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2017 Corvette Grand Sport to Lead the Pack at the 2017 Indy 500


2017 Corvette Grand Sport – This Year’s Indy 500 Pace Car

It is that time of year again race fans! The 101st running of the Indy 500, presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, takes place Sunday, May 28. This year’s official pace car is a 2017 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport. The Corvette model has earned this honor 14 times in the race’s long history, proving what fans already know – the Corvette is America’s sports car! What is your favorite Corvette model? Do you have a great Indy 500 story to tell? Share them in our comments section. We’d love to hear them.

The Perfect Pace Car

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport has all the power and performance you expect. Featuring the Stingray’s LT1 6.2L V8 engine, this beauty generates 460 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. While toned down from the supercharged V8 Z06, this Corvette has plenty of muscle. With a top speed of 175 mph, the Grand Sport rockets from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. It is the perfect model to lead the Indy 500.

Red, White and Blue Leads the Way

This year’s Corvette pace car is appropriately decked out in red, white and blue for the Memorial Day holiday – traditionally when the Indy 500 runs. Not just a one-trick pony, the Grand Sport has a wide body and road gripping tires that keep it as comfortable on city streets as it is on the track. It is one ’Vette every car enthusiast would love to own.

1978 – Year of the First Corvette Pace Car

The first time a Corvette serves as an Indy pace car isn’t until the 1978 C3 (hard to believe the early ’Vettes didn’t get the chance!). The Corvette model with the most laps around the track is the C6, which earns the honor five times (2005-2008, 2012). The C7 is a three-time pace car selection (2013, 2015 and 2017).



Chevy is the Indy 500’s Choice for Pace Cars

Since 2002, the exclusive provider of Indy pace cars is Chevrolet, with either a Corvette or a Camaro leading the field to the green flag. The Corvette is honored 14 times and the Camaro is quickly catching up. It has officially led the charge nine times. GM dominance has reigned supreme for 21 years. Not since 1996 has a non-GM car served as the Indy 500 pace car (Dodge Viper GTS).

Chevy and Indianapolis – Great Teams Run at Indy

The connection between the car maker and the legendary race goes back to the beginning. The Chevy founders compete in the 1911 race and Gaston Chevrolet wins in 1920. “Chevy and Indianapolis are inextricably linked, sharing one of the longest racing heritages in all of motorsports,” says J. Douglas Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Everyone knows great teams run at Indy.

The Blur of Red, White and Blue

Often called the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, we are among the throngs of fans anxiously awaiting the Indy 500 race day. From the IPL 500 Festival Parade to the infield concerts and meet-n-greets, it is a total sensory overload during the holiday weekend. Make sure in all the commotion, not to miss one of the stars of the show, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport pace car. It will be the one racing by in a blur of red, white and blue.

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Posted: 5/25/2017 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

The History of the Mille Miglia Race – 90 Years and Counting [Infographic]

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The Mille Miglia – 90 Years Strong

In 1927, the original Mille Miglia race is created to challenge the sports car elite in a 24-hour endurance test through 1,000 miles of beautiful Italian countryside. This year, the legendary event celebrates its 90th anniversary. To commemorate, we put together some fun facts you can share with fellow race fans. Comment below with your favorite Millie Miglia moment!

The Original, All-Out Thrill Ride Through Italy

Race fans consider the Mille Miglia the premier sports car endurance race in the world. It thunders through small Italian towns on a grueling circuit from Brescia to Rome and back again. The original race was an all-out thrill ride through crowded city streets and dangerous mountain curves. It elevated sports cars from carmakers like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz to rock star status.

This Race Created the Modern Sports Car

Why is the Mille Miglia so important in sports car history? Enzo Ferrari says it best. “The Mille Miglia created our modern automobiles. It enabled us to produce the sports cars that we now see all over the world.” The automotive advances that resulted from these race cars push the envelope of car design. All cars benefit from their innovations.

