Garage Letters: Readers' Feedback - May 2014

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3rd annual Chevy High Performance Nationals

The Chevy High Performance Nationals is right around the corner and we've officially opened up the doors to our Street Machine Challenge!

If you want to compete against other street machines on the dragstrip, autocross, and even put your brakes to the test in the 60-0 Speed Stop, then you don't want to miss this event.

All you need to do is email us directly at chevyhi@sorc.com and be sure to include several images of your ride with complete details. Once you are picked, we'll give you update until the event and all you need to do is show up at Atlanta Dragway on the weekend of May 31 - June 2 and get ready to have a lot of fun.

Keep in mind, we give extensive editorial coverage to our event and bring some of the best feature photographers in the country - yes, this is a great opportunity to get your pride and joy in the pages of Chevy High Performance!

Once again, the email address is chevyhi@sorc.com and we'll see you there!


What's Your Poison?

I may be too late to help you with this but you have asked a question that is part of my passion for the machines we like to drive. Like you, I have always had a preference for the torque of a big-block and I have been working with them long before I could drive. I know that part of the reason for this is that I go with what I know and the big-blocks are what I know the best. It's more than that though. For the torque and horsepower attainable I don't think there is a more economical engine.

Like you, I am impressed with the longevity and ease of operation of the LS driven cars and trucks but they don't impress me with their fuel economy or their torque. I could site several examples of more fuel efficient Chevy's I have owned with traditional small-block or LT1 350s. The LS engines give up low rpm efficiency for higher rpm power even in trucks. Load vs. torque at rpm is the key here and I have seen consistent 34 mpg with a '94 LT1 F-body and in high speed endurance racing my 489ci big-block muscle car beats the 5.7 liter LS1 of my Corvette 9 to 7 mpg while getting there faster too.

It should be apparent by now that I would like to see all of the big-block projects you mentioned and it's one of the reasons I subscribe to CHP. I think that most of the improvements in the last few decades have been in the heads and it would be nice to see what modern techniques can do for the big engines. My current project is correcting Chevy's mistake by putting a big-block in a fifth-generation Corvette. Fuel injected of course. It should easily surpass the power levels of the ZR1 and be way cheaper to boot. Now if you could see fit to try that in the pages of your publication I would be thrilled. You can take all the credit for the idea. I even have most of the fitment problems worked out already for you.

If you're still reading this, then thank you for a great magazine and for asking the question. I'll keep reading it from cover to cover whatever poison you choose. They are all Chevy's, and that's always a good thing.

John Kerr
Via email

Well said John and regarding your big-block into C5 transplant; please send us photos, this is something we would love to see.


Writings on the Wall
Facebook fans speak out

Mark Turner's 1970 Nova
Dylan Ouzts: Sickest nova ever.
Roxanna Contreras: I always pictured myself in a tan and orange nova, but this white on black looks even cooler! I like, I like!
Jeffrey Leabo: Love this car, trade wife and kids.
Cameron J Brewer: Wow!

The 2014 Camaro Z28 price was revealed today; would you buy this car?
Nic Wilson: Old school or no school, nothing beats an old school big-block!!!
Joseph Martin: Nice, but for the price, I'd buy the Corvette Stingray.
Kamron W Wallace: No, because of the price. Way too high!
Paul Johns: Who exactly was this car priced for?
Aaron Reidel: Yes but I would want the ZL1, however I also want a '69 decked out with modern high performance parts.

Wheelies raised high!
Austin Smith: Hey, that's my dad's car! It's a '71 Nova with a 427ci small-block, running the CHP Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Joe Foust: I want one!
Brad Meyers: Got to love them Nova's.

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