For 1/24 the SBC's from the Monogram '37 Fords are a perfect "crate engine". The Revell 32's have a very good looking small block Ford you could get from any catalog. The Revell Wagonrod (Chevy), and Phantom Deuce (Ford) each have a modern powerplant that might qualify. Also most any modern Mustang, Challenger or Camaro would have an engine you could likely buy through the aftermarket if you had deep enough pockets. 90's Corvettes with a tuned port ejection setup would work perhaps. Like JC said, any modern NASCAR kit would have a crate engine. And ........................... that's all I have to say about that.
Next years race will start Jan 1. The theme is yet to be decided. After this one ends on December 2, TFchronos (who will be running next years Cannonball) will put up a poll thread and we can decide on our theme. Hope to see you John.
Wow. I have to say that over the years we've seen some very cool and unusual builds. Guys like Zenrat and Lunajammer always seem to come up with something that makes you do a double take. But this year the creativity has been unpresidented and the build quality is top shelf. I'm very proud to be part of this group of builders. You guys rock.
You could source kits like the pro-street AMT 66 Nova, AMT '70 Super bee, Revell 67 Malibu. Revell 90 Mustang, AMT '69 GTX, AMT '67 Chevelle which feature a back halved non-tube chassis. Or for full tube chassis type racers, the Revell/Monogram Tbird, Beretta, Lincoln and Camaro.
Unless it's something I'm really into, when a collectable kit falls into my hands I will normally sell it. The money I get for it will buy a lot of building supplies to help me with the kits I already have plans for.