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Many regional and national car clubs have meets scheduled in conjunction with the Woodward Dream Cruise. Every year the Great Lakes Classic AMC Club hosts the national American Motors Owners Association’s mid-west regional meet at the historical park at Greenmead farm in Livonia. Jim Kelly made it over there and shot this 3D video of a mid to late ’60s Rambler being loaded up on its trailer. Though any Rambler is usually not anyone’s idea of a hot rod, this particular Rambler is set up for the drag strip with a large hood scoop, a roll bar, skinny tires up front, wide tires in the back and you can also see that there are traction bars for the back axle. From the exhaust note, the car clearly has a V8. I don’t know what the displacement is, but if it’s a drag car, it’s most likely a 390 or 401.
AMC only made one size V8 block, midsized between their competitors’ small block and big block V8. It was originally available in 290, 343 and 390 cubic inches, with a second generation version with a taller deck and better breathing heads in 304, 360 and 401 versions. Though a little bit heavier than Chevy and Ford’s small block V8s, it weighed significantly less than Chevy’s 396 and Ford’s 390. That gave the Javelin, AMX and a few Rambler owners a bit of an advantage over the more popular Mustangs and Camaros. Back in the day, AMC may have had a dowdy image, but car enthusiasts knew that their V8 powered cars were not slow.
Great Lakes Classic AMC Club
AMO Mid-West Regional Meet
25th Annual Motor City All-Family AMC Meet
Sunday August 21, 2011
Greenmead Historical Park
American Motors Owners Association
American Motors Corporation