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GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN JULY 1-5

SATURDAY, JULY 1: OPEN CAR AND TRUCK SHOW; hosted by Angela “Tiger Lady” Recchia; Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 49th St. N., Pinellas Park; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $10 donation benefits Vernon Yates Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation; food, music, 50/50, door prizes, award trophies, club participation awards; for information, call (813) 506-4225.
SUNDAY, JULY 2: WEBSTER WESTSIDE CAR & CYCLE SWAP

1932 FORD ROADSTER FOR SALE

This screamin yellow 1932 Ford Roadster car presents quintessential hotrod features that cannot be missed. A Wescott fiberglass 1932 Ford roadster body was chosen to start. This was then laid on top of an Art Morrison frame, the name in hotrod frames, which was powder coated to match the paint. The brakes are a disc front/drum rear setup, and are sitting behind a set of dog-dish hubs for the classic hot rod look. Drop spindles on the front and adjustable coil

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1961 FORD STARLINER AN EARLY MUSCLE CAR

By KENNETH HALL - Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
They say you never forget your first love. For Rick Cabaniss of Seffner, that first love arrived when he was a youngster and his uncle John came home from the Air Force with a shiny new red 1961 Ford Starliner, with a white roof.
The Ford Starliner was introduced in 1960 as a two-door, top-of-the-line version of its successful Galaxie. The jet-age design featured

REAL RESTORATIONS - COLUMN IV

By BRANDO & JOANNE PISTORIUS
We have been taking you through a process of restoration, step by step, from the cataloguing of the disassembly of your vehicle, to the video and photo documentation, and the sequential bagging and labeling of parts, body work and preparing for painting. It is now time to pay attention to the lineup of all the body panels, doors, trunk lid, hood and more. This part of your restoration is going to

1938 DESOTO UNFORGETTABLE SPECIMEN OF A FORGOTTEN BRAND

By KENNETH HALL - Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
In 1928, William Chrysler created DeSoto, a new line of mid-priced automobiles. During its first year, DeSoto built more than 81,000 cars, a first-year production record that stood until the introduction of the Ford Falcon in 1960. With seven different models and standard features that were options on other makes, it is no surprise that the DeSoto was an immediate hit with the

OVER $30,000 RAISED AT EVERYDAY BLESSINGS SHOW

More than $30,000 was raised and 140-plus cars attended the sixth annual Everyday Blessings Benefit Car Show on March 5 at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. The event also featured silent auctions, 50/50 giveaway and goody bags to first 100 registrants.
Everyday Blessings is a non-profit organization serving sibling foster care children who have been removed from their homes due to physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, abandonment or neglect.

MILITARY INCENTIVE PROGRAM RETURNS TO HYUNDAI

Hyundai Motor America is offering an exclusive incentive for the men and women serving in the U.S. Military. Any active or retired U.S. Military personnel and their current spouse will receive an additional $500 off eligible new 2016 and 2017 model year Hyundai vehicles for a limited time. This offer applies through Jan. 2, 2018.
“We have the greatest respect for the men and women who make sacrifices to defend our country,” said Derrick

REAL RESTORATIONS COLUMN - III

By BRANDO & JOANNE PISTORIUS
Restorations are a relative thing. Some folks want their car restored back to the original look it had the day it came out of the factory. Others want it to be authentic, but even better than the original build sheet. Some just want it to be a reliable and comfortable ride, so a few modern enhancements are in order. Then there are those who really want to jazz it up, modify, hot rod, get that

1968 CHEVY CAMARO AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

By KENNETH HALL - Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
Since it was first introduced in 1967, the sporty Chevrolet Camaro has earned its reputation as an American classic. The car was originally designed to compete with the Ford Mustang in the pony car market, but even in its first year, the Camaro Z-28 option, with its small block 302 cubic-inch V-8 engine and Muncie four-speed transmission, easily left most Mustangs in the dust.

REAL RESTORATIONS COLUMN - II

By BRANDO & JOANNE PISTORIUS
Restorations can be exciting and challenging, but fulfilling the dream of getting your historic beauty on the road again makes it all worth the time and effort. And as we have said before, it can be a daunting task. You can save time and money with foresight and planning. Once it is complete, you will no longer think of it as daunting, but instead as a job well done and another life experience

1951 STUDEBAKER BUSINESS COUPE IS A RARE FIND

By KENNETH HALL – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Mention the name Studebaker to anyone under the age of 50 and you are likely to be met with a blank expression. Yet, even among those who are familiar with the brand, most have never seen or heard of a Studebaker business coupe. That is what fascinated Gary Wolcott, of Tampa, who purchased his 1951 Studebaker business coupe 2½ years ago, from a seller in Wisconsin.

