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THE ONE AND ONLY: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE SHELBY COBRA SUPER SNAKE

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On January 17th, 2015, lightning will strike the same place twice. Carroll Shelby’s personal Cobra will, once again, cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block. The car is defined by its unique combination of ownership history, specification, performance and sheer rarity. Called the Super Snake, CSX3015 boasts two Paxton superchargers feeding a 427 side-oiler big block Ford. The Super Snake is a car worthy of superlatives.  Case in point: Carroll Shelby claimed that his 800HP Super Snake would run from 0-60 in around 3.2 seconds. 47 years later, only a handful of modern supercars can achieve that short acceleration time — and today’s cars achieve the goal with the aid of traction control, fuel injection and other electronic aids. In contrast, the Shelby Cobra Super Snake is all about power to weight ratio. Carroll Shelby loved to ask “What if…” and he insisted on pushing the envelope. The Super Snake, therefore, is so much more than just metal and rubber. It’s a peek into Carroll Shelby’s mind. To him, a twin-supercharged 427 cubic inch V8 made perfect sense.

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As his personal car, the Super Snake satisfied Shelby’s inherent need for speed. As a businessman, Carroll Shelby routinely employed “over-the-top” performance to make news. Shelby intentionally set out to build the world’s the fastest Cobra, then enjoy and promoted it. At around 500 horsepower, 427 Cobras were already exciting. An 800 horsepower Super Snake would therefore send the automotive press into a tizzy.  A unique PR opportunity materialized when a second Cobra Super Snake was built for celebrity comedian Bill Cosby. Though the car differed under the skin, Cosby’s Cobra shared the same twin supercharged power train. Bill Cosby only drove his car one time. So terrified by the Super Snake’s angry demeanor, Cosby returned it to Shelby American. He then used the harrowing experience to create a legendary comedy routine called “200 MPH”. Though not intended, the Super Snake’s reputation was further reinforced by the Cosby experience. Ultimately, the second, “Bill Cosby” Super Snake was destroyed when Tony Maxey, its fateful owner, lost control and drove off a cliff. As such, Carroll Shelby’s personal car, CSX3015, is the one and only Cobra Super Snake in existence.

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Though the Cobra Super Snake is considered a street legal “SC” car, it did not start out that way. CSX3015 was originally built to full Competition-specs for PR use in Europe. As such it is quite different from its standard, and Semi-Competition brethren. Underneath the skin, Competition Cobras feature reinforced frames and increased track width as well as oversized fuel tanks and heavy-duty brakes. Voluptuous flares cover the massive Halibrand wheels and Goodyear tires. Further exterior mods include front and rear jacking points, a roll bar, oil coolers, and un-baffled side pipes.

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Upon its return from Europe, Shelby American modified CSX3015 just enough to make it street legal. The most obvious addition is its windshield. Imagine being Carroll Shelby at that point in time. He must have proclaimed that he wanted to keep CSX3015 for himself. Likewise, there was shop talk about adding two Paxton superchargers to a 427. That notion must have raised some eyebrows—even amongst the seasoned Shelby American staff. Was the idea sheer madness or genius? What modifications would be required to mount the two superchargers? Fabrication would be required for brackets and belt drives. The dual four barrel intake manifold, Holley carburetors and Paxton air inlets added significant height to the engine package. Hood clearance was addressed by way of a custom fabricated, oversized hood scoop.

Lastly, the Shelby American team would need to consider harnessing all of that power. Clutch technology at the time was limited. If an 800HP-capable clutch assembly existed, it would likely not be suitable for street driving. Reliability would be a concern. The decision was made to adapt an automatic transmission and torque converter. Though some scoff at the thought of an automatic in a Cobra, the drivetrain choice contributes to the Super Snake’s low 0-60 second acceleration times. Additional gauges were added to the dash to keep tabs on the monster lurking under the hood.

The sum total of chassis, engine and parts were dubbed the Super Snake. To the outside world, it’s the baddest Cobra of all time, but to Carroll Shelby it was just his car. He drove it for about three months. Stomping on the throttle at will, Shelby used the Super Snake to blow off steam. He competed in a Nevada open road race called the Turismos Visitadores with his buddies. It was during that event that the Super Snake was radar-clocked in excess of 190 mph. The captain of the Nevada Highway Patrol was riding in the passenger seat. In 1970, Carroll Shelby sold the Super Snake to Jimmy Webb, a celebrity songwriter, who drove and maintained the car for 25 years. A select few enthusiasts have had the Super Snake in their care since 1995. Each collector has driven and maintained CSX3015 for what it is: a fire-breathing legend and a tribute to American ingenuity.

