$5 Off FCS Shirts & Hats
Dec11

$5 Off FCS Shirts & Hats

Spread the word about your favorite car show resource guide by proudly displaying the FlaCarShow shirt and embroidered hat.  $5 off until the end of 2017.

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Shows Around Florida – Dec 16 & 17
Dec11

Shows Around Florida – Dec 16 & 17

SATURDAY N. Marion High School Automotive Car Show (Ocala) – Rock & Brews Cruise In (Orlando) – Shriner’s Christmas Car Show (Port St. Lucie) – Christmas Benefit Car & Truck Show (Pinellas Park) SUNDAY Monarch Knights Car Show (Coconut Creek) – Rock & Brews Cruise In (Oviedo)...

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Fortunate! – Win the Classic
Aug14

Fortunate! – Win the Classic

Contributed by Ashleigh Caswell, Hibiscus Court Assisted Living, Melbourne Fortunate! That’s what we are! Brevard residents are fortunate. We are all fortunate to live on the Space Coast, fortunate to have such great weather, fortunate to have so many interesting things in our backyard and fortunate that we are a community that supports each other.  With a picture perfect location, and the rich history of the space coast, we are...

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A Visit to the American Muscle Car Museum
Jul17

A Visit to the American Muscle Car Museum

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Sometimes, life just throws cool moments at you.  Thanks to either an odd coincidence or divine intervention, I had the opportunity to get a private tour of the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne, FL.  This collection is not open to the general public, but it does open for select non-profit fundraising events and educational events for school-age kids.  More on the museum shortly… When I...

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Villages Monthly Cruise In
Jun05

Villages Monthly Cruise In

Contributed by Ed Sindoni The “snowbirds” may have left, but the car count is still over 200 here in The Villages.  This show is open first to the residents of the community, and then others may be allowed in if there is room.  Each month a different Villages’ car club has the honor of hosting the event and leading the vehicles into the square for display.  On hand to feed the crowd are the brick and mortar establishments as well as...

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Steve & Tara’s Power Tour Adventures
Jun02

Steve & Tara’s Power Tour Adventures

7 cities in 7 days, 1500 miles & 6000 cool cars – Kansas City to Bowling Green – Steve captures our daily adventures in this amusing blog. Click bottom right arrow for blog.

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Dade City’s Special Cruisers
May31

Dade City’s Special Cruisers

Contributed by Ed Sindoni Classic cars (and soon-to-be classics), hot rods and antiques gathered at downtown Dade City for the monthly show surrounding the historic courthouse.  At these shows, one expects to find interesting and appealing vehicles, but the owners are just as interesting.  Why do they own that particular collectible?  Usually, it’s a connection to the past, but sometimes, “opportunity knocks”. One such owner of a ’66...

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Gainesville’s Gator Nationals
May22

Gainesville’s Gator Nationals

Contributed by Ed Sindoni Writing this article, I thought that I would take a different approach.  Instead of describing the racing per se (go to www.nhra.com for this), I’d like to compare the NHRA brand of racing to NASCAR. THE ENTRANCE – When you enter Gainesville Raceway, you walk right across pit road, on your way to the mid-way, pits, and/or your seat. Want to take a picture of the race cars lining up for their runs, it’s not a...

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Quail Run Car Show
May11

Quail Run Car Show

Contributed by Ed Sindoni March 11, 2017 – Quail Run RV Park is quite an outstanding location for a show as the vehicles were nestled among the RVs, under the massive trees, and alongside the park’s facilities.  Driving along the road to the main staging area is quite picturesque as you will see. Entering the show area, it was difficult to miss the red 1941 Chevy convertible.  The newly finished machine was driven from...

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Combustion Chamber – Festivals of Speed
May01

Combustion Chamber – Festivals of Speed

Submitted by Casey J. Porter, video/photographer Combustion Chamber is a new You Tube show featuring very special cars, the drivers, and the stories behind it. From Exotic Supercars to American Muscle, and Custom Trucks, Casey finds out what makes these Florida vehicles so unique. On this episode, Combustion Chamber is on the road at the 2017 Festivals of Speed Amelia Island, which is a luxury lifestyle event located at the Omni...

