1979 Ferrari 308 GT4 / A DESIGN DEPARTURE

The history behind the bold design of the Ferrari 308GT4.

The first real departure from the curvy lines of Ferrari. This car was a bold attempt that paid off. When Ferrari decided to partner with Bertone carrozzeria to design the 308GT4 it caused quite a stir. For many years Ferrari had solely used Pininfarina as their coachbuilder. By making the switch to Bertone, it created quite a rift between the two companies Ferrari and Pininfarina.

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The 308GT4 also garnered a great deal of criticism because of its similar appearance in lines to the Lancia-Stratos. A car that was also designed by Bertone. There is no question that the 308GT4 design was a departure from its Ferrari predecessor the curvaceous 246GT.

There have only been two owners of this Ferrari 308GT4. It is the last 308GT4 that was manufactured for the states (#Ferrari 15448). Wouldn’t you like to be the third owner of this prancing pony? Register to bid for the Corpus Christi Old Car Museum auction with World Wide Auctioneers.

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1984 AC Mk IV / THE COBRA WITHOUT THE NAME

1984 AC Mk IV / THE COBRA WITHOUT THE NAME

The AC Mark IV - The looks of 427 Shelby Cobra but with updated engineering.

Only 480 of these rad beauties were popped out of the AC Autokrafters facility located at historic Brookland’s. Manufactured from 1982-1995 before succumbing to financial difficulties. Each of the authentic sports cars took over 900 hours to complete from start to finish.

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EEGOR THE EYESORE / KENNY PARKS' MIDGET RACER

Eegor the Eyesore

“They’ll know because it’s the only pink car on the track” – said the charismatic Kenny Parks regarding the flamboyant color choice of his racecar nicknamed ‘Eegore the Eyesore’ and for the ease of his buddies to locate his midget racecar in case he might crash and turn over.

With racing blood coursing in his veins since the 1940s, Parks made good use running the rugged dry lakes in California. Parks was a beloved character in the hot rod and midget racing scene. The birth of midget racing and the Midget Auto Racing Association (MARA) can be tracked down to Loyola Highschool in Los Angeles with its first race recorded on August 10th 1933.

Most midget race cars have four cylinder engines, average 900lbs weight, and vary between 300-400hp. With high horsepower and low weight midget racing was considerably perilous. The sport quickly caught on across the world, reaching Australia and New Zealand.

Parks worked for Bell Auto Parts for several years before branching out to open Bell Motorsports which sold Bell Helmets and Simpson safety gear. His brother, Wally Parks is famed as being the father of Hot Rodding with such accomplishments of founding the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and serving at the editor for over 15 years at Hot Rod Magazine. Racing ran in the family.

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His most humorous of racing cars, Eegore the Eyesore has a unique background to match it’s name and paint job. The #32 pepto-bismol colored sprint race was found in Hawaii by Parks’ nephew Mike Olivero. Having been built and raced on the tracks of Hawaii before coming into the hands of Kenny Parks.

Kenny Parks was known mostly for his clever sense of humor and endless appreciation of practical jokes. His Bell Motorsports business flourished and reported in Richard Parks piece “Kenny Parks - The Brother of Wally Parks” on HotRoad Online, that Kenny Parks was a successful businessman in part to “people preferring to deal with him because of his joyful personality.”

*I am looking for more history on Eegore the Eyesore’s racing wins. If you have any knowledge, please send my way!*


The bad blonde

The Bad Blonde

aka Caitlin Shook has grown up in the mechanic shop world. Shook Enterprises is a south Texas automotive repair shop that focuses on the antique, classic, rare, awesome, and sometimes just plain hard to fix vehicles.

An avid fan of travel and adventure, she’s popped into every car MUSEUM and car SHOW + AUCTION she can along the way.

She began an arduous car restoration of a 1976 Porsche 912e at the age of 14 and she’s not stopped loving difficult cars since. Enjoy the journey with The Bad Blonde!

1937 CORD / ONE OF MANY AMERICAN LUXURY CAR LINES CRUSHED IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION

1937 CORD / ONE OF MANY AMERICAN LUXURY CAR LINES CRUSHED IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION

1937 Cord, of the American luxury car line Cord created by E.L. Cord and manufactured by Auburn Automobile Company.
Manufactured by the Auburn Automobile Company from 1929 to 1932 and then once more from 1936 and 1937, Cord was known for their innovations and was the first American front wheeled drive to be sold in the states.

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1952 300 MERCEDES-BENZ / POWERFUL, ELEGANT & EXCLUSIVE

1952 300 MERCEDES-BENZ / POWERFUL, ELEGANT & EXCLUSIVE

Powerful, elegant, and exclusive, the Mercedes-Benz 300a was considered the top of line in luxury in its day. Introduced at the 1951 Frankfurt Motorshow, its only close competitor and rival the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, however the Silver Cloud lacked in comparison with its performance. Consumers enjoyed the streamlined lines and styling coupled with the Mercedes-Benz dependability…

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1913 METZ / THE KIT WITH AN INSTALLMENT PLAN

1913 METZ / THE KIT WITH AN INSTALLMENT PLAN


The Metz Company (1908-1922) was a Massachusetts brass era automobile maker established by Charles Herman Metz. The young Metz began in the bicycle parts industry. He would eventually form the Waltham Manufacturing Company which dived…

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HISPANO- SUIZA / A MIX OF INFLUENCES

HISPANO- SUIZA / A MIX OF INFLUENCES

A mix of influences, a dash of beauty, a hearty pinch of clever engineering, and you have yourself a Hispano-Suiza.

One of my favorite car manufacturers (well, frankly of many) and I just can’t quite put a finger on why. Is it because the name beckons an odd curiosity as to its origins? Is it the clear beauty, luxury, and integrity evident in its design? Is because it sports one of the more entertaining of hood mascots?

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AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 / THE MOST BELOVED OF THE BIG HEALEYS

AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 / THE MOST BELOVED OF THE BIG HEALEYS

Earmarked as one of the most popular ‘Big Healeys’ the Austin Healey 3000 still captivates the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. Considered one of the most popular British Race cars of the 1960s, the 3000 was the British Motor Company’s solution to the American market’s demand for an affordable fast, reliable, and styled car.

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LOVE, LUST, & TORPEDOES / WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ROLLS-ROYCE

LOVE, LUST, & TORPEDOES / WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ROLLS-ROYCE

What does a whisper, German torpedoes, an adulterous courtship, and the Baron Montagu have to do with one of the world’s top luxury vehicles? A lot actually, and most specifically the trademark hood ornament of Rolls Royce. The “Spirit of Ecstasy.”

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THE BUBBLE CAR THAT COULD FLY / WELL NOT QUITE

THE BUBBLE CAR THAT COULD FLY / WELL NOT QUITE

Maybe more accurate to say this charismatic bubble car had its origins to thank from flight technology? The Messerschmitt KR175 and KR200 beginnings are due in part to a clever and resourceful aeronautical engineer employed at Messerschmitt AG Corporation, Fritz Fend.

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