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Special May Shows
Apr02

Special May Shows

May 18-19 – Made of Steel Show (Brooksville) May 18 – Florida Best Quote Car Show (Largo) May 18 – Chick-fil-A Cars & Coffee (Boynton Beach) May 18 – Health 55 Free Car Show (Ocala) May 18 – Coffee, Cars & Cigars (The Villages) May 18 – Motors & Mutts Cruise In & Pet Blessing (Altoona) May 18 – Emerald Coast Exotic Cars Auto Expo (Destin) May 19 – Surfside Car Show May 19 – Lake...

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A Blast to Drive
Jan28

A Blast to Drive

Contributed by Chip Winans, Brooksville A 16-year-old young man from Kentucky, and his uncle, built this 1932 American Graffiti John Milner 5-Window Replica Coupe.  He drove it hard, back and forth to high school, and raced it at the drag strip until it quit.  It sat in the garage for over four years.  In 2020, Gordon and a friend did a complete restoration. They rebuilt the car with safety and movie correctness in mind. Ever since...

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Mecum Kissimmee 2024 – Week 2 Visit
Jan25

Mecum Kissimmee 2024 – Week 2 Visit

Submitted by Russ Muller Photography Hopefully you had a chance to read about my first visit to Mecum Auctions as they kicked off their 2024 Kissimmee auction on January 2nd at Osceola Heritage Park. (If you missed it, you can find it here: https://flacarshows.com/2024/01/04/mecum-kissimmee-2024-week-1-visit/). The reason for that visit was to look at some of the lower-cost offerings available to someone with a $20k budget. For week...

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Hot Rod’s Last Ride Home
Nov15

Hot Rod’s Last Ride Home

Contributed the Kirk Estes, Winter Garden I recently sold my 37 Plymouth Coupe that I have had for the past seven years and went in search of a 32 Ford Roadster.  My initial plans were to build a car, but I came to the realization that crawling around on a cold, hard concrete floor for the next 18 months or so building a car was not really what I wanted to do. So, I turned to complete or nearly complete cars that were for sale. I...

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HP Ranch Halloween Event Coverage
Nov02

HP Ranch Halloween Event Coverage

Written by Tara Bush, photos by various attendees Perfect weather at a perfect venue is what we all want at a car show.  It all came together in perfect unison at Horsepower Ranch in a small town called Geneva, northeast of Orlando.  The owners, Rachel and Scott, bring together two very different businesses to create a unique car show.  Rachel has a Polynesian family history of creating traditional luaus in her native Hawaii.  Scott,...

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Concours d’Elegance vs Car Show
Oct13

Concours d’Elegance vs Car Show

Written by Joanne Pistorius, Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance We love a good car show! We attend dozens each year, and many car enthusiasts know the difference between a car show and a Concours d'Elegance. Unfortunately, for those who do not know the difference, they can be misled into attending a car show that promotes itself as a Concours d'Elegance just to divert and mislead attendees, participants, sponsors and advertisers for the...

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6000 Attend Traveling Car Show
Jun29

6000 Attend Traveling Car Show

Contributed by Tara Bush Hit the back roads at 7:30am, stop for lunch where the locals eat, cruise into a massive venue for racing & car show time, dinner at a local spot, followed by a hotel parking lot party, then hit the sack anxious for another day to do it all over again….along with several thousand other car fanatics.  That is the Hot Rod Power Tour in a nutshell. Since June 1995, there have been 29 Power Tours, driving through...

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Rock N’ Blues Concert & Car Show
Jun27

Rock N’ Blues Concert & Car Show

Contributed by Russ Muller Memorial Day weekend is usually thought of as the unofficial “start of summer” to most of the country. Here in Central Florida, for the last decade or so, I have thought of it as the weekend for the Rock N’ Blues concert, car show, and art exhibit held at Casselberry City Hall and Lake Concord park. This year was just a little different, as the art exhibit which has always been themed towards cars and music,...

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Supercar Saturdays Event Coverage
May31

Supercar Saturdays Event Coverage

Contributed by Tara Bush If you’re ever in southeast Florida and looking for some automotive excitement, check out the monthly Supercar Saturdays on the second Saturdays at their new location, The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.  Yes, it’s at the new guitar- shaped hotel, complete with guitar faces and brightly lit strings.  This engineering masterpiece reaches 450 feet and outfitted with floor-to-ceiling glass panes....

