Latest Articles feed contains the latest articles on Amosauto.comSat, 23 Feb 2013 04:38:20 -0500muscle-car-stamps Car Stamps<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Raw power got a stamp of its own today as seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty  dedicated the “America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever” stamps. Petty was joined by son Kyle and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.<br />Typically equipped with big, powerful engines, these high-performance vehicles began roaring across America in the 1960s. The limited edition stamps feature five iconic muscle cars: the ’66 Pontiac GTO, the ’67 Shelby GT-500, the ’69 Dodge Charger Daytona, the ’70 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda and the ’70 Chevelle SS.<br />“The Muscle Car stamps celebrate an exciting era in American automotive history,” said Richard Petty. “These examples of raw power bring back fond memories for me and my family, a testament to how aerodynamics transformed racing. I’ve been around racing and muscle cars all my life. These stamps bring back the memories of our racing heritage in the ‘60s and ‘70s. This is a great way to share our stories, old and new, about the Petty history in racing.”<br />“The muscle cars gave everyday Americans the opportunity to experience the rush of driving a fast, powerful car,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Just looking at the stamps evokes a feeling of speed. As Forever stamps, they’ll always be good for mailing a First-Class letter anytime in the future. And when you think about it, that’s fitting. Because these stamps—just like the great cars they represent—are timeless.”<br />The “Muscle Cars Forever” stamps are the third issuance in the “America on the Move” stamp series. The artwork was created by Tom Fritz of Newbury Park, CA, under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman of North Las Vegas, Nevada. Other issuances in the series, ’50s Sporty Cars (2005), followed by ’50s Fins and Chrome (2008), were the work of artist Art Fitzpatrick of Carlsbad, California.<br />The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (four of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.</p>Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:14:39 -0500the-long-over-haul-2 Long (Over) Haul<p><i>Dave Verna</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>For Your Information:</p></p></div><p>As you can gather by this third installment, we are taking our time and detailing the process so you can get a deeper understanding of what it takes to go from unpacking parts to a running engine.</p><p>After we get you spun around on balancing, we’ll start down the pre-assembly process. One thing to keep in mind is that this step is not to be taken lightly. You need to check and double check everything in this step to ensure that the assembly process has no issues.</p> <p>All of your problems need to rear their ugly heads now, so you don’t get in a bind during the assembly process. Why, you might ask? For one thing, the assembly process needs to be like surgery, absolutely surgical clean and no exceptions!</p> <p>Balancing is, more or less, one of those voodoo items when it comes to the process. Most people recommend that you balance a rotating assembly but things can get a little vague in terms of information after that. What do you balance it to? Is within +/- five grams good? How about a half a gram? What’s the right way to remove weight when you need to? One thing is certain: balancing will provide better durability and more power when done correctly for your application than choosing not to do it.</p> <p>With everything weighed when we blueprinted them, the rods, rings, bearings, pistons, pins and locks were added up in the balancer. There are factors for other variables such as oil that will be slung around and the split weight of the rods (big and little end). Our total bob weight came right in at 1,749.6 grams. That number might not mean much to some, but that is a pretty light rotating assembly considering most four-inch stroke small-block Mopars come in at around 1,900 grams and most big blocks (any make) are in the 2,500 gram range – this engine should rev fast, like a dirt bike! With a properly balanced assembly, these modern lightweight and high strength parts will last much longer and operate with precision.</p> <p>With the bob weight calculated, the scale can now be loaded with the bob weights. These take the place of the items we weighed earlier. The counterweights on the crank offset this weight and therefore create the balance we are trying to achieve. Too much weight on the crankshaft counterweights and we will have to remove some, not enough and we will have to add mallory metal to the crank to get it in a happy place.</p> <p>The assembly is spun and a sensor is measuring the vibrations it feels at any given area of the crank’s 360-degree rotation. A report will be generated that shows you if you have to add or remove weight at any given angle. In our case, the crank was heavier than we needed, so we have to remove around 170 grams per side.</p> <p>That’s a lot and we could have just left it on the balancing machine and drilled a few large holes in the crank, but 170 grams required a one-inch diameter hole almost ¾-inch deep. Sometimes the weight is taken out of the crank by drilling the counterweight to the max. This method works, but is not recommended. As the weight you remove starts to get away from the point you need to remove, and when you drill and check over and over, you will find the weight moves around because you are not drilling in the required areas.</p> <p>Instead, the BPE crank made its way over to the shell mill for a haircut and a shave. After the weight was close, we only needed a few taps with the drill to get the crank dead on where we needed it.</p> <p>Now that the rotating assembly is balanced and ready to go, we are ready for the pre-assembly stage. The block needs to get a good cleaning as if you are going to assemble it; you don’t want to assemble a dirty block with your new parts. After a shot in the jet wash the block can now be pressure washed. The nozzle needs to get into every hole just like the brushes. The idea is to wash the block from the top down and have any and all dirt leave the premises. When this stage is complete, compressed air will finish the job and the block will be as clean as possible at this point. The last thing you have to do now is a quick shot of light oil on the machined surfaces to prevent flash rusting.</p> <p>With everything cleaned, the block can start to be assembled. The mains and bearings get torqued down to see where your bearing clearances are with a dial bore gauge. With a well thought out and careful layout, the mains should be at .0025-inch. We put the BPE crank in and torqued all the mains. During the pre-assembly stage, you might be taking this crank in and out several times to assure things are correct. The time killer for us was the angle studs on the main caps, as they do not have any means to tighten them down like the larger main studs do.</p> <p>The rings that came with the kit from BPE are a file-fit type. This allows us to cut the rings to exactly where we want them. Ring gaps differ depending on application, and we are going for a street/strip set-up. A ring squaring tool sets the rings down about a half inch from the top of the bore. Whenever possible, you can use the same torque plate to load the block. We checked this X block and there was little to no distortion. On a factory stock block, some distortion may occur, and if you want things to be correct, you need to torque the mains and heads down to achieve the exact cylinder wall loading.</p> <p>Cutting the rings might seem like a piece of cake, but in reality it takes a lot of time to set each ring to each bore. You need to label them as you go, since they are fit to specific bores, and you must cut a bit at a time to get the ring end gap exact. Your leakdown test will show results of the hard work you put in now. Since the bores are perfect, the rings will be gapped correctly, and power will be optimal.</p> <p>When measuring ring gap, the feeler gauge gets pulled out towards the center of the bore, not up or down. Going up or down will move the ring location and distort the readings. The ring gap determined best for our engine is .016-inch on the top ring and .018-inch on the second ring. There is much discussion on gapping rings and it really depends on your application. Neal likes to open the second ring up a tad (from .014 to .018) to allow any blow-by to escape without causing ring flutter. He also tightened up the top ring (.018 to .016) to achieve a proper ring seal. Again this is for a street/strip setup with our bore diameter, so your results may be different.</p> <p>We can now check for end play, or the amount the crank moves fore and aft. The amount the crank moves on the thrust bearing is right at .005-inch — right where it needs to be, which is another testament to the quality parts and machining we have in this build.</p> <p>Next, we need to make sure we have at least .060-inch clearance around everything rotating so something flexible, like a cable tie, is exactly what you need. The ability to check counterweight clearances all around the block as well as cam lobes to connecting rods, etc. is the benefit of a cheap cable tie, as they can get in to spaces where a traditional feeler gauge cannot, making sure you have no issues later in the build.</p> <p>Once you have checked all of the crankshaft clearances, you can proceed with installing the pistons and connecting rods. With the feeler gauges set at .016-inch, the purpose is to hold the rods square to each other, as they can get crooked and not seat correctly. With the rods properly seated, centered and torqued, we are all set now to get the top end together and continue the pre-assembly process.</p>Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0500helping-the-cause the Cause<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Ray Evernham’s son Ray J sparked an idea to create a program for young people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome.  That idea turned into IGNITE, and it also set the wheels in motion for Evernham, a legendary NASCAR crew chief and team owner, to design and build his first custom hot rod project to fund the new program.<br />Recently, Ray Evernham and the Evernham Family Racing for a Reason presented $280,000 in proceeds from the auction of Evernham’s one-of-a-kind 1964 Plymouth Belvedere “ForPly” at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction to the Autism Society of North Carolina to benefit IGNITE, the new community center in Davidson, North Carolina, co-founded by Evernham.<br />IGNITE, operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina, is a membership-based community center for young adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome.  IGNITE provides members an opportunity to explore their talents and interests, develop social skills and become more involved in the local community. It is located in the Cotton Mill in Davidson, North Carolina.<br />The ForPly, housed in the restored body of a near-half-century-old 1964 Plymouth Belvedere – the year, make and model that won the 1964 Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand National Championship -- features a Kasey Kahne-driven Dodge racing powertrain, plus the driveline of a modern day race car that Evernham’s former team Evernham Motorsports built and raced at the Daytona 500. The one-of-a-kind ForPly, which was restored and built at the Ray Evernham Enterprises facility in Mooresville, North Carolina, is the first custom design and build project by Evernham.<br />“We saw the need in the community for a program and a place where young adults with autism and Asperger’s can go not only to make friends and socialize, but to learn new job skills and life skills,” said Evernham. “We looked at options around the region and there really weren’t any, so we were able to work with the Autism Society of North Carolina to create a unique new community called IGNITE.”</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:00:00 -0500c-for-chevelle for Chevelle<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>What do you get when you cross a modern-day Cadillac CTS-V and a classic 1969 Chevelle? A Resto-mod like no other from Fastlane in Houston.<br />This "Chevelle TS-V" boasts a blueprinted GM Performance CTS-V motor with horsepower upgrades resulting in 630 ponies, a GM performance transmission, and a custom Air Ride Technologies suspension setup.<br />"This has to be one of my favorite projects in recent memory," said Fastlane co-founder Nick Field.  "Bringing together automotive technology from two very distinct eras and making a reliable everyday driver that performs is always a blast.  Plus we get to create something unique that will provide its owner with years of fun."<br />Refinished by Fastlane in Marina Blue PPG with three coats of Concept Clear, the Chevelle TS-V will have all LS parts swapped by Fastlane, custom Boze Wheels, a Vintage Air systems AC unit and three-inch Magnaflow exhaust.<br />To follow the build, visit <a href=""></a> </p>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:00:00 -0500optima-on-tv on TV<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>OPTIMA® Batteries will present the Ultimate Street Car Invitational television special on SPEED™ on Sunday, March 10 at 11 a.m. EST.<br />OPTIMA’s <a title="OPTIMA" href="" target="_blank">YouTube page</a> offers previews all of the action and drama from the 2012 Invitational. This is the first year a broadcast audience has been able to follow along with some of the qualifiers before seeing the final event, so also check out video from the OPTIMA Faceoff at Road America, among others, to see competitors who battled it out to earn a spot in the final event. These Invitational vehicles represent a wide range of interests and styles, including several vintage and late-model American muscle cars modified for greatly improved performance.<br />“We’re excited to give viewers such an exciting, well-rounded look at this year’s OPTIMA Invitational,” said Cam Douglass, director of product development and marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. “We continue to see more support and greater competition each year, and 2012 brought out some of the best talent and most passionate street car enthusiasts yet.”<br />The OPTIMA Invitational began in 2008 when Douglass recognized a need to prove the specialty vehicles on the SEMA Show floor were built for speed and superior performance. The annual event occurs each Saturday following the close of the SEMA Show, bringing in top automotive talent, highly modified vehicles, credible racing veterans and fresh talent.<br />Additional airings will occur on the following dates and times:<br />•       Monday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. EST<br />•       Sunday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. EST<br />•       Friday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. EST</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:00:00 -0500inside-story Story<p><i>Al Rogers</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>When many people think of northern Illinois in November, they think weather that’s getting chilly and the desire to get inside.</p><p>The car enthusiast thinks only half of that, the part about getting inside. Everyone in the area wants to get inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, for the annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.</p> <p>Bob Ashton and his staff work year round to make it all possible. Every year becomes a bigger challenge. He and his team succeeded to raise the bar in 2012 by assembling many of the finest muscle cars and Corvettes.</p> <p>A total of 550 examples traveled from across the U.S. and Canada for the two-day event, held the third weekend in November. More than 20,000 muscle car enthusiasts made their way through the gates to take in the happenings. They were in for a treat.</p> <p>Each of the automobile manufacturers from the ’60s and ’70s had muscle car examples with their nameplates represented. Among the most significant gatherings was a group of Aero Warriors. The owners from Mopar and Ford brought their Superbirds, Talladegas, Daytonas, Cyclone Spoilers and Charger 500s to stand shoulder to shoulder.</p> <p>Not to be overshadowed, there was a grouping of Yenko-powered GM products nearby that filled 61 slots for the muscle car masses.</p> <p>The Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals allows car builders/restorers an opportunity to showcase their talents. A yearly highlight at the event is the number of unveilings. For 2012, the covers came off some great examples:</p> <p>•1969 Hurst/Olds convertible, presented by The Collection and restored by Level One Restoration</p> <p>•1970 Plymouth Roadrunner 440+6 convertible, presented by Doug Reed and restored by Total Auto</p> <p>•1966 Yenko Stinger (Canadian Export) presented by Mark Gillespie</p> <p>•1968 Yenko Z/28 Camaro, presented by Wayne Schmeeckle and restored by Supercar Workshop</p> <p>•1972 Yenko Stinger Vega, presented by Albaugh Collection</p> <p>•1969 AMC Javelin XP, presented by Terry Weiner AMC/Ya Group</p> <p>•1976 Pontiac Firebird Formula, presented by the Sutton family and restored by Runrite Classics</p> <p> </p> <p>“First Lady of Racing” Linda Vaughn, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter”, was on hand for the unveiling of the 1969 Hurst/Olds convertible. It was a scene from the past when she made her way to the platform attached to the trunk lid holding the iconic Hurst Golden Shifter. A large crowd of spectators gave their approval for the historic event as two icons were reunited.</p> <p>In additional to the car show, the annual event featured a swap meet, car corral and Revell Models “Make and Take” hosted by C.A.R.S. Children with encouragement and help from a parent(s) build their own 1/25th scale plastic model cars. Once complete, the model car becomes theirs to take home.</p> <p>Plans are under way for the 2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Information is available</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:00:00 -0500technician-test Test<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p> The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum will again be the host site for the Pennsylvania Automotive Association’s annual Automotive Technology Competition. The event, to be held at 10 a.m. on February 21, involves 10 schools with teams of two students per school. The 10 schools were selected for the competition through a written qualifying exam. Students have trained at new car dealerships. On competition day, the students will face a test of advanced automotive diagnostic skills on 2013 vehicles with pre-determined defects. The vehicles will be supplied by area car dealers.<br /> The winning school will advance to the 2013 National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show.<br /> The 10 teams are Matt Bell and Colin McCreary (Central Westmoreland CTC), Demo Angeloff and Travis Kessler (Cumberland Perry AVTS), Riley Colvin and Garrett Gross (Erie County Technical School), Brandon Clever and Josh Long (Franklin County CTC), Sidney Helm and Joshua Johnson (Jersey Shore Area High School), Austin Ebersole and Andrew Nee (Lebanon County CTC), Aaron Lott and Troy Maby (Susquehanna County CTC), Cameron Bunavage and Craig Veety (Tunkahannock High School), Devin Defazio and Robert Hiller (Wallenpaupack Area High School) and Shon Huyck and Zach Stiller (Williamsport Area High School).</p>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:38:17 -0500festivus-for-the-ls-of-us for the LS-of-Us!<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Holley announces September 6-8 as the dates for Holley LS Fest 2013. This will be the fourth year that Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY has been the venue for the all-LS celebration of performance and handling.</p><p>2012 saw continued growth for the event. Both vendors and participants increased as GM’s LS engine remains a popular choice for enthusiasts looking to make easy, reliable power. Participants choose LS Fest as it is a great place to put current or finished projects through their paces in a host of performance events.<br />LS Fest remains the only event where fans can experience auto-crossing, a countryside cruise, drag racing, drifting, a mobile dyno, engine swap challenge, show-n-shine, speed stop challenge, and all in the same place. The overarching rule to any of the events is that the vehicle must be powered by an LS engine to participate. Each year a “Grand Champion” is announced at LS Fest. This award goes to the driver that performs the best across the autocross, drag racing, the speed stop challenge, and the show-n-shine. It truly showcases the individual with the most well rounded vehicle. 2013 should be the largest LS Fest yet with more vendors, spectators, and media exposure documenting the most impactful engine since the original small block Chevy.</p> <p>Check out <a href=""></a> for HD video coverage of LS Fest and for more updates regarding Holley LS Fest 2013. Also visit the LS Fest Facebook page for LS related posts and videos at <a href=""></a>.</p>Fri, 15 Feb 2013 08:55:01 -0500bread-amp-butter-beeper & Butter Beeper<p><i>Story Geoff Stunkard / Images Geoff and Joel Stunkard</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The year 1969 was an important one for Plymouth’s Road Runner, perhaps the one that best defined this particular muscle car.</p><p>After all, it was named <em>Motor Trend’s</em> Car of the Year, having spearheaded the budget muscle car revolution with its debut the previous year. Chrysler had done its homework on what was a quick model release based on a novel idea, offering a low-priced mid-size car that featured good suspension and driveline parts, few engine options, and a popular cartoon character for promotion.</p> <p>For 1969, the car’s very popularity resulted in many new options, including a convertible, more interior and paint upgrades, and the first appearance of the 440 six-barrel engine (only the Hemi had been optional). That moved the car away from the budget origins to some extent, though it would be the best-selling year for this model, with over 82,000 going to new homes. For most buyers, the standard 383 wedge was the package they purchased.</p> <p>“This is a real muscle car,” says 32-year-old Nate Homick, who spends his days as a mechanic in the NASCAR-rich town of Mooresville, North Carolina. “It’s a bench seat, four-speed post coupe, and it’s a real Bahama Yellow Road Runner. This is the exact reason why Plymouth built these things!”</p> <p>Back in ’69, the nation’s average yearly wage was just $6,887 (we were still on the gold standard as well), so putting down money on a muscle car that cost even half that amount was a real investment. This car was one that Nate had known about for many years since his dad Dave’s best friend, Jerry Abraham, had purchased it back in the 1990s. This was a 34,000-mile car, decoded by Galen Govier and restored by Jerry, Dave, and Nate over many years to basically as-built specs. When Jerry had a chance to buy a 1971 Butterscotch Challenger (same paint code EL5), he sold the Plymouth to Dave. Nate ended up with it as various things were being changed and has been the car’s caretaker for several years now.</p> <p>From the factory, the Road Runner was fairly standard beyond the new High Impact Paint. Under the new Air Grabber hood (with flat “glare-blackout” stripes that extend to the fender edges) is the 335 horsepower 383 Magnum, a special engine then available only in Road Runner and Dodge’s Super Bee with a hot cam, better exhaust manifolds, and minor engine tricks that Chrysler had pulled off the shelf. In keeping with the past, this one still has a single-point distributor, though Nate has a fat 770 Holley on the intake in place of the old Carter AVS. This package, which was originally rebuilt by Nick Wilson of Medina, Ohio, with some minor internal upgrades, is backed by the factory A833 four-speed and a 3.91 SureGrip differential section housed in the 8¾ rearend.</p> <p>Inside, things are great if you want close contact, as there is a long black vinyl bench seat with a Hurst wood-ball stick coming up from the floor. Serious racers recognized that this was a lighter set-up than the twin buckets. In the dash, there is a 120 mph speedo whose needle could be wound to the far right when needed. An AM radio caught the latest tunes back in that non-stereo broadcast era.</p> <p>As mentioned, getting an HIP color like Bahama Yellow was a new option in 1969. The color-coded steel wheels get a splash of that color, thanks to pie-pan hubcaps. They hit the pavement through a set of bias-ply Firestone Wide Oval Redline F70-14 tires. The only dress-ups beyond the hood were a set of front wheel spinners that promoted the Road Runner model on the dealership lot that year. The result overall is a head-turning combination of OEM appearances with a few minor upgrades for the modern era.</p> <p>Today, Nate and Jessica show the car (we caught up with them at an event in Farmington, North Carolina) and tell the story. We get to enjoy seeing what one of <em>Motor Trend’s</em> editors said, “It wasn’t just a car anymore. I’d found love.</p>Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0500parts-shopper-15 Shopper<p><i>By Eric Kaminsky</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p><strong>Mustang wiring harness</strong></p> <p>When making an engine swap using the 2005-2009 Mustang GT three-valve 4.6L engine, complete your project with a new wiring harness from Ron Francis Wiring. Offered in both panel/telorvek style or wrapped, it is available for both manual and 5R55S automatic transmissions. Kits come complete with everything to hook up factory sensors, ECM (although reprogramming is necessary), electric fans, fuel pump wiring and diagnostic ports, plus detailed instructions.</p> <p>Ron Francis Wiring</p> <p>(610) 485-1981</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Corvette radiator</strong></p> <p>Flex-A-Lite has added to their line of direct fit Flex-a-Fit aluminum radiators with models for 1963-1972 and 1973-1982 Corvettes. Available with either front or side outlets, they are available with or without electric fans. The radiator/fan combination bolts in without drilling or cutting required. The electric fan moves 3,300cfm of air, and comes mounted on the radiator from the factory. Radiators feature a two-row, one-inch all-aluminum core with side tanks hand-welded to patented “T” channels. The company also sells an optional direct-fit transmission cooler kit (shown) for automatic-equipped cars.</p> <p>Flex-A-Lite</p> <p>(253) 922-2700</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Thermal insulation</strong> </p> <p>Keep the interior of your vehicle cooler and quieter by installing Under Carpet Lite from Boom Mat. The multi-layer composite material measures just ½-inch thick, and is easily installed by mechanical fasteners or with the company’s high-temperature spray adhesive (sold separately). It features three layers of acoustic and thermal insulating material over a base material. It prevents the transfer of noise, rattles and squeaks, and eliminates up to 85 percent of unwanted heat. It is available in four sizes:</p> <p>24 x 54 inches (nine square feet), 48 x 54 inches (18 sq. ft.),</p> <p>54 x 72 inches (27 sq. ft.), or in bulk (one linear foot x 54 inches).</p> <p>Boom Mat</p> <p>(800) 264-9472</p> <p></p> <div> </div> <div><strong>Charger scoop emblem</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>Dress up the hood scoop on your 1970 Dodge Charger R/T with this reproduction emblem from TrimParts. Made to original Mopar specifications, it features red letters outlined in bright aluminum with a black background. Two versions are available: one with original-style studs on the back (it comes complete with fasteners), the other with automotive double-back tape instead of studs. Both are officially licensed Mopar Authentic Restoration items.</div> <div>TrimParts</div> <div>(513) 934-0815</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <p><strong>Camaro license plate bracket</strong></p> <p>Man Machine Interface expands its line of patented Aero-Plate front license plate mounting brackets with one for the Gen 5 Camaro. Precision CNC-machined from 6061 T-6 billet aluminum, it comes complete with stainless steel fasteners for durability and corrosion resistance. It mounts to the bottom of the front fascia using factory screw locations, so there are no holes to drill. It can be installed without having to raise the car, and comes in either a black anodized or polished finish.</p> <p>Man Machine Interface</p> <p>(440) 871-6496</p> <p> </p> </div> <div> </div> <div> <div><strong>Keyless ignition system</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>Flaming River has expanded its line of keyless ignition systems to now include a “hands free” programmable unit that utilizes RFID technology to remotely start your vehicle. The system can be installed in any vehicle, or can also be integrated into the company’s line of tilt steering columns. The programmable feature allows you to use an existing keyless entry fob, as well as add additional key fobs. An emergency bypass mode allows the vehicle to be started by inputting a unique PIN number. The system can be mounted in the dash, or in either a floor shift or column shift tilt column.</div> <div> </div> <div>Flaming River</div> <div>(800) 648-8022</div> <div></div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <div><strong>Master cylinder</strong></div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>Improve the look of your engine bay while also improving braking efficiency with a tandem chamber master cylinder from Wilwood Engineering. It features a slotted flange mounting (accommodating mounts between 3.22 and 3.40-inch centers), so it can be installed in a variety of vehicles, and comes in 7/8-inch, 1-inch and</div> <div>11/8 inch bore sizes, making the unit compatible with both manual or power brake systems. A bellows gasket is found under the black anodized billet lid, and the cylinder is available in either in bare aluminum, media burnished or black E-coated finish. Dual outlets allow for either right or left hand plumbing, depending on mount location.</div> <div> </div> <div>Wilwood Engineering</div> <div>(805) 388-1188</div> <div></div> </div> <div> </div> <div> <p><strong>C5/C6 Coilovers</strong></p> <p>Eliminate the tranverse leaf springs in your C5 or C6 Corvette by installing these coilovers from MTI Racing. Produced in conjunction with Bilstein, the coilover kit features inverted shock mounting, CNC-machined billet components, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in unsprung weight as well as crisper, more responsive handling. Made in the U.S., the shocks have stainless steel inserts, an anodized finish, custom Aurora spherical bearings, and the ability to make quick ride height adjustments.</p> <p>MTI Racing</p> <p>(770) 919-7774</p> <p></p> </div> <p> </p> <p><strong>’57 Chevy dash panel</strong></p> <p>Classic Thunder Road expands their product line with a new series of instrument panels for 1957 Chevys. Made from high-quality ABS composite material, the main dash panel is a two-piece assembly that forms a shroud around the steering column; a separate two-gauge cluster mounts on the dash to the right of the main cluster. Available in three finishes (matte black, brushed aluminum or carbon fiber), they come with or without gauges and wiring harness. Buyers have a choice of AutoMeter gauges or the company’s High Velocity or Concours gauges. The main panel houses a speedometer, tachometer, water temperature and oil pressure gauges, while the secondary panel has a fuel gauge and voltmeter.</p> <p>Classic Thunder Road</p> <p>(866) 882-3535</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Wiring harness</strong></p> <p>Replace a damaged, brittle or malfunctioning wiring harness in your 1974 to 1977 Camaro with this new one from Painless Performance. It has 18 circuits, which will handle all standard factory components, plus allow connections for modern aftermarket accessories. The harnesses follow the same path as factory originals, and utilize factory attachment points. Each harness has a large six-gauge charge wire to handle 125-plus amp alternators. All exterior lights have correct sockets and bulbs pre-installed, and the assembly includes a fully integrated ground circuit.</p> <p>Painless Performance</p> <p>(800) 423-9696</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Brake duct kit</strong></p> <p>Keep the front brakes on your 2010-2012 Mustang GT cooler with this duct kit from Classic Design Concepts. Designed to be used in conjunction with the company’s chin spoiler, the kit include four ABS ducts feeding air through 2½-inch tubes onto the surface of the front brake rotors. No drilling is required for installation, and it does not require relocating the windshield washer fluid reservoir.</p> <p>Classic Design Concepts</p> <p>(866) 624-7997</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Performance wheels</strong></p> <p>Hotchkis Sports Suspension is now offering racing-inspired cast aluminum wheels for late model GM, Chrysler and Ford muscle cars. Three different styles are available: H-Sport (a multi-spoke design available in Gloss Silver or Matte Black), S-Sport (a double five-spoke design, available in Gloss Silver or Matte Black with machine polished accents), and Y-Sport (available in a Matte Graphite finish or machine polished face with Matte Graphite accents). All come in 20-inch diameters, with the H-Sport and S-Sport wheels being 8½ inches wide for the front and 9½ inches wide for the rear, while the Y-Sport is nine inches wide in front and 10 inches wide for the rear. They are designed to fit factory and aftermarket tires, and clear factory and aftermarket big brake kits.</p> <p>Hotchkis Sports Suspension</p> <p>(888) 735-6425</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Submit your new products to Amos Auto Enthusiast.</p> <p>Send a press release and high-resolution color image via e-mail to: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Please put “new product release” in the subject line.</p>Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:54:21 -0500a-driver-once-again Driver Once Again!<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Mid America Motorwork’s Controversial Experimental Corvette will be unveiled as a drivable chassis in Florida</p><p>Known as the rear-engine Corvette that was never meant to be, the 1964 XP-819 adds another chapter to its controversial history, attending the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as a drivable chassis. Mid America Motorworks, the world’s largest aftermarket parts and accessories company for Corvettes, is thrilled to announce that the highly anticipated 1964 rear engine experimental Corvette, XP-819, will be unveiled to the public for the first time at Amelia Island the weekend of March 8-10, 2013.</p> <p>Mike Yager, founder and Chief Cheerleader of Mid America Motorworks acquired XP-819 in 2002 when he bought it at an auction in Monterey, Calif. He quickly enlisted the help of Kevin Mackay, expert restorer and owner of Corvette Repair, Inc. in Valley Stream, N.Y., to complete a frame-off restoration. As Mackay dug into the restoration, he realized that this would be the most challenging project he ever worked on when each missing part had to be handmade, as no other car in the world shares XP-819’s build.</p> <p>This year, the drivable chassis will cruise onto the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance show field with fully functional brakes, steering column and two seats. Mackay, who has more than 3,500 hours into the restoration, hopes to have the finished car, including the body, ready to debut in 2014 at the same show.</p> <p>“I am looking forward to the day when XP-819 finds its way back home to MY Garage Museum,” Yager said. “It will be exciting to show guests a Corvette that I can confidently say they have never seen before!”</p> <p>This engineering exercise was created under the auspice of a Safety Proposal, a program headed by Frank Winchell. Zora Duntov was unimpressed and opted for a mid-engine design with more stability and continually pursued his idea. XP-819 reflects several of Larry Shinoda and John Schinella’s later C3 design characteristics in the fender line, rear window deck area and swooping rear clamshell.</p> <p>Chevrolet ordered XP-819 destroyed in 1969 and turned over the duties to Smokey Yunick. XP-819 was cut apart and stripped of usable parts and then unceremoniously stored in Yunick’s shop out of Daytona Beach, Fla. until it was discovered by Steve Tate, a Chevy dealer out of Gallatin, Mo.</p> <p>The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will be March 8-10, 2013 at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  The honoree for 2013 will be American racecar legend Sam Posey and will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Porsche’s legendary 911 and the 50th anniversary of the Corvette Sting Ray. The show’s Foundation topped the $2 million mark in charitable giving at the 2012 event. Proceeds from the event were donated to charities on Florida’s First Coast, a tradition that started at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance inception in 1996.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:30:53 -0500measuring-success Success<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>From the June 2 grand opening to the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance and the Drive Down Hunger initiative during the holidays, 2012 was a successful first year for LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM)…for a number of reasons.<br />“In just the last six months, we opened our doors to the public, welcomed 150,000 visitors, debuted a motorcycle festival, established long-term partnerships with businesses and charities, and even gave parents a shriek-free zone while their kids were at the Justin Bieber concert next door,” said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO.  “It was a fun, exciting time for America’s Car Museum, and even better things are down the road.”<br />Here’s a by-the-numbers look at ACM 2012:<br />2,000,000. Dollar value of vehicle donations received.<br />450,250. French fries eaten in ACM’s Classics Café.<br />10,000. Grand opening weekend visitors (June 2-3, 2012)<br />6,676. Facebook “likes.”<br />3,854. ACM memberships.<br />1,200. Participants in ACM’s Drive Down Hunger holiday season food initiative to help feed Tacoma’s less fortunate.<br />1,081. Tires in the museum.<br />1,003. Glasses of champagne sipped during the opening gala.<br />1,000-plus. Stories published locally and nationally about ACM.<br />660. ACM-branded baseball caps sold in the museum store.<br />182. Active volunteers.<br />50. States from which visitors attended the museum.<br />34. Red cars in the collection. <br />31. Roadsters in the museum.<br />30. Concours-level ($100,000+) museum sponsors, including State Farm, AAA, NAPA and Coca-Cola.<br />26. Countries represented by museum visitors.