I have a subscription to Chevy High Performance, and was just looking through the latest issue, and wanted to drop a line and say that the blue '71 Stingray (Phil and Debbie Huffman) in the September issue is a beautiful car. It is my father-in-law's car and pictures of that car do not do it justice. Sorry if I sound a little partial but it is a beautiful car. He is very meticulous about keeping his car clean but drives it everywhere. It is far from being a trailer queen but from looking at it you could never tell.
Thanks for taking the time to listen to my praise about his car, and if possible I would like a little corner in the magazine for mine someday also. It is a '79 Electric Green Z28. I made it into the NastyZ28 calendar this year as February's car and would love to see it in your magazine. I am on vacation right now but when I return home I will download the images and send them your way. Thanks again and your magazines are great (I have a subscription to Chevy High and Camaro Performers). We are both devoted Chevrolet guys and your magazines keep us well informed of all the important Bow Tie issues.
Partial or not, the '71 Stingray is very nice indeed. Regarding your '79 Z28, send us the pictures with details and we'll be more than happy to showcase your ride.
High Speed Events
Concerning Bob D'Amore's letter in the Sep '10 issue about wanting to see more race cars in the mag. There is another venue where there are very few rules limiting cars. Open Road Racing is run on public highways closed for the day. Race distances run about 100 miles. The idea is to average a given speed. Classes run from 85-90 mph up to 175-180 mph. Some events also have an Unlimited class where the fastest time wins. Cars are started at intervals and run against the clock. The only limits on the cars are all safety oriented. The faster you want to go the more safety equipment and driver experience is required.
In the slower classes, you can run your grocery getter, only needing non-synthetic long sleeves/trousers, gloves, and a helmet. The car only needs to be in reasonable condition and have stock belts, tires in good condition, and a fire extinguisher.
The fastest classes require a full cage, racing seat, fuel cell, fire suppression system, and tires up to the task. The driver (navigator, if there is one) needs a fire suit, shoes, gloves, head & neck restraint, helmet, and arm restraints. Otherwise almost anything goes for the car. No engine limits, no aero body mod limits, no transmission limits, etc.
Everything from econo cars up through Vettes/Vipers/Porsches up to retired NASCAR machines usually show up. Events are usually three days long and there is plenty of time to bench race at these events.
Check out the various events at these websites for more detailed info on locations, requirements, and schedules: openroadracing.com, sorcrace.com, silverstateclassic.com, bborr.com
I'm just curious why I don't see a lot of '79-87 El Caminos in most of the Chevy magazines in print today. I myself have three '80's era Chevys starting with my first project, an '81 El Camino that came with the factory 267 V-8 automatic. I'm currently in the process of building a 454ci for it. Almost all my parts are from Edelbrock, including the heads, manifold, and the cam. I'm having trouble deciding on whether to use the Turbo 350 I have out of an old '79 truck for my setup or to find a Turbo 400 and rebuild it to my needs. I'm also planning on a full Hotchkis suspension setup and a posi-trac rear.
My next car is my dad's old third-gen Camaro. It's an '84 Z28 with T-tops and use to sport a 454 as well, but I ended up replacing it with a 350ci out of his old truck. I don't see many of those in magazines either. Lastly, my other ride is an '88 Silverado 2WD shortbed that I acquired for cheap. Granted I know you guys aren't a truck magazine, but I love all my Chevys the same.
My main concern is why I don't see that many El Caminos in these magazines. Are they not that popular or are they just overlooked because of their cosmetic confusion of being a truck or a car? This also goes for Malibus of the same era and even the disco Novas, which I'm not particularly fond of.
On the contrary, '79-87 El Caminos are getting more popular and are a very affordable way to get into the next generation of hot rods. When it comes to Malibus of that era, we've featured several nice ones as we've come across them. Third-gen Camaros are hot and we even have one in our fleet. One of the biggest reasons we haven't featured more is because we don't seem to run into them as often as we would like. We're at many events and it's pretty rare to see them. Give it time and I'm sure you'll see more gracing the pages of many magazines.
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Fifty-state legal headers and X-pipes are now available from Edelbrock to the improve sound and flow for 2010 Camaros. It's a bolt-on system that replaces OEM exhaust manifolds and includes shorty headers made from 17-gauge, 409 stainless steel and feature heavy-duty 3/8-inch laser-cut port flanges. Edelbrock's 21/2-inch X-pipe also replaces the restrictive OEM resonator system, allowing for balanced flow and an aggressive exhaust tone. It's manufactured in the USA from 21/2-inch diameter 409 stainless steel and Ti-Tech coated for durability and great looks. Clamps are included for an easy bolt-on installation.
