sedan.
Some guys see them as parts donors, some guys see them as demolition derby stars and some guys see the history behind the family sedan as a viable reason to save a few of them.
In most cases the history is personal because the car in question has a family heritage.
This 57 Chevy Bel Air doesn't have a rich family history with the current owner but he kept it because it was it was cool.
The extra two doors don't really matter because this "more door" sedan is an mscc Star of the Day.
APRIL 23 STAR OF THE DAY: 1973 DODGE DART-NOT PRETTY, BUT ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST WORKHORSES.
Mopar talk usually centers around monsters with Hemis and 440 6 barrel engines but for every big block RT, there are a thousand Darts.
This is a classic example. It's a fairly low mileage 1973 Dodge Dart 4 door sedan. It was never a glamorous car and the years haven't been kind to the body but this car will likely still be running in 10 years when many cars from the 1990s are metal donors for brand new freezers.
At last report this less than spectacular car had criss-crossed North America many times without missing a beat. You can't kill a 318 Dart.
That's an mscc Star of the Day feat for this supporting actor in the car world.
APRIL 22 STAR OF THE DAY: 1948 LINCOLN-THIS ONE CAME WIITHOUT BULLET HOLES
Movie buffs will remember the famous "toll booth" scene in 'The Godfather'. That's the one where Sonny Corleone's (James Caan) is machine gunned in a 1941 Lincoln.
It looked a lot like this car. They were large, imposing cars and there's no doubt that Sonny would have blasted through that toll booth like it was wet tissue paper if he'd known about the machine gun reception party.This Lincoln was at a big show a few years ago and it was parked near the entrance. There weren't any guys with suspicious bulges under heavy coats anywhere near this giant classic but it did have a steady stream of onlookers around t.
None of them looked like James Caan but that didn't matter because this legendary Lincoln is the real Star of the Day.
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