<br />25. Jokes told by Jay Leno during the June opening gala.<br />6. Major awards won.<br />2. DeLoreans in the collection.<br />1. Major League Baseball batting champs in attendance during grand opening weekend (Mariners’ legend Edgar Martinez).<br />0. Larger auto museums in North America.</p>Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0500asteroid-crashes-corvettes-at-carlisle Crashes Corvettes at Carlisle!<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Whether it's a Corvette that is one-of-a-kind, historically significant or something in between, it's a guarantee that each August Corvettes at Carlisle will play host to something very unique. </p><p>This year, the trend continues with a very special 50th anniversary car on display; the 1963 "Asteroid" Corvette. Special ordered new as a paint delete car by legendary speedboat racer Bob Nordskog, this '63 Corvette was delivered straight to the King of Custom cars George Barris of Barris Kustoms. The new C2 Corvette was already a fresh redesign from Chevrolet and Barris made a radical transformation and redesigned the car with an extended nose cone that had headlights positioned behind the bladed grille, custom headers exiting behind the front wheels, removed the split window, filled in the rear tail panel and opened up the rear wheel wells to accommodate big wheels. The paint job was out of this world and was painted in a heavy metallic copper finish that would blind you in the sunlight. This helped give the car the name "Asteroid" since it looked like it was on fire and moving at 1000 mph sitting still!  <br />The interior design was just as wild as the exterior and done by Don Ferrara of San Pedro , California. It was finished in a pearl white Naughahyde, complimented with copper accents to match the exterior paint. This Corvette was built with dual personalities and was as fierce at the car shows as it was racing down the quarter mile. It was powered by a 352 cubic inch motor with 13:1 compression and fed through six chrome Stromburg 97 carburetors. Everything under the hood was either painted gold metallic or chrome plated and was the topper for an already over-the-top car.  Dayton wire wheels were used for street duty and American Mags with race tires were used for track duty. </p> <p>This creation was just one of many from the mind of Barris, who was recently showcased as part of the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.  During the five-day auction, Barris saw his original Batmobile sell for $4.6 million during the Saturday night excitement.  The Asteroid Corvette disappeared from the public eye nearly 50 years ago and now this out-of-this-world car is back and will trek to Carlisle this summer to be unveiled for the first time in many decades.</p> <p>"The Asteroid was built by a true automotive icon and legend in George Barris." noted Corvettes at Carlisle event manager Lance Miller.  "He made up some of the most creative automotive masterpieces in history and, fortunately for us, he restyled an amazingly vibrant and quite wild '63 Corvette for Bob Nordskog."  Miller continued that "this Corvette is being carefully restored back to its original state as the Asteroid once was in '63 and we're excited to unveil it for the first time since the mid-'60s for our Corvettes at Carlisle attendees. This will be one custom Corvette that you won't want to miss, as a matter of fact you WON’T be able to miss it – be sure to come see what I’m talking about!"</p>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:12:56 -0500win-a-shelby-1 A Shelby<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Even though he isn’t related to the “The King of Cool,” a McQueen will once again be behind the wheel of a Shelby Cobra as a result of the 2012 Win-A-Shelby raffle.<br />Ronald McQueen will be a celebrity in Pennsylvania when he pulls up in a rare, 50th anniversary Shelby Cobra continuation car. Hosted by the Carroll Shelby Foundation, the 2012 Win-A-Shelby raffle offered enthusiasts a shot at a small block, limited edition Cobra. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation, which was established by automotive icon and racing legend Carroll Shelby to provide financial support for children battling life-threatening illnesses and to promote continuing education.<br />“The 50th anniversary Cobra is a symbol of the last five decades of Shelby American’s incredible achievements,” said Jenni Shreeves, executive director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “Carroll was adamant that these Shelby Cobras be built with the same exceptional quality as the ones he created in the ‘60s. He was also excited that this raffle would give one lucky winner the opportunity to not just drive it, but own it. Now Ronald McQueen will live that dream by contributing to our efforts to help kids live a healthy, happy life with a bright future.”<br />Steve McQueen, who was best known for driving a Ford Mustang during the action-packed car chase scene in Bullit, was a fan of the Shelby Cobra. He visited Carroll Shelby at his Venice, Calif. facility throughout the 1960s, though legend has it that studio contracts prohibited him from owning one of the fast roadsters. That did not keep him from sampling the Cobra as Shelby lent him the CSX2174 to cruise around Southern California. Ronald McQueen, however, will have the pleasure of owning the Shelby Cobra that Steve McQueen could never buy.<br />“The Shelby Cobra is one of the more sought after American collectible cars,” added Ronald McQueen. “I have friends who own Shelby vehicles and just hearing the roar of the raw power these Cobra engines generate is so exhilarating. Now, I too finally own a piece of Shelby’s automotive history.”<br />As part of Shelby American’s golden anniversary in 2012, the Carroll Shelby Foundation celebrated the tremendous milestone by offering the limited edition cars. Painted "Shelby black" and filled with a premium wine colored leather interior and special badges, only 50 of the limited-edition anniversary Cobras are being built. The new owner’s small-block Cobra will be documented in the official Shelby registry.<br />To learn more about the Carroll Shelby Foundation, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:36:13 -0500the-hit-list Hit List:<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>A new analysis by reveals that the familiar two-car accident made up less than half of all incidents reported by car insurance shoppers.</p><p> examined more than 42,000 online car insurance quotes delivered from Sept. 1, 2011, to Feb. 5, 2013, for collision, comprehensive and liability insurance on single-vehicle policies where users reported an incident in the preceding five years. The analysis drew on data submitted by more than 42,000 car insurance shoppers who listed previous incidents as they compared rates for liability, comprehensive and collision policies.</p> <p>“We buy auto insurance because we envision two cars careening toward each other and screeching brakes,” said managing editor Des Toups. “But more than a third of all incidents involve things like a parked car, the weather, vandalism, hitting animals or road debris.”</p> <p><strong>Types of problems reported among drivers with previous incidents: </strong></p> <p>Struck another car: 22.7%                                                    <br />Another car struck me: 22.2%<br />Single-car accident: 7.9%<br />Act of nature: 5.8%<br />Struck parked car or tree: 5.4%<br />Car struck while parked: 5.0%<br />Debris or other non-accident damage (such as hitting a pothole): 2.9%<br />Vandalism: 2.4%<br />Struck animal: 2.4%<br />Windshield or glass: 2.2%<br />Theft of car/theft of parts: 1.5%<br />Hit a pedestrian: 0.4%</p> <p>Each type of accident may affect insurance rates differently as well. “Hitting a deer and hitting a tree might do the same amount of damage,” Toups said. “But hitting a tree is more likely to raise your car insurance rates because it’s a collision claim.”</p> <p>’s new <a title="Crash-O-Matic" href="">Crash-o-Matic</a> tool lets drivers click on six common accident scenarios to see what kind of insurance coverage would be needed to pay for damage. The Crash-o-Matic also allows readers to compare sample rates for liability, comprehensive and collision coverage on a selection of 2013 model year vehicles.</p> <p> “Liability insurance alone will never repair your car,” said Toups. “We hear from readers daily who falsely assumed they were covered in a crash. The economic shock can be devastating.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:38:06 -0500celebrating-50-years 50 Years<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>In April, 2014, the Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th birthday in what could be the biggest automotive celebration America has ever seen. Leading up to this event, a cross-country tour of Mustangs will bring enthusiasts from all over the world  in an epic American journey from Los Angeles, California to Charlotte, North Carolina, to help celebrate this milestone.<br />Mustangs Across America’s 50th Anniversary Drive will take place on April 10-16, 2014. The tour will arrive in Charlotte, just in time for the Mustang Club of America's 50th Anniversary Car Show and Celebration at Lowe's Motor Speedway, which itself takes place April 17-20, 2014.<br />The Mustangs Across America event takes place every five years in conjunction with the big Mustang anniversary celebrations and has become a hollowed tradition among Ford Mustang enthusiasts from all 50 states and several countries. The road trip adventure will take seven scenic days touring the American Southwest, Texas oil country, and the South.<br />The tour is open to all Mustangs from 1964 ½ to present and is planned out in segments that average 350 miles per day. With a leisurely pace, the days will offer various optional tours and stops to sightsee at places like the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas, the Sixth Floor JFK Museum in Dallas, and the Vicksburg Military Park in Mississippi, to name a few.<br />“For the Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive, we are excited to bring something new,” said event coordinator Sam Haymart. “The optional day tours allow people to take in some quality sightseeing along the way. It adds to the romance of Mustangs parading across our beautiful country together.”<br />Participants will meet each morning for a short driver's meeting and will enjoy a planned route that features lunch stops and rest stops in addition to available tour options. Each night is set up with discounted hotel rates for registered participants as well.<br />Participants can travel at their own pace and have the freedom to choose their own schedule. While there are planned stops, tours and events, people are not beholden to the schedule and make their own stops and side trips as they wish.<br />Those who wish to follow the itinerary close will enjoy that it allows time to relax instead of driving at full speed to reach milestones on time. The itinerary stops and tours are based on an average speed of 60 mph which is well below posted speed limits, allowing for an occasional stop to relax or check out tourist traps and still make it on time.</p> <p>Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive Schedule:</p> <p>Day 1 – April 10, 2014: Los Angeles, CA to Phoenix, AZ<br />Day 2 – April 11, 2014: Phoenix, AZ to Las Cruces, NM<br />Day 3 – April 12, 2014: Las Cruces, NM to Midland, TX<br />Day 4 – April 13, 2014: Midland, TX to Dallas, TX<br />Day 5 – April 14, 2014: Dallas, TX to Jackson, MS<br />Day 6 – April 15, 2014: Jackson, MS to Atlanta, GA<br />Day 7 – April 16, 2014: Atlanta, GA to Charlotte, NC</p> <p>Registration for the event will give participants a full and comprehensive package of goodies including printed travel guides with detailed route information, discounted hotel rates, and listings of local services in places they visit. Registered participants get access to certain private events along the way and a package complete with a minted commemorative coin, dash plaque and several other special event items. Registration for the event opened February 1. Enthusiasts can get full information on the Mustangs Across America website, register online or download registration packets at <a href=""></a><br />Mustangs Across America Inc is not affiliated with Ford Motor Company or Mustang Club of America.</p>Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:08:04 -0500super-quick-coyote Coyote!<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Granatelli Motor Sports’ sponsored racer Joe Charles won the prestigious and extremely competitive 2012 NMRA Strange Engineering Coyote stock class championship.</p><p>The class requires that the engine and computers are left stock and untouched.   “HiPo Joe’s” 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt, built by MV Performance, has run a blistering quarter mile time of 10.901@118.87 mph.  The championship winning ‘Stang is powered by a stone stock 2012 5.0L Coyote engine and Granatelli Hot Street Coils (P/N 28-1815HS).  According to HiPo Joe, “These Hot Street Coils will be used on both team cars for the 2013 race season!  They increase power to the spark plug up to 200% over the stock coil packs.  Since we can’t modify the engine for more power, the Granatelli Hot Street Coils were an ideal and welcomed addition.”</p> <p><strong>For more information:</strong><br /><a href=""></a><br />805-486-6644</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:20:39 -0500sensuous-steel Steel<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Delahaye 135M Figoni and Falaschi Competition Coupe, 1936. Collection of James Patterson. Photograph © 2012 Peter Harholdt</p></p></div><p>This summer, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will present Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles, an exhibition of unique and luxurious autos from the 1930s and ’40s.</p><p>Sensuous Steel includes 18 automobiles and three motorcycles drawn from some of the most renowned car collectors and collections in the automotive world. Organized by Guest Curator Ken Gross, former Petersen Automotive Museum director, the exhibition will be on view in the Center’s Ingram Gallery from June 14 through September 15, 2013.<br /> <br />While today automotive manufacturers often strive for economy and efficiency, there was a time when elegance reigned.  Like the Frist Center’s historic building, the automobiles included in Sensuous Steel display the classic grace and modern luxury of Art Deco design. An eclectic, machine-inspired decorative style that thrived between the two World Wars, Art Deco combined craft motifs with industrial materials and lavish embellishments. The movement began in Paris in the early 1920s and was propelled to prominence in 1927 with the success of the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts. Automakers embraced the sleek iconography of motion and aircraft-inspired materials connotative of Art Deco, creating memorable automobiles that still thrill all who see them.</p> <p>“Sensuous Steel is the first major museum auto exhibition devoted entirely to Art Deco automobiles, and there could be no more fitting a venue than the Frist Center’s landmark historic Art Deco building, which was completed in 1934,” notes Frist Center Executive Director Dr. Susan H. Edwards. “Art Deco styling influenced everything from architecture to sleek passenger trains and luxury liners, furniture, appliances, jewelry, objets d’art, signage, fashionable clothing and, of course, automobiles. The works in this exhibition convey the breadth, diversity, and stunning artistry of cars designed in the Art Deco style.”<br /> <br />“Rapidly changing and ever-evolving, the automobile became the perfect metal canvas upon which industrial designers expressed the vital spirit of the interwar period,” explains Guest Curator Ken Gross. “To give the illusion of dramatic movement and forward thrust, cars of the 1930s and ’40s merged gentle curves with angular edges. These automobiles were made from the finest materials and sported beautifully crafted ornamentation, geometric grillwork, and the elegant miniature statuary of hood ornaments.<br /> <br />“The classic cars of the Art Deco age remain today as among the most visually exciting, iconic and refined designs of the twentieth century,” Mr. Gross continues.</p> <p><strong>Among the automobiles included in Sensuous Steel are:</strong></p> <p>•         1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet- Designed by Alan Leamy who is known for styling the famed Auburn Speedster, the Cord L-29 Cabriolet was the first U.S. front-drive luxury car. It was painted its notable burnt orange color by its former owner, Frank Lloyd Wright.<br /> <br />•         1937 Delahaye 135 MS Roadster by Figoni and Falaschi- Created for the 1937 Paris Auto Show, this car was called “a Paris gown on wheels.” The roadster features aluminum coachwork and a leather interior by Hermès. Most significant are four features that were patented by Figoni and Falaschi, which included a roll-down disappearing windshield. <br /> <br />•         1934 Edsel Ford Model 40 Speedster- Designed by E.T. “Bob” Gregorie specifically for Edsel B. Ford, the speedster features a two-seater aluminum alloy body patterned after an Indy race car. It is the only one of its kind ever made.<br /> <br />•         1934 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow Sedan- Designed by Phillip Wright, the Arrow Sedan was originally built for the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition (1933-34). This car was the epitome of luxury with a price tag of $10,000 (roughly $170,000 today). Only five of these sedans were made, with three of them surviving to this day.<br /> <br />•         1935 Stout Scarab- Bill Stout, an aircraft engineer who developed the Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, began creating a radical sedan concept in the early 1930s. The end result, the Scarab, featured a roomy interior that boasted moveable seats and a small table. This unique auto anticipated the first minivan. <br /> <br />The exhibition will be accompanied by two audio tours, one for adults and one for children. <br /> </p> <p><strong>Ticket Information</strong><br />                 <br />Admission to Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles is free for Frist Center members and $10.00 for adults. Visitors 18 and younger are admitted free of charge. Advance tickets can be purchased on site at the Frist Center beginning April 1, 2013. Beginning April 1, Frist Center members may reserve tickets by calling the Frist Center Member Hotline at 615.744.3248.<br /> <br />To accommodate out-of-town visitors, a limited number of non-member advance tickets for each day of the exhibition will be available online starting April 1, 2013 through, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. <br />Each order carries a $1.50 convenience charge that benefits the Community Foundation. Purchasers will download a voucher from <a href=""></a> that will be redeemable at the Frist Center for exhibition admission on the specific date for which the voucher has been bought. Tickets purchased through <a href=""></a> are non-refundable. <br /> <br />During the run of Sensuous Steel, Nashville’s Lane Motor Museum and the Frist Center will offer reciprocal admission discounts when ticket stubs are presented. Each ticket stub from the Lane Motor Museum is good for one half-price admission at the Frist, and each Frist Center ticket stub can be used at the Lane Motor Museum to receive a discount on a single ticket. The Lane Motor Museum is located at 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville. Learn more at <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <br /><strong>Sensuous Steel Hotel & Ticket Packages</strong><br /> <br />Uniqueall-inclusive travel packages to see Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles will be available through the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. website. (<a href=""></a>)  In addition to lodging and admission to Sensuous Steel, packages also include tickets to Nashville’s famed Lane Motor Museum, and more.  For information and to book your package, go to <a href=""></a>.  <br /> <br /> <br /><strong>Exhibition Sponsors</strong><br /> <br />Lead Sponsors: Barbara, Jack, Sara, and Richard Bovender<br /> <br />Platinum Sponsor: The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals<br /> <br />Media Sponsor: <br /> <br />Hospitality Sponsor: Union Station Hotel<br /> <br />Member Preview Sponsor: Chubb Insurance <br /> <br />Thank you to Belmont University and Ocean Way Recording Studios who are donating recording time and professional expertise for the production of the audio tour.  <br /> <br />The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.</p>Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:49:40 -0500all-by-design By Design<p><i>John Gunnell</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>In the auto industry, the muscle car niche boosted by the GTO and the pony car niche created by the Mustang had far-reaching effects in the design studios at all of the major automakers.</p><p>Every manufacturer soon wanted a muscle car or a pony car to sell and this led to personnel changes, adjustments in workload and everything else that went with efforts to “go back to the drawing board” and develop totally new types of cars under tight deadline conditions.</p> <p>Forty-year-old Richard A. Teague was elevated to vice president in charge of styling at American Motors Corporation (AMC) in 1964. As a hot rodding teenager in Southern California, he had attended Dorsey High School and legendary camshaft wizard Ed Iskendarian was one of his friends. “Teague has brought a young man’s outlook to Detroit’s styling studio,” said Gene Booth (<em>Car Life, </em>June 1964). Teague told Booth that bucket seats, fastback roofs and performance engine modifications would be big trends over the next 10 years.</p> <p>Clay modeler Keith Goodnough was part of Teague’s team. He started a new job in the AMC styling studio on Jan. 28, 1964, after working for Ford since 1955. “My boss at Ford, Ben Barbera, was grooming me to be a team leader, but Ford was holding back on pay increases and piling on the overtime,” Goodnough recalled. He said the whole styling industry was working overtime. Goodnough finally demanded a raise for having to work such long stints. On January 16, he was called into the office and fired for refusing to work overtime.</p> <p>Chrysler was quick to offer Goodnough a job, but their designers were unionized and that would have dictated that he start working at a lower pay scale, so then he took work at AMC. The pay was better, but the long hours persisted. “My first day there, we worked 24 hours around the clock,” he noted. “And the longest stint we put in on one job was 33 hours straight.” He estimated that he worked an additional 10,000 hours on models of the new types of cars AMC wanted to bring out. “It was the way of the industry then,” he explained.</p> <p>The idea car had become a tradition with American automakers as a place to try out advanced and different styling concepts, component designs and control refinements. If it would excite public interest in the current vehicle which serves as its basis, it was better for the manufacturer. Goodnough joined AMC at that time when skilled modelers were needed to create production models and concept cars as well.</p> <p>Goodnough estimated that Chrysler had 200 modelers in 1964. He says that GM and Ford put more clay sculptors to work shaping new forms and futuristic ideas. AMC had fewer modelers and their responsibilities were more diverse. “We worked on clays, we worked in the fiberglass shop, we helped the painters — we did what we had to do to get the cars done,” he pointed out.</p> <p>AMC had fewer designers and gave them more responsibilities to help speed projects to the final stage. When Teague got the OK to work on a fastback show car called the Tarpon, he ordered up a ’64 Rambler American body shell and had all the outer sheetmetal removed so just the skeleton remained. Large plaster molds taken from the styling clay were used to form a fiberglass roof panel and side and rear body sections above the belt line. This allowed designers like Goodnough to reach the final stages of the project very quickly.</p> <p>The Tarpon was actually a prototype for the production line fastback Marlin. The AMC Marlin’s clean look was what others were searching for in the spring of 1964. Whether it was Pontiac’s hot-rodded Tempest GTO, Ford’s race-bred Fairlane or Dodge’s “Jumping Ramp” Charger show car, the muscle car image was locking in with Detroit designers who now had a channel through which to sell their design ideas to sales-hungry auto executives anxious to get into the new muscle car niche.</p> <p>”We thought that it was great to see muscle cars and pony cars coming out,” Goodnough remembers. In 1964, American Motors boss Roy Abernethy was not ready to have his company foray into the muscle car market. At that time, his attitude made sense, because the company was doing well selling its compact cars and economy cars. By year’s end, AMC was challenging Pontiac for the third sales rank in the auto industry and even won that challenge by some measures. Problems arose when Abernethy started a movement to larger AMC cars, which he personally liked. These did not sell very well.</p> <p>The fastback Marlin, with certain engine options, became one of AMC’s early stabs at a muscle car. Some saw it as a competitor to Dodge’s 1966 Charger — a muscle car for the whole family.</p> <p>In 1965, Teague discussed the early 1960s upswing in his company’s fortunes and the changes in car buying habits that took place in that era. “Stimulated by a taste of variety and bolstered by continued national prosperity, the car buyers of this nation have begun asking for more,” Teague said. “They want full freedom of choice — custom ordering or as close as possible to it.”</p> <p>Things were changing in American styling studios in this period. The market became more new-product driven. Concept cars for car shows and engineering prototypes became more production-car-like and more muscular.</p> <p>Although Teague, Goodnough and other designers understood the youth market, Abernethy stuck to old-fashioned thinking. It took investor demands for youth market cars and a revolt by a major stockholder named Robert B. Evans to get AMC on the track towards youth-oriented cars.</p> <p>Evans put Victor G. Raviolo in charge of all creative projects at American Motors in 1967. Raviolo told a writer for <em>Car Life</em> that he had watched women and their reactions to changes in skirt lengths. “The skirts got shorter and women who were 40 to 50 years old said that wasn’t for them,” Raviolo pointed out. “But the next year you see those women and their skirts are a little shorter. This is the influence of young people — they pull the rest of the market with them.”</p> <p>Goodnough recalled that the non-Mustang pony cars that began arriving in 1967 had enough room under the hood for bigger V-8s. By this time, Chevy, Pontiac, Mercury and others were in the game and AMC’s pony was right around the corner.</p> <p>“Chuck Mashigan took over at the AMC Advanced Styling Studio and he was the one who designed the hot pony cars like the AMXs,” Goodnough noted. AMC hired Mashigan away from Ford and Goodnough says that he respected the studio chief as a talented designer who had experience with pony cars in Dearborn. “AMC even sent Chuck to Italy and had him build a couple of metal body prototypes that were named AMX IIIs,” he noted. “I think there was a total of about seven sheetmetal versions of those cars made.”</p> <p>The early ’70s inspired some super cars that qualify as “ultimate” muscle machines. AMC brought a Javelin show car with styling modifications and super performance equipment to the 1970 New York Auto Show. However, the tides began to turn very quickly as the big-cubic-inch engines and big horsepower ratings of 1970-1972 became targets for insurers and government watchdogs.</p> <p>Goodnough became a crew leader and continued working on AMC prototypes through the time that Chrysler took over. “We were working on three or four cars when Chrysler came to look at us,” he recalled. “They asked where we were sending our prototypes out to be done and we told them we did everything in-house.” According to Goodnough, when Chrysler bought out AMC in 1987, his design team was kept separate from Chrysler’s.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0500readers-rides-2 Rides<p><i>Compiled by Eric Kaminsky</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Beauty<br />Owner: Cesar Nieto</p> <p><br />“I am sending some photos of my baby here in Brazil. It’s a Camaro 1973 Rally Sport with 350 cid engine, with TH 350 automatic transmission. I live in the town of São Roque, San Paulo, and bought this Camaro in 1984. Since then, I have kept it in original shape except for a double Hooker exhaust, quad Holley and a Mallory ignition system.</p> <p><br />“The good reminder of this car was during my marriage in 2000, bringing the bride, now my wife, back from church. It stopped on the street and I had to fix a bad spark cable on the street side.”</p> <p><br />Ramped Up<br />Owner: Bob King</p> <p><br />Bob owns this 1963 Corvair Rampside pickup truck, equipped with a 164ci, 110hp modified engine, with four-speed and 3.89 posi rear. He is also president of the Philadelphia Corvair Association and a member of the Corvair Society of America.</p> <p><br />It was restored to stock condition except for the Line-X bed coating and the Retro Sound radio. The three-year restoration included replacement of large sections of sheetmetal; reskinning, rebuilding and replacing the hinge; interior seats recovered with OEM materials; as well as the rubber floor mat.</p> <p><br />“Most of the parts came from Clark’s Corvair Parts of Shelburn Falls, Massachusetts. LMC Truck also provided a few things for this truck, which are difficult to find with production figures at 2,046. It’s pretty rare.</p> <p><br />“My wife, three-year-old child and I recently made a trip to the Corvair Society of America International Convention in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. My Rampside was in the FC (Forward Control) concours competition, which was the first show it was in since I finished a three-year restoration just this summer (2012). A couple days before the show, I rebuilt an axle, just to give you an idea of how close it was to not being ready for this major car show.</p> <p><br />“We made the 600-plus mile round trip and I managed a 94.98, giving the Rampy a silver award. I have since found a nice set of NOS wheel covers.”</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0500cranking-pipe Pipe<p><i>Geoff Stunkard</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>For most of the hands-on automotive hobby, adding substructures of tube steel to a performance vehicle is considered something to be left to the experts.</p><p>And, in truth, you really do want to have excellent gusseting and welding on your life-saving equipment. For people who want to go their own way on fabrication of items like cage construction or crossmembers, specialized tools allow specific forms of bending and shaping of chrome-moly tubing to create the shapes of those structures without damaging or fatiguing the metal itself. Eastwood has come up with a do-it-yourself product that you can use in your garage or backyard to create these bends.</p> <p>The Eastwood Pro-Former Tubing Bender (p/n 12485) uses a set of dies and follower forms coupled with a manually-operated six-ton hydraulic cylinder jack. Working the tubing against this pressure through an interchangable support loop, careful fitment will allow you to produce bends in several popular thin-wall tubing sizes with ease. The tubing bender is a complete kit – it ships with 0.75, 1, 1.5, 1.625, and 1.75-inch dies and followers, which are keyed and locked into the unit in just minutes to change sizes. You can make bends up to 90 degrees in the smaller sizes (60 degree in larger diameters) with these die sets using only a little arm pressure and a solid unit support.</p> <p>For people who do a lot of pipework, this might not be an optimal solution, especially in terms of graduated radius changes (this is a one-size die) and time. However, for the backyard wrench who is working on a project where custom-fitted pieces are needed, this bender offers an option as opposed to turning to a custom shop for this work.</p> <p>For doing small-diameter fabricating work, steel substructure creation in interiors and trunks, and similar projects, the Eastwood Pro-Former may be just the ticket. We found a few tricks with ours during the test; check it out.</p>Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0500a-very-good-year Very Good Year<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>The year 2012 was a period of solid results and growth for Auctions America, with the Indiana-headquartered company recording its best performance to date. Specializing in the presentation of American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, and customs, Auctions America generated more than $52 million in sales. Unit volume was in excess of 2,100. On a national level, bidders at Auctions America events in 2012 hailed from all 50 states across the U.S.<br />Headlining Auctions America’s 2012 season was the highly successful Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend, held during the famed Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. The Labor Day weekend sale marked Auctions America’s largest event to date, with total sales surpassing $18.6 million and 76 percent of all lots sold. More than 52,500 enthusiasts turned out with more than one-third of registered bidders represented new clientele.<br />The 2012 Auctions America calendar also included successful sales in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Auctions America continued to demonstrate its expertise in the handling of private and estate collections in 2012, hosting two stand-alone single-vendor sales in addition to presenting a number of collections as featured attractions at its mainstream events. The Terry Bennett Collection and the National Military History Museum sales both enjoyed 100 percent sell-through rates, with more than 50 percent of bidders at each event representing first-time participants.<br />Continuing its mission to host events in the country’s leading automotive destinations, Auctions America will expand its national event calendar in 2013 with the addition of a new sale in Burbank, California, August 2–4.  In addition, the Company’s Auburn Spring event will expand to incorporate the Antique Automobile Club of America’s inaugural Central Division National Spring Meet. Further information on both of these exciting events will be unveiled in early 2013.</p>Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:29:09 -0500joe-s-garage's Garage<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco poses with a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, presented for being named Super Bowl XLVII MVP in New Orleans, Louisiana. Flacco led his team to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Chevrolet is the official sponsor of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award.</p></p></div><p></p><p>The honor of awarding the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award was given to Rick Flick of New Orleans’ Banner Chevrolet, who knows a thing or two about comebacks. Banner Chevrolet, a part of Flick’s family for 40 years, was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina and was the first business to reopen in New Orleans East after the devastating 2005 storm. On behalf of Chevrolet, the official sponsor of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award, Flick presented quarterback Joe Flacco with a 2014 Corvette Stingray in recognition of his effort in leading the Baltimore Ravens’ to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.<br />“Banner Chevrolet and the entire city of New Orleans have been through so much since the storm, we felt this was a small gesture to bring the comeback story full circle,” said Alan Batey, GM vice president of U.S. Sales, Service and Marketing. “With the Super Bowl in his backyard, we couldn’t think of a better guy to have the honor of awarding the MVP with his Corvette Stingray.”<br />Banner Chevrolet was one of the largest losses ever recorded for a dealership in the United States and recently completed a massive multimillion-dollar renovation with state-of-the-art technology. Banner is the only Chevrolet dealer in Orleans Parish.<br />“We lost our entire inventory of 650 new Chevrolets and 120 pre-owned vehicles during Katrina,” Flick said. “I’m happy we are still a vital part of this community today and I can be here to represent the people of Chevrolet and its dealerships as we celebrate the Super Bowl MVP.”<br />The Super Bowl MVP receives the Pete Rozelle Trophy, a silver trophy made by Tiffany & Co., and the Corvette Stingray.<br />The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.</p> <p>Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco is presented with a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Monday, February 4, 2013 for being named Super Bowl XLVII MVP in New Orleans, Louisiana. Flacco led his team to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Chevrolet is the official sponsor of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award. (Photo by AJ Mast for Chevrolet)</p> <p>Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco (right) is presented with the keys to a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from Chevrolet Dealer Rick Flick Monday, February 4, 2013 for being named Super Bowl XLVII MVP after leading his team to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Louisiana. Flick's family has owned Banner Chevrolet New Orleans for 40 years and was the first business to reopen in New Orleans East after being wiped out by hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo by AJ Mast for</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:11:55 -0500golden-rule-winners Rule Winners<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Eagle One is proud to announce that the winner of its 20th anniversary Golden Rule Award for car clubs was the Over The Hill Gang of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.<br />The prominent automotive appearance care brand presented the club with a check for $3,000, which was donated to the non-profit help organization, Women With Willpower.<br />The club's entry form was drawn from more than 100 entries by Steve Parker, veteran automotive TV/radio broadcast/ journalist and two-time Emmy Award winner. <br />The random drawing was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary and allow all not-for-profit car clubs the opportunity to win the substantial donation. <br />In prior years, Eagle One has honored and rewarded clubs in four regions for conducting the most outstanding community service program in their region. That format will be resumed. <br />The winning club will also receive a custom-designed award plaque and a generous supply of Eagle One appearance products and Valvoline motor oil for fund-raising events.