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Record Attendance for Rock & Brews Orlando
Apr26

Record Attendance for Rock & Brews Orlando

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Wow! On Saturday, January 30th, Cruisin’ Orlando hosted a cruise in at Rock & Brews in Oviedo. This was the first event Cruisin’ Orlando held there, and it won’t be the last. What was it about this show that made me say “wow?” Three things working together made it a “wow” event. Let me explain them, and then I’ll tell you about the show. Location: Rock & Brews is a rock-themed restaurant,...

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Combustion Chamber – 2002 Dodge Viper GTS
Apr20

Combustion Chamber – 2002 Dodge Viper GTS

Submitted by Casey J. Porter, video/photographer Owner Jim Cameron Combustion Chamber is a new You Tube show featuring very special cars, the drivers, and the stories behind it. From Exotic Supercars to American Muscle, and Custom Trucks, Casey finds out what makes these Florida vehicles so unique. This episode features a V-10 8 liter 488 engine 2002 Viper GTS.  It is not only unique because it’s a limited production Viper, or...

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Better Off Dead: A Camaro Story…
Apr18

Better Off Dead: A Camaro Story…

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Owner Don Musica, Winter Springs Published in Eckler’s Chevy Classics Magazine There’s only a handful of movie cars that are instantly recognizable to most people; Burt Reynold’s black Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am, John Milner’s ’32 Deuce Coupe from American Graffiti, Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang. But there’s a famous Camaro out there too, albeit not quite as instantly recognized. If...

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Newsletters
Apr05

Newsletters

April 2017 – Classic vs. Modern, Touchy Subject March 2017 – Spring is Here…Yippy! February 2017 – Looking Ahead to Social...

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30th Mustang & Ford Roundup
Mar17

30th Mustang & Ford Roundup

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography On Saturday, February 25 2017, the Mid-Florida Mustang Club (MFMC) held their 30th Annual Mustang & Ford Roundup in historic downtown Longwood.  According to Joe Rodriguez of MFMC there were over 300 cars in attendance, between the show cars and specialty displays. And I photographed most of them… Before getting to the show details, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what the Mustang...

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Devereaux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet
Mar14

Devereaux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet

Contributed by Tara Bush I was determined, come hell or high water, that I was going to attended this show to see what 1200 cars in a field looked like.  Well, the high water did come…myself and about 60 other cars were optimistic that the weather would improve.  Cold and dreary was forecasted but my plan to travel from Orlando to Bradenton the night before was not going to deter me from my quest.  I have learned not to pay much heed...

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Boggy Bottom Auto Show
Mar06

Boggy Bottom Auto Show

Contributed by Tara Bush January in Central Florida is a wonderful time of year; the sky is bluer, the birds sing more, the breeze blows harder and the car shows are in abundance.  It is hard to pick which shows to attend, but with a name like Boggy Bottom, it’s hard to pass this one up…if only for curiosity sake.  Accommodating up to 3,500 guests, this 200-acre privately owned paradise is located in the secluded woodlands of the...

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Combustion Chamber – 1980 Trans Am
Mar02

Combustion Chamber – 1980 Trans Am

Submitted by Casey J. Porter, video/photographer Owner Scott Taylor Combustion Chamber is a new You Tube show featuring very special cars, the drivers, and the stories behind it. From Exotic Supercars to American Muscle, and Custom Trucks, Casey finds out what makes these Florida vehicles so unique. This episode features a 1980 Pontiac Trans Am which started its life as a basic Pontiac Formula. This car was in rough shape with an...

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Downtown Dade City Monthly Cruise
Mar01

Downtown Dade City Monthly Cruise

Contributed by Ed Sindoni The first Saturday of the month is time for show cars to surround the historical courthouse in downtown Dade City.  Starting at 1:30, the four hour show quickly fills this area, and then begins to fill the feeder streets leading to the courthouse.  DJ “Starvin” Darvin brings us back to the 50s and 60s, as both car owners and spectators stroll through the many antique shops and restaurants which encompass this...

