Thursday, July 30, 2009

Photos from July '09

Photos by Tom Gillespie, who just won 3rd place in a USA TODAY travel photography contest.

Gotta stay behind the line -flying rubber from the burnout may hit you! And when a tire pops, the crowd goes nuts - hootin' and hollering and clapping!
This is a great burnout!

The rest of these photos come from Car Gal.

In Oakboro, you can't get an exact count of the number of street rods, classic cars and other vehicles participating in the event. However, we did count around 400 on July 24. That didn't include all the side parking areas. For more photos, visit our Facebook page. You can click on the link at the top of this Website.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Let's Talk AC Cobra ....

Car Gal also asked about the AC Cobra. Owner Ed Curlee shares this information -- AC Cobras dominated road racing during the mid 60’s and are one of the most revered racing automobiles of all time. Original Cobra values have reached near one million dollars and some even more depending upon the car history and condition.

This car is a 1966 AC Cobra replica by Lone Star Classics of Fort Worth, Texas. It’s powered by a ’65 model Ford 427 stretched to 452 ci. Sitting atop this legendary cross-bolt main block is a set of massaged Edelbrock aluminum medium riser heads, a Blue Thunder intake and a Braswell blueprinted Holley carburetor.
A Tremec TKO 600 5-speed trans feeds the torque to an adjustable four-link rear suspension featuring a 9” Ford Trac-Lok posi rear end. Chassis equipment includes 4 wheel disc brakes, twin master cylinders (front/rear), tubular front control arms and adjustable coil-over shocks. Color is Cherry red with Ultra white stripes.
Car Gal notes that one of our volunteers sat in it. He's 6'4" and had a difficult time getting out. And Car Gal confesses that she didn't know what an AC Cobra was. She asked the car owner who looked a little stunned by her lack of knowledge. Well, he's a real trouper and teacher. Car Gal thanks you, Ed!


Car Gal asked for information about the GT-40 and the Cobra that were showcased at the July cruise-in.....

The car is a Superformance GT-40 MK II that was assembled by *Olthoff Racing out of Mt. Ulla, NC. Mark Ray researched the car for Joe Henderson in detail to help recreate a car that would be right at home on the grid at LeMans.

Correct color, motor, race lighting, roundals and #5 were all done to original specification. Even a set of stainless steel bundle of snakes (headers) were located to give the car a true period presentation. It is an accurate recreation of the Holman Moody third place finishing car at LeMans in 1966. Henry Ford II mandated that Ford must beat Ferrari at the greatest road race in the world! GT-40's finished 1-2-3 that year at LeMans.

Lee Holman of *Holman Moody participated with supplying many of the details and correctly themed 500+hp big block 427 FE side oiler built by Jimmy Tucker. Larry Wallace also of Holman Moody grinded an original spec Holman Moody 882 camshaft. As in the day the car is right hand drive with outboard right hand sill shifter. The car is street legal has A/C and can accelerate with most anything street driven today.

* Holman Moody: Lee Holman at (704) 583-2888 or
* Olthoff Racing: Dennis Olthoff at (704) 647-9924 or

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lots of Cars

Cars come and go - but we still counted more than 400 vehicles participating in the Cruise-In tonight. Photos are forthcoming - as well as information about those two sleek, sexy cars that were parked at the stoplight. They were quite a rare sighting. And the winner of the 50/50 raffle took home $165 tonight!
The Rattlesnake shown here has a very unique paint on it that looks red, brown, purple or green, depending upon the angle of the light. The paint itself runs about $800 a quart.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weather Looks Great on Friday

Be sure to bring your camera! The Queen City Corvette Club and the Charlotte Region's Hornets Nest are coming. That means a lot of shiny, pretty, old cars with sleek, sexy lines! We'll have lots of musical entertainment -- and be sure to buy a 50/50 ticket. You can go home with hard, cold cash! ....

Musical entertainment will be provided by two different performers. Erin & The Darlings and Roy Orbison tribute artist, Tony King, will keep your foot tapping. ... USA TODAY award-winning photographer Tom Gillespie will be roving around with his camera. Photos will be used to promote the Cruise-in. Smile!