Caption Contest We found this shot in our HOT ROD archives. it’s from the starting line at the 1964 World Boat Drag Championships at the Long Beach Boat and Ski Club in Long Beach, California. Name that Doohickey <img src="http://enthusiastnetwork.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/sites/21/2013/07/corvette-support-housing.jpg" alt="A: This is a 1963–1982 (dimensions change, but they all look the same) Corvette spindle support housing also known as a trailing-arm-bearing support housing. It’s bolted inside of the rear trailing arm, and the bearing fits inside.” class=”wp-image-275548″ /> Hot Rod Trivia Q: 1. Name the first year the Chevy Bow Tie was used.2. What is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility? Hint: It’s a U.S. racetrack. 3. When Chip Foose was 12, he painted his first car. What was it? A: 1. 19132. Indianapolis Motor Speedway has 250,000 permanent seats. Its grandstands, if stretched end-to-end, total 99.5 … [Read more...] about Finish Line – August 2013
1972 amc gremlin
The 2013 Charlotte AutoFair features car clubs and sections of particular makes and models scattered through the infield and pit road, along with some under the front-stretch grandstands. There were Supra and Miata clubs along with huge gatherings of Mustangs and Camaros, but our favorite section of cars was for AMCs. Made up mostly of the AMC of the Carolinas car club, we fell in love with these odd balls. You don’t often hear “nice” and “Gremlin” used in the same sentence, but this is one nice Gremlin. It belongs to James Willett of Albemarle, North Carolina. It’s powered by the 150hp 304ci V8. AMX (American Motors eXperimental) was the performance package for post-1970 Javelins. This 1972 Javelin AMX was built to pay homage to the golden era of Trans Am racing. The 1971 Penske Javelin raced by Mark Donohue was one of the most successful cars in the Trans Am series history. This Javelin was originally built with a “Go … [Read more...] about Best AMCs at the 2013 Charlotte AutoFair
Craigslist Free, for those who don’t know, is the real wild west of Craigslist sections. Through the free mattresses, refrigerators, and garage sale leftovers, you can find real bounty. Drafting tables, take-off Grand Prix tires, mid-century desks, and bizzaro laboratory test equipment await those who are watching and resourceful. And, just a few days ago, a 1970 AMC Gremlin drag car came across my screen. Los Angeles is a difficult city to live in because there are so many people doing so many things all of the time. The city is jam-packed with people constantly on the move – no wonder why the automobile took hold here early in American car culture. However, with that hustle and bustle boasts opportunity. People here move their home from place to place, a lot. I’ve been here eight months and have moved three times, for example. And, well, life doesn’t wait; so there’s not a lot of time to tie loose ends. Thus is the magic of Craigslist Free. So, when … [Read more...] about Craigslist Find! Abandoned 1970 Gremlin Drag Car
Just as a company’s fiscal year can run on whatever arbitrary 12-month cycle they deem appropriate to their line of business, many hot rod shops also do not follow the traditional Gregorian calendar as the rest of us. Instead, they tend to run their high-level projects on their own time line that concludes somewhere around the SEMA Show. Sometimes the night before. That means they’ll typically turn their attention to the next big project right after they touch down back at the shop. That’s why as soon as the dust settled after SEMA, we immediately started touching base with major shops all around the country to find out what they had brewing for their top projects in 2013. While we found plenty of the usually suspect car models like Camaros and Mustangs, we were pleasantly surprised to see some off-the-radar unique platforms slated for high-end builds. How does a ’71 Pantera, ’57 Saratoga, ’70 240Z, or a ’72 Gremlin sound to you? Sounds like … [Read more...] about Top Projects For SEMA 2013 – Pro Projects!