<br />"Eagle One is very proud of its two decades of being the only organization to recognize and <br />reward car clubs for outstanding community and charitable activities which demonstrates that there is more to car clubs than just cars," said Robert McCarter of Eagle One marketing.</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:51:51 -0500meet-the-winner the Winner<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Vernon Grew of Houston, Texas, has gotten his keys as the grand prize winner of the 2012 Corvette Dream Giveaway. Money raised through the Dream Giveaway program allowed Kids Wish Network to award a total of $100,000 in grants to Camp Boggy Creek, in Eustis, Florida, and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kids Wish Network is a Tampa-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children who have experienced life-altering situations.<br />Mr. Grew will be awarded both a 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe and a matching 2012 Corvette Stingray Coupe that has been upgraded by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering to 570hp. In addition, Mr. Grew will receive $45,000 cash to help pay the prize taxes.<br />Mr. Grew, a Vietnam veteran, is a quality manager for an aerospace manufacturing company. He entered the 2012 Corvette Dream Giveaway by making a $100 tax-deductible donation. A self-described Corvette enthusiast, Mr. Grew always wanted to own a Corvette, “I have loved Corvettes my whole life. The ‘67 Corvette Stingray Coupe is an awesome car and I am looking forward to driving it.”</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:04:33 -0500a-positive-step Positive Step<p><i>Story provided</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>We use the word “survivor” carefully when we are talking about cars because it has to meet certain criteria to qualify.</p><p>The same holds true for people because the act of survival is not something to be taken lightly.</p> <p>Larry Herrera of San Dimas, California, is a survivor, one who has been put through tests and tribulations and has come away from the experience on the right side. Larry is certainly not alone in any respect because there are others who can tell a similar story, but there are many more who aren’t as fortunate.</p> <p>Over a year ago, Larry Herrera was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After battling the disease for a year, Larry’s bout with the male-centric cancer went into remission. His doctors attributed his success largely to the fact he detected and caught his symptoms early.</p> <p>Larry is a car enthusiast, has been all of his life, and the owner of a 1965 Pontiac Tempest. When he looked in his garage, he didn’t see a car, but an opportunity. Given his circumstances and awareness, Larry wanted to take his Tempest to car shows, places where there are plenty of men to receive the message about early detection and treatment. His Tempest was not a show car or, at least, not yet. He turned to his soon-to-be son-in-law Lorenzo Strong with an idea. He wanted to rebuild the car and Lorenzo, who has been in the car industry, would be a great partner for the idea. Lorenzo gladly obliged his future father-in-law. For the next year, they embarked on a project that would become a labor of love with unlimited future potential.</p> <p>The project was “finished” in October 2012. After months of not seeing his classic, albeit used, Tempest, Herrera got the surprise of a lifetime. It had undergone a major restoration inside and out, all through donations.</p> <p>“Several auto shops in the Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas donated their time and resources to helping us make the ’65 Tempest into what you see now,” said Lorenzo. “If it had not been for the generosity of companies such as Kumho Tire believing in Larry’s cause and providing the perfect parts, we could not have made the Tempest into the shiny piece of rolling art is it is.</p> <p>“A car is a common point of interest for men of all ages. We feel that bringing the Tempest to car shows and telling the people who come by to look at it what it symbolizes will act as a disarming conversation starter about the issue.” Larry and Lorenzo agree that if even one man they talk with at a car show is encouraged enough to get screened, the effort will be worthwhile and potentially lifesaving.</p> <p>“My friends and neighbors asked me how I felt about exposing something so personal that happened to me,” Larry said. “I told them I felt really good about it. Men have to get it together and we have to do something good for ourselves, have the doctor examine us. It can really save lives. I saved my own by getting screened early.”</p> <p>The two men have already begun their plan to take the car throughout Southern California and plan an ambitious schedule in 2013. When you walk through a show field, keep an eye out for this Pontiac. It is somewhat fitting that it is a Tempest, described as “a violent commotion, disturbance or tumult”. That word describes how news of cancer can disrupt lives, but the message from this car project is more positive and impactful. It’s about making a difference.</p>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:00:00 -0500optima-invitational Invitational<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>OPTIMA® Batteries recently announced the first nine approved qualifying events for the sixth annual running of the OPTIMA® Ultimate Street Car Invitational event, held directly after the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. <br />These regional qualifying events encompass a wide range of performance disciplines, from open road racing to autocrossing and drag racing. They also share much in common, such as being open to street-legal and licensed vehicles, which is a requirement of the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. The regional qualifying events are also strategically located to give enthusiasts nationwide the chance to compete.<br />As has been done previously, the winners of the qualifying events will be invited to the SEMA show in Las Vegas. From there, they will compete against each other in a series of measured performance tasks and also be judged for quality of design and execution. The participant with the best overall performance and design will be crowned the “Ultimate Street Car” for the year.<br />The 2013 OPTIMA Invitational regional qualifying events include: <br /> <br />•       Run to the Coast – Irvine, CA  (February 23-24)<br />•       Detroit Speed Southern Slam – Kershaw, SC (April 19-21)<br />•       Faceoff at Road America – Elkhart Lake, WI (June 22-23)<br />•       GoodGuys Des Moines – Des Moines, IA (July 5-7)<br />•       MotorState Challenge – Watervilet,MI (July 25-27)<br />•       Sandhills Open Road Challenge – Arnold, NE (August 7-11)<br />•       Holley LS Fest – Bowling Green, KY (September 6-8)<br />•       Silver State Classic Challenge – Ely, NV (September 11-15)<br />•       GoodGuys Fort Worth – Fort Worth, TX (October 4-6)<br /> <br />  “Competitors have a lot to look forward to with a year of thrilling events across the country. Each of these qualifier events have been selected because they align with the spirit and concept behind the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational,” said Cam Douglass, director of product development and marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. “2012 brought close competition and a more diverse showing of vehicles with nearly 20 percent of the field falling into the import category. We can’t wait to see what this year will bring.” Additional qualifying events will be announced as the season continues. The OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational is open to street-legal vehicles of all makes, models and years of manufacture.<br />Visit <a href=""></a> for the latest information about the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational.</p> <p> </p>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:30:28 -0500dei-sponsors-hot-rodders-of-tomorrow Sponsors Hot Rodders of Tomorrow<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, a scholarship program for high school shop teams, is growing in leaps and bounds in terms of numbers of sponsors, teams and scholarship dollars.</p><p>Design Engineering (DEI) is proud to announce their sponsorship of this worthwhile program designed to encourage high school teens to take an interest in the performance aftermarket by providing a series of competitions that exhibit their skill at breaking down and reassembling a small block Chevy according to event rules. <br /> <br />The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, created in 2008, was the brainchild of Jim Bingham, owner of Winner’s Circle Speed and Custom Inc. The engine challenge was developed initially as a special event for Winner’s Circle’s Race and Performance Expo.  With only five teams competing in the inaugural year but with added encouragement from Vic Edlebrock, Winner’s Circle has grown the event to become a nationwide competition that today encompasses over 600 students, seven events including the national championship at the annual PRI show, and 150 sponsors. <br /> <br />With financial support from DEI and other performance manufacturers, educational institutions, SEMA, PWA, AERA and more, over $6,000,000 has been raised for student scholarships from OTC, SAMS, and UNOH. Every student that places first through fifth in the nationals will win college scholarship funds. First place team members win $10,000 each, second place team members win $9,000 each, third place win $8,000 each, fourth place wins $7,000 each and fifth place wins $6,000 each to be used to pursue a career in the automotive aftermarket. <br /> <br />Rodney Bingham, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow, director, says, “We appreciate DEI’s commitment to this event. Our youth have incredible talent and represent the future of the performance aftermarket. This event has been a very rewarding experience cultivating the growth of this engine challenge and seeing the dedication of the teams year after year. We are encouraged by the level of support from manufacturers like DEI who sincerely want to encourage youth to consider the performance aftermarket as a career.”<br /> <br />The first Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge event begins February 22nd at the Race and Performance Expo in Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL and culminates at the 26th annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show that will be held in Indianapolis in December. The display of the top teams competing at the annual SEMA show is a highlight for spectators and determines the teams that will compete at the Nationals event at PRI.  For a full schedule events or to sign up a high school team to compete, go to <a href=""></a>.</p>Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:43:18 -0500getting-better Better<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Classic Recreations has always been synonymous with meticulously restored, hand-built Shelby Mustangs, but in response to customer demand, the custom coach builder will now offer restoration services for vintage vehicles of all makes and models at a new shop that has been added to its Oklahoma headquarters. The 7,500 square foot shop opens on June 5, 2013, and will welcome an additional crew of at least seven restoration experts, making the shop capable of all manner of projects and builds, no matter the size, make or model.<br />“Mustangs definitely have a special place in my heart, but I have a passion for all classics – muscle cars, sports cars, street rods and more,” says Jason Engel, founder of Classic Recreations. “I have very fond memories of building my first Camaro, and know that diversifying is something Classic Recreations is capable of. I’m excited for the opportunity to reach other enthusiasts whose choice of vehicle might not be a Mustang.”<br />Engel has extensive experience restoring a variety of types of vehicles. The first car ever restored by Engel was a 2nd Generation Camaro. The shop has built a variety of custom choppers, restored “woody” station wagons, hand-tooled custom panels for one-off muscle car builds and specializes in meticulous right-hand-drive conversions for vintage muscle cars going overseas. Engel explained that as muscle car values continue to rise and enthusiasts see these vehicles as investments they can actually enjoy, the need for an all-encompassing restoration facility with in-house paint and body, assembly, upholstery facilities and engine tuning all on-site so nothing is farmed out and details are strictly controlled became imperative. <br />Beyond the expansion, Classic Recreations will continue its core business of building 1967 G.T.500 and 1966 G.T.350 Mustang continuation cars. The G.T.500CR is the only officially licensed 1967 Shelby Mustang in production, and all G.T.500CR models feature a hand-built 427 cubic inch (7.0L) engine, modern performance suspension, model specific bodywork, custom paint and hand-stitched upholstery. Every car comes with an official Shelby serial number, badges and is included in the official Shelby Worldwide Registry.<br />Those interested in a Classic Recreations restoration should call and reserve their space in advance. For more information visit <a href=""></a> or call 877-235-3266.</p>Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:32:20 -0500corvette-dream-giveaway Dream Giveaway<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>International children’s charity Kids Wish Network announced that 68 year-old Vernon Grew from Houston, Texas, was named the grand prize winner of the 2012 Corvette Dream Giveaway, a nationwide drawing sponsored by the organization. Thousands of entries were received over the course of the Corvette (and previously announced Camaro) giveaway as a means of helping children in need. Money raised through the Dream Giveaway program allowed Kids Wish Network to award a total of $100,000 in grants to Camp Boggy Creek, in Eustis, Florida, and the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kids Wish Network is a Tampa-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children who have experienced life-altering situations.<br />“We are so grateful that this contest allowed us to ultimately award $100,000 to two groups that are working, as we are, to improve the quality of life for children facing unspeakable illnesses,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella. “Our partnership with Dream Giveaway, which ends with the 2012 awards, has been an innovative opportunity to raise public awareness around the work that we do at Kids Wish Network. We will continue to explore new and strategic ways to educate the public about how they can help and get involved.”<br />Mr. Grew will be awarded both a 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe and a matching 2012 Corvette Stingray Coupe that has been upgraded by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering to 570hp. In addition, Mr. Grew will receive $45,000 cash to help pay the prize taxes.<br />Mr. Grew, a Vietnam veteran, is a quality manager for an aerospace manufacturing company. He entered the 2012 Corvette Dream Giveaway by making a $100 tax-deductible donation. A self-described Corvette enthusiast, Mr. Grew always wanted to own a Corvette, “I have loved Corvettes my whole life. The 67’ Corvette Stingray Coupe is an awesome car and I am looking forward to driving it.” <br />Camp Boggy Creek is a year round medical camp for children ages 7-16 who suffer from chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The camp was co-founded by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf.<br />The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship.<br />Kids Wish Network and Dream Giveaway are grateful to everyone that entered and would especially like to thank the following promotional partners for their support: Lingenfelter Performance Engineering for creating the 570hp Stingray Coupe, Corvette Central, Paragon Corvette Reproductions, Zip Products, Volunteer Vette Products, Corvettes of Houston, Original Auto Parts, Legendary Auto Interiors, Carlisle Events, Davies Corvette, and Heidebreicht Chevrolet.<br />For more information on Kids Wish Network, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:33:33 -0500a-shifting-of-power Shifting Of Power<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>General Motors will invest $200 million into its Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters to build a new 138,000 sq.-ft. test wing, which is expected to be completed during the second half of 2014.</p><p>The plan is part of GM’s previously announced commitment to invest $1.5 billion in its North American facilities in 2013. The expansion will enable the company to consolidate work being done at four locations remote to the Pontiac campus, helping to reduce development timing for GM’s next-generation advanced propulsion technologies. When the moves are complete, GM will have added approximately 400 jobs to the Pontiac campus.</p> <p>Under the expansion plan, engineering development work currently being done at leased facilities in Wixom, Mich.; Castleton, Ind. and Torrance, Calif., will move to Pontiac. Also, GM R&D’s Propulsion Systems Research lab in Warren, Mich. will relocate to the Pontiac campus. GM previously announced that work being performed at its hydrogen fuel cell facility in Honeoye Falls, N.Y., would be consolidated in Pontiac in mid-2013. In addition, the Performance Build Center, currently located at the Wixom facility, will move to GM’s Chevrolet Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky., by the first quarter of 2014.</p> <p><br />“These moves will help our entire Powertrain team work more effectively across the organization to develop the powertrain technologies we need to build the world’s best vehicles for our customers around the world,” said Sam Winegarden, GM vice president of Global Engine Engineering.</p> <p>The new test wing is part of GM’s Powertrain Development Center, used by engineers to bring advanced, fuel-saving powertrains to market faster and less expensively because they take less development time. The 450,000 sq.-ft. facility is one of the largest and most technically advanced powertrain development centers in the world. The center’s state-of-the-art facilities allow engineers to test engines under extreme conditions, including cold ambient temperatures, high RPMs, and repetitive starting and stopping, to assure world-class durability, reliability and quality.</p> <p>The work GM conducts at its Wixom Advanced Engineering Lab, including electric motor engineering development and performance engineering, will be transferred to Pontiac by mid-2015. Electric motor design and production is a core business for GM in the development and manufacture of electric vehicles. The Torrance Advanced Technology Center’s work on electric motor and power electronics engineering development will be transferred to Pontiac by the end of 2014. GM considers these technologies key to the future of sustainable transportation. Heavy-duty transmission, power electronics, hybrid and battery electric drive unit development work done at Castleton will be transferred to Pontiac by mid-2014. GM’s work on heavy-duty transmissions is core to its pickup truck development. And GM R&D’s Propulsion Systems Research Lab will be relocated to Pontiac during the second half of 2015. This work is critical to providing industry-leading technologies for GM’s engines, transmissions, and hybrid systems.</p> <p> Having completed a consolidation of seven southeastern Michigan Powertrain Engineering facilities in 2008, this wave of Powertrain Engineering consolidation will allow GM to cut 640,000 square feet of floor space and eliminate three leased facilities in the United States.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:27:02 -0500mopar-dart Dart<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> Chrysler Group LLC has introduced the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart, marking the fourth special-edition Mopar-badged vehicle created since the company partnered with Fiat S.p.A in 2009. The car will be shown at the Chicago Auto Show.<br />Building on the success of the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger and the Mopar ’12 300, the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart will be built and customized with Mopar performance parts and accessories. Production for a limited run of 500 units will begin this spring at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois.<br />“Our new Mopar ’13 Dart will turn heads and stand out from the crowd,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “For this special, limited-edition vehicle, we specifically kept the driver in mind as we added select Mopar parts and accessories.”<br />Inspired by the tuner scene, the Mopar ’13 Dart is designed for driving enthusiasts. Powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir® intercooled turbo engine with a manual transmission, the Mopar ’13 sports a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes, which mirror each of the three previous Mopar-themed models.<br />For enhanced handling, upgrades include a performance steering-gear calibration, a 7 millimeter-lowered suspension and low-profile 40 aspect performance tires (225/40R18). From the racing scene, Mopar added a premium brake kit with slotted rotors. Engine breathing is enhanced with a performance-tuned exhaust and to further optimize aerodynamics and increase downforce, the custom Dart features Mopar’s ground-effects kit, which includes a front-chin spoiler, one-piece deck-lid spoiler, as well as a unique and aggressively styled rear diffuser.<br />Unique exterior elements include a Mopar badge in the crosshair grille and gloss-black 18-inch wheels with a Mopar logo on the wheel center caps. The vehicle’s unique interior, featuring a serialized plate, gives the driver a custom Mopar Blue leather seat with black accents. To keep the emphasis on the driver, the driver seat is Mopar Blue while all other seats are black with blue accent stitching. The centerpiece of the interior is a floating island bezel that is accented with Mopar Blue paint and lighting. The interior is further enhanced with rich details, including Mopar Blue accent thread, as well as light-black chrome and gloss-black elements.<br />The special-edition Mopar ’13 includes industry-first wireless charging for smartphones, a blue-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel with an identically garnished shifter knob, a bright sport-pedal kit, premium Mopar carpet floor mats, door-sill guards and an 8.4-inch navigation screen.<br />The limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart will be delivered to each customer with a personalized owner kit. Assembled in a custom-made black case, contents include a personalized plate with vehicle specifications, the date of manufacture and the unique identification number (of 500) of the vehicle. Along with a Mopar ’13 brochure and other memorabilia, the kit will include a limited-edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand. <br /></span></p>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:08:53 -0500quality-restorations Restorations<p><i>Jim Maxwell</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>For owners of vintage cars, there’s a well-known occurrence: steering wheels crack and deteriorate over time.</p><p>Unfortunately, when the plastics industry first started out, even though this material was a major breakthrough in technology at the time, there was less than ideal success with the long-term durability using the early compounds and formulas.</p> <p>Without question, the most prominent problem with the early plastic as used on automotive steering wheels is that the material that surrounds the metal core of the wheel breaks down from heat and ultra-violet radiation caused by the sun.</p> <p>Tenite is the oldest thermoplastic (introduced to the industry in 1929, into the 1930s for steering wheel use) and it provided a much more beautiful automotive steering wheel as compared to the old hard thermoset (what appeared to be hard rubber) material that had been used previously. However as early as during WWII, cars with Tenite steering wheels experienced the plastic material cracking and breaking off in chunks.</p> <p>The maker of Tenite (Eastman Chemicals, Kingsport, Tennessee) later came up with a Tenite II version in an effort to alleviate the problems. However, the cracking continued, more noticeably in the sun belt states. Over the years, a great deal has been learned in the industry on how to deal with and prevent cracking and/or fading of plastics with the newer materials and formulas. The fact remains that with old steering wheels, nothing can really stop the aging process. If you’ve got some small and minor cracking on your wheel, it can be repaired by filing and filling it in with a product like PC-7, and with a restored (painted) smooth finish, it can appear to be like-new condition. But nonetheless, if the wheel is further exposed to direct sunshine and heat, in time, another part of the steering wheel will crack as well.</p> <p>Poway, California’s Dennis Crooks is a longtime car enthusiast and has many years of experience with industrial manufacturing and dealing with precision plastics work. About 25 years ago while restoring cars, he realized that there was a need in the hobby for a company that could actually “recast” steering wheels that were cracked and damaged. Because of his hands-on experience around old cars, he knew that performing a patch job on a sun-damaged wheel was likely to crack again.</p> <p>He set out to combine his manufacturing skills with his passion for classic automobiles, and started “Quality Restorations, Inc.” with the basic idea that car owners could send in their old steering wheel core and get back essentially a brand-new product using all new “UV-stable” thermoplastic technology. It has taken a lot of research and development. He is now able to formulate the exact procedures, incorporating today’s superior urethane plastics (including special blends) and the making of molds. His efforts have been successful in solving the heat and UV degradation problems of the past. In fact, with his proprietary process, he backs the steering wheel with a lifetime warranty on the plastic itself.</p> <p>In the years since he first started the business, he has built up a large assortment of molds and tooling to produce high-quality steering wheels for many makes and models, all with the exact factory original size, feel and texture. For restorers wanting to get their old wheels recast to their former glory, Dennis offers his services for numerous U.S. cars manufactured from the 1930s on up into the late 1960s including Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac; Ford products (including Lincoln and Mercury); as well as Mopar (Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge and Plymouth).</p> <p>He also covers a large part of the “independent” automakers from the past, including Cord, Nash Healey, Packard, Tucker and Willys (early Jeepster), and is always making new molds for other vehicles. For non-domestic marques he can provide recast steering wheels for selected applications (such as Mercedes Gullwing, Porsche 356 plus numerous British cars). He does certain Banjo-type steering wheels and provides (for certain applications) new, matching-color, column shift, turn signal and related knobs.</p> <p>In some cases, he can also custom-make steering wheel center cap logos. Quality Restorations, Inc., has done the legwork and made the tooling/molds to offer “diameter reduction” steering wheels for selected vehicles, as there has been a market for car owners that have upgraded to more efficient power steering units (or simply no longer want the huge diameters that came with their vehicles). Reducing from a 18-inch down to 16-inch diameter is a growingly popular swap, as the wheel itself still has the general flavor as what the factory installed, however once behind the wheel and driving, there’s a noticeable difference in operating the car or truck. The best way to check out all of Dennis’ concours-quality handiwork is to visit the website or if you’re attending a number of major California car shows (such as Goodguys and the LA Roadster Show). He’s always displaying a large selection of product samples and available for any and all questions.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500vast-reduction YardsVast Reduction<p><i>Joe Sharretts</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Porchtown Auto Recyclers, located in Newfield, New Jersey, currently houses over 50 vintage cars and trucks, ranging from a 1940 Chevy to a 1975 Nova.</p><p>Co-owner Keith Baldwin mentioned that, just three months earlier, 70 vintage vehicles were sent to the crusher and about 20 more were sold off as project cars. They kept the 50 vehicles considered to be best for future parts purchases. These 50 could also be purchased whole, if desired.</p> <p>Don’t think for a minute that Porchtown dislikes the oldies. As the metal prices rise, the old heavy pieces are the first to go. They will save much of the old stuff when it comes in and set it aside in the oldies section of the yard whenever they can.</p> <p>Porchtown has been under its current ownership since 1986. The original yard, started in 1948, sat across the street. Of the remaining fleet, we noticed a soft spot for vintage Cadillacs and orphan cars, having viewed a Studebaker and a Metropolitan in the lineup. There are currently four cars from the ’40s, nine from the ’50s, and the balance from ’60-’75.</p> <p>Once you pay the two-dollar admission fee, you may grab your tools and enter the yard. The new cars ranging from ’85 and up are to the left. The vintage fleet is about halfway back and to the right. The entire yard is free of weeds, which makes viewing and pulling parts easy. Parts may be shipped on request.</p> <p> </p> <p>About the Yard</p> <p>Porchtown Recyclers is located at 4408 Route 40, Newfield,NJ 08344. You can call at 1-856-694-1555, or visit the website The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is a $2.00 admission fee to browse the yard.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500the-throwback-cruiser Throwback Cruiser<p><i>Story Joe E. Harvey / Images J. Matthew Johnston</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Joe E. Harvey of northern Virginia had a mission.</p><p>He has taken a 2010 Dodge Challenger SE and expanded Chrysler’s retro-design to make a unique throwback cruiser with a modern edge.</p> <p>“I was hooked from the first sight of the prototype for the new Dodge Challenger,” he said. “The style screamed 1970s muscle car. Growing up among lots of old school mechanics and hot rodders, I’ve seen many classic cars and crafty ideas. This has led to an appreciation for the classics. Owning a Dodge never crossed my mind, being a native of Youngstown, Ohio, near the GM Lordstown plant. However, after seeing the new Challenger, it was time.”</p> <p>The first step was buying a Challenger before too many modifications were made to the initial design, since new models were being released yearly. The opportunity came in 2010. The SE, RT and SRT models retained the same body between them, so the only criteria going into the purchase was that Joe wanted a true hardtop and the coloring had to be a black metal flake. The models all had the option of a true hardtop and they were all available in Chrysler’s Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl paint.</p> <p>Being a budget-minded person, Joe went to work determining which model to buy based on a combination of purpose and cost. The main purpose was to replace a daily driver and the cost difference between models was approximately $10,000, primarily due to horsepower. “My personal driving habits don’t include excessive speed, so the extra horsepower would be a waste of money. After all, no matter how fast your car is, eventually you are going to see another car’s brake lights. The 2010 SE came with a 3.5-liter V-6 high-output 24-valve engine with 250hp. That’s more horsepower than many of the V-8s from the classic era! The Challenger is a heavy car; with the 2010 SE weighing 4,905 pounds, but it makes a smooth and comfortable ride - perfect for a cruiser. The SE’s five-speed autostick/slapstick transmission allows the driver to shift through gears manually, if desired. After a week of negotiations between dealers, I brought my Challenger home.”</p> <p>Intrigued with the idea of having a daily driver with a classic look, but including modern performance and technology, Joe chose to enhance the concept by creating a throwback cruiser. “Early on, I realized I’d have to do the customizing to keep costs low. The customization included a variety of parts and accessories from Mopar, aftermarket companies, custom specialty orders and personal fabrication.”</p> <p>Comparing the new style with the 1970s models, the 2010 Challenger needed classic style bumpers and a change to the modern looking taillights. Bumper overlays from Retro USA met the need. For the taillights, lettering was removed and a custom-built taillight bar was built from aluminum bar stock found at Home Depot. The aluminum bar was cut, etched, painted and installed with 3M automotive tape and clear silicone adhesive. A fender emblem was attached to finish the look. The taillight bar covers up the original reverse lamps, so new LED reverse lamps from Saleen were wired above the rear license plate.</p> <p>The rims were changed to a classic 18-inch design from American Racing. The nose badge was replaced with a custom badge from Billet Technology, and a Flowmaster three-inch dual cat-back exhaust system with “pop bottle” outlets was installed. Mopar’s classic-script fender emblems and the classic-style fuel filler door were added because they weren’t included with the 2010 SE model. Additional accents to round out the look included chrome door handles, chrome hood scoop grilles, painted calipers with decals, custom bullet valve caps and chrome license plate frames.</p> <p>The factory interior of the 2010 Challenger is a mix of modern and classic features, like the “four bomb gauges” and low-back bucket seats. There is no better way to transition from the classic exterior to the modern interior than with dual-functioning doors. “I installed a kit from Vertical Doors, Inc. that allows the doors to open normally, but there is the option of opening vertically,” he said. “This particular kit not only had the dual-function, but it installed with no permanent modifications to the car. The process was fairly simple, but one has to be very careful with the Challenger’s body panels, as they are thin and tend to buckle, dent and ding easily.”</p> <p>Enhancing the interior, a pistol grip shifter from Drake Muscle Cars was added. Steering wheel and dash emblems were replaced with a classic-script design. The headrests were embroidered and floor mat plates were added with the classic-script design as well. Additional chrome accents include the door sill plates, pedal overlays, eject lighter deletes, dash vent trim, center console side trim, door vents, door pull plates, headlight control knob, seat power knobs and a chrome glove box handle. Deep blue LEDs were used for the dome lights, reflecting off all the interior chrome and giving a “space-age” glow. The interior was topped off with the essential pair of fuzzy dice.</p> <p>“I had a dilemma customizing the trunk area with the classic theme in mind, but then I remembered the wooden beds in the old-style trucks and decided to do my own version,” Joe continued. “The trunk bed is standard pine, tongue-in-groove. The flooring is attached to two plates that allow for separation in the middle for easy removal. Unfortunately, I couldn’t affix the floor permanently due to the battery and spare tire compartments located underneath. The flooring was cut, attached, sanded and coated with polyurethane. Black leather trim with chrome upholstery tacks were attached around the edges, creating a clean look. I obtained really nice Challenger coins and counter-sunk them in the flooring for a point of interest.”</p> <p>The custom trunk lid and hood insulation is from The liners are made from aircraft insulation material and came with decals. The material has a leathery look and installs snuggly against the underside contours giving it a “wet suit” appearance. Due to the trunk’s locking mechanism, the trunk lid insulation is a combination of the original and custom liner. The trunk area was finished by dying the inside panels black.</p> <p>Dressing up a modern engine bay is usually done by custom airbrushing or “wrapping”. Options that have a newer appearance do not work for a classic theme. “My engine bay became loosely based on the Cylon robots from the 1970s movie and TV series <em>Battlestar Galactica. </em>This allowed me to maintain the black and chrome look I desired. I started with a chrome engine shroud by American Car Craft. The shroud was originally made for a Chrysler 300 V-6, which has the same block dimensions as the Challenger SE engine, but with a different top design.</p> <p>“The shroud needed to have new top holes cut, reshaping of bends and trim added. The cold-air intake system was customized for the new look. To fill in and balance the chrome look of the engine bay, I added an upper hood cap, shock tower domes, header plates, oil dipstick handle, fuse box plate, washer fluid cap, power steering cap and an oil cap, all in chrome. Personally designed emblems were attached to a few of the new caps and the custom hood insulation was installed. With the Cylon in mind, I decided to remove the front grille emblem and add a ‘Cylon eye’ trailing light behind the grille; a lighted control box was mounted in the interior center console. This feature is the reason it’s sometimes called ‘The Cylon Cruiser’.”</p> <p>Joe says the throwback Challenger is a pleasure to drive and the customizing was lots of fun. It appeals to the young and old because of the combination of classic and modern style. It has received numerous car show awards, including the prestigious Best In Show. “I’ve had several people say they did double takes before realizing it isn’t a true classic, and that has to be the best compliment I can receive.”</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500mecum-back-in-racing Back in Racing<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Left to Right: Jim Campbell, Robbie Buhl, Stephen Cox, Dana Mecum, Dennis Reinbold, Oriol Servia formally announce the Mecum/Panther DRR multi-year partnership.</p></p></div><p></p><p>Mecum Auctions announced that it has become a sponsor partner of the Panther DRR team and the No. 22 machine for the 2013 and 2014 IndyCar seasons.<br />Founder and President of Mecum Auctions’ Dana Mecum noted, “Last season’s inaugural sponsor partnership with Panther DRR was very exciting for Mecum Auctions with our fantastic finish at the Indianapolis 500. The entire Mecum family has been involved in racing for many years; it makes us very happy to announce our commitment to two more years of sponsorship with a passionate team with such deep racing roots like Panther DRR.”