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Floyd Garrett's Got the Muscle

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On: Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 9:32AM | By: Gary P Garry

Floyd Garrett's Got the Muscle

I must admit that I have an affinity for the muscle cars that were hot when I was just coming of age.

Yes, I like the muscle cars that are out right now, and, in fact, I bought a new Camaro earlier this year. At the same time, those killer originals from the fifties, sixties, and seventies have a certain something that can't be explained in words.

If you lived it yourself, you know what I mean, and you would probably enjoy a ride down memory lane. And if you are a muscle car guy who was born a little too late to have experienced this period firsthand, I bet you would like to take a trip back in time for a day.

This is possible if you can take a road trip into the Smoky Mountains. The Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennesee should certainly be on your radar if you have an interest in the cars that shaped the culture.

Floyd Garrett is a true muscle car aficionado; he has been passionate about these cars for most of his adult life. He hails from Fernandina Beach, Florida, and he started his collection when latched on to a 1970 Chevy Chevelle back in the middle of the seventies.

There are 90 killer classics on display at Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum, and the collection is enough to make any car guy drool. He's got a 1965 Dodge Coronet, a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang, a 1970 GTO Judge, 1971 Superbee with a 440 V8, and a rare 1969 Camaro ZL1.

The 1969 Camaro ZL1 is a legendary muscle car. Under the hood there's the 427 cubic inch COPO 9560 ZL1 engine. The factory rating was 430 horsepower, but the car was reportedly capable of generating a monstrous 550 horses. Just 69 of them were produced, so these cars are truly coveted by collectors.

Sevierville is just south of I-40 (exit on S.R. 66), near historic Gatlinburg (and Dollywood at Pigeon Forge), so a trip to the area can be fun and educational for the entire family. Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum is open seven days a week, but they will be closed on Christmas Day. Admission is just $11.00 for adults and five bucks for kids between 8 and 12.

If American muscle is your thing, a visit to Floyd's place will definitely put a cherry on top of your holiday season.

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