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Two new book titles for Christmas

 

Two new books recently dropped through our letterbox which will no doubt appeal to auto enthusiasts looking to treat themselves this Christmas.  The first title is Art of the Muscle Car by David Newhardt with stunning photography by Peter Harholdt.  If the name Harholdt sounds familiar then you may recall Peter contributed to our Tips from the Pros photography story back in March 09 and he took those amazing images for Art of the Hot Rod, the book authored by Ken Gross.  At the time Peter mentioned he was working on a future title concerning muscle cars and we are pleased to report, this is it. 

If you like images so good you can almost touch the vinyl on the seat or the rough casting on an engine block, then Peter’s offerings will leave you in awe.  Of course, great photography is only one half of the equation, but even if you don’t care to read this weighty book, you’ll be staring at those photos for an awfully long time.  Fortunately, the copy is just as entertaining and 47 significant muscle cars are covered.  If you are looking for a lengthy technical description of each model then you’ll be disappointed, on the other hand, if you are looking for lively prose to whet your appetite, then you will find it an ideal coffee table read.  Chapters start out with “The Innocent Years" which chart significant muscle cars from 1964 to 1968, "The Excessive Years" comes next covering the 1969 to 1970 era, followed by "The Declining Years" with a focus on models from 1971 to 1974.  

 

 

All the old favourites are there such as Mustang, Camaro, Charger, Challenger and ‘Cuda plus less well documented muscle cars like the 1970 Buick Gran Sport GSX and 1971 El Camino SS 454.  Personally we would have liked to have seen the much underated (in our opinion) Mercury Comet Cyclone GT from the mid-sixties in there, but at least the 1969 Cyclone is covered – in two separate NASCAR-inspired specifications.

 

Art of the Muscle Car is a very solid hardback title with the kind of refreshingly different woven cloth covers you might have found on books from the 1950s.  Clearly a great deal of time and effort has gone into presentation and this has paid off handsomely.  Art of the Muscle Car is priced at £24 and it is available from all good bookshops or direct from Grantham Book Services on: 01476 541080.

 

The second title to come our way – The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles - is of equal merit, though understandably relies predominantly on images (very good ones we might add) taken a long time ago.  It’s difficult to see where this title can score over the many other Cobra titles as it charts the same Shelby story from rags to riches, chicken farmer to automotive icon status which has been so well documented. However, this shouldn’t detract from the fact that this book is a very enjoyable read.  Different chapters include Shelby’s latest automotive offerings - the Mustang GT500 from 2007-2009 - which of course is primarily a Ford product with a Shelby badge attached, and the limited production Ford GT.  What we found of real interest was a feature on one of the original, restored Cobra Dragonsnake drag race models from the ‘60s. 

 

 

The author of this title is Colin Comer who is described as an authority on muscle cars and an avid collector of them.  The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles is priced at £27.99 and again is available from Grantham Book Services or good book shops.

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Gearhead Girls and Drag Strip Dolls 

Following the success of his 2005 title Hot Rod Pin-Ups, David Perry has been busy preparing a follow-up to this popular title, predictably enough called Hot Rod Pin Ups II, announced recently and published by Motorbooks.

 

David’s collection of hot rods and girls  are shot in the garage, on the road or at the race track and are evocative pictures by the acknowledged master of contemporary hot rod pin-up photography that  recall classic 1950s illustrators like Alberto Vargas and Gil Elvgren.  The beauties in Perry’s photographs have been transported to the cluttered chop shops, deafening drag strips, and the dusty roads that hot rods call home.

 

 

 

 

Sharing equal priority are the cars of many of today’s most respected builders, as well as painstakingly perfect wardrobes and settings.

 

If you liked the original title then you’ll definitely love Hot Rod Pin-ups II which is available from Motorbooks stockists or direct from Grantham Book Services on: 01476 541080.

