Summer Comes to a Close

On the 29th of August, I ate my last brunch in the peace of the Berkshire Mountains and packed up my entire life to bring it to my parent’s just north of Boston. Yes, it was harder than I thought and yes, it took way longer than I thought, especially considering what I had done the weeks leading up to my move… Continue reading “Summer Comes to a Close”

Texas Barn Finds: Five Pre-War Vehicles and Twice Used Trailer

by Mariah Prescott – Article published here

May 13, 2015

In the early 70s, Jack moved to Texas from Wisconsin and tucked his small collection of three Cadillacs, an REO, a Milburn, and a Kozy Trailer away in the barn out back. Like many other car guys, he had the intention of someday pulling them out again and restoring them to their glory but also like many of us never found the time or money.

Today, the cars and trailer have been re-discovered (although were not completely forgotten) and are being listed by local Motostalgia Auctions. Owner Jack is still alive and will attend the auction of his five cars on June 12, 2015 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Continue reading “Texas Barn Finds: Five Pre-War Vehicles and Twice Used Trailer”

Tom Hoover, “Father of the Hemi” Passes Away at 85

Source: George Mattar for Hemmings

by Mariah Prescott – Article published here

May 5, 2015

Tom Hoover, “Father of the Hemi” passed away on  April 30th at the age of 85 following a long-term illness. Born and raised just west of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, his father was an auto mechanic. After high school, he went on to pursue a degree at Juanita College in his hometown, but it was interrupted by the Korean War. Hoover served 19 months overseas with the National Guard. He returned to Juanita College and completed his bachelor’s degree in physics before completing a master’s from Penn State. In 1955, he started at Chrysler Corporation and received a second Master’s degree from the Chrysler institute in automotive engineering.

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This Day in Automotive History: First Mustang Introduced at World’s Fair


by Mariah Prescott – Article published here

April 17, 2015

51 years ago, the Mustang came galloping on to the market. A few days before the cars went on sale across the country at dealerships, the 1964 ½ Ford Mustang made its debut at the World’s Fair in Queens, New York City. Lee Iacocca, the Vice President of Ford at the time, introduced the all-new “poor man’s Thunderbird” to the media inside the Ford Pavilion.

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Hot Rodders of Tomorrow: All-Female Team Makes History

By Mariah Prescott – Article published here

April 9, 2015

Back in February, a high school team of young women led by Coach Jill Arata competed at the Race and Performance Expo in St. Charles, Illinois. The team is making history as the first all-girls squad coached by a woman and is the only female team competing this year in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow events.

The team hails from the automotive department at Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, Illinois and all are in it to prove a point: Women can be grease monkeys too. Continue reading “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow: All-Female Team Makes History”

Congratulations to the 2015 Ridler Award Winner!

Photo via Foose Facebook

Text by Mariah Prescott and Al Liebmann
All photos by Al Liebmann, except where noted
– Article published here

Detroit, Mich. – March 8, 2015 – Last night Don and Elma Voth of Abbotsford, British Columbia accepted the 2015 Ridler Award for their Chip Foose built 1965 Chevrolet Impala. The radical hardtop, dubbed “Imposter”, boasts a Corvette LS3 and 2008 Corvette Chassis with Magnaflow exhaust and a beautiful custom mixed BASF paint job.

The Voths drove a 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS on their honeymoon and wanted to recreate that memory. The idea behind it was to pay tribute to that car with a ground-up custom, but also have it handle like a modern machine. Once complete, they’ll be able to relive the early days of their marriage as they cruise.  Foose has reportedly been working on this build since 2008.

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Eric Butler’s 1968 Mustang Wins Inaugural WELD President’s Award

Eric Butler (center) holds his President’s Award from WELD Wheels, which is shaped like a Prostar, one of WELD’s iconic designs.


By Mariah Prescott – Article published here

February 25, 2015

In 1993, Eric Butler’s dad paid $300 for a 1968 Ford Mustang. The family was living in Southern California at the time, and Eric’s dad bought the car for his son. It may have been a rust-free California special, but it had been sitting in a field for six years.  In Eric’s words, “It was a mess.”  These days, it’s a beauty, so much so that it took home the first WELD President’s Award at the Kansas City 2015 O’Reilly’s World of Wheels.

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A Pony with the Bite of a Snake – The Burnout

by Mariah Prescott – Article published here

November 14, 2014

Good news, if the 435HP of your 2015 Mustang GT just isn’t enough, Ford Racing has unveiled a solution: Another 165 horses to give that pony the real power she needs. Last week at SEMA we got a look at just the exterior, but it’s what’s underneath that we’re interested in.

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