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Garage One Cars & Coffee
Mar01

Garage One Cars & Coffee

Contributed by Ed Sindoni It’s the first Saturday of the month and 8am, where should you be?  If you are somewhere near Tampa, the answer is Garage One.  These early morning get-togethers offer coffee, Dunkin Donuts, and a variety of detailing products, most of which are demonstrated by co-owner Gene Teston on participant’s vehicles, if they so wish.  Each monthly show highlights a particular vehicle or type of vehicle (February’s was...

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NCRS Corvette & Open Car Show
Feb10

NCRS Corvette & Open Car Show

Contributed to Tara Bush Januarys in Florida could be a crap shoot; hot or freezing.  I attended the NCRS National Corvette show when it was at Old Town in 2003 to have my 58’s top installed by Al Knoch and nearly froze to death.  I felt bad for the interior guys that traveled all the way here to the sunshine state only to be greeted by winter.  Well, this year Mother Nature did not disappoint those who attended, we were welcomed with...

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28th Annual River Ranch Rod Run
Feb10

28th Annual River Ranch Rod Run

Contributed by Tara Bush What were the Westgate Resort executives thinking when they decided to build a dude ranch on 1700 acres of wilderness in the middle of Florida?  Probably the same thing as Walt Disney did back in the ‘60’s.  “If you build it, they will come” and come they did.  At the end of every January hundreds of street rods, muscle cars and classics descend on the River Ranch for the weekend looking for a good time....

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Eckler’s 30th Corvette Reunion
Feb07

Eckler’s 30th Corvette Reunion

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography On October 7th, 2016 Hurricane Matthew paid a visit to Florida. Due to the projected path and intensity of the storm, Eckler’s 30th Corvette Reunion (which was scheduled for October 8th, 2016) had to be rescheduled.  Thankfully, Matthew only brushed the coastline and did not do much damage in the area.  Fortunately for Corvette owners and Corvette lovers, the reunion was held on January 21st,...

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Combustion Chamber – 2015 Petty Mustang
Jan13

Combustion Chamber – 2015 Petty Mustang

Submitted by Casey J. Porter, video/photographer Owner Ramon Suarez, Clermont Combustion Chamber is a new You Tube show featuring very special cars, the drivers, and the stories behind it. From Exotic Supercars to American Muscle, and Custom Trucks, Casey finds out what makes these Florida vehicles so unique. This episode features a very rare 675 hp beast Petty’s Garage Edition Supercharged Coyote 5.0 2015 Mustang, only 21 out...

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Combustion Chamber – 2013 ZL1 Camaro
Jan03

Combustion Chamber – 2013 ZL1 Camaro

Submitted by Casey J. Porter, video/photographer Owner Bill Panouses  –  Tom Argue Design – Alan Eosso of G3 Carbon Combustion Chamber is a new You Tube show featuring very special cars, the drivers, and the stories behind it. From Exotic Supercars to American Muscle, and Custom Trucks, Casey finds out what makes these Florida vehicles so unique. This episode features a 580 supercharged LSA V8 2013 ZL-1 Camaro...

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Mopars with Big Daddy
Dec21

Mopars with Big Daddy

Contributed by Tara Bush “Mopar or No Car” is the motto at the 29 th Annual Mopars with Big Daddy at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala.  On November 5 & 6, 2016 over 400 of the wildest colored muscle cars that ever rolled out of Detroit were competing for the 85 trophies up for grabs.  The Florida Mopar Association (FMA), which is comprised of various Mopar clubs around Florida, has hosted this show for 29 years.  Every...