 

 

 

Kustomland

Our second title this week reflects back to the 1950’s, and an era when in order to be really cool, you had to drive something different.  It was an era when the Barris brothers set up shop in Lynwood, Los Angeles and when the custom automotive scene started to flourish in the area.

 

 

 

 

Professional freelance photographer James Potter was busy scouring the streets, capturing images of some of the most memorable customs to emerge from garages in the LA region, and now the best of Potter’s images depicting the cars of ‘Kustomland’ have been assembled into a fabulous hardback title by noted car illustrator/designer/lecturer Thom Taylor.

 

This book not only illustrates Potter’s work but records the history of the cars and their owners as well as providing captions that detail all of the changes.  Taylor also includes features on legendary custom painter Larry Watson and the Renegades car club, as well as a biography of Potter and a historic overview of Kustomland and the area it encompassed.

 

Again, this title is available from Motorbooks stockists or direct from Grantham Book Services on: 01476 541080.

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I knew of drag racing legend Pat Foster a long time before I heard about the growing reputation of his son Cole in customising circles.  While researching a story on the rebirth of Frank Pedregon’s Fiat-bodied slingshot in 2005, which Pat was reconstructing with obvious passion at his home in Kansas, we exchanged words about the car and he sent over some pictures to show how it was coming along.  The photos were mind-blowing - the car looked amazing and Pat’s craftsmanship and attention to detail were clear for all to see.

 

With such an illustrious family heritage, it should perhaps come as no surprise to learn that Cole Foster, Pat’s son (one of three), is carrying on the tradition of building knockout cars.  In 2005, Cole was busy at his shop in Salinas, creating the car that would eventually put his custom automotive business on the map – Kirk Hammett’s ’36 Ford. Eventually this radical and yet restrained custom would appear in The Rodder’s Journal, and in doing so, announce Cole Foster and the Salinas Boyz to a worldwide audience.

 

 

The story behind this car is a fascinating read in itself, and covered in some detail in Cole Foster and Salinas Boyz Customs, the recently announced hardback publication from Motorbooks by author Mike Lavella.  There’s much more to this publication, though, than simply charting Cole’s outstanding customs and bikes.  The story begins with his youth, how he toured the drag strips with his funny car-driving father and one day was given $10,000 by a long-time friend to get his shop started in Salinas.

 

 

All of the significant and less significant cars Cole and his team have produced over the years are included.  There’s a section on Mike Ness’s ’54 Chevy lead sled and the countless bikes that have emerged from the shop.  European bike styling seems to be a recurring theme of Cole’s builds and there are some truly beautiful examples of minimalist styling.  A classic case in point is the Moon Rocket, with its full aluminium fairing, which wouldn’t have looked out of place on a British drag strip circa 1970.

 

 

This is one high-quality publication that uses quality photography from a variety of sources and tells a revealing story about the California social scene and how it was to affect Cole’s life.  We thoroughly recommend this title, which retails at £22.50, and can be purchased from good bookshops nationwide or direct from Grantham Book Services on 01476 541080.

 

If you’d like the opportunity to win a copy of Cole Foster and Salinas Boyz Customs, then you’re in luck, as we have two to give away.  All you need to do to have a chance of winning is answer the following question: What did Kirk Hammett’s ’36 Ford start out as?

 

A. ’36 Ford sedan

B. ’36 Ford three-window coupe

C. ’36 Ford five-window coupe

 

Send your answer to mail at drcreview.com (just change ‘at’ to @ and close up the space).  Don’t forget to include your address so we can send your prize should you be one of the lucky winners.  The winning entries will be drawn out of a hat on Monday, February 16, with the results posted shortly afterwards.

 

Finally, as an entirely personal aside, and not wishing to take anything away from this excellent publication, one thing that does puzzle me slightly is why no one has taken the trouble to write a book about Pat Foster, who many may recall passed away in 2008. His amazing life as a funny car pilot, IMSA sportscar builder, and during his latter years, fabricator of historically significant and beautiful old dragsters under the Foster Slingshots banner, would undoubtedly be another great read.

