Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 8

Blue Thunder, my 1980 Ford Mustang, was born as a 2.3 liter four cylinder but has gone through a progression of four small block engine installations. As a result, I’ve learned a few hard lessons about cooling a V8. We initially tried leaving the original radiator in place, fully expecting to have cooling issues. We were right. Ford’s original paper-thin radiator was no match for even a stock 302 engine. The only way to keep it cool in the summer was to maintain 50 mph. At low speeds the temperatures crept north. At stop lights it was sometimes necessary to Read More

Victory at 14 Hours of Daytona

The expertise of Lowcountry Motorsports and a dash of racing luck gave Indianapolis race driver Stephen Cox his 26th career victory in the Champcar Series EC class at last weekend’s 14 Hours of Daytona sports car race at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Cox drove 3rd in a four-driver rotation that included former NASCAR driver A J Frank as well as former Champcar winners Logan Cozzie and Doug Stewart, Jr. His first 95-minute stint included an intense battle for the point position in which Cox traded the lead three times. Lowcountry Motorsports eventually settled into second place and appeared destined Read More

Cox Seeks Career Win #26 at Daytona International Speedway

Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will re-unite with an old friend next month to tackle the 14 Hours of Daytona in the Champcar Endurance Series with backing from Precision Classic Cars, Cars and Convos, Stabil Brand Fuel Stabilizer and Geezzup. Cox met team owner A. J. Frank when he was providing Speed Channel’s pit coverage of the Hooters Pro Cup Series in the early 2000’s. After a successful oval career in Pro Cup, ARCA and NASCAR, Frank now operates Lowcountry Motorsports Management out of South Carolina. His Lowcountry team will field a Ford Mustang GT for Cox and a strong Read More


Mecum Auctions, host of The World’s Largest Collector Car Auction®, will return to the Las Vegas Convention Center for its seventh annual collector car auction in the city this Nov. 9-11 with an estimated 1,000 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, exotics, trucks, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block. The auction will be televised live on Motor Trend with hosts Scott Hoke, John Kraman, Bill Stephens, Chris Jacobs and Stephen Cox of Sopwith Motorsports. Among the event’s featured offerings are nine motorcycles and seven cars that converge to form The George Walker Collection, and all 16 vehicles will Read More

Cox to Vie for Landjager Cup at Road America

Indianapolis race driver Stephen Cox will return to Gorilla Sticker racing in late October for a pair of sportscar endurance races at Road America. The former GT Challenge Series road racing champion will join a team of four drivers for the Champcar Landjager Cup endurance races on Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22 at the famed 4-mile course. Saturday’s event will run 8 hours in length with another 7 hours of racing on Sunday. Sponsored by and classic car services, Cox is looking to score a third consecutive podium and his first victory of the season in the team’s Read More

2 YEAR REVIEW: Chassis Stiffeners for Fox Body Mustang

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by National Parts Depot Fox body Mustangs (1979-93) have torque boxes for a reason. Ford’s sloppy Fox platform literally twists under acceleration and with every turn the driver makes. This “chassis flex” (technically the Fox Mustang is a unit body platform but you get the idea) robs the Fox Mustang of cornering power and good handling characteristics. For the uninitiated, torque boxes on the Fox are located just ahead of the rear wheel wells. They are square, as opposed to the tubular torque systems on some others vehicles, and are frequently found cracked on Read More

World Class Datsun Collection at Monterey

The Mecum Monterey classic car auction in August featured the Mike and Debbie Rogers Datsun collection. Rare models included a Fairlady 432, Zzzap Edition Datsun and a rare Black Pearl Datsun. Sopwith’s Stephen Cox previewed the entire collection prior to its sale. Read More

Sneak Preview of Horton Classic Car Collection

Follow Stephen Cox and John Kraman as they peruse one of the finest collections in the south! Possessing some of the most highly respected and sought-after vehicles to ever grace the automotive market, The Horton Classic Car Museum Collection is an assemblage curated by a husband and wife duo who are passionate about collecting some of the rarest automobiles in the world. Hailing from the extravagant Horton Classic Car Museum in Nocona, Texas, the Horton collection of more than 100 museum-quality vehicles is prepared to impress bidders and onlookers alike as examples from makers like Ford, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Read More

Road Noise Features Blue Thunder

YouTube’s Road Noise producers recently visited the Sopwith Motorsports garage to film a short feature on the progress of Blue Thunder, a 1980 Fox body Mustang undergoing a frame-on restoration in stages. Click below to view content: Read More