If at any given time you can’t actually be around, work on or drive really cool cars, then getting information about them is probably the next best thing. To that end, the internet series Big Muscle provides some really nifty and smart content to help you get through your down time. Recently, the series commemorated it’s fourth season with a special video edition that features some of their favorite rides and owners. Series creator and host Mike Musto is joined by Producer Zack Kaplan and Director Thaddeus Brown as they look back and select some of their most outstanding and memorable experiences. Here are just a few of their selections:
1967 GT500 “Eleanor”
In 2012 the /BIG MUSCLE crew came across a sweet variation of the 1967 Mustang GT500 featured in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” While it is true that there are many editions of this particular model that range from passable to exact reproductions, this particular car stood out for its performance and beauty. The car’s owner Jeff Sachs put together a very well balanced and gorgeous machine which performed as good as it looked.
Blown 1964 Cadillac
There is no possible way that the the term “subtlety” can be applied to this killer Cadillac DeVille street monster. Owner Ron Dean has combined a 20 ft long, 5000 pound icon of early 60’s luxury status with 600 horsepower from a supercharged Chevrolet big block and created what Musto says is “…a friggin’ carnival ride on four wheels.”
1965 Corvette Stingray
This classic Gen 2 Corvette Stingray has been in Brian Hobaugh’s family for over 30 years and chances are it won’t be leaving any time soon! Built to compete in Autocross, the Corvette’s appearance lets everyone know that it means business. Gorgeous red color with blacked out chrome are accentuated further by its extended fender flares and gargantuan 315-30 X 18 tires. The Hobaugh family racer is powered by a 364 cu. in. Chevy small block that bats out 500 hp at 7500 rpm. Musto pushes the ‘Vette through the twisties at a rapid pace and the car seems to taunt him for more. Any ride that can make a grown man giggle like a schoolgirl when he’s behind the wheel has to be something special.
1973 Chevelle “Bank Robber Special”
The Chevelle from 1973 is definitely not the most coveted of street machine platforms. However owner Sean Rich has transformed his into something that would make most enthusiasts nod their heads in silent respect. Rich said that he designed the car to be his getaway car in case he ever had to rob a bank.
To that end, a potent 350 Chevy small block provides the power that motivates the pro-mod suspension equipped Chevelle for a rapid exit. Gun metal gray exterior color also contributes to the stealth mode for daring escapes.
For some it may seem strange that owners of seriously wicked street machines would happily turn over the keys to strangers. Especially for the purpose of making video of smokey burnouts and other general thrashing of their precious rides. However there seems to be a significantly large enough segment of people who are willing to share their cruisers with the viewing public. We can’t help but wonder though how many times that parts reached and passed their failure point. Could there be an “Oops!” collection somewhere in the Big Muscle archives?
A video series that highlights interesting, powerful and cool street machines is something that the true enthusiast can get behind. When your fan support is such that you’ve been able to keep at it for four seasons, chances are excellent that you’re doing something really well!