 

Andy Kirk

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We love watching footage of old race tracks and the pioneers who ran on them and were enthralled by the coverage the Jackson Bros Gasser Wars series introduced many years ago.  Of course, quite a few more drag racing titles have been added since then, including ones with more commentary.  One production which came highly recommended was LIONS – The Greatest Drag Strip Part 1.  

We purchased our copy form Dave and Sue Wright at Hot Rod Tiki priced at £19.00 plus P&P.  This DVD really goes into extreme detail to explain how the strip came about, documenting the reasons why and the backers  - all fascinating stuff. However, the pace of the documentary is slow – it’s been set out for those who relish every little fact or nuance, rather than to entertain with any real pace and it goes on for quite some time too.  We nodded off on more than one occasion as the story slowly unfolded.  But don’t let us put you off, as a great deal of research has obviously gone into this production. There are some real high spots too, like the black and white footage recorded for live TV broadcast during the 1960s – imagine ITV’s World of Sport visiting Santa Pod  in the halcyon era of the early seventies – its unthinkable.  And there are candid interviews with former drag racing stars and icons.  Part 1 covers the track’s inception with Mickey Thompson as its first manager in 1965. Amazingly, as we discover, Lions was a purpose built drag strip, not a disused airbase – they laid down the tarmac and built the place from the ground up - obviously at great expense.

There’s no doubting the DVD’s authority and content, we just reckon it needs a good edit. 

Get your copy from http://www.hotrodtiki.com/ priced at £19 plus postage and packing.  Lions, the Greatest Drag Strip Part 2 is also available, covering the period from 1962 to 1966 and Part 3 completes the trilogy from 1967 to the track’s closing in 1972.  Hopefully, we’ll get to see them all at some stage.

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We get quite a few books to review at DRCReview.com and many are stock-piled for inclusion over the coming months.  However, one title called Art of the HOT ROD by Ken Gross, has jumped the queue.  Why? You might ask.  Well the answer is because this publication stands head and shoulders above many other titles we’ve seen of late.  The quality of photographs is superb, the editorial content entertaining and to the point and this book will be of huge interest to all hot rodders, whether you like painted or unpainted cars.  If I told you this publication is more like a hardback, thicker version of The Rodders Journal then this wouldn’t be too far from the truth.  This is a quality publication with great design, creative use of images, written by a hot rodder for hot rodders, and best of all, it costs just £25. 

 

There are chapters (mainly pictorial) devoted to all of the established builders, such as Bobby Alloway, Troy Trepanier, Barry Lobeck, Rick Dore, Steve Moal, Roy Brizio, Rolling Bones and many, many others with stunning photographs throughout from established studio photographer, Peter Harholdt. 

 

If you want an early Christmas present or a gift for a hot rodding buddy then this could be the perfect solution.  Get your copy from all Motorbooks suppliers or direct from Grantham Book Services on: 01476 541080.

 

Of course, you could always enter our regular book competition to try and win a copy (we have two to giveaway) by answering the following question.  Ken Gross is a former Executive Director of which establishment?

 

A. NHRA Motorsports Museum

B. Peterson Automotive Museum

C. Ford Motor Co Ltd

 

Send your answer via email to: mail (at) drcreview.com to reach us by midnight, Friday, November 14.  As usual, the first two names drawn out of the DRCReview hat will win a copy of this publication. Don’t forget to include your address too so we can forward your prize if you win.  As always, this competition is open to UK residents only.

 

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Gene Winfield needs no introduction to those interested in the world of customising as we know it today, since he was one of the founding members of this art form.  His ability to chop, channel, french, bob and dechrome is matched only by his proficiency and skill with a spray gun.  In short, it would be fair to say that Gene is an accomplished all-rounder.  DRCReview.com was privileged to meet him on his last trip to the UK, when he flew in and laid down one of his trademark, custom-blended paint hues on Dave and Sue Wright’s El Camino.  During the course of an interview with Gene, we got to know him a little, but if you want to find out a whole lot more, Motorbooks has recently released The Legendary Custom Cars and Hot Rods of Gene Winfield.