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Lightning will indeed strike the same place twice. Come to Scottsdale in January and spend some time studying the Super Snake. Tucked away in the Ron Pratte collection since 2007, this is your chance to glance at its many unique details.  Look for original Competition-spec parts such as the Girling brake calipers that just barely peek through the Halibrand wheels. These are the same brake parts used on GT-40’s from that golden era of racing. Study the impossibly large Edelbrock dual quad intake manifold, Holley carbs and complex throttle linkage. A good deal of thought went into engineering that induction system. Externally, the oversized hood scoop distinguishes the Super Snake from any other Cobra. Wherever you look, this baby is special. If the stars are aligned, seize the opportunity to purchase the Super Snake — a one-of-a-kind, fully documented 190 mph Cobra owned by Carroll Shelby, himself.

 

SALE OF RON PRATTE’S 1950 FUTURLINER AT 2015 BARRETT-JACKSON

1950 GM Futurliner

1950 GM Futurliner
  • Barrett-Jackson to auction Ron Pratte’s Futurliner for charity
  • Proceeds to benefit Armed Forces Foundation
  • Incredible piece of automotive history and American culture to go to new owner

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - July 11, 2014 – A 1950 General Motors Futurliner, one of the stars of the Ron Pratte collection, will be sold in January 2015 at Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM,  with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Armed Forces Foundation. One of 12 built and nine known to still exist, Pratte purchased the Futurliner at Barrett-Jackson.

“Barrett-Jackson was honored to help Ron Pratte add the Futurliner to his collection in 2006,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We appreciate his trust in Barrett-Jackson as he offers this incredible piece of Americana to its next owner. History was made as records fell the first time the Futurliner crossed our block, and we expect interest in it to reach a fevered pitch again.”

A veteran who served with the US Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam during 1968, Pratte will donate all proceeds from the Futurliner to the Armed Forces Foundation. The organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families and veterans. The AFF covers travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and daily expenses for families so they can stay at a loved one’s side during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered in war.

“Military veterans, especially wounded warriors, deserve our appreciation and our support,” said Pratte. “Their continued sacrifices give Americans the freedom to build happy, productive lives. With the help of the great team at Barrett-Jackson, I look forward to raising funds that will make AFF’s mission a success.”

 The two organizations have partnered for the last eight years, AFF has received over four million dollars through Barrett-Jackson auto auctions since 2008.

Kurt Busch, Armed Forces Foundation Ambassador and Patricia Driscoll, President of the Armed Forces Foundation with the Futurliner at Ron Pratte's Museum in Chandler, Ariz.

Kurt Busch, Armed Forces Foundation Ambassador and Patricia Driscoll, President of the Armed Forces Foundation with the Futurliner at Ron Pratte’s Museum in Chandler, Ariz.

“Barrett-Jackson’s charity moments on the auction block with the AFF have become some of the most memorable,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “Ron Pratte’s generosity and patriotism is inspirational and I look forward to an outpouring of support for our fellow Americans in uniform.” 

One of 12 built by GM, the Futurliner is a self-contained display and transport vehicle created by the GM design staff under Harley Earl’s direction. It was the centerpiece of the “Parade of Progress” touring exhibit that complemented the GM “Motoramas” from 1940 through 1956.

One of only three survivors restored in their original “Parade of Progress” configuration, this Futurliner underwent a comprehensive re-restoration after Ron Pratte purchased it as a fully restored example in 2006, making it clearly the finest example in existence. It is fully functional and toured Canada in corporate promotions before it became a part of the Ron Pratte collection. It is a symbol of the American auto industry at the height of its power and influence.

Pratte, a Chandler, Arizona, developer and philanthropist, built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson auctions. His collection, featuring cars, trucks, motorcycles and other rarities including the Futurliner, will be on the docket at Barrett-Jackson’s 44th Annual Scottsdale Auction taking place January 10-18, 2015 with television coverage on Velocity and Discovery.

For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, was founded in Scottsdale in 1971. Its internationally renowned auctions are hosted in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Reno Tahoe, Nevada and Las Vegas, Nevada. The events feature hundreds of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable vehicles where they cross the block in front of a global audience. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, and complete event information visit www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Barrett_Jackson.

