This past weekend we attended the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance in Pinehurst, NC. And elegant it was! Even with a cloudy couple of days, the show still gave off an air of sophistication and class, with cars in attendance spanning the brass era all the way up to a modern Porsche display. Many of these rare cars are limited production, with some values exceeding the 1 million mark.
American Muscle was still warmly welcomed on a field stocked heavily with overseas manufacturers.
We walked away with 1st in our American Muscle Car class and the overall Chairman’s Award! Congratulations to all winners and attendees for making this a beautiful event!
See Show Coverage
We are pleased to announce that our recent 1970 Hemi Superbird restoration was selected to take part in the The Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance! This inaugural event will host a hand-selected 118 elite examples of historic vehicles May 3-5, 2013 in Pinehurst, NC.
See 1970 Hemi Superbird Gallery
Last week we spent a week on the road delivering a 1977 Trans Am to it’s home in North Carolina and then picking up a ’71 Cuda convert project from New York! Stay posted for updates and photos!
This year at MCACN there was a very special display inspired by the Nascar Aero wars, these ultra streamlined cars took factory backed racing to another level. Dodge started with the aero-back/flush grill Charger 500 and then went a step beyond with the wild winged Daytona and then the Superbird, while Ford jumped right in with the flush grill/extended nose Talledega’s and the Mercury Cyclone Spoilers. It is a treat to see just one of these Aero Warriors, but for 2012, you will be able to see more than 40, possibly the largest gathering ever assembled under one roof!
We were very happy to have the Superbird on display at this years MCACN. Out of the more than 40 Aero cars, our Bird was one of only two Hemi ‘Birds — and the other one we restored about 6 years ago!
This show is turning into an event with a great selection of cars and seems to have a following of great supporters. A special thanks to Bob Ashton for the invitation into the Aero Warriors display.
We were also able to catch up with some projects from our past that were in invitational displays too!
See MCACN 2012 Event Pictures
Not that I like my picture taken, but the reflection on this Bird is so darn pretty I had to post it!
This is the final sand & buff for this ‘Bird. We couldn’t be more excited to get her all done and show her at MCACN this year!
Our 1970 Hemi Superbird will be on display in the Aero Warriors Invitational Display at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago (Nov 17-18). This will be the very first time this Superbird has been on display for the public so we are very excited!See 1970 Hemi Superbird Gallery Here
Picked up the GT350 from being dipped this week. We are so ready to start rolling on this project! Stay tuned for progress pics and updates!
We are very anxious for this GT350 to be back from the dipper so we can get to work!!
Picked up the 70 Hemi Cuda we did a few years ago to stretch it’s legs at a car show – the GoodGuys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Was nice to see it out again.
The Cuda was selected as the “Mopar Muscle Pick” of the event.
I don’t know if it was the heat or what, but this is the first show where we heard multiple times that the Cuda looked good enough to eat – that it looked like candy. We definitely agree, this Cuda’s paint and body work DOES make your mouth water…
See 1970 Hemi Cuda Gallery
Apex is sponsoring local Sprint Car racer, Andy Klumb. He’s been racing for 5+ years and part of the sprint car community for 25.
We wish him the best of luck this 2012 season!
The 1970 ‘cuda 440 convertible was recently restored to its original splendor by Andrew White of Apex Autosports.
Text by Geoff Stunkard / Photos by John Stunkard
“My dad had Fords, and my first car was a Mustang, so I was not a Mopar girl when we first met; in fact, I had never seen a Hurst Pistol Grip until our first date when I climbed into Tim’s Charger. I saw it and said ‘what is that thing;’ my first thought was that it was some aftermarket redneck part.”
Pam Wellborn was laughingly recalling her first encounter with Chrysler’s legendary musclecar options. Tim Wellborn and Pam Twilley had known each other in high school, and Tim had arrived in a 1970 Charger for their first date that occasion. While the two enjoyed those carefree days, career and life choices would cause them to go their separate ways into other relationships and responsibilities after graduation. Pam moved to Birmingham to get her nursing degree, while Tim ended up beginning his serious work responsibilities at the family business, Wellborn Forest Products.
Check our the baseline dyno testing for this Challenger before we tune it up!
Checkout this Challenger T/A that showed up today!
This Challenger was the first 1970 Challenger T/A ever sold. Wow.
385hp w/ 410tq baseline dyno pulls. Stay tuned for updated numbers after some fun mods.
Look what we get to play with now!! Andrew’s favorite body style AND the color of his 1969 Superbee!
Hopefully you’ve noticed the change in our website!
We launched our revamped website using a more modern blog layout to help bring you the latest news and updates at the shop! We also streamlined our client login area for easier access and a totally user-friendly experience!
1971 Hemi Cuda fender… or not.
This is the number one reason to choose a quality restoration shop. It might cost a little more, but at least you get what you’re paying for.
The value in this one fender decreased by about $1,100 in just the time it took to strip it down.
Notice how the 71 cuda fender gilles are hacked into the fender, instead of them being stamped there from the factory.
See these two pictures of a real 1971 Hemi Cuda fender for comparison.
Meguiar’s Magnificent Masterpiece Award
Apex wins the Meguiar’s Magnificent Masterpiece award at this years Chicagoland Nats. This is the first year we’ve attended a Good Guys show and had a very warm welcome! Thanks to the Good Guys event for selecting us for the Meguiar’s Masterpiece award!
See 1970 Hemi Cuda Gallery Goodguys Chicagoland Nationals
1st Place Hemi Class
Apex winds 1st Place in E-body Hemi Class at Monster Mopar! This was our first year attenting this car show, as we’re usually attending the Forge Invitational in Tennessee. Due to the shows changing their dates this year, we were able to attend! Glad we did, we love trophies!See 1970 Hemi Cuda Gallery Monster Mopar