Camaro SS and RS Drive at Barrett Jackson Scottsdale – 2017

If you follow this blog you’ve no doubt seen my posts on this past January’s Barrett Jackson event in Scottsdale, Az, you might even had caught my Facebook Live videos.

Of course I have to say it’s well worth the price of admission for all that there is to see and do.

One event is the Ride and Drive where you are allowed to drive some of the new cars.  They also have a few of the more powerful cars that they only allow you to ride along with a driver, cars like the Hell Cat and Viper and some of the Mustangs.  This year I chose to drive the SS and RS Camaro.

The key is to get there early because the line get long and the track gets crowded.  We arrived at the right time and got a more personal touch.  New for this year was the Breathalyzer test conducted by the Sheriff’s department, a smart idea, considering all the adult beverages available.  But it was a bit early for that.

Here’s  quick little slide show of my trip in one of the Camaro’s.

 

 

The auto cross course they had set up was pretty tight and for the novice this would a challenge and I think it was meant to keep the speeds down.  When you attend these you are accompanied by a local drive either supplied by the dealership or by the car company for this event.

I drove the SS V8 LT Camaro first.  I found the seat comfortable and driving position was really good.  The car had quick response and the V8 really pulled great with hitting the gas.  Not as good as my  2007 C6 Corvette but I was impressed.  As an SCCA auto cross driver I found this  course to  be a bit tighter the standard down here at the regional I’ve driven often.  The SS proved to be a bit sloppy in the corners at speed and it felt like a bigger car – of course it’s it a bit larger than my Vette.  Although I made it round the course with out killing any cones, it would be understandable given how it handled.

Immediately after parking the SS, they had an V6 RS ready and I jumped in.  I really appreciated that, having the SS drive still fresh in the never endign, it would make the comparison, a bit more visceral rather than homogenized by the thought process.

These days you know they can get a lot of power out of V6 engine and even 4 cylinders so I was curious to see how the RS’s V6 felt with my foot pressed to the floor.  I didn’t have any specific expectations, but I was hoping to feel “WOW – this is a only a V6?!?!”, but I have to say it felt like V6.  It was clear the power wasn’t there at the start line.  However, it did get up to speed fairly quickly and by the first real corner you could feel it.  The corner? Well, let’s say it was impressive. While driving SS the ride-a-long driver bet that I’d find the RS a much better handling car in the tight corners, due to the fact that the engine was set back a bit that changed up how the car made it though the corners.  I have to say it was correct.

It’s true that in auto cross that horse power isn’t all you need, in fact, too much can make for rough runs.  The key for any auto cross car is being able to handle the corner as the fastest speed possible.  The RS made it through the course with much sharper corners and it felt really good coming out of them with not a lot of body roll, it was surprising.
So the V8 SS felt powerful (relatively speaking) – more what I’m use to with my Corvette.  The RS felt like a V6 when getting off the line, but had the better cornering than the RS, basically verifying what the ride-a-long driver told me I would find.

It’s not often the average blogger, SCCA racer and car restorer, gets to take ride in or drive the newest cars which I think is a huge gap in what you see in the big time blogs and car magaiznes, so it’s always fun to poke them with the Average Guy’s thoughts when a chance for that experience can be documented.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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It’s Car Auction Season – Barrett Jackson Car Show – Westworld of Scottsdale‎

I love this time of year here in Arizona.  Not just because you can work on your classic/muscle car in the garage without feeling like a Christmas turkey in the oven.  I love this time of year because it’s Car Auction Season!   For the next 3-4 weeks classic cars …

Shout Out to Overseas Readers

Just a quick THANKS to all the readers in:

UK
Australia
Netherlands
Canada
Belgium
Egypt

 

Drop a comment!!!  Let’s see your rides!!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

Project BeepBeep – ’68 RoadRunner – Door Panel Tips

Ready for some more #ProjectBeepBeep?  Bill takes you through a few tips for restoring your B-Body door panels.

Take a look:

 

 

Great stuff!!!  Thanks Bill!!!

Have a few Mopar tips – Post them up or drop me a note @ agcarestoration@cox.net and we get you video/tip posted on the site.

Thanks for reading
Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car. First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:   Back in the day. It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many …
ProjectBeepBeep – 1968 Road Runner Update Video 2

Thanks for looking back in on #ProjectBeepBeep Bill begins the odyssey. Will he wrangle this Road Runner and show up that old Coyote or will an ACME Anvil be his fate?  Keep up to date by grabbing the RSS feed. Here is Bill’s latest video More coming up the ’68 Road Runner including a …

Caffeine and Octane – Atlanta, GA

It’s always cool to catch a car show when you are traveling.

This past week (Super Bowl Sunday) while visiting family in Alpharetta, Ga,  (just outside of Atlanta) I got the chance to ride into the ‘big’ city and take in the event – Thanks Brian!!

There often more than 1500 cars on the first Sunday of every month and even though it was cold and damp (and it being Super Bowl Sunday and the home town team was playing) there were a lot of cars!!!