 

Reading about the cars he created over the years, not just for himself but also for manufacturers and private individuals, you start to gain an insight into Gene’s remarkable talents and the pioneering ways in which he went about his work. 

 

Was he scared about slicing the roof off a brand new car or taking a huge section out of the body of a typical 1960s American barge?  No, not at all.  His conviction and self-belief, born of a mastery in working with metal, are evident in the many vehicles that rolled out of his workshop.  True, some of those creations may seem garish and over the top today, but others appear graceful and contemporary.  Gene was one of those rare individuals to whom the car manufacturers looked for guidance and inspiration, and to help hook into youth culture, in much the same way as Chip Foose is today.  

 

This latest Motorbooks title deals with all of the significant - and less significant - cars Gene built and also covers specific cars that came back repeatedly for further custom treatment.  This is fascinating in itself, as it provides graphic evidence of the customising techniques used in the ‘50s, as well as the more adventurous modifications of the ‘60s, which reflected the new attitude to auto styling of that period. 


Shown is LeRoy Goulart's '51 Ford on the left and after Winfield had finished with it on the right 

 

This is a worthy addition to any automotive book collection, not least because it provides a unique photographic reference to the customising trends of the ‘50s and ‘60s, but also because it contains numerous examples of Gene Winfield’s stunning paint jobs.  To cap it all, it’s a great read and contains some never-before-seen photos from Gene’s personal archive.  Available as a hardback, the book is written by David Grant (a former Winfield employee), contains 176 pages and is available from all good book shops, including Grantham Book Services (tel: 01476 541080), priced at £25.00.  Alternatively, you can try to win a copy (we have two to give away) by answering the following question: one particular car created by Gene Winfield really helped to put him on the map and brought him well-earned recognition in the 1960s - what was it called?

 

A. Jade Grenade

B. Jade Emperor

C. Jade Idol

 

Send your entry to mail at drcreview.com (just turn at to @ and close up the space), indicating your choice of name.  The first two correct entries out of the hat will each win a copy of the book.  The competition closes Friday, September 19, at midnight, and is open to UK residents only – and don’t forget to include your name and address.

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Understandably, the launch of the Chevy II in 1962 went largely unnoticed on this side of the Atlantic. An economy model four-cylinder Chevrolet (the base version) was not likely to generate a lot of enthusiasm amongst the British general public and even though six-cylinder engines were available across the range, very few appeared on our streets. However, a small block V8 became an option a couple of years later and the compact Chevy II suddenly turned into a hot performer. After 1969 the model was known only as a Nova and held this name until Chevrolet deleted it from the catalogue at the end of 1979.

 

During its lifetime as a production model, thanks to ever larger V8s getting shoehorned into its engine bay, the Chevy II Nova was one of meanest muscle cars around on street and strip. Ever since, it has retained an enthusiastic following and Doug Marion’s new book ‘Chevy II Nova’ (published by Krause Publications, price £14.99) is aimed squarely at those people.

 

In some ways, this book is rather like an overblown car club magazine, written by enthusiasts for fellow enthusiasts. Illustrations include period sales brochure images, advertisements, magazine covers and old drag strip action shots, but there are also a number of five-page ‘features’ on modern cars mixed in. When you add to that all the historical data and background information, it goes to make up quite a comprehensive and colourful package but for some reason this book just didn’t quite do it for me. One quibble I had was the rather large typeface used for the main text, possibly indicating a need to stretch the written material to fill the number of pages required.

 

Softbound, 222 pages and full colour throughout, I think this book is strictly for dyed-in-the-wool Chevy II Nova freaks, and if you come into that category you should enjoy it immensely.     