<br />Panther DRR owner Dennis Reinbold commented that, "We're proud of our continued partnership with Mecum Auctions. To align our team and valued team sponsor partners with such a well-respected, successful and growing brand is truly a privilege. We look forward to working with Dana and his entire team both on and off the track over the next several years."<br />Oriol Servia, back for a second season with Panther DRR, will drive the No. 22 Mecum Auctions’ car at the Indianapolis 500, as well as several other IZOD IndyCar events in both 2013 and 2014. This partnership is an extension of the relationship that began in 2012, when Oriol Servia drove the No. 22 Mecum Auctions’ machine to a fourth place finish at the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.<br />“Mecum Auctions and Panther DRR share a passion for the automotive industry, so this couldn’t be a better fit,” stated Panther DRR co-owner Robbie Buhl. “We’re excited to build upon the success we had last year at the 500 with a fourth place finish and perform at the very highest level on behalf of Dana, his employees, valued customers and the entire Mecum family.”</p> <p> </p>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:33:43 -0500voted-the-best the Best<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Ford's C-Max gets the nod for new wagon</p></p></div><p></p><p>The U.S. auto industry is back. Production is booming and sales of new vehicles are up for the third straight year. Carmakers are competing hard to gain customers and that translates into opportunities to get a great car at a good price. In this month’s issue, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance reviews hundreds of vehicles to reveal the best values on the newest models in its annual buyer’s guide, “Deals on New Wheels,” on newsstands February 5 and online now at <a href=""></a>.<br />Kiplinger’s buyer’s guide includes a record number of vehicles—1,693 to be exact—thanks to a plethora of new vehicle introductions and new trim levels of existing vehicles. Winners are selected in 12 categories, based on performance, value, safety and driving impressions. Besides Best New and Best in Class vehicles, Kiplinger’s also names the Most Fuel-Efficient and Best Resale Value winners in each category.<br />Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Top Picks for 2013 (Domestic Models):</p> <p>Cars Under $20,000<br />•         Best In Class: Ford Focus <br />Cars $20,000-$25,000<br />•         Best New Car: Ford Fusion. With the most daring redesign in the midsize segment since the Hyundai Sonata, the Fusion gets an aggressive mug and a sleek new interior. It features generous passenger space and drives better than any competitor. Two optional EcoBoost engines give you the choice of more power or better fuel efficiency.<br />Cars $50,000 and Over<br />•         Best New Car: Cadillac XTS. Caddy’s XTS puts other luxury makers on notice with its combination of striking looks, superb ride and handling, and stellar safety. The CUE touch-screen infotainment system is standard on all models, as is magnetic ride control and more trunk space than competitors from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.<br />Sports Cars<br />•         Best In Class: Chevrolet Camaro <br />Small Crossovers<br />•         Best New Car: Ford Escape. A small crossover has never made your life so easy. The redesigned Escape saves money at the pump with better fuel economy than the previous generation. Plus, it’s filled with clever details, such as easy fold-flat rear seats, a voice-activated SYNC system for digital devices and optional parallel-park assist.<br />Wagons<br />•         Best New Wagon: Ford C-Max. Families yearning for a stylish “green” wagon have hit the jackpot. Ford’s C-Max hybrid boasts high mpg, plenty of space and a powerful engine. Brake coaching tells you how much energy you recapture each time you brake. A hands-free lift gate is optional.</p>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:30:08 -0500mopar-for-chicago For Chicago<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Chrysler Group LLC will feature a Mopar garage at this year’s Chicago Auto Show . . . and walls of Mopar parts and accessories for the company’s Dodge Dart, Fiat 500 and SRT Viper.<br />A 1,015 sq.-ft. garage exhibit will feature select Mopar performance parts and accessories for the all-new 2013 SRT Viper and Dodge Dart. In the Fiat exhibit, a glass wall of Mopar parts and accessories for the Fiat 500 will also be on display. In total, more than 300 Mopar performance parts and accessories will be shown.<br />“Customization is king,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “At Mopar, we offer more than 500,000 quality-tested parts and accessories throughout the world. In Chicago, we want to give show-goers an idea of how they can personalize and accessorize some of our new vehicles and furnish their garage in full Mopar style.”<br />Inside of the Mopar garage will be the new Mopar ’13 and a fully Moparized all-new 2013 SRT Viper. In addition to these vehicles and other parts, accessories and Moparabilia, both NHRA 2012 championship trophies won by Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson and Funny Car racer Jack Beckman will also be highlighted in the display. <br />For show-goers who want to create their own Mopar garage, Mopar now offers high-end commercial-grade toolboxes that feature the brand’s logo and are available in three colors: Mopar Blue, HEMI Orange and White. Mopar will also introduce a full line of standard and commercial-grade custom cabinetry. Customers may visit <a href=""></a> to purchase toolboxes and other Moparabilia.<br />Other Moparized vehicles that will be on display include a Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Dart, Fiat 500, Jeep Wrangler, and Ram truck.</p>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:34:55 -0500a-time-to-grow Time to Grow<p><i>Anne Engardio</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Now is the time to take your passion for cars and mold it into something new.<br />After all, it’s the time of year we look to improve ourselves or start something new, and often make a New Year’s resolution to do so, only to give up on it in a short time.<br />Ever wonder why some people can keep a New Year’s resolution, and others’ can’t? The key is that the resolution has to be something you have the drive and motivation to do. Something you can see yourself doing. If your resolution is to read more, and you never were an avid reader, it’s going to be a rough ride. If you haven’t given up on it already, you’re probably wondering how you will keep it, or for that matter, start it.<br />Let’s join that New Year’s resolution with a passion you already have – your car. That way, it will be attainable. There are projects you’ve wanted to do, but have never tackled.<br />Perhaps you’ve finally retired and are going to start a car restoration project you always wanted to do. Maybe you’ve been laid off and taking the car to the shop for repairs isn’t in the budget right now. Perhaps you’ve always worked under the hood of your car, but never delved into body work, the sound system or upholstery repair and want to tackle something new.<br />Check out <a href=""></a> for a host of details about vehicles, parts and buying and selling vehicles. This may help you decide what you can do and perhaps what you’d like to do next.<br />Before starting a project, evaluate your skills. Can you do it with a little guidance from a book or website, or do you need someone to teach you?<br />There are books, magazines and websites galore on cars, classic cars, hotrods, any kind of vehicle you can imagine, as well as how to fix, repair, or restore cars. There are so many it can be overwhelming and challenging to find a good one.<br />Before buying a book or reading copious websites, take a look closer to home. Check out your local community college for classes in car repair, and some school district’s adult education programs also offer these classes. In a class you will have someone directing your learning and teaching you the proper steps. If something goes wrong, you’ve got someone right there who can help you figure out what happened, what needs to be done and who can answer questions about your car.<br />If taking a class doesn’t fit with your schedule, go to the campus bookstore to buy the required and recommended textbooks and read them. If the college only allows registered students to purchase the book, write down the title and author. Most likely you can get it online, ordered through a bookstore, or borrow it from your public library.<br />It’s a new year; take a look at your wheels in a new way. Take on another project and have fun.</p> <p><em>Anne Engardio is a freelance writer who grew up in metro Detroit. One of her first memories is watching cars go by the house with her brothers. Although not a gearhead, she grew up to be somewhat of a car enthusiast, appreciating the beauty, style, design and power of the automobile. After working 20 years as a newspaper reporter, she now resides in Vista, California with her husband Tom.</em></p>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:13:15 -0500time-faux-a-change Faux A Change<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>If you were to go back before chrome dripped from every corner of our beloved cars, you would notice some very ingenious speed parts that are still highly sought after today.</p><p>One such item would be the multi-purposed quick-change rearend. They’re extremely popular with the early speed freaks, and REALLY expensive! They’re known for their durability, have proven themselves throughout the decades and even today, are coveted jewels residing under the blessed builds whose owners are lucky enough to have sourced one.</p> <p>Quick change assemblies were available as speed parts for the ’35-’48 Ford “Banjo” rearend and aside from the distinctive whine that their straight-cut gears emanate, they also provided for “quick changes” of the differential’s gearing by swapping out the matched set of gears that resided behind the unmistakable cover protruding from the rear of the differential.</p> <p>The history of the quick-change rear was forged throughout the decades on about every surface where speed was more than simply a desired characteristic. Quick-changes found their way onto dry lakebeds, early wooden (and later brick-laden) superspeedways and even found short-duties on the quarter mile with amazing regularity. Their broad scope of use and their penchant for durability has secured a spot in the hearts and minds of hot rodders, even if their cars may never see competition at any level.</p> <p>Many enthusiasts would love to have a Winters or Halibrand quick-change rear under their cars, but might not want to commit the cash that one of these whiny beauties command. Thankfully, enthusiasts who would love the looks of a quick change without the cash outlay have a solid alternative. While there isn’t much that’ll replace the sound that comes from one of these while travelling down the road, Speedway Motors in Lincoln, Nebraska, has provided a way for you to get the LOOK that you’re after. Speedway has been selling go-fast goodies since 1952 and yes, if you HAVE to have the real-deal under the floorboards of your ride, they can provide that. But if the look of a quick change is what you are after, they also have all the components that’ll make your ’35-’48 Ford rearend look like a million bucks.</p> <p>There are a couple of different kits available, depending on your application. Up until 1949, the driveshafts under Henry’s haulers were enclosed in a housing that connected directly to the rear of the transmission with one universal joint. As the suspension moved, the joint would articulate inside of a ball-type of housing that bolted directly to the transmission. If you are using a newer style of transmission, this system is no longer utilized and therefore, you must design a new way to connect the transmission to the differential, via an open driveshaft. You will also need to utilize a different means of mounting the rearend as the original strut rods bolted directly to the torque tube that encased the driveshaft. Many enthusiasts utilize hairpin radius rods or simply use the original strut rods mounted to a crossmember or similar mounting surface.</p> <p>We will be using an open driveshaft with our 1940 truck rear and we needed to use the open driveshaft conversion kit (part number 9191105) for the six-splined shaft. Some earlier rearends had a 10-spline shaft, so be sure to find out which version you have before ordering. We also opted to install Speedway’s quick-change-look cover. While it doesn’t improve the performance or durability of our rearend, it sure does do a LOT for style points! Follow along and we’ll show you how easy it is to go from boring banjo to faux quick-change for your ride.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500friday-s-finest's Finest<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>There has been plenty of excitement and spirited bidding throughout the first seven days. The world’s largest collector car auction, held by Mecum Auctions at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida heads into final three days. The event ends on January 27.<br />Headlining the day is Lot F245, a 1962 Corvette from the John Justo Collection. This car represents the pinnacle as it has gathered countless prestigious awards because of its rarity and originality.<br />General admission tickets to watch the action can be purchased at the gate for $20, and there is still time to register to bid. Onsite bidder registration can be completed at the Osceola Heritage Park grounds at the booth located in the auction arena. <br />Coverage of this exciting event continues this afternoon and tonight on live national TV on Discovery’s Velocity network. For additional consignment and bidder information, call (262) 275-5050 or visit <a href=""></a>.<br />Here is a look at some of the cars featured today.</p>Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:00:00 -0500just-venting Venting<p><i>Larry Weiner</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Remember when vent windows were standard equipment on nearly every vehicle manufactured by General Motors, Ford and Chrysler?</p><p>With few exceptions, the vast majority of automobiles built from the mid 1930s through the late 1960s had vent windows. First offered by GM in 1933 on closed bodies, vent windows were originally called “No-Draft Individually Controlled Ventilation.”</p> <p>The vent window was a big step forward in an era of the manually-operated cowl vents. The vent window offered drivers and passengers a new alternative for interior ventilation, one that eliminated the draft and buffeting inside the vehicle caused by driving with the door glass rolled part way down. Following GM’s lead, most manufacturers added vent windows to the front doors of their vehicles. Vent windows became so popular that they also started to appear on rear doors for a time.</p> <p>Harley Earl, the legendary head of GM Art and Color, was influential in the adoption of the “Streamline Moderne” movement of the 1930s. This new design trend was exemplified by the innovative appearance of vehicles such as the 1933 Cadillac V-16 Aero-Dynamic Coupe, the 1934 LaSalle and the 1938 Buick Y-Job. Notably, each had vent windows that were seamlessly integrated into their design, and reflected the popularity of this new feature. Beginning in 1933, GM quickly added them to nearly all of their production vehicles, from the base Chevrolet to the most expensive Cadillac. They were warmly embraced by consumers of the time, most of whom considered vent windows both a functional and stylish vehicle enhancement.</p> <p>When Bill Mitchell succeeded Harley Earl as the head of the GM Styling Section in December, 1958, he pioneered a new trend coined the “Sheer Look,” one that showcased uncluttered, advanced vehicle design. The dramatic appearance of vehicles such as the 1963 Corvette split-window coupe and the 1963 Buick Riviera reflected this new design direction. In 1966, GM introduced “Draft Free Ventilation” on the revolutionary new Oldsmobile Toronado. This eliminated the need for conventional vent windows and resulted in a sleeker, more modern looking greenhouse. By 1968, Draft-Free Ventilation evolved into Astro Ventilation and quickly became standard equipment across the board at GM. Within a year, vent windows were ancient history on nearly all A-, B- and F-bodies.</p> <p>Today, over 40 years after vent windows disappeared from most vehicles, one of the issues vintage vehicle owners face is vent windows that leak and whistle due to the deterioration of the rubber seals. While the supply of NOS vent window seals dried up long ago, suppliers like YearOne offer excellent reproduction vent window seals for most popular vehicles. The vent window assemblies in GM A- and F-bodies share very similar engineering, and the seals are relatively easy to replace with common hand tools and a little patience.</p> <p>The vent window seals on the 1967 Camaro that is the subject of this story were the factory originals, and after 45 years, were dried out and cracking. Adding insult to injury, the right side seal and the edge of the vent window glass had been damaged by a previous owner who apparently used a screwdriver in an attempt to pry the vent window handle open. While we were restoring the vent window assemblies, we also replaced the glass channel run seals, since they were also deteriorating from old age.</p> <p>Follow along with us as we demonstrate how to remove the GM A- and F-body vent window assemblies from the doors and replace the vent window seals. In addition, we’ll show you how original date-coded glass can be repaired, returning it to like new condition.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500mile-markers Markers<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>On a recent trip up into the attic last weekend, I ventured into a dusty, half-opened box chock full of tidbits and trinkets that once resided on my desk.</p><p>A decrease in the acreage of flat surface some years ago relegated many of these memory-seeds into hibernation. Within the dusty confine of this ragged-edged box was fertile soil for sowing fond memories. One such item that had deeply rooted into my remembrance was a teaching lesson that occurred on a section of one-way pavement called Roebling Road near Savannah, Georgia.</p> <p>I found myself strapped in behind the wheel of ahigh-winding C5 Corvette (the C6 was brand new andnot many had been seen on the streets, let alone the track), trying to learn a little more about making thistwisty series of turns as straight as possible. I was doing a story on the <a title="Sportscar Driving" href="">Sportscar Driving Experience</a> and somewhere between making mental notes at speed, learning a thing or two about driving and the everyday struggle for survival, I compiled enough information and photos to put together a story that I felt effectively described the experience.</p> <p>One of the benefits of attending the class is that upon completion, you were granted a DVD that highlights your driving — good or bad. The idea is to see the progression of improvement as the laps accumulate and speeds increase. A plus side to having the DVD is that you can also share all the fun that you had with your buddies once you get back home. What I didn’t expect from the DVD was some insight into how much my driving has changed (read, improved) since then. Granted, I’m not on the short list of <em>any</em> ALMS teams and I have no delusions of <em>ever</em> being there, but being able to look back and see instances where I would have done things differently is a good indicator that things have changed for the better – if not by much.</p> <p>While Roebling Road may not be a super-speedway and the entire course could be stretched out on the length of the Mulsanne Straight, the memories of driving that course are just as fond. Even now, every time I drive up through Savannah on that stretch of I-95, I still recall those somewhat-hot laps. With the help of this long-lost DVD, I’m able to recall a few specific ones. All of the tire squealing turns, missed shifts and tail slides are cemented in ones and zeros on this silver-sided disc.</p> <p>I own each and every mistake burned into it but also, I’ve got a few good turns to my credit. I can see how with each lap, the steering wheel got a little smoother and the times a little shorter. The best way to improve your driving is by <em>driving</em> and it was amazing how much I learned with just a few clicks of the fast-forward button.</p> <p>I’ve had other experiences carving cones or tearing up the track and even if my learning curve were to continue to be as steep through each one of them, there’s always more to learn. Thankfully, with the help of this electronic memory bank, I can notice some tendencies that I had way back when, and hopefully, have worked hard enough to correct them over the years. It was fun reminiscing through each turn behind the wheel, even if it <em>is</em> only from behind the remote.</p> <p>I’d like to think that I’ve learned a thing or two since then. When you’re first starting out, there’s always a lot of opportunities to do better. Thanks to a roll bar-mounted video camera, I’ve got the video to prove it!</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500double-delight Delight<p><i>Story Kevin Harper / Images Bill Erdman</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Bob Rayot of Oakland,New Jersey, knows a good thing when he sees it.</p><p>He knows that if one is good, then two is even better, especially when it comes to quality vehicles.</p> <p>Bob has made a living in the auto business, specifically the tire market. He has seen plenty of quality vehicles in his day, but few will match up with the ones he calls his own.</p> <p>Take the black 1934 Ford pickup, the one with the name, location and old style phone number of his tire business. Bob knows every nut and bolt on that truck. He’s the original owner and did the restoration work with a specific plan.</p> <p>Look at the red ’34 pickup. He’s the original owner of this one as well and the mileage on the odometer indicates that the truck hasn’t seen a day of hard labor in its nearly 80-year life.</p> <p>The pickup trucks you see were simply carrying on a tradition within Ford that continues to this very day. Henry Ford brought out his first such ride in April of 1925, utilizing the popular Model T. The truck, known officially as a “Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body” sold for $281 and sold well. There were 33,000 delivered to customers in that first year. Business owners (just like Bob) were quick to realize the practical and promotional advantage of having these utility vehicles. Within a few years, dealers sold the pickup bodies separately and more colors started to come into the palate.</p> <p>When the Model T stopped, the pickups didn’t. The first year Model A truck utilized the Model T bed (apparently left over from the previous year’s production run). Curiously, the first Model A trucks were open cab with soft tops and canvas curtains available to thwart the intrusion of the elements. Eventually, the hard cab took over throughout the Model A run.</p> <p>When the V-8 flathead engine arrived, the pickup benefitted. More power meant more ability to handle bigger loads and the truck had clearly established itself with those who were working the land as the Great Depression crept in to the world. The best illustration of this is probably from the Steinbeck novel, <em>The Grapes of Wrath,</em> when the Joad family loaded their belongings in an old Hudson truck and moved from the Dust Bowl. The pickup clearly served a purpose for those who had to get from one faraway place to another.</p> <p>There’s no sign of the Great Depression in these trucks, even though they were created during that period of time. This duo has been meticulously kept and preserved.</p> <p>Bob tells us that the black model has been restored with NOS parts. The dealer option painted wheels with their red stripes still provide service for the vehicle. While the black paint is not original, it is an exact match for the hue that was applied on the assembly line. The chassis remains stock with no temptation to change that. You will also find the stock 85 horsepower flathead as it came originally. The truck has a three-speed transmission and 3.54 gears. While the wheels are original, the Firestone four-ply tires are replacements.</p> <p>Bob said the restoration was started five years before completion and the commitment to NOS parts and sheetmetal resulted in more than 95 percent use.</p> <p>If there is a star in the stable, it would have to be the red and black ride. By 1934, Ford had started to allow many more of the colors besides the original black and green (with black fenders) and this red hue still holds the color after all of the years. Considered a ¼-ton truck by measuring standard, this truck is free of modification. Stock chassis components were refurbished and had some restoration work done in some areas, but they accurately reflect the construction. The 21-stud flathead engine is untouched and the same can be said for the interior, which is all black leather just like it came. It rides on correct wheels and Firestone tires were the choice of aftermarket rubber.</p> <p>The trucks are seen at Antique Automobile Club of America shows and a view of the winner’s rolls finds frequent mention. It picked up its first junior in Purchase, New York, in 2002 with the first senior coming at Hershey, Pennsylvania the same year. The first preservation award was a Carlisle show in 2003 and the first Grand National came in Iowa that year. It has come away with national first place wins in AACA shows across the country.</p> <p>There is no question that there is a clear appreciation of the trucks no matter where they end up. This commitment to quality can be seen from all angles. It’s double the pleasure in this garage.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500speedster-reunion Reunion<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Four days of four-cylinder fun will happen when the 2013 International Speedsters Trials and Reunion roars into Speedway Motors and the Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska, June 19-22.<br />The biennial Speedsters Reunion celebrates the heritage and excitement of vintage speedsters, those basic one- and two-seat roadsters typically powered by pre-1935 side-valve Ford four-cylinder engines. These simple and affordable machines were the first “everyman” racecars, often featuring hand-crafted bodies and the earliest forms of aftermarket speed parts. Though speedsters are often built using Model T and Model A engines and frames, the Speedsters Reunion welcomes all early four-cylinder-powered cars, regardless of manufacturer or current body style.<br />Much more than a static car show, the reunion will feature many driving events, including a road tour of approximately 135 miles and an exciting old-fashioned hill climb. Participants will also have a chance to test their cars on a chassis dyno, attend one of several technical presentations and tour the expansive Museum of American Speed, which features hundreds of Model T and Model A engines and countless vintage speed parts. There will also be a ceremony to recognize and induct new members into the Model T Ford Club of America Speedster and Racer Hall of Fame.<br />For more information on the 2013 International Speedsters Trials and Reunion, visit <a href=""></a></p>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:19:07 -0500holy-big-bucks Big Bucks<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>The 1955 Lincoln that was modified to create the Batmobile seen on the television series of the 1960s has been a favorite car among many baby boomers. The car has changed hands, selling for 4.2 million dollars at the Barrett-Jackson auction.<br /> In keeping with their tradition, Barrett-Jackson did not reveal the name of the buyer officially, but the buyer just couldn’t keep the information to himself. He was identified in published reports as Rick Champagne, owner of Champagne Logistics. The car is destined to be a conversation piece in the new owner’s living room.<br /> I can just hear the Boy Wonder now, “Holy Social Gatherings, Batman. Is that our old faithful ride?”<br /> In case you are wondering, this might be one of the greatest returns on investment in history. Creator George Barris, who has kept the car since the show went off the air in 1968, paid $1 for the car. In its current condition, the car did not come with any crimefighting gear.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:17:51 -0500mecum-auction-continues Auction Continues<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Lot T74 - a 1967 Corvette coupe with numbers matching327/300 hp. New paint in 2009. California car</p></p></div><p></p><p>The 10-day run for the world’s largest collector car auction, held by Mecum Auctions at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida heads into the home stretch. The event runs through January 27.<br />There are still plenty of great cars awaiting their time on the block. Nearly 3,000 cars were consigned for the expanded auction. General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20, and there is still time to register to bid. Onsite bidder registration can be completed at the Osceola Heritage Park grounds at the booth located in the auction arena. <br />Coverage of this exciting event continues tonight on live national TV on Discovery’s Velocity network. For additional consignment and bidder information, call (262) 275-5050 or visit <a href=""></a>.<br />Here is a look at some of the cars featured today.</p>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:05:36 -0500project-resolution Resolution<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p class="MsoPlainText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">Eastwood has made a resolution to get back in the garage with its Project Resolution. Project Resolution is a 1989 Ford Mustang LX, that Eastwood will transform into a cruise-night machine by mid-summer 2013 on a $7,000 budget. A team from Eastwood will tackle the work on the Mustang, highlighting what a DIY'er can accomplish with Eastwood products, while working within a budget. "Eastwood decided to build this car like a typical guy would do in his home garage. We set a goal for when we wanted the car done and a budget that we have to work with." said Nick Capinski, Sr. Content & Engagement Marketing Manager of The Eastwood Company. "To keep it interesting and make it interactive, we'll solicit feedback from our customers on which direction we should take the car." Eastwood's Project Resolution has not lived an easy life. This Mustang, featuring the popular 5.0 engine, has racked up over 130,000 miles on the odometer and has also suffered a front-end accident at some point. Eastwood's team will highlight disassembly, repairing the collision damage, bodywork and paint, color sanding and buffing, interior, and reassembly with video and weekly blog updates. To follow along on the progress of Eastwood's Mustang, go to </span><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff; font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;"></span></a></p>Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:01:19 -0500auction-results Results<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Hagerty has been keeping close tabs on the January auctions. Here are the latest results.</p> <p>Overall from all auction companies<br />Total: $223.8M<br />2,234/2,699 lots sold: 83% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $100,176</p> <p>Overall 2012 Results<br />Cumulative Total: $183.9M<br />2,159/2,539 lots sold: 85%<br />Average Sale Price: $85,169</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Spider sold for $8,250,000 (Gooding)<br />2. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione Berlinetta sold for $8,140,000 (RM)<br />3. Batmobile sold for $4,620,000 (Barrett)<br />4. 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Roadster sold for $3,135,000 (Gooding)<br />5. 1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider sold for $3,080,000 (Gooding)<br />6. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A sold for $2,750,000 (Gooding)<br />7. 1933 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe sold for $2,695,000 (Gooding)<br />8. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale Coupe sold for $2,365,000 (Gooding)<br />9. 1947 Talbot-Lago Record T26 Grand Sport Coupe sold for $2,035,000 (Barrett)<br />10. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold for $2,035,000 (Barrett)</p> <p>Results broken down by auction company</p> <p>BARRETT-JACKSON<br />Overall Total: $102.5M<br />1,336/1,340 lots sold: 99.7% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $76,754</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. Batmobile sold for $4,620,000<br />2. 1947 Talbot-Lago Record T26 Grand Sport Coupe sold for $2,035,000<br />3. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold for $2,035,000<br />4. 1934 Duesenberg J Murphy LWB Custom Beverly Sedan sold for $1,430,000<br />5. 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible sold for $1,375,000<br />6. 1971 Plymouth Cuda Hemi Convertible sold for $1,320,000<br />7. 1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS sold for $1,320,000<br />8. 1949 Delahaye Type 175 Saoutchik Coupe De Ville sold for $1,210,000<br />9. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Owens/Corning Race Car sold for $1,100,000<br />10. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe sold for $1,100,000</p> <p>Sunday total: $6.6M<br />149/149 lots sold: 100% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $44,183</p> <p>Top 5 Sunday Sales:<br />1. 1969 Ford Bronco Custom SUV sold for $500,000<br />2. 2013 Cessna T182 Turbo Skyline Airplane sold for $489,500<br />3. 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible sold for $150,000<br />4. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback sold for $132,000<br />5. 1993 Chevrolet Lumina #3 NASCAR sold for $110,000</p> <p>Overall 2012 Results<br />Cumulative Total: $90.5M<br />1,291/1,294 sold: 99.8%<br />Average Sale Price: $70,064</p> <p>RM<br />Overall Total: $36.4M<br />75/84 lots sold: 89%<br />Average Sale Price: $485,544</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione Berlinetta sold for $8,140,000<br />2. 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Roadster sold for $2,007,500<br />3. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta sold for $1,842,500<br />4. 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe sold for $1,540,000<br />5t. 2003 Ferrari Enzo Coupe sold for $1,320,000<br />5t. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta sold for $1,320,000<br />5t. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster sold for $1,320,000<br />8. 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe sold for $1,017,500<br />9. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Cabriolet sold for $990,000<br />10. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold for $847,000</p> <p>Overall 2012 Results<br />Total: $25.7M<br />126/140 lots sold:90% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $203,654</p> <p>GOODING<br />Overall Total: $52.6M<br />101/104 lots sold: 97%<br />Average Sale Price: $520,371</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Spider sold for $8,250,000<br />2. 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Roadster sold for $3,135,000<br />3. 1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider sold for $3,080,000<br />4. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A sold for $2,750,000<br />5. 1933 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe sold for $2,695,000<br />6. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale Coupe sold for $2,365,000<br />7. 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante sold for $2,035,000<br />8. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold for $1,540,000<br />9. 2003 Ferrari Enzo Coupe sold for $1,485,000<br />10. 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Gran Sport Spider sold for $1,375,000</p> <p>Overall 2012 Results<br />Total: $39.8M<br />116/118 lots sold: 98% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $343,396</p> <p>BONHAMS<br />Overall Total: $13.4M<br />91/112 lots sold: 81%<br />Average Sale Price: $147,296</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A sold for $1,312,500<br />2. 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Coupe sold for $1,215,000<br />3. 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet sold for $951,000<br />4. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider sold for $912,500<br />5. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold for $896,000<br />6. 1967 Ferrari 365 GTC Speciale Coupe sold for $885,000<br />7. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Cut Spyder sold for $423,000<br />8. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta sold for $384,500<br />9. 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Coupe sold for $285,500<br />10. 1931 Cord L-29 sold for $280,000</p> <p>Overall 2012 Results<br />Total: $6.0M<br />44/67 lots sold: 66% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $135,920</p> <p>RUSSO AND STEELE<br />Overall Total: $16.0M<br />422/710 lots sold: 59% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $37,975</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold for $726,000<br />2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe sold for $605,000<br />3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Douglass Yenko Coupe sold for $253,000<br />4. 1940 Packard Darrin Custom Convertible sold for $242,000<br />5. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 SportsRoof sold for $233,750<br />6. 2006 Ford GT sold for $206,250<br />7. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Show Car Coupe sold for $176,000<br />8. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible sold for $170,500<br />9. 2007 Ferrari F430 Spyder sold for $150,700<br />10. 1940 Willys Deluxe Coupe sold for $148,500</p> <p>Sunday total: $1.7M<br />106/167 lots sold: 63%<br />Average Sale Price: $15,960</p> <p>Top 5 Sunday Sales:<br />1. 1930 Packard Model 733 Standard 8 Phaeton sold for $53,350<br />2. 1942 Packard 110 Convertible sold for $50,600<br />3. 1948 Packard Convertible sold for $47,300<br />4. 1968 Ford Bronco SUV sold for $39,600<br />5. 1964 Plymouth Belvedere Coupe sold for $39,050</p> <p>Overall 2012 Results<br />Cumulative Total: $19.0M<br />410/651 sold: 64%<br />Average Sale Price: $46,356</p> <p>SILVER<br />Overall Total: $2.8M<br />209/349 lots sold: 60%<br />Average Sale Price: $13,628</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible sold for $62,640<br />2. 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop Coupe sold for $46,980<br />3. 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle sold for $39,420<br />4. 1955 Chevrolet 210 Coupe sold for $38,880<br />5. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro sold for $38,610<br />6. 1936 Ford Cunningham Town Car sold for $38,232<br />7. 1967 Mercury Convertible sold for $37,800<br />8. 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 SportsRoof sold for $36,720<br />9. 