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The 1962 Ed Roth “Mysterion”

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Imitation, as they say, is the sincerest form of flattery.

If that’s the case, then Ed “Big Daddy” Roth fanatic Jeffrey Jones essentially created a driveable compliment.

Specifically, a banana-yellow one that looks like it should be piloted across Mars by a Minion.

A California gearhead with a great fondness for the creations of the cartoonist/car customizer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (which include animated hot rod driver Rat Fink and other characters), Jones was a particular fan of a UFO-like show car Roth designed called the Mysterion.

Built by Roth – who Tom Wolfe once called “the Salvador Dali of hot rodding” – in 1963, the Mysterion, which wasn’t actually driveable, made it to a number of hot rod shows and appeared in magazines before it was damaged during transport and ultimately stripped for parts later in the decade.

Jones fell in love with the Mysterion and, even though no specs or blueprints for the model existed outside of Roth’s imagination, he vowed to build a replica model of the car when he was able.

A petroleum engineer by trade, Jones began his recreation in the early 2000s and used everything from interviews and magazine articles to photographs and model kits as sources for information about the mysterious car.

What Jones did know about the original custom creation is that Roth had installed a twin-engine set-up featuring two Ford V8s paired with two transmissions at the front of the Mysterion.

In front of the exposed engines, Roth installed an oblong front grille and an asymmetrical nose with a single large headlight mounted on the left. Behind all of that, Roth installed a hydraulically operated bubble cockpit onto the foundation he had previously crafted from welding together two rear ends.

In his new model, Jones used a frame covered in pre-polished stainless steel and added several inches of clearance and a coil-spring suspension so the car would actually be able to drive.

Jones also installed both engines but hollowed out the one on the passenger side to conceal the car’s alternator. He did install a cross belt to make it appear as if both engines are functional, but only the one on the driver’s side works.

Jones became so familiar with the legendary car during the build process, he could’ve written the book on it. So he did, penning the 2016 tome Ed Roth’s Mysterion: The Genesis, Demise, and Recreation of an Iconic Custom Car.

“Ed, like all great artists, did not rely on tape measures for his creations,” Jones wrote in the book. “This emphasizes that Ed was not a car customizer as his contemporaries were. He was an artist who used the automobile as his medium.”

Documenting the car as well as providing a bolt-by-bolt look at how Jones fashioned the replica from custom parts, hand-sanded fiberglass and materials bought on eBay, the book offers tons of insights about Roth and his thinking as well as hundreds of “how-to” illustrations.

“I was forced to make a few tough decisions on some big changes to several details,” Jones wrote. “The first obvious decision was, do I honor Ed’s blatant refusal to use a tape measure and build in the huge variations from symmetry he built into the body, or succumb to the urge to make them uniform? The next big difference in the cars is I wanted mine to run and be somewhat drivable.”

Up for sale at the Petersen Automotive Museum Auction on December 8 along with more than 50 other blue-chip automobiles, the RM Sotheby’s lot includes a custom trailer and production molds for the recreation model in case the buyer wants to make more.

RM Sotheby’s hasn’t given a price estimate for the car but it’ll probably be, ahem, out of this world. Considering the replica is the only one of its kind and the original is no longer in existence, we’d estimate at least six figures.

 

Article and Photos courtesy of Evan Bleier at Real Clear Life.

1,000 Horsepower Engine?!

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The Mopar brand stampeded into SEMA Show with a new HEMI-engine-powered beast called the Hellephant. The 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine turns the crank at a mammoth 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. of torque.

The company also revealed its 1968 Dodge Super Charger concept, which featured the Hellephant crate HEMI engine assembly and kit.

“Our enthusiasts crave power and performance and our new ‘Hellephant’ Mopar Crate HEMI engine and kit deliver huge horsepower and torque in a plug-and-play package that is unique in the industry,” said Steve Beahm, head of parts & service for Mopar and passenger car brands for FCA North America. “The 1968 Dodge Charger is one of the hottest classic cars, which is why we decided to use it as a starting point for the ‘Super Charger’ Concept. It’s an amazing vehicle and a great showcase for our ‘Hellephant’ engine.”

