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Personal motto:

"If you can make black marks on a straight from the time you turn out of a corner until the braking point of the next turn, then you have enough horsepower." - Mark Donohue

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When you ask him about cars, he'll tell you about his classic car obsession and how annoying modern designs are. He will go far enough to make you believe he actually hates them. But don't be fooled quite yet. Petrol-blooded creatures tend to act rather impulsively, and Ciprian is a long time "Powerhouse Era" freak.

You'll never catch him drooling over the latest supercar unless it's a McLaren P1, and his idea of a SUV wraps around the 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer.

He can give you several reasons why speed and power are more about motorsport than silly street wandering, and Can-Am machinery tops his ridiculously fast all-time favorite car list. He claims he could die happy after a Rattlesnake Raceway ride in a Chaparral and a cup of coffee with Jim Hall on the other side of the table.
LS7-Powered 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Has Sacrilege Written All Over, Still Cool
LS7-Powered 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Has Sacrilege Written All Over, Still Cool

Introduced for the 1969 model year as a performance-oriented package, the Mach 1 was available with just about every V8 engine from the Mustang lineup from 1969 to 1973. But while most of them rolled off the assembly line with 351-cubic-inch (5.8-l...

 
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne Was Left To Rot in a Field, Comes Back to Life After 43 Years
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne Was Left To Rot in a Field, Comes Back to Life After 43 Years

Classic cars that have been left to rot away for decades in barns and fields are nothing new. There are millions of vehicles in this condition in the U.S. right now. It's a sad fate for any classic, no matter how rare and desirable. But fortun...

 
Ford Excursion With a Mercury Face Is the Premium Heavy-Duty SUV We Never Had
Ford Excursion With a Mercury Face Is the Premium Heavy-Duty SUV We Never Had

Launched in 1999, the Excursion is the longest and heaviest SUV ever made by Ford. Introduced to compete with the 2500-series Chevrolet Suburban, it was discontinued in 2005, after only a few years on the market. Come 2022, and the Excursion is ...

 
1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser Barn Find Gets First Wash in Years, Reveals Cool Patina
1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser Barn Find Gets First Wash in Years, Reveals Cool Patina

Dead and buried since 1967, Studebaker left a few cool classic cars behind. The Avanti is perhaps the most iconic, but the Champion and the Hawk series are also popular with fans of the brand. But the company's history extends well beyond thes...

 
1967 Pontiac GTO With Supercharged LSA Swap Is Restomod Perfection
1967 Pontiac GTO With Supercharged LSA Swap Is Restomod Perfection

Introduced in 1963, the Pontiac GTO remained in dealerships for a little more than a decade, which isn't much compared to most iconic American nameplates. But that was enough for the GTO to strongly influence the muscle car era and become one ...

 
Unofficial 2022 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner Is the TRD Sport Truck You Can't Have
Unofficial 2022 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner Is the TRD Sport Truck You Can't Have

The pickup truck market is loaded with cool options in 2022, but have you noticed how you can no longer buy a proper sports truck? Yeah, I'm talking about low-riding, street-spec haulers like the GMC Syclone, Dodge Ram SRT-10, and Ford SVT Lig...

 
Found in a Pile of Junk, This 1960 Plymouth Fury Is Now a Spotless Classic
Found in a Pile of Junk, This 1960 Plymouth Fury Is Now a Spotless Classic

When it comes to barn-kept classic cars, we see thousands of them come out of long-term storage each month. But how many of these vehicles get restored and make it back on the road? Well, only a very small fraction of them. And of course, it's...

 
1932 Ford Model B Truck Rolls Out of Long-Term Storage, It's a Fantastic Survivor
1932 Ford Model B Truck Rolls Out of Long-Term Storage, It's a Fantastic Survivor

Introduced in 1932, the Ford Model B wasn't as popular as its predecessors, the Model A and Model T sales-wise. However, it brought a couple of important changes to the company's full-size car. While similar to the Model A on the outsi...

 
One-of-One 1970 Chevrolet El Camino LS6 in Fathom Blue Up for Sale, Costs a Fortune
One-of-One 1970 Chevrolet El Camino LS6 in Fathom Blue Up for Sale, Costs a Fortune

First introduced in 1959 as a competitor for the Ford Ranchero, the Chevrolet El Camino was discontinued after only two years in showrooms. But the nameplate returned in 1964 and remained relatively popular until it was retired for good in 1987. ...

