We love the fact that our Muscle Car Of The Week videos are shared amongst Muscle Car enthusiasts worldwide, but we recently were completely stoked to learn that our friends at www.drivesrt.com - you know, the official Chrysler and Dodge website where you build & buy such awesome cars as the Hellcat and Viper SRT - thought high enough of Muscle Car Of The Week cars and videos to share them on their HOME PAGE! For car guys, there are few honors higher than being showcased on an auto manufacturer's website, especially one as cool as the SRT site! We have to thank The Brothers Collection for letting us shoot videos of their awesome cars, and a special shout-out to the crew and families of the Muscle Car Of The Week team for putting up with our nonsense as we make this show!
There are always a bunch of cool projects in process at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop! Let's take a lap around the shop to see the latest!
This very cool 1978 Pontiac Trans Am arrived in the shop looking for better road manners. It's running a Pontiac 400 with an automatic, and the customer likes to do big road trips, so we're installing a FAST EZ-EFI 2.0 fuel injection system, an overdrive 200 4-R transmission, and new 3.73:1 rear gears. This will give him the benefits of better starting and throttle response, an overdrive gear for better cruising, and numerically higher gears for better accelration while improving the fuel economy. It's a great looking ride.
Chattanooga, Tenn., (January 21, 2016) – Luken Communications, LLC is pleased to announce an affiliation agreement between Rev’n, Luken’s latest network offering, and WMKE in Milwaukee, WI (DMA 35).
WMKE, operated by LocusPoint Networks, launched Rev’n on Friday, January 15. Milwaukee area viewers can now find Rev’n over-the-air on channel 21.1. Ian Milne, General Manager of Station Operations for LocusPoint Networks, says, “Rev’n’s programming is a perfect fit for the Milwaukee audience. We are proud to partner with Luken to bring such a unique program offering to our viewers.”
Tim Krass, Luken’s Vice President of Affiliate Sales - West, said, “Everyone at Luken is thrilled to expand our relationship with LocusPoint Networks into another market. I know Milwaukee viewers will appreciate everything Rev’n has to offer.”
Rev'n, a network geared towards the performance enthusiast, officially launched on December 1, 2014. Rev’n is dedicated to all things revving including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, events, auctions and more. With proven automotive content such as V8TV, Stacey David’s GearZ®, Two Guys Garage, Bidding Wars, Truck U and My Classic Car, Rev'n is a hit with fans and advertisers alike.
About Luken Communications:
Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming with its collection of networks reaching approximately 80 percent of all U.S. households via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television. The current network offerings include Rev’n, Retro TV, The Heartland Network, The Family Channel, PBJ, TUFF TV and Frost Great Outdoors (FGO). Luken Communications’ flagship Retro TV was one of the first digital broadcast networks launched in 2005. For more information about Luken Communications and its portfolio of broadcast networks, visit www.luken.tv.
We love to share the work of talented car enthusiasts when we can, and the photography of Anthony Ross Tyler is too good NOT to share! His work features classic American cars, Muscle Cars, trucks, farm equipment, European cars, and more. Take a moment to browse through his site, and order up a print or two of your favorite photos for your house, office, man cave, shop, or as a gift!
-- SEMA to Oppose Action as Threat to Modified Racecars and Parts Suppliers --
Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”
The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.
“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”
SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.
The EPA has indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $36 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,633 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org.
We love classic American automobile styling and Americana, and we recently learned of this awesome documentary showcasing the art of many prominenet designers that shaped the cars on American roadways,
From the film's Facebook Page:
American Dreaming is a full-length documentary about American automotive styling from1946 to 1973, featuring interviews of the men and women artists who designed Detroit’s automobiles.
The hot rod world recently lost another tremendous talent, as pinstriper Darrell "Dr. D" Roberts passed away in early November, 2015. We met the good Doctor at the 2010 Somernites Cruise in Somerset, Kentucky, as he was striping cars for people in the hot sun and having a great time doing it. He was a very talented artist and an even friendlier person who truly enjoyed meeting people and sharing his abilities. He will be truly missed. More of his work can be seen here: http://www.doctordpinstriping.com/
A memorial fund has been established in his name, friends and fans can contribute at this link:
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