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American Resotation has saved the best for their season seven finale: a custom built 1967 Ford Mustang brought to life by Bodie Stroud for Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons.

“Bodie Stroud is hands down one of the most inventive and talented car builders in the industry today,” Reynolds said of Stroud, who has built cars for Tim Allen, Johnny Knoxville, and Johnny Depp throughout his career, establishing himself as a premier car builder on the west coast and the go-to custom car builder among many celebrity’s.

Reynolds said that he has dreamt of having a 1967 Mustang since he was young. Knowing Stroud keeps the classic integrity of the car while incorporating modern features,  Reynolds presented Stroud with the task of building an Eleanor-esque 1967 Mustang fastback that could be used as a daily driver.

American Restoration viewers will see Stroud place a Roush Performance supercharged 5.0-liter Coyote engine in the Mustang. Other features on this build

Purity is the mark for perfection. A no-nonsense, no compromise principle for a single-handed task, Mazda’s FD RX-7 is the embodiment of purity as it was only built with what is necessary and every part with a focused purpose.  The RX-7 is a pureblooded sports car, punching well above its weight class despite having lower numbers on paper.

Introduced in late 1991 for 1992, the FD took the RX-7 nameplate to another level. With an aerodynamic and futuristic design the body remains clean and flowing following design purity, it brought the RX-7 into the modern world. Following sports car purity, the RX-7 only came only one way: faster. All variants featured the twin turbo 13B Rotary engine, with options limited to interior or chassis dynamics. An automatic transmission was one of the few options. Models included the “base”, touring, and R1 for the track day enthusiast, with many specialty models throughout the years.

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After a decade of growth that made Honda the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in the world, Honda set out to sell cars in the United States, entering the market in 1969 with the N600. The N600 was the first “mass market” car sold by Honda with production for the United States at approximately 35,000 by 1972.

Known for being nimble and fuel-efficient, the Honda N600 was 122 inches long, weighed nearly twice as much as the company’s future supercar, the NSX, and featured an all-alloy engine capable of 9,000 rpm and 81 miles per hour.

The first Honda N600 imported to the United States had collected dust for many decades before it made its way into the hands of Los Angeles-based mechanic Tim Mings. Having worked exclusively on the Honda N600 for over 20 years, Mings had become known as the only full-time N600 mechanic in the world, restoring over a thousand of them

Richard McMickens remembers his first memory as watching his uncle build cars, go to shows, and bring home dozens of different awards. Years later when it was time for McMickens to get his first car, he obtained a 1992 Cadillac Seville. Having been bit long ago by the automotive bug, it didn’t take long before he slowly started modifying the audio and wheels of the car. After a few mods, McMickens said he had found his niche for how he wanted his cars to look.

From there, McMickens became more involved in his local car community, which was seemingly made up of Honda’s, primarily because that’s what everyone had at the time. As his tastes began changing and growing, McMickens set out to built an Acura Integra that featured a fully built motor with machine work done by the help pf his team, “The Wulfpac,” located in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jimmie Johnson won the Auto Club 400 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Fontanta, California, at the Auto Club Speedway, in a dramatic overtime battle, Sunday, March 20.

During lap 198 of 200 Kyle Busch blew a tire and hit the turn 3 wall which prompted the sixth caution flag of the race. A restart occurred on lap 204 with Denny Hamlin was leading until he chose the outside lane leaving Johnson behind Harvick on the inside lane. Johnson then pushed Harvick clear of Hamlin into turn 1 and then let of the gas in turn 2 where he then cleared Harvick and won by .772 seconds.

This win is Johnson’s second for the 2016 season.

According to NASCAR’s official driver standings for 2016, Harvick is still leading with 195 points, followed by Johnson with 184 points, Carl Edwards with 171 points, Denny Hamlin with 170 points, and Kyle Busch takes fifth position with

Editorial Note: This is the first in a series of articles following Andrew Schulte through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift. First two photos by Charles Siritho. 

In 2015, Round 1 of the Southwest ProAm hosted by VegasDrift took place at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona, where Andrew Schulte qualified in the top 16 with 65.6 points. He went on to battle local drifter Vitaly Sopkin, won, but was knocked out in the top 8 by Joe Tardif. A year later, Andrew has committed to to competing in the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned series because “it’s addicting. I got such a rush out of the competition last year that I just can’t stay away. Humans are relentlessly curious by nature and I love this sport, I think it’s only natural that I want to see how far I can make it!”

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