March 2011 CHP Garage

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LETTERS

Pro Touring

I am a relatively new subscriber, and your magazine is great. I’m interested in starting a project car, but I’d like to clearly understand how I’d use the vehicle. I like the Pro Touring concept. However, I can’t find any rules governing this class (similar to Pro Street or Street Touring with the SCCA). Several of the cars in your magazine appear to be great Street Touring cars (for example, Brian Finch’s Camaro from June ’10, and Eric David’s Camaro from Nov. ’10), but would be placed in a SCCA Prepared Class (against purpose-built, nonstreetable vehicles). If I build a Pro Touring vehicle, what rules should it follow, and where could I use it (outside of cruising)? I’m looking for events the common guy can attend.
ET
Milwaukee, WI

It’s always good to hear that the cars we feature are inspiring others to build something for themselves. As for where you can compete with Pro Touringstyle cars, that’ll ultimately be up to you. As you’ve already noted, the SCCA has strict rules to keep parity between competitors and over the years have successfully refined their rules to keep competition close. The events that we’ve been covering lately have been limited to treadwear and vehicle years. Keep in mind that these events are growing quickly, and I can see specified rules for different classes. Until then, I would suggest building the car you like and hitting up every event that comes your way, including any qualifiers for the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational or any number of Goodguys’ shows with autocross events. Believe me, these events make everyone feel welcome, and you’ll have a blast!

LS Swaps

First of all, I’d like to say that you guys put out a top-notch publication (which is why I subscribe). Second, thanks to Kevin McClelland for Performance Q&A; it’s the first thing I read every month. The point of this letter is your request for opinions to the Foreign Objects paragraph concerning LS swaps into overseas (read: import) vehicles. I say, Bring it on! I’ve seen, in person, some very tasteful swaps, one of which was an LS2 into the last iteration of the RX-7. Imagine an aftermarket 3-inch pipe singing to the tune of a healthy LSmusic to my ears. The best swap that I’ve seen was at a show in Michigan at Lane Automotive where a guy had a Mazda Miata with a swap done by Jackson Racing and featured an all-stock Corvette LS1, F-body T-56 transmission, and rear centersection from a Cadillac CTS. All outward appearances pointed to minor mods to a normal Miata, until you looked underhood and the power-to-weight ratio starts to sink in. The car looked like it was meant to be that way! A lightweight car with a powerful V-8 has always been the best recipe for a killer car. If you already have a rust-free (you’re lucky), rear-drive import that has room for any Chevy drivetrainI say do it! We all dare you ’cause you’ll never be the same after.
John Oliver
Cary, IL

LS Fest Contender

I attended the LS Fest with my Corvairs and had a great time. The event went very well for the inaugural year at a nice facility. Talk about a great program with nice people! I was drag racing and competed in the True Street program. I just wanted to say that my son and I had a very fun time and we’re looking forward to next year!
Mike Meyers
Via email

We’re glad you had a great time and we’ll be sure to keep our eyes out for you next year! Thanks for the letter.

Malibu Rollers

I just received this month’s issue and there is a silver ’80-model Malibu that Mast Motorsports dropped in one of their LS7s into it. I would love to know what size the front wheel and tire combination is on that car. Any help would be wonderful, and I love your magazine.
Jason
Sevierville, TN

We called Mast Motorsports and learned that the front rollers are 15x4 Billet Specialties Street Light wheels with 26x8.50 Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires. The rear features the same wheel, measuring in at 15x10 with 6.5-inch backspacing and rides on a pair of 28x12.50 Mickey Thompson ET Streets. If you want to fit the large rollers out back, it’ll require mini-tubs.

