1968 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet: Family Heirloom Restored | David Sullivan’s Story at MCACN

We were honored to meet David Sullivan at the 2023 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals and help unveil his amazing 1968 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet, a family heirloom with a history that’s as thrilling as it is sentimental.

David Sullivan, known for his roles in television and film, unveils the heartwarming narrative behind this exceptional muscle car. A car show isn’t merely about machines; it’s about the profound stories woven into them. Watch as David shares the emotional journey of his father purchasing this unique vehicle brand new in ’68, only to sideline it for decades to prioritize family.

The Torino, ordered with a rare all-black exterior and red interior, was a symbol of speed and passion. However, family responsibilities led to a pause in its journey until David took the reins, restoring it with a dedicated team from Billups Classic Cars.

Witness the touching moment as David and Kevin Oeste unveil the once neglected Torino GT, now gleaming in the spotlight, a tribute to a father’s legacy and a son’s devotion.

More than just a muscle car show, the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) is a place where stories come to life.  David’s Torino is more than just a car. It’s a symbol of family, love, and the choices we make in life. His journey to restore it is an inspiring testament to the power of perseverance and the memories we hold dear.

But this video is just the beginning. We want to hear your stories too!

– Do you have a family heirloom car?
– What special memories are tied to it?
– Are you considering restoring it?

Share your thoughts in the comments below, and let’s celebrate the cars that connect us to our past and inspire us for the future.


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1970 Buick GSX Prototype Show Car Muscle Car Of The Week Episode 284 Video V8TV

** UPDATE: It’s with heavy hearts that we regret to inform that the owner / caretaker of the 1970 Buick GSX “Prototype” show car Brad Conley has passed. He’s owned this extremely special car since 1978, and it is largely responsible for our host Kevin Oeste’s obsession with Muscle Cars. Please join us in extending our condolences to the Conley family, but also our deepest appreciation to Brad for finding, restoring, and showing this amazing car that touched so many lives.

Most of us have a particular car that left a mark on us, and this Muscle Car Of The Week left a burnout on host Kevin Oeste’s brain like a Buick 455 burning bias ply tires across a slick parking lot. This week, Oeste is united with a childhood dream car, seeing the 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 “Prototype” show car in person for the first time at the 2018 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago. It was one of many special moments from the MCACN show, and a great example of why all muscle car fans should attend this amazing event. Special thanks to car owner Brad Conley for the personal tour of the GSX.

Interview With Owner Brad Conley: https://youtu.be/KWdznFjK4fs?t=7702 (2:08:20)

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2023 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Recap, Automotive Trivia, on the V8 Radio Podcast

Kevin Oeste and Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke chat about their recent trip to Chicago for the 2023 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show!   The 2023 MCACN show brought out hundreds of the most amazing Muscle Cars in the world, and Kevin was once again honored to help unveil some of the Featured Restorations and Emcee the event.   Keep your eye on our V8TV YouTube and Muscle Car Of The Week channels for new videos from the event.   Of course, there’s automotive trivia and some other nonsense along the way, making it a legendary episode of the V8 Radio Podcast!

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2023 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals After Hours Walk Through Video MCACN

Take a lap through the 2023 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals with us after hours! The 2023 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show once again was jammed with unbelievable cars and displays. In this video, we take a walk-through the show after hours where the general public was not allowed to get up close in personal with many of the cars and feature exhibits. We cover the great “Who’s The Boss?” Ford display, the dual engine 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado, then we see the big bodied Buick display, cars from AMC and Pontiac and Chevrolet, special featured 1968 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet, Saleen Mustangs, and much more.

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible in PLUM CRAZY at 2022 MCACN Show Muscle Car Of The Week

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible in PLUM CRAZY at 2022 MCACN Show Muscle Car Of The Week

This amazing 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible is wearing an unusual color for an Oldsmobile, it’s actually a factory Chrysler color called Plum Crazy Purple! However, this amazing car was painted by General Motors in this Chrysler color back in 1970 and is considered correct for the car. How can this be? We got the whole story from restore Allan Steinbock at the 2022 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show in Chicago.

This is not just a pretty face, as this 442 features the 455 V8 engine with the W-30 performance package, including an aluminum intake manifold, hotter camshaft, tuned carburetor, and other blue-printed engine parts. It also features sport suspension, and the W 27 rear axle as well.

