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Check Out This Historic Drag Race Car Collection

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Soon to be retired builder shows off a respectable classic hot rod collection.

American car culture can essentially be summed up, in all of its glory, with just a couple of words, legendary speed. The long history of the American automotive manufacturers and their various violent vehicles will always be revered as some of the most powerful performance cars ever. This has led to a surplus of automotive enthusiasts collecting and protecting mass sums of these crazy classic cars. In this new age of revitalized modern muscle cars dominating both the streets and the drag strip, the vintage vehicles of yesteryear are still widely appreciated. This is probably best shown with this particular collection which aims to showcase some of America’s favorite hot rods.

The first car in this incredible collection of fast fantastic automobiles is a 1966 Ford Falcon whose body was

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This feral Buick GS drag car returned to the strip after a 25-year absence



a car parked in a parking lot


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“This is the dinosaur tour.” A perfect one-liner to describe the age of race cars in attendance at the 40th Annual Buick GS Nationals. Unlike many hi-po drag meets, where late model cars reign supreme, the rides packing Beech Bend Dragway’s paddock are primarily pre-1985. David McIntosh, the man who supplied the quote, has plenty of these short and sweet sentences, keeping any conversation as pleasant and airy as whipped chocolate mousse. I could listen to McIntosh talk all day—automotive knowledge that comes from over 40 years of running your own engine shop and a heft of good-naturing ribbing, piped through a breezy Georgian drawl–but he’s got places to be. A staging box specifically, to ignite the porky slicks on his 1970 Buick GS drag car.



a car parked on the side of a road: Cameron Neveu


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a car parked in a parking lot: Cameron Neveu


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Cameron Neveu

It had been 29 years since McIntosh’s

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Barn Find 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Drag Car Has Only 149 Miles

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And it’s packing the engine of a rare Plymouth GTX Hemi Convertible!

The drag racing scene from the ’60s and ’70s was a lot like the Wild West with racers doing just about anything to gain an advantage, and that’s exactly what Milburn Varner and his brother-in-law David Rehring had done in 1970. Starting with a dealership fresh 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda, Varner transformed this Mopar muscle car into a Hemi-powered drag car, which he ran until 1974 before parking it in his basement garage.

This ‘Cuda was originally featured in Hot Rod magazine back in 2014, but following Varner’s death in 2018, automotive journalist Tommy Lee Byrd recounts his conversations with Varner and gives us an update about this Plum Crazy ‘Cuda drag car on his Hot Rod Hoarder YouTube page. And be sure to watch until the end of the video

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