Archive for Stephen Cox

Stephen Cox: Mercury Cyclone for Dummies

As under-appreciated muscle cars go, the enigmatic Mercury Cyclone is about as obscure as they come. But I still love them. First of all, “Cyclone” was a cool name. Most modern car names are garbage. The Intrigue wasn’t. The Hummer didn’t. The Citation couldn’t go fast enough to earn one. The Probe… well… insert your […]

Stephen Cox: Muscle Car Q&A – 1970-71 Ford Torino

Okay, here’s a list of questions that have come in by email (Stephen at sopwithmotorsports.com) and Twitter (@SopwithTV) since our last televised Mecum Auction. As most of our viewers know, I’m a big Ford Torino fan and have been fortunate to own a few. But please don’t call me an “expert.” I’m an enthusiast just […]

Stephen Cox: Jeremy Clements – Another Witch Hunt Gone Bad

I wanted to let the dust settle on this story and see public reaction before writing on it. And after doing so, I’ve come to a startling conclusion: America isn’t following the script anymore. Instead, Clements became an overnight sensation thanks to the blundering, heavy-handed way in which his statement was mishandled. The story goes […]

Stephen Cox: A Great Amercian Racing Story – Get Ready to Cheer for the Underdog

On a cloudy Saturday morning in the late summer of 1966, Charlie Wright and five of his friends left Wichita with a new Shelby Mustang SCCA Group 2 racer loaded onto the back of their open trailer. They had no gas cans, no plan, no experience and little idea what they were doing. Their destination […]

Stephen Cox: Shelby’s Last Stand – The Forgotten Mustang Group 2 Racer

My new book on the 1966 Mustang Group 2 notchback is now available online in its entirety at http://issuu.com/mecumauction/docs/fl0112_s132. It is brief, readable, and loaded with previously unpublished original photos. Here is a short excerpt to get you started: On a hot summer afternoon in late August 1966, the telephone on John McComb’s desk rang. […]

Stephen Cox: Muscle Cars – You Only Live Twice

You only live twice, or so it seems. Once for yourself and once for your dreams. Say goodbye to the second great wave of American muscle cars. In a tsunami of stupid rarely matched even in the brain-dead world of politicians, The Almighty State hath decreed that new car fleets must average an insane 54.5 […]

Stephen Cox: Short Track – A Get-Well Card to Don Satterfield

It was Saturday morning, September 8, 2001. I’d never driven at Chemung Speedrome before, but I would compete on it that night in the Hooters ProCup Naturally Fresh Dressings 250. I was driving for Don Satterfield, a big bear of a man with decades of experience in the sport. He had a big smile, a […]

Stephen Cox: Motoring – Never, Ever Try This in Your Fiat X1/9

I remember counting eight headlights coming at us head-on. Four lanes of traffic, two lights per car. Yup. The math was correct. Our closing speed was nearly 200 miles per hour. But everything is a joke when you’re young. Blessed with abundant stupidity, it would be twenty years before it occurred to me how dumb […]

Stephen Cox: Collector Cars – The Trend That No One Wants to Talk About

Voila! After four hours of enjoyable motoring, one Starbucks Refresher and half a can of barbecue Pringles, I arrived in St. Charles, Illinois for Mecum’s auto auction in abundantly high spirits. I’m telling you, driving is the only way to go. Not once was I ordered to put my seat back in the upright and […]

Stephen Cox: Road Racing – The Ugly Pumpkin Must Die

“Turn the air conditioner off.” “Huh?” “The air conditioner,” Jim repeated. “Turn it off.” Yeah. Whatever. I know what I’m doing and I won’t forget. I’m more concerned with the fact that my street-legal Roush 360R race car has a quarter tank of fuel remaining. But I’m told not to worry. We won’t run out. […]