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Hemmings Muscle Machines January 2021

Each issue is packed with photos & coverage of American Muscle Cars from the 60's through today.

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4 min
built to last

“An appreciation for mechanical things tends to correspond with a love of cars…” I’ve just come from wrestling with my old Maytag washing machine in an effort to keep it going. I’m sure it probably seems a bit ridiculous to try and extract more service from a 40-year-old appliance, but poking around online has shown that I’m not alone in this quest. The consensus is they just don’t build stuff like this anymore. I really hate to sound like the proverbial old guy with such statements, but they seem painfully true. From what I’m finding, most of the washers I could pick up at the local home center will be worn out after just five years of daily use. To me, that’s way too brief a lifespan. An appreciation for mechanical things tends…

3 min

1970 CORVETTE COUPE LATEST DONATION TO NATIONAL CORVETTE MUSEUM Perhaps it was destiny that T. Wayne Lankford became a Corvette guy — after all, his childhood next-door neighbor, Judy, would later marry Corvette Hall of Fame inductee and Carlisle Events cofounder Chip Miller. Wayne bought his first Corvette in 1972, and after 48 years of ownership, he and wife Pattie have donated the 1970 Donnybrooke Green coupe to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A ride in Chip’s ’69 Corvette was all it took for Wayne to become enamored with America’s sports car. After graduating from college in 1969, Wayne fell into the arms of Mother Mopar, buying a Road Runner on the merits of its affordable performance. In 1972, he spotted a Corvette on a dealer’s lot and stopped…

4 min
production line

DRIVEN: 2021 RAM 1500 TRX Me: “How fast should I hit this jump?” Instructor: “How fast do you want to hit it?” Me: “Dunno — how fast can I hit it?” Instructor: “Just hit it.” Me: “Okey-dokey.” Heeding the instructor’s advice, I planted my right foot to the floor of the 2021 RAM 1500 TRX, heading for a jump at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada. As one of the first journalists to climb behind the wheel of the new TRX, I had only a fair idea of what to expect. Sure, I knew it was going to be fast and a beast off-road, but if I’m honest, the performance levels here had me wondering what type of illegal substances were ingested by the engineers when they put this thing together. We…

2 min

BANG-ON 442 I wish to congratulate Barry Kluczyk and Chuck Yee for the great article on the 442 in Electric Spice (“Up From the Ashes,” HMM #207). Chuck did a great job, as did designer Murray Pfaff. I can only put it this way: That car is the way a ’77 442 would look if GM was selling one now. The wheels are gorgeous, and I love the font and style of the lettering and the colors. The interior combination of cloth and leather is sumptuous —luxury oriented, while sophisticated in a European styling sense. The motor is a treat and I love the gold treatment and homage to classic 442 engines. It was really well done. I have subscribed since issue #1 and this car compares well with many of…

2 min
letter of the month: the gran sport family

“I’ve subscribed toHMM(andHemmings Classic Car) for more than a decade and look forward to every issue. I especially enjoy reading subscribers’ letters about multigenerational interest in a particular car. In our case, it’s the Buick GS 455. I first learned of these cars while at the University of Florida, and began attending the Buick GS Nationals back in the late ’80s. I really liked the 1970-’72 body styles, and would pick up old GS cars whenever I found one I could afford (back in the ’80s, you could still find these old A-bodies sitting by the road with a “for sale” sign in the window). I eventually found myself with several old Buick Gran Sports and Skylarks stashed in barns on our farm. In 1996 I got married, and we…

8 min
kenosha’s gt

IF YOU BELIEVE THE ROSY, contemporary accounts of automotive history during the latter half of the Sixties, you might think every kid coming of age during that time was able to get into the seat of a hot new car, tricked out with the top-dog big-block V-8, a four-speed, and a locked differential to send those gobs of torque to the pavement, shredding a fat pair of Wide Ovals in the process. This kind of gearhead utopia did indeed exist, but the reality of the era has been padded over the intervening decades. As veteran owners and aficionados can attest, the muscular domestic market products of that time were just as diverse as their eligible buyers, and in truth, not everyone had a burning desire to own one of the pinnacle…