I have Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2020 on my DVR. I have liked watching the big car auctions on TV for like a decade. I enjoy it like a Sunday full of great NFL games. I like to see the pretties and I like to keep a pulse on the market. Although the prices are skewed high at these auctions you still get a sense where the interest lies. I found myself fast forwarding lately through the muscle cars I grew up loving. Which got me thinking about where I'm at in the hobby. When I go to car shows big and small I find myself fast forwarding past the classic muscle cars. These days as a Mopar guy I'll walk right past an E-Body but stop to look at a T-top IROC Camaro.
I'm into drivers. Cars to have fun with on the road. The further removed from fun, from good times on the highways and country back lanes the less interested I become. Trailer Queens and rides that only do 1,320 feet at a time aren't my thing. Opening the sunroof or popping the T-tops, hearing a rumbling V8 as background to the Van Halen playing on the radio is good times. Owning a classic car you can modify and drive because you don't worry about its value is fun. The memories you make on the open road are fun. Those cars are the ones I pay attention to on the auction block, at the car show.
Those unloved and inexpensive door slammers, I dare say I'm addicted to them. I search for deals and I want to take them all home. I have a nice 78 Dodge Super Coupe but I still want a Volare Road Runner. Speaking of F-Bodies I really enjoy what The General has available. A sweet T-top 79 Z28 with the LS conversion? Sign me up! Is there an 86 Olds 442 for sale in my area?
So I'll be writing a lot about the Malaise Muscle Cars, the Disco Street Machines. I'll also cover everything else automotive from time to time, cars are a fascinating business. Just for example I'm impressed that GM made the mid-engine leap with the Corvette. What does FCA merging with Peugeot mean for the future HEMI powered Dodge Challenger and Charger? Self driving big rigs? Will I buy that 1989 T-top Trans Am in Massachusetts?
John is a GenX car enthusiast who grew up driving classic muscle cars. He enjoys the new modern muscle cars that can out perform the classics in every way. In the sportscar world his banners are Viper and Corvette. John has a guilty pleasure. The disco era street machine. Those unloved, underpowered cars festooned with scoops, spoilers and stripes.