1961 Chevrolet Impala sold for $36,450<br />10. 1955 Ford Sunliner sold for $36,180</p> <p>Overall 2012 Results<br />Total: $2.9M<br />175/267 lots sold: 66% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $16,840</p>Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:25:38 -0500day-two-at-mecum Two at Mecum<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Lot K144 - 1957 Chevy with a dual quad 383 stroker engine</p></p></div><p></p><p>After a successful first day, Mecum will transition into its second day of a 10-day run for the world’s largest collector car auction, held at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida.<br />The total lots expected to hit the stage total around 3,000 vehicles. The number includes over 300 Corvettes and nearly 170 Camaros. The expansive inventory guarantees that each one of the 10 days in Kissimmee will have something unique to offer, including an entire day dedicated solely to Road Art on Monday, Jan. 21.<br />Sellers, bidders and spectators are all welcome to view the cars and watch Mecum’s Kissimmee auction live in the arena. General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20, and there is still time to register to bid. Onsite bidder registration can be completed at the Osceola Heritage Park grounds at the booth located in the auction arena. Online bidding for Road Art items will be available at <a href=""></a>.<br />A total of 32 hours of this exciting event will be broadcast on live national TV on Discovery’s Velocity network. For additional consignment and bidder information, call (262) 275-5050 or visit <a href=""></a>.<br />Here is a look at some of the cars featured today.</p> <p> </p>Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:00:30 -0500hagerty-auction-recap Auction Recap<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Listed below are the raw results witnessed by Hagerty during the live auctions and may not factor in any post-sale deals that have occurred.  These numbers include the appropriate buyer’s premiums.</p> <p>Overall through Thursday from all auction companies<br />Cumulative Total: $39.5M<br />907/989 lots sold: 92%<br />Average Sale Price:  $43,427</p> <p>2012 Cumulative Results Through Thursday<br />Cumulative Total: $38.8M<br />886/980 lots sold: 90%<br />Average Sale Price:  $43,843</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales from all auctions through Thursday:<br />1. 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Coupe sold for $1,215,000 (Bonhams)<br />2. 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet sold for $951,000 (Bonhams)<br />3. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider sold for $912,500 (Bonhams)<br />4. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold for $896,000 (Bonhams)<br />5. 1967 Ferrari 365 GTC Speciale Coupe sold for $885,000 (Bonhams)<br />6. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Cut Spyder sold for $423,000 (Bonhams)<br />7. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta sold for $384,500 (Bonhams)<br />8. 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Coupe sold for $285,500 (Bonhams)<br />9. 1931 Cord L-29 sold for $280,000 (Bonhams)<br />10. 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Guy Fieri 427 Convertible sold for $270,000 (Barrett-Jackson)</p> <p>Results broken down by auction company</p> <p>BARRETT-JACKSON<br />Cumulative Total through Thursday: $24.4M<br />689/689 lots sold: 100% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $35,344</p> <p>Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Guy Fieri 427 Convertible sold for $270,000<br />2. 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Custom Pickup sold for $200,000<br />3. 2012 Ford Mustang GT NASCAR sold for $200,000<br />4. 1961 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe sold for $150,000<br />5. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe sold for $110,000<br />6 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback sold for $108,900<br />7t. 2010 Indian Chief Vintage Custom Motorcycle sold for $100,000<br />7t. 2010 Indian Chief Black Hawk Custom Motorcycle sold for 100,000<br />9t. 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible sold for $99,000<br />9t. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe sold for $99,000</p> <p>Thursday total: $11.0M<br />262/262 lots sold: 100%<br />Average Sale Price: $41,951</p> <p>Top 5 Thursday Sales:<br />1. 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Guy Fieri 427 Convertible sold for $270,000<br />2. 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Custom Pickup sold for $200,000<br />3. 1961 Chevrolet Impala Custom Coupe sold for $150,000<br />4t. 2010 Indian Chief Vintage Custom Motorcycle sold for $100,000<br />4t. 2010 Indian Chief Black Hawk Custom Motorcycle sold for 100,000</p> <p>2012 Results Through Thursday<br />Cumulative Total: $21.9M<br />661/661 sold: 100%<br />Average Sale Price: $33,176</p> <p>BONHAMS<br />Thursday total: $12.1M<br />90/112 lots sold: 80%<br />Average Sale Price: $134,349</p> <p>Top 10 Thursday Sales:<br />1. 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Coupe sold for $1,215,000<br />2. 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet sold for $951,000<br />3. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider sold for $912,500<br />4. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold for $896,000<br />5. 1967 Ferrari 365 GTC Speciale Coupe sold for $885,000<br />6. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Cut Spyder sold for $423,000<br />7. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta sold for $384,500<br />8. 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Coupe sold for $285,500<br />9. 1931 Cord L-29 sold for $280,000<br />10. 1964 Morgan Plus Four Plus Fixed Head Coupe sold for $230,500</p> <p>2012 Results through Thursday<br />Total: $6.0M<br />44/67 lots sold:66% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price:  $135,920</p> <p>RUSSO AND STEELE<br />Thursday total: $3.0M<br />128/188 lots sold: 68%<br />Average Sale Price: $23,204</p> <p>Top 10 Thursday Sales:<br />1. 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible sold for $72,600<br />2. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Coupe sold for $57,200<br />3. 2008 Factory Five GTM Coupe sold for $55,000<br />4. 2003 Dodge Viper Steven Tyler Roadster sold for $44,000<br />5. 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fastback sold for $42,900<br />6. 1937 Ford Slantback Steel Body sold for $42,350<br />7. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZZ4 Pro Street Coupe sold for $40,975<br />8. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440/390 Coupe sold for $40,150<br />9. 1993 Bentley Turbo R Coupe sold for $39,600<br />10. 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS5 Convertible sold for $39,600</p> <p>2012 Results through Thursday<br />Total: $3.1M<br />130/200 lots sold: 65% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price:  $23,694</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:22:31 -0500buy-american American<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The changes in the automotive landscapes that happened many decades ago have conditioned many of us to accept when things are different than we hoped.</p><p>Growing up, it was highly unusual to see a foreign car on the road and it was usually European and a sign of affluence. Then, the Asian models started arriving and they were different enough to be noticed. Soon, they were everywhere with foreign companies building their cars in Tennessee and Ohio and South Carolina.</p> <p>Soon, the automotive landscape developed into a melting pot to the point where it became nearly impossible to tell the cars apart. I guess that’s why they paint them different colors.</p> <p>The results of a recent study were made known by The site is filled with plenty of information regarding car values and aspects of popular cars, domestic and foreign. This study, though, showed the tendencies of prospective car buyers. That part caught our eye.</p> <p>In a nutshell, analyzed millions of sales leads that were sent to dealers through the site. This information from 2010 through 2012 allowed them to determine where the interest rested. They could determine the number of inquiries of domestic versus the number of inquiries regarding imports or cars manufactured by foreign-based companies.</p> <p>For those of us who are unabashedly supporting the domestic manufacturing process (and the thousands of jobs that go with it), there’s not a whole lot of good news to be found on this map. What we are looking for is the dark red and it is a conspicuous color … conspicuous because there’s not a whole lot of it.</p> <p>Based on the study, there are five states that have a high interest in buying American. Those states are Michigan, Iowa, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. The number five is the smallest number of any other grouping.</p> <p>The dark red coloring means 60 to 70 percent of the inquiries dealt with American cars. These are the people that are showing their belief in the product and the industry. While these five states are the best for the American auto industry, the pink states reflect pretty good, or 50 to 60 percent interest in domestic cars.</p> <p>Interestingly, the pink states look remarkably similar to the land that was included in the Louisiana Purchase, but I struggle to find a correlation. In addition to the Midwest states, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia fall into that classification. The final state in the group is Alaska. There are 13 states (13 original colonies … coincidence?) to be included here.</p> <p>The remaining states, in purple and blue, represent those areas where there was less than 50 percent interest in American cars. By simple math, that means 32 of the 50 states have less than an average interest in domestic car purchases. That’s 64 percent or nearly two out of three. No matter how you slice it, it is a clear majority. All states that border an ocean are in this group (except Alaska). The South, which is once a hotbed of “Buy American”, has become less interested in that. Perhaps it had something to do with the location of those auto plants in the southern region.</p> <p>Like most scientific studies, you can’t reach any conclusions, but analyze tendencies. We don’t know how many of the inquiries were based on Super Bowl commercials or the fact that the neighbors bought their daughter a car for graduation. We don’t know how many of the leads turned into actual sales or if one household was responsible for more than one lead. There are a lot of problems in methodology that prevent information from becoming fact.</p> <p>Viewing the chart took me back to a radio address made by Canadian broadcaster Gordon Sinclair in 1973. At the time, the U.S. dollar was taking a beating and Sinclair was riled up about no one aiding the Americans, who were always first to help someone else. One wonders what Mr. Sinclair would think today when it looks like the American car buying public isn’t supporting its own.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500mecum-opens-today Opens Today<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Lot J34 - a 1973 Ford Mustang convertible equipped with a 351 engine</p></p></div><p></p><p>Today marks the first of 10 straight days of continuous muscle cars and more crossing the block with Mecum hosting the world’s largest collector car auction at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The 3,000-car lineup set to sell at the Jan. 18-27 event is a number never before breached and is where the mantra, “Where the Cars Are,” derives from.<br />Among the endless variety of cars slated to appear, over 300 Corvettes and nearly 170 Camaros will cruise along Mecum’s distinctive red carpet. The expansive inventory guarantees that each one of the 10 days in Kissimmee will have something unique to offer, including an entire day dedicated solely to Road Art on Monday, Jan. 21.<br />Sellers, bidders and spectators are all welcome to view the cars and watch Mecum’s Kissimmee auction live in the arena. General admission tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20, and there is still time to register to bid. Onsite bidder registration can be completed at the Osceola Heritage Park grounds at the booth located in the auction arena. Online bidding for Road Art items will be available at <a href=""></a>.<br />A total of 32 hours of this exciting event will be broadcast on live national TV on Discovery’s Velocity network. For additional consignment and bidder information, call (262) 275-5050 or visit <a href=""></a>.<br />Here is a look at some of the cars featured today.</p>Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:52:33 -0500galpin-at-barrett-jackson at Barrett-Jackson<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Galpin Auto Sports will be offering up some of their Mustangs for auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this weekend. We’ve picked out three of them that would make great additions to anyone’s collection.<br />A rare 1970 Boss 429 is one of only two built with Pastel Blue exterior color and white interior and this car has a Deluxe Marti Report, along with a large binder with original documents and invoices. It recently had a complete engine rebuild to its original specifications as well as a new clutch to complement the close ratio four-speed Top Loader transmission.  This Mustang will be auctioned off on Saturday, January 19 as Lot # 1340.<br />Fully documented, Galpin Auto Sports offers a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible. This Shelby is a “Brass Hat” car with full Marti Report and is one of only 33 convertibles with air conditioning. Ford took the 428 Cobra Jet engine and reworked it, using special cylinder heads, engine block and specialized internals such as pistons and connecting rods. Ford rated the engine at 335hp. This Shelby will be auctioned off on Saturday, January 19 as Lot # 5050.<br />Also offered is a Steve Carpenter and Galpin Auto Sports creation, a 2010 Ford Mustang GT Custom Fastback. All proceeds from the sale of this car are being donated to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. This Mustang GT is fully equipped with leather, Roush body kit, Ford Racing scoop and springs, throttle body with JLT cold air, custom dyno tune, full Bassani exhaust, 20-inch rims with Nitto tires and Stop Tech brakes. It will be auctioned off on Sunday, January 20 as Lot # 3019.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:59:43 -0500atlas-concept Concept<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Ford has unveiled the Ford Atlas Concept to showcase the design, capability, fuel efficiency and smart technologies that will define future pickup trucks.<br />“The Ford Atlas Concept previews the innovations that will transform what people expect from their pickup,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “With 36 years as America’s best-selling pickup, we are absolutely committed to setting the agenda in the truck market.”<br />The Ford Atlas Concept is inspired by decades of listening to customers at the places they work and play. The result is a purpose-driven design with prominent wheel arches, a wide stance and chiseled grille – all to reinforce its functional Built Ford Tough® image. <br />“We wanted the concept to reflect how Ford trucks help customers in both their worlds – professionally and personally,” said J Mays, Ford group vice president and chief creative officer. “Every surface and feature in the vehicle has been crafted for purpose and capability while retaining an unmistakable Built Ford Tough look.”<br />Designers enhanced truck functionality, while creating new advanced features. For example, multiple tie-down points are integrated within the cargo box walls and load floor, along with 110-volt electrical outlets in the cargo box to charge power tools. An integrated roof carrying system and hidden extendable ramps give the truck unique functionality for a variety of jobs.</p> <p> </p>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:54:49 -0500hagerty-auction-report Auction Report<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;"> Hagerty is once again keeping an eye on the auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their first day of reporting found three lots already in the six-figure range with plenty of cars yet to cross the block.<br />When compared to 2012, the average price has risen by about $3,000.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">BARRETT-JACKSON</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">Cumulative Total through Wednesday: $13.4M<br />427/427 lots sold: 100% sell-through rate<br />Average Sale Price: $31,290</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">Overall Top 10 Sales:<br />1. 2012 Ford Mustang GT NASCAR sold for $200,000<br />2. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe sold for $110,000<br />3. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback sold for $108,900<br />4t. 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code Convertible sold for $99,000<br />4t. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Custom Coupe sold for $99,000<br />6. 1946 Ford 1/2 Ton Custom Pickup sold for $93,500<br />7. 1966 Shelby Cobra Recreation Roadster sold for $88,000<br />8. 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible sold for $85,800<br />9. 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Coupe sold for $82,500<br />10. 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Custom Hardtop Coupe sold for $82,500</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">2012 Results Through Wednesday<br />Cumulative Total: $11.6M<br />406/406 sold: 100%<br />Average Sale Price: $28,593<br /></span></p>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:30:43 -0500honoring-carroll Carroll<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>From left to right: Neil Cummings, Joe Conway, Aaron Shelby, Ben Sornsin and Jenni Shreeves</p></p></div><p></p><p>In honor of the late Carroll Shelby’s birthday on Friday, Jan. 11, the Carroll Shelby Foundation announced a $25,000 donation to a charity close to the philanthropist’s heart, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). Established in 1991, the Carroll Shelby Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides medical support for children at home and around the world, as well as educational opportunities for young adults who want to advance their automotive trade skills.<br />“We wanted to do something special for what would have been Carroll’s 90th birthday this year,” said Jenni Shreeves, executive director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. “What better present to give than the gift of life. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association is a wonderful organization that continues to help thousands of children and young adults receive another chance at a happy and healthy life. We’re proud to share the same mission and values of such a highly respected team of philanthropists.”<br />The $25,000 donation was presented by Shreeves and Board of Directors representative Neil Cummings to Children’s Organ Transplant Association Representative Ben and Jodi Sornsin during the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction gala. As a COTA recipient, Ben Sornsin recently celebrated his 20-year anniversary of his liver transplant. The gala was a tribute to Carroll Shelby and his contributions to the automotive industry.<br />“Carroll Shelby was an active philanthropist, who had a big heart,” added COTA President Rick Lofgren. “For more than 25 years, we’ve successfully helped parents receive the necessary transplants for their children because of the generous support that COTA receives from people and organizations like Mr. Shelby and his Foundation. We’ll continue to provide medical support through financial donations to help families give their children a second chance.”<br />COTA was started in July 1985 after its first patient, a toddler from Bloomington, Ind., needed a liver transplant to survive. After learning of the family’s dire situation and lack of funds, the Indiana community rallied together to raise $100,000. The charitable action inspired these volunteers to create an organization based off the values the community demonstrated during those fateful weeks. Today, COTA assists patients who require a life-saving organ, bone marrow, cord blood or stem cell transplants, by helping families and their volunteers through every step of the fundraising process.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:22:37 -0500modern-nostalgia Nostalgia<p><i>Arvid Svendsen</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The General Motors 1955 vintage automobile that introduced the small block Chevrolet engine to the world in the fall of 1954 is still exciting today.</p><p>Iconic in every sense, the 1955 Chevy draws attention from even the most casual spectator. My wife occasionally notices cool cars (there is no way I would call her a “car person”), yet her high school yearbook description included the fact that she likes ’55 Chevys. Though “universal appeal” might be a stretch, the ’55 Chevy certainly possesses a strong following.</p> <p>The ’55 Chevy looks great no matter how you slice it … bone stock, street/strip, pro touring, pro street, and straight axle gasser styles have been executed with precision. Nomads are highly sought after, the sedan delivery cars are evil, and even the pedestrian ’55 wagons are project car gold mines.</p> <p>Bill Collopy is a Chevy guy from the Chicagoland area who has built a number of fine bowtie hot rods over the years. Bill wanted a “better” ’55 Chevy and he is one of those guys who is always working on something, while simultaneously dreaming up the next one. Bill had an idea for an ultimate, no-holds-barred build for a ’55 Chevy Bel Air convertible. He wanted to build a ’55 Chevy that would incorporate all of the best equipment available from the aftermarket while maintaining the classic lines of the timeless ’55 Chevy.</p> <p>He already had a good handle on the local automotive talent who could help him achieve his goal. With the vision and the right people in place, it was time to locate a suitable recipient. Bill purchased a very nice ’55 Bel Air convertible, which, frankly, most would have left alone and enjoyed. As purchased, Bill’s “new” droptop looked great, had the typical red and white two-tone paint job, cool wheels, and a very strong small block motor. But in Bill’s hands, this ’55 was now destined for a major renovation.</p> <p>Bill sent the car to Kevin Fielder and Joe Miller at Nostalgic Auto Body in Island Lake, Illinois. Nostalgic completely dismantled the car and perfected the panels. From that clean slate, Fielder and Miller made subtle changes to the body to make it as smooth as possible without eliminating the lines and trim of the ’55 Bel Air. The car is laser straight and gapped to perfection.</p> <p>With body work completed, the car received its signature paint job. The color combination is a Dupont paint custom blend Red and Beige that brilliantly executes the “modern nostalgia” approach to the build. Stepping outside the OEM color combinations is always a risk on these cars. However, Bill and Nostalgic Auto Body hit the paint charts out of the park with the fashionable Red and Beige two-tone paint with beige fabric convertible top.</p> <p>The dynamic exterior color combination is carried through to the interior, making this Bel Air an outstanding unified package. Bill called on Dave and Sally Schober at Schober’s Custom Hot Rod Interiors in Sandwich, Illinois, to handle the interior design. Custom color-coordinated bench seats, carpeting, door panels, and trim were all perfectly matched to the exterior hues. Modern conveniences include ididit tilt column, hidden stereo system, and Classic Instruments analog gauges nestled perfectly in the factory-style dashboard.</p> <p>The engine compartment sparkles like fine jewelry. Billet parts, polished components, expert paint work, smoothed firewall, and attention to detail make this area a standout. Cleverly blending show car detailing with serious performance, the 383 Chevy develops 485 horsepower.</p> <p>Chuck Barnes and Paul Crites at Barnes Automotive in Arlington Heights, Illinois, handled the mechanical work, including the installation of the Kinsler fuel injection system. The Ingelese induction system blends the old “stacks” look with contemporary performance and reliability benefits. The Billet Specialties Tru Trac accessory drive and a Be Cool Extreme Module cooling system signal the effort made to make this car a showcase for modern technology.</p> <p>All of the 485 horsepower is sent to the tires via a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission and a 2,500 rpm stall speed converter. The 12-bolt Posi rear spins 3.73 gears and is suspended by GM heavy-duty leaf springs. Front suspension features coilovers with Heidts tubular control arms and two-inch drop spindles. The stance is modern without taking anything away from the classic overall look of the ‘55.</p> <p>Rolling stock consists of staggered 18-inch Nitto NT 555 Extreme ZR tires, complemented by Billet Specialties Turbine wheels. CPP provides the updated 14:1 ratio power steering box, while SSBC brightens up the smoothed firewall with a polished master cylinder and brake booster. Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes bring the package safely to a halt and inspire confidence. The entire drivetrain package provides the perfect compromise between acceleration, handling, and long-haul driving pleasure.</p> <p>Building a car right is a matter of doing the entire package. In the case of Bill’s modern nostalgia ’55 Bel Air, the brush has been wielded with masterful results. With a heavy reliance on nostalgia, this ’55 Chevy convertible is an up-to-the-minute, rolling masterpiece of modern history.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500the-long-over-haul-1 Long (Over)haul<p><i>Dave Verna</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Last month we took you through some of the parts and detailed the start of the process that takes place when you drop your block off at the machine shop.</p><p>Usually, we just drop off a bunch of parts. Then we wait patiently for the call to pick the parts up when they are done. A lot takes place during that time and the process is the same no matter what make or year engine is being used.</p> <p>We have to elaborate a bit on just dealing with the block this month – CNC machining is where it’s at! When the block we are using was worked on previously, CNC was in its infancy. In the last 20 or so years, CNC has really brought precision to a new level. These machines are accurate in reading and creating parts within the ten thousands of an inch (.0001-inch – that’s four decimal places!). The set-up that Fonse Performance has is much more accurate than what was previously done to the block. There was no reason to be skeptical, as the Reinshaw probe sets the record straight as to exactly where the block is, measurement wise.</p> <p>The blueprinting of the block goes a long way to determine the overall performance of the engine as well as the assembly process. Once you know everything is square and true, you don’t have to worry as much about the differences in clearances from front to back.</p> <p>Be sure to keep up as we will be getting into the specifics that you need to look for when electing to get your next engine rebuilt.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500corvette-celebration Celebration<p><i>Story provided</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette, “America’s Sports Car”, the Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting two days of entertaining events and educational exhibits.</p><p>On March 1 and 2, the Petersen will be filled with fabulous Corvette race cars, historic concept cars and rare production models, along with experts and icons from Corvette’s 60-year history.</p> <p>Highlights of the event will include a Corvette 60th anniversary gala. The evening features cocktails, dinner, a memorabilia auction and panel discussion with some of the biggest names in Corvette history, who will share their unique perspectives on the impact this special car has made by answering the question “What does the Corvette mean to you?”</p> <p>There will be 500 Corvettes at the Corvette Day car show, held in the Petersen parking structure from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Registered participants will receive a limited edition commemorative medallion made especially for this event, courtesy of Mid America Motorworks.</p> <p>There will be a Corvette valuation seminar to gauge the car’s current value and projected worth in the future. Several legendary figures from Corvette racing history will talk about the car’s illustrious racing heritage. You will be able to learn restoration tips and techniques from pros on hand.</p> <p>An exhibit inside the museum will feature the rarest and finest examples from each generation of Corvette, including the very first Corvette, “EX-122”.</p> <p>“When the Corvette was first introduced as a concept, the public went wild for its beautiful curves and the carefree lifestyle that it represented. That enthusiasm hasn’t waned. Sixty years later, it is stronger than ever,” said Leslie Kendall, chief curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum.</p> <p>Corvette Day sponsors include Mid America Motorworks, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Corvette Mike, Intercity Lines Inc. and Fender Guitar. Two very special Corvettes will come from Mid America Motorworks for the display – CERV I and the 1964 New York World’s Fair car. “Mid America Motorworks’ relationship with the Petersen Museum goes back many years. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Petersen and the Corvette community of Greater California for Corvette’s 60th anniversary. There’s no better place to celebrate America’s Sports Car,” said Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks.</p> <p>Proceeds from Corvette Day activities will go toward supporting the Petersen Automotive Museum’s educational programming. Tickets and information is available at Some events have limited availability and may sell out.</p>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500power-on-display on Display<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Lingenfelter Signature Series Camaro</p></p></div><p></p><p>Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is bringing some high quality cars to the Arizona desert. The company’s production LTA, announced at the SEMA Show in November, and the Signature Series  Camaro will be making the trip to the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The cars will be on display through January 20.<br />Customers will be able to order the LTA, which had been a limited edition car. Available in three levels to suit the customers’ tastes, the LTA works to the Level 3, which features Lingenfelter’s impressive 455 cubic inch LS engine that delivers 655 horsepower.<br />In addition, a Lingenfelter Signature series Camaro, designed to deliver performance and aesthetic upgrades for V-6 and V-8 Camaro coupes and convertibles, will also be on display. There are two levels of the Signature series Camaro with the Level 2 package featuring Lingenfelter’s 600 horsepower LS3 supercharged engine package.</p>Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:54:35 -0500and-the-world-was-watching The World Was Watching!<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>There have been leaks, speculative drawings, exclusive videos and the ‘net has been flush with thoughts and guesses of what the next-gen Corvette has in store for enthusiasts.</p><p>Now, the C7 is out of the bag and its coming-out party could be described as the shot heard round the world wide web. The highly-anticipated release was spread via a live-feed on several websites, including Chevrolet’s, where early reports stated that over 160,000 viewers were salivating over their keyboards. They were not disappointed.</p> <p>The new Corvette welcomes back a historical moniker, Stingray, and goes on sale in the third quarter of 2013. It takes advantage of lightweight materials, advanced manufacturing techniques and technology transfer from the Corvette Racing program to produce an ideal 50/50 weight balance and to deliver a world-class power-to-weight ratio. It will still be built at GM’s Bowling Green, Ky., assembly plant, which underwent a $131-million upgrade, including approximately $52 million for a new body shop to manufacture the aluminum frame in-house for the first time.</p> <p>Compared to the previous generation, which used continuous hydro-formed main frame rails with a constant 2mm wall thickness, the new Corvette’s frame features main rails composed of five customized aluminum segments, including aluminum extrusions at each end, a center main rail section and hollow-cast nodes at the suspension interface points. Each segment is tuned – varying in thickness from 2mm to 11mm – tailoring the gauge, shape and strength properties to optimize the requirements for each frame section with minimal weight.</p> <p>Other innovative use of materials includes a standard carbon fiber hood and roof panel, as well as underbody panels created with carbon-nano composite technology, an advanced blend of traditional composite material and carbon fiber, which allows lighter underbody panels without a loss of strength or stiffness.  Fenders, doors, rear quarter panels and the rear hatch panel are made with lighter-density Sheet Molded Compound than the previous generation. Combined, these materials save approximately 37 pounds (17 kg) versus the previous body structure. Combined with its estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW), the new Corvette delivers a better power-to-weight ratio than the Porsche 911 Carrera or Audi R8.</p> <p><br /><strong>The Power:</strong></p> <p>Those 450 horses are generated by an all-new LT1 6.2L Small Block V-8 engine, which produces an estimated 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). More importantly, it generates 50 lb.-ft. more low-end torque than the previous 6.2L engine, matching the 7.0L LS7 engine from the 2013 Corvette Z06 from 1,000 to 4,000 rpm. <br />The engine’s performance comes from combining advanced technologies like direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing with an advanced combustion system. More than 10 million hours of computational analysis went into the new Small Block’s design, including more than 6 million hours alone on the combustion system.</p> <p>The LT1 is backed by a choice of active exhaust systems that are less restrictive than the previous generation, due in part to an increase in diameter from 2.5 inches to 2.75 inches. The standard system offers a 13-percent improvement in airflow and features a pair of butterfly valves that contribute to greater refinement at cruising speeds when the engine is operating in fuel-saving V-4 mode. An available dual-mode active exhaust system offers a 27-percent improvement in airflow. It features two additional valves that open to a lower-restriction path through the mufflers. When open, these valves increase engine performance and produce a more powerful exhaust note.</p> <p>The LT1 is mated to either a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission or an industry-exclusive TREMEC TR6070 seven-speed manual with Active Rev Matching. This driver-selectable feature can be easily engaged or disengaged via paddles on the steering wheel. The seven-speed is used with a new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch, which deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia. The transmission with the Z51 Performance Package includes specific close-ratio gearing for more aggressive driving.</p> <p><br /><strong>On The Inside:</strong></p> <p>The new Corvette Stingray interior blends fine materials and craftsmanship with advanced technologies that contribute to a more connected and more engaging driving experience. The smaller, 14.1-inch-diameter (360 mm) steering wheel fosters a more direct, immediate feel to directional inputs. The attention to the driver extends to the smallest details, including the flat, precise stitching on the steering wheel designed to provide a smooth, consistent feel. Precise and elegant stitching also is seen in the available Napa leather trim of the all-new seats.</p> <p>Two seating choices will be offered: a GT seat for all-around comfort and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering which provides greater support on the track. The frame structure for both seats is made of magnesium for greater strength and less weight than comparable steel frames. They’re also more rigid, contributing to the enhanced feeling of support during performance driving.</p> <p>At the core of the Corvette Stingray’s driver-focused technologies is the cockpit-mounted Driver Mode Selector, which allows drivers to optimize the car for their driving preference and road conditions via five settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track. The Tour mode is the default setting for everyday driving; Weather mode is designed primarily for added confidence while driving in rain and snow; Eco mode is for achieving optimal fuel economy; Sport mode is for spirited road driving and Track mode is for track use. The Tour, Eco and Weather modes feature displays for trip data, audio and navigation; Sport mode shows classic, easy-to-read sports car gauges; and Track mode’s configuration shows a gauge design based on the Corvette Racing C6.R race car display with lap timer.</p> <p>Three configurable displays, including a pair of eight-inch screens and color head-up display, deliver personalized information and convey the different performance parameters of each drive mode. The two eight-inch screens offer excellent visibility in direct sunlight, with 650 cd/m2 of brightness for the one integrated into the instrument cluster and 1,000 cd/m2 of brightness for the one in the center stack, making it among the brightest screens in the industry. The screen in the center stack also features touch-screen control with gesture recognition and can be lowered to reveal a hidden storage that includes a USB input for device charging or uploads.</p> <p>The Corvette Stingray delivers an advanced infotainment system, featuring Chevrolet MyLink and high-definition radio, as well as enhanced OnStar with 3D navigation maps. An additional USB port in the center console, a stand-alone audio input jack and an SD card slot provide seamless connectivity. An available premium 10-speaker audio system includes a bass box and two subwoofers – and speakers with rare-earth magnets that deliver greater sound quality with reduced weight and size.</p> <p><br /><strong>Performance:</strong></p> <p>The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever. It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.<br />The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs.<br /> </p> <p><strong>C7 Technologies:</strong></p> <p>• <strong>ETC (Electronic Throttle Control):</strong> Adjusts the throttle input curve for the selected mode for improved responsiveness<br />• <strong>Active Fuel Management:</strong> in normal mode, the LT1 engine uses V-8 power during acceleration and V-4 power when coasting; in Eco mode the engine remains in V-4 mode to improve fuel economy until aggressive acceleration is needed<br />• <strong>Exhaust (active exhaust system):</strong> The system adjusts the timing of the electronically controlled exhaust valves to enhance audible feedback from the V-8 depending on the drive mode <br />• <strong>Electronic limited-slip differential (Z51):</strong> Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, to balance between steering response and stability in different driving conditions; more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes<br />• <strong>Steering:</strong> Assist effort is adjusted in the modes to provide the driver with the correct steering feel for the driving condition <br />• <strong>Magnetic Ride Control:</strong> Adjusts shock damping based on road conditions, from optimized comfort to performance driving<br />• <strong>Launch control:</strong> Available in Sport and Track modes for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration<br />• <strong>Traction control:</strong> Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions <br />• <strong>Performance Traction Management:</strong> Available in the Sport and Track modes and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving.</p>Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:07:42 -0500forply-for-sale For Sale!<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>NASCAR legend and ESPN racing analyst Ray Evernham,  known as an avid classic and race car collector, can now add “car designer” to his resume.</p><p>Evernham unveiled a street-legal 1964 Plymouth Belvedere that combines old school American style with modern NASCAR racing technology at 2012 SEMA that marked Evernham’s debut as a car designer and builder. On Saturday, January 19, 2013, Evernham will present the ForPly as a featured vehicle at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction.  The ForPly is listed in lot number 1394 and is offered with no reserve.  The auction will be featured live on SPEED Channel.<br /> <br />“We set out to design the ultimate street machine that takes a vintage American muscle car with great motorsports heritage and brings it into the modern age,” said Evernham. “There is not another one like it in the world. We hope it draws the attention of racing and non-racing enthusiasts, as well as the collector who is looking for that one-of-a-kind vehicle.”<br /> <br />Net proceeds from the sale will go to Evernham Family Racing for a Reason, a foundation that is funding IGNITE, a new program and facility in Davidson, N.C. operated by the Autism Society of North Carolina. IGNITE enables adults with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome to enjoy a better quality of life as valued members of the community in which they live and work.<br /> <br />“Ray Evernham’s Plymouth shows an extraordinary level of design and craftsmanship, and a very unique theme,” said Mike Joy, Voice of NASCAR on FOX & SPEED and collector-car expert. “While repurposing NASCAR Sprint Cup cars are not new, hiding the framework and components inside a nearly 50-year-old body shell is certainly a new twist.  This is a very special build and I hope the bidders take the time to examine it carefully in the display area. There just won’t be near enough time to describe all its special features when it is up on the block.”<br /> <br />“Enthusiasts are really going to enjoy Evernham’s entry into this side of the automotive business,” said Gary Bennett, VP of Consignment at Barrett-Jackson. “The ForPly is an innovative and beautiful-looking street racer built with great craftsmanship by the very man who revolutionized the crew chief role by leading it – and now also the Plymouth Belvedere – into the modern age of racing. It should attract lots of interested buyers at Scottsdale.”<br /> <br />Housed in the restored body of a near-half-century-old 1964 Plymouth Belvedere – the year, make and model that won the 1964 Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand National Championship – the ForPly features a Dodge racing powertrain, plus the driveline of a modern day race car that Evernham’s former team Evernham Motorsports built and raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.<br /> <br />The unique vehicle, which is entirely street legal, was personally tested and set up by Ray Evernham to the same exacting specifications that made him a championship crew chief.<br /> <br />The two-door, hardtop coupe, blazoned with a distinctive Sherwin-Williams Radiant Red automotive matte finish with Graphite racing stripes, features the popular, slant-back roofline and a Graphite Grey-colored custom interior with carbon fiber inlay and bucket race seats.<br /> <br />The same technology as used on the ForPly is also now available from Sherwin-Williams in kit format.  Planet Color® Barrett-Jackson® Restoration System Kits contain all of the tools required to mix and prepare primer, color, or clear coat, simplifying the entire paint purchasing process. The Planet Color® Barrett-Jackson® Restoration System allows automotive enthusiasts to achieve a professional quality paint finish for under $500.<br /> <br />Finally, under the ForPly’s hood, is a former Evernham Motorsports Dodge R5-P7 race engine (previously run by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne), which has been re-formulated as a fuel-injected, 358-cubic-inch, 8-cylinder powerhouse that outputs 750+ horsepower. Racing components integrated from the Evernham Motorsports #10 Dodge Charger driven by Scott Riggs at the 2007 Daytona 500 include the four-speed manual transmission, front and rear clips and fully-adjustable suspension. Other special features include NASCAR Sprint Cup shocks, custom 18-inch NASCAR-style wheels, NASCAR-style front splitter and rear spoiler, and an all-digital, backlit dual-display dashboard.</p>Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:55:39 -0500readers-rides-1 Rides<p><i>Compiled by Eric Kaminsky</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Owner:</p> <p>DON YSTAD</p> <p>My first car as a 16-year-old in 1960 was a ’47 Ford four-door (inset). My dad and I built it up from a worn out, smoking backlot beater. It was my hot rod for three years until it was totaled in a wreck. I was heartbroken and kept the hulk for years until finally scrapping it.</p> <p>I found a project on Craigslist last year, a ’47 Ford four-door body shell on a Camaro front clipped re-engineered frame with a 5.0 Ford EFI set in. I was bit with the nostalgia bug and sold my Fox body Mustang GT convertible and ’40 sedan to purchase and finance completion of the ’47. I got it running and road worthy, installed a Caddy interior, repaired or replaced all the trim and had it painted candy apple red. It’s a low-slung restomod. I spent way too much money on this project, but I’m like many guys from that time, reliving the ’60s car era. In fact, I have my original car club plaque on the rear: Gear Lords, New Berlin, Wisconsin.</p> <p>I’m driving the doors off it, having logged nearly 4,000 miles this past summer.</p> <p>Owner:</p> <p>MARK DELLACQUA</p> <p>My car is a 1993 Reef Blue Mustang, which I have had since 1997 and is in pristine condition. I have intentionally kept the exterior modifications to a bare minimum and have concentrated more on function than bling. All systems have been upgraded and much of the work has been professionally done.</p> <p>I would consider my car as being the traditional sleeper, and after 15 years I have finally reached a pivotal point in the build where I feel that the major modifications are complete and now it’s time to simply enjoy the car.</p> <p>On a very mild dyno tune, my car made 500 rwhp and 480 rwtq and on a one-time run she ran 11.6 at 124 mph. A little practice and it should run 10.80s.</p> <p> </p> <p>Some of the modifications:</p> <p>• 331ci balanced and blueprinted, </p> <p>       with forged internals</p> <p>• Vortech supercharger/aftercooler</p> <p>• Twisted Wedge CNC-ported heads</p> <p>• COMP Cams camshaft</p> <p>• Holley fuel injection</p> <p>• Aluminum radiator with Black </p> <p>       Magic electric fan</p> <p>• Edelbrock high-volume water pump</p> <p>• Tremec TKO600 five-speed with </p> <p>       Centerforce DFX clutch</p> <p>• Fidanza aluminum flywheel and TCI </p> <p>       steel bellhousing</p> <p>• Steeda Tri-Ax shifter</p> <p>• BBK long-tube headers</p> <p>• Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers with </p> <p>      electric exhaust cut-outs</p> <p>• Motorsport HD 31-spline Traction-</p> <p>      Lok differential with 3:73 gears</p> <p>• Trunk mounted battery</p> <p>• Six-point cage with swing-out arms</p> <p>• MSD 6AL ignition</p> <p>• Raptor shift light </p> <p>It’s your pride and joy and we want to help you show it off, right here in Auto Enthusiast. We want to see your car and your passion and hear the story that connects you. Send your high-resolution pictures and details to us via e-mail to and we’ll tell your story.</p> <p>We don’t care about the color or the condition, but keep it American-made only, please.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:00:00 -0500mississippi-finds YardsMississippi Finds<p><i>Leroy Drittler</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The Mississippi Delta is known for its historic plantation mansions, blues and jazz music, and delicious food, including BBQ, crawfish and fried catfish.</p><p>Visitors come from everywhere to be a part of all that, plus to go to the many casinos in hopes of striking it rich.</p> <p>There is also another place in the Delta where others might find treasure. That place is T N T Auto and Recovery in Moorhead, Mississippi. The business features several rows of antique salvage and parts cars that are visible from the highway. The yard is well maintained and free of brush and briars.</p> <p>According to owner Jack Triplett, car lovers from every state and several foreign countries have stopped in to look at the vehicles and sign the guest book. Triplett also owns several other businesses at the same location. There is an auto body restoration, mechanic and paint shop, an upholstery shop, and a hardware and building supply store. The upholstery shop specializes in convertible tops and car interiors.</p> <p>Triplett says he’ll give you a great price on any car if you contract with him to restore it. Even though most of the cars of the auto business look like salvage yard cars, Triplett says he does not operate a salvage yard. No parts can be removed from any car at any time, but every car is for sale as a complete unit. The recovery part of T N T features three sizes of wreckers and 24-hour service.</p> <p>Triplett has been in the auto business beginning in his high school days and old cars have always been his passion. The business currently has approximately 250 vehicles, which are on computerized inventory. Triplett says he furnished a 1955 Chevrolet pickup for the movie<em> The Help. </em></p> <p> </p> <p>About the Yard</p> <p>Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The physical address is 1082 Highway 82 West, Moorhead, MS. The mailing address is P. O. Box 769, Moorhead, MS 38761. The business phone number is (662) 246-5096 and Triplett’s cell phone number is (662) 207-7176. Triplett also maintains a website at</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500seen-at-the-lake-mirror-classic At The Lake Mirror Classic<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1 The Lake Mirror Classic features great cars from every decade of manufacture with plenty of cars from the ’50s and ’60s joining in, many parked along the Lakeland streets.</p></p></div><p>Perfect weather helped, but the highest quality of cars can be the greatest element for determining success of an event.</p><p>The 2012 Lake Mirror Classic, held in Lakeland, Florida, was once again a winning combination that drew top names and huge crowds.</p> <p>The three-day event centers around Lake Mirror, which is conveniently located adjacent to the downtown business district and offers plenty of space to display cars in grassy areas that ring the body of water. The weekend started with the Budweiser Hot Rod Rendevous on Friday night, a concert and car show, with the stipulation that the cars had to be rods or customs that were built before 1960. When the band took a break, the night air was filled with the sounds of the engines as these cars revved up and the sound reverberated across the water. This year’s Friday event also included a new car session where local dealers could unveil their 2013 models to the crowd.</p> <p>The show expands to its primary day on Saturday with the downtown streets blocked off to become the parking place for classics and muscle cars. The cars that take spots around the lake are carefully selected and often include very rare and pristine restorations. Nearly 600 cars make up the viewing that is enjoyed by young and old. Open to domestic and foreign cars, an interesting mix provides the perfect place for parents and grandparents to share their car knowledge with the next generation.</p> <p>During the afternoon, cars are offered at auction with frenzied bidding at times. Nearby, a parking lot served as the home for cars being offered for sale by their owners without the assistance of auction. A Saturday afternoon awards ceremony saw winners parade by the stage to receive beautiful trophies specially designed for each year of the Lake Mirror Classic. These trophies have become cherished additions to award collections.</p> <p>On Sunday, participants were invited to be a part of a Sunday Morning Road Tour and Fun Rally, that included a brunch and opportunity to win prizes.</p> <p>An event of this size takes a great amount of planning and the work is underway for 2013. The 14th Lake Mirror Classic will be held on October 18-19, so make plans to see it in person.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500what-could-have-been Could Have been<p><i>Richard Truesdell</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Over the course of little more than a decade,Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and its founder, Donald Yenko, established a legacy withinthe Chevrolet performance community that existsto this very day.</p><p>Starting in 1957, when Don set up a performance shop within his family’s Chevrolet dealership, Yenko Chevrolet became a destination for performance Chevy enthusiasts, just like Mopar fans flocked to Grand-Spaulding Dodge in Chicago, or as Blue Oval aficionados visited Bob Tasca Ford. These dealerships were the epicenter for performance at a time when the muscle car ruled and defined an era.</p> <p>In the ’60s and into the early ’70s, manufacturers and dealers didn’t give much thought to high performance trucks, especially traditional pickups. The personal-use pickup started to come of age as the Big Three offered big blocks in their light-duty, half-ton pickups. They were typically low-stress, high-torque motors more suitable for towing a racecar-laden trailer to the track, rather than seeing how fast said truck could cover 1,320 feet.</p> <p>Had Don Yenko survived – he died in an airplane crash outside of Charleston, West Virginia, in March, 1987 – he probably would be smiling after seeing how Stainless Steel Brake Corporation’s (SSBC) Michael Jonas came up with his Yenko-inspired 1970 Chevy C10 pickup.</p> <p>Over the years, Jonas has owned many Bowties, including 40 Corvettes. In a past life, the vehicle served as a landscaper’s truck in California. It rolled from the factory as a wood-bed half-ton. It was the staple of the American working man, a simple, rugged truck designed to do yeoman’s work, no matter the task asked of it.</p> <p>From those humble beginnings, it became a show truck, designed to promote the products offered by SSBC. “The front brakes are the SSBC Tri-power kits for early GM trucks,” said Jonas. “SEMA awarded SSBC a GM Design Award for the Tri-power design back in 2003 and it’s been a very popular product ever since. In the rear, we used an SSBC kit designed for GM 10- and 12-bolt truck rear axles. It works great on applications like this where we installed 20-inch rear wheels as the rotor measures 14 inches. The set-up in the rear allows for an internal parking brake inside the rear caliper using the stock parking brake cable.”</p> <p>While showcasing the truck’s stopping power, it’s what’s under the hood that speaks volumes. Motivation comes from a bored and stroked version of the legendary Chevy small block, displacing 383 cubic inches and 475 horsepower that came courtesy of GM Performance Parts. Sitting atop the engine is a Holley/Barry Grant Six Shooter carb system. To handle the available 475 horsepower, Jonas upgraded the transmission with a 4L60E-based unit from Bowler.</p> <p>The exterior was a collaboration of sorts. Jonas had some of his own ideas for the truck’s overall look. To turn dreams into reality, he turned to the crew at Aero Collision in Lancaster, New York. “I was open to what direction to take,” said Jonas. “There was a 1970 Yenko Nova in the shop and we started throwing ideas around and started with the installation of what I believe to be the better looking front treatment from the 1967 model. Around back, we substituted the clear lenses from the Blazer, so it’s subtle things that might initially be overlooked that make the truck special.”</p> <p>While it was undergoing its restoration, the truck went from a long-bed to a short-bed configuration. The Auto Collision team moved the fuel tank, freeing up some interior space. “We modernized the wiring in the interest of safety,” said Jonas. “We took the best elements, things like the taillights I mentioned earlier, from the truck’s six-year production run off to incorporate into this truck.</p> <p>Getting the color became a process. “Believe it or not, it started with a silver paint that Sherwin Williams supplied us for the frame,” said Jonas. “The way it worked out is that we primed the body with the same silver, then applied a bright white with pearl added. After the exterior paint was applied, the silver was applied through a razor-cut stencil for all the accents then the clearcoat was applied. The result is really striking.”</p> <p>The overall look of the truck goes beyond the understated exterior modifications. Contributing to the appearance is a lowered suspension from Hotchkis and the 18-inch six-spoke Centerline wheels shod with Goodyear Eagle GSA, 225x18 up front, 295x20 in the rear. The selection of the 225x18 inch set up front allowed lock-to-lock turning with no fender scrub.</p> <p>For the interior, Jonas turned to his wife Sandra, who is an interior designer. She selected the buff-colored trim, which contrasts perfectly with the body-colored metal surfaces. “Originally I wanted two-tone trim for the interior,” said Jonas. “My wife, showing me the color palette she had laid out, made the case for the monochromatic look as far as the soft surfaces were concerned.” Other upgrades to the interior include the deluxe dashboard from Classic Industries, a Vintage Air HVAC system, and an audio upgrade from Custom Autosound that included kick panel-mounted speakers.</p> <p>If he wasn’t so busy building COPO Camaros and SCCA-winning Corvairs, might have Don Yenko turned his talents to the truck market? It wouldn’t be hard to imagine that, if he did, the results might mimic what Michael Jonas accomplished more than 30 years later.</p> <p>This truck, originally built in 2003 by SSBC and Aero Collision in Lancaster, New York, could have just as easily rolled out of the service bay at Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1970. That’s something to think about.</p>Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500celebrating-35-years 35 Years<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Classic Industries will be celebrating its 35th anniversary by displaying their latest project, OPEN AIR, a supercharged 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, along with the rest of their extensive resto-mod car collection at the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA January 25-27, 2013.</p><p>OPEN AIR, made its public debut at the 2012 SEMA show and will be featured on the upcoming season of Speed TV’s Emmy-nominated Chop Cut Rebuild. It is the sixth of a multi-vehicle project series that includes the 1969 CAMOTION Camaro, the 1966 INNOVATION Nova, the 1964 SWEET IMOTION Impala, the 1953 Classic Industries SHOP TRUCK, and the 1972 TWISTED Plymouth Duster. Dan Woods, host of Chop Cut Rebuild will be available to discuss the builds and the various features that make each car unique.<br /> <br />“This collection is our way of showing the limitless possibilities available to any enthusiast with one of our automotive restoration catalogs. Our team has worked very hard over the years to build these unique vehicles and we are proud to be displaying them all together for the first time,” said Ray Yager, Classic Industries Merchandising Director. “We’re hoping everyone will come out to Pomona to join the celebration of our 35th anniversary at the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show.”<br /> <br />The vehicles in this collection share a common paint theme and were all built by company employees using products from the Classic Industries automotive restoration parts catalogs. They have been featured in numerous automotive magazines, on various TV shows, TV commercials, on Classic Industries catalog covers and ad campaigns, and have been showcased at automotive events across the country. This will be the first time the complete collection has been displayed together at one event. <br /> <br />For more information about the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:23:23 -0500getting-on-track-for-2013 On Track For 2013<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Track Guys Performance Driving Events announces their performance driving school event schedule for 2013.</p><p>“As a group, we are looking forward to returning to some great road courses,” says Jeff Lacina, owner and lead instructor of Track Guys Performance Driving Events. “However, we are very excited to be adding not just one, but two new tracks to our 2013 event schedule.”</p> <p>For 2013, Track Guys will be returning to Texas World Speedway in College Station, TX April 6 & 7 and to Sebring International Raceway, May 25 & 26. “This will be our tenth year running the 2.9 mile road course at TWS and our eleventh year at the world-famous Sebring course,” says Lacina. “Over the years, our events at these tracks have developed a loyal following and a reputation for highly fun, safe and educational driving schools. Now we're taking our unique brand of famously fun driving schools to a couple of new road courses for 2013.”</p> <p>Track Guys opens their 11th year of performance driving schools Feb 16 & 17 at the highly-regarded Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, AL. “Dell Hughes, Jonathan Blevins and I have been wanting to get a date at this challenging and fun track since several of my Track Guys instructors and I drove it back in 2007,” explains Lacina. “This track challenges even the most advanced drivers, so it will be a very rewarding one to learn for our Beginning and Novice level drivers.” Dell Hughes is Track Guys Business Manager/Event Registrar and Jonathan Blevins is Chief of Safety and Tech and are an integral part of Track Guys' success.</p> <p>The other new venue on the 2013 Track Guys schedule is the Sept 20-22 event at Motorsports Park Hastings in Hastings, Nebraska. “After helping with this event last year, the track owner asked Track Guys to be a bigger part of the Mustang Round up and Boss Bash for this year,” explains Lacina. “So we're adding a Track Guys school onto the front end of this event on Friday and Saturday morning. This will get the new drivers up to speed and learning this fun-to-drive track while the more advanced drivers brush up and get ready for the autocross and timed-lap competition that starts Saturday afternoon.”</p> <p>Track Guys events provide students of all levels with the technique, skills and confidence needed to become a better, safer and smoother driver, both on the track and on the street. Many of the techniques can be used in everyday driving: car control, proper weight distribution and techniques to improve your view of your driving environments. Driving a car is a dynamic experience – driving a car well on a road course race track is an even more dynamic experience. You are never too young or too old to learn proper performance driving techniques. A two-day driving school is a mentally and physically challenging way to improve driving skills, first on the track and then, out on the streets. You get to enjoy your car in a safe, legal and fun new way. You set the pace – drive as fast or as slow as you're comfortable with.</p> <p>“We make sure our students find a speed that they are comfortable with out on the track,” explains Lacina. “Everyone learns at a different pace and we work hard, both in the classroom and with them in their car to make sure each student is comfortable and confident in the techniques we are teaching them.”</p> <p><strong>Events Schedule:</strong></p> <p> February 16 & 17: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL<br /> April 6 & 7: Texas World Speedway, College Station, TX<br /> May 25 & 26: Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL<br /> September 20-22: Motorsports Park Hastings, Hastings, NE (Ford-only event)</p> <p><strong>What do you need?</strong></p> <p>• A valid driver's license and 18 years of age<br />• A well maintained and safe car – sorry, no 4x4 trucks or SUVs. Convertibles MUST have a roll bar for both driver and instructor<br />• A helmet with an SA05 or SA10 rating – NO M-rated helmets allowed<br />• Long-sleeve shirt, long pants and closed-toe shoes<br />• An attitude to learn more than you ever thought possible about you, your driving and you car's capabilities</p> <p>“Pretty much any street car can be driven at one of our events,” says Lacina. “We have a pre-event technical inspection form that students can download from our website. This lists the mechanical components of the car we want the students to have inspected. Really, it isn't about what you drive, but how you drive that matters, so you don't necessarily need a high-performance or highly-modified vehicle.”</p> <p><strong>What to expect:</strong></p> <p>• Low-pressure, fun, drive-at-your-own pace environment<br />• Four run-group format (Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced)<br />• Educational and entertaining classroom sessions<br />• Learn the fundamentals of high performance driving in your car<br />• Well-trained and enthusiastic in-car instructors<br />• Your own personal in-car instructor who will work with you throughout the entire event<br />• Plenty of on-track and at-speed seat time to practice the Track Guys techniques of performance driving.</p> <p><strong>How much does a Track Guys event cost?</strong></p> <p>Depending on the track you select for your Track Guys performance driving school, the costs range from $300 to $500 for two full days of “turnin' and learnin'” and includes your own in-car instructor. Track Guys does not charge extra for in-car instructors. Track Guys also has a unique “Test Drive” program where students attend meetings and classroom sessions and a single on-track session with their own in-car instructor. The Track Guys Test Drive programs are just $50 and are available at all Track Guys events.</p> <p><strong>For more information:</strong><br />Track Guys<br /><a href=""></a> <br /><a href=""></a></p> <p><br /> </p>Sun, 06 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0500automotive-scholarships Scholarships<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Applications for automotive scholarships are now available through the 2013 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund (SMSF) at</p><p>Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000. The $5,000 Top Student award marks an increase from the award’s previous amount of $4,000. Similarly, scholarships for students attending four-year programs are up from $2,000 to $3,000, and awards for students attending two-year programs increased from $1,000 to $2,000.</p> <p>“Students coming through the SEMA Scholarship Program have demonstrated such great potential. We’ve increased the scholarship prizes to reward and better help prepare these students for careers in the specialty-equipment industry,” said Jamie Eriksen, SEMA education director. “Our hope is that we’ll continue to attract highly qualified students who will contribute and make strong, positive impacts in our industry.”</p> <p>Unlike financial aid and student loans, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award that does not have to be paid back. Awards are granted to eligible applicants based on academic achievements, work experience, community involvement, essay content and recommendations. Students may re-apply each year, provided that they still meet the eligibility criteria.</p> <p>A loan forgiveness award is also available to recent graduates who are working for SEMA-member companies and paying off existing student loans. Details and applications for both the scholarship and the loan-forgiveness awards are available at <a href=""></a>. The application deadline for all SMSF awards is March 29, 2013. For additional details, visit <a href=""></a> or contact Juliet Marshall at <a href=""></a> or 909-978-6655.</p>Sat, 05 Jan 2013 09:00:00 -0500from-carbs-to-copos Carbs To COPOs!<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Holley's HP EFI engine control unit (ECU) will come as standard equipment on all of Chevrolet Performance’s COPO Camaro factory-built race cars in 2013.</p><p>This is the third Holley brand product to make it onto the COPO Camaro.  Holley’s Hi-Ram intake manifold was standard equipment on all 2012 naturally aspirated COPO Camaros and Earl’s brand transmission coolers were on 2012 COPO Camaros as well.  All three products will be used on 2013 COPO Camaros.</p> <p>The modern day COPO is the fastest Camaro ever to come out of Chevrolet and the Holley EFI ECU will have the important task of managing both the fuel delivery and ignition timing.</p> <p>COPO Powertrain Program Manager, Robin Wright said, "The Holley LS "Hi-Ram" intake manifold is a significant performance element for the COPO Camaro.  The addition of Holley's HP EFI Engine Management System for 2013 will increase user-friendliness and COPO customers will truly enjoy features like lb/hr based fueling and self-tuning fuel table strategies plus internal data logging with 2GB of memory.”</p> <p>Holley’s HP EFI was selected to power the COPO Camaro for its robust control features and racer-friendly tuning capabilities supported by Holley’s longstanding involvement in racing through organizations like the NHRA and NASCAR.</p> <p>“Racers all over are having great success with Holley’s EFI products.  We’ve worked hard to make our EFI systems powerful, reliable, and easy to use. Holley’s EFI throttle bodies became standard equipment on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars for the 2012 season and now we’re excited to announce that Holley’s HP EFI ECU will be standard equipment on the Chevrolet Performance COPO Camaro for 2013.  We’re excited about the future of EFI in racing and we intend to be the racer’s choice for integrated EFI and ignition control,” said Holley CEO, Tom Tomlinson.</p> <p><strong>About the COPO Camaro:  </strong></p> <p>COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was a unique system used by dealers in the late 1960s to order factory-built high performance cars in a manner that wouldn’t be noticed by GM’s upper management.  The COPO name was reintroduced in 2012 on the current-day COPO Camaro to celebrate this rich heritage, but this time with full support from upper management.   Holley EFI HP ECUs will be standard equipment on all 2013 COPO Camaros providing yet another tie to the heritage of the COPO Camaro since all of the 427cid COPO Camaros in 1969 were originally equipped with Holley carburetors.</p> <p><a title="Holley EFI" href="">Holley</a> can tell you more about their EFI systems and <a title="Chevrolet Performance" href="">Chevrolet</a> can get you on the list for the chance to buy your own 2013 COPO Camaro.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:41:16 -0500parts-shopper-13 Shopper<p><i>Eric Kaminsky</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p><strong>Trunk badge inserts</strong></p> <p>Dress up your 2010 and newer Mustang with these trunk badge inserts from Action Automotive Accessories. The official licensed products are available in two styles: chrome plated or two-tone (black and chrome). Both feature the 5.0 V-8 logo.</p> <p>Action Automotive Accessories</p> <p>(480) 688-6212</p> <p></p> <p>partsshopper   way cool new stuff</p> <p><strong>Brake line wrenches</strong></p> <p>Del City has added two brake line wrench sets to their product line-up. Made from chrome vanadium steel, they feature an opening and closing flarenut that snaps over tubing or nuts, and a 180-degree flex head to access hard to reach areas. Each wrench has two sizes, and comes packaged in a convenient carrying pouch. The metric set (shown) includes 8 and 9mm, 10 and 11mm, 12 and 13mm and 14 and 15mm wrenches, while the SAE set features 5/16 and 3/8-inch, 7/16 and 1/2-inch, 9/16 and 5/8-inch and 11/16 and 3/4-inch wrenches. All are covered by the company’s limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p>Del City (800) 654-4757</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Hydraulic clutch conversion</strong></p> <p>Replace the cable style clutch and quadrant in your 1983-1993 Fox body Mustang with the Hydramaxx hydraulic clutch from American Powertrain. The assembly features a patent pending cantilevered firewall mount for the clutch master cylinder, and a billet aluminum and low carbon steel bracket. It goes through the original hole in the firewall and attaches to the pedal pivot. The company also sells a complete installation kit that includes the Hydramaxx hydraulic release bearing, plus all lines, fittings and necessary hardware.</p> <p>American Powertrain</p> <p>(931) 646-4836</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Tri-five IRS</strong></p> <p>Give your 1955-1957 Chevy a modern independent rear suspension with this bolt-in assembly from Heidts. Based on the company’s Pro-G design, it features a fully welded and boxed upper crossmember, heavy-duty upper and lower control arms, welded uprights, heavy-duty constant velocity joints and axle shafts, and nine-inch cast aluminum center housing that can support a variety of gear ratios and differentials. It also employs standard 10½-inch inboard mounted disc brakes with Wilwood calipers. Completing it are adjustable coilover shocks. It is available in either a 56-inch or 58-inch wide wheel track, and buyers have a choice of finishes: raw or the polished and chromed steel “show package”.</p> <p>Heidts (800) 841-8188</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Spray wax</strong></p> <p>Wizards Products adds to their line of detailing and finishing products with Mystic Spray Wax. Developed to be more compatible with clearcoats found on newer cars, the proprietary formula eliminates hazing and white film residues when applied. It can be used on any hard surface, including glass, chrome, polycarbonate, fiberglass, gel-coat and rubber trim, and helps remove dust, bugs, bird droppings, oily fingerprints and light water spotting. It comes in a 22 fluid ounce spray bottle.</p> <p>Wizards Products</p> <p>(800) 356-7223</p> <p></p> <p>partsshopper   way cool new stuff</p> <p><strong>Corvette duffel bag</strong></p> <p>Make packing easy when you take that road trip with this Voyager duffel bag, available through the Corvette Store at the National Corvette Museum. The 600-denier red and gray polyester bag features the NCM logo, and has a large main compartment, plus a roomy ventilated side pocket and wet pouch for shoes or dirty clothes. It features a carrying handle with Velcro® clasp, and a padded shoulder strap.</p> <p>National Corvette Museum</p> <p>(800) 538-3883</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Water pump</strong></p> <p>The Filling Station has combined an original appearance with modern internal components in their reproduction water pump for 1929-1934 Chevrolets. Pumps from the early ’30s required drivers to lubricate them before each use, but in this reproduction unit, the original bushings have been replaced with modern bearings (see cutaway) for long life and durability. The new pumps will even accept the factory’s grease cup fitting, although they do not require oiling of greasing, and the appearance is further enhanced by the (non-functional) brass packing nut.</p> <p>The Filling Station (800) 841-6622</p> <p></p> <p>partsshopper   way cool new stuff</p> <p><strong>Thermal protection</strong></p> <p>Heat can be the enemy of many underhood components, and Design Engineering, Inc. is now packaging their thermal pipe wrap and stainless steel locking ties into one convenient kit. The wrap can be used on header tubes to protect spark plug boots and wires, as well as covering parts to reduce heat in the passenger compartment, and will protect exposed skin from contact with hot pipes. The wrap comes in a two-inch by 25-foot roll, and is available in black, tan or titanium (which mimics carbon fiber). The stainless steel ties are eight inches long, and are designed for pipes up to two inches in diameter; for larger diameters, two ties can be joined together.</p> <p> </p> <p>Design Engineering</p> <p>(800) 264-9472</p> <p></p> <p><strong>LS degree wheel kit</strong></p> <p>Get the maximum performance from your GM LS series engine by adjusting cam timing and lobe lift with this heads-off cam degree wheel kit from Proform/Specialty Auto Parts. Packed in a durable, foam-padded case are a nine-inch degree wheel, dial indicator, adjustable blue billet aluminum dial indicator mount, black billet aluminum top dead center locator, wire degree wheel pointer, stainless steel crankshaft turning socket and detailed instructions.</p> <p>Proform (586) 774-2500</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Tie rod ends</strong></p> <p>Improve suspension geometry and help correct bumpsteer issues with a set of adjustable tie rods ends from Baer Brakes. Manufactured in the U.S. using a 6061 T-6 machined sleeve, which is then black anodized coated, it is mated to a Teflon lined heim joint and machined pin. The pin is tapered so spindles do not have to be drilled or modified. The company makes pieces for Buicks, Chevrolets, Fords, Mercurys, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs; each is model and year specific, so consult the website for applications.</p> <p>Baer Brakes (602) 233-1411</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Portable air compressor</strong></p> <p>Whenever you need a reliable source for compressed air – whether on the roadside, in the garage, at the track, or when enjoying outdoor activities – pull out the Junior Jet 150 portable air compressor from Maradyne High Performance Fans. Featuring a heavy-duty, gearless direct drive motor, it has a built-in pressure gauge, rated at 0 to 150 psi, a flashlight, 27-inch high pressure hose with quick-release valve connector, two plastic inflatable nozzles and one ball needle, and stores in a rugged nylon carrying case when not in use. Power is supplied by a nine-foot cord with a cigarette lighter adapter.