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Barrett-Jackson Cup Returns To The 2nd Annual Hot August Nights Auction With More $100,000 In Prizes

BJCupPRSCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 25, 2014 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is upping the ante when it comes to best in show competitions. Held in downtown Reno, the Barrett-Jackson Cup is back for the 2nd Annual Hot August Nights Auction, July 31-Aug. 2, with a prize purse north of $100,000 and growing.

With the help of generous sponsors like General Motors, Ford, Sherwin Williams, Craftsman, Waterloo, Adam’s Polish and more, the purse has more than doubled since the inaugural event last year. The prize package and trophy top all other similar awards in the industry, with the added bonus of national television coverage. The Ultimate Best in Show trophy is awarded along with $30,000 cash and other huge prizes on the auction block and seen around the country on the National Geographic Channel.*

Barrett-Jackson’s historic partnership with the world’s premiere classic car and nostalgia festival, Hot August Nights, began in 2013 and proved to be a match made in car heaven. Since then, Autoweek named Hot August Nights a top-three destination in the world for automotive enthusiasts. Huge hype around the auction’s sophomore campaign is growing just as fast as the prize purse.

Renowned Judges: Judges Bobby Alloway, Pete Chapouris and Bob Millard will pick a total of 25 cars from the downtown Reno “Show and Shine” car shows. These 25 cars will go to the downtown ballroom where the five top finalists will be advanced to the final ceremony. All five finalist cars will then come to the Barrett-Jackson Auction Arena where the Ultimate Best in Show winner will be awarded the Barrett-Jackson Cup in front of a television broadcast audience of more than 100,000,000 homes during Barrett-Jackson Reno Auction coverage. We cannot think of another automotive design competition that comes close to the Barrett-Jackson Cup’s reach and prizes.

The 2013 winner was a custom 1969 Ford Torino owned by George Poteet of Collierville, Tenn. and built by Troy and Jack Trepanier of Rad Rides by Troy. It was a highlight moment when Jack Trepanier, a keystone in the collector car community, accepted the award on the auction block.  Sadly, Jack passed away in March of this year. Barrett-Jackson is dedicating the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Cup in his honor.

Entrants must be a registered participant of Hot August Nights and the Show-n-Shines. Register your vehicle or get more information by visiting HotAugustNights.net or calling the Hot August Nights Office at (775) 356-1956.

Here’s a tentative breakdown of The Cup’s cash and prizes:

ULTIMATE BEST IN SHOW WINNER: 

$30,000 CASH and individualized Barrett-Jackson Cup Trophy

General Motors Crate Engine and Transmission ($15,000 Value)

Waterloo Tool Chest and Craftsman Tools ($6,000 Value)

Reliable Transportation Credit for 1 year ($5,000 Value)

Adam’s Polish Products ($1,000 Value)

Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value)

1st RUNNER UP: 
$18,000 CASH

Miller Motorsports Package ($5,000 Value)

Craftsman Tools ($3,000 Value)

Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value)

Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value)

2nd RUNNER UP: 
$10,000 CASH

Bed Wood and Parts Bed liner ($3,000 Value) Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value)

Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value)

 3rd RUNNER UP: 
$7,000 CASH

Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value)

Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value)

4th RUNNER UP:
$5,000 CASH

Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value)

Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value)

*Television times subject to change.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company:

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, was founded in Scottsdale in 1971. Its internationally renowned auctions are hosted in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Reno Tahoe, Nevada and Las Vegas, Nevada. The events feature hundreds of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable vehicles where they cross the block in front of a global audience. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, and complete event information visit www.barrett-jackson.com, or call (480) 421-6694. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Barrett_Jackson.

The Barrett-Jackson Cup – Two Legendary Events Combine into One Blockbuster Experience.

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The Destination: If you’ve never been to Hot August Nights, add it to the very top of your bucket list. With 500,000 automotive enthusiasts on hand, the population of Reno, Tahoe South and Sparks, Nevada nearly doubles in size. Colorful Hot Rods abound as far as the eye can see. While standing in the middle of the action, you might feel as if a meteor hit the planet and all that remains are car people and awesome Hot Rods. It’s no wonder that Autoweek magazine named Hot August Nights one of the top three automotive destinations in the world.

