Spring is in the air and for most of the country it’s time to dust off the cobwebs, check the fluids, and get our Chevys out on the road. Of course, being in California we really don’t have a winter, but with a lack of events it’s still our off-season so our cars do a bit more sitting and a lot less driving, much like the frozen states. By the time you read this on our printed pages summer will be blazing down upon us, but I’m sure we will all still have a few things left on our automotive to-do lists.
Right now, as I figuratively pen this column, the entire building is buzzing with activity as various editors and staffers prep their rides for the upcoming Holley LS Fest West event in Vegas. Chevy High Performance’s Nick Licata is moving coil packs on his Orange Krate second-gen Camaro, Brian Brennan (of Street Rodder and Vette) is getting his truck tuned at Westech Performance, Classic Trucks’ Ryan Manson is tinkering with the Week To Wicked C10, and our Tech Center manager Jason Scudellari is finishing the interior on his 1956 truck. On our side of the editorial pond, the Week To Wicked 1972 Camaro was tuned the other day at Westech where it made 500 hp at the wheels with a small shot of nitrous and the tech center crew is giving the Hugger Orange F-body a final polish before the cruise to Vegas. I’ll be rolling in my 1972 Chevelle wagon. This event really motivated me to finally finish a ton of small projects like United Pacific LED taillights, adding a radio, and adjusting the tune on my Chevrolet Performance crate LS3 so it doesn’t stall when the Vintage Air is running.
It’s a ritual that’s repeated every year around the country where tasks that were put off are suddenly thrust into the priority category due some type of pending event. What’s funny is that once the task is done I always have the same “Wow, I should have done that sooner!” feeling, which makes me wonder why I put it off in the first place. If you have the same feeling then maybe we need to stop waiting until the last moment and take care of our projects sooner rather than later. I know it’s easier said than done, but we can try right?
Photography by Steven Rupp