Gen­uine Au­to­mo­tive His­tory in Three Chap­ters

Muscle Car Review - - Contents - By Arvid Svend­sen

Gen­uine au­to­mo­tive his­tory in three chap­ters

Imag­ine walk­ing into a mu­seum with two dis­plays avail­able for view­ing. To the right a sign di­rects vis­i­tors to a dis­play fea­tur­ing Rick Thayer’s 1968 COPO 9738 Fred Gibb/Dick Har­rell 427 Chevy II Nova, David Gar­ton’s 1968½ 135-Se­ries 428 Co­bra Jet Mus­tang, and Jim Kramer’s 1968 Ply­mouth 426 Hemi BO29 Bar­racuda. To the left a sign di­rects vis­i­tors to the real, just dis­cov­ered ships of Christo­pher Colum­bus, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Call me shal­low, but I would, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, take a right turn and walk faster.

With no dis­re­spect in­tended to­wards the pre­vi­ous nine

“cover come to life” Mus­cle Car and Corvette Na­tion­als (MCACN) show­cases that Cap­tain Bob Ash­ton has al­lowed Mus­cle Car Re­view to dis­play, this year’s trio of cars is as­tound­ing. Our MCR MCACN show­case is a gath­er­ing of three cars that, to even the most ca­sual ob­server, are gen­uine au­to­mo­tive his­tory. Thayer’s Gibb/Har­rell 427 Chevy II Nova re­calls the bril­liant in­no­va­tions of Dick Har­rell. Gar­ton’s Co­bra Jet Mus­tang, wear­ing most of its orig­i­nal paint, re­calls Ford’s sweet vic­tory at the 1968 Win­ter­na­tion­als. Kramer’s un­re­stored BO29 car looks like it could have lined up against Bill “Grumpy” Jenk­ins, and then gone on to de­feat Ron­nie Sox. The Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria could only dock.

“This year’s trio of cars is as­tound­ing”

Ed­i­tor’s note: Our “cover come to life” will be on dis­play at the 10th an­nual Mus­cle Car and Corvette Na­tion­als, Novem­ber 17-18, 2018, at the Don­ald E. Stephens Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Rose­mont,Illi­nois. Show in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at

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