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An Astronaut’s Corvette Lives On
Mar23

An Astronaut’s Corvette Lives On

Contributed by Kim Groves Kim grew up with three brothers (Larry, Terry, and Gary) so it’s no surprise where she got the love of cars.  Dad wanted to name her Mary, but her mother put a stop to that.  Kim’s brothers drove muscle cars and her father had a soft spot for the classic ragtops.  Her first cars were a 280Z Datsun Turbo, a Formula, and a Toyota Supra.  She has always wanted a Corvette but the opportunity never presented...

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Caladium Festival Event Coverage
Mar01

Caladium Festival Event Coverage

Contributed by Tara Bush (reprint from Dec 2017) 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 friend, and made the...

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1941 Hupmobile Skylark
Mar01

1941 Hupmobile Skylark

Contributed by Allan Weinstein My beloved late father, Fred Weinstein, instilled the love and thrill of the antique car hobby in me, when I was a very young child. My father and I bought the 1941 Hupmobile Skylark in the mid 1980's. It was our second Hupmobile, already the proud owners of a 1938 Hupmobile.  We were able to upgrade the car over time to a good amateur mechanical and cosmetic condition. My dad sadly passed in 2010, and I...

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Carlisle Auction Event Coverage
Feb20

Carlisle Auction Event Coverage

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Have you ever watched a big collector car auction on TV, or visited one in person? If you’re like me, you’ve likely done both. You may have watched one of your dream cars go across the block and sell for an amount that you know you could not afford, and thought to yourself “why are all these cars unobtainable?” or “how can I find a car that’s closer to my budget?” Well, I found one possible...

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A Partnership for a Lifetime
Feb02

A Partnership for a Lifetime

Written by Tara Bush, some photos by Russ Muller, owned by Maurice Boetto, Orlando This is not a story about a Corvette and it’s not a story about a guy who owns a Corvette.  As with many classic cars, there’s a story to be told.  But this is a story about the lifelong relationship that Maurice “Moe” Boetto has had with his 1962 Corvette for 51 years.  Moe has great pride in the evolution of his Corvette and the Corvette, though...

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It’s About Becoming a Winner
Jan31

It’s About Becoming a Winner

Contributed by Bob Vail Eric was a winner…and I became one too. Back when the purpose of building a race car with your son was not to build a car…….   Eric was an awkward kid with no father. Rita was a mom who wanted the best for her son. I was a person who had a large collection of race car pictures and a belt sander. Our paths crossed at the right time. —————— I knew Eric's...

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Cops ‘N Cars for Kids Event Coverage
Jan31

Cops ‘N Cars for Kids Event Coverage

Contributed by Russ Muller Red and blue lights are flashing, sirens are wailing, a helicopter is landing and there’s K-9 units closing in. Getting a little nervous? There’s no need. Really. They are not after you. They are all here for Cops `n Cars for Kids, the annual car show/law enforcement/emergency services outreach event hosted by the Oviedo Optimists Club and held at the Oviedo Mall… Saturday, January 21st started out...

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What is Diminished Value?
Jan04

What is Diminished Value?

Contributed by Jim Berger, Owner/Operator of CFL Auto Appraise So, you were heading to work Monday morning and you got rear-ended by a teenager checking their Facebook status instead of focusing on the road. Your 2-year-old car with low mileage that you planned on keeping until it was paid off is now instantly worth THOUSANDS of dollars less than it was before, no matter how professionally well the repairs are done. You are eligible...

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Lake Mirror Classic Event Coverage
Dec01

Lake Mirror Classic Event Coverage

Contributed by Tara Bush Fall 2022 brought two surprises to central Florida, Ian and Nicole, very late season hurricanes.  Right in the middle (mid Octoboer) was the annual Lake Mirror Classic Concours and Car Show in downtown Lakeland.  Started in 1999 by Heacock Classic Insurance, of which the owner is a big car enthusiast.  After nearly 20 years, Heacock turned the reins over to a local credit union, MIDFLORIDA.  Covid struck and...

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Prior to Loss/Total Loss Auto Appraisals
Nov30

Prior to Loss/Total Loss Auto Appraisals

Contributed by Jim Berger, Owner/Operator of CFL Auto Appraise       Have you ever read through your entire auto insurance policy? No? Well join the club, most of us haven’t. The idea of reading through countless pages of insurance jargon is enough to put anyone to sleep. Today I am here to tell you about one section you may want to be privy to though. It is known as the Appraisal Clause. Here is the definition of the...

