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Muscle Car Review

November 2019

Get Muscle Car Review digital magazine subscription today for restoration and performance how-tos, comparisons of today's modern muscle against the legends of the past, plus the finest featured examples for the most passionate muscle car enthusiasts: • A Historical perspective including factory Super Stock specials that tore up the drag strips, Trans-Am racers from the series’ glory days, and even a few vintage Nascar racing legends. • Articles tracing the development of Detroit legends • Coverage of muscle events around the country and how-to stories with an emphasis on preserving and restoring muscle cars.

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editor’s note

To say we are looking forward to the upcoming Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (November 23-24 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois) would be an understatement. This indoor gathering of the rarest and most significant muscle cars in the country is always a highlight of our year. But there’s something different about the 2019 edition. Like Spinal Tap’s notorious amps, this year’s MCACN seems like it’s been turned up to 11. A lot of that has to do with this being the 50th anniversary of the 1969 model year. That was a year when the world watched, transfixed, as men walked on the moon; as a half-million people made a pilgrimage to a New York farm to groove on “three days of peace and music”; and as…

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“JUNKY OLD CARS” The following letters were in response to a letter in the Aug. 2019 issue from reader Clark Robbins who said he was “tired of seeing junky old cars” in MCR, referring to our May 2019 Barn Finds issue. I love your magazine for the variety of articles. You do not seem stuck on one vehicle make, and I especially like the barn finds and “junky old cars,” as Mr. Robbins referred to them in his letter. I’m 56 years old, and I own a numbers-matching, original, 48,000-mile 1965 Olds 4-4-2; a Richard Petty Mustang GT from 2017; and a 2017 Mustang GT convertible with an automatic. I like them all—new, old, unrestored, like new, restored, rusty. I just appreciate cars. I think most of your readers do, too. Please…

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up front

For as little as $3 you could win this numbers-matching 1970 Chevelle LS6 from Dream Giveaway. According to the sweepstakes company, the 44,000-mile SS454 has a M22 Rock Crusher four-speed, a 4.10 Positraction axle, and an unrestored original interior. Jim Campisano, former Super Chevy magazine editor and author of the Encyclopedia of Muscle Cars, says this is “as close as you can get to going back in time and owning a brand-new 1970 SS454 Chevelle.” In addition to the car, the winner of the sweepstakes will receive $20,000 towards taxes. The sweepstakes runs through April 30, 2020. MCR readers get 50 percent bonus tickets when they use the special promo code MR1119V when entering. Log onto http://dreamgiveaway.com/?promo=MR1119V for your chance to win! Bullitt Mustang Heads to Auction The Bullitt hero car—the Highland…

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rare finds

Walking into Rick Armijo’s garage was a bittersweet experience for Bill Avila. He had the chance to buy a very rare muscle car, but the owner, who had passed away, had been his friend. “Rick was a salesman at a Pontiac dealership locally [in El Paso, Texas] for years and years. He was very knowledgeable about Pontiacs, and then he went to work at Rudolph Chevrolet, and he was the Corvette guy,” Avila says. Born in 1957, Armijo’s interest in muscle Pontiacs had been as high as ever before his passing. His garage at home was filled with a 1972 Trans Am and a 1969 GTO convertible. “When I walked in, [the Trans Am] had boxes and parts and books and catalogs stacked on top of it. It was a storage shelf, is…

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readers’ rides special

Dave Jones 1969 4-4-2 Owned since: 2016. “I grew up in a family where all the men were mechanics, so we had muscle cars everywhere. I didn’t grow up with a father, so my grandfather adopted me. He owned a garage with his dad and uncles for more than 50 years. When I turned 17 he gave me a 1985 Grand Prix that I totaled a week later. The next week he gave me a 1976 Olds 98 that I totaled two weeks later. After serving my time riding the bus for a week, he made me pay half of my next car, a 1972 Olds Cutlass S Rocket 350 [the red car, seen with Dave at age 18—Ed.]. Regrettably, I sold that car after it got me through college, and…