Imagine owing a rare, numbers-matching, high-spec, 440-six-pack 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. Then imagine you got it from your cousin when you were 17 years old, and it's now 34 years later? That's the situation with John Cross and his 'Cuda.

Naturally, Cross saved the original powerplant — the second most sought-after 'Cuda mill after the 426 Hemi — but now it's got a modern 700-hp job running on 100 octane. Leave the concours to the concoursians, is apparently his motto.

Imagine owning the car from your childhood that first pinned your 8-year-old nose to the front headrest with its insane power?