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

LS Fest 2010

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Get ready, next month is our big Holley LS Fest coverage and we’re already excited for 2011! If you were there, you know that we had three special events, dubbed the Chevy High Noon Shootouts, which included the Outlaw 8.5 tire race, Autocross event, and the Show & Shine. We’re planning to do this again next year, so if you have a LS-powered vehicle or a project in the works and want to participate in the fun, then start sending in your entries to chevyhi@sorc.com. Be sure to send several images and include details of your street and strip machines! And for those of you who were at this year’s event, send us your images and we’ll put together a collage on www.chevyhiperformance.com.

Win a Trip to SEMA 2011!

Auto Meter introduces WinningRide.com, an all-new online car community where enthusiasts unite to share their passion for vehicles and their Winning Rides with enthusiasts around the world.

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Utilizing state-of-the-art web design, WinningRide.com is the most user-friendly site of its kind on the Internet today. Dedicated site features are designed to connect with online accounts that users already have, such as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and more, enthusiasts will be able to create an account and share updates on their status and activity at WinningRide.com with their friends quickly and easily.

At WinningRide.com, users can load pictures and captions of their projects, provide updates on current builds in progress, bench race and discuss their dream vehicles, comment and like other’s builds, and make new connections with others who share their passions and interests. Users can also build printable hero cards or stat sheets for their cars that can be used for display at local and national car shows, detailing all the parts and modifications that make their vehicle unique.

The most exciting element that’s sure to get the attention of gearheads across the nation is the fact that your WinningRide.com account serves as entry into Auto Meter’s search for the most deserving vehicle to appear on the SEMA show floor in 2011. Finalists will be judged and selected based on regional and vehicle category from WinningRide.com entries by a panel of industry experts. From those regional and category class winners, the grand-prize winner will be chosen by their peers on WinningRide.com to receive the ultimate prize:

-An all-expense paid trip for two, including covered vehicle transport to Las Vegas from anywhere in the lower 48 states, and admission to the SEMA show as Auto Meter’s honored guests

-Vehicle will appear in Auto Meter’s booth on the ’11 SEMA show floor as well as on the cover of the ’12 Auto Meter Catalog

- Winner will get to create a custom instrument set for their vehicle working together with Auto Meter’s design team

- Laps around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with the Richard Petty Experience, and more. For more information about the site and contest, visit www.winningride.com or contact Auto Meter at 866.248.6356.

Rooster Call
Sean Haggai

It seems like the most obvious solution to a problem is the easiest one; on second thought, maybe not. To back up a bit, consuming large amounts of breakfast on Sunday mornings with my family has remained a staple in the realm of weekly duties. It’s just what my dad has done since I can remember. Huge breakfast items like eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, you name it and it’s there. Most of the breakfast consists of reading the morning paper and discussing the happenings during the past week.

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On this particular outing, we had my best friend over to help digest the piles of food. Everything was going smoothly until this annoying car alarm went off. At first, it was no big deal. Shortly thereafter, the alarm turned off and we went back to enjoying our Sunday breakfast. Then, the alarm went off again and began to irritate us even more. Just as soon as it had shut off it came back on again. We started to question the IQ of the car’s owner and their ability to operate the alarm system. After a healthy five minutes of the car alarm turning on and off and ruining our blissful pig-out session, I realized one strange thing that was my car and that was my alarm. I had no idea it was my alarm going off. As the alarm was blaring, I ran outside to check the windows and doors. Using my second set of remote keys, I attempted to disarm the system but to no avail. In a panic, I began to run through the financial scenarios in my head. Considering my turbo hatch was far out of warranty, and had miles of electrical wiring, I had little hope for a speedy solution. I even tried starting the engine to shut the alarm off, but nothingI just couldn’t win.

In an attempt to reset the car’s ECU, I popped the hood and disconnected the battery, hoping this would solve the problem. Hours later, I was busy doing laundry and pulling clothes from the washing machine. What did I find? Of course, my original keys. Without knowing, I had thrown the keys into the washing machine by mistake, which was setting off the alarm the whole time. Easy enough, right? Next, time I’ll be more aware of what I’m doing, before rushing to any drastic conclusions.

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