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Dave Cruikshank Freelance Writer

Dave Cruikshank is a lifelong car enthusiast and freelance journalist from Seattle, WA. With a car magazine subscription "in utero," he's passionate about all strains of Kar Kulture including Rat Fink, Harley Earl, Forward Look, lead sleds, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Daytona 500, Gassers, AMT, Revell and Monogram, bone yards, swap meets, Motorama, Mako Sharks, Syd Mead, Larry Watson, Tura Satana and Penelope Pitstop, to name a few.


A 7-Time NHRA National Champion 1963 Cobra Dragonsnake is headed to auction at Mecum’s on April 10-12th. It smoked the competition back in the day, but will it smoke this auction and fetch over 7 figures?

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A gaggle of Mopar muscle meet in Finland over 5000 miles away from US of A! E-body fans will especially like the rare ‘Cuda’s and Challengers in assortment of wild colors. Blown Dart and a Duster too.

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Why people leave their old cars out to rot is always a head scratcher to us car folks. Check out this old Barracuda in front of a Tennessee mobile home. Will have to be pried from grumpy seller’s cold, dead hands.

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Sacramento was the “Wailing Wall” of kar kulture the weekend of Feb.14th with over 700 cars descended on the Cal Expo Fairgrounds for the 64th Autorama. C’mon along with us and check out the kandy koated delights.

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Imagine wandering through the woods in Eastern Europe and stumbling upon vintage fiberglass from the good ‘ol US of A? Check out this “forrest find” from Estonia and the blog that chronicles the build.

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Watch a C3 go from a complete car to a pile of parts in less than 5 minutes! Thanks to the wonders of time lapse photography, watch the beginnings of a body-off resto, without the boring bagging and tagging.

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In the olden days, you used to submit your resume on paper to prospective employers. Today,you have to something extra special to be noticed. Check out this life size Lego Hot Rod that runs off compressed air.

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A really cool, really weird old Dodge popped up on Hemming’s recently and if you haven’t seen a Virgil Exner designed, early 60′s Mopar recently, take a refresher course in a truly “unique” design language.

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This 1961 Biscayne 2-door post is mighty groovy with it”s 348 power, 4-speed and Posi. Add redlines,cheater slicks and old school speed gear and you’ve got the perfect hot rod sled. But is it worth $25K?

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AC is famous for building the Cobra’s body and frame for Shelby, but did you know they also built the AC Frua on the same MK III chassis stuffed with a 428 Ford? One’s for sale on the East coast for $175K

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If there were ever a rolling example of what the 2003-2005 Mercury Marauder SHOULD have been, it’s this 1999 Crown Vic Interceptor stuffed with a Triton V-10 and oodles of go fast goodies. Pick or kick?

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Mopar hasn’t been on a roll with the bottom end of it’s product line. The Dart and Cherokee intros have been slow out of the gates to say the least. Will this gussied up Dart slay NissaHondoyota?

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First there was Barris built “Drag-u-la” from “The Munsters,” now here’s the spawn of that car with a pulse jet engine! Built for $1300 by pulse jet impresario Bob Maddox, Grandpa Munster would most likely approve.

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How do you following an out of the ballpark, styling sensation? Very carefully. Looks like the Mopar folks are hard at work facelifting the brawny Challenger,ensuring a graceful exit before new model approaches.

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Times are changing, and General Motors has named Mary Barra as the first female CEO of a global automaker. But don’t be shocked: she’s a true gearhead with a degree in electrical engineering, making for a good fit.

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Here’s an F-Body that you won’s see at every show and shine. A 1978 Firebird K-Type with big block Olds power from Cali that looks to be a dead ringer Pontiac styling exercise from the late ’70′s…Real deal or?

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