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Horsepower Ranch Pumpkin Festival
Dec02

Horsepower Ranch Pumpkin Festival

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Geneva, Florida is probably not a place that comes to mind when you think of great car shows. Geneva is mostly a rural, agricultural community. But there is a 12 acre oasis of performance tucked away between the orange groves and horse farms.  HorsePower Ranch is a unique and awesome location for a car show, and on October 30th they held their 5th Annual Pumpkin Festival Car Show. I guess I can...

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Extreme HP @ American MotorSports Show
Oct17

Extreme HP @ American MotorSports Show

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography On Saturday, October 1st American MotorSports held their 4th annual Customer Appreciation Day at their Orlando location, 4130 N. Orange Blossom Trail.   The day included a car show and barbecue, as well as lots (and lots) of giveaways, trophies, music by DJ Don of Cruisin’ Orlando, and a 50/50 drawing to benefit Southeast Guide Dogs Paws for Patriots program.  An Orlando fixture since 1999,...

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There’s More to Cocoa than the Beach
Oct11

There’s More to Cocoa than the Beach

Contributed by Tara Bush What comes to mind when you think of Cocoa Beach…Ron Jon’s, surfing, trinket shops, tiki bars, bikinis, you get the picture.  Well let me tell you there is much more to Cocoa Beach than that.  They have a beautifully shaded downtown historic district with fashionable clothing stores, quaint restaurants and is dotted with park-like sitting areas.  It is an extremely active community with festivals and...

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Great Day at the Caladium Festival Car Show
Aug31

Great Day at the Caladium Festival Car Show

Contributed by Tara Bush Have you ever wished that you could experience all of your passions in one day?  Mine are cars, gardening, good food and occasionally shopping   I found that such day.  At the end of every July is the Caladium Festival in the little city of Lake Placid, which is south of Clermont on Route 27.  We headed out early in my 1967 Acadian (which has a/c), teamed up with a street rodder friend, and made the breakfast...

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Gateway’s Cars & Coffee – Orlando
Aug05

Gateway’s Cars & Coffee – Orlando

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography On Saturday, July 30th Gateway Classic Cars Orlando held their 1st Cars and Coffee event with Cruisin’ Orlando. Gateway’s Orlando showroom is located in Lake Mary. Opened in July 2014, it became the seventh location for Gateway.  They now have 14 locations across the country, three of which are right here in Florida.  If you’re not familiar with Gateway, they are a consignment shop where you can...

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How My Craziness Started
Aug05

How My Craziness Started

Contributed and owned by Tara Bush, Longwood In 1984, just before my 16th birthday, my Father offered me a Horizon as my first car.  Not much of a car guy but wanted something dependable and cheap for his little girl.  The guys in the neighborhood had cool cars and I wanted one too, plus I lived down the street from the drag strip.  So I chose option two; decline Dad’s dependable car and got Mom approved 1967 Chevy II Nova...

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DID YOU KNOW?
Jul14

DID YOU KNOW?

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Steve & Tara’s Hot Rod Power Tour Adventures
Jun01

Steve & Tara’s Hot Rod Power Tour Adventures

For the 7th year, my 1967 Acadian Canso will be on the best traveling car show in the States.  The Hot Rod Power Tour is 7 cities in 7 days, 1500 miles and over 6000 cars, starting in Kansas City, MO and ending in Bowling Green, KY.   This is not a high speed drive along the freeways, but a back road drive thru small towns, savoring the local fare, traveling through unspoiled countryside and waving to the welcoming fans along the...

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Take Them Out and Play With Them
May11

Take Them Out and Play With Them

Contributed by Gary West Now that you’ve bought, rebuilt, restored, inherited, recommissioned, rescued or otherwise saved that classic or vintage car, truck, tractor or motorcycle, it’s time to take it out and play with it. Take that puppy to a car show or a Cars & Coffee or a track day or a Cruise-in or, do what we once did, and have a neighborhood car show. One of the killer bees in my bonnet is the person who...

