Article courtesy of Street Muscle Magazine, written by Randy Bolig.
If there is one reoccurring theme within the automotive hobby, it’s that all car guys have the same problem, they acquire several cars, or a lot of stuff to build cars, and then they have to take a serious look at how to store all of their treasures. Thanks to his recent profession of buying and selling real estate, Chevrolet enthusiast, Rick Treworgy’s storage options have fortuitously grown at the same rate as his collection. And wow, what a collection it is!
As you walk through the door, one of the first things you see is this Pennant Blue '54 Corvette that greets you, along with the very vintage"Stovebolt Special".
The Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City is the culmination of his years of collecting cars and investing in real estate. Rick started collecting cars back in 1973, and like any enthusiast, his stash of cars began to grow. Having the means to incorporate their storage, he eventually wound up with four buildings full of fabulous cars. He didn’t originally have them open for public viewing, but would occasionally allow groups to come in to have club meetings or visitation. Then, about twenty years ago, an idea was birthed in his mind to homogenize his hobby and profession in such a way that would allow him to bring all of his cars under one roof.
The range of Corvettes span from the '54, all the way to the newest Z06 and ZR1.
Rick’s storage dilemma was resolved when he acquired an old Wal-Mart building and began renovating it to house his collection. But while he was at it, he also tapped into his other interests of having an on-site diner, speed shop, and the ability to buy and sell a few cars. The 99,000 square-foot building houses all these entities and gives visitors the option to ogle cars, peruse items from the gift shop, or purchase speed goodies for their rides.
There are plenty of Chevelles, both big-block and small-block, modified and numbers-matching.
It is immediately obvious that Rick’s focus is on General Motors automobiles, and to that end, you’ll find a nice mix of Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Cadillacs, and a sprinkling of Buicks to round out the viewing. He’s collected treasures from the past 100 years, but the main focus is on the musclecar era.
Not limited to factory original, Rick enjoys cars built to all standards.
Early car enthusiasts will be greeted by a 1914 Royal Mail Chevrolet as they walk in the collection. Those seeking heavy haulers will find plenty of pickups from the 1930s to the most modern in either two or four-wheel drive variants. You will also find several El Caminos from back in the day. And, if you’re into ’50s and ’60s GM cars, hold on to your hats.
Would you rather row your way through the '60s or '70s?
One of the things that makes the Treworgy collection so interesting is the variety. Sure, there are the requisite numbers-matching musclecars, but there are also modified cars throughout the entire spectrum. Everything from day-two musclecars to full-blown, Pro Street Chevys are on hand. There are even some rarities (think 1 of 1, 2 or 3), along with some classics that are all but required in any respectable collection. In those instances, Rick has sought out various examples to show the spectrum of options available at the time they were built.
Camaros abound in the Treworgy collection as well.
Interestingly, Rick isn’t done yet. Just when you think that a massive building should be sufficient, Treworgy has purchased an entire shopping mall that will allow him to designate more space for a fitting a restaurant, stock more goodies in the speed shop, and of course, allow him to continue to add to his collection.
How about a whole row of Tri-Fives?
The new facilities are just a few miles down the road and a couple of years in the making, so plan on visiting the Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City at their current address in Punta Gorda. Feel free to bring your cameras, as this is a free-range collection, but remember the first rule of viewing the collection- don’t touch the cars! The staff are friendly and will share tidbits of information about the cars if you ask. If you’re wondering what to do when the world outside has gone all white and fluffy, feel free to make a trip to Florida, and check out the beaches, the sun, and the Rick Treworgy’s Muscle Car City.
Article courtesy of Street Muscle Magazine, written by Randy Bolig.
For many, a 1932 Ford roadster is the quintessential hot rod. Take a look back at the original—the trendsetting car that became the benchmark of style for so many hot rods that came after it and remained an icon even as hot rod tastes changed throughout the decades. For more information on the McGee Roadster and the National Historic Vehicle Register, please visit www.historicvehicle.org.
Before there was a Tucker 48, there was a Tucker Torpedo. The boldly styled coupe, shaped by designer George Lawson, never progressed beyond a quarter-scale model, but that hasn’t stopped Rob Ida, his father Bob, and Sean Tucker, great-grandson of Preston Tucker, from building a full-size version. On October 4, the under-construction Tucker Torpedo will be revealed to the public for the very first time at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, as part of its “Night at the Museum” gala fundraiser.
A passion for Tucker automobiles runs deep in Rob’s veins. His grandfather Joe was a Tucker dealer in Yonkers, New York – for three days, until scandal brought down Tucker’s company – and circa 1998 Rob built his first Tucker 48 replica in homage to his grandfather. The project connected him to Sean Tucker, himself an automotive engineer, and the two have collaborated on Tucker-related projects ever since. After building a series of Tucker 48s for customers, Rob and his dad turned their attention to the unfinished Torpedo project circa 2008.
