Fans of Muscle Cars won’t want to miss the LA Invasion. Taking place on Memorial Day Weekend, the event kicks off with the Rim of the World Cruise on Saturday. Those taking part in the cruise can enjoy stunning scenery and winding roads up Big Bear, as welll as a delicious BBQ. The day is wrapped up with a hotel party in the evening. Sunday will feature TNT Drag Racing and a car show, with awards being handed out later in the day. Monday’s schedule includes TNT Drag Racing and Bracket racing, as well as trophy presentations.
Date: 28 to 30 May 2011
Times: Saturday 8am – late; Sunday and Monday 7am – 5pm
Venue: Auto Club Dragway
Country: United States of America
The town of Granbury, in Texas, is a suitable location for the 2010 Texas Shelby 350 motoring show, as the town is as historic as the events that are being celebrated. It is the 45th anniversary of the legendary 427 Cobra, as well as the GT350, and it is guaranteed to be a show that will amaze and entertain all American Muscle Car enthusiasts. Not only will there be magnificent cars on display, but other activities will also be available for the entire family to enjoy, such as wine tasting, access to the picturesque Lake Granbury, an old fashion ice cream parlor and wonderful shopping experiences in the town square, which was established in the 1880’s.
For more information in regard to this historic event, including show schedules and ticket prices, visit the official show website at www.texasshelby350.com.
Date: 6 – 9 October 2010
City: Granbury, Texas
Country: United States of America
Hurst Performance Vehicles is a respected name in the racing industry, producing vehicles that have been known for their breathtaking performance, quality engineering and speed. They were founded in 1958, and have grown into an industry leader. The Larry H. Miller Dealership groups, founded in 1979, are leaders in their own right, as they are amongst the top ten dealerships in the United States. Together, these two powerhouses have made it possible for the 2010 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Pace Car to be donated to raise funds for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
The new 2010 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Pace Car will make its debut on 25 April 2010, at the Virginia International Raceway, during the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge. This special edition vehicle was built by Hurst Performance Vehicles, and many collectors will be waiting for the opportunity to place their bid for this magnificent Mustang. This unique pace car features a massive 550 horsepower engine that is complimented by a polished supercharger that provides the car with 542 lb-ft of torque. Other features include a specialized Ford Racing braking system, coil-over suspension, K&N filter and a stainless steel cat-back exhaust system. A one of a kind spray job completes this superior muscle car, and it is most definitely going to be a wanted vehicle. The interior will be fitted out with leather that will feature embroidered logos and contrast top-stitching, as well as floor mats and a rear deck spoiler. Before the pace car goes on auction in January 2011, Mustang and racing enthusiasts will be able to view the car at various Larry H. Miller Dealerships, as well as the Hot Rod Power Tour.
The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will be benefitting from the auction, and the funds raised for them will assist the centre in much needed diagnosis research, as well as being able to treat many more children. The development of cures for various cancers is ongoing, and over and above treating children the facility also provides emotional assistance to family members and offers educational and developmental programs. The 2010 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Pace Car will bring hope to many families and health to numerous children.
From 26 – 29 November 2009, the Daytona International Speedway will be overrun by thousands of show quality vehicles, which include Mustangs, Rods, Muscle Cars, antique vehicles and custom designed cars, all in pristine condition. The day time fun continues into the evenings, with entertaining events such as the Slowest Drag Racer and Tricycle Races! This is most definitely an event that should not be missed.
For more information in regard to ticket prices, show times and events, visit the official website at http://www.turkeyrun.com/Turkey_Run_Home.html.
Date: 26 – 29 November 2009
Venue: Daytona International Speedway
City: Daytona Beach, Florida
Country: United States of America
The very first Ford Mustang came off the assembly line in Michigan, in 1964. The public that attended the New York World Fair, caught their first glimpse of the Mustang, and it was viewed on television networks on 19 April 1964. The automotive industry would never see another product launch like this. Within the first 18 months, over a million Mustangs had been sold, and after revisions over the years, the Mustang is still in production today.
The years 1969 and 1970, saw the birth of the Ford Mustang Boss 302. Ford had attempted to combine the brute power of muscle cars, with the comfortable handling capabilities of a sports car. The press loved the Boss 302 Mustang, and even said that this car was everything that the GT-350 should have been. The Ford Mustang Boss 302 featured a 5.0 L V8 engine and cylinder heads that were used on 5.8 L engines. The combination of these parts, together with its manual four-speed gearbox,elevated the Boss 302 Mustang 290 hp into a class of its own. The Boss 302 Mustang was originally going to be named Trans Am, but that already applied to the Firebird by Pontiac.
Ford’s most competitive rival against their Mustang, was the Chevrolet Camaro. Ford had the lead in the “pony car” division, which was largely created by Ford, when they first introduced their Mustang in 1964. Unfortunately, the Mustang could not compete with the Camaro with regard to performance, which led to the development of the 428 Cobra Jet in 1968, and the design and production of the Boss 302 Ford.
The Boss 302 Mustang is also well known at drag racing venues. Ford made a Drag Pack option available, which was free of charge. All that was needed was to order the 4.3:1 rear axle ratio car. The conversion can be seen under the hood, with an oil cooler mounted in front of the vehicle’s radiator.
The Ford Mustang Boss 302 is still very popular with the reproduction of muscle cars, and can be seen in the diecast model toys available in the Matchbox, ERTL American Muscle and Hot Wheels ranges. The “hockey” side stripe on the car, the chin spoiler and the rear louvers distinguish this muscle car which is still popular and much loved.