Words Bob Sblendorio and Jacob Cetnar, Photos by Thomas Sblendorio
“Bring me home a 1st place trophy” were the last words spoken to Walt Cheney while at his dying mother’s side. And with that, he went out and won at the Argyle Pull for a Cure in Argyle, NY in 2014. Unfortunately, his mother passe
Are you looking for advertising information on a ’57 Chevy you just acquired? Check with Walter. Would you like to get original dealer sales literature about a Fox Body Mustang your son just purchased? Check with Walter. You just brought home a Porsche Boxster and would like a nice poster of
As a young boy growing up in the Oneida area, I can still remember driving by Ralph’s Collision on Route 5 on our way to Walmart. It was hard to miss, Ralph always had all sorts of classic and modern sports cars parked out front to get people’s attention, a practice that he still continues today
As a car guy, I have always had this weird interest in car dealerships and the car buying experience. I sometimes like to daydream about what it would be like if there was a dealership that you could walk into and talk to a true enthusiast who wasn’t just trying to sell you something, but rath
The Little Speed Shop located in Rochester, NY is anything but little. During the day you will see everything from full race spec Porsche Caymans and GT3’s in their racing and fabrication building, to more common cars like VW’s and Toyota’s receiv
The Nissan Skyline GT-R: That special car people always lust after seeing it in movies, games, and magazines. As Americans, we were never treated to the car for whatever reasons. It was a car never sold in the US, and we just had no access to it. But luckily in 2007, we were deemed worth
“No car should never stay stock. It should reflect the style of the owner”
At 14 years old, Phil Burkart Jr. drove his race on a drag strip at Cicero, N.Y.’s ESTA dragstrip. Now a professional racer and owner of Burkart Automotive, we took an opportunity to sit down with Phil to find out more about life inside and outside the Top Alcohol Funny Car.
With over 200 go-kart victories and countless championships, Charlie Tibbitts is a driver’s name to remember! Charlie is only 12 years old and already has had an incredible racing career, and he is just getting started. He has moved up this season, this time to the 602 Sportsman Division. Rece
The Motorsports Expo is the first sign that spring is on the way and each year fans in droves support the show and get to see firsthand the beautiful creations before they hit the track.
However, this year was a little different, fans didn’t attend simply as race fans, but as a vendor. We spe
Words Bob Sblendorio, photos Thomas Sblendorio:
With just a third grade education and $40 saved from working on the family’s dairy farm, Joe Carbone, son of immigrant parents, started a car service garage in 1929 that has grown into a multi-million dollar network of dealerships and other busin
We all have one—an “it” car. We see it out of the corner of our eye on a summer two-lane, we see it in the movies, and we dream and scheme about how to make it ours. This car haunts us and won’t let us rest. That’s what happened to Bob May when the ’32 deuce coupe rolled on the screen of A
Since the original MK I was introduced to in the early 60’s, America has had a fascination with its Ferrari-beating hero, the Ford GT40. It’s no surprise that Syracuse, NY’s Dan Cassinelli shared the same love as a child for America’s champion as many of us. In fact, proudly displayed on hi
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is a hidden gem sleeper sedan with super car power. You get all the amenities Mercedes has to offer along with a monster V8 under the hood. It is built for speed and has a MSRP as much as a house when purchased new, but you can now have one of these bad boys for a
I’m Justin Carey from Dagsboro, Delaware; and I drive a 2011 Volkswagen Golf Mk6. The Mk6 or sixth generation Volkswagen Golf was produced from 2010 to 2014 as a re-fresh of the Mk5 Golf (renamed as the Rabbit in the US); which ran from 2006 to 2009. My Golf is special and the best way to describe i
My 1957 Chevy BelAir is a labor of love. I acquired the car in 1994 as a Christmas present from my wife. When I saw the car, the chassis was a roller and all glass, seats, interior and exterior trim was in boxes. The BelAir sat in a 1 car garage until 2000 when I started to restore the car. I s
Everyone is familiar with the legendary men’s magazine Playboy, but many may not be familiar with the car of the same name. The Playboy car was built in the late forties in Buffalo, New York. Is there an association with the Playboy magazine and the Playboy car? The answer is yes!
The 2016 Volvo XC90 received its first full redesign since it made its debut back in 2003. It has retained all of the original safety features that Volvo is known for, while managing to bring a whole new level of luxury and refinement to the road.
From the outside, the XC90 is pristine from
In 1971 Dodge introduced a new model to their Dart lineup. A variant of the Plymouth Duster, Dodge named their version the Demon. With optional hood scoops and blackout hood treatment, the car was advertised as a performance car. The Dodge Demon was offered in two trim levels, the base Demon and
Spring is finally here. For many of us, this means an opportunity to clean off all the salt, sand, and grime from our vehicles. We can also roll out the shop vacuum to clean out the interior and make the car about 10 pounds lighter with gravel and dirt removed from the carpets. With this being t
The 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is one of the most desirable Mustangs you can find, and mostly because of its iconic body lines. The fastback styling added another level of muscle to this great muscle car. Although the looks mean business, the sad truth is 1969 performance (even Mach 1 performance)
We have featured all kinds of cars in the first four issues, but this is the first time we’ve had an opportunity to get a peek into the “Rat Rod” scene. We headed out to Griffiss Air Force base in Rome, NY to meet up with Pete and Rebecca Wilcox. Pete and his wife drove their 1940 Make Model EF
For most car enthusiasts, trusting someone else with your pride and joy can be a bit unsettling. Be it your show car or daily driver, finding the right shop to take care of your automotive needs can be somewhat of an undertaking. We took some time to visit Cantech Automotive of North Syracuse
Cantech Automotive kicked off their first Cars & Coffee event of this season on Saturday April 23rd. Even with the chilly temps the cars arrived in record numbers. Keep an eye on Cantech Automotive’s website as well as our calendar here for the latest updates on future events.
Recently we had the pleasure of talking about the magazine with Joe Cali of the Classic Car Round-Up Radio Show. Check out his Facebook page and listen to the show below.
In the late 1970’s America was going through a lot of changes. Strict government regulations slowly sucked the life out of the muscle car by forcing manufacturers to install primitive pollution control devices that really hurt the performance of otherwise potent power plants. By 1978 the muscle
Love at first sight is a funny thing. It’s almost like you just know when something is meant to be, yet you can’t necessarily explain why. Now, as much as we like to tell our wives that they were our first love, chances are that a car guy might have experienced love long before marriage. Maybe i
Most would agree that this generation of RX-7 was one of the most beautiful. Even in stock form, it was a very capable car by 1994 standards, featuring a 0-60 time in the mid-5 second range and a 150mph top speed. It was also a very unique car, as it was powered by a 255 hp, twin-turbocharged an
If there is one thing Central New York based hotrod shop, Tucci Hotrods is known for, it’s building award winning cars. Stop by their amazing shop at any time, and you will see the leve