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Stephen Cox: The Great Stolen Engine Caper – Tracking Down Shelby’s Missing V8

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: The Great Stolen Engine Caper – Tracking Down Shelby’s Missing V8 A good Shelby-built 289 engine was a coveted item in the mid 1960’s. Many were stolen out of the legendary Hertz Shelby “Rent-a-racers.” They left the rental lot on Friday with a High Performance 270-horsepower […]

Stephen Cox: IndyCar – New Markets Require New Thinking

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: IndyCar – New Markets Require New Thinking More than 90% of American race drivers are oval specialists. A brief review of active racetracks indicates that in the United States, ovals outnumber road courses by a margin of a little more than nine to one. Of course, […]

Stephen Cox: Hot Muscle Car Buys – Mercury’s Undervalued Cougar

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: Hot Muscle Car Buys – Mercury’s Undervalued Cougar I have a confession to make. I don’t pay much attention to the multi-million dollar collector cars on the auction block. They prance across the stage looking really hot and endlessly tease you with something you know you […]

Stephen Cox: Short Track – Please… Give Me the Worst Tire You Can Find

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: Short Track – Please… Give Me the Worst Tire You Can Find Doug Strasburg is an easy guy to talk with. His humble, soft-spoken manner belies a lifetime of motorsports experience and wisdom. The Mid-American Stock Car Series has thrived under his leadership despite being on […]

Stephen Cox: Short Track – The King’s Last Ride

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: Short Track – The King’s Last Ride If you didn’t see the Beatles in concert, your opportunity is gone forever. If you didn’t see Elvis when you had the chance, you never will. A few decades from now, the auto racing world will be sharply divided […]

Stephen Cox: Motoring – The War on Driving, Part I

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: Motoring – The War on Driving, Part I Over the next few weeks you’re going to hear more about a new system called “V2V,” which stands for “Vehicle to Vehicle Communications for Safety.” It’s the latest electronic gadgetry that the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration […]

Stephen Cox: Collector Cars – Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part I

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: Collector Cars – Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part I I am proud to own one of the most incredibly rare Ford Mustangs ever built… the 1980 Mustang GL. It is rare today because nobody wants it. Nobody wants it because it was dead slow. It was […]

Stephen Cox: Indycar is Running Out of Heroes

The Stephen Cox Blog presented by McGunegill Engine Performance: Indycar is Running Out of Heroes The trouble with Indycar is not that there’s no one available to take Dario Franchitti’s place. The trouble with Indycar is that no one cares who takes Dario Franchitti’s place. The series is fast running out of heroes and reinforcements […]

It’s a Plane! It’s a Horse! No, It’s the Ford Mustang and One of the World’s Favorite Cars

An enduring question about Ford Mustang, even after nearly 50 years on the road, is the origin of its name. Does it honor the famed P-51 fighter plane of World War II? Or the wild horse of the American West? Depends who you ask. The real question for Mustang fans: Does it even matter? Is […]

Horses of a Different Color: From Gulfstream Aqua to Ruby Red, 50 Years of Shifting Ford Mustang Color Favorites

- Ford Mustang exterior paint color popularity shifts from the top-selling green and blue in the 1960s to best-selling black and red today – Red has been consistently popular throughout Mustang’s history and is the top seller overall, adorning about 21 percent of all Mustangs – The past 50 years of Mustang have brought eye-catching, […]