Although it is not a typical car, it is typical of the types of amazing and rare muscle cars found each year at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show in Chicago, we hope to see you there!


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The Brothers Collection Opens To Public For Special Event Friday, May 19, 2023 With Ticket Purchase!

The Brothers Collection opens to public for special event friday, May 19, 2023 with ticket purchase!

Join us this Friday, May 19, 2023, for a truly special event at the renowned Amazing Brothers Collection Museum in Salem, Oregon. This exclusive museum, which is typically closed to the public, will open its doors for a limited time to allow enthusiasts and car lovers to experience the extraordinary collection housed within its walls!

This one-day event offers a rare opportunity to marvel at a stunning array of classic and vintage automobiles, each meticulously preserved to perfection. From iconic muscle cars to elegant classics, the Amazing Brothers Collection boasts an unparalleled assortment that will leave you in awe.

To gain entry to this extraordinary event, simply purchase a ticket at the supplied link. Not only will you have the chance to explore this private museum, but your contribution will also support a worthy cause, as all proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to charity.

Prepare to be captivated as you wander through the museum’s carefully curated exhibits, admiring the beauty and craftsmanship of each vehicle. Immerse yourself in automotive history, surrounded by the extraordinary designs and stories that have shaped the industry.

See the cars featured here on Muscle Car Of The Week in person!

Don’t miss this opportunity to witness automotive excellence up close and personal. Secure your ticket now and mark your calendars for a day of unparalleled excitement at the Amazing Brothers Collection Museum. Help us make a difference while indulging in your passion for classic cars. We can’t wait to welcome you to this extraordinary event that combines the love for automobiles with the spirit of giving.



All of our proceeds from our ticket sales will be donated to SleepSafe in honor of Mother’s Day.

This will be one of the few times this year we will be open to the public and it is going to be a great day. They will have two food trucks onsite that day and the weather so far, looks like it will be great.


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1966 Dodge Coronet Convertible Maintenance at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This clean yellow 1966 Dodge Coronet convertible arrived at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop in need of some maintenance and TLC to make it a reliable and fun cruiser. It’s got a 383 under the hood, fed by a F.A.S.T. EFI system, and it spins an automatic transmission. The cool part is that this is a family heirloom car that has been passed to the current generation, and will always remain in the family. The owner’s parents had a ’66 Coronet like this one brand new, and recaptured those memories when they purchased this one a few years back. Today, their children and grandchildren are excited to enjoy the car and continue the legacy.

Contact the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for help looking after your Classic or Muscle Car, we’re happy to help!


1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 4-Speed Convertible Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals 2022 MCACN

1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda 440 4-Speed Convertible Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals 2022 MCACN

1971 Plymouth ‘cudas are scarce, even more so are the 17 440 convertibles built that year, and this one is one of the hottest! This 1971 ‘cuda convertible features a 440 six-pack V8 engine breathing through a shaker hood, and is coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission. The list of options is long on this car, including front and rear body-colored bumpers, front and rear spoilers, dual color-matched side racing mirrors, leather bucket seats, a Dana rear axle, and much more. We caught up with owner Bob Bartosiewicz after unveiling the freshly restored 1971 440 ‘cuda convertible at the 2022 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show where he shared some of the cool stories behind this amazing muscle car. Would you believe it was ordered new by an FBI agent? Who specified every option except power windows? Bob tells us all about it in this special episode of Muscle Car Of The Week from the 2022 MCACN show!


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Plymouth AAR Cudas and Dodge Challenger T/As at Brothers Collection Museum Muscle Car Of The Week

Plymouth AAR Cudas and Dodge Challenger T/As at Brothers Collection Museum Muscle Car Of The Week

The 1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR and the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A are two amazing muscle cars that have their roots steeped in SCCA Trans Am racing. In this video, anexcerpt from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals special shot at The Brothers Collection, we hear from AAR and Challenger T/A expert Dave Wise about what makes these street fighters so special. From the unique 340 in.³ V8, the high-performance suspension, the exclusive staggered wheels, and the side exit exhaust to the amazing graphics package and available High Impact colors, the 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda and the Dodge Challenger T/A remain some of the most sought after Muscle Cars of all time.