In September 1967, American Motors Corporation (AMC) had no performance parts, no performance engineering group, no racing group, no engine-development program, and absolutely no plan for what it was about to embark on. With only months left before the introduction of the company’s AMX and Javelin ponycars, AMC decided the best way to market them was to enter into Trans-Am road racing and NASCAR and Pro Stock drag racing. Let’s just say it was highly optimistic AMC believed it could dive into any form of racing, as it was the manufacturer of sensible, compact cars and a few other things like Marlins. Look it up if you don’t know about Marlins. They were the little Wisconsin car company that could, as long as it didn’t involve speed, racing, performance, or impressing your friends at the local Psycho Taco. Chrysler, Ford, and GM were all heavily involved in different facets of racing for years to help market their cars. Their participation in Trans-Am—a … [Read more...] about The Unbelievable Story of How AMC Won a Trans Am Championship
Sometimes we forget that some guys just want to have fun with musclecars. No racing, technical buildups, or careful wax therapy. Just fun. We remember on a not-so-long-ago magazine timeline when we fully embraced the hugeness and wretched excess of the Pro Street car because of its ultimate fun-ness. Street machines have always been a way to get noticed, from the vintage pinstripe icons of the ’50s to the new TV heros on Rides. Maybe we have changed. Repeated trips to car shows have developed our immunity to outrageousness, so we can’t see the fun sometimes. But that doesn’t change the fact that some guys are still building and buying ’em, and this one demanded we notice. The story of this car will force you to love it with us or hate it. Driver Joe Trymucha actually owned the car for two months before he stopped at a gas station and learned about our Car Craft Nationals from a panting gaper. He had never been to a car show before, he had never built a car with … [Read more...] about 1973 AMC Javelin – The Mango Gambler
Curbside Classics takes you back to 1971 for a virtual comparison test of six small cars, based on (and partly borrowed) from a C&D test.Was a car ever born with the odds so stacked against it? Its name is defined as “a small gnome held to be responsible for malfunction of equipment.” Its design was penned on an air-sickness bag during a (bumpy?) flight. It carries almost sixty percent of its weight over the front wheels despite being RWD. Its steering has six turns lock to lock. And it looks exactly like what it is: a perfectly normal-looking sedan that had its rear end amputated by a cleaver. The Gremlin would have had to create a pretty major malfunction in my PC (and C&D‘s typewriters) for it not to end dead last.The little gnome was born out of desperate expediency. AMC knew that GM and Ford had all-new small cars (Vega and Pinto) due in 1971. There was no way they could afford one themselves. But their new Hornet compact sedan was due to arrive in 1970. … [Read more...] about Curbside Classic: 1971 Small Cars Comparison: Number 6—AMC Gremlin
Alfa Romeo 1975 Alfetta GT/GTV Coupe 1991 Alfa Romeo 164 Allard1954 Allard K2 (outtake)American Motors (incl. Nash; but not Jeep) 1957 Metropolitan *1961 Rambler Classic Cross Country 1964 Rambler Classic 770 … [Read more...] about Curbside Classics Central: Portal To All Of Them Here
If you were around in the 1970s and paid attention to cars, there’s no doubt you saw AMC Gremlins pretty much everywhere—except examples like this 1972 AMC Gremlin XR.The Gremlin XR was a dealer-built model backed by AMC. What made it so special was its 401-cubic-inch V-8 engine, a feature that made it one of the fastest cars available for the money. With a base price of less than $4000, the XR could be optioned with any number of AMC performance parts that would allow it to achieve quarter-mile times in the low-13 to high-12-second range right out of the box. Sold exclusively at Randall AMC in Arizona, fewer than 25 examples were built.From the C/D Archives: 1970 AMC Gremlin First Drive! Best Fashion-Designer Tie-Ins, Including 1973 Levi’s AMC GremlinThe Spirit of ’76: America’s Most Iconic AutomobileThe seller claims this Gremlin XR has a shockingly-low 7838 miles on the clock and, despite its … [Read more...] about What Makes This 1972 AMC Gremlin Worth $60K?
This 24 Hours of LeMons thing seems to warp the minds of once-sane car builders more deeply with each passing year. We thought it would be impossible to top the brain-boilingly great race-car creations we saw in 2012, but we were wrong! To put a bow on the eighth season of 24 Hours of LeMons action, we’re going to share some of the best cars that debuted (or were revamped beyond recognition) during 2013. Here we go!We started off the ’13 season at Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina, and got knocked on our asses right away by the sight of Speedycop’s “Spirit of LeMons” 1956 Cessna 310 road-racer. Speedycop and his Gang of Outlaws began building their amazing LeMons cars during the 2009 season, and (as we’ll see shortly) they weren’t done once they put their road-racing airplane on the track.The Spirit of LeMons triggered a global media frenzy that has yet to subside, but things got even crazier when Porcubimmer Racing turned their BMW … [Read more...] about An Upside-Down Camaro, The Homer, a Cessna Plane, and Many More: Our Favorite Race Cars of the 2013 LeMons Season!