</p> <p>Maradyne (800) 403-7953</p> <p></p>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500a-late-sprint Late Sprint<p><i>Harvey Schwartz</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>For some, the claim to fame for the Ford Falcon is being the forebearer to the original 1964 Mustang. There’s a lot more to this car than that.</p><p>In 1960, the Falcon was one of several cars on the front wave (Chevrolet Corvair/Plymouth Valiant) in a shift in the marketplace to smaller, more economical American cars. While the Falcon was arguably the most conservative of the three, it soon established itself as the leading seller of this new segment.</p> <p>From the beginning, the Falcon was named “The New Size Ford”, and was promoted for its economy, both at the pump (with mileage figures as high as 30 mpg) and in price. As a result, performance was left at the side of the road. The only engine being offered was a 144 cubic inch inline six that made just 90 horsepower.</p> <p>With American ingenuity, it didn’t take long for performance minds and hands to take advantage of the little size and weight of a compact, transforming it into a performance machine that could never be realized in a two-ton full-size sedan or coupe. Things changed for the better in 1963 when Ford introduced the Falcon in a convertible guise. Better news was ahead in the 1963½ model with the new semi-fastback two-door hardtop, the first Falcon with a 260 V-8 and the sporty Sprint package.</p> <p>John Olsen is the proud owner of this beautifully detailed and performance-driven rare 1963½ Ford Falcon Sprint. While not the original owner, John has made several improvements to the car, making it a real looker with 12 coats of custom paint, polished chrome trim pieces, bright chrome Cragar 14x7-inch front and 14x8-inch rear wheels that are wrapped with BFGoodrich T/A performance tires (185/65R14 up front and 225/80R14 inch in the rear).</p> <p>At the back, you’ll notice a less restrictive Flowmaster custom dual exhaust system with two round chrome-tipped exhaust pipes that belch out a mighty roar when you push on the throttle. It gives following vehicles something to think about when they try to pull out and get in front of this very rare Falcon Sprint.</p> <p>While the Sprint’s factory 260 was good for 165 horsepower, a 289 V-8 was better, swapped in from an early Mustang. With engine upgrades, this customized Falcon Sprint now makes about 210 to 220 horsepower. John added a 670 cfm Holley carburetor with a pair of custom headers from Doug’s Headers helping exit the hot gases more efficiently. The chrome Weiand valve covers were installed before John became the latest owner and they really dress up the engine beautifully. The factory four-speed manual remains, but John added 3.80 gears and a stronger G-Force clutch.</p> <p>The suspension was upgraded with new custom bearings, rubber grommets, ball joints and gas-charged shocks. The front brakes now wear nine-inch ABS custom steel disc brakes clamped with dual-piston calipers for extra stopping power.</p> <p>On the inside, it is mostly stock with the odometer reading 53,958 original miles. John added new vinyl seat covers, a Grant custom GT steering wheel and custom Falcon floor mats.</p> <p>When John takes his stunning 1963½ Ford Falcon Sprint to car shows in south Florida, it immediately draws a crowd. It was a signal from Ford that more exciting times were ahead in the world of small compact coupes — possibly an all-new vehicle called Mustang, which caught the auto world by surprise when it was debuted by Lee Iacocca at the New York World’s Fair in early 1964. It wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of the Falcon.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500stopping-power Power<p><i>Larry Weiner</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>For Your Information:</p> <p> </p> <p>Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation</p> <p> </p> <p>(800) 448-7722</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p>Hotchkis Performance</p> <p>(888) 735-6425</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p>Year One Inc.</p> <p>(800) 932-7663</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p>Oasis Alloy Wheels</p> <p>(714) 533-3286</p> <p></p></p></div><p>Among the most coveted of all muscle cars are 1964 through 1972 GM A-bodies.</p><p>They include the Chevelle SS396, Pontiac GTO, Olds 442 and Buick Gran Sport, and represented the next logical step in the evolution of performance cars at General Motors.</p> <p>With their reduced weight and smaller size, they were the perfect combination for the enthusiasts of the era. Take the subject of this story, a classic 1965 GTO. Powered by the fabled Pontiac 389 with Tri-Power, this baby belts out 360 horsepower and even has the rare, first-year Ram Air. Backed by a Muncie M20 four-speed, this Goat transmits its power to a Safety Trac limited slip differential. Most muscle car enthusiasts will agree that when it comes to tire smoking performance, a Tri-Power GTO definitely has the right stuff.</p> <p>But the brakes, well, that’s another story. This GTO was equipped with 9½-inch drum brakes, essentially the same brakes used on a base six-cylinder Tempest. Disc brakes were not available on the early A-bodies, and in most cases, on many of the later cars they were options that were not always chosen.</p> <p>We replaced the stock upper control arms on the GTO with a set of tubular arms manufactured by Hotchkis Performance that are specifically designed for use with 1970-1976 GM F-body and 1978-1996 GM B-body spindles. This easy, inexpensive upgrade will significantly improve the handling of 1964 to 1972 GM A-body vehicles. We worked with Stainless Steel Brakes Corp, better known as SSBC, to identify several direct bolt-on disc brake kits they offer that are compatible with ’64 to ’72 A-bodies equipped with this suspension upgrade.</p> <p>In this story, we will be installing two different SSBC disc brake kits on the GTO. The first disc brake kit utilizes a cast iron single piston caliper and 11-inch slotted and ventilated rotors. This kit is compatible with 15-inch vintage wheels, such as reproduction Pontiac Rally I wheels and original Chevrolet Rally wheels along with many ’60s era mag wheels. The second kit utilizes larger two-piston aluminum calipers and 11.8-inch slotted and ventilated rotors. This kit requires a minimum of 16-inch or larger wheels that are very popular today with enthusiasts who prefer vintage muscle accented with a modern flavor.</p> <p>In both kits, the calipers were powdercoated for long life and are very easy to clean. We will perform both disc brake upgrades in this story to illustrate how easy the kits are to install, regardless of which direction you choose to take with your vehicle.</p> <p>If you want your A-body to have a vintage, era-correct appearance, the choice is simple; just go with the early style second gen F-body spindle with the smaller disc brake kit. You’ll have improved braking and handling, while retaining the stock outward appearance of your vehicle, including using a period correct wheel style. If you prefer a more modern approach, choose the later spindle, with the larger rotor and two-piston caliper package. Just remember that this kit does require the use of a minimum of a 16-inch wheel. Follow along as we hit the brakes without breaking the bank.</p>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:30:00 -0500safest-cars-for-2013 Cars For 2013<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is awarding its new Top Safety Pick+ accolade to 13 cars. All earn good or acceptable ratings in the new IIHS small overlap test as well as top marks in other IIHS evaluations.</p><p>Winners included the Dodge Avenger and its twin, the Chrysler 200 4-door and the Ford Fusion which are midsize moderately priced cars.</p> <p>"Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection," says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. "We're pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+ award for 2013."</p> <p>IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Top Safety Pick+ winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least 4 of 5 evaluations, with no less than acceptable in the fifth test.</p> <p>To qualify for Top Safety Pick, vehicles must have good ratings for occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests, regardless of their small overlap rating.</p> <p>"Models that earn Top Safety Pick also offer outstanding protection in many crashes," Lund says. "These vehicles are much safer choices than most vehicles on the market just five years ago."</p>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:14:31 -0500parts-shopper-14 Shopper<p><i>By Auto Staff</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Rallye seats<br />Legendary Auto Interiors is now offering rallye seats for 1966-’72 Chevelle/El Camino, 1966-’72 GTO/LeMans, 1966-’72 Cutlass/442, 1966-’72 Skylark/GS, and 1970-’72 Monte Carlo. Available in the factory original colors and grains, the seats feature matching bolster profiles, an angled profile on the seat base that allows compression without damage to base covers, and a welt cord that is lower than the ridge line at seat edges to improve comfort, among other features. The company is also taking orders for its soon-to-be-released 1968-69 Chrysler A- and B-body cars. Seats for 1966-67 Chrysler A- and B-body cars (Dart, Barracuda, Sport Satellite, GTX, Road Runner, Charger, Coronet and Super Bee) are in development.<br />Legendary Auto Interiors<br />(800) 363-8804<br /></p> <p>Electric water pumps<br />Improve the circulation of your car’s engine with a Performance Quotient Series electric water pump from PRW Industries. These pumps help eliminate the power drag on your engine from conventional pulley-driven units. Turning at approximately 1,400 rpm, the pump can be wired to operate manually even when the engine is off. The motor is rated for 2,750 hours of continuous operation at 176 degrees. Kits are available for small-block Chevys, big-block Chevys, small-block Fords, big-block Fords and Ford 351 Clevelands, and include gaskets, billet aluminum inlet fitting, mounting hardware, pigtail connector, and for Ford applications, a timing cover block-off plate.<br />PRW Industries<br />(714) 792-1000<br /></p> <p>Mustang steering wheel<br />Dress up the interior of your 1965-1973 Mustang with this Corso Feroce steering wheel from Scott Drake. Styled after those found in Shelbys of the era, it is handcrafted from marine-grade mahogany, features polished aluminum spokes, and measures 15 inches in diameter. Column adapters and Mustang and Shelby emblems<br />are sold separately.<br />Drake Automotive Group<br />(800) 999-0289<br /></p> <p>Camaro engine cover<br />Give your new ZL1 Camaro a distinctive look under the hood with this carbon fiber engine cover from Nowicki Autosport/Design. Made from high-temperature infused carbon fiber, it replaces the factory stock unit, and requires that mounting grommets be transferred, making installation quick and easy. The entire cover is clearcoated and polished for durability.<br />Nowicki Autosport/Design<br />(248) 709-6100</p> <p>Random orbital<br />Complete those detailing jobs in less time with this improved random orbital from Griot’s Garage. Featuring a seven-amp, 850-watt motor, the dual action unit has a variable speed control (six speed settings), ergonomic six-position adjustable handle with rubberized grip, domed and rubberized palm grip and molded finger grips. There is also a constant speed switch. It is available with either a 10-foot (18 AWG) or 25-foot (16 AWG) power cord, and has a six-inch hook-and-loop backing plate; foam pads are sold separately.<br />Griot’s Garage<br />(800) 345-5789<br /></p> <p>Performance batteries<br />EnerSys®, makers of Odyssey® batteries, has added to their product mix with a new line, the Performance Series. Designed with the same rugged construction as the company’s Extreme Series, the new batteries still provide plenty of deep cycling capabilities, but are meant for those who don’t need as many cold cranking amps or reserve capacity minutes. They feature the company’s Thin Plate Pure Lead technology, and the polypropylene case and cover resists oil, cleaners and gasoline.<br />Odyssey Battery<br />(800) 538-3627<br /></p> <p>Supercharger<br />Up the performance potential of your 2010-2013 Camaro or 2008-2013 Corvette with a supercharger package from SLP Performance Parts. Utilizing Eaton’s 2300 TVS four-lobe rotors (the same as those found in the Corvette ZR1), the intake manifold and cylinder head are port-matched for better airflow, and the system includes plug-and-play wiring harnesses, plus pre-bent and pre-cut hoses. A new belt tensioner is included, as is a five-bolt pulley mounting system and a hand-held programmer, with an intercooler keeping temperatures under control. It is backed by a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty of all supercharger components, with an optional five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty available. Horsepower is increased to 575hp (426hp stock) on the LS3 with manual transmissions and 550hp (400hp stock) on the L99 with automatic.<br />SLP Performance Parts<br />(732) 349-2109<br /></p> <p>Shock absorbers<br />Improve handling, control and ride quality of your GM or Chrysler muscle car with a set of monotube shock absorbers from Hotchkis Sport Suspension. Developed in conjunction with Fox Racing Shocks, they feature a lightweight, smooth bore, hard anodized aluminum body, which houses a high-flow piston, specially formulated oil and high-pressure nitrogen for a smooth ride under varying road conditions and temperatures. The ½-inch chrome plated alloy shaft has also been heat treated for durability. They are designed as direct replacements for factory originals, and come complete with all necessary mounting hardware. They fit 1964-1988 GM A-, F-, G- and X-bodies, plus 1963-1976 Dodge A-, B- and E-bodies; see website for specific cars.<br />Hotchkis Sport Suspension<br />(888) 735-6425<br /></p> <p>Front fenders<br />Auto Metal Direct adds to its extensive line of GM sheetmetal with these reproduction front fenders for the 1967 Chevelle and El Camino. Made from heavy-gauge steel like factory originals on the company’s all-new steel tooling, they are shipped with a rust-resistant EDP coating, ready for fitting, priming and painting. Driver side and passenger side fenders are sold separately, and the company also offers inner fenders.<br />Auto Metal Direct<br />(866) 591-8309<br /></p> <p>Front sway bar<br />Get better handling when driving your 1967-1972 Mopar A-body when you install this front sway bar from Hellwig Products. Designed for pro touring applications with as much as 5¾ inches of backspacing on the wheels, the tubular bar measures 1¼ inches in diameter. Made in the U.S. of high-strength tubular DOM steel, it comes complete with all the necessary hardware for installation. <br />Hellwig Products<br />(559) 734-7451<br /></p> <p>Stroker crankshaft<br />Get more power from your Ford 351 Cleveland engine when you add this stroker crankshaft from Eagle Specialty Products. Made from forged 4340 chromoly steel, it is available for either 3.850-inch or 4.000-inch strokes, with a minimum rod length of six inches required. Recommended for engines up to 1,500hp, it is internally balanced, with a target bobweight of 1,765.<br />Eagle Specialty Products<br />(662) 796-7373<br /></p> <p>Console cushion lid<br />Add a touch of style and comfort to your 1997-2004 Corvette with this console cushion lid assembly from Mid America Motorworks. Officially licensed by GM, it features a leather cover with durable vinyl skirt and redesigned foam, and is available in multiple designs and color combinations with embroidered C5 or Z06 emblems. Simply remove the factory original latch and console door molded liner, and bolt this new assembly to the factory hinge.<br />Mid America Motorworks<br />(800) 500-1500<br /></p>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 10:00:00 -0500ready-for-2013 for 2013<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>The year 2012 was also a period of solid results and growth for Auctions America, with the Indiana-headquartered company recording its best performance to date. Specializing in the presentation of American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, and customs, Auctions America generated more than $52 million in sales.  Unit volume was in excess of 2,100 vehicles and select automobilia sold at eight separate auctions held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations. Growth also extended to the company’s global client base, with registered bidders representing 28 countries around the world. On a national level, bidders at Auctions America events in 2012 hailed from all 50 states across the U.S.<br />Headlining Auctions America’s 2012 season was the highly successful Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend, held during the famed Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. This year’s Labor Day weekend sale marked Auctions America’s largest event to date, with total sales surpassing $18.6 million and 76 percent of all lots sold. Reflecting the event’s steady and consistent growth over the past three years, more than 52,500 enthusiasts turned out to the historic Auburn Auction Park, helping put Auburn “back on the map” as the “Classic Car Capital of America”. More than one-third of registered bidders represented new clientele.<br />In addition to its flagship Auburn Fall and Spring sales, the 2012 Auctions America calendar also included successful sales in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where the team continued its partnership with Carlisle Events to deliver an ultimate automotive weekend experience.<br />Auctions America also continued to demonstrate its expertise in the handling of private and estate collections in 2012, hosting two stand-alone single-vendor sales in addition to presenting a number of collections as featured attractions at its mainstream events. The Terry Bennett Collection and the National Military History Museum sales both enjoyed 100 percent sell-through rates, with more than 50 percent of bidders at each event representing first-time participants.<br />Continuing its mission to host events in the country’s leading automotive destinations, Auctions America will expand its national event calendar in 2013 with the addition of a new sale in Burbank, California, August 2–4.  In addition, the Company’s Auburn Spring event will expand to incorporate the Antique Automobile Club of America’s inaugural Central Division National Spring Meet. Further information on both of these exciting events will be unveiled in early 2013.</p> <p> </p>Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:25:27 -0500a-big-year-ahead Big Year Ahead<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Mecum Auctions is set to smash another one of its own records as they offer the largest selection of collector cars in the world from January 18-27. Thousands of vehicles will pour in to Kissimmee, Florida, at Osceola Heritage Park for the unparalleled 10-day event, staking its claim on the map and touting, “Where The Cars Are.”<br /> The current lineup features an expansive group of hundreds of Corvettes and more than 30 Shelby Mustangs – including the featured 1966 Shelby Mustang Group II Trans Am Racer (Lot S132) from the famed Florida collector Rick Davis. Also taking bids will be an incredible selection of world-class Corvettes and unrestored muscle cars offered from the John Justo Collection, currently available for pre-auction inspection by appointment at the recently opened Mecum Gallery. The list of consignments goes on with an unrivaled variety brought together to cross the block at this momentous event.<br />In addition to the Corvettes, muscle cars and exotics already on the docket, Mecum will introduce Road Art Monday into this year’s lineup. Monday, Jan. 21 will be a day dedicated specifically to the auctioning of automotive road art and memorabilia. Each of the other nine days will still begin with 20 to 30 of these auction starters and two investment-grade pieces per hour after that; Monday is a perfect added bonus for enthusiasts. Road Art Monday will feature over 500 pieces bringing the auction total to over 1,200 pieces of memorabilia to choose from over the course of the 10-day event.<br />Tickets are available for Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction in advance or at the door for $20. A total of 32 hours of the record-setting auction will be broadcast on live national TV on Discovery’s Velocity network. For additional consignment and bidder information, call (262) 275-5050 or visit <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 01 Jan 2013 08:41:59 -0500shelby-offered Offered<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>One of the rarest Shelby Mustangs in the world, a survivor ’67 G.T. 500 (Lot  5024) will be sold at No Reserve during the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 19, 2013. With only 9,841 miles on the odometer, it may be the lowest mileage ‘67 GT500 in existence.<br />The Shelby is owned by Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra. He specializes in offering 1965 – 1970 Shelby Mustangs to clients internationally. He and Shelby expert Jim Cowles will be on-site to answer questions about the car and meet with individuals and discuss the vintage Shelby market.<br />“This car was one of the first G. T. 500s ever produced by Shelby American,” said Becker. “From its design and performance to its heritage and history, there’s truly nothing like it. It is a testament to the uniqueness of this special survivor Shelby that Barrett-Jackson will feature it as they honor Carroll Shelby this year.”<br />Barrett-Jackson plans to honor the late Mr. Shelby, who died in May 2012, with a party commemorating what would have been his 90th birthday on January 11. From the gala to an amazing group of the most desirable Shelby cars that will cross the block, the Scottsdale event will honor the automotive legend.<br />“Carroll Shelby was an American icon whose influence will continue to shape the automotive landscape for years,” stated Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The ’67 Shelby G. T. 500s were a major milestone for Shelby American with its big block power and larger platform. Low-mileage survivor cars like this one are often cited as desirable collectibles. Not only do they provide a way to keep Carroll Shelby’s legacy alive, they are important pieces of history.”<br />The car has an intriguing history. In 1966, Edward Milkos decided to order the ’67 Shelby for drag racing. After the car was delivered on February 27, 1967, he spent the next two years competing. Unfortunately, his amateur racing career ended when he suffered a serious injury. By the time Milkos healed, fuel prices had raised dramatically and the car was stored in his basement. <br />Thirty years later, Milkos traded in the Shelby. This G.T. 500 is a Nightmist Blue with black interior, a color combination highly desired by collectors. It is loaded with a 428 Police Interceptor engine and a dual four-barrel carburetion. The car has its original paint, wheels, tires and drivetrain. It includes all original documentation including New Jersey license plates and a 1970 inspection sticker.<br />“This original, unrestored, well-documented, all-matching numbers vehicle is one of the rarest Shelby’s ever built,” noted Becker. “I hope that it will go to someone who will understand and appreciate its value. It would certainly be the crown jewel of any collection.”</p> <p> </p>Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:32:11 -0500vintage-california-plates-1 California Plates<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced today it will be taking pre-orders for a new License Plate Program offering vehicle owners the opportunity to purchase replicas of California license plate designs issued in the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s.</p><p>The new program will bring a retro look to modern license plates by offering three classic license plate designs. Legacy License plates can be ordered for any year model automobile, commercial vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer.  The styles include black lettering over a yellow background seen in the 1950’s, yellow lettering over a black background seen in the 1960’s and yellow lettering over a blue background that was available originally in the 1970’s.  The plates cost $50 for non-personalized or personalized plates.</p> <p>A pre-order form California Legacy License Plate Pre-Order Form (REG 17L) is available at <a href=""></a>.  The completed form and a $50 payment must be mailed to the address provided on the form. Payment can only be made by check, money order, or cashier’s check. Pre-orders cannot be processed at DMV Field offices or Auto Club offices.</p> <p>The law specifies that 7,500 applications must be reached by January 1, 2015.  If 7,500 applications are not received by that date, any fees paid for the California Legacy plates will be refunded to the applicant.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:53:38 -0500that-explains-a-lot Explains A Lot<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Old Man Winter has secured his grip over most of the nation, which has driven many enthusiasts deep into their workshops and garages.</p><p>Many of those oppressed by single (and some VERY low double) digit temps are scurrying around in preparation for the dawn of another show summer. Amid the flurry of work deep within their workshops, you can rest assured, there will be some welding or cutting of something along the way.</p> <p>When it’s time to bring out the big guns and really get something done with authority, nothing gets the point across like the securing arc from a welder or the shimmering, pin-point flame directly from the bane of many a rusty fastener, the torch.</p> <p>When it’s beyond making a decision as to whether something stays or goes, nothing says “So let it be done!” as throwing a switch or the flicker of flint. We’re beyond talking at this point, it’s time for action! That is, until you figure out that you can twist those knobs on the gas cylinder(s) all you want, but all the compressed “git-er-done” contained within, has assumed room pressure.</p> <p>The potential encased in any one of those valve-laden enablers is incredible. Cities have reached for the sky by the glow of a properly-wielded arc and in many cases, shielding gases have provided each weld with the durability to last the ages. When everything goes right, the end result is more than just durable, it can be a thing of beauty. A flowing puddle of molten metal can somehow go beyond being work, it can be a statement of workmanship. The end result is making smaller pieces out of larger ones, or vice versa, but deep within those cooling molecules is a fingerprint, foretelling of the years and experience that resides behind that darkly-tinted visor. They are truly tools of craftsmen.</p> <p>Many of us have toolboxes where we religiously keep all of our equipment and if we are diligent, we can rest assured that each one of our time-tested tools will be at hand when we need them most. That’s what is so amazing about the gasses that reside within those cylinders. They truly are vaporous; we conclude using them one time, but the next time we try to render their services, we find out that they’ve moved on to other atmospheres. This knowledge usually occurs when we need them most.</p> <p>Sometimes, the clues are there as to what happened. Be it a carelessly left-open valve or possibly, a note from a friend, thanking us for the use of our equipment. Other times, Sherlock Holmes himself wouldn’t be able to decipher the flow of events that caused the great escape. Either way, we’re the ones usually twisting connections and caps in preparation for the long drive to the supply store to get more gas.</p> <p>It allows us to complete the task, but it doesn’t help to answer the question that arises with eerie regularity, “Where did all the gas GO?!”</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500barn-find-gtx"Barn Find" GTX<p><i>John Gunnell</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Looking back on it, Jim Kitzerow laughs when he puts things into a modern perspective.</p><p>“The GTX was a real barn find when we bought it and I think half the hay and manure in the barn was inside the car,” he says. “But with the Mopar market getting so strong since then, the car is worth more than the barn is today.”</p> <p>In 1984, when he purchased his 1970 Plymouth in Missouri, Jim’s friends figured he had lost his marbles. “They thought I was crazy,” he recalled, “Especially since I wasn’t even looking for a GTX. The car was only 14 years old, but it looked 140 years old and Mopars were not worth a lot. Maybe the ’63 or ’64 Max Wedge car I was really looking for was worth a little, but not a GTX.”</p> <p>One of Kitzerow’s friends spotted the GTX while he was on a business trip to Kansas City. It was sitting on the owner’s lawn with a “For Sale” sign on it. The friend mistook the GTX for an earlier Plymouth and called Jim, telling him, “I found that car you’re looking for.” He didn’t tell Jim that it was hard to say what it was for sure. The GTX had sunk into the mud back when it was just two years old and no one had ever bothered to pull it out and clean it off. Mud, of course, does not preserve things well.</p> <p>Jim remembers that his wife was sick when his friend called. “I wasn’t going to do anything, at least until she got better,” said Jim. “She asked me why I was not going to look at it and she is the one who insisted I buy it when we did go.” The sellers even delivered the car from Missouri to Naperville, Illinois, where Jim was living at the time. Today, he resides in Eagle River, Wisconsin.</p> <p>Jim and his son, Kurt, restored most of the Plymouth themselves. “We got a lot of hours into that baby,” he admitted. “Building a show car is easy, but it’s just a matter of spending lots of time and money.”</p> <p>Jim and Kurt were turning wrenches on the things they could deal with themselves and did most of the grunt work. For the heavy stuff, they turned to specialists for help. The engine in the car today is a 440 that was built up by Koffel’s Place, a well-known Mopar expert. It’s been bored .030 over and fitted with B1 cylinder heads. According to Jim, it now puts out over 550 hp. The 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission also required a re-work.</p> <p>For the “serious stuff” — that’s how Jim describes bodywork — the Kitzerows worked out a special deal with Mueller’s Autobody to keep costs affordable. Mueller’s agreed to do the work as a spare time project. “Many thousands of dollars later, it was finished,” Kitzerow figured. “It took about seven years and lots of money, but it was worth it.” Today, Jim feels like he was ahead of the curve in restoring a GTX and he knows that doing the car was a good investment.</p> <p>The GTX was Plymouth’s answer to the later generation GTO, which Pontiac turned into a kind of luxury muscle car. It was a “top hat” version of the Satellite/Road Runner mid-size series, with a lot more glitz and glamour. While it looked great and put forth a touch of class, the GTX managed to retain a good dose of the “attitude” muscle cars needed for Saturday nights at the drive-in.</p> <p>The 1970 version of the GTX had a redesigned grille, a new hood and restyled front fenders. It featured much of the same standard equipment as the Road Runner, including heavy-duty suspension, heavy-duty brakes, a dual exhaust system, a high performance hood with the “Air Grabber” hood scoop, front and rear bumper guards, a 150-mph speedometer, F70-14 red or white stripe tires, three-speed wipers, heavy-duty shock absorbers and roof and door moldings.</p> <p>The GTX came standard with the 440-cid Super Commando V-8 and TorqueFlite automatic transmission. It also had a deluxe vinyl interior, with foam seat padding on its new-for-1970 high-back front bucket seats and rear bench seat. The body sides carried reflective tape stripes and side markers. Other GTX equipment included dual horns, a 70-amp battery and bright exhaust trumpets.</p> <p>No longer offered in 1970 was a GTX convertible, which had never sold very well anyway. The two-door hardtop was the only remaining body style. It carried a $3,535 window sticker, although most muscle cars went out the door with about another $1,000 in options. The ’70 GTX wound up drawing only 7,748 orders.</p> <p>That number makes Jim Kitzerow’s Autumn Bronze Metallic GTX a pretty rare beast today. On the inside, the GTX carries a few extra gauges and a non-factory-issued pair of fuzzy dice. On the outside, the car is nearly totally stock, except that ’71 center hubs are bolted to the ’70 Road Wheels. “I like the ’71 style center caps better,” Jim explained. “And it’s my car.”</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500trunk-floor-restore Floor Restore<p><i>Story Jim Black / Images Jim Mott</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>For Your Information:</p></p></div><p>When it comes time to restore that classic muscle car, some sheetmetal repair is probably going to be required.</p><p>Most restorers can agree that the majority of repairs will almost always include the trunk floor, unless your car resided in a very dry climate like that found in the Southwest.</p> <p>The recent restoration of a 1969 Dodge Charger by Jim Mott Restorations, of Kimberly, Idaho, included some major sheetmetal repair to the trunk floor. With Jim’s help, we decided to give readers a better understanding of how a trunk floor repair is accomplished and to provide some guidance to those “do-it-yourselfers” who might tackle a repair like this on their own.</p> <p>Granted, not many garage enthusiasts have the equipment and know-how for this type of work, but with shop rates soaring, more and more enthusiasts are expanding out of their comfort zones, taking on tasks previously left to the professionals.</p> <p>The big question for the restorer is how much sheetmetal should be removed? Our ’69 Charger had a vinyl top, which typically trapped moisture, causing rust and perforations around the front and rear windows. Most cars of the period clad in vinyl had serious issues with rust in the roof. Our ’69 Charger has some major perforations adjacent to the sail panels and along the bottom window channel, which naturally allowed water to enter the trunk, causing rust.</p> <p>After having the car media blasted locally, Jim accessed the amount of sheetmetal work required for the restoration. “The only major repair would include the trunk floor,” he said. “Just a few spot repairs elsewhere.” We ordered a new two-piece trunk floor from Classic Industries.</p> <p>Instead of replacing the entire floor with the new panel, Jim chose to remove and replace just that portion of the trunk floor that had damage. “I believe it’s best if we leave most of the original seams and spot welds intact whenever possible. That goes for the seam sealer as well. The cars just look more original.” Jim said a common mistake made by first time restorers is to cut out more original metal than necessary and then the repair becomes obvious.</p> <p>We’ll carefully mark out the section of floor to be removed, drill out any spot welds in that section, and cut away the damaged portion. The cut-out section will be used as a pattern over the new replacement floor panel. A new piece will be cut out and welded in, seams ground smooth, filled, primed and painted.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500support-continues Continues<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>State Farm is there…again.  LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) today announced it has finalized an agreement retaining State Farm, the museum’s largest and longest-running corporate supporter, as presenting sponsor through 2014. <br />“State Farm supported America’s Car Museum when it was nothing more than a collection of cars and an idea,” says David Madeira, ACM president and CEO.  “From the beginning, they believed in the ACM concept of creating a national destination where families and enthusiasts can gather to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile.  With State Farm’s partnership for at least two more years, I’m confident our museum will continue to surpass expectations.”<br />Madeira said ACM will debut three new, interactive exhibits in 2013, which are being designed by the museum’s co-guest curators, award-winning journalists Ken Gross and Thos. Bryant.  In addition, ACM will continue to host concerts, festivals and special events on their nine-acre campus, including a one-year anniversary celebration in June.<br />“As the nation’s leading car insurer, State Farm shares common values with America’s Car Museum,” said Tim Van Hoof, State Farm assistant vice president for marketing. “We are proud to help ACM visitors experience our country’s interest in everything auto through interactive exhibits.”<br />Additional details regarding America’s Car Museum can be found at <a href=""></a>.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:13:20 -0500shelby-tribute Tribute<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Few names are as tightly interwoven with American car culture as Carroll Shelby. Father to the Shelby Cobras and Shelby Mustangs, Shelby was also a notable race driver with roots in the Grand Touring World Championships and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His passing this past May impacted the entire industry and the Petersen Automotive Museum is honored to host a tribute in correlation with Shelby’s January birthday.<br />The Carroll Shelby Tribute Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum is presented by Hillbank Motor Sports and Superformance on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. There will be VIP Shelby vehicle parking (Cobras, Shelby Mustangs, Tigers, etc.) and preferred parking for show cars. A People’s Choice Award will be presented and the Petersen will extend discounted admission to all show participants. Breakfast and lunch will be available at Johnny Rockets, located in the museum lobby, and chili will be served in honor of Carroll Shelby. <br />“Few individuals in the auto industry have the iconic status of Carroll Shelby,” says Terry Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen. “This is the first birthday since his passing in May, and we knew that we had to host a tribute to celebrate the life of a man whose impact on our industry has been enormous.”<br />Parking is free for all Shelbys, Shelby replicas, hot rods, classics or other special interest vehicles and their drivers will receive 2 for 1 admission to the Petersen.  Shelbys and Shelby replicas will receive VIP parking. Regular parking rates apply for spectator vehicles. Spectator parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $2.00 each additional 30 minutes ($12.00 maximum). Shelby cruise-in is free to attend, but admission is required to view exhibitions inside the museum. For more information on the Carroll Shelby Tribute please call 949-900-1960. For more information on the Petersen Automotive Museum call 323-930-CARS.