It’s interesting to deconstruct the AAR in the context of the day. The AAR model was Plymouth’s street version of the comparable Trans Am series race car, as the rules of Trans Am stated that the automaker had to produce 2500 consumer copies of any race car campaigned in the series. Chevrolet had the Z/28 Camaro, Ford had Boss 302 Mustangs, AMC had the Javelin, and Plymouth chose to name theirs after Dan Gurney’s All American Racers team, who built and raced in the Trans Am series with highly modified Cudas like this one. To my knowledge, the AAR is the only production car named after the race team that used the car in a series. Or am I wrong? Shelby was the racer’s name, but they also built the original GT350 cars. Unfinished Mustangs left the line to be completed at the Shelby shop. In this case, AAR Cudas were completely built on the regular Hamtramck Michigan Plymouth assembly line, so it’s not like they left as unfinished bodies that were completed in the AAR race car facility.

The SCCA rulebooks stated that if a part special to the race car, a street version had to exist. So if the race car had special body modifications like spoilers, the street version had to have that as well. Certain safety items, roll cages, padding, and the like, didn’t have to be used on the street cars. It was cool to see that the Sports Car Club Of America sanctioning body did allow for the use of aftermarket performance parts on the race cars, provided that they were integrated in to the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s parts catalog. There are a lot of cool speed parts stamped with factory numbers on Trans Am cars.

Race versions had to run a 305 or smaller cube V8, but Chrysler didn’t have one of those, so the 340 was allowed for production. These were very stout blocks built with huge main bearing webs to support the forged crankshaft and 10.5: compression pistons.

It made 290 HP, Or at least that’s what Plymouth told the public. The 340 6-barrel was rated at 290 HP just like the Boss 302 and Z/28 in the competition, but we’ve seen dyno tests up around 320 HP for these engines. You could get a 4-speed or an automatic like this car, and the rear is stuffed with a Sure-Grip 3.55 gearset. These knocked-down mid 14-second quarter mile times, but they were really more about slot-car racing on open roads.

The AAR is a total package car, with improvements made to the suspension and body as well as the engine. Most obvious is the AAR logo-capped Strobe Stripe blinking out a pattern from back to front, leading the eye to the Organasol black textured fiberglass pinned down hood. These elements don’t jump out quite as much on a dark green car, but they still look awesome. The rear spoiler looks great from the back or the front, and is contoured nicely to the rear of the car. Bright rally wheels with staggered tires hide front disc and rear drum brakes, and specially muffled side pipes blast everyone you pass. Wide-eyed fog lights look to the future, and turn signals are hidden above the grille. Stiffer torsion bars and shocks work with the oversized sway bar to keep the AAR flat in the turns.

We dig the 150 MPH speedo and 8000 RPM tach, and a 4-way gauge shows oil pressure, temp, fuel and electrical juice. Below sits an AM tuner, and above is a clock… with delta at 0 minutes and hours on the inner ring. This AAR also sports a bench seat with a fold down armrest to keep the driver from sliding out the passenger window under hard left turns. This car has no frills.. And it doesn’t need any.

Be sure to check out the extended version of the Brothers Collection Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals episode found in the link below.

Brothers Collection Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN episode:


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Muscle Car Podcast and Land Speed Racing: V8 Radio Podcast and Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!

Like Car Podcasts? Check out our V8 Radio and Bonneville Up To Speed Automotive Podcasts!


The V8 Radio Podcast hosts Kevin Oeste and Mike Clarke cover the classic and muscle car car scene from a regular car guy perspectivein the podcast about cars and car culture. Topics include Muscle Car car events, goings on in the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, V8TV, Muscle Car Of The Week, and the state of their own classic car projects. Throw in a couple trivia questions and lots of unplanned banter, and you have a fun and laid-back podcast that makes a perfect companion to your own garage adventures! Now in it’s 7th year on the air, with over 145 episodes! https://www.v8radio.com

The Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast covers all things Land Speed Racing on every level, from vintage small displacement motorcycles to cutting edge streamliners and everything in between. Guests include racers, engine builders, car builders, SCTA officials, and others who make the Bonneville Land Speed Racing scene so compelling – for more than 80 years! Bonneville Up To Speed is produced with the blessing of the Southern California Timing Association, and is available on all major podcast platforms. Subscribe if you’re into Land Speed Racing, and be sure to visit https://www.scta-bni.org for all the latest news and the calendar of SCTA racing events at ElMirage and the Bonneville Salt Flats. More at https://www.bonnevillepodcast.com

We hope you enjoy these automotive podcasts. We know there are a lot of car podcasts to choose from, but we appreciate you spending some time – and a few laughs – with all of us at the V8 Radio Podcast and the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!

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