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    •  General Interest Articles

      The Early Days of Outdoor Camping


      Well, it’s that time of year again when families are beginning to look at their vacation schedule and perhaps plan their fun places to take the family camping. The MotorCities National Heritage Area is an affiliate of the National Park Service and its members enjoy the great outdoors as they travel to parks across the nation.

      This story is about the early days of camping and the millions




    •  Featured Vehicles

      1956 Chevrolet 210 Custom



      This 1956 Chevy 2-door post is a custom build highlighted by a one-of-a kind Ron Mangus interior. Powered by ZZ 502 big-block GM crate motor driving a Turbo 400 trans with a Gear Vendors Overdrive, it includes Heidt's polished stainless- steel tubular A-arms, coil-overs, custom-built headers, Spin-Tech mufflers with 3-inch exhaust and electric cut-outs by Outlaw Mufflers, and 4-bar rear suspension from Pete & Jake’s.

      Other items include a Be Cool radiator with dual electric fans, complete Painless wiring harness, No Limit fuel tank, Ididit chrome steering column, and TCI 4-wheel disc brakes. The interior includes Classic Instruments, Vintage air A/C and heating with custom color-matched lower dash outlets, and a custom Infinity audio system with eclipse subwoofers and Rockford Fosgate Amplifiers.




      1972 MCLAREN M20 CAN-AM


      After several years dominating the Can Am series with a series of Schoolbus Yellow racers, McLaren Cars stood up to the developing Porsche challenge with the brand new 1972 M20. Designers by Gordon Coppuck and Tyler Alexander departed from standard McLaren practice in the M20 by removing the radiator from the front of the car and replacing it with two side-mounted units. This allowed improved cooling, relief from cockpit heat for drivers Denis Hulme and Peter Revson and the opportunity for improved front end aerodynamics. The latter was achieved by opening the space between the front fenders and installing an adjustable wing for improved downforce.

      Unfortunately for McLaren, Porsche countered the normally-aspirated 509/750 HP M20 with the twin-turbo 917, which churned out an astounding 1,200 horses. This McLaren M20 is chassis number 01, the first of three built. Records show it was tested by Denis Hulme and Jackie Stewart, who was slated to join the team for the 1972 season. When Stewart was sidelined by ill health, Peter Revson took his place and raced the car for the entire season. Hulme won the first two races at Mosport and Road Atlanta, while Revson took M20-01 to a third at Mosport and second place at Watkins Glen. Revson finished second again in the last round at Riverside, after which McLaren Racing withdrew from the Can Am and left the field to Porsche.




    •  Motorcities Stories

      The Rise and Fall of De Soto Manufacturing


      The De Soto manufacturing plant was located at the corner of Wyoming and McGraw in Detroit Michigan. However, the first De Soto automobiles were assembled at the Highland Park facility plant in addition to Plymouth. These automobiles were produced in 1928 when the new De Soto models were introduced to the public. Later, De Soto manufacturing was transferred from the Wyoming plant to the Jefferson assembly plant in 1959. The name De Soto comes




      Willow Run: Home of the Corvair


      One of General Motors’ most revolutionary designs was the Corvair which was introduced to the public in the fall of 1959. Designed as a response to their foreign competitors like Volkswagen, the Corvair also targeted more fuel-efficient and economy-minded buyers throughout America.




    •  Product Focus

      CPP Stock Subframe Kit




      Freshen up or completely restore your stock Camaro front subframe with all new parts and enjoy the modern amenities of disc brakes and power steering. This kit comes with a stock subframe that is powdercoated for protection from the elements. It also includes a stock spindle disc brake wheel kit, power steering gear box, stamped OE style control arms, steering linkage, steering arms, coil springs, shocks, sway bar and small block Chevy motor perches. Brake, control arm and steering box upgrades available.




      CPP’s New Original Replacement Control Arms for Tri-Fives Now Available



      Classic Performance Products, Inc. introduces their new control arms for 1955-57 Chevrolet passenger cars. These beautifully stamped replacements have the look and feel of original factory Tri-Five control arms. CPP’s arms come complete with ball joints and cross shafts installed