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Pro Touring Cars, Yay or Nay?


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#1 Jordan White

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:28 PM

If you don't know what a Pro Touring car is, then here's a quick rundown: It's an older car that has been updated with newer drivetrain, suspension, and wheels/tires. It is made to drive fast, as well as handle very well.

 

Basically, what's your opinion on this "genre" of vehicle? At first I thought they were pretty ugly compared to the same car with stock sized rolling stock. But then I started reading Popular Hot Rodding, where they feature this style quite a bit, and I changed my mind since there are some examples which really look amazing. I love the monochromatic paint schemes and subtle changes/additions that really make each car unique. I'm actually planning on building a 1/12 1971 Mustang in the Pro Touring style, with the drivetrain and interior from the 1/12 GT500 kit.

 

Here's one that I find looks awesome, yet clean and subtle at the same time.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:29 PM

heck yesss

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:39 PM

Sometimes they look great and sometimes they don't. l only have a couple of builds useing the bigger wheels and tires...



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:43 PM

LOVE THEM! Pro street of this decade. (Which I also like.) But with a little more driveability.

 

One of my favorites is the fastback mustang with the DOHC ford small block. Saw it in person. Amazing.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:49 PM

For the most part I like the style, although I have seen a few cars that I didn't think looked that great, but that 69 Camaro is sharp!



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:49 PM

When done right (like the Camaro you posted), they look very cool. But it's easy to go overboard, especially with the clown car wheels, and jump from "cool" to "cartoon." It's like any other style of car... it can be done well, clean and tasteful... or it can be a disaster.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:54 PM

Agree with what has already been said



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:11 PM

It is where the natural progression has taken us technology meets old school muscle. 1 g skid pad was something we worked hard at to achieve. 1 HP per cubic inch was something hard to archive. 25 mpg in a muscle package was unheard of. My cake is chocolate with coconut icing.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:16 PM

I like some, I dislike others.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:19 PM

When done right (like the Camaro you posted), they look very cool. But it's easy to go overboard, especially with the clown car wheels, and jump from "cool" to "cartoon." It's like any other style of car... it can be done well, clean and tasteful... or it can be a disaster.

Well said...



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:26 PM

An updated old car set up for long, fast travel and great handling is cool, but cutting up real muscle cars bad. I'd rather see Chevelles, Le Mans, Belvederes and such cut up than SS 396's, GTO's or Road Runners. Also the big rimsLook  really bad on these cars, like it's been said they look like clown cars.

Also, the name Pro-Touring has always seemed silly to me. You turned Pro and get payed to tour?



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:27 PM

Love the style, if done tastefully and the wheels aren't insanely huge and the paint isn't overdone (no flame paint jobs, for instance--wrong genre)...   Certain cars and wheels work better w/ the style than others, IMO.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 02:30 PM

Love the genre, love the style of them, just not fond of the wheels folks put on them.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 03:03 PM

So long as the car is built to run, sure, but if it's a different "Pro-Fairgrounds" car, no.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:17 PM

Nay. Go pro STREET!

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:35 PM

LOVE THEM! Pro street of this decade. (Which I also like.) But with a little more driveability.

 

And because of that, I think this trend will continue much longer that pro-street. Heck I first heard of pro-tour or g-machines back in 2001. So the trend has some staying power already. Personally I like the look and the performance. It's taken the term "muscle car" to the nth degree.


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Posted 21 August 2013 - 04:49 PM

So long as the car is built to run, sure, but if it's a different "Pro-Fairgrounds" car, no.

Silver State Challenge, Big Red Camaro

 



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:42 PM

I don't know about some of you guys, but watching these things fly around an auto cross course is something you have to see to believe. My dad built a 1:1 pro touring car out of a 69 firebird and it is wicked fun to ride in the passenger seat during an autocross event. I think this is one of the coolest build styles and it definitely isn't going away any time soon. In my opinion, the second generation camaros look the best in this style.

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Posted 21 August 2013 - 05:55 PM

Nay as I'm still "stuck in the 60's" and a "day two" type of guy.



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Posted 21 August 2013 - 06:16 PM

I love these cars and they are a blast to drive if built right. I really like when they keep all of the factory appearance with the modern performance and drivability.

What is the most difficult is the custom body mods are difficult to pull off right. Keep the body as stock as possible and get the stance right. Modern colors in vintage stripes work great. What I can't stand is Mustang Shelby style stripes on a Chevelle, or Bumble Bee stripes on a Camaro.