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
From 1962 to 1981 the Pontiac division of General Motors produced solid, intermediate-sized automobiles called the Pontiac LeMans. Then in 1982 the smaller Pontiac Bonneville model replaced the LeMans.
The LeMans was introduced as the top-line version of the smaller and more solid Pontiac Tempest and had more luxurious trimmings and a sportier look than the Tempest. In 1964 when the Tempest was restyled and enlarged in the form of the LeMans, it continued to have the same 326 cubic inch V8s and 215 cubic inch six-cylinder found in the regular Tempest.
Not long after the 1964 model was produced, the LeMans came out with an alternative performance package assigned as the GTO or the Gran Turismo Omologate. This version came with a lot of technical developments and upgrades, costing just under US$300. It was estimated that 5,000 GTOs would be sold that year but the sales ended up being 32,000, thereby accounting for a substantial portion of the Tempest and LeMans sales.
In 1996 the GTO was made separate from the other models, having the basic shape of the LeMans and Tempest models. The GTO kept the big-engined muscle car style where as the Tempest and the LeMans models received a new SOHC 230 cubic inch six-cylinder engine.
During the late 1960’s the Sprint-optioned LeMans and Tempest models were not as popular as the larger-engined GTO that was fueling the muscle car wars. Those that bought the normal regular LeMans and Tempest models mostly ordered V8 power, as the 326 and the later 350 cubic inch V8 version were the most ordered engines. In 1969 the SOHC six-cylinder engine and the Sprint option were stopped and replaced by an ordinary Chevrolet-built 250 cubic inch OHV six-cylinder engine, which became the base engine in most of the Pontiac intermediates.
When the LeMans was first produced it included a convertible and a pillared coupe with no hardtop option offered in the Tempest. Then in 1964 the hardtop coupe was added followed by the four-door pillared sedan a year later. In 1966 and 1968 the four-door hardtop and then a four-door Safari wagon replaced the previous versions. Over the decades the Pontiac continued to change its style, adding many amazing features and continued to be popular cars.