Muscle Car Chronicles is dedicated to the days when muscle cars ruled the street and race tracks across America. I hope that the new generation of muscle car enthusiasts will keep alive the "old school days."

Gary L. Naumczik

We all know that the city that REALLY doesn't sleep is Las Vegas, but while you're there partying, save some daytime for The Shelby Museum & Corner Cafe. The museum features a physical history of Shelby racing, which includes the Shelby cars that made history, Shelby racing memorbilia, a tour of the factory which builds the GT500KR, Super Snake, and a cafe to get a coffee or cold beer.

This very modern museum is located very near the famed Las Vegas Speedway, where Shelby’s test drivers put performance cars through their paces. It's a one-of-a-kind showcase for the man and machines that revolutionized racing in America. The Shelby Museum attracts fans from around the world who share a passion for performance cars and the Shelby legend. The famed collection, known as The Shelby American Collection, represents the rich race heritage of Shelby American and has on display some of the most famous Shelby American cars ever built. This is made possible through the generosity of many Shelby owners and collectors. The museum is also host to displays of period correct automobilia, tools, and tributes to the greats.

Watch for our coverage of the museum next year when we return to Vegas to cover the annual SEMA show.

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Muscle Car Museums Across the U.S.A

    Next time you get out cruising, plan on putting a little muscle car history into your road trip and stop by one of the many muscle car museums along our country's great highways and biways. The following is a list of great museums dedicated to preserving the history of the muscle car and it's place in our culture. This list will be continually updated, so check back soon if you have requested an addition to this list.

Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing & Classic Autos
13700 SW 16th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34473
phone: (352) 245-8661 or (877) 271-3278
Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum
320 Winfield Dunn Parkway (Hwy. 66)
Sevierville, TN 37876
phone: (865) 908-0882
International Motorsports Hall of Fame
Speedway Boulevard
P.O. Box 1018
Tallagega, AL 35161
phone: (256) 362-5002
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax,)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
phone: (323) 930-2277
Volo Auto Museum
27582 Volo Village Road
Volo, IL 60073
phone: (815) 385-3644
Gilmore Car Museum
6865 Hickory Road
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
phone: (269) 671-5089

Nikey Chevrolet is Back
When I was growing up in the Southside of Chi-Town, I would always make a trip to the Northside to drop by Nickey Chevrolet to check out the new Chevy Novas that had just arrived. Also, the Speedshop there was great. Be sure to visit the

Big Nickey Chevrolet Website.

Mr. Norm's Sports Club

Mr. Norm's all new sports club will take you back and introduce you to the fun and excitement of Grand Spaulding Dodge of the 60s. A dealer that was dedicated to selling high performance cars, parts, and service. 'WHERE KIDS WERE KINGS'

Back in the sizzling '60's, when a new high performance Dodge was sold at Grand Spaulding, each vehicle was power tuned, the carburetor was rejetted, the distributor was recurved and light weight springs were installed with full advance at only 800 rpm. The Dodge was then run on the Clayton Dynamometer to simulate track conditions at 5000 rpm and the distributor was locked for peak performance.

In addition, each high performance Dodge purchaser received a membership in the Mr. Norm's Sport Club, including the famous window decals, a Grand Spaulding emblem on the trunk lid and a license plate frame, letting everyone know that you were a member of the Sport Club. In the 1960's when you were a member of the club, every member received a monthly news letter that kept them posted on all service and parts specials, sales contests, and special events which always gave the race car schedule, plus a subscription to Drag News.

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Classic Muscle Car Advertisements
You remember them... in your favorite magazine. Those glossy photos of the latest, greatest stock muscle being built by America's auto manufacturers. But the ads really meant something when you witnessed one of these bad boys tear off the line in your hometown U.S.A. Relive that feeling and check out our collection of vintage muscle ads. The collection is forever growing, so check back soon for new content. If you would like to contribute to the collection, we would love to hear from you.

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NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte

Get ready to start planning your 2010 vactaion! The NASCAR Hall of Fame has settled on a location: Charlotte, N.C. Design work should be finished about this time next year, with groundbreaking in Spring 2007. The NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte is expected to open no later than March 31, 2010. Make sure to be there for the opening week, as many special events are scheduled in celebration. Better book your rooms as soon as the opening day is announced... if you are a true NASCAR fan, you don't want to miss this!

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The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
... presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, long a dream of NHRA founder Wally Parks, opened to the public April 4, 1998, after years of planning and months of hard work cataloging and arranging the exhibit. Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. We collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. We are the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development.

Muscle Cars Live is proud to be a member of the Walter P. Crysler Museum. For more info about the museum, all 1-888-456-1924 or visit the website at

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