Mercury’s Undervalued Cougar

67 Cougar Sold 20kI have a confession to make. I don’t pay much attention to the multi-million dollar collector cars on the auction block. They prance across the stage looking really hot and endlessly tease you with something you know you can’t afford. Insert Britney Spears joke here.

However, I do have a raging passion for under-appreciated cars that average, everyday people can actually buy. Cars like the 1968 Impala small block, the A-code 289 Mustangs, or the early 302-powered Mavericks are not garage queens. They will never see the inside of a museum. They will spend their days doing what real cars are supposed to do… driving.

One of the best “average guy” muscle car buys on the market today is the shockingly affordable first generation Mercury Cougar. The Cougar has everything. It’s a great looking sports car that’s an authentic member of the Muscle/Pony car club. It was offered as either a big block behemoth or a small-block street hustler.

Dakar Report: Duclos wins eight years after, a record for Perterhansel

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The 6th stage of the Dakar, marked by the announcement of the death of Belgian biker Eric Palante, was won in the bike category by Alain Duclos, eight years after his first victory in Bamako.

Stéphane Peterhansel won his 63rd special on the Dakar and gained to within a little more than half an hour of Roma, moving into third in the general standings in the process. In the truck race, still dominated by Gerard De Rooy, Peter Versluis recorded the day’ best time.

2014 Dakar Rally Stage 4 with Robby Gordon: San Juan to Chilecito

DAKAR 2014: ARGENTINA-BOLIVIA-CHILEChilecito, Argentina (January 8, 2014) – After one of the longest stages of the 2014 Dakar Rally, SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires driver Robby Gordon finished the fourth Stage with a solid fourteenth-place for the HST Gordini.

Competitors started the Stage on a 211-kilometer liaison, which led to a grueling 657-kilometer Special through the mountains and countryside of Argentina. To the benefit of competitors a neutral zone was designated in the middle portion of the Stage for cars to be serviced before finishing the final kilometers. Sitting in a comfortable sixth place just 9 minutes and 32 seconds back entering the neutral zone, Gordon and co-driver Kellon Walch knew they would need to finish the special without any problems to have a shot at capturing the team’s first top-five of 2014.

Robby Gordon Rebounds to Finish 6th in Tuesday’s Third Stage at Dakar

San Juan, Argentina (January 7, 2014) – American’s Robby Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch rebounded following two frustrating stages at the 35th Dakar Rally to finish 6th in the third stage of the famed race.  The team’s SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires HST Gordini finally performed as expected and allowed the duo to finish just seven minutes and two seconds behind stage winner Nani Roma of Spain.