 

The Latest Buzzword

Over the years, the hot rodding fraternity has adopted any amount of buzzwords into its vocabulary: Flathead, Deuce, Lead Sled, Muscle Car, Pro Street, etc – the list is virtually endless. One of the latest terms to have crept in is ‘Resto-Mod’ which, to an old guy like yours truly, seems like just another name for what we have always called customising. On the hand, I have always understood that a classic American ‘Muscle Car’ was a compact model with a high-performance V8 that was built by the factory between the mid 1960s and the early ‘70s. Call me picky, but I don’t think that a 1929 Model A Ford street rod with a 350 cu.in. Chevy crate motor (however nicely it has been put together) qualifies as a ‘muscle car’.

 

My reason for banging on about these definitions is the ‘Resto-Mod Muscle Cars’ book by Bill Holder and Phil Kunz (Krause Publications, £14.99). Explaining the term ‘Resto-Mod’ takes up five pages and then you get into the various sections such as ‘VIP Resto-Mods’, ‘Continuation and Replicar Resto-Mods’ and ‘Old Car Resto-Mods’ – which is where the ’29 Ford appears. There are certainly plenty of great-looking vehicles on show but sadly very little in the way of practical information. Again, as with the Chevy II Nova book from the same publisher, this volume has the feeling of a magazine with some cars rating only mini one-page features consisting of a couple of photos and very few descriptive words.

 

Softbound, 174 pages and full colour throughout, ‘Resto-Mod Muscle Cars’ is a book full of pretty pictures that might provide some ideas or inspiration , but really there’s nothing that couldn’t be found elsewhere in any decent hot rodding or muscle car magazine.

 

‘Chevy II Nova’ and ‘Resto-Mod Muscle Cars’ should be obtainable from all specialist booksellers. In case of difficult contact Davis & Charles Ltd, Brunel House, Ford Close, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 1XD. Tel: 0870 2200200 or E-mail: customer.services@davidandcharles.co.uk

 

Copyright © August 2008 Tony Beadle

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Mopar E Body Muscle

12.7.08. Isn’t it interesting how certain events can leave a lasting impression?  Like way back in 1979, when I was given the opportunity to ride in a Hemi Challenger around the streets of Waterloo, in London.  I’d only just joined Business Publications, as a staffer on Hot Car magazine, and editor, Keith Seume, had made the acquaintance of American car enthusiast, Martin Thomas (I think that was his name), who worked for an oil company and just happened to have a Hemi Challenger.  The amazing thing is that he was happy to loan it to the magazine for a few days every now and then when he was away on business.  It was my first real taste of raw American horsepower and it was hard to believe something so large could accelerate so quickly – and sound so amazingly brutal.

 

I was pondering this still-vivid memory while scanning the pages of June’s book review title, Challenger & ’Cuda, Mopar’s E-body Muscle Cars, by Robert Genat.  

 

Of course, the E-Body cars are up there with the all-time greats as far as body styling is concerned, but they were only introduced in 1970, a considerable time after the original Mustang and Camaro models.  However, they gave Chrysler the desired sales kick and helped to raise the image of both Dodge and Plymouth brands, on and off the track.

 

 

Genat’s book charts this success and also explains the differences between the Dodge and Plymouth products.  For instance, did you know that although the Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda might have looked similar at first glance, they were, in fact, notably different?  For example, the Challenger’s wheelbase measured 110 inches – 2 inches longer than the Barracuda – while the overall length of the Barracuda was 186.7 inches and the Challenger, 191 inches, a difference of 4.3 inches.

 

Genat has all of these little nuances covered and goes through the different models to help the reader build up a very accurate picture of both E-body derivatives.  It’s not just the road cars that come under scrutiny either, as the author also delves into the versions developed for successful Trans-Am and drag racing competition.

