Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Stolen Mustang found!

Good news from our friends over at Motown Muscle. The stolen 91 Mustang we put the APB on Sunday has been found. Police in Brighton, Michigan located the mustang and alerted the owner yesterday morning that his Mustang was found, and completely whole. Here's the rundown of what happened from the owner Matt a.k.a 91trunk.

"The car was taken Saturday night (looking at the video to see what time). The chain to the gate was cut. The guard that came on duty that morning was doing his rounds and notice the gate open more than normal. As he walked up, there was link cut in half laying on the ground. He re-chained the gate, made the phone call to who he was suppose. (I'm going to leave the rest out due to things happening at the dealership).

Fast forward to Sunday morning, I came to the dealership to pick the car up for Blackstang's Daughters car show. I ask the guard to unlock the gate so I could grab my car. I was gonna pull the trailer inside wash the car and meet up with my buddies. I pulled in back where the trailer was sitting and it was gone. At first I thought maybe a co-worker had played a trick and pulled it in the building because both gates were chained. When I was told the story about why the gates were still locked (can't say why yet, it's involves someones job) I called the police. A2 PD came out took the report and put the car in the system as stolen.

This morning at 3 am A2 PD left me a message saying they found my car. I figured it was a shell in Detroit, but to my surprise it was in Brighton. Turns out my car is still a street car ( ), since the guy took his GF to dinner and was at the car wash cleaning it. Brighton PD rolled through the car wash and ran the plate. The plate came back as a Jeep, so the officer started talking to the guy. The guy lied and said it was his fathers car and things weren't adding up, so he ran the VIN. After it came back stolen he arrested the guy and he confessed to stealing the car. He told them the trailer was at his house still hooked up to the truck and my helmet and fire jacket were in his house.

I just got back from Brighton where the car was in impound. The car was kept inside and was in perfect condition (Thanks Corrigan Towing). I don't know if the car was hurt (engine or trans) yet, but everything was there. The only two things missing were the straps and set of old slicks that were sitting on the front of the trailer (the ramps were even there ) She is now back safe and sound here at the dealership. I'll be loading her up tonight and taking her to a new secure storage place.

I want to thanks everyone here for keeping an eye out, spreading the word it was stolen and well wishes. I don't know where my luck came from, but I sure did have it this time. I also want to thank the Brighton PD for being in the right place and the perfect time. Without them, I don't think she would have been found."

You have to admit that it's comical when someone is so stupid to steal a unique car like this mustang and just throw different plates on it and then take your best girl out to dinner to celebrate your stupidity.  Here's to Matt getting his pride and joy back!

A photo of the homecoming.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for a stolen 1991 Ford Mustang

This one goes out to our readers in Michigan. Be on the lookout for a 1991 Ford Mustang notchback drag car stolen from Varsity Ford lot near Ann Arbor, Michgan. Dark red race car, on a black open trailer (see pic). Custom MI plate Says 91TRUNK. Please call Matt @ 734-660-4013 with ANY information. There is a reward offered for the return. Attached is a photo of the car.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

And you thought American La France only made fire trucks

Here's an interesting story from our friends over at Hemmings Motor News. So you thought that American La France only built fire trucks? Think again. Between the years of 1907 and 1914 ALF actually did build speedsters for consumers to buy. These of course being speedsters on a grand scale, as they used the traditional frames and engines from their fire truck counter parts which were heavy duty to say the least. It's not clear how many were built, but they are definitely few and far between. We recently came across a 1914 model at a recent car show for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix this past July. As you can see from the Porsche 356 parked next to it, there's nothing small about this speedster.

(link via Hemmings)

Barry Meguiar in serious condition.

There's hardly a car guy around who doesn't know who Barry Meguiar is. As CEO of Meguiars Car Care and host of the Car Crazy television program, Barry's energetic smile and passion for cars has beamed him into the minds of many. We are not exactly sure why, but Barry is currently in the intensive care unit of the Monterey Community Hospital in California in serious condition. We will post further details as they become available. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Meguiar family.

(via AutoWeek)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A limousine fit for Abe Lincoln at Hemmings Blog – Classic and collectible cars and parts

Talk about a rarity. Check out this 1966 Oldsmobile 98 limo at a recent show held by the folks at Hemmings Motor News. The red paint and UPS truck mirrors on the door are strange to say the least. But all that aside, it's still one really cool classic car that's going to stand out at the shows and cruises from the typical Cadillacs.

A limousine fit for Abe Lincoln at Hemmings Blog

(via Hemmings)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Eight killed in tragic off road racing accident

News in this morning that eight people were killed when a off road racing truck lost control and hit a group of spectators. The accident happened during the annual California 200 race through the Mojave Desert in California. Aside from the confirmed dead, at least 12 are being treated in area hospitals for serious injuries. More details will follow. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to those killed and injured.

Monday, August 9, 2010

That Came With a Manual Transmission? Feature – Car and Driver

That Came With a Manual Transmission? Feature – Car and Driver

Some interesting offerings were available with manual transmissions at one time or another. When's the last time you saw a Dodge Caravan with a stick? I've only heard stories of these rarities and seen a few pics, but never in person. Car and Driver put together a great feature here. What's one of the rarest, modern day manual trans cars you've seen?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tommy's towing toys

Tommy's towing toys

TV Tommy Ivo sure had a thing for glass sided trailers and great stories of life on the road hauling race cars. His COE Dodge though, takes the cake. I wonder where this is now? And the corvette with the rally stripes for that matter.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari: Is it worth $47,000?

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari: Is it worth $47,000?

I don't know about $47k, but the Abarth 695 is seriously cool in every way! I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 500 here in the states. As soon as I can track down what local dealer is going to be selling them, I'm going to be placing an order for a nicely decked out Abarth version.