(Photo: Nicholas Maggio) Today’s question is simple and straightforward: there is a movement that is pretty close to BangShift Mid-West known as Ratty Muscle Cars. The premise is simple: drive and race the damned things like they were meant to be driven and stop worrying about what magazines have said, what lawn-chair car show types have to say, and what Barrett-Jackson and other auctions have deemed so valuable that surely, it must be kept inside of a shop somewhere, dusted often, and driven rarely. There is no real line in the sand on what falls into the category. It’s just got to be 1999 or older, and it has to be driven as the manufacturers intended.
Now, we can get behind that 100%, especially once you start looking into the cars we wrench on. But there are always the detractors to a movement. Here, it is the people who simply see beat-up, neglected old cars that could be something if someone would just invest some time and money into aesthetics. A little paint and polish do go a long way in helping out the visuals, but that is one of the more expensive things to shell out for on a car. And yes, some of these cars are restoration dream finds…Ratty Muscle Cars founder Austin Griggs drives a 1969 Dodge Superbee pretty much everywhere, and among other cars associated with the movement, a 1968 Camaro that looks straight out of 1988, an AAR ‘Cuda, and anything that looks like a potential Rough Start candidate can be found with old paint, some paint, scars from years of use, and a hint of burnt rubber and raw gasoline about them.
What works about these cars for you, and what doesn’t? Is it seeing a “rare” and “desirable” car hang it out, or is it seeing something older being used like a Toyota Corolla? Or are you not a fan? Let us know below!