AutoGloss is a very very weak pun... for Automotive Glossary. You can boo me later. If you're reading this page you saw a term that confused you a bit, so you clicked on the link to find out what I meant.  It occurred to me recently that not everyone understands what the heck I mean sometimes, even when I'm talking to life long hot rodders. What can I say... I'm a very confusing guy.  


Autocross An exciting motor sport for participants that practically anyone can get involved in. It's a timed event, but unlike drag racing, you are expected to negotiate a course.  If you don't believe me, check out the Autocross web site (Use the pull down menus at the top of their page to navigate around).  You can also go straight to the FAQ page if you want to find out exactly what this is all about. I do apologize for the AutoGloss pun, but you'll have to find me to boo me anyway hehehe. By the way... if Autocross is too slow for you, check out the SCCA. They have a WIDE variety of road racing events.
Drag Racing A race where acceleration is king... a drag race is typically 1/4 mile long, although some enthusiasts prefer the 1/8th mile events. The track is a straight line, the participants are completely stopped at the beginning of the race, and the object is to reach the end quicker than your opponent does. E.T. in a drag race mean "elapsed time" (not cute little extra terrestrial from the Spielberg movie) and measures how long it took you to cover the full length of the track. But... in the end the ET doesn't matter. All that matter is who reached the end first. Check out the NHRA, the IHRA, and the Goodguys if you think you might want to see what this is all about.
Mopar Nickname for Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth. Don't ask me where the name came from because no matter how many times I've been told, I forget it.  
Numbers Matching A term for restored cars that means every part on it that has a date code has the correct date code for when the car was built. Restoring a car to the same condition that it was in when it was brand spanking new  using all correct date coded parts is an extreme pain in the butt and the price such cars can command on the open market reflects that.  For my own purposes, I never paid any attention since none of my cars ever counted as "restored". All of mine would probably be better described as "modified"  or "heavily modified" 

The problem with "numbers matching" cars is they are so painstakingly and lovingly restored to such pristine conditions, that they typically end up being more of a static display than something you can enjoy driving around town. After all.. the instant you drive it, you start adding wear to it.


Still have questions? Well then I obviously left something out of the AutoGloss!  Drop me a note to let me know and I'll fix 'er right up!