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On: Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 11:20AM | By: Gary P Garry

Muscle Cars Save Lives

There is a quote that you see on bumper stickers and T-shirts that goes something like this: “If I have to explain it to you, you won't understand.” Up until now, this has applied to muscle cars, but we will provide a public service announcement later in this article that changes everything.

Before we get there, let's take a look at the definition of a muscle car for those who may not fully understand the origins. Generally speaking, a muscle car is American, and it is a two-door coupe with a powerful V-8 engine.

The idea is to go fast, and you may assume that you throw your budget out the window to achieve this, but that was not the original ethos. Yes, a muscle car was built to go fast, but it was supposed to be affordable for everyone. Most of the money that was spent was put into the performance, not the interior bells and whistles.

When you try to put your finger on the first muscle car ever built, you come up with varying opinions, but most people in the know have come to the conclusion that the first muscle car was the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88. It combined a high compression 135 horsepower, overhead valve 303 cubic inch V8 engine with a lightweight body that was built for a six-cylinder. The car was ripped like a modern-day NFL linebacker, and, in 1950, the Rocket 88 had an eight-and-two record on the NASCAR circuit.

Muscle cars evolved through the fifties and into the glory days of the sixties, with the the SS package that was available for the 1961 Chevrolet Impala leading the way. The GTO came along in 1964, and the Ford Thunderbolt was another speed merchant that was turning heads during that model year.

Cars like the Camaro, the Firebird, and the Road Runner continued to carry the torch, and the pony cars like the Mustang had power options for those who wanted to do some flexing.

Okay, now that we have taken a walk down memory lane, I would like to publicly state that muscle cars save lives. How so? Have you ever tried to merge onto a busy freeway driving a four-cylinder economy car? That can be scary, but things are entirely different when you can go from 0 to 80 at warp speed.

How about lane changing as you try to angle toward an exit? Isn't it kind of dangerous to try to slow down (or laboriously try to speed up when you have no oomph) and weave through traffic?

On the other hand, when you drive a muscle car, there is no danger. If you want the car near you to disappear, you can make that happen. There are never any doubts, and everyone in the car will always get to the destination safely (and quickly, I might add).

I steadfastly contend that muscle cars are not strictly for people who have a need for speed. They are ideal for the safety-minded, and you should keep this in mind the next time you decide to upgrade your ride.


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