We got there as it was starting to break up but there were still a lot of cars.  Here’s a few pics.

Take a look at this awesome creation. Built on a C4 Corvette body to best look like a 1957 Chevy!

Check out this Nissan!!! It’s power plant is in the next pic.

Nice straight six!!!!

Nice custom ride!!

Here is a great look for a Road Runner.

No one standing around new anything about the car.

 

I wasn’t even able to scratch the surface.  There were rows of Mustangs and Corvettes, long with 100’s of European and Japanese high-end rides and not all of them ‘stock’.

Check out more here: Caffeine and Octane – Atlanta

Thanks for reading.

Tim
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Museum Commemorates Sinkhole’s Third Anniversary With 1962 Corvette Restoration

Thought I’d pass long an update on one of the sinkhole corvettes.

Three years ago, on February 12, 2014, viewers tuning in to their morning news witnessed and heard an almost unbelievable story – a sinkhole had opened inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and eight Corvettes fell victim… lying at the bottom of the more than 30 foot deep gaping hole. Fortunately, the cars and building were the only things damaged as it occurred in the early morning hours before anyone was in the Museum. The story captivated those who watched it, and while the Museum initially planned to put the past behind them, the interest in the sinkhole and damaged Corvettes was undeniable.

On Thursday, February 9 the 1962 Corvette, still covered in dirt and debris from the sinkhole, was removed from display in the Skydome and transferred to a garage bay where it will undergo restoration work to bring it back, better than ever. The on-going work will be performed in the Museum, and guests will be able to see the car’s progress, oftentimes as it is happening. In addition to visiting the Museum to witness first-hand the work being performed on the Corvette, enthusiasts can tune in to Facebook and YouTube where a number of videos will be published by the Museum, providing updates and progress reports.

See the complete article at National Corvette Museum

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Mallett Hammer Corvette – Found in the NCM Sinkhole!

Found but not yet complete uncovered. Here is the shot provided by the National Corvette Museum. The Hammer was a 2001  C5 Z06                       By the looks of it, it will come no where near the condition of a first few cars pulled from the sink hole. Thanks for reading. Tim
Mallett Hammer Corvette – Found in the NCM Sinkhole! NOPE!!!

Looks like previous reports of finding the Mallett Hammer Corvette was incorrect. Looks like we have the rearend of the body for the PPG Pace Car.                         Seventh Down, One Mallett Hammer Corvette to Go:   In less than a week, the 1.5 Millionth Corvette… http://t.co/hHAAVMPS2G Mallett Hammer Corvette – National Corvette Museum http://t.co/5DuDGdJQU6             Stay …
1 Millionth Corvette Restoration

Craftspeople and technicians at the General Motors Design Center are painstakingly restoring the historic 1 millionth Chevrolet Corvette damaged nearly 16 months ago when a sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. The restoration crew is part of GM’s Mechanical Assembly group at the Design Center, which …
1,000,000th Corvette Surprise Rescue!!!

http://corvettemuseum.blogspot.com/2014/03/millionth-corvette-unexpectedly-saved.html “Initially there was no intention to bring the Millionth out, but as we got in there and saw more this morning we did feel like this might be our best chance,” said Danny Daniel, President of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction. Danny indicated that they pulled the car by one wheel …
A Mini Documentary on the National Corvette Museum Sinkhole

Watch the video, you’ll see a good close up of the first three cars and seem them on display “as is”.     http://youtu.be/5Q57YHiSt2I Thanks for reading. Tim     Five of eight Corvettes pulled from museum sinkhole; photos show heavy … National Corvette Museum’s effort to remove the eight cars swallowed by a sinkhole last month got off …
A Sinkhole Swallowed Cars at The Corvette Museum And Now Everyone Wants To Go

A Sinkhole Swallowed Cars at The Corvette Museum And Now Everyone Wants To Go | TIME. A view of a sinkhole that opened up in the Skydome Tourism up 50%….that’s great!!!   Tim   National Corvette Museum might preserve sinkhole The sinkhole that swallowed up eight Corvettes earlier this year has been something of a mixed …
Mallett Hammer Corvette – National Corvette Museum

Update from the National Corvette Museum: In less than a week, the 1.5 Millionth Corvette has gone from location unknown to being dug out from the depths of the sinkhole… regaining its status as a display car in the National Corvette Museum on Thursday. While methods of probing the mounds of dirt …
1,000,000th Corvette Surprise Rescue!!!

http://corvettemuseum.blogspot.com/2014/03/millionth-corvette-unexpectedly-saved.html “Initially there was no intention to bring the Millionth out, but as we got in there and saw more this morning we did feel like this might be our best chance,” said Danny Daniel, President of Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction. Danny indicated that they pulled the car by one wheel …
1.5 Millionth Corvette Pre-Sinkhole