Without blueprints to work from, Rob’s only alternative was the original scale model of the Torpedo, now owned by the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The facility agreed to give Rob access to the artifact, and a three-dimensional scan was taken of the model for reference and for the creation of full-size wooden bucks to create a body. The Tucker family gave the Idas access to their archives, which in turn yielded other design sketches of the Torpedo coupe. A unique feature seen in these sketches was the central driving position, which Tucker felt delivered an optimal view of the road, hence adding to the driver’s safety.
Working from the model presented its own challenges, as it was rendered in asymmetrical form by Lawson to give Preston Tucker options. The passenger side of the model depicted a car with a fixed front fender and headlamp, while the driver side used a fender – and headlamp – that moved with the front wheels. For either design, a central “cyclops” headlamp provided additional illumination of the road ahead.
Ultimately, neither design was chosen, as Preston Tucker opted for a sensible sedan over a sexy and futuristic coupe. In postwar America, the Torpedo name wouldn’t have played well, either, so the Tucker 48 moniker – depicting the year of its anticipated launch – was chosen instead. Roughly 36 prototypes were assembled before a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation diverted Tucker’s attention and funding, and though he was ultimately cleared of all charges, negative publicity sealed the company’s fate, along with its doors. Today, roughly 51 Tucker 48s exist, the remainder having been assembled from leftover parts after the factory was closed, or in some cases, years later.
As envisioned by the Idas, the Tucker Torpedo will feature moveable front fenders and headlamps, with a fixed “cyclops” lamp mounted amidships, atop the grille. With no guide to designing and building a central driver’s seat (plus two passenger seats), Sean Tucker was entrusted with the design of the Torpedo’s seating. His innovative solution involves a motorized turret, which rotates each seat into position for easy entry and exit.
Bob Ida confirmed to Hemmings that the car is powered by an air-cooled flat-six engine, liberated from a Porsche 911, and that owner Bob Kerekes has yet to specify a color for the exterior or interior. Today, the bare metal car is partially skinned, and will likely be shown in a similar form to highlight features like the seating turntable and movable fenders. Our last conversation with Rob about the car was in 2014, and back then he expected the Torpedo to be finished in two years or so; that’s probably not a bad estimate today, either, and while quite a bit has been achieved over the past three years, there’s still a lot of work to complete before Kerekes takes delivery.
This will be the collector’s third Ida-built Tucker, and of his other two examples, Kerekes said, “My Tucker vehicles have brought me more joy than any other cars in my life.” That’s a particularly bold statement considering his collection also includes a variety of hot rods, Ferraris, Porsches, and racing cars.
The Tucker Torpedo will be on display from October 4 through October 10, timed to coincide with Fall Meet Week in Hershey. Another Tucker, also built by Rob Ida, is set to join the AACA Museum’s Cammack Tucker Gallery at the same time; this one will be an interactive replica of a Tucker 48, designed to give visitors a more immersive Tucker experience while viewing the museum’s three original Tucker 48 models.
Proceeds from the Night at the Museum event go to support the AACA Museum, as well as the Children’s Miracle Network at PennState Health Children’s Hospital. Racer and team owner Bobby Rahal will also be on hand to receive the museum’s first-ever Automotive Heritage Award. For additional details, or to purchase tickets, visit NightAtTheMuseum.org.
Article courtesy of Hemmings Daily, written by Kurt Ernst.
Launched in 1965, the Shelby G.T. 350R – the competition version of the Shelby G.T. 350 – went on to capture SCCA B Production Championships in 1965, 1966 and 1967. As good as it was, those building the original car – the Original Venice Crew (OVC), as they’ve come to call themselves – believed it could be better. Now, a limited production run of 1965 Shelby G.T. 350Rs, designed by the OVC with all the upgrades meant for the original car, stands poised to improve on the original.
The OVC, consisting of Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton, reconvened in 2015 to build a pair of “new” Shelby G.T.350Rs, one incorporating an experimental independent rear suspension (IRS) originally designed for the 1965 car. The cars also received a new front valance designed to improve engine cooling, Plexiglas rear and quarter windows designed by Brock to improve aerodynamics and ventilation, and improved brake ducts. The project was intended to honor the 50th Anniversary of the G.T.350R’s first win, at Texas’s Green Valley Raceway on February 14, 1965, but afterward, those involved with the project continued to refine and develop the tribute cars.
As Sutton explains, “During track testing, people began to ask if the car was for sale. After a landslide of inquiries we decided to see if there was a good case for offering a limited run of them.” The answer was yes, and Marietta stepped in to head up the new venture.
One of the first steps required to put the car into production was obtaining permission, via licensing agreements, from both Carroll Shelby International and the Ford Motor Company. These in place, the 36 G.T. 350Rs to be produced by OVC (matching the original production run of G.T. 350R models) will be badged in the same way as the originals and will be given a Shelby serial number. Papers on each car sold will be sent to both the Shelby American Automobile Club Registry and the Shelby American Registry.