The Barrett-Jackson Cup: How, then, do you top a phenomenon like Hot August Nights? With a purse of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes and an unprecedented audience reach, the Barrett Jackson Cup is more than just a trophy, it’s a challenge to the world’s best custom car builders. Bring a Hot Rod that’s innovative, functional, and the utmost in quality and style. Be the top dog or stay on the porch.

Unprecedented Prestige: For those familiar with the awards such as the Ridler, America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, and Goodguys Street Machine/Hot Rod of the Year, the trophies push builders and talented individuals to work day and night in order to shape, weld, paint, test and showcase their best efforts. In turn, the prestige of winning these awards drives the success of the custom car industry. Enthusiasts line up to commission winning shops for their one-of-a-kind builds. With its six-digit purse and global media exposure, the Barrett-Jackson Cup raises the bar on prestige in the automotive specialty universe.

Renowned Judges: Judges Bobby Alloway, Pete Chapouris, Bob Millard will pick a total of 25 cars from the Downtown Reno “Show-and-Shine” car shows. These 25 cars go to the downtown ballroom where the five top finalists will advance to the final ceremony. All five finalist cars will then come the the Barrett-Jackson Auction Arena where the Ultimate Best of Show winner is awarded the Barrett-Jackson Cup to a television broadcast audience of more than 100,000,000 homes during Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe auction coverage. We cannot think of another automotive design competition that comes close to the Barrett-Jackson Cup’s reach and prizes.

The Barrett-Jackson Cup Challenge: Does your custom car have what it takes to win the Barrett-Jackson Cup? Load up your best build and head out to Reno. To be eligible, you must register as a Hot August Nights Downtown Reno Show-and-Shine participant. Here’s a tentative breakdown of The Cup’s cash and prizes. The price purse has more than doubled since last year. That says a lot about the industry’s faith and support in growing the Barrett-Jackson Cup. The list of cash prizes is regularly updated, so be sure to check back:

REGISTER FOR THE SHOW-N-SHINE

ULTIMATE BEST OF SHOW WINNER: $30,000 CASH and individualized Barrett-Jackson Cup Trophy + General Motors Crate Engine and Transmission ($15,000 Value), Waterloo Tool Chest and Craftsman Tools ($6,000 Value), Reliable Transportation Credit for 1 year ($5000 Value), Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value)

  • 1st RUNNER UP: 
    $18,000 CASH + Miller Motorsports Package ($5,000 Value), Craftsman Tools ($3,000 Value), Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).
  • 2nd RUNNER UP: 
    $10,000 CASH + Wood Bed liner ($3,000 Value),Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).
  • 3rd RUNNER UP: 
    $7,000 CASH + Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).
  • 4th RUNNER UP:
    $5,000 CASH, Adam’s Polish Product ($1,000 Value) and a Hot August Nights Barrett-Jackson Cup Jacket ($250 Value).

 

 

The 2014 Barrett-Jackson Cup trophy is being dedicated to the memory of Jack Trepanier. 

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STEVE MAGS’ CORNER – Color Me Changed

Steve Mags’ Corner- Color Me Changed

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At the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach collector car auction I encountered this beautifully restored 1970 Mustang Mach 1. The experience demonstrated the integrity of its consignor – and the importance of arming yourself with research material before buying a collector car of your own. Upon first sight, the sleek Mustang looked to be a perfect restoration. The metal VIN tag on the dash board was original (not a reproduction) and the letter R in the fifth position verified it rolled off the Dearborn assembly line packing the potent 428 Ram Air. But then I looked at the consignor’s vehicle description and noticed the words: ‘The car was repainted to Grabber Orange in October of 2013”. This got me to wondering if the car had been color-changed. To find out, I opened the driver door and took a look at the vehicle certification label.

The second year 1970 Mach 1 Mustang performance package accounted for 40,970 of the 190,727 Mustangs built that year. That’s nearly one-in-five. The Grabber Orange hue seen on this stunner was new for 1970. But – as the seller hints – was it added, or factory applied?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s the consignor’s vehicle description. The sixth line down contains the inference it has been color changed to Grabber Orange. So what color was it born as?