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Carlisle Auctions Wraps Up a Stellar 2022 Season
Nov30

Carlisle Auctions Wraps Up a Stellar 2022 Season

The classic and collector car hobby is strong across the country, with each state and region having their own popular tastes. As Florida goes, it’s one of, if not the hot spot for all things autos. For two days, November 11-12, Carlisle Auctions and its brand of entertainment came together with enthusiasts within the Sunshine State for the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction. This auction only event (no car show or swap meet) took...

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What are Fair Market Auto Appraisals
Oct18

What are Fair Market Auto Appraisals

Contributed by Jim Berger, Owner/Operator of CFL Auto Appraise “It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay you for it”. How many times have we all heard this old adage? But it is about as close to the textbook definition of a Fair Market Value as we can get when explaining it in simple terms. Sometimes though we run into certain situations where a number needs to be written down and have justification behind how that number was...

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Father & Son You Tube Mechanics
Sep26

Father & Son You Tube Mechanics

Written by Tara Bush Can YouTube teach a person how to completely restore an old car from top to bottom?  It sure can.  Daniel and Corey can attest to the fact that you don’t have to have mechanical ability or tools to restore a classic; but you do have to possess a ton of patience, desire, and time. Let’s go back to the beginning in 2011. Corey always wanted a 1965 Mustang Convertible.  Money and children delayed the dream until a...

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Introduction to Auto Appraisals – Part I
Sep26

Introduction to Auto Appraisals – Part I

Contributed by Jim Berger, Owner/Operator of CFL Auto Appraise Some people cringe at the thought of having someone else tell them what their car is worth. Generally, the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Auto Appraisal is, “I know what my car is worth, I don’t need someone else to tell me”. But there is so much more to it than just telling someone what their car is worth. In this series of articles, we will explore...

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Paint Correction 101
Sep01

Paint Correction 101

Contributed by Steve Calafato, Resurrection Auto Detailing PAINT CORRECTION The “Rub-Out” is the Ceramic key! In my last article, I stated the importance of the paint correction step. This step removes all the light circular scratches, blemishes, and general paint imperfections your classic displays. If you apply ceramic, (professional only), to the paint, all those paint imperfections will be magnified 10x fold. Ceramic...

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Keystone Motor Club Monthly Show & Party
Sep01

Keystone Motor Club Monthly Show & Party

Contributed by Bob Vail, Written by Tara Bush The car scene should be fun and for the Keystone Motor Club in Tampa, it still is.  They have a special theme every month and the summer shenanigans are worth mentioning here.  They are not afraid of rain or heat, they don’t close down. July brought on the heat wave, but the Club stays cool but dipping their feet in the grassy field beside the show.  A sprinkler system from an underground...

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Keeping It Original
Aug23

Keeping It Original

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography If you have not figured it out by now, I love classic cars. They are a canvas on which a manufacturer painted their masterpiece, while at the same time serving as a blank canvas where one can create their own vision of a masterpiece. We see it in everything from restorations to resto-mods, from pro-street to gassers, to full-on custom builds. The first-generation Chevy II has been modified in...

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Classic Stingray Turned Modern
Jun29

Classic Stingray Turned Modern

Contributed by Michael Dart, Coral Springs Now famous, Corvette Artist Jeff Hayes and his team in Bloomington, Indiana finished assembly on this 1967 Sting Ray late in 2016 and placed it up for auction in January 2017, at Barrett Jackson's Scottsdale Arizona. The car was purchased and shipped to the first owner in Texas. He only put 161 miles on the odometer, before putting it up for auction at Mecum. The second owner in Virginia...

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The Struggle is Real
May26

The Struggle is Real

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography I admit it, I have a problem. A good problem I guess, but a problem nonetheless. And it’s one I never expected. Every time that I am getting ready to go to a cruise in, I struggle with whether to take the old car or the new one.  Here are the choices… The Grand Prix, aka the BGP (big green Pontiac). It’s a ’71 Model J, with a 455, Turbo 400 and most of the luxury options available at time (A/C,...

