So apparently Iran, that sandy country over in the Middle East, has a hardcore group of American muscle car enthusiasts roaming the streets. I probably shouldn’t be surprised in the least, as the muscle car is iconic amongst petrol heads. I mean what’s not to like? You take one mid-size coupe or sedan and shoehorn in a massive push-rod V8 that pumps out gobs of horsepower and torque. It’s a recipe that’s captured the hearts of millions in America, as well as around the world. GM’s, Ford’s and Chrysler’s are all present and accounted for, and while there are not that many of them, there are enough for Iranian enthusiasts to be able to get together at Azadi Stadium Race Track in Tehran for little side by side, tire smoking action.
You may be wondering how the hell these old muscle cars actually made their way over to Iran in the first place, but the answer is quite simple. In the 1970’s there were thousands of students from Iran who attended American universities and colleges. When their education was up, and thanks to an Iranian tax exemption, each student was allowed to ship back to Iran, one car from the United States. It should be no surprise then that these students took advantage of the American muscle car craze and went buck-wild when it came time for them to make their purchases. It’s now 40 years later and the biggest complaint that these owners have it simply keeping these old cars on the road, as parts for old American cars are extremely hard to come by. Be that as it may, it just goes to show you that there are muscle car enthusiasts hiding in every corner of the globe.