BY CODY

When most people think of

A little historical side note here. During WWII, German U-boats and Japanese submarines were known to attack merchant ships in order to cut shipping lines that provided resources to Allied Forces. As a countermeasure against this Axis threat, the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy created a new grade of vessels-heavily armed merchant ships that concealed powerful naval weapons. In other words, wolves in sheep's clothing, these vessels were designed to lure submarines into making surface attacks. The submarines didn't know what hit them. These disguised merchant ships were known amongst the Navy as "Q-ships." Hence the name Q-car, a sleeper in looks, but loaded with performance.

The Buick Regal Grand National made its debut in 1982 and it offered a choice between a 125 hp 4.1 liter V-6 and a 180 hp turbocharged 3.8 liter V-6. It began its life as a special edition, honoring Buick's back-to-back titles in NASCAR's Grand National Series. There was no 1983 model, but when Buick brought the Grand National back in 1984, the idea was to offer a vehicle that would 'take no prisoners', which is exactly what it did. From 1984 through 1987, Buick continued to improve the Regal Grand National and increased power outputs almost every single year. The electronically controlled turbocharged V-6 engine appeared in an era when most American performance cars had V-8 engines, making the Buick Regal Grand National a car ahead of its time. Nowadays, automakers are downsizing from V-8's to V-6's and from V-6 engines to four-cylinders. This is not a new idea, you see, Buick did it over 30 years ago!

To celebrate the end of the limited-run performance car, Buick released in 1987 the

Now, here's the big question. Why am I bringing up the Buick Regal Grand National now? On Aug. 4, the first 20 minutes of Black Air was screened at the Buick Performance Group Meet in

The full documentary is set for release on Dec. 11 of this year, so mark your calendars and enjoy a great piece of genuine automotive history. The Buick Regal Grand National, a car ahead of its time, with a legacy that will last for all time.

Cody

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