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2008 Ford Mustang Bullit & 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 - Straight Scoop

Photography by Courtesy of the National Corvette Museum, Susan Thompson

Bullitt Proof
Ford kinda got it wrong. The marketing folks have targeted the new Bullitt toward "McQueen fans." Hello? How about fans of a 315hp/325-lb-ft V-8 and a tuned chassis and suspension, not to mention an affordable limited-edition performance package for $31,075? True, it's inspired by the '68 Bullitt flick starring Steve McQueen, which happens to be celebrating its big 4-0 in '08 Mustang form. That's why you'll find it in the same Dark Highland Green as the movie car (or close enough-the movie car was Highland Green Metallic), and also sans any exterior badges and logos like the screen version. Upgrades for this model over the regular 'Stang include 3.5-inch exhaust tips, performance brakes, a 3.73 rear axle with limited slip, a Ford Racing power pack, a modified H-pipe, a special upper grille, and sport leather seats.

You: Sports Car Designer
None of us can claim to be immune from making catty remarks about the styling of today's cars. Think you know what would look cool as a sports car, convertible, or even race or street machine? Heck, have an original concept-vehicle idea? Scoot on over to a place like Best Buy and grab Topic Entertainment's Sports Car Designer computer program, which is said to function nearly the same as the ones actual automakers use. Millions of design options are available; it will even let you pick the engine-inline or V, up to 16 cylinders, bore-and-stroke, racing cams and ports, forced induction, and other real-world features. Plus, it's up to you where to place stuff like headlights, taillights, and door handles. We'd put everything on the roof.

Richard Petty College
The new building that will be home to Randolph Community College's classes in Automotive Repair and Automotive Systems will officially be anointed Richard Petty Education Center when it opens this fall. Inside the 20,000-square-foot building (which has 15,000 square feet of new space) will be 10 workstations, a high-tech paint booth, computer space, a rejuvenated classroom, and more. Petty Enterprises is even donating memorabilia for the lobby. Why Petty? He's Randolph County's native son.

Supersizing the National Corvette Museum
There's expanding, and then there's adding 47,000 square feet. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is in the process of growing, including beefing up its hall of fame and library/archives, plus Corvette Boulevard (basically the equivalent of a Main Street) will display 12 new Corvettes straight from the factory as they wait for their owners to come and collect them. The museum changes should be completed in 2009.

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