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1 of 1 Hurst Heritage GSS Chrysler 300H
Mar31

1 of 1 Hurst Heritage GSS Chrysler 300H

Written by Tara Bush, owner Jim Alaimo from Pinellas Park When Covid hit Jim spent a bit too much time on the computer.  Already an avid Chrysler 300 fan, owning a 2014 300S, he stumbled upon this unique one-of-a-kind Hurst edition in Oregon.  Now retired after 51 years, his wife encouraged him to seek out his dream car.  “You’ve earned it” she said. Larry, the original creator, was from Chicago like Jim.  Just like old friends, Jim...

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Mustang & Ford Roundup Event Coverage
Feb24

Mustang & Ford Roundup Event Coverage

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography If 2022 has shown us anything so far, it’s that people want to return to a normal pre-pandemic life.  That helps to explain why there was a record number of pre-registered entries for the Mid-Florida Mustang Club’s 35th Annual Mustang & Ford Roundup show held on Saturday, February 5th in beautiful historic downtown Longwood, FL.  Between pre-registered cars and day-of-show entries, there were...

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Cops ‘n Cars For Kids
Jan31

Cops ‘n Cars For Kids

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography After taking 2021 off due to COVID, Cops n Cars for Kids returned to the parking lot of the Oviedo Mall on Saturday, January 22nd.  As always, the event was hosted by the Oviedo/Winter Springs Optimist Club, with proceeds benefitting local children’s and special population organizations. Dozens of local law enforcement agencies participated, providing a K-9 demonstration, displays of specialty...

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Hidden Car Show Among The Garden
Jan24

Hidden Car Show Among The Garden

Contributed by Tara Bush There's a hidden gem in Williston Florida.  Where's Williston you say?  A short drive southwest of Gainesville and northwest of Ocala.   Located in beautiful horse country, sandwiched between the Blue Grotto Dive Park and Devil's Den Historic Spring, the Cedar Lake Woods and Gardens is a geological masterpiece.   The botanical gardens boosts cascading waterfalls, large koi ponds and breathtaking views. ...

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Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance Event Coverage
Dec21

Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance Event Coverage

Contributed by Tara Bush Gasparilla, Buccaneers and pirates are synonymous with the Tampa area, so it was only fitting to call the first Concours d’Elegance event after the famous pirate Jose Gaspar, also known by his nickname Gasparilla.   Although there is no proof he existed, legend has it that he terrorized the Gulf of Mexico during the late 1700’s by taking many prized possessions and ransoming hostages.  He supposedly died by...

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Daytona Turkey Run Event Coverage
Dec03

Daytona Turkey Run Event Coverage

Contributed by Tara Bush and Photos by Russ Muller Photography How did the Daytona Turkey Run start? (according to their website): The Turkey Run was created in 1974 by Stu Sarjeant. Stu and his five year old son. Jim had attempted to enter their 1923 Ford T-Bucket in the 1973 Ormond Beach AACA Gaslight Parade sponsored by the local Jaycees. They were ejected and denied entry as Hot Rods were not permitted. Jim starting crying and...

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Building the Ultimate Garage (on a budget)
Dec02

Building the Ultimate Garage (on a budget)

Contributed by Steve Klein & Tara Bush I can’t be the only one who has noticed the garage in the background of a car magazine or while watching TV and marveled at the space to work and how organized and clutter free it was.  I can’t be the only one who thought- “If my garage was like that, I could do all sorts of projects.”  I can’t be the only one whose garage was packed with boxes, bikes, old [broken] parts that were taken off the...

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Raceway Roundup Event Coverage
Sep27

Raceway Roundup Event Coverage

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Have you heard of NASA?  No not the space agency, the National Auto Sport Association.  They are one of the country’s largest amateur racing sanctioning bodies, and they were in town the weekend of September 17-19, 2021 at Daytona International Speedway to hold their championship races. They also partnered with Tara from FlaCarShows.com to hold a car show on Saturday the 18th. The morning started...

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The Lowdown on Car Show Terms
Aug30

The Lowdown on Car Show Terms

Contributed by Tara Bush If you are a newbie to the car/truck show world, either classic or modern, the terminology to describe the event can be confusing. What exactly is the difference between cruise, cruise-in, show, rally, meet, cars & coffee, etc?  There are many opinions and this is only mine.  So let's break it down: CRUISE & CRUISE-IN – To me, these are the same thing.  Unlike the name suggests, you don't actually go...

