Gearhead lingo

08/25/2011 12:08 AM

08/25/2011 12:08 AM

If you don't know a clutch from a carburetor, here is some car enthusiast slang to help you at the BlackTop Nationals.

Brand nicknames

* MoPar — any Dodge, Plymouth or Chrysler product. Derived from the term Motor Parts, Chrysler's parts and service division.

* Bow Tie — Any Chevrolet product, derived from the Chevy emblem.

* Blue Oval — any Ford vehicle, most of which carry the Ford script in a blue oval logo

* Shoebox Ford — a 1949, '50 or '51 Ford sedan or coupe

* Deuce — the classic 1932 Ford body style

* Goat — a Pontiac GTO.

Other terms

* Burnout — Drivers stop the car, rev up the engine and spin the rear tires to make them smoke.

* Drop Top or Rag Top — a convertible with a cloth roof

* Retractable Hardtop — a car with a folding metal roof that can be lowered like a convertible.

* Chopped and bagged — a custom car that has had its roof line lowered and its suspension modified with airbags that allow it to be lowered right down onto the pavement.

* Old school — a traditional looking hot rod or custom car.

Join the discussion

is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service