Presents Beatuy & the Beast

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Two cars, aptly named Beauty & the Beast consist of a 72 Cutlass and a 73 Camaro. These sister ships, both mildly customized muscle cars were built by originator R.Mike Micklich. HOT ROD Magazine's Crusher Camaro engine powers the Camaro and edgy beautiful artwork akin to "nose art" WWII fighter planes adorns both cars. presents and introduces from equestrian parlance, the concept known as "Pas de Duex" (or the Dance of Two) which has never been applied to the automotive world--until today. Two cars, an indivisible unit aptly named Beauty and the Beast, make their debut on October 28, 2006 in Laguna Beach, CA.

Beauty is a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme coupe that is highly modified and slightly customized. It features a 525 horsepower, 469 cubic inch Olds engine outfitted with aluminum cylinder heads and an 850cfm Quadra-Jet carburetor. Doug Thorley made the exhaust headers as prototypes for his new product line. The Cutlass also features a custom-crafted fresh air induction system of Mike's design and features twin 5-inch air ducts fed from the inner headlight buckets, ala the Ford Thunderbolt. After winning two Best of Show trophies at local events and always hearing "it's beautiful," Mike procured the engine from HOT ROD Magazine's "Crusher Camaro," and the concept for Beauty & the Beast was born.

The heart of the Beast is an all-aluminum 632 cubic inch big-block fed by electronically controlled Hilborn fuel-injection. Dynamometer tested at 860 horsepower on pump gas. The Beast's motor bellows from a 1973 Camaro, fixed with the same body modifications as the Cutlass: 2001 Corvette door handles, shaved body, and streamlined mid-80's GM mirrors. Wheels on both cars compliment the rich titanium pearl metallic paint accented by deep black SS stripes. Further, a 12-point roll cage adds safety as well as torsional stiffness to the frame while it makes 9-second sprints down the quarter-mile.

Switching on the Beast's ignition triggers an immediate roar, not unlike that of the sky tearing open. A licensed street car, with the heart of a drag racer, the guts of the Beast are the perfect foil for Beauty in the blend of the perfect cruiser and the quintessential street-fighter. A matched set… bookends.

In addition to the superlative body and paint work by some of the best pros in the business, both cars sport "nose art" much in the spirit WWII war birds. Famed Jimmy C. of San Clemente painted the sides of each much like ersatz tattoos. The images are literal versions of Beauty and the Beast, done in a style as timeless as Vargas' was in his heyday. They are elegant, beautiful and edgy, cutting the patterns for others to trace. They must be seen and heard to be appreciated. Those who understand the car as art and mobile palettes will revel in their discovery.

This inseparable pair is being offered for sale as a unit and on a worldwide basis beginning October 31, 2006 through the internet web site of

In addition to the unveiling of a Beauty and the Beast, is proud to introduce and sponsor C.A.T. 123, a 501 IRS status non-profit foundation dedicated to offer 18 – 35 year old clean and sober persons a "second chance" opportunity to learn skills sets to become Certified Automotive Technicians.


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