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Dezerland Part 2: To the Bat Cave and Europe…
Jul22

Dezerland Part 2: To the Bat Cave and Europe…

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography Our next stop on the tour was the Great Gatsby room, which features some of the beautiful cars of the art deco age. According to Mr. Dezer, the maroon V12 Cadillac was owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Towards the back of the room was an area filled with tables and chairs. Cory informed us that the space, and others throughout the museum, can be rented for parties, events, etc. In my...

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Dezerland Part 1: Bond and Beyond…
Jun30

Dezerland Part 1: Bond and Beyond…

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography One lesson I learned may years ago was to never turn down an opportunity for a private tour of a car collection. That’s how I got to know Bob Shearer and shoot his S40 Collection, and it’s how I got to see the American Muscle Car Museum. When Tara asked me if I would like to tour Dezerland Park Orlando with Flacarshows.com, I immediately said yes. If you’ve lived in Orlando for a while, you may...

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Top 25 [Most Overused] Phrases in the Collector Car Market
Jun03

Top 25 [Most Overused] Phrases in the Collector Car Market

Contributed by JP Emerson, Automotive Freelance Journalist So your in the market for a classic car. Like any major purchase, doing your homework is imperative, but just in case your buddy with a killer set of tools gives you a hot tip about a cool car sitting on a lot or just waiting to be scooped up on line, here's a short list to help you understand exactly what you'll likely hear. Barn find = Needs more money thrown at it than it’s...

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Very Rare Orange Cosworth Vega
Jun02

Very Rare Orange Cosworth Vega

Contributed by JD Smith of Deltona In 1974, while John DeLorean was at GM, he wanted a car that would compete with the flood of imports such as the BMW, Datsun, etc.  His team worked with Cosworth of England where they produced an aluminum twin cam 16-valve head for the Vega block. The Cosworth Vega was first built in 1974 but never made it into production due to emissions failures.  In 1975 they were introduced with the Cosworth...

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GTO Back After 35 Years
Apr29

GTO Back After 35 Years

Contributed by Randy Brown, Winter Park I bought my first car, a 1965 Pontiac GTO, when I was 16 years old for $2,000 in Oklahoma. Sadly, I had to sell it on the day of my 21st birthday because I couldn't afford the gas, insurance, and repairs while in college (GTO: Gas, Tires, and Oil!). After many years I began looking for another one, but it's difficult to find the less-common “Coupe” or “Post” cars, as they...

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Lookout for the “Stampede”
Apr28

Lookout for the “Stampede”

Contributed by Ed Sindoni “…….there is something about the 65 – 68 Mustangs”.  With those words, James and Alison Slone set out to find a 1967 Mustang Fastback.  But before that quest began, some history is in order. James had always had a soft spot and worked on late model Fords and muscle cars.  His wife, Alison, also became interested during her high school days, sharing the same appreciation for the 1960’s muscle cars.  Fast...

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50’s on Main Street, Leesburg
Apr27

50’s on Main Street, Leesburg

Contributed by Ed Sindoni On the second Saturday of each month, the Cruisin Couples Car Club hosts a car show, complete with live, period correct, band.  This month it was a “Buddy Holly” tribute group which proved themselves to be a welcome addition to this event. By my account, there were approximately 160 entries ranging from the Model “T” era to  a few modern participants.  Car owners are also encouraged to dress in the period of...

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31st Spring Daytona Turkey Run
Apr01

31st Spring Daytona Turkey Run

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography The laundry list of cool car events that got cancelled in 2020 due to COVID was extensive, and unfortunately included the Spring Turkey Run in Daytona.  The good news, however, is that it returned for 2021. From Friday, March 26th through Sunday the 28th, the infield of Daytona International Speedway was once again filled with show cars, a car corral, swap meet and vendors of all thing...

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Husband & Wife Fastbacks
Mar31

Husband & Wife Fastbacks

Contributed by Ed Sindoni Steve Garai wanted another toy (he already owned a fully customized 1938 Ford coupe), something he could perhaps use almost as a daily driver.   Finally, he settled on finding a 1970 Mustang Fastback to be restored to original condition, but the best made plans……. Project Genesis, as this build became known was originally born in Dearborn, Michigan on October 29, 1969.  It was equipped with a 351 – 2V Windsor...