Pushing the Limits, Thrilling the Crowds

This race is the ultimate test of man and machine. Drivers push themselves and their cars to the limits. There are many stories of race cars smashing into houses or missing a curve on a mountain road. Sterling Moss, the only British driver to win the Mille Miglia, notes, “If you saw an enormous crowd, you knew it was a really bad corner.”

Deadly Speed Brings an End

Tragedy is what brings the original race to an end. In 1957, the Marquis de Portago, while driving his 4.1L Ferrari at 180 mph, blows a tire and flips his car into the crowd gathered to watch. Portago, his co-driver and 10 spectators are killed. With cars now reaching incredible speeds and more spectators crowding the roadways, organizers have no choice but to call an end to the famous race.

A Classic Race for a Classic Crowd

You can’t keep a good race down. In 1977, the rally is resurrected as a regularity race for antique and vintage sports cars. Cars built before 1957 and that raced in the original are the only ones that can compete. The circuit follows the same 1,000-mile route as the original, except this time classic sports cars cruise through towns at a more reasonable speed. It is still a competition, just not a death-defying one.



Mille Miglia Storica - The Greatest Antique Car Rally in the World

Today, the Mille Miglia Storica is considered one of the greatest antique car rallies in the world. Fans still fill every vantage point along the roads to cheer their favorite classic sports cars. It is estimated that five million street spectators watched the race in 2013. Why not? How many times do you get to see a piece of history roll by? Congratulations Mille Miglia! Here’s to another 90 years.

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Posted: 5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Collectors Rescue Antique and Vintage Fire Trucks


Rescuing and Restoring Antique and Vintage Fire Trucks

As a child, did you dream of becoming a fireman? Racing to the rescue on those shiny red trucks. Today, classic enthusiasts are living out their childhood dreams by rescuing and restoring antique and vintage fire engines. If you have the chance, would you bring an old fire truck back to life? We’d love to know, so leave us a comment.

Early Fire Pumps Pulled by Horses or Steam Engines

Fire trucks have come a long way. The earliest mobile fire apparatus is a hand pump on wheels that is pushed by members of the bucket brigade. An onboard cistern is filled with water and pumped onto the fire. Later, horses are used to pull the pump wagons, making for better response times. In the 1850s, bucket brigades begin to use steam engine pumpers in cities but rural communities continue to depend on the horse-drawn fire wagons.

Vintage Fire Trucks – The Pride of American Communities

The motorized fire truck did not become a common fixture at stations until the early 20th century. Manufacturers like Waterous, Ahrens-Fox, American LaFrance and Mack Trucks produce customized trucks for fire departments across America, which become the pride of their communities – at a large financial commitment.

Collectors Love Their Fire Trucks

Why do collectors love antique and vintage fire trucks? Often enthusiasts have a personal connection with the fire service. A relative may have worked for the fire department. Childhood memories of seeing these antique trucks in parades or at fire stations prompt enthusiasts to add them to their collector’s wish list.

Before You Buy a Fire Truck – Think

Today, fire trucks are not expensive to acquire. Before you bring one home, consider where you are going to store it. From small 18-foot units to large 45-foot bucket trucks, these vehicles need their space. Second, restoration is not cheap. Many fire trucks are left outside to rust. Extensive bodywork and unique firefighting apparatus make these builds a challenge (What restoration isn’t challenging?).

Jay Leno Loves His Fire Truck

Still, want that fire truck? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Jay Leno owns a 1942 American LaFrance fire truck. Yes, he owns one of everything but Jay wasn’t content to let this truck sit in a showroom. He converted his big red machine into a rescue vehicle for his motorcycles. By adding a lift to the back, he can drive his motorcycles up and onto the truck. Glad to see this truck’s service days aren’t behind it.



The Cadillac of Fire Trucks

If re-purposing a fire truck isn’t for you, keep searching because rare gems are out there. The 1936 Ahrens-Fox BT model is considered the “Cadillac” of fire trucks. With a 1,140-cubic inch 6-cylinder engine and the ability to deliver 1,250 gallons of water per minute at 120 PSI, it is a modern marvel in its day. Only eight or nine are built, and six still exist. Six! One sold at auction for around $125,000.



