June 1, 2013

Mustang Restorers Open Up Restoration Services

Classic Recreations has always been synonymous with meticulously restored, handbuilt Shelby Mustangs, but in response to customer demand, the custom coach builder will now offer restoration services for vintage vehicles of all makes and models at a new shop that has been added to its Oklahoma headquarters. The 7,500 square foot shop opens on June 5, 2013, and will welcome an additional crew of at least seven restoration experts, making the shop capable of all manner of projects and builds, no matter the size, make, or model.

"Mustangs definitely have a special place in my heart, but I have a passion for all classics—muscle cars, sports cars, street rods, and more," says Jason Engel, founder of Classic Recreations. "I have very fond memories of building my first Camaro, and know that diversifying is something Classic Recreations is capable of. I'm excited for the opportunity to reach other enthusiasts whose choice of vehicle might not be a Mustang."

Engel has extensive experience restoring various types of vehicles, including a variety of custom choppers, restored "woody" station wagons, hand-tooled custom panels for one-off muscle car builds and meticulous righthand-drive conversions for vintage muscle cars going overseas. For more information visit www.classicrecreations.com or call (877) 235-3266.

Fidanza Engineering Gets New Ownership, New Name

All Wright Enterprises LLC (AWE) recently announced the acquisition of Fidanza Engineering Corp. from founder and storied race car builder, Lou Fidanza. Now doing business as Fidanza Performance, the company will be lead by 10-year company veteran, current President and now owner, Jeff Jenkins.

"Lou has been producing great products under the Fidanza name for nearly 20 years and has grown Fidanza to a world recognized brand," says Jenkins, "and we want to continue that. We have a great team of people here, a great product offering, and great customers, so it is just a matter of continuing to do what we do best while looking at opportunities to improve and grow the new company." Lou Fidanza will continue on as a key consultant to the company as he begins to enjoy his well-earned retirement.

The change to the Fidanza Performance brand name and new company logo will be completed by end of first quarter 2013 and will give the company a fresh new look, as well as, opening up opportunities to add other performance oriented products under the new company banner. For more information on Fidanza's premium aluminum flywheels and other great products, or to find a dealer near you, contact Fidanza Performance at (440) 259-5656 or visit www.fidanza.com.

Young Age

Reader Steve Connet Jr. of Newport, Rhode Island, sent in this picture of his 19-month-old daughter, Josie.

"I stack the magazines I've read in a bookshelf in my basement office. She always goes for the Modified Mustangs & Fords and Mustang Monthly. Usually, she just carries one over and gives it to me. This time she took the December issue, went over to her push car and sat down to read. She got very fascinated with the article on the big-block engine build-up. As she flips the pages, she repeatedly goes ‘whoa' every time she sees a Mustang."

Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels Celebrates 50 years

Founded by the legendary Mickey Thompson and friend Gene McMannis in 1963, Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels recently announced it is celebrating 50 years of innovation and product excellence in 2013.

"This is an incredible milestone for our company," stated Ken Warner, VP Sales & Marketing, Mickey Thompson. "We want to celebrate this achievement and commemorate this anniversary by honoring both our history and the future of our company."

In 1963, the company began with the development of a new open-wheel racing tire that had a softer compound and a lower profile, giving racers a lower center of gravity and greater stability. They then offered a 12-inch wheel to complement the tire. The following year, a 15-inch tire-and-wheel combination was added and Mickey Thompson became the first tire company to offer 50-, 60-, and 70-series "Indy Profile" tires.

In the '70s, the legendary ET Drag tires for the 'strip were introduced and the company expanded research and development efforts to include tires for the Thompson-founded SCORE off-road and Mickey Thompson stadium short-course racing series. The company introduced the Sportsman tire in 1982, and in 1991, the Sportsman Pro tire was launched. With its specially designed tread, unique “hot and sticky” drag tire compound and flexible wrinkle wall construction, the Sportsman Pro provided Pro Street racers with a street legal tire that could be used for drag racing.

Today, Mickey Thompson has product distributors in more than 60 countries and thousands of dealer locations worldwide. The company also supports dozens of racing sanctioning bodies representing drag racing, short-course off-road racing, vintage Funny Car and motorcycle drag racing categories. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company's purchase of the company in 2003 has enhanced product innovation and growth opportunities.

Book Review: The Dawn of ProStock

Pro Stock is a class of racing that, like many others, has changed considerably over the years. At its inception, Pro Stock was similar to the highly popular Super Stock class of the '60s, in that it featured cars that seemed to be a lot like a hot rod version of what people were driving on the street. While the engines were a little bigger and nastier than most street versions, they were not that far removed, and fans could really relate to the cars. Over the years, the original vision morphed into something completely different. In the case of Pro Stock, that meant tube frames and flip-up fiberglass bodies that resemble nothing seen on the street. The Dawn of Pro Stock by Steve Reyes celebrates the early years, when fans could really connect with the cars, and brand rivalries were intense.

Drag racing photographer Reyes was trackside at the biggest and best NHRA events from the mid 1960s throughout the 1990s. He had a unique perspective on the development of Pro Stock, as he was able to document the evolution of both the cars and drivers. For a genuine insider's view, Steve has gotten together the very best shots he had, and supplemented them with some great images from his contemporaries to offer this new collection. Steve's own observations punctuate the outstanding images to give the reader a trackside view of Pro Stock's early days unlike any offered before.

The softbound book features 160 pages packed with over 60 black/white and 240 color photos. Retail price for this collection is $29.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. Order one for yourself by calling CarTech at (800)-551-4754 or by visiting www.cartechbooks.com.

Corrections

In the Apr. '13 issue of MM&F, we covered the custom installation of an Old Air Products system on our '68 Mustang project Generation Gap. Old Air Products asked us to provide you with an updated contact number to replace the one we included in the source box. For more information about the company and its products, call Old Air Products at (817) 531-2665.