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This Big Snake Can Slither

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Race Red DRSCCA Oscoda Autocross
Photo Credit: Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks

Tipping the scales at over 4,100 lbs and possessing a ludicrous 760 horsepower under the hood courtesy of a 5.2L supercharged V8 nicknamed “Predator,” you’d think by just that alone that the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 would be one of the most unwieldily machines that could enter an SCCA-sanctioned autocross event – a natural habitat for more lithe sports cars such as the Mazda Miata, Toyota 86, and/or the Corvette.

Not so.

While we have much more to share about our time with what will go down in history as one of the most incredible production muscle cars the world has ever seen, or ever will see, we wanted to take the time to share with you some of the best photos from the past weekend. The site location is Oscoda, Michigan, on tarmac where a squadron of B-52 nuclear bombers once rested. In the distance are the remnants of a high-security US Air Force base, complete with a bunker that goes several stories beneath the concrete seen in the background. But while this symbol of American might has since been demilitarized, a new image of this ethos can be seen taking advantage of this wide open space. In Race Red, of course.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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