The Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was created for one purpose: to conquer NASCAR. Namely NASCAR champion Richard Petty. Chrysler designed this aerodynamic wonder in hopes of luring Petty away from Ford. This unique muscle car sports a pointy beak and a rear spoiler that sits several feet above the rear deck. Think this was enough to get Petty behind the wheel? By 1971, NASCAR had changed the rules to limit horsepower to cars with big wings. This was a big swing and a miss for Chrysler but hey, at least they tried. Believe it or not, this quirky looking car is a pretty valuable one. At the Barrett-Jackson 2014 Auction, the 1970 Superbird (shown below) was sold for $500,000 – a big step up from its original $5,503 price tag.
50 years ago today, the Ford Mustang made its debut. This iconic car carries a history and heritage that few other automobiles can match. Today Ford is just as passionate about their pony car as they were on day one – that calls for a celebration. For the second time, Ford has parked a Mustang on top of the Empire State Building. Yes, you read that right: the 1,224-foot skyscraper. The first time the company pulled this stunt was in 1965 to commemorate the first Mustang model and as of yesterday they’ve officially done it again. Sitting high above New York is a yellow 2015 GT 5.0 convertible. Compared to the 1965 version, the Mustang on display today is bigger, longer and wider. By the looks of this beautiful new version of the beloved model, the Ford Mustang gets better with age. Cheers to another 50 years of Ford Mustang.
Wondering how Ford pulled off the climb? Check out the video below featuring the 2015 Mustang and the team that brought it to the top (literally).
Aaron Kaufman of Gas Monkey Garage has begun preparation for this year’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. The costar of Discovery Channel’s Fast n’ Loud will take his 1963 Ford Falcon (hopefully) all the way up Pike’s Peak in just a few months. Kaufman’s car (shown above) has a 363ci Boss small-block Ford engine producing 500hp but Gas Monkey Garage plans to take things to the next level. The team will add a blower and fuel injection to give the Falcon the strength it needs to “race to the clouds.” This car is equipped with Ride Tech adjustable suspension, 18-inch Forgeline wheels wrapped with Toyo R888s and a Wilwood braking system. The race begins June 24th and this Ford Falcon is the ride to root for.
The Djet (pronounced “Jet”) was born in 1962. When the French company Matra diversified into the automobile industry in 1965, it acquired René Bonnet – the car’s original producer. Matra continued production of the Djet sports car and drivers loved its style. The Matra Djet is one of the first mid-engine road cars though most ended up on the racetrack. And best of all? Yuri Gagarin drove one.
Last July, DDR Motorsport revealed the Miami GT Grand Prix Edition. The emerald gem shown above is the new and improved version of its Miami GT predecessor. A number of suppliers in the market were involved to give the Miami GT Grand Prix Edition enviable aesthetics and capability.
See the GT Grand Prix Edition take the Miami streets in the DRR Motorsport video below. Enjoy.