JULY 21 STAR OF THE WEEK: THE WECOME MAT AT A CAR SHOW -- 55 FORD PANEL AND A ROLLS ROYCE
JULY 21 STAR OF THE WEEK: THE WELCOME MAT AT A CAR SHOW – 55 FORD PANEL AND A ROLLS ROYCE
Car shows are the purest form of hospitality because most of them are free and wide open for entrants. That's why this picture taken 2 months ago really summed up the essence of the hobby.
There's a less than pristine 55 Ford panel parked beside a Rolls Royce that's next to a Duesenberg replica parked beside a Cobra replica.
That covers a pretty wide spectrum of old car enthusiasts and it underlines what's best about the car show and the old car hobby.
Clearly the owners of these cars define a wide range of automotive tastes but here they are in the same row at a car show.
That defines the car bond and that's what makes these cars and their owners a collective mscc Star of the Week.
JULY 20 STAR OF THE DAY: THE WORLD'S SMARTEST COCKATOO EARNS MSCC STARDOM
We all know how intelligent cockatoos are thanks to numerous National Geographic specials.
They've shown that these smart birds can learn hundreds of words plus they know how to count.
But none of them can touch this cockatoo because it's learned the ultimate trick ...
This Star of the Day has taught a human how to ride a bike and drive him all over town.
JULY 19 STAR OF THE DAY: 1967 CHEVY PICKUP – THE START OF A CLASSIC ERA AT GENERAL MOTORS
This shot was taken fairly late in the car show season last year and the subject matter was a 1967 Chevy pickup. 1967 marked a year that Chevy went for a new look in their trucks after riding a successful era from 1960 to 66.
Chevy's biggest strength was that they always knew when it was time to upgrade—this new look for GM in 1967 turned out to be one of the classic eras in the world of pickup trucks.
This is a style that never got old so the retail price has never gone back on a 67-72 Chevy truck.
This Star of the Day used to be a family farm truck but now it's a show-stopping example of a time and a place when the humble pickup truck became a trend-setter.
JULY 18 STAR OF THE DAY: "A" SERIES INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER 4X4 PICKUP-THIS BRUTE WILL GO ANYWHERE
1950s, 60s and 70s Chevy pickup trucks and mid 50s Fords are pretty common sights at any classic vehicle show but an International Harvester pickup truck is extremely rare.
They didn't sell many of these brutes when they were new so that cuts down on the potential project inventory and the lack of parts means that anything you buy will be worth its weight in platinum,
That's why this A Series "Corn-binder" IHC 4X4 was like seeing a total solar eclipse in person. You know it happens but rule out any possibility of a real life encounter in either case.
This old workhorse was at a rained out show in early June but you knew that the guy who drove this Star of the Day sure wasn't worried about bad roads on the way home.
JULY 17 STAR OF THE DAY: A KAISER FRAZER HENRY J – A LOOK BACK AT AN EARLY NORTH AMERICAN SUBCOMPACT
Henry J Kaiser was clearly a man of vision because he saw a need for fuel efficient cars back in the late 40s. He was so convinced that this was a great idea that he managed to convince the federal government to kick in for a loan to back this idea.
Production of this little Kaiser began in 1950 and ended in 1954 when they built a few from leftover 53 models. The idea was visionary but in the 50s car building was strictly a survivor's game so the Henry J had crosshairs on it from Day 1.
The big boys in Detroit started lowering prices so a smaller car like the Henry J didn't stack up well against a very comparably priced full-sized Chevy. The end was inevitable but along the way drag racers took a serious look at the Henry J so the little underdog turned into a killer on the track.
This Star of the Day made a rare public appearance last Sunday and it really defined one man's vision for an affordable ride back in 1950.
JULY 16 STAR OF THE DAY: 1957 CHEVY – THIS CULTURAL ICON HAS A BAD ATTITUDE
The 1957 Chevy is truly a cultural icon.
Songs have been written about the 57 and high school kids have coveted them since...1957.The 57 Chevy starred in a book called Crash Club back in 1958. Henry Felson wrote this legendary hot rod book in back 1958 and the automotive star was a fuelie 1957 Chevy.
Tragic ending aside, Henry clearly recognized the potential in the (then) brand new 57 Chevy as the perfect vehicle—literally and figuratively, for a high school kid to get into serious mischief.
55 years later, this legendary bowtie still is a huge player in the car culture. New Camaros may outgun most 57 Chevys but none will outlast one in automotive history.
And most new Camaros would have serious trouble out-gunning this 700+ horsepower 57 Bel Air Star of the Day.
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