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To learn, we open the driver door and observe the vehicle certification label. My finger points to paint code C, which indicates Dark Ivy Green Metallic. Ah-Ha! But get this, to the restorer and consignor’s credit, the color code was not changed to U (for Grabber Orange) when the reproduction vehicle certification label was made. First used in 1970, these adhesive-backed vinyl/paper stickers which are easily damaged – and replaced. Prior to the 1970 model year, Mustangs (and all other Fords) were fitted with much more durable stamped metal vehicle certification tags which are riveted to the vehicle.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here’s the paint code guide for 1970 models found in Peter Sessler’s Mustang Red Book (MBI Publishing). Without it, the color change might not have been so easily noticed. Collectors and enthusiasts generally agree that originality is preferred over modification. But again, there are probably more buyers for Grabber Orange Mach 1’s than there are for Ivy Green Mach 1’s. We like to say’ “Always fill your library before you fill your garage”. Knowledge is power! -Steve Magnante

 

 

PRO TOURING WITH STEVE CHRYSSOS

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Barrett-Jackson Automotive Specialist Steve Chryssos spends his time driving around the country hunting for cool cars. When he’s not working, Steve is usually out wrenching and driving his 1968 Camaro pro-touring car. Here’s a story from the road:

 

The car may look old, but it’s fully upgraded with custom front and rear suspension, modern disc brakes, rack and pinion steering as well as fuel injection. It even has a paddle-shifted overdrive transmission.

Many argue that these cars should be left stock.  Some still insist that modifications ruin value. In reality, auction transactions prove what Barrett-Jackson has known for a long time: Pro-Touring cars are fun-to-drive collectibles. I like to take my Camaro out to prove that point.

This particular car has seen it all. I’ve driven it across the country on the Hot Rod Power Tour. It has also been drag raced, autocrossed, and used for daily transportation. From a “smiles per mile” standpoint, it’s hard to beat an upgraded classic.

Recently, I entered my Camaro in the inaugural Ultimate Street Car Association’s Daytona Event. Running a hot rod at the famed Daytona International Speedway is truly a “bucket list” opportunity. We’re not talking about low-speed laps behind a pace car.  The USCA lets you run your car as hard as you desire with some cars reaching 175 mph. To keep people from driving over their heads, the USCA provides three run groups including Novice, Advanced (Intermediate) and Expert. Safety is the highest priority. Be sure to choose a run group that best matches your performance driving experience level.

 

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Instructors are available at no additional cost to help you improve your driving skills.  As you might imagine, tracks such as the Daytona International Speedway cost a small fortune to rent. Participant and spectator entry fees offset a majority of the expense.  Dedicated sponsors support the 13 episode TV series schedule to air on MavTV starting in August.  They include Optima Batteries, Ridetech, Red Line Oil Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Holley, Detroit Speed & Engineering, Wilwood Disc Brakes and Jet Hot Coatings. Being a new series, these companies are working to grow the market for performance driving. They bring out their own cars and use the track time to further develop their products. It’s a purist environment — much like SCTA Bonneville events.

Event segments include a 30-plus mile Road Rally along scenic routes, a judged Design & Engineering competition, Road Course hot laps and time trial, and timed autocross. There is also a unique braking competition called the “Speed-Stop” where you launch your car drag race style then jam on the brake pedal. It’s like that 0 to 100 to 0 competition that they did with Cobras back in the day.

Obviously, the USCA is working to showcase the versatility of these cars – that’s what makes them “ultimate”. You’ll encounter many beautiful classics on-site, but there are no trailer queens. Every car gets driven hard. Every participant has a huge grin on his or her face. It’s also important to note that the USCA welcomes a wide varieties. As the club name and road rally segment emphasize, you need to bring a real street car — with wipers, a horn, proper glass, license plates, and more.y of cars including late model muscle and sports cars, exotics, hot imports, and even performance trucks. If your car can accelerate, brake, turn, and cruise, it’s welcome at Ultimate Street Car Association even

In terms of collectibility, many experts quibble that pro-touring cars are difficult to value. They argue that the modifications, themselves, make comparison difficult. Barrett-Jackson has led the market for pro-touring cars by recognizing that functionality —in itself— is valuable. Enthusiasts place value on “seat-time” and performance.

As such, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has seen prices for quality pro-touring cars grow steadily. Demand is increasing. When considering a pro-touring car, look under the skin for modern features including link-style rear suspension, four wheel disc brakes, fuel injection, overdrive, bolstered seating, high tech audio and more. Though there are exceptions, transaction history shows a direct correlation between the level of upgrades and sell price. More importantly, clubs like the Ultimate Street Car Association give you prime reason to buy a pro-touring car. They host performance driving events that make it easy to enjoy your hobby at legendary venues and with like-minded individuals.

For more information on Ultimate Street Car Association events, visit:

UltimateStreetCarAssociation.com

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