1933 BUICK LUXURY SEDAN IS A SPECIAL CAR

By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
Howard Mednick says that when he takes his immaculately-restored 1933 Buick out for a spin, it gets a lot of attention and thumbs-up from people on the street. When his 1933 Buick model 67 first made its way along American roads, the hand gestures may not have been so friendly. America was still mired in the Great Depression and the $600 average cost of a new car was beyond

INTRODUCING REAL RESTORATIONS - A NEW COLUMN

By BRANDO & JOANNE PISTORIUS
One thing most car collectors are familiar with is the ongoing need for restoration. Is it ever really 100 percent complete? Rarely. It is a labor of love to be sure. Our desire to get the old car looking and running the way we need it to so we can enjoy the ride is what drives us. Restorations can be a daunting task but can you can save time and money with a little foresight and planning.

CUSTOM 1950 MERCURY IS THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
For 1949 and 1950, Mercury introduced a sleeker post-war look to its cars, although the body lines were similar to the Hudsons of the same era. Designed as a luxury interim brand between Ford and the high end Lincoln, the 1949 and 1950 Mercurys featured a flathead 255 cubic-inch V8 engine that gave the car a top speed of about 83 miles per hour. While that may not seem all

ENJOY AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE BEHIND A MAZDA VEHICLE!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
When Mazda invited us for their Active Lifestyle Drive Program in Bluffton, S.C. recently, we were more than happy to join. After all, no other carmaker vehicles convey the fun and energetic lifestyle as much as Mazdas, starting with the Mazda3, Mazda5, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9. And, of course, MX-5 Miata, the best-selling roadster in the world.
We were put up in the

1957 CHEVY IN A CLASS BY ITSELF

By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
The history of American automobile manufacturing has given the world numerous cars that can be considered iconic, but the 1957 Chevrolet is in a class by itself. In almost any visual pastiche of the 1950s, there will be an image of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and the sporty fins of a 1957 Chevy. It is one of the most instantly-recognizable vehicles ever built.

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1968 GTO THE QUINTESSENTIAL AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR

By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
On any given Tuesday evening, the parking lot behind WOW on North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa is packed with dozens of classic American automobiles at the Tampa Antique Vehicle Association weekly cruise-in. Still, it is not hard to spot the blazing red 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible of Robert Mantler, which he calls his GoGoat, and it is not just because of the large stuffed

1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD IS SPORTY LUXURY

By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
The Ford Thunderbird is a truly iconic American automobile that was first introduced in 1955, ostensibly to compete with the Chevrolet Corvette. In spite of its sporty appearance and aggressive stance, the Thunderbird was marketed as a personal luxury vehicle, rather than a sports car. Built more for comfort and convenience than for performance, the Thunderbird actually

1935 CADILLAC SEDAN FOR SALE

4 door, 5 passenger, Series 20, Style #35-659, 136” wheelbase, 4,825 pounds, Fisher Body. New paint and upholstery, ready to show and tour!
Asking $42,700 - Recently reduced priced to sell!
A rare car, CCCA recognizes 1935 as the last year that all models of Cadillacs were considered full classics. Model year production - 1,859. Previous owner bought in 1970 and had a frame off restoration over a span of 35 years, leaving it

1969 PLYMOUTH GTX ALL BEAUTY AND POWER

By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
When the Chrysler 426 Hemi factory racing engine made its historic debut at the 1964 Daytona 500, it powered the first-, second- and third-place finishers. Two years later, the company was offering a tuned-down street version of the engine to the general public in select Chrysler models. By then, the engine affectionately known as “the elephant,” due to its

WANT TO BEAT THE HEAT? CHECK OUT MARKS AIR

By DAVE GENDRON
As the temperatures creep up into the 90s, you will need to crank up that air-conditioner in your ride. And what better shop to drop by and have it all checked out than Marks Air, which has been in business for more than four decades? 
Gordon and Judy Marks started Marks Air in 1971. They offer mobile air-conditioning services, meaning vehicles, heavy equipment, classic cars, school buses,

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1964 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX

By KENNETH HALL – Motoring Tampa Bay correspondent
Mitch Garrison and his wife Megi, of Lutz, wanted a classic American car they could take to car shows and cruise-ins. In 2010, they bought a 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix to provide Mitch with a project to celebrate his 60th birthday. Although he had owned a Pontiac GTO when he was younger, Garrison says that purchasing the Grand Prix was a bit like reliving his childhood. He was

ZUS THE PERFECT GADGET FOR AUTO ENTHUSIASTS!

Gearing up for your road trip this summer? Here is a new car accessory from nonda, a smart hardware startup firm in Palo Alto, Calif.
ZUS can not only charge your phones/tablets at twice the speed of average car chargers but also locate your vehicle via the iOS and Android companion app. And yes, even in the great outdoors since it leverages the built-in GPS in a phone. And rest easy about intense heat in summer since 4-pound, Germany-made ZUS is built

TAMPA OFF ROAD MOVES TO BIGGER, BETTER LOCATION

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Tampa Off Road Center has moved to a bigger and better location. With a combined 50-year experience, the new shop is now in same building as the well-known Ayers Auto Air on Hillsborough Avenue. “We are working to repair the whole place, make it new,” said owner Ian Townsend. “And we will continue to offer a/c services also.”
Now at 116 W.

