Mickey Thompson Mustang on PowerBlock!

This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney showcases the Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels prototype Mustang GT. It’s a platform to demonstrate their SC-5 Wheels and Street Comp Tires and how well they handle corners, especially in a supercharged 550 horsepower Pony car.

The company believes this is the ultimate wheel and tire package for American muscle cars. The tires are designed for better wet and dry handling, tight steering response, and faster braking from an increased contact patch. Don Sneddon, Advertising Manager joins Courtney as does designer Matt Lazich from Anvil Auto. The also make the carbon fiber pieces on the Mustang including the front and rear spoiler, rocker panel moldings, upper and lower wheel surrounds, interior pieces, hood vents, brake cooling ducts.

Check it out on PowerBlock August 10th & 11th

For more go to MickeyThompsonTires.com or AnvilAuto.com

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Orange Crush on PowerBlock!

Check out Courtney’s ride of the week, this gorgeous and rare ’67 Camaro Z-28. Chevy only made 600 of them. Owner George Hendrick found it after it had been sitting in storage for 19 years. He began the three-year resto by dropping in a Chevy 358 plus an Eagle rotating assembly, Edelbrock Air Gap intake and a Summit 750 carb.

This bow tie wonder makes about 436 horses and rolls on Foose Nitro Wheels and Sumitomo rubber. And it’s another amazing interior by Kaze Williams at Pope’s Hot Rods who did all the stitch-work in ultra-leather upholstery with orange inserts, and something you don’t see often, white upholstery inserts under the hood. George added a lot of billet touches with pedals, gauges and headliner. The whole package is wrapped in Corvette paint called “Atomic Orange”.

It’s on PowerBlock August 3 & 4.

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Mothers Polish Mustang on PowerBlock!

We know it looks great, but the Mothers/Vaughn Gittin RTR Mustang has the chops too! This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney welcomes Jim Halloway from Mothers and their killer track car that you can bid on to win. This 2013 Mustang GT has a 5.0L V-8 engine with 6-speed manual transmission and Ford Racing Supercharger. Yeah it’s fast with 650 horsepower, and it’s Vaughn’s vision of what the Mustang should be. It has lots of carbon fiber pieces, HRE Wheels, American Racing long tube headers and a Magnaflow Performance Exhaust. The BASF R-M Onyx two-stage Candy Carizzma waterborne paint is a custom “Mothers Red” formulated by Chris Guinn. Mitch Kelly of Kelly & Son the Crazy Painters in Bellflower, California, painted the graphics. The custom interior, designed by the RTR team, was mastered by Stitchcraft Custom Interiors of Westminster, CA. The car will end up in January at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, with proceeds going to the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund at TGen, in honor of Jim’s late father Al.

Watch PowerBlock July 13th & 14th. For more go to Mothers.com or MustangRTR.com

If you want to help and can’t wait for the auction you can make a donation now at TGEN.org

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545 HP Nissan Juke on PowerBlock!

This weekend Courtney will introduce you to the 545 horsepower Nissan Juke-R. Jeff Skalisky, Nissan’s Juke Product Planning Manager is her guest with the back story. It started out as marketing idea by Nissan Europe and built by RML in England. In a nutshell they took a Nissan GT-R and shoehorned it into a Juke! Remember, the GT-R wheelbase is 10” longer, so it was a huge effort of engineering. The Juke-R has the same 3.8 liter V-6 twin turbo, 545 horsepower engine, the same transmission with paddle shifters, an all-wheel drive system, 20” wheels and Brembo Brakes.  It took 22 weeks and about 7000 man hours. The exciting news is you can get one just like it. The new NISMO Juke has 197 horsepower on the same 1.6 liter turbo engine. It also includes high end suspension, 18” wheels and a comfortable interior with bolstered sport seats. The NISMO Juke starts at $22,990 for the front wheel drive manual transmission and goes up to $25,290 for the CVT all-wheel drive.

See it on PowerBlock July 6 & 7. For more visit NissanUSA.com

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Ol’ Ranch Truck on PowerBlock!

This weekend Courtney shows off one gorgeous custom truck that’s going to live on a Montana ranch. Owners David and Helena Seiver wanted a four-wheel-drive custom truck that was ranch-worthy so they turned to T.C. Penick and the crew at Bay One Customs. The problem: this was a two wheel drive 1954 F-100. No problem for Bay One!

The New Process transfer case found a home, and they dropped in a Mercury 410 engine with C6 transmission. The rear bed is a unique material made out of recycled plastic. The interior is retro but updated with a killer stereo, iPod connections and other creature comforts including a Lokar digital shifter readout. It’s got a 10,000-pound Warn winch in the front and a 10,000 pound Warn hitch in the rear hidden behind the license plate. All in all the team has 600 man-hours in this project!