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From Work Horse to Work of Art
Mar03

From Work Horse to Work of Art

Owner Vince Mastrianni The heart of any landscaping business is the truck.  So back in 1949, Vince’s Father bought a new GMC because he preferred the longer 9-foot bed to haul more materials.  In Schenectady, New York, there was no need for landscaping services in the winter therefore the truck never saw snow or salt which deteriorates metals at a rapid pace. Vince learned to drive stick on that old four-on-the-floor work horse.  Many...

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Mustang & Ford Roundup Coverage
Mar03

Mustang & Ford Roundup Coverage

Contributed by Russ Muller On Saturday, February 6th, nearly 200 Mustangs and other Fords made their way to Longwood, FL for the 34th Annual Mustang and Ford Roundup.  This show is hosted and run by the Mid-Florida Mustang Club and draws participants from all over Florida. I spoke with someone who was unloading their racecar, and they had left Palm Beach at 4:00 AM to get to the show. The streets of historic downtown Longwood and...

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A British Car with Italian Styling & American HP
Mar03

A British Car with Italian Styling & American HP

Contributed by Scott Shepherd, Clermont The car belonged to a good friend of my daughters. It showed up in my drive from time to time.  Jack had seen me working on my Triumphs and said he would contact me when he was ready to give up the car.   A few years later he gave me a call and said that the car was a mess, and the engine would not turn over.  He offered to give me the car knowing I would have it restored.  I slipped him 500...

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10 Tips for Attention Grabbing Photos of Your Ride
Feb23

10 Tips for Attention Grabbing Photos of Your Ride

Contributed by JP Emerson, Automotive Freelance Journalist   Get the attention your car deserves with these 10 simple tips! Tip # 1: Purchase or download a color wheel.  Using the color wheel, locate the closest primary color to your car. Directly across will be complementing colors in varying shades. These colors will give your car a much stronger presence in your photo when used as a background. Which color background contrast...

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Drive a Classic (Muscle) Car & They Will Come
Jan28

Drive a Classic (Muscle) Car & They Will Come

Contributed by JP Emerson, Automotive Freelance Journalist I’ve had a love hate relationship with my now fifty year old muscle car for nearly my entire life. What was once considered merely transportation has progressed through an evolution that few of today’s machines will ever experience or even survive. For as much as I resisted, I must concede that many of today’s offerings would run doughnuts around my classic but unless you...

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Terry’s 1955 Buick
Dec31

Terry’s 1955 Buick

Contributed by Terry Donohue Growing up on the streets of the Bronx in the 50's, I would see the gangsters in the neighborhood driving around in their flashy colored Buicks.  As a kid, I dreamed what I thought was an impossible dream – me some day owning such a car.  In 1999, in the town of Dundee, Florida, that dream became a reality.  The flashy green and white Buick special was mine!  Now the work began – cleaning the...

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One Great Decision
Dec04

One Great Decision

Contributed by Steve Klein Ever since high school, I’ve had an interest in muscle cars.  My senior year, among the pedestrian sedans, wagons, and other family hand-me-downs, there were two 1969 Camaros, a Z/28 and an SS/RS, a 1967 Camaro convertible and a 1972 Buick Skylark 350.  While this may sound familiar to anyone who went to school in the late ‘60s-early ‘70’s, my high school years were the mid- ‘90’s, and these cars are still...

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Daytona Turkey Run Event Coverage
Dec03

Daytona Turkey Run Event Coverage

Contributed by Russ Muller I’m sure everyone can agree that 2020 has been the most unusual year in modern history. It was late-February when I got the envelope in the mail with my media credentials for the Spring Daytona Turkey Run. It was just a few weeks after that when the world stopped. Like countless other events, the Spring Turkey Run was cancelled due to COVID.  For many months, the question of whether there would be a Turkey...

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Superbird Freed by Chain Saw
Nov30

Superbird Freed by Chain Saw

Written by Fast Eddie from Ed's Swap Meet, shop for millions of parts   How do you acquire one of the most coveted classic cars ever built? Apparently one way is to get a chain saw and set the Superbird free. Yup, strangely enough, for Mike from Ohio he caught his “bird” through the help of such a tool. Like most of you reading this article, classic cars, in general, are a passion to Mike. But then there are cars that...

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1964 Acadian Beaumont Wagon
Aug06

1964 Acadian Beaumont Wagon

Contributed by Sandy and Steve Gray, from Hamilton Ontario, Canada, and Snowbird in Port Charlotte, Florida We love classic cars and station wagons.  We have always had classic cars but our first station wagon purchase was in the spring of 2000 (a 65 Malibu that we still own) and at the time we had many ‘car friends’ question our sanity in buying a wagon. Today wagons have seen a huge resurgence in popularity, and we are still loving...