Summer Convention and Muster for Vintage Fire Trucks

Need help finding the perfect truck to restore? Start by networking within the antique and vintage fire truck community. Join the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) - a long name for an excellent group. Twice a year, they sponsor a convention and muster where firefighting enthusiasts gather to display their trucks and memorabilia. The next event is August 2-5 in Sackets Harbor, NY.

Preserving an Overlooked Piece of History

Nothing beats the sight of a fully restored bright red fire truck to lift your spirits. With the chrome gleaming and gold lettering on the doors, your truck is the hit of local parades or car cruises. Preserving an overlooked piece of history is a commendable endeavor. It honors the firefighters who served on the trucks and reminds us of the sacrifices many in their profession give. To you, fellow collector, we say thank you for answering the call to save another vintage fire truck.

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Posted: 5/11/2017 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Two MOPAR Gems Shine at 2017 World of Wheels Indianapolis [Video]


MOPAR Muscle Leaves an Impression at 2017 WOW Indianapolis

With MOPAR turning 80 this year and a lot of great car shows happening now, we ask the big question – what is your favorite MOPAR muscle car? We reveal two of our favorites while interviewing the man behind these beautiful restorations at the 2017 World of Wheels in Indianapolis: a 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda and a 1970 Dodge Super Bee. What is your favorite MOPAR muscle car? Let us know in the comments below - looking forward to seeing how the MOPAR Nation votes!

Finer Details’ Ken Mosier Has a Passion for MOPAR Restoration

Whenever we see a great looking MOPAR muscle car, we know Ken Mosier at Finer Details Automotive Restoration in Danville, IN is involved. About 95% of the work done at his shop is MOPAR. Ken’s passion for these great cars shows in every restoration he produces.



Numbers Matching 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda

Ken has a personal connection to the 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda. He finds it languishing in the Arizona heat and brings it back to Indiana. The former factory exec car is in bad shape but still has the numbers matching engine and transmission.

Sign of a Good Restoration – Attention to Detail

Ken’s opportunity to restore the ’Cuda in his copious “downtime” never happens. (Downtime is a pipe dream, Ken!) Facing reality, he reluctantly sells the car to a friend who turns around and hires Ken to work his magic on it. “On average, we spend 400 to 500 hours blocking everything out and working on the fit,” he says. “It has to be perfect.”

1970 Dodge Super Bee – From Wreck to Rare Gem

On the 1970 Dodge Super Bee, Ken has his work cut out for him. Where the ’Cuda sat in dry desert heat, the Super Bee struggles to survive the harsh wet weather of Alberta, Canada. The owner spends 69 hours hauling the wrecked muscle car to Indiana. He knows if anyone can fix this rare beast, it is Ken Mosier.



Saving a Super Bee

This ’70 Super Bee is one of 34 factory Hemi cars made that year and one of only two delivered to Canada. What makes this car even rarer is the color combination – orange with white trim, black top and brown buckskin leather interior. Rare or not, the car is a mess when Ken gets it. Not only is it wrecked and badly repaired, there is SO much rust. Rust everywhere! Quarter panels for MOPARS don’t grow on trees!

MOPAR Parts Hard to Come By

Ken scours the country looking for parts needed to bring this classic back to life. Not an easy task considering the 1970 Super Bee is a one-year-only body. “It’s very hard to find original MOPAR parts,” he says. “With a Ford or a Camaro, you can go and buy the part you need because there were thousands made. There just weren’t that many of these cars made.”

Long Live MOPAR

The finished restorations are amazing. Once again, the team at Finer Details rocks it. Ken’s friend is happy with the ’Cuda and the owner of the Super Bee is ecstatic. At the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, the Super Bee scores a 993 out of 1000 to earn gold. These beautiful muscle cars have bright futures ahead of them and we can’t wait to see them again. Long may MOPAR rule!

Dropping a Little MOPAR History

Want more history on MOPAR and how these fabulous muscle cars came about? Check out our infographic/blog and share it with your fellow gearheads. See why MOPAR rules!


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Posted: 5/4/2017 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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