See it on PowerBlock June 29 & 30. For more check out BayOneCustoms.com

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500 HP Camaro SS on PowerBlock!

It’s a Corvette disguised as a Camaro! This weekend on PowerBlock Courtney is joined by custom car builder John Wargo and his awesome 1968 Pro Touring Camaro SS. John is no stranger to The Block, and this is another wild build from John and his team at The Custom Shop in Flanagan, IL. They’re famous for touring cars and Corvettes, and John decided to marry them together in this build. It’s basically a 4-seat Camaro that drives and handles like a 2-seat Corvette! It’s got an LS-1 motor with a D-1-SC ProCharger that makes about 500 horsepower that stops with ZR-1 brakes and ZO-6 Wheels and exhales through a Magnaflow exhaust. The interior is Vette inspired too with C-4 seats; four of them, with a Mid-America stitched three-tone leather package. The paint color is Prospray “Pearl White” with “Speed Orange” stripes.

Check it out on PowerBlock June 15th and 16th. For more visit CustomShop.org

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Road Runner featured on PowerBlock!

Courtney’s featured ride this weekend on PowerBlock is a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

Courtney’s featured ride this weekend on PowerBlock is a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. Owner David Nelson bought it three years ago already fully restored. The “Vitamin-C Orange” Mopar is classic muscle car powered by a 440 that makes around 500 horsepower. David swapped out the wheels to Magnum 500’s with BFG rubber; the way they came in ’69. The interior has been restored back to like new with the rare bucket seat/console setup. The four-speed was swapped for a five-speed Tremec and this 44 year old Plymouth only has 72 thousand miles on it.

Check it out on PowerBlock June 8 & 9!

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NASCAR champ Brad Keselowski tours PowerBlock TV Tech Center with Courtney Hansen

2012 NASCAR Champion Brad Keselowski recently visited the PowerBlock set with Scott Car Care and talked to host Courtney Hansen about his recent project, an A Team replica van.

To see more of Keselowski, make sure you tune in to PowerBlock at 9 a.m. EST Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, on Spike TV. He’ll be talking about his Checkered Flag Foundation and Scott Car Care’s “Worth The Work Pass it On” sweepstakes, where one lucky fan will win a new Ford F-150 XLT EcoBoost Truck! Contest starts June 1, so stay tuned!

Check out more here: PowerBlock Blog

NASCAR Champion Brad Keselowski on PowerBlock!

Penske Racing’s 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup series Champion Brad Keselowski joins Courtney this weekend! Brad is here to get you motivated to get involved with the Scott Car Care “Worth The Work Pass It On” sweepstakes. The idea is for you to nominate your personal hero: Someone you know who enriches the lives of others through hard work, sacrifice and service. It could be a parent, teacher, coach or military serviceman or servicewoman. The winner gets a new Ford F-150 XLT EcoBoost Truck. But the person who nominates the winner also wins! They both get all-expense paid VIP Race Experience in Homestead-Miami at the Ford Championship Weekend and the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR race!

Plus, winners also receive a year of Scott Car Care products. Go to ScottCarCare.com to nominate your hero.

The sweepstakes starts June 1, so stay tuned for details!

We’ll also talk to Brad about his Checkered Flag Foundation that holds VIP events called Race 2 Recovery for veterans and wounded military at race tracks, including hot laps with Brad behind the wheel in the Race 2 Recovery stock car.

Check it out on PowerBlock June 1 and 2.  For more visit CheckeredFlagFoundation.org

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Trucks! host Kevin Tetz shares his “Jaded” Mustang on PowerBlock!

You’ll be seeing green this weekend as Courtney features “Jaded,” the 1966 Mustang restored by our very own Kevin Tetz from Trucks! He got the car back in 2002, and for a while thought it was beyond rescue, but look at it now! It has an ’04 Cobra supercharged 4.6 engine with an Eaton blower that makes around 600 horsepower. Kevin wanted to marry modern performance and styling cues into his classic pony car and he did with great success! It has a custom wrap around bumper and custom Shelby-styled rear body panels. It sits on a Schwartz Performance full frame chassis and Forgeline Wheels with BFG rubber. Kevin enlisted the help of T.C. Penick of Bay One Customs as well as a lot of his friends to finish the car to make the SEMA show last year in the Heat Shield Products booth. It’s one gorgeous muscle car you need to see May 18 & 19 on PowerBlock.

For more on the build check out T.C.’s blog at BayOneCustoms.com

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