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I’m Still Using a Coaster - Firing Up

Editor's Letter

Jan 13, 2015
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Being the new editor of a mature car publication like Chevy High Performance is sort of like driving someone else’s car in the sense that I still wipe my feet before stepping in and getting behind the wheel. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ll drive it like I stole it (if the owner’s not around) but be considerate when it comes to leaving my shoe prints on the floor mats. Dirt on the carpet will be way more obvious than the fact that I’ve just smoked the tires in car that doesn’t belong to me. No worries, though; that burnt rubber smell will eventually go away after a few miles of “spirited” highway driving.

So as I tread somewhat lightly while putting together my second issue of Chevy High Performance, I’m still mindful that not long ago this magazine was in the hands of someone else, and that someone is counting on me to not dirty up place … just yet. I’m sure it won’t be long before I become a little more comfortable and put my feet up on the desk and set my beverage on the table without using a coaster. Now, I’m not a slob, nor am I a “neat freak.” I like to think I’m somewhere in the middle when it comes to keeping house. So for the next couple of issues I’ll be on my best behavior as there is a good chance I’ll be under the proverbial microscope ... from the readers and my predecessors. Paranoid? Maybe just a little. It’s like the saying goes, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.”

With that said, I’m really excited about what we’ve cooked up in this issue. There are some incredible car features from the Pro Touring world and drag racing sector. Hell, we’ve even thrown in a grocery-fetching ’63 Impala wagon just for good measure. I like to mix things up a bit, and this is a prime example.

On the event side of things, every September I make my way to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the Holley LS Fest and this year was no exception. The only difference is that this time around I didn’t bring along my ’01 Camaro to compete in. You past readers of Camaro Performers magazine might recall the numerous suspension upgrades we did on that car to make it one of best-handling fourth-gen Camaros on the planet. It’s killer on an autocross and road course, and with a stroked LS3, it’s got plenty beans for some straight-line fun as well. All those upgrades make it a fierce LS Fest competitor, since the event is based on rides that handle well in the corners and can get down a dragstrip. So I’m excited to share the great coverage of that event in this issue as well.

And for you tech guys, we’ve got a great piece on a twin throttle body 440ci LS engine that puts out over 630 ponies. We’ll also fill you in on putting together a bombproof rearend that can handle over 1,500 horsepower in a car that weighs in at 3,300 pounds. And for you weekend warriors, we’ve got some very cool driveway tech on how to tidy up your engine bay without pulling out your engine. Yep, we’re good like that.

So, before I send this issue off to the printer, I’m going to prop up my feet, open a cold one, and enjoy the read. And yes, I’ll be sure to use a coaster for my beverage.

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