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Category Archive: HISTORIC

Gearhead Guys You Should Know: Paul Bigsby

It’s one thing to be widely respected in whatever industry you’ve chosen to pursue. It’s another to be respected in one industry and then go on to literally invent a second...

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Historical Footage: Craig Breedlove’s Record 24-Hour Speed Run In An AMX

When American Motors rolled out the AMX in 1968, they were well behind the muscle car curve and needed to get good billing fast. AMC knew that they had a potent package on their hands, but proving...

Check Out This Footage of Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins Running At The 1968 NHRA Nationals – Gear Jamming With A Cigar

“Grumpy” Jenkins’ status as an NHRA legend is uncontested. Wheeling a number of violent Chevrolets, Jenkins was an engineer first, racer second, and tolerated no fools at the line....

Historical Footage: The 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Was A Winner, But It’s Commercial Was A Loser

The more I research into the older television ads, the more I wonder what kind of drugs people were really taking. We’ve found some winners over the years that are worthy of cringing, but this...

Historical Footage: A 1920s Dodge Brothers Sedan Taking All The Punishment That A Trip To The Oil Well Could Provide

Mud, dirt, arroyos, rocks, sand, hills…you’d be hard-pressed to convince some diesel truck guys to take their pretty bro-dozers off-road, but for this early 1920s Dodge Brothers sedan,...

Historical Footage: Car and Track’s Test Of The 1973 Buick Century Gran Sport Stage 1 455

By 1973 it seemed that only Pontiac was still in the business of making a stout big-block-powered car with the Super Duty Trans Am. And before you start, yes, I know that the Pontiac mills...

The Entire Story Of The Very First Chevrolet Camaro – From Pilot Test Program, To Dragstrip Terror, To Restored, This Video Shows It All

There’s always “the first”, no matter what happens. In the case of a typical new model of automobile, the first is a beta, a test of sorts. You have to build one to set up how the...

Classic YouTube: Playing For A Bricklin SV-1 On “Let’s Make A Deal” – Listen To The Crowd’s Reactions!

“Let’s Make A Deal” was a strange game show for someone who wasn’t alive when it was taped. Effectively, near as I can make sense, the premise was to dress up in the most...

How Far We’ve Come: The Cadillac Cimarron, The Car That Was Such A Bad Idea That Even GM Admits It

If you happened to be watching the Oscars last night, you may have seen the first glimpses of the Cadillac CT6, the upcoming flagship Caddy that has been a controversial and well-discussed part of...

Historical Race Footage: The 1988 SCCA Trans Am Race At Long Beach, California

Even with all of the hype, media coverage, random acts of absolute insanity and the wrecks, it’s becoming increasingly more and more difficult to find enthusiasm for NASCAR. The last time I got...

Historical Footage: This 1973 Pontiac Firebird Promotional Film Covers All Of The Usual Bases, Plus Has Herb Adams And Transmission Torture!

As most of Detroit was starting to gasp and choke from the emissions regulations taking hold in 1973, Pontiac was still marching to the drumbeat of actual power and performance. While the GTO was...

1962’s Duel In The Desert May Be The Best Old Chevy Propaganda Film Yet

What’s better than old manufacturer promotion films? These movies are hilarious as they were designed for use by the sales managers at dealerships to get their sales staffs all whipped up into...

This 1960s Ad For The Remco Mr Kelly’s Automatic Car Wash Is A Look Back At A Cool Toy

Not to sound like an old man here, but toys like this were the things I LIVED for as a kid. Yes, I was about 20 years behind this one but even into the 1980s there was plenty of neat “hands...

This Cool Promotional Video For the Mizar Air Car Otherwise Known As The Flying Pinto Is 1970s Cool – See It Take Off And Land

There isn’t a whole lot of good video showing the infamous Mizar Air Car in flight. The Mizar Air Car is probably better known as the “Flying Pinto” because the R&D unit was a...