 

 

Challenger & ‘Cuda is another great Motorbooks title, available now from all good bookshops nationwide, priced at £24.99.  DRCReview is pleased to have two copies of this excellent book to give away in its latest competition, so if you’d like a chance of winning one, all you have to do is answer this simple(ish) Mopar question:  Which famous road movie featured a white Dodge Challenger?    

 

Email your answer to mail at drcreview.com (just replace “at” with @ and close-up the space), to reach us no later than 12 midnight., Sunday, June 29.  We’ll put all the correct answers in the DRC Review hat and pull out the winners next week.  The competition is open to UK readers only.

 

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Nitrous Oxide Systems has announced a new P.O.D. “Pressure on Demand” nitrous pressure controller.

 

The P.O.D. is an all-in-one bottle control system which includes a remote billet bottle opener with voltage sensor, bottle heater, automatic bottle pressure transducer and P.O.D. graphic interface control panel. 
 

The P.O.D. system will automatically maintain the bottle pressure based on the driver’s initial inputs through the interface control panel.  At any time the driver can change the bottle pressure with the touch of a few buttons.  A graphic interface provides the driver with constant information on bottle pressure, target pressure, bottle temperature and battery voltage.

 

The P.O.D. is said to take up very little space and is claimed to be easy to install.  A step-by-step installation and adjustment manual is included with the controller.

 

For more information visit the Nitrous Oxide Systems web site www.nosnitrous.com

 

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If you like nostalgia drag racing and are looking for a good read, then you could do a lot worse than purchase a copy of Fuel & Guts, The Birth of Top Fuel Drag Racing, written by Tom Madigan and published by Motorbooks.

 

Racer/writer Madigan charts the development of Top Fuel drag racing in California through the 50s and 60s.  Madigan raced during this period and offers a candid insight not only through his personal recollections, but also through interviews compiled over the years with some of the truly great names in drag racing.  These include Art Chrisman. Ed Iskenderian, the late Mickey Thompson, Tom McEwen, Don Prudhomme and many other high profile drivers, engine builders, chassis constructors and key individuals.

 

 

Madigan recounts the amusing tale of Freight Train dragster driver Bob Muraves a.k.a. Floyd Lippencotte Jr, who explains how he ran under the pseudonym to help keep his quarter-mile activities from his parents.  He also refused to have his photograph taken at the track and remained something of a mystery man for a significant part of his racing career.

 

Fuel & Guts claims to give readers a real sense of what it was like to be part of Top Fuel drag racing, and having now read it, we have to agree with the author - it really is compulsive reading for anyone interested in the sport.

 


There are some amazing early drag racing photos in the book, including this one from the Harry Hibler Collection taken of a major incident at San Fernando Drag Strip.  By the way, the quality of photographs in the book are much better than those shown here. 

 

The book cover features an image of the Beebe & Mulligan Top Fuel dragster, which, as some visitors to the website may be aware, is coming over to Goodwood in July for the Festival of Speed.  By an amazing coincidence, our sources also tell us that Floyd Lippencotte Jr is scheduled to be at this event, so if you want to brush up on your Top Fuel knowledge in advance of the Festival, you might like to purchase a copy of Fuel & Guts (£35) from Motorbooks supplier Grantham Book Services (Tel: 01476 541000). 

 

Alternatively, you can enter our competition to win a copy of Fuel & Guts - we have two to give away - by answering the following question – which famous early Top Fuel dragster pilot was known as “The Zookeeper”?

 

Send your answer to editorial at drcreview dot com to reach us by Friday, May 30 and the first two correct entries out of the hat will each win a copy of the title.  The competition is open to UK residents only and don’t forget to include your name and address so we can deliver your prize if you are one of our lucky winners.     

 

 

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13.5.06 I will admit to feeling a little cheated when I received a copy of Muscle Car Confidential from Motorbooks recently, but that could be down to my not having read the description properly before ordering or maybe some ambiguous titling.

