Wednesday, June 20, 2018

One-owner 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix makes third Hot Rod Power Tour

Hold tight. In 1972, soon after USMC veteran Tony Parnell was discharged from the service he began searching for a new car. Parnell put $50 down on a new Ford Grand Torino. But after a drive in his buddy’s white 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix, Parnell retrieve his deposit at the Ford dealership and plunked it down on a Golden Olive 1973 Grand Prix of his own. Equipped with a 400-V8, turbo 400 automatic transmission, black cloth interior and black vinyl top. The car was a testament to the over-the-top styling of the 1970’s and the long hood/short (for the time) deck lid that was the brainchild of John Z. DeLorean.

Parnell and his wife, Pam, enjoyed the sights and sounds of the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour behind the wheel of the 1973 Pontiac Grand Prix that they have owned since the car was new. The mid-sized GM colonnade is still a sight to behold 45 years after it was delivered. Parnell proudly touts his original ownership. Holding the keys tightly on a Grand Prix that still wears almost all of its original equipment, right down to the pinstripe on the long hood. Tires and wear items have been replaced during the car’s 100k miles but you would be hard pressed to find a more original 1973 era car in more original condition.

Take a look and listen to Parnell’s story that he shared at the Hoover, Alabama stop of the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour. This was Tony and his wife Pam’s third HRPT.

Jody Potter
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Watch: Burnout Callout: Melting rubber before the hot rod road trip

Smoke show! The boys from Junkyard Life get called out for not doing burnouts. Keith Lively and his all-wheel-drive 1966 Chevy Impala built on a 2004 GMC Denali chassis are up to the task. Chained to our custom TJ "Money Burner" Jeep Wrangler with 1-ton axles, 6.0 liter LS engine and 4-doors, the Impala let them rip. Smoky burnouts for everyone! 
  Afterwards the junkyard-style 1973 Pontiac Grand Am, owned by Jody Potter and driven by Ron Kidd, with the 400-V8, posi equipped laid some stripes.
Then, Keith and Ron get a laugh discussing the merits of Lively’s rubber burning abilities. Enjoy the show! And... Do Not Try This At Home!!!  

Hot footing to HRPT 2018
  The gang loaded up and headed to Bowling Green, Kentucky in these two car for the start of the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour. More road trip tales are coming soon.  

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Read the very first Junkyard Life story. Not for Sale - 1970 Road Runner to ruin