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Jan 7, 2011
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I just received my December Chevy High Performance and had to comment on the Hot Rodding Into The Future section: It should be required reading (possibly with a test afterward) for anyone with the slightest interest in any facet of high-performance vehicles.People need to realize that once something is gone or a law, no matter how ill advised, is passed, it is 10 times the struggle to get it back than to prevent it in the first place.I don’t think some elected officials realize just how many people are into high performance and they won’t unless we tell them.Of course, it’s that way with a lot of other issues too.We do need to realize that some compromise might be necessary, but we can’t just stick our collective heads in the sand while a few officials push modern safety vehicles on us.

The detail and layout will make this a valuable reference for anyone.I thought I knew a lot about the subject, but I learned a lot on new things as well as confirmed a lot of other things. Info like this is why I am a subscriber. Thanks for agreat job and well done!

Jim Michalowski
Elk Creek, KY

Jim, very well said--you nailed it.

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I’m an active member of the Greater Vancouver Street Machines (GVSM) Car Club and we are wondering, how can we help stop the demise of our beloved sport? We are more than aware of the fact that whatever happens down in the States will greatly affect us uphere in Canada. So that’s why we are asking the question: What can Canada do to help with the fight to keep our sport alive and be able to pass it onto our kids and grandkids. Thank you!

William Armstrong
Via email

Will, it’s proactive car guys like you, who will help to ensure that our hobby will continue to grow. Our best recommendation is to sign up as a SEMA SAN member as they’re constantly updating their website with the latest news and happenings.

Fellow Gearhead

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy Chevy High Performance! I can tell all of you really enjoy what you do and it shows in the magazine. Unlike a lot of the other mags it seems that a lot of your feature cars are actually driven and that means a lot to us gearheads. I really enjoy the tech articles and the ongoing buildup of your projects, plus the story about local heroes was on the money! The only problem I have is I burn through the mag cover to cover when I get it but it keeps my gearhead blood flowing. My subscription is just about up and I’m planning on re-upping more than one year this time, because you guys just keep making the mag better every year.

Over the years I’ve owned several ’66-67 Novas, Pontiacs, and Oldsmobiles and for two hours I even owned a Mustang. My current project is a ’72 Monte Carlo that belonged to my best friend before he died. My sons and I currently have it scattered all over our basement working on a frame-up restomod. The engine will be a 496 big-block stroker with a Turbo 400 that’s mated to a Gear Vendors overdrive unit, and will have all BMR suspension. My oldest son is 11 and he thinks he gets the car, but I told him to dream on!

I am a member of the First Generation Monte Carlo Club. This is one of the best group of people I have ever associated with as far as clubs go. Members cars range from unrestored Monte SS’s to concourse restored to modified and custom. Very few trailer queens are in the club unless they are strictly show cars. We have several members who have cars that I think would fit in your magazine. If you might be interested the website is Any of the club officers could steer you to member’s cars that might interest you. Thanks for your time and the great work all of you do with the magazine!

Randy Richesin
Via email

Just when we think we know most of the car guy sites out there, we learn that’s not the case. Thanks for the link, Randy; we’ve already signed up! We’ve been looking for more Monte Carlos to feature, and this will definitely help us out.

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Cash Rebate

Vortech, Paxton, and Lysholm Twin-Screw, brands of the newly formed AirPower Group, are offering a Cash Back promotion through Dec. 31, 2010. Customers will receive $250 cash rebate from Vortech, Paxton, or Lysholm with the purchase of a supercharger system. Visit these websites:,, or for additional details.

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Monster Move

Check it out; Monster Transmissions has a new 22,000-square-foot facility in Brooksville, Florida. Monster’s latest facility includes an in-house chassis dyno, along with a dedicated test vehicle to test every transmission. Monster checks everything from the initial core/teardown, build, and parts to testingall before it ships out. Go to

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So I’ve compiled my own sort of bucket listexcept my top 10 list refers to all things motorsports rather than just ordinary experiences. No, I don’t want to skydive. The ground suits me just fine. I’ve always been a sucker for anything with an engine or set of wheels, though. Call me dense. Either way, here’s what I want to do in the near future, if nothing else, before I too hit the bucket.

Rooster Call

Sean Haggai

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There are just some things in this world that are worth doing and experiencing. Most of us have day jobs, though, and while not all of us have loads of cash sitting around, or the ability to take off on vacation at a moment’s notice, it’s still nice to dream.

Get Full-Sized

Finding performance and accessory parts for Impalas or fullsizes (’58-96 fullsize, ’59-60 El Camino) can be a job in itself. Classic Industries, though, has just announced a newly updated Impala/fullsize catalog, offering 1,000 new items in 700 pages! Find everything from interior and body components to those hard to find 348/409ci performance parts too. In addition to thousands of quality color photos, this catalog also contains detailed descriptions and helpful hints for every Impala enthusiast. Check out

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Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain in America and second in the world. It also holds a hill climb race every year. Thin air, big power, 156 turns, no side barriers, and 9,300 feet! Sounds good to me. Buy a junker and smash into each other. The last one standing (driving) wins. A destruction derby sounds like the perfect way to spend a Friday night. The Long Beach Grand Prix is next. It’s a local event for us. Plus, who can deny the sight of a 3.5L (213ci) V-8 with four cams and makes around 650 hp with a 10,300-rpm rev limitthey scream! Monster truck racing since the sound of 3,000 hp inside an enclosed stadium is just mind-numbing nuts. Overseas, big rig racing is highly popular. Watching a truck normally designed to haul goods racing around with other haulers is confusing, to say the least. Add in triple-digit speeds with water-cooled brakes, and it becomes a spectacle. The Bonneville Speed Week is a highly coveted event and includes a six-day speed fest held in Salt Lake City. Drag boat racing has all the elements of a good time: water, sun, and high-horsepower boats skimming inches off the water roaring past. The Nrburgring in Germany is a racetrack so big (12.9 miles with 73 turns) it’s got a city smack dab in the middle. Next, the Dakar Rally is an off-road race through Argentina and Chile and can include 500 to 600 miles in one day. Lastly, any sort of mud racing sounds fun considering most of these rigs are all driver built. Be it mud drags or whatever. If they’ve all got high-horsepower mills, I’m there.



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