The Hellephant engine hits the magical 1,000 horsepower mark via bulked-up displacement, with 4 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 inches. An improved supercharger with a high-efficiency rotor is mounted on the all-aluminum block, which provides huge weight savings to keep the Hellephant light, according to Mopar. The all-aluminum block, used in Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak race vehicles that dominated the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class, was configured for the street in close collaboration with Mopar and engineers from the motorsports world.

The engine and kit’s distinctive Hellephant logo provides a nod to the Mopar brand’s past and present, according to the company. The logo and name call out the legendary 426 HEMI engine, first introduced in 1964 and nicknamed the Elephant engine for its power and size, as well as the 707-horsepower Mopar Hellcrate Engine Kit, revealed last year at the SEMA Show.

The complete engine assembly includes a water pump, flywheel, front sump oil pan, supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors and coil packs. The crate engine assembly can be paired with the Mopar Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit for relatively simple plug-and-play by experienced installers, according to Mopar. The engine assembly and kit are designed for installation on pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles.

Additional features of the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine include valve covers imported from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and valve train, valves, locks and retainers pulled from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The engine build includes a special high-lift cam, as well as custom-forged pistons.

Dropping in the Hellephant is almost turnkey with the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI Engine Kit. The kit includes a powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors, fuel pump control module and cam bus interface device. The PCM is unlocked and tuned to pump out 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. torque.

As with the “Hellcrate” engine, Mopar will also offer an essential Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit, which includes an alternator, power-steering pump, belts, pulleys and more, and is among additional engine accessory hardware components available to assist in installing the Hellephant.

The kit ships in unique packaging, featuring the “Hellephant” logo and includes in-depth information sheets with helpful installation tips and requirements.

 

Article and Photo Courtesy of The Shop.

The Christmas Show Concert

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The Chairman of the Board Meets the King of Rock

The Christmas Show Concert
26601 Ryan Rd
Warren, MI
Buffet, Cash Bar, Entertainment
586-757-1278

Freeman’s Super Sunday Swap Meet

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Freeman’s Super Sunday Swap Meet

Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th St.
Indianapolis, IN 8am-3pm
Admission: $8
supersundayindy.com
317-296-0336

Ohio Ford Expo

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Ohio Ford Expo

All Ford Product Swap Meet and Car Corral
Ohio Expo Center, Voinovich and Buckeye Buildings
717 E 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH
Jeffjohnsonmotorsports.com

Cars and Coffee

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Cars and Coffee

Gateway Classic Cars
15000 Commerce Dr. North
Dearborn, MI 9am-Noon
313-982-3100

Kalamazoo Circus Maximus Toy Show

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Welcome to the Largest Antique Toy & Collectible Show in Michigan!
The Circus Maximus Toy Show is held twice a year in the Spring and Fall at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds. Conveniently situated halfway between Detroit and Chicago, or Grand Rapids and South Bend, IN. Nearly 50,000 square feet of toys from over 200 vendors around the country will be here for you to explore. You will find your favorite childhood toys including but not limited to; Japanese pressed tin litho, cast iron banks, steel pedal cars, Smith Miller & Tonka trucks, old robots, and science fiction items, battery operated toys, cap guns, western toys, and more. For the younger collectors, there is a lot to see from Disney, Star Trek, Star Wars, GI Joe, slot cars, movie, TV and sports memorabilia, and action figures of all kinds. You will also find antique pedal cars and tractors along with spare parts.

Public Show Hours are
Saturday, 9 AM to 2 PM

General Admission:
$7.00 per person
Saturday, 9 AM to 2 PM

Early Buyers / Floor Rights:
$30.00 per person gets you
in the show Friday from 4 – 8 PM
and Saturday morning at 7 AM

10th Anniversary Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

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Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals
Donald E Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL
mcacn.com

Saturday, November 17: 9AM8PM
Sunday, November 18: 9AM5PM

Detroit Area Auto Modelers

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Detroit Area Auto Modelers 56th Show

Detroit Area Auto Modelers
Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center
SW corner 12 Mile Rd. & Hayes Rd.
Warren, MI
586-344-9496

5th Annual Veterans Day Open House

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Stahls Automotive Museum
56516 North Bay Dr
Chesterfield, MI 10am-5pm
Stahlsauto.com/veteransday18
586-749-1078

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