1972 PONTIAC LEMANS FOR SALE

1972 Pontiac LeMans (The Black Beauty); 95,000 original miles; owned car since high school; always garage kept; great condition in and out; 350 cubes auto, dual exhaust, new convertible top, Cragar wheels plus the original chrome spoke wheels. Asking $18,500. Call (863) 602-1900.   

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ENGINE ARMOR OFFERS AUTOMOTIVE CERAMIC, POWDER COATINGS

Tampa-based Engine Armor Performance Coatings specializes in ceramic-based and high-performance powder coating solutions for automotive, motorcycle and marine applications. Ceramic coatings increase service life by protecting parts from thermal fatigue and reducing friction, and will produce more usable power.
“We also provide custom powder coating services for customers who are looking for attractive, long wearing and chemical resistant

360 CUSTOMS IN BRANDON: YOU GOT IT, WE MOD IT!

By DAVE GENDRON
Looking for custom performance modifications on your ride? Then you have one wise choice to make and that is 360 Customs Inc. In business since 2009, the shop offers all sorts of custom work such as engine builds/installs/repair, brakes, transmissions, suspensions, electrical, exhaust, restorations, welding, etc. And if its just maintenance you want, head over to the Brandon location for oil/fluids change, tire

RUNNING GREAT UNDERGOES EXPANSION

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
For over 16 years, Running Great Automotive has been serving the Tampa Bay area with ASE-certified technicians boasting 100 years of auto-repair experience and more. Recently, the shop underwent an expansion and now offers a new waiting room with WiFi for customers. 

Owner Glen Yudman has been in the automotive repair business for more

B.J.s CUSTOM AUTO UPHOLSTERY IN BUSINESS FOR 32 YEARS!

Meet Barbara Jean of B.J.s Custom Auto Upholstery, affectionately known as BJ. The upholstery store has been in business since 1981 at 8624 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa. Among the services offered are convertible and vinyl tops, carpets/padding, headliners/sunshades, leather packages, complete vinyl/cloth/leather seats, door panels, tonneau covers, motorcycle/boat seats, bar stools.
For more information, call (813) 932-7305 or visit

JERRY ULM SERVICE & ACCESSORIES OPEN IN TAMPA

Our good friends and huge supporters at Jerry Ulm Dodge Chrysler Jeep have recently opened a 13,000-square-foot, 12-bay Express Service and Accessories facility. The new parts showroom for accessories and apparel to help show off and personalize your vehicle is right behind the used car building.

Best of all, the Express Service will service most makes and models. “From routine maintenance, major service and repair work to complete vehicle
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TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY, THAT IS THE QUESTION

By DAVE GENDRON
As I traveled from car show to car show in the last year and especially now in these pretty tough times, the question that keeps coming up from car folks is the nagging question: Should the local car show event organizers be charging fees to get into these shows? I'm not talking about charity shows, where fees are charged for a good cause, but regular car shows. Most car folks will agree: if it is a benefit car show,

THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME

It was just another car show for John Raghu at the March 10 MacDill Air Force Base Car Show until he saw Peter Merritt, a retired 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force pull up to the registration table in his black 2009 Nissan GTR.
 Raghu went over and struck up a conversation with Merritt and the next thing you know, Peter asked him if he wanted to take a quick sprint around the parking lot. How come he didn't ask me, I thought? Anyway,

THIS ’55 T-BIRD IS A KEEPER

Dick Tschida of Apollo Beach has a thing for Thunderbirds.  His latest acquisition, a dazzling red 1955, is the March cruiser of the month for the Sun City Center Roamin’ Oldies.

A longtime collector car enthusiast, Tschida has owned four Thunderbirds. When a shoulder injury last year made manual shifting a painful chore, he said, “I called my friend Amos Minter down in Texas and told him I needed a nice T-Bird with an

USA FLEA MARKET HOLDS MONTHLY CAR SHOW, SWAP MEET

USA Flea Market at 11721 U.S. 19 in Port Richey (200 yards south of State Road 52) holds a Car & Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Sunday of every month. Registration is $10; vendor space is $4.

For more information, call (727) 868-2143.
 

CITRUS PARK DAIRY QUEEN CRUISE-IN HELD EVERY FRIDAY

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill across from the Citrus Park Mall in Tampa hosts a weekly car show every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. The event, organized by Paul Figoni, is open to all antiques, classics, muscle cars, street rods, hot rods and customs and can accommodate up to 45 vehicles. Also on the agenda is cool music, door prizes and 50/50. Cruisers get a free ice cream cone.
    
“The first show here started January

WEEKLY CRUISE-IN AT AMERICANA 50’s DINER

Nearly 30 to 35 cars are usually in attendance at the weekly cruise-in at Americana 50’s Diner on U.S. 19 in Holiday. The show at 1730 U.S. 19 N., Holiday, is held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Saturday. On the agenda is oldies music, food discounts for car owners and trophy night the last Saturday of each month. The event is put on by the Christian Hot Rod Association.
    
For more information, call Bob Stiles at (727)