 

I had assumed Muscle Car Confidential was perhaps written by a former GM/Ford/Chrysler test jockey, who was spilling the beans on his experiences of developing and testing muscle cars, warts and all, while putting them through their paces.  But that’s not the case.  No, this is a book written by US motoring journalist, Joe Oldham, who started out in 1964, as a self-proclaimed road tester for Hi-Performance Cars, Speed & Supercar and Supercars Annual – all East Coast titles owned by Magnum Royal Publications.

 

I’ve never read any of  Oldham’s original road test stories, but apparently he’s used his old notes to piece together driving descriptions of cars that range from a 1962, 421 Super-Duty Pontiac Catalina to a 1976, 455 Pontiac Trans-Am.  There are 176 pages, mostly in black and white, and they contain not so much road tests in the modern sense, but reports largely related to straight line, drag strip performance.

 

 

Once I actually got down to reading the book, I found the writer’s style more than a little irritating at times, with its smug, “wasn’t I cool” sort of attitude.  There are some interesting chapters, though, and notably the one that describes an AMC Javelin falling apart while in the care of magazine staff.  At one point, a rear wheel and brake drum assembly sheered off the axle.  “The car was a real piece of shit.  And we said so in print,” says Oldham.  This prompted a call from Gerald C Meyers, the Chairman of American Motor Corporation at the time, who subsequently had the magazine banned from attending all future American Motors press events.    

 

Muscle Car Confidential is a nostalgia trip for those who like to remember how it used to be back when cubic inches were far more topical than the price of fuel.  The title is available form Motorbooks and is priced at £25.00.  

 

Ever generous, DRC Review is going to give you an opportunity to form your own opinion of this title, as we have two copies to give away.  All you need to do to stand a chance of winning is answer the following question: what engine did Ford announce in 1969 that helped to give it an edge in NASCAR competition?  Send your answer by email to editorial at drcreview dot com and the first two correct entries will each receive a copy of Muscle Car Confidential.  Don’t forget to include your name and address, though, so we can post it to you!  Good luck.  The competition is open to UK readers only and closes at 12 midnight on Friday, May 9th.

 

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Mustang Goodies

According to import specialists, the 2005 Ford Mustang remains the hottest-selling new American car in the UK at the moment.  It’s also a model that is ripe for modification, and USAutomotive Ltd, this country’s premier supplier of aftermarket components for American cars, has many items available to enhance both the performance and the looks of this highly desirable vehicle.

 

Steeda GT High-Flow Air Kit
Steeda products are available exclusively in the UK from USAutomotive Ltd.  The highly respected company’s High-Flow Air Kit for the ‘05 Mustang delivers an impressive 38 extra, dynamometer-proven horsepower compared with the stock intake system.  This is achieved by reducing restriction and increasing surface area in order to flow more air.  The kit is an easy bolt-on for the garage mechanic, and includes a re-flash tool, which is essential to reprogramme the induction metering unit.

 

Steeda 4.6L Underdrive Pulleys
Steeda Underdrive pulleys for the ‘05 Mustang return some of the power and torque drained by belt-driven accessories – in fact, as much as 8-10 free horsepower!  The pulleys lower the speed of driven accessories by about 25 per cent, thereby both reducing engine drag and improving fuel consumption.

 

BORLA Cat-Back™ System

BORLA’s massive range of award-winning exhaust systems is sold exclusively through USAutomotive Ltd in the UK.  For ‘05 Mustangs, Borla has developed a Cat-Back™ system, which not only unleashes hidden horsepower, but also sounds amazing, with a deep, burbling engine note that is totally different from the stock Mustang system.  Each exhaust is produced from premium, Aircraft-Quality, T-304 stainless steel to provide the absolute best in performance and durability.  Ultra-smooth mandrel bends ensure maximum flow and power, and precision, computer-controlled CNC manufacturing ensures consistency of production and accuracy of fit.  BORLA’s belief in its quality standards is such that every system comes with a Million-Mile Warranty.