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The Tale of Two Beasts
May10

The Tale of Two Beasts

Contributed by Ecklers, photos by Colin Date Owner: Hilbert Osborne, Orlando This 1955 Chevy Two-Ten went from Power Tour cruiser to Pro Street monster I remember it like it was yesterday, a cool crisp Wisconsin Saturday morning in the summer of 1983. A call came from my friend Johnny, he said, “Come over and check out my new toy, you’re gonna wanna go for a ride”. I loaded up and headed over to his shop. When I got there, he was...

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Vive la Différence!  Rare 1967 Acadian Canso SD
May10

Vive la Différence! Rare 1967 Acadian Canso SD

Contributed and owned by Tara Bush, Longwood Photos by Russ Muller Photography Published in Eckler’s Chevy Classics Magazine By the age of 18, I owned three Chevy II Novas; a daily driver, a weekend show car and a wannabe race car. I still own the black show car after 28 years, and it’s best known locally as one of the few six-cylinders left in existence. Those early years started me on a lifelong passion for classic and...

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Car, Coffee and Horse Country
May10

Car, Coffee and Horse Country

Contributed by Tim Nicholas –  President Classic Camaro of Central Florida Take a short drive north of Orlando and you arrive in what is known as “Horse Country”. Equine farms and ranches dot the countryside and provide Marion County and specifically Ocala, a rich heritage of fast, four legged steeds that are recognized at turf tracks throughout the country. There is another heritage that is being cultivated in Ocala...

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You Can Do It ! Underhood Restoration

Contributed by Ecklers If you’re content with a clean looking daily driver, or if you display your car at shows but leave the hood shut, there’s probably no need for you to tackle this project. After all, who sees the underside of your hood? However, if you’re proud of all that effort you’ve put into detailing out your engine bay, you’ll want to pay attention to this You Can Do It. The underside of this car’s hood was super nasty,...

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Lake Mary Monthly Cruise

Contributed by Paul Jordan – Canadian resident Palm trees, sunshine and blue skies! How I love to drive to Florida during our Canadian winters. After a most excellent evening enjoying the Old Town, Kissimmee cruise the previous night, and a good hotel supplied hot breakfast, I headed out from my hotel. I do not fully trust my GPS yet and still mainly rely on old fashioned, but always dependable maps and written instructions. Not...

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Ancient City National Mustang Show
Apr21

Ancient City National Mustang Show

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Spending a Saturday in St. Augustine is always fun thing to do.  There are all sorts of interesting, unique, historical things to explore and experience. I’ve walked and driven across the Bridge of Lions more times than I can count, I’ve toured Flagler College and the Castillo de San Marco, and I’ve been to the top of the lighthouse several times. So when I first heard about a Mustang show in St....

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1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR Video
Apr07

1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR Video

Contributed and owned by Tara Bush, Longwood – Video by Jared DiBartolo – Still photo by Kevin Shull Here’s another great American muscle car video from ThrowBack Garage, highlighting Florida car enthusiasts who drive and show their cars. Instagram users click HERE to follow You Tube users click HERE to...

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Potential Inexpensive Collectable Cars
Apr07

Potential Inexpensive Collectable Cars

Contributed by Gary West Here Be Dragons…..Sail A Wise Course            Without painting the vintage and classic car world with too broad a brush, it seems there are two distinct paths enthusiasts have chosen to enjoy the hobby. The first is the buying and selling of vintage and classic cars for pure profit.  It seldom involves the joy of driving the car so much as it focuses on flipping it for a fast buck.  No different than...

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24th Annual Winter Nationals – Feb 25-28
Mar31

24th Annual Winter Nationals – Feb 25-28

Contributed by Tim Nicholas –  President Classic Camaro of Central Florida Photos by Russ Muller Photography “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same” Central Florida in February, there are a few things you can count on to be as constant as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. The weather is better than just about anything offered north of the Mason/Dixon Line, The Daytona International...

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1967 Shelby GT500 Video
Mar25

1967 Shelby GT500 Video

Contributed and owned by Tara Bush, Longwood – Video by Jared DiBartolo – Still photo by Russ Muller I have a young friend who loves old cars, not influenced by his parents or friends.  He started attending local shows with his Mom’s modern Mustang around driving age, then was blessed with a new Challenger RT upon graduation.  He’s a college student now studying marketing, advertising and such, with a focus...

