Ditto on the Nitto

Last year, Nitto graciously sponsored our photo contest, donating a set of tires to the photographer with the best muscle car image. This year, Nitto repeated that grand prize, and our winning shooter, Ryan Fultz of Noblesville, Indiana, grabbed top honors with images of Terry Lee’s ’64 Mustang. As such, Ryan will be able to choose any sized set of Nitto tires—which we’re guessing will go on his badass ’68 Chevelle. After seeing him run the Goodguys Autocross in Indy (it was his very first time!), we’re guessing he’ll be ordering a set of NT05s, but who knows, maybe the NT555s will get the nod. Then again, some gummy NT01s would be just the trick for the road course …

1958 RAI Scarab

Owner: Brandon Ryder; Cary, IL

Photographer: Laura McClure/Nikon D300

As the son of a European count and heir to the Woolworth fortune, Lance Reventlow spent most of his time racing exotic European sports cars. That is until he toured the Lister-Jaguar factory in England and was struck with a realization; the Euro manufacturers always kept the most advanced cars for their teams. He determined that if he ever wanted be on equal footing, America needed its own sleekly sculpted sports car. In 1957 Reventlow set up Reventlow Automobiles in Venice, California, with talented mechanic Warren Olsen handling construction. By 1958, Reventlow and noted driver Chuck Daigh were nearly untouchable on track in stroked small-block Chevy-powered roadsters he dubbed “Scarabs.”

Of course, what you see here isn’t a vintage Scarab; those three cars trade in the millions. Instead, this is the limited-run rebirth of Reventlow’s own Mk1 Scarab by Scarab Motorsports. That’s why this beast houses a Schwartz Performance built 540hp LS2, improved suspension and brakes, and will see track time in the capable hands of vintage Corvette racer Brandon Ryder. Road & Track magazine called the Mk1 Scarab “America’s Finest Sports Car,” but we’d be willing to bet Ryder’s modern Scarab is even more fun to drive. Photographer Laura McClure thanks her friend, J Laree Domiquez, for posing in the shot.

1983 Hurst/Olds Cutlass

Owner: Michael Elmendorf; Alexander, AR Photographer: owner/Canon Rebel XTi EOS 400D

When the last Oldsmobile rolled off the assembly line on April 29, 2004, Michael Elmendorf got a knot in his stomach. Ever since he has a small child, he’d been attracted to Oldsmobiles, especially anything with the Hurst/Olds label. With Olds deep-sixed, Michael feared that the value of his idols would rocket skyward to where he would never be able to afford one. Thus began his Internet search for just the right car. In May of 2010, Michael unearthed this gem: an ’83 Hurst/Olds Cutlass. At just $8,850 (and just one of 3,001 produced), the mint G-body was a bargain, and the value could only go up from there.

Currently, Michael’s Hurst/Olds is completely stock, its 180hp 307ci Olds V-8 motor pushing the black beauty to a leisurely 10.77-second e.t. in the eighth-mile. A big fan of the Pro Touring movement, Michael has serious plans to up the performance in the handling, horsepower, and braking departments. At the front of his to-do list is swapping in a 6.0L LQ4 LS motor modded to the tune of 600 hp. Also on the list are ZO6 brakes, a Moser 9-inch rear, AFX spindles, SPC control arms, and 18-inch Forgelines.