 

Haynes 2005 Mustang Workshop Manual

USAutomotive is a major stockist of Haynes workshop manuals for American cars.  The latest title to hit the shelves just in time for Christmas covers the 2005 to 2007 Mustang models, including V6 and V8-engined variants, but excluding the GT500. 

 

American Racing Wheels

USAutomotive is a key UK agent for American Racing wheels, a long-established company whose products have long been a favourite with Mustang owners.  The timeless, five-spoke Torq Thrust wheel is still a popular choice, although larger diameter derivatives of this wheel, and many others, are available to accommodate the current, ultra-low profile tyres fitted to ‘05 Mustangs.

 

Street Scene Equipment

For those ’05 Mustang owners seeking more radical body styling, USAutomotive is a UK agent for Street Scene Equipment’s Gen 1 body styling package.  This kit  transforms the Mustang’s looks with a urethane front bumper/valance, matching side skirts, rear valance and optional rear side widow grilles that emulate the look of first-generation Mustangs.

 

General Service Parts

Finally, while it’s easy to become preoccupied with the tuning potential of the ’05 Mustang, its worth remembering that USAutomotive’s core business is the supply of service components for American car owners in the UK.  With this in mind, the company stocks spark plugs, filters and all of the other fast-moving parts to keep ‘05 Mustangs, and their still much-loved predecessors, on the road.

 

For further details on the complete range of Mustang components available in the UK from USAutomotive Ltd, contact them on 01234 273155, or email sales@usautomotive.co.uk 

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For ‘A to Z’ the place to visit is BHP

After more than 35 years, the famous ‘A to Z of American Spares’ landmark sign has disappeared from outside the St Albans Road shop in Watford. However, the good news for American vehicle owners is that it is business as usual – only the location has changed.

 

Bob Harman Performance took over the ‘A to Z’ business in 1987 and recently decided to consolidate the spare parts operation within their extensive workshop premises at Sutton Road (approximately one mile away, near Watford Junction station).

 

“Trade has changed considerably in the last few years,” explained BHP director Bob Harman, “And we had to look at what was the most efficient method of providing a good service for our customers. Because a lot of the parts ordered through the shop were being fitted to vehicles in our workshop it made sense to have everything in the same place.”

 

The move also revealed an amount of redundant spares – boxes of dynamo brushes, 1950s suspension components and so forth – which were passed on to a specialist in the trade. This created extra storage space which enabled BHP to increase the number of items that can be offered ex-stock.     

 

“We have always had a reputation for stocking a good selection of early Ford Mustang parts,” stated Bob Harman, “And that has not changed. But now we can supply a much bigger variety of spares for the more modern models as well – and parts for any other make of course.”

 

Naturally, normal service items like filters, plugs, belts, brake pads, wheel bearings, gaskets, seals, etc, are available off the shelf. There is also a healthy array of shock absorbers, camshafts and pistons, plus a full range of lubricants including special limited slip axle oil on offer. Exhaust systems are supplied and fitted to order, but BHP keep a variety of tubing and bends on hand for making up custom headers and one-off applications.  

 

BHP offers a prompt mail order service for customers and, thanks to regular fortnightly air freight shipments from USA, can obtain almost anything within a week or two. Urgent items can be sent over even quicker if necessary.

 

The comprehensive BHP in-house workshop facilities include everything from crankshaft grinding, cylinder reboring and engine building to MoT testing and recharging air conditioning systems; all the tasks carried out by engineers with many years experience of working on all types of American vehicles.

 

What this means is from now on the place to go for the ‘A to Z of American Parts’ and a whole lot more is Bob Harman Performance.

 

For more information contact: Bob Harman Performance 101-107 Sutton Road, Watford WD17 2QG. Tel: 01923 221776, Fax: 01923 226596 Website: www.uscarparts.co.uk.

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