Beginning with a reconditioned donor 1965 Ford Mustang fastback chassis, each Wimbledon White OVC Shelby G.T. 350R will receive a competition-prepared, iron-block V-8 from the Carrol Shelby Engine Company, mated to a period-correct four-speed manual transmission. Marietta tells us that the goal is to source original K-code body shells, but if this proves impossible, other production fastback variants will be used. As for engines, the standard issues will be a 289, but since each car is bespoke, buyers opting for horsepower over authenticity will have that option. The improvements from the 2015 OVC car (front valance, Plexiglas rear and quarter windows, brake ducts and IRS) will be incorporated into the continuation cars, producing what Marietta describes as the ultimate G.T. 350R.
Production of the 36 cars, which will be road-legal, begins this fall, and each will carry a base price of $250,000 before any extras are added. That’s not an insubstantial sum, but where else, at any price, can one buy a new 1965 Shelby G.T. 350R, designed by the original project team and incorporating features the original car was meant to have, had development time and money not run out? The new version is a race-proven, too; in 2016, Shelby American test driver Vince LaViolette qualified one of the prototypes third on the grid in a vintage race at the Hallet Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma, driving the Shelby to a win in the event.
Once the OVC Shelby production kicks off, the company has plans to offer the valance, Plexiglass windows, brake ducts and IRS to vintage Mustang owners, either installed or as stand alone parts. For more on the OVC continuation Shelby G.T. 350 Mustangs, visit OVCMustangs.com.
Article courtesy of Hemmings Daily, written by Kurt Ernst.
Renewed enforcement of Australia’s total ban on asbestos-containing imports has led to enhanced scrutiny of collector cars entering the country and reportedly caused collector car enthusiasts there to stop importing older cars altogether.
Issued last month, the Australian Border Force’s notice No. 2017/21 warns importers that the agency takes a hardline stance on enforcement of the country’s ban on manufacture, use, and importation of asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, enacted December 31, 2003. Specifically, the agency notes that it conducts risk assessment of everything imported into the country, regardless of whether the importer declares to customs that what they’re importing doesn’t contain asbestos, and that importers must know – “back to the point of manufacture” – whether their goods contain asbestos.
“Importers need to obtain sufficient information, prior to shipment, when unsure of any asbestos content, parts or components accompanying the primary item of import that are a risk (such as gaskets), or whether asbestos was present at any point in the supply chain process,” the notice reads. “If the information presented does not provide sufficient assurance, the ABF will require importers to arrange testing and certification in Australia… For testing in Australia, the ABF will only accept certification from a laboratory, that is accredited by NATA to undertake asbestos testing, that confirms asbestos was not detected.”
And that testing certainly comes at a price. According to an account by Australian collector car importer Terry Healy that received widespread attention across Australia – and that may have prompted the ABF to issue its notice – extensive testing on the 1965 Ford Mustang and 1966 Shelby G.T. 350 he had shipped to Australia earlier this year cost roughly $15,000, caused $12,000 in damages due to destructive testing of samples from the two cars, and led to the seizure of a number of parts found to contain asbestos, among them the brake pads, brake shoes, exhaust manifold gaskets, and exhaust pipe gaskets.
“For those thinking of importing cars particularly restored cars let alone highly original cars like my Shelby GT 350 there is much to be fearful of,” Healy wrote. “The asbestos content of these cars is very high and in places most enthusiasts would not guess.”
Similarly, according to an account that Michael Sheehan related last month, a DKW importer whose car’s brakes, gaskets, and undercoating tested positive for asbestos faced storage costs, inspection fees, and replacement parts costs that nearly totaled the AUS $7,000 purchase cost of the car.
“The extra red tape, inspection costs and uncertainty have slowed imports to a crawl,” Sheehan wrote. According to Sheehan, the Australian Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, largely concerned with getting the Australian government to liberalize the country’s import laws for new cars, has lobbied the ABF for a standardized asbestos inspection regime for imported collector cars that would cut down on the costs and uncertainty.
The renewed scrutiny of imported goods that may contain asbestos – the ABF specifically cites automotive parts in its list of such goods – likely comes on the heels of a report published in The Australian in August of last year and of Australian senate hearings in January of this year that detailed how materials containing asbestos had slipped past ABF inspectors. Specifically, the report cited in The Australian noted the presence of asbestos in “motor vehicle gaskets and spare parts.”
In June, the ABF stated that its “activities are not designed to cause inconvenience to importers, but are part of the Australian Government’s arrangements to protect the public from the significant dangers of asbestos.” Along with that statement, ABF officials provided figures showing that its own asbestos enforcement actions had dramatically increased – from 10 tests in 2013-2014 to 742 tests in 2016-2017 and from zero infringement notices in 2013-2014 to 13 in 2016-2017.
Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, at one point was highly prized for its fire resistance but is also known to cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Asbestos was commonly found in clutches, brakes, transmissions, and gaskets up until the 1970s.
Fines for individuals who import asbestos can run up to AUS $180,000. Importers can obtain exceptions to the ban on asbestos-containing goods, though only if the goods are naturally-occuring materials with trace amounts of asbestos or for a narrow set of circumstances, mostly involving research and analysis.
Article courtesy of Hemmings Daily, written by Daniel Strohl.