The Henry Ford

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
Dearborn, Michigan
Article and photos by Larry and Barbara Crain

As an auto enthusiast, I enjoy all manner of cars and trucks, whether they are antique, classics, customs hot rods or all out race cars. I love seeing them in their natural habitat on the state highways or at the race tracks. But I also love seeing them on display at a local car show, in a personal collection, or in a museum. Over the years, I have viewed numerous personal collections and a number of museums, but nothing could have prepared me for the collection I saw recently at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Here’s just a glimpse at the highlights…and yes, that is the actual confetti from the winner’s circle celebration of the No. 21 Ford Fusion that Trevor Bayne drove to an unlikely victory in the 2011 NASCAR Daytona 500. The “Wow” factor was everywhere here!
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1960 Ford Starliner Alloways Hot Rod Shop Pro Auto Custom Interiors by Steve Holcomb

A 1960 Ford Starliner built by Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop…In this video I’m able to get a few minutes of The Man in Black…Bobby Alloway himself to tell me about this 1960 Starliner that was just debuted at the 2017 Goodguy’s Nashville Nationals….A 429 Boss..under the hood….A Lipstick red interior by Pro Auto Custom Interiors by Steve Holcomb that looks like some kinda serious upgrade to the 1960’s stock interior….Big wheels in the back…Small ones up front give it the only stance you will get at Alloway’s Hot Rods….Black paint that looks a mile deep….The boys at Alloway’s Hot Rod Shop always build cool..And this Starliner is no exception….Oh ya…. Crank it up… That “Boss 9” pounds the ground…Check it out!!!… Make sure you Subscribe to this Channel and Visit For new cool content weekly!!!

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro Greening Automotive Company teaser

Just a quick clip of a nasty 850 HP Chevrolet Camaro backing out of Greening Automotive Company…I will have a full feature next week…But I just had to share…Make sure you Subscribe to this Channel and Visit For cool new videos every week!!

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Freedom Rally

Minnesota June 2017
Article and photos by Larry Crain

Once again, my travels around our great country have had me crossing paths with what I hope you as auto enthusiasts would like to know and read about. The beginning of June saw me on the road in the far Northeastern corner of Minnesota heading toward Canada along scenic state highway 61, which follows the shoreline of Lake Superior. I was thinking how cool it would be to cruise this winding, picturesque road. Suddenly I saw a 1955 Chevy Bel Air coming down the road toward me followed by a wide variety of rods, customs and classics. First thing I thought of was, it must be a car club on a weekend outing, but nope that wouldn’t work because it was a Friday. This question was finally answered a little further down the road after seeing even more cars and trucks with what looked like magnetic signs on the doors. A stop at the historic Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, MN had several classic cars still in the parking lot. The magnetic signs on the doors gave me my first clue to research what was taking place.

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1965 Chevrolet C/10 Pickup Shop Truck

A 1965 Chevrolet C/10 Pickup I found out at Riffey’s Hot Rods….I was out there to shoot another build that was being dropped off when I spotted it…A supercharged small block Chevrolet under the hood….Great stance…It’s not a high end build….But a very cool one…It has a very nice patina finish…It’s a “Shop Truck”….Your not going to want to miss this one….Check it out!!..Make sure you Subscribe to this Channel and Visit For cool new content every week!!!

Southeast Gassers Association 2017 Knoxville Dragstrip part

The Southeast Gassers Association held a event at the Knoxville Dragstrip on June 10, 2017…This was the first time had attended one of their drag races….What a way cool event!!…Just pulling in the gate you will feel like your going through a wormhole back into 1967….The Southeast Gassers Quain Stott is serious about keeping it authentic period correct, 4-speed, wheel standing, gear jamming, clutch shifting, Drag Racing!!..They run three classes…. A…C….And D gas…All very competitive…I had a awesome day….BIG thank you to The Southeast Gassers Association for their hospitality…This video is from the first part of Saturdays qualifying….I have another video coming next week that will have the rest of round one…..If this doesn’t bring a smile to face …Make you want to use the audio for your alarm clock…I got nothing for you…lol…Very cool…Check it out!!…Make sure you Subscribe to this Channel and visit For cool new videos every week!!!

Was a Pony Now a Stallion

1966 Ford Mustang
Article by Larry Crain
Build photos by Dustin Foust
Show photos by Larry Crain

This awesome 1966 Ford Mustang, owned by Terry Minor of Columbus, Indiana, might look like just another pony car convertible and it was once just that, but now it is so much more. The so much more part happened when Terry made the decision to turn the car over to Classic Restorations of Floyds Knobs, Indiana. When the shop got the car, it was a running, driving complete car, but it was an older, very poorly done restoration, which had already began rusting out a second time. This car was truly in sad shape with the original frame rails rotted and the floors patched several times. The car was an original 289 automatic car to begin with and it had already been converted to a 5-speed by the time it got in their shop. A lot of changes were in the works for this Mustang that would eventually turn it into a stallion.

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1965 Mercury Comet “Chrisman’s Comet” Southeast Gassers Association 2017 Knoxville Dragstrip

While I was out at the Southeast Gassers Association 2017 Knoxville Dragstrip event I ran into the boys from Barillaro Speed Emporium and they had their Dads 1965 Mercury Comet “Chrisman’s Comet” The First fuel funny car on display…..This is the Car that started the Funny Car division in NHRA….Mercury wanted something that looked stock….Jack Chrisman wanted to go fast…So he moved the motor behind the front axle….Both would be happy….This is NHRA Drag Racing history and a very cool car…Check it out!!…Make sure you Subscribe to this Channel and Visit For cool new content weekly!!

Rockford Files Tribute

1978 Pontiac Firebird
Article by Donna Loebler and Larry Crain
Photos by Larry Crain

The Rockford Files starring James Garner aired on the NBC Network between 1974 and 1980. This television show ranks as one of the most popular detective shows of all time. Besides James Garner, the other star of the show had to be his character’s car, a Pontiac Firebird Esprit. James Garner did all of his own stunt driving and personally chose the Firebird to use in the show because of its exceptional handling. Two of this show’s biggest fans would have to be Donna and Jeff Loebler of Leeds, Alabama. If there was any doubt of how big of fans they are, you only to need to spend some time with them and their 1978 Pontiac Firebird Esprit that is a four-wheel tribute to James Garner and the Rockford Files.

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1966 Chevrolet Nova Chevy II Street Machine Steve Holcomb Pro Auto Custom Interiors

A 1966 Chevrolet Nova Chevy II Street Machine I found out at Steve Holcomb Pro Auto Custom Interiors….Of cousrse…They rocked it!!! It’s another one that is close to done…But still will go back for final fit and finish….Some new wheels….And a few other adjustments Even still as it sits….It’s a very cool Car….LT1 under the hood…Great stance….A very nice build for sure….Check it out!!…Make sure you Subscribe to this Channel and Visit For new content weekly!!!

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