Mar 31, 2015
Gary P. Garry
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Cheap Thrills: 1998-2003 Ford Escort ZX2

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The words ‘thrilling’ and ‘Ford Escort’ have probably never been used in the same sentence…until now. The Ford Escort ZX2 isn’t very good to look at. It was cheap when it was new, and it’s cheap today. If you tell people that you just bought a Ford Escort, they’re probably going to look at you and laugh. But like a bark-y little dog protecting grandma, this spunky little Ford is just waiting to pounce. Snausages anyone? Continue reading »

Mar 13, 2015
Gary P. Garry
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I Want to Be a Part of It: The Chrysler New Yorker

 

newyorkerheadWhen you are developing your personal style over time, you come to certain conclusions. You look around, and you see people wearing the latest fashions, and if you ever go to the mall, you see countless duplications of the same things. Is that really personal style, wearing something that thousands of other people are wearing? Continue reading »

Mar 10, 2015
Gary P. Garry
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Giving Props to the ZZ Top Eliminator Hot Rod

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During the early days of rock and roll, a lot of songs were written about cars of all kinds, and why not? The music was a statement of youth, and motor vehicles provided young people with freedom on many different levels. Continue reading »

Feb 26, 2015
Gary P. Garry
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Personal Luxury: The Oldsmobile Toronado

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When I was approaching the age when I could get my drivers license for the first time, I spent a lot of time formulating my automotive dreams. Admittedly, some of the cars that caught my eye were going to be out of reach, but I definitely formulated a wish list. Continue reading »

Feb 16, 2015
Gary P. Garry
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For the Man Who Has Everything: The 1971 De Tomaso Pantera

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When you are looking to add to your classic car collection, you want to find something that has the wow factor. Exotic good looks can be part of that equation, and on a certain level, there is no substitute for raw beauty.

A car that captures your attention like a magnet by virtue of its appearance is something special, and, in most cases, a well-designed body will have something special under the hood as well. Plus, you can soup-up the engine if you want to, but it is more difficult to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear when it comes to the body style. Continue reading »

Jan 21, 2015
Gary P. Garry
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Blast From The Past: The Isuzu Trooper

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My bosses here are very good to me, and they give me more than enough leeway to be myself when I write these articles. The opinions that I spray around are not necessarily those of the company, but they let me speak my piece, which is cool.

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Dec 26, 2014
Gary P. Garry
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Will Cuba Thaw Open Classic Car Honey Hole?

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When you are looking for something good that is rare, you are not alone. People having been doing that for a long time, so it gets harder and harder as the few gems that still exist get bought up.

This is the way it is with classic cars, and it is challenging to find the diamond in the rough. There are some barn finds here and there, and there are some aging collectors who finally decide that they will never get around to the projects they have had on the back burner for 30 years.

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Nov 24, 2014
Gary P. Garry
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Giving Thanks to Three Classic Cars

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The Thanksgiving season has finally arrived; during this time of year, we sit back, we reflect, and we feel gratitude for all the good things in our lives. As I was thinking these deep Thanksgiving thoughts, I naturally drifted toward the realm of classic cars. (To me, classic cars are kind of like beer and donuts to Homer Simpson.) Continue reading »

Nov 12, 2014
Gary P. Garry
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Javelin Put AMC on the Muscle Car Map

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The American Motors Corporation was a company that was around from 1954 through 1988. However, the history of the company dates back further, because it was formed out of a merger between Hudson and Nash.

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Sep 19, 2014
Staff Writer
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Backyard Cruise 2014: Havana, Cuba!

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Susie and Andrew Clark host a cultural backyard cruise each year in Lakeland, Florida. A big part of each annual event is the food, drink, costumes and local customs of the region selected. This year they travelled to old Havana, Cuba! As 1950s automobiles are an essential and colorful part of Cuban life, MJC Classic Cars in Lakeland was contacted to secure a pair of vintage cars to help make the occasion more authentic. A 1959 Ford Galaxie (first model year) and a 1957 Chevrolet 210 Wagon were graciously donated for the weekend!  Continue reading »

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