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Russ’s Power Tour 2019 Coverage
Aug06

Russ’s Power Tour 2019 Coverage

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography If you have followed Tara and Steve’s Power Tour blog (read it here) over the last few years, you’ve had the chance to get a little taste of what the Hot Rod Power Tour is like.  Last year I decided that reading about it was no longer feeding my need for a killer road trip, so me and my big green Pontiac went ahead and joined them… The journey began in Deltona, FL where I connected with my...

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Rare 1 of 22 Indy 500 Festival Corvette
Aug06

Rare 1 of 22 Indy 500 Festival Corvette

Contributed by Bobby Chestnut If you are a car nut most likely you have at one time or another watched the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (better known as the Indianapolis 500) which is an automobile race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, Indiana. That event is held over Memorial Day weekend in May at “The Brickyard”, is billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The event is steeped in...

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A Galaxie Worth the Wait
Jul01

A Galaxie Worth the Wait

Owned by Rick & Patti Cabaniss, Seffner, Florida When we decided that we wanted to own a classic car, I went in search of a car that had some special meaning to an event or person in my early childhood years.  My first choice was a 1961 Ford Starliner. My Uncle John Bayer had a red with white top Starliner that he allowed me to drive once in a while when he was home from the service. It had a 390, three-on-the-tree with overdrive. I...

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Jetfire Part 2 – Restoration
Jun05

Jetfire Part 2 – Restoration

Contributed by Sandy and Steve Gray, from Hamilton Ontario, Canada, and Snowbird in Port Charlotte, Florida The previous article was about finding the Jetfire and from everything we saw when we finally laid our eyes on the car, we knew we had found the car all classic car enthusiasts hope we will magically stumble upon.  After getting the car home and starting the cleanup and tear down process we realized the true gem we had...

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Nightwind Vette
Jun05

Nightwind Vette

Contributed by Larry Van Gelder, Saint Petersburg Way back in 1968, our 1966 Corvette was totaled in a road accident. I asked my wife: “Before we do something stupid like buy a house, let's use the insurance money for a down payment on a NEW Corvette!” She thought that was an absolutely stellar idea. So in late 1968 we ordered our 1969 427 4-speed Corvette coupe that became “Nightwind”, the car described here. Since it was...

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From Red to Blue Camaro
May02

From Red to Blue Camaro

Contributed by Tara Bush DJ Don Musica (yes his real name) does more than play music around central Florida at the local car shows under the name, Cruisin Orlando.  He has been fixing, modifying, and restoring cars since he was 16.  His first hot rod was a 1972 Nova in 1985 in his home town of Meadville, PA.  Don has owned many classic Chevy muscle cars and trucks (also he keeps my Shelby and Cuda running), but his specialty is...

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Jetfire Makes a Cross-Country Trip
May02

Jetfire Makes a Cross-Country Trip

Contributed by Sandy and Steve Gray, from Hamilton Ontario, Canada, and Snowbird in Port Charlotte, Florida Do you know what an Oldsmobile Jetfire is?  Most of you are likely unfamiliar with these cars as we had been too…. until recently. Last year when attending ‘Oldsmar Days’ in the north Tampa area of Florida we saw our first Jetfire.  What caught our attention was the factory turbo under the hood: this car was built in 1963!  The...

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This is the REAL Deal
May02

This is the REAL Deal

Contributed by Russ Muller If you have spent hundreds of hours and/or thousands of dollars doing bodywork trying to restore a tri-five Chevy, 2nd generation Chevy II, or a 1st or 2nd generation F-Body (Camaro or Firebird) because you have not been able to find good aftermarket body panels, I have the solution for you: Real Deal Steel (RDS). I spent some time with Randy Irwin and Joe Whitaker, the company founders and owners, to get a...

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What is the S40 Collection?
Mar31

What is the S40 Collection?

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography It started simply enough. I was at the car show in New Smyrna Beach when a coral-colored ’58 Chrysler 300 caught my eye. As I was checking it out, the owner struck up a conversation with me. After chatting about his car for a little bit, he walked me over to look at his son’s ’70 Hemi Road Runner convertible that was parked nearby. We chatted some more, and he invited me to contact him for a tour...