NHRA Approves Quick Fuel Technology CarburetOR
Recently, NHRA officials approved the cast-aluminum SSR carburetor from Quick Fuel Technology for competition in Stock and Super Stock Eliminator. The engineers at QFT designed the Super Stock Racing (SSR) carbs to the same dimensions and specs of the original counterparts and guidelines in the NHRA rulebook. These new carbs can be used in place of the hard-to-find and expensive competition-legal carbs for both classes. The SSR carb is lightweight, easy to tune, and simple to modify for multiple applications. The first carb available and legal at NHRA events is the 780-cfm model with vacuum secondaries (SSR-780-VS). Find out more at quickfueltechnology.com
There is one key element that sets our industry apart from the rest and it's the dedicated enthusiasts who keep it strong. Recently, Henry D and I spent some time at the Goodguys Columbus, Ohio, show. Although the humid air and sweltering temperatures weren't its best selling point, it's one of the biggest shows I have ever been to. Attendees came in from all over the country. The turnout was spectacular with rows upon rows of cars for everyone's viewing pleasure. Honestly, we had a difficult time choosing which cars to shoot.
Unfortunately the rain came in early Friday afternoon and brought the whole show to a standstill. The poor weather conditions left us with a lost day. To make up for the lost time though, Henry and I made a mad dash to shoot as many cars as possible the following day. We picked a secluded spot behind the vendor's trailers, attendees, and convention halls for our feature car shoots. We found a super-cool area under an overpass and even a traditional loading dock, all within the fairgrounds. It was there that I found the one key element that I alluded to earlier. You see, the best times to get to know the owners of the cars we shoot are between the clicks of our cameras. Through our random rants and discussions, you can truly see the real passion these people illustrate for the cars they build.
The fact of the matter is most of the enthusiasts we run across do this because they love this industry so much. It's not because they are hoping to be featured in the magazine for fame or to make boatloads of cash for a small fortune when they eventually sell it. They do it just because. It's the purest form of anything I have seen.
I'm truly honored to be a part of such a great cause. I wouldn't trade this job for anything. Where else can you find a group of guys that not only drive their works of art thousands of miles to an event, sit in the pouring rain, but will also claim that it's merely "a car" and shouldn't be treated as anything but. I have to say, this industry makes me proud to be a part of it and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
4th Annual GM Performance Parts LSX Shootout
The NMCA and GM Performance Parts are pleased to announce that the 4th Annual GM Performance Parts LSX Shootout will take place at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Missouri, the weekend of October 7-10, 2010.
The event, held in conjunction with the NMCA World Finals, is the largest LS gathering in the U.S. The LSX Shootout features awesome heads-up racing for the fastest LS-powered cars in the world, index-style and True Street racing for competitors of all levels, and a giant all LS-powered car show. This is the LS event of the year, with over $50,000 in cash and prizes, and it's brought to you by GM Performance Parts with presenting sponsor GM High-Tech Performance magazine.
The LSX Shootout's heads-up classes include Drag Radial, All Motor, and Real Street, all of which are wheels-up and hard core. New for 2010, the LSX Shootout will celebrate the return of the Camaro with two classes just for fifth-gen muscle cars! Camaro Performers magazine is sponsoring the fifth-gen Camaro Challenge, an index class for new Camaros only, and GM High-Tech Performance is sponsoring a heads-up fifth-gen Camaro Shootout on Sunday consisting of the fastest cars from the Camaro Challenge class. The Shootout also features two classes for mild to wild street-type LS-powered vehicles: LSX Rumble and True Street Challenge. The LSX Rumble class allows racers to pick their index, matching their street machine up against some of the fastest cars in the country. All racers competing in LSX Rumble may also compete for free in the True Street Challenge class on Saturday. Travel through the countryside then bring your LS-powered muscle car, truck, or SUV back to the track for a three-run showdown to determine who has the baddest LSX-powered True Street car in the world! All class winners will receive big bucks, an LSX block, and the coveted winner's jacket courtesy of GM Performance Parts and their host dealer, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center.
Also new for 2010, GM Performance Parts will present special cash and prizes to the fastest LS-powered individual makes and models with their World's Fastest LS Challenge. Who has the world's fastest Camaro, Firebird, Corvette, GTO, G8, Cadillac, or Truck/SUV? GM Performance Parts wants to find out and will award each winner $250, a custom LSX Shootout winner's jacket, and a bonus $250 prize if the car has a GM Performance Parts LSX Bow-Tie block.
Camaro5.com will join forces with the GM Performance Parts LSX Shootout in 2010 to help celebrate the Camaro's triumphant return by sponsoring several fifth-gen Camaro car show classes and awards.
For more information, specific class rules and purses, car show questions, event information, ticket pricing, vendor space, and hotel arrangements, log on to nmcadigital.com/lsx or call 714.444.2426.