Scary Cars Exercise the Demons
Published October 31, 2013
Ah yes fellow Gearheads, Halloween is nearly upon us so we thought we would share some scary rides with you. As it is hard to be scared by a car sitting still, it is scary to lose the ass-end in a tight corner and do several 360’s thus expelling green goo like Linda Blair. It is also scary to see a 700hp road warrior blazing up your tail end about to give your Ford Festiva a prostate exam. Cars at times can be very scary as I once hid under the covers crying after my girlfriend thought it would be cute to learn to drive stick in my 3000GT VR4 thus turning the clutch into a ghost. But what makes a car menacing? In my opinion it is classic muscle cars. There is just something about that era of cars that installs fear in many. The sight of the strong long lines and the massive mouths on models like the Charger or Cuda seem as if their only job is to eat the living. The noise of these beasts are blood chilling as the big blocks lope at an incredibly low decibel and once it is fed its mixture of air and fuel (and maybe some blood) it screams out in a rage that makes the hairs standup on the back of your neck. Behind the wheel you get the sense that you’re only hoping to control the predator as you look out over a long sleek hood that ends like a knife edge.
Driving these serial killers on the edge of their limitations can make you feel as if Nosferatu is riding shotgun waiting for you to make one slip up. I have gotten the pleasure to drive several original restoration muscle cars and the handling of corners takes incredible poise as just the body-roll and suspension play makes you feel as if you’re steering a whole haunted funhouse down the road at 90mph.
Today we see custom shops and even newer generation muscle car owners doing some incredible modifications to their vehicles and as a result they have a car that looks like it wants to drag an axe with it. Now we see that individuals are working to make their vehicle show no other color than black makes the vehicles look as if they have a few skeletons in the closet (if done correctly as a Dodge Neon will never look”murdered out”). So if running around the neighborhood looking for candy simply isn’t scaring you then get behind the wheel of some Detroit muscle on a dark curvy country road and try to triple the suggested corner speed; you will soon resemble Frankenstein’s wife with the white fright hair if you survive.
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