'64 Corvair Monza • Jude Crocco • Palm Bay, FL
Rathmann Chevrolet in Melbourne, Florida, was the original home for this '64 Corvair Monza, and 46 years later it's still just a few miles away. Jude Crocco picked it up as the latest in a long string of project cars and noted the original dealer emblem on the rear. Rathmann may not sound familiar to those not up on their Indy history, but Jim Rathmann won the infamous race in 1960. He set up the dealership on the Space Coast in Brevard County years later and was reportedly known for occasionally giving away Chevys to astronauts, usually Corvettes. That's a neat bit of history on the trunk.
'78 Camaro Z28Darren McDonald Puyallup, WA
When Darren McDonald bought this '78 Z28, it only had 58K miles on it. Now, it has racked up 180K miles, and they weren't easy ones either. So far the Camaro has been rear-ended by an uninsured motorist, burned up in a house fire, swapped three engines, three paintjobs, two trannys, and two rearends. To say Darren's got some history with the car would be a severe understatement. He's not afraid to keep investing cash to make it fun though. After the fire in 2008, Darren set about making the Camaro a brutally fast street car. Actually, he says the current engine cost more than he originally paid for the car.
'64 Mustang Kraig Dorwart Lincoln, NE
Kraig Dorwart's been working on this '64 Mustang since he was 15, slowly turning it into a street-legal drag car. The list of modifications is getting long. Kraig has done most of the work himself, but he says that the most fun so far was building the engine and trans in his garage. With 507 hp on tap at a high-winding 7,500 rpm and a well-sorted chassis, this little green coupe should be a terror in the quarter-mile.