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Welcome To Muscle Cars & Trucks

Welcome To The Distillation Of Automotive Americana.

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The pillars of automotive Americana were not built on ho-hum midsize sedans and vapid crossovers. These are vehicles that only project the idea of adventure, capability and performance, and yet deliver none of it. As a result, we’re left with mundane commercials trying to pitch four-wheeled kitchen appliances. They’re not fooling anyone.

Despite the commodification and phony marketing, America’s romance with the automobile is not dead, and shows no signs of dying.

Thankfully, we’re still able to purchase vehicles of deep substance here in this massive expanse of a country. You have the ability to drive off the dealer lot with an 840 horsepower Dodge Demon, or to buy a pedestrian pickup capable of pulling a John Deere row-crop tractor. These are segments that this outlet will cover. More than that, Muscle Cars & Trucks will cover body-on-frame SUVs, too. In other words, actual utility vehicles, and not what various marketing departments are trying to pass as SUVs these days. Here, you will also find abundant news on the accessories and aftermarket offerings of these segments, including tuning companies.

Our mission is to deliver as much American performance car and truck content as we can, every day. In other words: no boring cars.

As for why you should read Muscle Cars & Trucks, subscribe to our newsletter, and share our content on social media… this is the only place on the planet that combines the enthusiastic followings of both the American performance car market, as well as the American truck market. While there are many destinations out there that provide either/or, none of them are as news-focused as Muscle Cars & Trucks strives to be. Here is where you’ll find nourishment in the sugar diet that otherwise makes up the internet’s automotive content. If you want to be informed on the latest happenings in either segment, this is your one stop shop.

Welcome, and enjoy.

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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