The Scottsdale Pavilions Car Show (also called the McDonald's Rock and Roll Car Show) is the longest continuously-held car show in the United States. For over 30 years, cars, motorcycles, and everything else have been cruising in every Saturday night. You never know what you might see here!


Engine Patina

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I understand the “Retro” craze has pretty much taken a stranglehold on all aspects of automobile culture. From Bryan Nesbitt-designed econocars like the Chrysler PT Cruiser and Chevrolet HHR to performance vehicles like the Mercedes SLS AMG and the (much more pedestrian in comparison) Chevrolet SSR. All the way up to the 60’s/70’s mash-ups of the current crop of pony cars; grabbing bits and pieces in an attempt revive the mojo that can only be found in the golden age of automotive performance. Continue reading

The World Needs More Vintage 4×4’s

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This 59-60 F-100 is exactly what I love seeing when it comes to 4WD pick-up trucks. It’s old but well taken care of, and it gets used. It doesn’t have over-the-top tires, a giant lift or some crowd-pleasing diesel conversion. Just a good old-fashioned gasoline-powered 4×4. Continue reading

1932 Hemi-Powered High Boy Ford

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I’m sure you remember the television commercials that ran a few years back with the Gomer Pyle-esque main character asking if the owner of the other character’s Chrysler-brand vehicle was powered by a Hemi engine. It’s a bit of a misnomer though, as the head shares more in common in combustion chamber shape with the older poly-spherical (or “Poly”) heads than the traditional “true” hemi-spherical (or “Hemi”) heads. Somehow I don’t think “That thing got a Poly in it?” would sell as many vehicles though. Continue reading

FrankenProbe

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The owner of this car seemed kind of weird. He was nice, but it seemed like he was really downplaying the car for some reason. I can’t understand why though, it sure seems pretty impressive to me. I mean, there’s a fucking gigantic hole cut out of the hood. I found a video on Youtube of him running a 10.24 in the 1/4 mile. That’s seriously fast for a car that starts out life as well, sorry to any of you MX-6/Probe fans, a little bit of a turd.

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Blown Gremlin

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You can usually find this Gremlin at the Pavilions on Saturday nights. I’ve never been able to find the owner of the car but I’d eventually like to find him and ask him some questions about the car, but for now, I’ll just go out on a limb here and assume that it’s really fast.

This car is weird, and I love that about it. I love the front end, the bare metal, the bizarre half back window and the motor, of course, but I find the interior especially cool. I like everything about it, from the screen, to the randomly placed ignition components on the floor, even the “gremlin” in the sheet metal of the dash. It’s just a really cool car. Enjoy the pics!

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White BMW 850i

If you don’t count the M1 (yes, the M1, not the 1M), the 8-series was far and away the best BMW ever. I mean, look at that thing. It’s beautiful. Ok, sure, this one’s only got the 5.0 V12 with 292hp and most family sedans from today will keep up with it. But would any of them do it with anywhere near the style this thing has?

Factory Five GTM Supercar: An American Original

Most car people know of Massachusetts-based Factory Five Racing as the pre-eminent maker of AC Cobra kit cars. However, Factory Five also offers a completely original kit of their own design called the GTM Supercar.

I was fortunate enough to come across a beautiful dark blue GTM at the Scottsdale Pavilions car show a few weeks ago.

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