If you’ve never been to the National Corvette Museum, you should put that on your bucket list.  If you are a car gal/guy  you’ll love it, even more so, if you own or previously owned a corvette. Here are my pictures I took of the 1, 500,000th Corvette on one of …
A Mini Documentary on the National Corvette Museum Sinkhole

Watch the video, you’ll see a good close up of the first three cars and seem them on display “as is”.     http://youtu.be/5Q57YHiSt2I Thanks for reading. Tim     Five of eight Corvettes pulled from museum sinkhole; photos show heavy … National Corvette Museum’s effort to remove the eight cars swallowed by a sinkhole last month got off …
A Sinkhole Swallowed Cars at The Corvette Museum And Now Everyone Wants To Go

A Sinkhole Swallowed Cars at The Corvette Museum And Now Everyone Wants To Go | TIME. A view of a sinkhole that opened up in the Skydome Tourism up 50%….that’s great!!!   Tim   National Corvette Museum might preserve sinkhole The sinkhole that swallowed up eight Corvettes earlier this year has been something of a mixed …

 

ProjectBeepBeep – 1968 Road Runner Update Video 2

Thanks for looking back in on #ProjectBeepBeep

Bill begins the odyssey.
Will he wrangle this Road Runner and show up that old Coyote or will an ACME Anvil be his fate?  Keep up to date by grabbing the RSS feed.

Here is Bill’s latest video


More coming up the ’68 Road Runner including a good video on replacing the vapor barrier in your Mopar car.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car. First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:   Back in the day. It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many …

Introducing #ProjectBeepBeep – Code H 1968 Road Runner

I’d like you to take a look at one of my constant readers classic muscle car.

First let me say that Bill has been an a long quest to find a car to replace this car:

 

Back in the day.

It was a long search with lots of phone calls with many car owners.  Some of the stories of his search would make a great post, but for now let’s get to his new find, which if you can’t tell in video below, he’s pretty happy about this rare color code car.

His new pride and joy is a H code, 1968 Road Runner and it breaks down like this:

R – Plymouth Belvedere, Satellite (“B” body)
M – Medium price group
23 – 2 door hardtop
H – 383 1-4BBL 8 Cylinder “B” engine (High Performance)
G – St. Louis, Missouri – birth place

It is for the most part as it came from the factory.  But I’m going to let Bill cover all the details with you.  Here is his first video.

Here a few pics of Bill’s Road Runner he sent when he was looking it over.

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Bill will be providing updates on the restoration and other task as he works on this beautiful Mopar (makes me miss my Dodge Dart).

So keep checking for more on #ProjectBeepBeep.

Thanks for reading

Tim

Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction – Scottsdale, AZ 2017 Videos 10-11

Welcome back to  our recent trip to Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Keep in mind these videos were part of the our Facebook Live event and I’m sharing them here on our blog.  Quality is ‘iffy’ in spots but if you’ve never been to some this huge it’s cool to see some of the areas that the TV coverage doesn’t always show.

These videos show more of the grounds and where you can view the sold cars (if you attend early in the week you can see the cars in these areas before they are shined up and sold).  I apologize for top of the tent footage – sigh… live video streaming goes like that.  BTW the phone noises you hear are responses to the live feed.

 

 

 

More coming include my drive of the New Camaro SS and Camaro RS and the introduction of a new feature project car.

Thanks for reading.
Tim

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Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction – Scottsdale, AZ 2017 Videos 8-9

Welcome back to  our recent trip to Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Keep in mind these videos were part of the our Facebook Live event and I’m sharing them here on our blog.  Quality is ‘iffy’ in spots but if you’ve never been to some this huge it’s cool to see some of the areas that the TV coverage doesn’t always show.

This next video is more of the staging area and a look at a few of the cars coming up.  You’ll see the ’69 Road Runner that appeared in Hemming Muscle Machines publication, it is as nice in persons as it was on pages of the magazine.


 

This video is at the Hillbank display.  These are beautiful cars and the all aluminum bodies are awesome to see.  The Daytona coups are built on CSX 9000 chassis (the originals were built on CSX 2000 chassis).  They have the 427 Cobra engine and the 427 S/C. You can find out more at WWW.HILLBANKUSA.COM .


Thanks for reading. A few more videos coming that include an impromptu conversation with one of the sellers and one of the guys working to get the cars up on the stage.

Tim

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Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction – Scottsdale, AZ 2017 Videos 6-7

Welcome back to  our recent trip to Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Keep in mind these videos were part of the our Facebook Live event and I’m sharing them here on our blog.  Quality is ‘iffy’ in spots but if you’ve never been to some this huge it’s cool to see some of the areas that the TV coverage doesn’t always show.

These next two videos give you a little look at the auction area. 


In this video I’ll take outside and into the staging areas.  Now we mere mortals aren’t allowed to be in these areas but if you are cool about you can often get up close and personal with some of the cars.

 

 

Nice Road Runner waiting in the staging area at the auction.

 

More coming including some discussion with the stage crew and one of the sellers – and my experiences driving the New Camaro SS and RS.

Tim

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company – Scottsdale 2017

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