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Where to Go to Get the Know

Contributed by Gary West The Nigerian Prince came through, you’ve just received the check from the Lower Berzerkistan National Lottery, Great Aunt Flossie, with the fatal bowel obstruction, has shuffled off the mortal coil and left you the full bucket. In any event you have now bought or decided to buy a classic, antique, and rare vehicle of your dreams.   What you need now is information and a place to find it. Proper truthful...

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High-End Collector Car Auction Guide
Mar08

High-End Collector Car Auction Guide

Contributed by Gary West The High-End Collector Car Auction  (or observing minnows swim with the sharks) If you’ve never been to a high-end collector car auction, you should. It’s truly an experience that rivals none other save those we can’t discuss. Auctions range from almost an intimate venue such as Bonhams in Greenwich, Connecticut to the usual Barrett-Jackson “Circus Maximus.” The collector car auction is as...

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Corvette, Camaro & SSR Display – March 5

Contributed by Carl Marco The Flagler County Corvette Club and Tom Gibbs Chevrolet hosts an annual show to benefit the Flagler/Palm Coast High School.  The students set up an area with tables and serve food and drinks which helps benefit their various school activities. The admission for cars and spectators is free, and tickets are sold for a 50/50 prize....

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Day of the Duels Event – February 18th

Contributed by Carl Marco   Duels Motoring Event is scheduled to coincide with the races at Daytona during the middle of February each year. Co-sponsored by the Drive In Christian Church, Halifax Urban Ministries, Southern Stone Events and the City of Daytona Beach Shores – this year’s show featured 612 show cars of all makes and models for your viewing pleasure. The entry fee for cars was $10 per car. Spectators are...

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World Famous Ace Cafe to Open First USA Location
Feb08

World Famous Ace Cafe to Open First USA Location

Contributed by Steve Glum, Email Ace Cafe London, the iconic lifestyle brand, was established in 1938 in London, England, and is the most-celebrated motor diner on the planet. Based on the traditions of motorcycles, cars and rock ’n roll, Ace Cafe has become an absolute Mecca for the motorsports community, hosting over 400 motorcycle and car events each year — including the Annual Ace Cafe Reunion — which drew over 200,000 people in...

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An Enlightening Guide to the Amelia Island Concours

Contributed by Gary West For those of us who are car junkies and auto show enthusiasts there can be few places better to hang our helmet than Florida. If your particular interest leads you to classic car auctions then welcome to nirvana. From one of the world’s premier classic car and auction venues-Amelia Island Concours de’Elegance -to the weekend Show & Shine, there is enough action to wear you out. Let’s...

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Rust in Peace
Jan28

Rust in Peace

Contributed by Dick Moody, Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club –...

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Tires: Ticking Time Bombs!

Contributed by Lonnie Cook, Classic MG Club – Email Click here for a five minute video of tires being trued, pile of rubber removed, then spin balanced.  Now – go check the age of your tires.    ...

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Adventures of the Florida Old Guys – Daytona
Jan25

Adventures of the Florida Old Guys – Daytona

Contributed by Barry Margolis, blogspot here As we’ve been doing for many, many years, the Old Guys attended the 2015 Daytona Turkey Run, which is held on the infield of the (currently being completely remodeled, and it looks great) Daytona International Speedway. Here’s the recap of our weekend: THE TURKEY RUN:  The show draws tens of thousands of spectators, about 5000 show vehicles, lots of cars for sale, more vendors...

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Temps Chilly, but Mecum Was Hot, Hot, Hot !!!

Contributed by Tara Bush Let’s be honest, we didn’t all move to Florida for the palm trees, beaches, pastels and Disney…we came here to escape the freezing, snowy, drizzly Northern conditions so we can partake in the year-round car cruising.  But on Saturday January 23, the last day of the world’s largest collector car auction, I was reminded of why I left Ohio. The Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, just...

