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1967 Pontiac GTO at the Misselwood Concours

1967 Pontiac GTO Front

Pontiac, before General Motors decided to kill the brand, made some of my favorite mid-priced cars. While some scorn and say that they were just Chevrolets with some extra body cladding, there was a time where that just wasn’t true. Back in the 1960s, John Z. Delorean wanted to put some pep in the General’s step–and he decided to use a time honored formula of taking a big engine and cramming it into a car smaller than normal. The new Tempest was a great candidate, being Pontiac’s newest intermediate in 1964, so it was chosen. Then, a 389 cubic inch V8 was bolted in, and the car was sent off to showrooms.
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Mike Musto checks out some ratty muscle cars, for our entertainment.

Three years ago, Nick and I met Mike Musto, a man with enough personality to fill all of Middlesex and Mercer County and a big fan of old-school muscle cars (my sort of thing). His new show, House of Muscle, is a show that’s absolutely worth watching. In this latest episode, he ends up in a little rural part of Alabama and shows us all some muscle car clones that aren’t perfect, but are a blast to drive and aren’t trailer queens. These are cars that are run hard, put away wet, and maintained the way the owners want, not how the collectors demand. It’s always great to see folks with old cars like these actually run them around and use them. While I own a car that’s far newer (my beat up Lincoln, which currently isn’t running thanks to an engine problem), it isn’t perfect either–and this man from Alabama deserves my respect.

The Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina at the Greenwich Concours

Ferrari P4-5 Greenwich 3

Cars don’t get any rarer, or more majestic, than this. This is not a Ferrari P4/5, it is THE Ferrari P4/5 because there isn’t another one on this little green planet of ours. It was commissioned by James Glickenhaus, and seems to have helped inspire him to go and found his own racing team and car company, Scuderia Cameron-Glickanhaus (SCG for short).

Underneath P4/5 began as a Ferrari Enzo, but it was totally overhauled by Pininfarina and is officially recognized as a model of its own by Ferrari, the “Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina.” Upgraded from the Enzo, P4/5 is supposedly capable of reaching 233 mph (over the Enzo’s 217 mph). It also has an extremely loud top-exit exhaust that has no mufflers whatsoever. It is surely a sight to be seen, and a sound to be heard.

What I love most, though, is that Mr. Glickenhaus actually drives this one-off hypercar on the road. It’s not just for looking at in his garage, and there are many photos of it out and about on the roads of Long Island. You gotta love when someone actually uses a car like this, and if you’ve ever had the chance to talk to Jim, you know he’s as cool as car guys come.

This was my second time seeing the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina in person, but my excitement was just as severe as the first. Plus, this time I had a little more time to shoot it. Enjoy the gallery of this most-special machine.

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Take one Rotsun. Take one small block Ford. Mix well. 


Roadkill, the Hot Rod Magazine YouTube program, has done some insanely fun stuff with their cars. One of their least successful projects since its birth has been this Datsun 240Z, which has blown up two different Vortec V6 engines, a transmission, and nearly killed both Freiburger and Finnegan. This time, they found the world’s most infested Fox body Mustang, and the results? Watch the video to find out. 
– Albert S. Davis

Motor Trend’s very honest look at the new Lexus LC500

I’m a big fan of the new Lexus LC 500, but we all need to remember that it’s not a high performance F model, at least not yet. This is the best review I’ve seen yet.

Also, it weighs a hell of a lot more than I expected, almost 4,400 lbs. I hope they find a way to take some weight out when they do make the F version.

Enjoy!

-Nick

Mercedes AMG GTR at NYIAS

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I just think it’s funny how the ultimate Mercedes performance car has gotten cheaper and cheaper and faster and faster over the years. First there was the SLR McLaren, which bordered on hypercar territory at around $500,000 in the mid 2000’s. Then there was the SLS AMG, which was a legit supercar at around $200-250,000. Now we have the AMG GT, and the very green AMG GTR you see here. It’s a car that will run rings around it’s predecessors on the track, and it costs “only” $157,000.

My how things progress, and I just loved the color on this 577hp beast.

-Nick

Fast SUVs lovers, Meet Your New Badass God

Jeep Trackhawk Hellcat

We’ve all known this was coming for a while, but now the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is here, and it’s taking charge.

I like it a lot, but for a different reason than most. Sure, the 707hp Hellcat engine hooked to AWD is wonderful, but it’s this Jeep’s attitude that I love the most. I love that this isn’t some pretentious white collar status symbol, that’s really not what an SUV is supposed to be about. SUVs, to me at least, are work horses, meant to get down and dirty. The Jeep is much more of a badass than the Porsche Cayenne, the Mercedes GLE, or the BMW X5/X6. To me, the flavor of this Hellcat Jeep just seems right.

Truth be told, the Jeep SRT was my favorite of the big fast SUVs already, for the same reason. Now that they’ve put the Hellcat in it, that just makes it all the more lust-worthy.

Yes, with options, this will probably be a $100,000+ Jeep, but it will roast all of its competition. I mean, this is a vehicle weighing well over 5,000lbs that can go 0-60 in 3.5 sec, and 180 mph up top. In the SUV world, that’s absolutely insane, and you’ve still got plenty of room for the kids in back.

Honestly, I think this is now my favorite Hellcat model, because A) It can put that power down, and B) it is just so unexpected.

This is the new ultimate BAMF mobile for sure!

-Nick