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2008 Stage 3 BlackJack Mustang

BlackJack Mustang

There will be only 100 of these on the road-and all have been presold through Roush-authorized Ford dealers. The Stage 3 BlackJack is from Roush Performance and was actually designed by Jack Roush himself. Sure, sure, he's involved in all the vehicles that the company builds, but this design came straight from his noggin, and his alone. What he dreamed up has a Roots-style supercharger, a special intake manifold (helping the V-8 make 430 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque), an aerobody kit, polished billet-aluminum pieces in the engine compartment, a suspension package, and special emblems, including a Stage 3 badge that has been engraved with the signature of the guy who hand-assembled the car. Here's hoping he didn't use his porn name. There would be nothing worse than a cool car with a "Mr. Whiskers Carpenter" plaque riveted to the engine compartment.

Summer Nats? Where?!?

Yeah, it's time for the Car Craft Summer Nationals again, and this year the GM Performance Division is bringing its collection of interesting historical engines to put on display. Not only can you see the weirdo Olds SOHC 455 prototype and turbo Buick experiments but also some of the more famous engines like the 409 and '69 DZ 302. The CC Summer Nationals is held in St. Paul at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, July 20-22. Join us for the DynoMax Dyno Challenge, a national competition of horsepower and torque, the Baer Brakes Speed-Stop Challenge, the Miss Car Craft Summer Nats contest, a burnout contest, a car corral, a family fun zone, a performance marketplace, and a whole lot more. There is information at familyevents.com and CarCraft.com.-Douglas R. Glad

Chub City

Ahem, not that. Jada Toys offers a line of tricked-out cars called Chub City, and Burger King is using some of the toys in its Kids Meal, such as Street Ride and Shift Launcher. Decals will be included so that consumers can dress up their Chub. Ahem, not that.

Dodge Demon Returns

Hey-that's not a musclecar! The Dodge Demon is back, although this time it's a concept. A concept roadster, no less. The rear-wheel-drive sports car has a six-speed manual trans, 172hp 2.4L (wow, screams "sports car"), and some other stuff you probably don't care about, since if put into production it would be a competitor to the Pontiac Solstice, not the Chevrolet Camaro.

What Are You Doing, Oh, 245 Days From Now?

Sometimes we think we waste too much time surfing the Al Gore machine. But honestly, how else could Glad get his very legitimate and often necessary Dancing With the Stars fix if not for YouTube? Then we found a Web site that truly shows the level of entertainment we will accept on the Internet. At dodgechallengercountdown.com you'll find . . . that the domain name pretty much sums it up. This treatment is usually reserved for end-of-the-world preparation, but here, the days, hours, minutes, and seconds are for the February 6 unveiling of the '08 Dodge Challenger. It's like watching paint talk about the Challenger-and yet you'll still be hooked.

Petty Goes SRT

The Chrysler Group and Richard Petty Driving Experience are bedfellows, expanding the SRT Track Experience to now be open to owners beyond Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep SRT vehicles. The pro-driving instructional program started in 2005, featuring classroom and track driving lessons, and now has added an opportunity to ride along on a hot lap with a Richard Petty pro driver. More than 60 events are taking place this year (go to drivesrt.com for details), with driving geared toward the particular facility, such as Autocross, Full Throttle Challenge, Advanced Car Control, and Drifting.

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