 
1945 Studebaker US6 Military Truck Strolling Through a Junkyard Is Strangely Beautiful
1945 Studebaker US6 Military Truck Strolling Through a Junkyard Is Strangely Beautiful

When it comes to iconic 6x6 military trucks from World War II, we usually think about the GMC CCKW. Introduced in 1941, it was built in more than a half-million units and remained in service well into the 1950s. But Studebaker also built a 6x6 truc...

 
The Unique 1965 Ford Mustang Zebra Is a Furry Movie Car With a Cocktail Cabinet
The Unique 1965 Ford Mustang Zebra Is a Furry Movie Car With a Cocktail Cabinet

From the 1966 Batmobile to the Munster Koach used in the TV series "The Munsters," George Barris built quite a few outlandish custom cars. The 1965 Mustang Zebra may not be as famous, but it's just as wild. Created for the 1965 mo...

 
Rare 1967 Chevrolet SS Impala Convertible Found in a Junkyard, Needs a Second Chance
Rare 1967 Chevrolet SS Impala Convertible Found in a Junkyard, Needs a Second Chance

Offered from 1961 until 1969, the Chevrolet Impala SS is among the rarest and most desirable versions of the company's iconic full-size. Granted, the SS might not be as rare as the 1963 Z11 and the 1962 Lightweight, both track-prepped Impal...

 
1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro ZL1 Previously Owned by Reggie Jackson Up for Sale
1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro ZL1 Previously Owned by Reggie Jackson Up for Sale

Conceived by drag racer Dick Harrell and originally ordered by Fred Gibb Chevrolet, the 1969 COPO Camaro ZL1 is not only the rarest iteration of the first-gen muscle car but also the most desirable Camaro ever sold. Built in only 69 units, these...

 
World's First V8-Powered Chevrolet Corvette Comes Out of Storage, Flexes Big Fin
World's First V8-Powered Chevrolet Corvette Comes Out of Storage, Flexes Big Fin

Introduced in 1953, the Chevrolet Corvette is still around in 2022 as one of the most iconic American sports cars. But the nameplate was extremely close to being axed after only two years on the market. Synonymous with V8 power today, the Corvet...

 
1972 Pontiac LeMans Spent 20 Years in a Barn, Gets First Wash and Drive
1972 Pontiac LeMans Spent 20 Years in a Barn, Gets First Wash and Drive

The GTO may be the most desirable Pontiac of the 1970s, but the LeMans is just as cool in terms of design and performance. And while they're not as valuable as other muscle cars from the era, I think barn-found examples are totally worth savin...

 
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered After 43 Years in a Barn, It's a Holy-Grail LS6
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered After 43 Years in a Barn, It's a Holy-Grail LS6

Discovering a classic car that's been hidden for decades is pure gold for barn find enthusiasts, but things become even better when the vehicle in question is a rare gem. Hidden from sight for more than four decades, this 1970 Chevrolet Chevel...

 
Five Convertible Pickup Trucks You Probably Forgot About
Five Convertible Pickup Trucks You Probably Forgot About

If you're into truckin' with the wind blowing through your hair, you're stuck with just one option as of 2022: the Jeep Gladiator. But that's only if you want a modern drop-top truck. If you're okay with something a bit...

 
This 1940s Daimler Barn Find Used To Be a Royal Limo, Sees Daylight After 32 Years
This 1940s Daimler Barn Find Used To Be a Royal Limo, Sees Daylight After 32 Years

Established in 1896, Daimler is known for the fancied-up Jaguars it produced from 1960 to the late 2000s. But the British firm also built a range of luxury cars and even ran a bus division until the 1970s. More importantly, Daimler was awarded a Ro...

 
Ford's 1,973-HP Transit SuperVan Makes Goodwood Debut, Doesn't Break a Sweat
Ford's 1,973-HP Transit SuperVan Makes Goodwood Debut, Doesn't Break a Sweat

It's been about two years since Ford showcased the wild Mustang Mach-E 1400, and the Detroit-based company rolled out a new EV with ludicrous power. Yup, I'm talking about the 1,973-horsepower Pro Electric SuperVan, which just made its gl...

 
Take a Virtual Stroll Through the World's Largest Junkyard, Home to 4,500 Cars
Take a Virtual Stroll Through the World's Largest Junkyard, Home to 4,500 Cars

Described by its owner as the "world's largest known classic car junkyard," Old Car City USA stretches over 34 acres of land in White, Georgia, and it's home to about 4,500 vehicles. But is it, indeed, the world's larges...

 

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