April 2010 Chevy High Performance Letters - CHP Garage

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Sean Haggai Apr 1, 2010 0 Comment(s)

Street 'Cages
Great mag and keep up the good work. I really like the '72 Nova and I had one just like it. The chrome was missing on the driver side front fender for as long as I had the car. In the '80s I was running 9-inch-wide Goodyears all around on 15x8s, but I'll admit this involved some work with various wheel offsets and having to roll the fender lips. For the drivetrain, I had a 350hp, 327ci small-block with a three-speed out of a truck; Second gear worked great on the slalom, and the car was a lot of fun!

I raced with the St. Catharine's Motor Club in Ontario, Canada, and I was proud of the fact that I was the only guy in town with a car set up like this! I even dropped the body approximately 1 inch with homemade aluminum bushings, installed thicker sway bars up front and back, and had a six-point 'cage.

If I can make a request, I would like to see more on tires and structural rigidity, mainly rollcages. Your F73 project would make a great article on a street 'cage, one that fits tight to the A-pillars and with crossbars that interfere with door openings as little as possible.

Craig Ricker
Via email

I hate to admit it, but our '72 Nova was the only running vehicle in our stable that could actually turn-until recently. We now have a C5 Z06 that's ready for testing and we've already initiated our first tire test. We'll discuss it more when the time is appropriate, but rest assured we have a lot of cool stuff in the works.

Got something to say? We'll make you famous and put your letter here. Email us at chevyhi@sorc.com

Indy Gets Camaro SS
Look forward to seeing the '10 Camaro as the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500? The Indy 500 Camaro pace car will have Orange Metallic paint with White Diamond rally stripes from front to rear. Camaro made its debut showing at the Indy 500 in 1967 and has returned in 1969, 1982, 1993, and 2009. Additional features will include '10 Indy 500 badges, custom grille, and amber taillamps. As usual, power will come from the potent 400hp 6.2L. No word yet on if GM plans to release this version of the Camaro.

Rooster Call
Sean Haggai
I had quite the oppurtunity to hang out with L.A.'s finest recently. No, it wasn't the newest fad bar or lounge on Ventura Boulevard, nor was it a crowded funky Hollywood club. It was the family whose motto is designed to do exactly what it says: "Protect and Serve." As much as I am trying to avoid the black and white cruiser at times for late registration tags or exhibition of speed, it's difficult now since my best friend has recently joined the elite group. If you haven't already figured out what I'm blabbling about, it's the proud men and women of the Los Angles Police Department.

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Officer Pearson is certainly on his way to busting down the occasional door or two. His older brother, Christopher will have already graduated by the time this hits print. While attending the badge ceremony, I had an experience not shared by many. Anyway, it's a nervous experience going to these cop-related ceremonies with everyone carrying a gun. It's very serious. The badge ceremony didn't start until about 10:30 a.m. so Officer Pearson and I decided to sit down and have breakfast with his buddies from the academy. I was privelaged to be able to sit down and chop it with Officers Todd Wilson and Ian McKenzie over breakfast. Being newly badged officers in their first year, they seemed like veterans already. As we ate breakfast in the Police Academy Café, we had a very pleasant surprise toward the end of our meal. More recently, our city hired a new Police Chief: Charlie Beck. This was to be his first Police Academy graduation ceremony.


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