Camaros, Holley, and Hot Rod Drag Week
Several Holley EFI-equipped cars won their class or finished in top positions during Hot Rod Magazine's Drag Week, September 9-13, 2013. The biggest news of the event was that Tom Bailey and his 1969 Camaro won the Unlimited Class by averaging a 6.83 second e.t. at 214 mph over the course of the week. Bailey's Chevy is powered by a twin-turbo 615ci big-block and uses a Holley Dominator EFI system. "The fastest we ran was a 6.70 and 217 mph," says Bailey. "We are the first car to ever run a 6-second pass on each of the five days, and also the first to ever have a 6-second average." Bailey and his team broke the old elapsed time and speed records of 6.94 seconds and 212 mph.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Taylor didn't qualify for the top 32, but her Holley Dominator EFI-equipped 1968 Camaro averaged 12.09 sec. at 113.07 mph. While Taylor's dad saw her off on the first day of the competition, he wasn't able to stay with her all week. Yet, with mom and siblings at her side, Alex managed to work on and drive the vehicle, impressing everyone in attendance with her determination and fortitude.
"Drag Week is the ultimate test and brings out some of the baddest street-driven cars on the planet," says Bill Tichenor, Holley's Director of Marketing. "We're excited to see our newest products like our EFI being utilized by top Drag Week competitors." For more information on Drag Week go to hotrod.com.
Benty Joins Holley
Cam Benty, a performance industry veteran, has joined Holley Performance Products to manage the famous Hooker and Flowtech brands. "Cam has been immersed in high-performance and racing throughout the course of his career, so he understands what it takes to bring exciting products to market," said Holley's President, Tom Tomlinson. "His hands-on experience and industry knowledge will be a real asset for our company. Over the last few years, we've been busy taking Holley's fuel systems business to the next level, and now it's time to focus on our Hooker and Flowtech brands."
Benty has a long history in the performance aftermarket having spent six years consulting with Competition Cams and two years at SEMA. He began his career as a journalist as an Associate Editor at National Dragster before moving to Hot Rod magazine in 1980. From there he held the positions of Editor-in-Chief of Popular Hot Rodding, Car Craft, and Motor Trend Specials. Most recently, Benty was Director of Marketing at Flowmaster.
"Aftermarket exhaust products give vehicles their personality and make them exciting," stated Benty. "There is no other component, pound for pound, that delivers as much owner satisfaction. It is that enthusiasm that made Hooker a legendary performance product; a feeling that continues 50 years after Gary Hooker created his first set of headers back in 1963. Why else would the slogan, "I Love My Hooker Headers" still be significant today? I look forward to carrying that torch and building upon its rich legacy."
Camaros Bring the Dough
As an event that began with an anticipated 1,000-vehicle lineup, the 3rd Annual Dallas Mecum Auction exploded with 1,432 classic and collector cars crossing the block throughout the four-day event. The auction is now in the books as one of the most successful Mecum auctions on record with an impressive overall sell-through rate of 70 percent and a sales total of a whopping $37,913,093. In total, four cars from the Buddy Herin Collection offering made the Top 10 sales list, including his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (Lot S127) that swooped in to occupy the second seat, hammering at $530,000. As number 62 of just 69 produced, the highly optioned ZL1 was the only one to roll out of the factory in the desirable Red-on-Red color combination.
Number Four in the Top Ten was a 1969 Yenko Camaro formerly part of the Keith Hutson Collection, which sold for $250,000. The car was originally delivered new to Francis Chevrolet in Bridgeton, Missouri, with both the COPO 9561 and 9737 packages.
Aeromotive Hires Vic Wood
Aeromotive Inc. is proud to announce the appointment of Vic Wood as its new Vice President and General Manager. Wood will oversee operations, sales, and marketing personnel in addition to acting in a National Sales Manager role. "We are extremely excited to welcome Vic to our team," says Aeromotive Founder and President, Steve Matusek. "Both Jack and I have known Vic for quite some time and have a great deal of respect for him. We are looking for him to have a positive impact on our business and help us continue to mature in the vital areas where we may have been falling short."
Vic is the current Chairman of the SEMA Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council and also serves on numerous other Committees and Task Forces. "I am thrilled to be joining the Aeromotive team. I have known both Steve and Jack for many years and have also worked with Steve on the SEMA Motorsports Part Manufacturers Council."
In addition to his many years of experience in the performance aftermarket, he is also an accomplished racer and huge enthusiast. He drives a killer blown small-block 1964 Chevy pickup and spends as much time at the track as he can. You can find him at NHRA National events, Sprint Car, and dirt track races, and many of the nostalgia/heritage events. Vic has also built numerous winning engines for the Bonneville Salt Flats, Street Rods and Drag Racing and is an accomplished crew chief of the BDS-sponsored Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car of Lil Nate Racing.
"It's this level of passion, commitment, and experience that we hope to take advantage of," says Jack Hylton, Aeromotive CEO. "As many of us know and have learned, this is a passion-based industry and without it, it's a tough hill to climb. None of us are doubting Vic's passion."