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His Dream Became Reality, Decades Later
Mar31

His Dream Became Reality, Decades Later

Contributed by Mark Jackson, Naples I grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, and in the 70’s there were a ton of old cars and hot rods. About that time, there was a silver '68 Camaro being built down the street from my house by a guy I only knew of, but I did know the guy who painted the car as he dated a friend of my sister. They put a lot of work into the Camaro with the paint designs by pulling the body off the sub-frame and...

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Nashty 51 – Is the Coolest Tub
Mar24

Nashty 51 – Is the Coolest Tub

Contributed by Carl & Kathy Casey Commonly known as the “Upside-Down Bathtub”; this modified tub was found in 1995 sitting in a small town lot in Missouri known as Halltown. Carl Casey, Jr and this son Carl Casey, III, were driving along I-44 and spotted an ugly gray whale-like car with a rusted body and seats that were ripped to the springs. Somehow, however, Carl looked at his son and said “that's the one I...

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Celebration of Cars Event Coverage
Mar04

Celebration of Cars Event Coverage

Contributed by Tony Napolitano from CAR-tography Saturday, February 29th, 2020, ‘Leap Day’ dawned crisp and cool. The sun rose in a deep blue sky. It was perfect weather for AACA and the local Cape Canaveral region to have their Celebration of Cars Show held at the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne. The line to get in stretched about a half-mile in both directions. When we finally got in we learned that registration filled...

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Cops & Cars for Kids
Feb26

Cops & Cars for Kids

Contributed by Russ Muller Photography The 23rd annual Cops & Cars for Kids was held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Oviedo Marketplace Mall, just east of Orlando. This year the event attracted a record number of vendors, but more importantly, it also had 205 registered show cars and 56 different law enforcement agencies participating. The host of the event, the Oviedo Optimist Club, said that the funds received from the event...

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The Return of a 55 Year Old Classic
Feb24

The Return of a 55 Year Old Classic

Written by John Wishart & Photos by Ed Sindoni Nestled in the sprawling area of Lakewood Ranch, Florida is a hidden gem of a classic car.  It’s not often that the opportunity to see a 1964 ½ concourse level Mustang arises, but when it does, it should be shared. John Wishart (MCA #85927) interest in Ford performance cars started in the early 1960s during his teen years in Vermont.  At first it was as a spectator watching Ford...

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Racing Legends Parade
Feb13

Racing Legends Parade

Contributed by Jeff Burgy Recently the 10th annual Racing Legends Parade took place at Racing Turn North restaurant at Ponce Inlet.  Before Daytona International Speedway, stock car races in Central Florida were run on the beaches in the Daytona area.  This parade of vintage race cars celebrates the cars and drivers who raced on the beach in the forties and fifties.  The cars cruised south from the restaurant (north turn) on Route A1A...

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Special Cars Found at the Villages Cruise
Feb12

Special Cars Found at the Villages Cruise

Contributed by Ed Sindoni The setting for this show is throughout the square and connecting streets in the Spanish Springs area of The Villages.  This is an open show, but priority is given to Villagers, and if the vehicle limit is reached (usually about 250), then others may park outside of the show area, but not be eligible for awards.  Also, vehicles must be at least 25 years of age….we’ll see about that. Each month one of the many...

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Black & White
Jan31
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TRUE 1928 Survivor Hot Rod “Deja Vu”
Jan31

TRUE 1928 Survivor Hot Rod “Deja Vu”

Contributed by Dana Barlow Deja Vu was originally my high school hotrod from 1959. From 1957 through 1959, 1 found parts and designed it into a running hotrod. In the late 1950’s, things were made and not bought in most cases. In the early 60s, stuff was not made yet or too high dollar for me. As a teenager, I incorporated many unique features into this car. In some ways, the parts I was able to find shaped the build. This is most...

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What’s it REALLY Like to Build a SEMA Car
Jan30

What’s it REALLY Like to Build a SEMA Car

Written by Tara Bush and Zip Simons of Street Metal Concepts Do you ever wonder how the custom cars get chosen to display at SEMA (Speed Equipment Manufacturer Association) every year?  Do you have to know someone special or be damn good at what you do to get a spot?  I met Zip a few years ago and he gave me the scoop on what he had to go through to get there, honestly. At the time of your build, Street Metal Concepts was a young...

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