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The Main Thing

Contributed by Russ Muller, Russ Muller Photography “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing” Sounds simple, doesn’t it? My guess is Steven Covey was not talking about photography when he said this because, truth be told, it’s a lot more difficult than it sounds. So much automotive photography is centered around the traditional ¾ beauty shot, that the “main thing” seems to be capturing a car in one photo. There’s...

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Camaro vs. Mustang Throwdown Event
Jan24

Camaro vs. Mustang Throwdown Event

Contributed by: Tim “MC” Nicolas, Classic Camaro Club of Central Florida Joe Rodriguez, Mid Florida Mustang Club Photos by Russ Muller Photography   The inaugural Camaro vs. Mustang Throwdown was held Saturday, Nov. 21st, 2015 at the Sanford Hooters. Classic Camaro of Central Florida and the Mid-Florida Mustang Club co-hosted the event that was designed to be a charity event in support of Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee,...

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Pros & Cons of Club Memberships

Contributed by Larry Beach, Director of Team Shelby South Atlantic Region   There has been a lot going on in the last week that has ruffled a few feathers and most of it is driven by trying to add value paying memberships. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again here: Right now, there isn’t much of a benefit to being an official paying member. Sure you get a free t-shirt, magazine, travel mug and a key ring.   Most people I’ve...

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Astronauts Helped Established the Corvette

Contributed by Ecklers, written by Dan X. McGraw   Apollo 12 astronauts (L-R) Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad Jr., Richard Francis Gordon Jr., and Alan LaVern Bean with their identical 1969 Corvette Stingray coupes. The coupes features a 390-hp, 427 V8 and black-accented Riverside Gold color scheme designed by Bean. Photo by Ralph Morse / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images.  Shortly after returning from his historic flight...

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Dreams, Graduation and No Money – 1963 Bel Air

Contributed by Ecklers, written by Patricia Shafer, photos by Jim Knight Owners: Warren & Patricia Shafer, Palmetto     1963 was a good year. Warren and I both graduated from high school in central Illinois. Beautiful cars with big engines were the epitome of having it made. Unfortunately, continuing education took priority for us so owning one of those wild machines would have to wait.  Now that we have our own...

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Hooked on Classics – 1955 Chevy

Contributed by Ecklers, photos by Jim Knight Owners: Ken & Deborah Johnson, Cape Coral   My wife Debbie and I first got hooked on classic cars about ten years ago. We had a Chevelle at that time, but I had always wanted to own a ‘55 Chevy. After a considerable discussion with my wife Debbie, we sold the Chevelle and went looking for a ‘55.  By the time we attended the 2006 Winter National event in Orlando, Florida we had only...

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1954 Ford Skyliner

Contributed by Jim Pierce, Orlando   My first car was a 1953 Ford Crestline hardtop. It was a real beauty with a cream top over a sea foam green base. Ten years ago my wife found out that it was my desire to have a classic car. She also encouraged me to purchase one. After some investigation I found that the Y-Block engine didn’t arrive on a Ford until 1954. I really didn’t want the flat top engine but desired the Y-Block. So I...

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1938 Chevy 1 Ton Stakebed

Contributed by Wayne Malm, Sanford       This was the first truck sold by Deichert’s Chevrolet in Flasher, North Dakota soon after the dealership opened in 1938. My Grandfather’s neighbor, Frank Grimm, bought it and used it on his farm there in ND. It originally had a pick-up bed on it. They used it to take the grain to the mill. During the 1950’s, Deichert’s built a new dealership building with...

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Florida Car Scene – A Year-Round Experience
Jan22

Florida Car Scene – A Year-Round Experience

Contributed by Steve Klein  –  Photos by Russ Muller Photography   When people think of Florida, sunshine, palm trees, beaches, amusement parks and drinks with umbrellas often come to mind. However, Florida, and Central Florida in particular, offers much more for car enthusiasts of every sort and is home to thousands of amazing cars and a very strong and active car community. There are multiple shows, races, and other show...

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