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Off The Wire - Readers' Mail, May 2014

May 8, 2014
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Please send all letters to:, or mail to: GM High-Tech Performance, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. All letters are presumed for publication and GMHTP reserves the right to edit all letters.

Singing Our Praise

Hi Rick!

Welcome to the magazine as the new editor. Your Bumpin' In editorial in the Feb. '14 issue got me excited and I wanted to send this to you while I was amped up. I'm an author and journalist myself in the Paleo diet and fitness niche and I hugely respect you putting your personal email at the bottom of the column. It's only when we allow our readers to connect with us and have a dialog back and forth that we grow as journalists and create raving fans. So, nice work, man! I appreciate that. I love GMHTP and have gotten immense value from it. The junkyard wiring harness article in Jan 2014 was genius. I never even thought of such a thing. Thanks for opening my eyes to what's possible in 21st century hot-rodding. This past year, I was given a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. It needs some TLC, but has been in the family since new and I've been working on making it run and perform. I'd LOVE to see some GTP and 3800 stuff in the mag. I also own a 2000 5.3L Silverado that I have owned since new, and a '79 Nova that was my first car and I'm the second owner of. The Nova is on the back burner, but my goal is a full LS swap for street and strip or autocross. Anyway, the point is, I have a diverse bunch of GM vehicles here and want to learn more about all of them. I've spoken to John Rucker at Intense Racing and he said you guys have approached him about a 3800 article series. I think there's a number of us who would like a series like that. I love the magazine, but, personally, would like to see some more "driveway tech" for dealing with things like upgrades and repairs on these cars many of us have that are getting older and need upgrading and more complex repairs to keep running. I'm still a while away from owning a C6 Z06 - my dream car - so, while I love to see them and what's possible with them - the higher dollar 'Vettes and Camaros aren't what some of us need to see all the time. I love the hardcore, "homegrown" tech stuff and would welcome more of. BTW, I just heard that there's a new V-6 Colorado coming late 2014. That engine could potentially be a whole new niche to explore. Thanks, man! Good luck in the new position!

Adam Farrah

Loves Diversity

Hey Rick,

Just got my Feb. '14 issue of GMHTP and after reading your editorial and skimming through the rest of the magazine, I wanted to take a minute and let you know that I'm excited about the direction that you're planning on taking the magazine.  I've been a GMHTP subscriber for quite a while and even had my 4th-gen F-body featured in your magazine a few years back.  I currently own three LS-powered vehicles and just sold another earlier this year so I'm definitely a fan of that platform. I'll probably never tire of seeing F-bodies, Vettes, and GNs on the pages of GMHTP, but I love the idea of expanding a bit and delving into some more tech content as well.  For example, my three-season daily driver is a little 2009 Cobalt SS running some Powell suspension parts, ZZP engine bits, and an E47 tune - it's a hell of a bang for the buck.  I also loved seeing the '70 GTO in the magazine - beautifully executed LS swap in a timeless car.  Anyway, just wanted to pass along my vote of confidence. Just renewed my subscription for another 18 months and really looking forward to what you have in the works.

Joe Files

I responded to these letters individually as I had received them, but I've shared each one for all of you to read so you know that I do take all of your suggestions into consideration. This is proof that I read everything that comes across my desk, and I value each and every one of my readers—something that sometimes goes missing at other publications. Keep those emails and letters coming, and I'll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.



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