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:09:43 -0500voices-from-the-tower From the Tower<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Bob Frey</p></p></div><p></p><p>Traci Hrudka, chairman of the Quarter Mile Foundation. has announced the Foundation has begun production of a special, introductory volume DVD for the PROJECT 1320 documentary, titled “Voices from the Tower.” <br />Ms. Hrudka stated, “There have been many people waiting for this day to come.  We are very excited to get to this point, especially for all of our supporters and those that believe in this mission. We would like to thank everyone that has been a part of this crusade, and hope all will see this release as a testimony that we will make this documentary happen.<br />“The DVD uses portions of interviews of three legendary drag racing announcers: Bob Frey, Jon Lundberg and Dave McClelland.  With 150 years of announcing experience between them, ‘Voices from the Tower’ should give the audience a very broad overview of how the sport grew and evolved.”<br />Dan Koterba, who has conducted and filmed the majority of the interviews, is overseeing the production. “We want to let the drag racing community and fans get a feel for the look and the texture of the documentary.  It will not be a complete ‘interview-by-interview’ production, but rather a number of people who will be discussing a range of topics; and the interviews will be edited in such a manner to present several perspectives.<br />“In the ‘Voices from the Tower,’ you’ll find them making their observations about the events and situations they viewed as announcers, plus offering commentary about topics we might not expect to hear from them.”<br />Voices from the Tower will be priced at $20.00 plus shipping and handling from the Quarter Mile Foundation website (<a href=""></a>).  The Production work is currently underway, with an anticipated release in early 2013.</p>Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:03:20 -0500benched<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>First, they took the spare tire away. Now, this. What is the automotive world coming to?</p><p>Change can be a good thing, but there is always a danger when something is taken away. Still, the automakers have to make their decisions based on what is going to sell cars. According to General Motors, having a front bench seat isn’t selling cars.</p> <p>As the owner of a 2003 Buick Century with a front bench seat, I find myself having a bit of difficulty imagining the alternative. The car is not a sporty car and taking the bench seat and replacing it with buckets is not going to make it a sporty car.</p> <p>There was a day when three people could ride in the front seat. Even though it is still possible, it’s not likely to happen, what with the fattening of America and the obesity problem. There goes one argument for the front bench.</p> <p>Simply put, it just doesn’t hold the attraction any more. That’s why the bench seat is an endangered species. In its press release announcing the change, General Motors conceded the historic nature. “When the 2014 Chevrolet Impala arrives next year, it will put to rest a fixture of automobiles since the days of the horseless carriage. The outgoing Impala is the last passenger car in production in North America to offer three-across seating, an option that ends with the introduction of Chevy’s redesigned flagship sedan.”</p> <p>Their figures showed only one in 10 was interested in the $195 option of a front bench seat. “A lot of people prefer bucket seats because they’re sporty, even in models that aren’t sports cars,” said Clay Dean, GM director of design. “Our customers also appreciate having the center console as a convenient place to store their phone and other personal items.”</p> <p>That argument doesn’t wash with me. My car has a fold-down console, so it has the same amenities. Maybe it’s the $195 upcharge for a bench seat with a center console that makes the bench seat irrelevant. Does it cost less to make two seats as opposed to one?</p> <p>“There’s a certain nostalgia for bench seats, like being able to snuggle up with your date at a drive-in movie and some customers still like them,” Dean conceded. “You never know, we might see bench seats re-emerge someday, possibly in very small cars.” Following that logic means very small benches and I’m not sure that’s an answer.</p> <p>If anyone remembers courting with a bench seat, you knew it was going to be a good night when the one you were with came to the center seat. I always found it funny that, once you put a ring on them, it didn’t happen as often, thinking there was some kind of diamond magnet in the passenger door panel (that also worked with cubic zirconium). By the time you said “I do”, bucket seats would likely have been equally as attractive. Maybe it’s just me.</p> <p>When it comes to practicality, the decision probably just makes sense, but you never really miss something until it is gone. Using the drive-in (which isn’t gone, but isn’t necessarily as much a part of the popular culture as it once was) as an example just opens the floodgates to what else is missing from our lives. A lot of it has to do with how we look at it and how we view our cars. Dean said the need for six-passenger sedans is largely met by SUVs or crossovers and no one can argue with that. Where’s the romance in that? Have we become so entrenched in the practical need for the vehicle that we’re starting to leave the fun out of it?</p> <p>Let’s hope not. There’s still a lot about cars to enjoy, but if you feel like getting close to that special someone, make sure you don’t sit on the seat belt receptacle in one of these bucket seat cars. Don’t ask me how I know.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500pontiac-patriarch Patriarch<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Vernon Calaman has been a long-time auto enthusiast, although you might wonder what his 1922 Oakland Sport Touring four-door might be doing at the Carlisle GM Nationals.</p><p>That’s where the story gets interesting and a quick history lesson is at hand.</p> <p>Edward M. Murphy started building cars under the Oakland brand in 1907. Prior to that, the company was called Pontiac Buggy and appropriately enough, they built carriages in Pontiac, Michigan. The Oakland Motor Car Company continued to manufacture cars autonomously until GM bought half of the shares in 1909. When Mr. Murphy died later that year, GM assumed the remaining shares of the company and Oakland then became the Oakland Motors Division of GM, positioned slightly above the Chevrolet brand and nestled comfortably under the premium Oldsmobile and Buick brands.</p> <p>By the early 1920s, quality had begun to falter at Oakland. Under the guidance of General Manager Fred Hannum, steps were in place and quality began to improve. One such improvement was a new quick-drying bright blue lacquer paint that gave way to the brand’s “True Blue Oakland” marketing slogan. As GM’s various brands competed for customer dollars, top brass laid out their options much like a ladder, with Chevrolet listed among the lower rungs, followed by Oakland slightly up the ladder and then Oldsmobile and Buick reaching further skyward with Cadillac as the premier brand in their offerings.</p> <p>The distance between the rungs on the ladder began to stretch out much like the economy of the roaring ’20s. As a dangling carrot to entice buyers to make the leap between marques, GM established smaller stepping stones, called the Companion Make Program. Considered a half-step between brands, these “companions” were manufactured under a specific brand, but would cost slightly less, to help fill the gaps that were quickly delineating each of the offerings. Cadillac offered the LaSalle, Buick began the Marquette, Olds had the Viking and Oakland would try to fish customers beginning with the 1926 Pontiac.</p> <p>The Pontiac was a shorter-wheelbased six, priced like a four-cylinder. It was the first companion marque introduced and outsold its larger, more expensive Oakland patriarch. By the end of the decade, many more buyers were opting for the Pontiac over the heavier Oakland and in 1931, GM made the announcement that it was discontinuing Oakland, positioning Pontiac as the only companion make to outlive its parent brand. Pontiac would go on as a thriving member of the GM family for decades until that fateful day in 2010 when GM announced that Pontiac had finally met the same fate as its parent marque.</p> <p>In 1944, Vernon Calaman was much like Pontiac enthusiasts today. He was staring at this 1922 Oakland project that had been recently orphaned, wondering how he might obtain the necessary parts to complete it. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.</p> <p>In the summer of 1943, Vernon started working after school at a garage part time. He became friends with another mechanic, fresh from the war, named Warren Knouse. The two used to ride around the Pennsylvania countryside in a Model T Ford they owned collectively. That is, until they were flagged down by some G.I.s who wanted to buy the T. They parted ways with the T for the princely sum of $100. They heard about this ’22 Oakland from a customer who explained that it had been sitting in an apple orchard. That evening, they drove over the mountain, bought the car with the $100, and towed it home. They changed the oil and when they tried to fill the radiator, water spewed out through a crack in the block about as fast as they could pour it in!</p> <p>Had they gone through with their plan to junk the car, this story would never have happened, but thankfully, Vernon bought out his friend’s share of the car and it sat at his house until he could locate both the parts and the time to complete it. In 1946, Vernon obtained his second companion, this time, his wife. He continued to search for a block but most folks had never heard of an Oakland, let alone had parts for it. Then, one day he asked a welder friend of his if he could try welding the block. He said, “Sure!” Then, he kept it for three weeks. Turns out that to ensure his work, he would fill the block with water and watch for signs of rust. If it rusted, water was still working its way through the crack. After all these years, Vernon still sees no sign of rusting.</p> <p>Vernon continued to re-assemble the car, facing various hurdles with the very same “can-do” attitude that exemplifies many enthusiasts from his generation. Once the 19hp engine was together and running, it would constantly overheat. Vernon found out that a plate inside the water pump had gone AWOL. With the help of a fellow club member, he located a battered original and used it as a template to fabricate his own replacement.</p> <p>As the restoration of the rest of the touring car moved forward, Vernon was faced with obtaining a new set of wood bows for the folding top. New pieces were available through mail order, but Vernon lives in central Pennsylvania, where horse-drawn Amish buggies are the norm. He asked a “buggy technician” if he could fabricate a new set of four bows, to which he did, for the whopping sum of $12 each! Another friend reupholstered the bows and even used the original beveled glass rear window that the car left the factory with.</p> <p>The “True Blue” hue was applied by Heckendorn’s Auto Body and is set off with the black fenders wrapping around the 34x4-inch yellow spoked wheels. With a new set of tires, a cool-running 177-inch six-cylinder and all new brown leather skins inside and vinyl on top, Vernon was finally ready to start hitting the show circuit. Since then, he has brought home many awards and trophies, many of which ride home with him since he prefers to drive his car to and from events. That’s why you’ll see a fanny-flag inside the rear tire of Vernon’s touring car. Although, with only rear brakes, anything he might encounter on the roads would have better braking.</p> <p>When Vernon and Warren purchased the car, it had only 3,400 miles on the odometer. Mileage has more than doubled since Vernon completed the car, with just over 7,600 miles on the clock. While that might not seem like much for a car of this vintage, keep in mind that cars of this vintage were not intended for long-term driving duties. Technology has provided much of the durability that we enjoy today and life-preserving items like lubrication were not taken for granted like in today’s vehicles. To help keep these early engines alive, the owner’s manual suggests opening up the hood and hand-feeding oil to each one of the rocker arms atop the engine in preparation for each trip, or 75 miles, whichever comes first.</p> <p>Vernon also has to split the driving duties between this car and his ’23 Oakland Huckster truck. Like his Sport Touring, the Huckster was a project from the get-go, coming home in cardboard boxes. It took about two and a half years for Vernon to complete the project but now, he’s splitting driving duties between both of his companions and having too much fun doing it.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500fixed-by-a-nose, By A Nose<p><i>Wayne Scraba</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Working on a vintage automotive project (restoration or otherwise) can become downright trying — particularly if you’re forced to do something several times over just to get it right, or if you have to eventually pay someone big dollars to get it right for you.</p><p>Working on something complex like the front end of your car can present all sorts of challenges. Here, you’re dealing with three totally different systems: suspension, steering and brakes.</p> <p>When it comes to the front end, there might be several ways to fix something successfully, but on other occasions, the task can be filled with plenty of trepidation. Thanks to the folks at Classic Industries (they’ve been there, done that, and they’re willing to share info), we’ve come up with dozens of shortcuts to success.</p> <p>What follows are 24 of those mechanical shortcuts. Check them out. Both you and your pocketbook will be happy.</p> <p>1. THE IDLER!</p> <p>Worn idler arms cause front end steering shimmy and can negate the responsive “feel” the steering demonstrates. Never overlook the idler arm when it comes to steering maladies.</p> <p> </p> <p>2. PUMP IT UP</p> <p>Once you’ve replaced a set of brake pads, be sure to pump the brake pedal a couple of times. This will extend the brake caliper pistons and it will firm up the pedal.</p> <p>3. RATES A REPLACEMENT</p> <p>Always replace inner and outer tie rod assemblies at the same time. Replacing one worn unit will accelerate the wear rate of the pieces not replaced.</p> <p> </p> <p>4. STORAGE PUMP</p> <p>If you have a car in long-term storage, it’s a good idea to pump the brake pedal occasionally. This keeps the wheel cylinders and the caliper pistons lubricated. It also ensures the rubber cups don’t become unsealed from the respective bore walls.</p> <p> </p> <p>5. RELAY THIS</p> <p>When reassembling the steering system, it’s important to square the various bits so that the center link (relay rod) is properly oriented. Measure from the center link end of the steering box to the front pivot of the idler arm and then from the center link end of the idler arm to the point where the pitman arm bolts on. Then adjust as necessary so that everything is centered.</p> <p> </p> <p>6. BREAK IN BRAKES</p> <p>Bring the car to speed, brake once normally and then allow the pads to fully cool. The idea is to allow the pads to heat uniformly, and then cool uniformly.</p> <p>7. STEERING STRAIGHT</p> <p>Inspect the bolts holding the steering box to the frame. They can actually stretch and become loose. In addition, take the time to inspect welds near the steering box. If the bolts have ever become loose, it might have caused the weld to fail under the steering box at the seam of the frame.</p> <p> </p> <p>8. ON YOUR SIDE</p> <p>Some vented brake rotors are sided. The vanes must point rearward at the top of the rotor. This location allows centrifugal force to spin air outward from the center of the rotor. If the rotors are directional and you install them on the wrong side of the car, then pad life will be shortened.</p> <p> </p> <p>9. PLAYING GAMES</p> <p>Check your steering box for play. There is an adjustment nut at the top (see your vehicle service manual for proper adjustment).</p> <p>10. THREAD BY NUMBERS</p> <p>Before you remove the old tie rod, count the number of exposed threads. When installing the new tie rod, be sure to leave the same number of threads exposed. This will be close enough to get you to the local alignment rack.</p> <p>11. FLUSHING FLUID</p> <p>If you have a vintage car or truck, think a bit about the brake fluid. How old is it?</p> <p>12. GREASY BUSINESS</p> <p>When the time comes to lube urethane (or even conventional) swaybar bushings, there is no need to slop the grease all over the place. The idea here is to only lube the area where the bushing contacts the bar.</p> <p> </p> <p>13. SHOCKING TRUTH</p> <p>Having trouble installing shock absorber bushings? Try spraying the bushings with silicone lube. Lightly grease the shock eyelet. Use a vise to do the bull work. It’s almost as effective as a press.</p> <p> </p> <p>14. VANISHING POINT</p> <p>If you check the master cylinder level occasionally, don’t be too alarmed to find that the brake fluid is disappearing. As the brake pads wear, the caliper pistons automatically move closer to the rotors.</p> <p> </p> <p>15. JAM PACKED</p> <p>When packing wheel bearings, never jam the cap full of grease. If you do, it will just leak out and make a mess.</p> <p> </p> <p>16. TURN THIS WAY</p> <p>Why does a car sometimes pull one way in steering? All four wheels must have the same amount of rolling resistance and be square to each other and to the road surface. There cannot be any play in the steering or suspension linkage that locates the wheels.</p> <p>17. BUSTED BLEEDERS</p> <p>Brake bleeders always rust. That’s a given. If you’re fortunate enough to get all four loose, spend a few bucks and replace them with new ones. Some folks even use Teflon tape on the threads (with care – you really don’t want to contaminate the system). The idea behind this is to keep the threads from seizing until the next brake job.</p> <p> </p> <p>18. ROCK HARD</p> <p>If the brake pedal becomes hard and the front brakes drag, take a close look at the pushrod between the brake pedal and the master or the brake booster. Brake fluid will not be allowed to return to the master cylinder freely.</p> <p> </p> <p>19. TILT ON THE AXIS</p> <p>When you look at the side of the car, an imaginary line runs through the upper ball joint and extends through the lower. The tilt of the imaginary line is caster. If the imaginary line tilts toward the rear of the car (at the top) the car has positive caster. If the imaginary line tilts forward, the car has negative caster. Positive caster provides directional stability (the car will want to go in a straight line). Too much and it will prove difficult to steer. Negative caster reduces steering effort. Too much and the car will tend to wander down a straight line.</p> <p> </p> <p>20. BASTER BLEEDER</p> <p>If you encounter a caliper or wheel cylinder that absolutely refuses to bleed properly, you can improvise a reverse bleeder with a (large) syringe or small oven baster. Use it to pump clean brake fluid backwards into the caliper bleed screw fitting. This usually persuades air bubbles out of their hiding places.</p> <p> </p> <p>21. REVERSE TACTICS</p> <p>Yet another method of bleeding brakes consists of using a hand operated vacuum pump attached to the bleed screw. With this setup, you actually pull the fluid through the system instead of pumping it. On some cars, this is the only way to get a proper bleed.</p> <p> </p> <p>22. CHIP RESISTANT</p> <p>When working on a restoration, it’s a good idea to have the control arm bushings replaced by a competent alignment shop before painting any components. The press-off, press-on process will easily chip and scratch the control arms. Once the bushings have been installed, simply take the time to mask off the various non-painted areas and then squirt the paint.</p> <p> </p> <p>23. DOUBLE LENGTH COILS</p> <p>Coil springs found on some later model cars (for example Gen IV Camaros and Firebirds) are almost twice as long as they look. You can’t use a conventional screw-style spring compressor either. A good alternative is a spring compressor designed for use on cars equipped with MacPherson struts. By the way, when dealing with any compressed coil spring, it’s a good idea to chain it to the control arm so that it doesn’t make a quick departure in the wrong direction.</p> <p> </p> <p>24. TUNING VARIABLES</p> <p>When tuning the suspension of your car (for example, working with adjustable shocks and/or working with different rate springs), it’s a good idea to change only one variable at a time. If not, you’ll soon discover that it is difficult (and more than likely impossible) to determine what the cause and effect really is.</p>Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500enthusiastic-reading Reading<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>We’ve compiled a list of our top 21 reading materials for the auto enthusiast.</p><p>Whether you – or someone you love – is looking for their next restoration, comprehensive DIY project or simply likes to read for enjoyment, there’s sure to be something in this list for you.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Wired for Success</strong></p> <p>Many collector car owners are skilled at performing mechanical work, but for many of them, electrical work seems like a black art, too complicated and too confusing. With a firm understanding of the fundamentals, an enthusiast can take this comprehensive guide and complete a wide range of electrical projects to enhance the performance and functionality of a vehicle.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Automotive ElectricalPerformance Projects</em></p> <p>Author: Tony Candela</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-55-9</p> <p>Price: $29.95</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Breaking Cover</strong></p> <p>If you’ve ever picked up a car magazine and looked at a grainy photo of an oddly shaped and camouflaged car under the headline “2017 Supercar Revealed!” then you have seen the work of the car spy, Jim Dunne. This illustrated narrative tells the tales behind the photos, in an engaging and often humorous fashion.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Car Spy</em></p> <p>Author: Jim Dunne</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-81-8</p> <p>Price: $19.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Ride Finder</strong></p> <p>With more than 25 years experience finding, buying and selling old cars, Ron Vasse is an “old car” expert. His book will help all car enthusiasts learn how to make money by exploring a hobby they already enjoy. Vasse likens finding, buying and selling old cars to an adventure – not just a way to make money. “It’s like walking through the museum of life, just like Indiana Jones looking for lost treasure. The whole process is enjoyable as well as profitable.”</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Making Money Finding, Buying and Selling Old Cars</em></p> <p>Authors: Ross Vasse</p> <p>ISBN: 978-0-646568-56-0</p> <p>Price: $89.00 (Paperback)/ $54.00 (E-book)</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>De-Coding</strong></p> <p>With this book, an affordable hand-held scanner, and other common tools, the average enthusiast can diagnose and fix most common problems. This book provides a thorough explanation of the on-board diagnostics system. It details its main features, capabilities, and characteristics. It shows how to access the port connector on the car, the serial data protocols, and what the serial data means. Keith McCord provides procedures, insight, and information for resolving most ECU and computer control problems at home with affordable consumer-grade scanners.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Automotive Diagnostic Systems</em></p> <p>Author: Keith McCord</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-06-1</p> <p>Price: $24.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Sheet Metal Skills</strong></p> <p>Creating door skins, fenders, hoods, and a myriad of other components from sheet metal is a crucial skill for restoring many muscle cars, building custom parts for hot rods, and fabricating parts for classic or competition cars. This book shows the enthusiast how to design and fabricate with inexpensive and simple tools as well as how to use more specialized tools, such as an English wheel and many other metal working techniques.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Automotive Sheet Metal Forming and Fabrication</em></p> <p>Authors: Matt Joseph</p> <p>ISBN-13: 978-1-934709-36-8</p> <p>Price: $24.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Muscle Car Madness</strong></p> <p>When you look at the auction results, muscle cars, especially those done by famous builders, tend to lead the way in sales. Their work has withstood the test of time, a true barometer of success. Their commitment to excellence separated them for the average builder and their stories are gathered into one place to allow the enthusiast to become acquainted with the men and companies behind the machines and the evolution of muscle cars as they enjoy a resurgence in modern form even today.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>American Muscle Supercars</em></p> <p>Author: David Newhardt</p> <p>ISBN: 978-0-7603-3294-8</p> <p>Price: $35</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Grumpy</strong></p> <p>Few men have impacted the sport of drag racing like Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins. Throughout his career, both innovation and success followed him closely, and this book documents the long and colorful history of the competition cars that proudly bear the name “Grumpy’s Toy.” This book boasts the largest collection of Jenkins-centered vintage photography ever assembled.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Grumpy’s Toys</em></p> <p>Author: Doug Boyce</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-27-6</p> <p>Price: $34.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Gettin’ Goin’</strong></p> <p>Getting great “bite” involves a lot more than sticky tires and a smoky burnout. A better understanding of exactly what is happening to the suspension when the car launches from a standing start will assist you in maximizing your car’s effectiveness on the street or at the track.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>How to Hook and Launch: Traction Mods for the Street & Strip</em></p> <p>Author: Dick Miller</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-35-1</p> <p>Price: $24.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Garage-Mahal</strong></p> <p>Where does it start? All of the cars you see had to be created somewhere and that “somewhere” is in any number of hot rod garages throughout the world. From individuals crafting the cars of their dreams to prominent shops turning out cool rides for top dollars, you’ll see the builders in their elements as the work forms literally before you on the pages. Inspiring photographs capture all of the details to allow complete appreciation of the work done inside the garages.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Hot Rod Garages</em></p> <p>Author: Peter Vincent</p> <p>ISBN: 978-0-7603-2696-1</p> <p>Price $40</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Cone Carving</strong></p> <p>The vast improvements in modern vehicle handling have prompted a new look at vintage muscle cars. These popular classics can benefit from ways to make the road-handling ability of the car take a big step forward to get more enjoyment in the ride.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle</em></p> <p>Author: Mark Savitske</p> <p>ISBN-13: 978-1-934709-07-8</p> <p>Price: $24.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Finding Fast Cars!</strong></p> <p>Many great hot rods that were once famous were simply hidden away. Some of them have been tracked down and are now found once again. <em>Lost Hot Rods II</em> shares the full story of each car, including how it was originally built, when it dropped off the radar, and how it was ultimately found.</p> <p><em>Lost Hot Rods II</em></p> <p>Author: Pat Ganahl</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-93-1</p> <p>Price: $34.95</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Using Your Head</strong></p> <p>Head porting demands the right tools, skills, and application of knowledge. All the aspects of porting stock and aftermarket heads in aluminum and cast-iron are covered. In addition, you are also shown how to build a high-quality flow bench at home so you can test your work and obtain professional results.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>How To Port & Flow TestCylinder Heads</em></p> <p>Author: David Vizard</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-64-1</p> <p>Price: $29.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Jewel-Oxide</strong></p> <p>Steve Magnante shares his most memorable imagery that he’s collected over years of travel. He also shares important information about the cars when describing them. In some cases, the cars pictured are quite rare. While other books have shared junkyard photography, none have been focused purely on domestic muscle cars, nor included the level of information acquired about the subject cars like <em>Rusted Muscle. </em></p> <p><em>Rusted Muscle</em></p> <p>Author: Steve Magnante</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-40-5</p> <p>Price: $29.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Pretty in Patina</strong></p> <p>Rare are the collector cars that are untouched by time or restorers, cars that still wear their original parts, paint, upholstery and trim. These are sometimes called “time capsule cars”, representing days that are no more. The very sight of one of these is a trip through time that can not only lead one to wonder and marvel, but respect what was with real evidence of the past. You see them in their glory, standing true to their creation and you marvel that the challenge and urge to modify or improve has been fended off. For once they change, they are never the same and it’s only original once.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>It’s Only Original Once</em></p> <p>Author: Richard Lentinello</p> <p>ISBN: 978-0-7603-3264-1</p> <p>Price: $35</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Advanced Hot-Glue</strong></p> <p>Engines, exhaust, intake, suspensions, frames can all be welded for repair and fabrication purposes. This book comprehensively covers advanced techniques, complex joints, advanced processes, and working with a variety of materials, including aluminum, Chrome-moly, stainless steel, carbon steel, titanium, and magnesium. TIG, MIG, oxy-acetylene, and stick welding techniques are illustrated for a wide range of automotive applications. This book allows you to take your welding skills to the next level.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Advanced Automotive Welding</em></p> <p>Author: Gerald Uttrachi</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-96-2</p> <p>Price: $29.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>Ratty-N-Righteous</strong></p> <p>As a response to the high-dollar billet-based street rod trend, budget-limited home-based rod builders looked to the past for inspiration and style, and rat rods were the result. They represent a rebellious attitude, but never take anything too seriously. Cars from all over America and around the world are featured, and no two are the same.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Rat Rods: Rodding’s Imperfect Stepchildren</em></p> <p>Author: Scotty Gosson</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-21-4</p> <p>Price: $29.95</p> <p></p> <p><strong>More Than Skin Deep</strong></p> <p>Renowned for their specific detail, David Kimble’s artwork revealed what mere photographs could not, a cutaway look at what is under the skin. Featuring work from a career spanning more than 40 years, the book displays more than 100 of Kimble’s automotive cutaway illustrations. Produced in landscape format to better display the technical detail of the artwork, only 1,000 copies of this book will be produced, all signed by the artist.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Cutaway: The Automotive Art of David Kimble</em></p> <p>Authors: David Kimble and Chris Endres, Foreword by Dave McLellan</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-84-9</p> <p>Price: $99.95</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Life Lessons</strong></p> <p>The subject of ridicule, the Chevrolet Corvair, is viewed by some as misunderstood. It was labeled as “unsafe”, “deathmobile”, a motoring “mistake” and other names that did little to boost the reputation of the little car. When people do the same to other people, labeling them with not-so-kind terms, it hurts and can be very unfair. When a boy and a car, each who have endured the worst, combine to show the world the best, it doesn’t take long to see that labels can be misleading and new life can come through dedication. This novel teaches life lessons for fathers, sons and car guys alike.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Lifemobile</em></p> <p>Author: Jonathan Rintels</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-935212-92-8</p> <p>Price: $15.95</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>East vs. West</strong></p> <p>In the early days of hot rodding, two distinct schools of style emerged based on the coastal extremes of the nation. These two different looks define the era, however differently. The similarities and differences were a point of contention and the history of that era is recognized.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>East vs. West Showdown: Rods, Customs & Rails</em></p> <p>Authors: Joseph Alig andStephen Kilmer</p> <p>ISBN: 978-1-934709-75-7</p> <p>Price: $29.95</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>NYC Autos</strong></p> <p>When you think cool cars and hot bikes, many will think of the shops on the West Coast that get a lot of attention. Mention New York City as a hotbed of the custom work and you’re likely to get a blank stare. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the commitment to the culture in shops in and around the Big Apple. Once they roll up the garage doors and you take a look inside, it doesn’t take long to see that some of the most colorful characters that have created their best work are long overdue their just desserts. It can change the way you think about customizing.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>New York City Horsepower</em></p> <p>Author: Michael McCabe</p> <p>ISBN: 978-0-7643-3691-5</p> <p>Price: $50.00</p> <p></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>An Art Form</strong></p> <p>Style separates one car from another. They all rely on mechanical power to get up and down the highway, but how do they look when they are doing it? No one appreciated style more than the hot rodders, who dared everyone to be different and kept raising the style bar just a little bit higher with each new creation. Whether the end game was speed, beauty uniqueness or some special combination, hot rodders have found the perfect place to bring it all to light, creating part mechanical sculpture, part show car and part speed machine.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Art of the Hot Rod</em></p> <p>Author: Ken Gross, Photography by Peter Harholdt</p> <p>ISBN: 978-0-7603-4300-5</p> <p>Price: $29.99</p> <p></p>Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500u.s.-built-camaros Built Camaros<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Next generation will come back across the Detroit River. moving from Oshawa to Grand River in Michigan</p></p></div><p></p><p>GM announced today the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro will be assembled at the Lansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan. This decision is based on a comprehensive business case.<br />Lower capital investment and improved production efficiencies were key factors in the business case. The Camaro is the only rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicle built at Oshawa. Assembling the next-generation Camaro at LGR consolidates the RWD assembly with the Cadillac CTS and ATS. <br />Production of the current generation Chevrolet Camaro will continue on the flexible manufacturing line at Oshawa Assembly until the end of the current product lifecycle. The Buick Regal continues to be produced there, and GM recently invested $185 million to support the launch of two new products on the flex line as well: the all-new Cadillac XTS and the next-generation Chevrolet Impala scheduled to launch in 2013. In addition, GM recently announced it will add a third shift to support the launch of the new Impala there. The consolidated line at Oshawa Assembly will continue to produce the current generation Chevrolet Impala and Equinox until June 2014.</p> <p> </p>Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:20:59 -0500putting-the-general-back-in-gm The General Back In GM<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>General Motors said it will purchase 200 million shares of GM common stock held by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for $5.5 billion, or $27.50 per share.  The share buyback is part of the Treasury’s plan to fully exit its entire holdings of GM stock within 12 to 15 months, subject to market conditions.</p><p>Treasury intends to begin its disposition of its remaining shares as soon as January 2013, consistent with a pre-arranged written trading plan.  In addition, Treasury has agreed to relinquish certain governance rights that were included in the U.S. Treasury Secured Credit Agreement with GM.</p> <p>“This announcement is an important step in bringing closure to the successful auto industry rescue, it further removes the perception of government ownership of GM among customers, and it demonstrates confidence in GM’s progress and our future,” said Dan Akerson, chairman and CEO of GM.</p> <p>Dan Ammann, senior vice president and CFO added, “A fortress balance sheet has been a pillar of GM’s financial strategy and has enabled us to undertake today’s actions.  GM’s balance sheet will remain very strong, with estimated liquidity of approximately $38 billion at the end of 2012, following the closing of the share buyback.”</p> <p>The repurchase price of $27.50 per share represents a 7.9 percent premium over the closing price on December 18, 2012.  The share buyback is expected to close by the end of the year.  This transaction will be accretive to earnings per share, as GM’s total shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis will be reduced by approximately 11 percent.  In association with this share buyback, GM expects to take a charge of approximately $400 million in the fourth quarter, which will be treated as a special item.</p> <p>After the repurchase, Treasury will continue to own approximately 300 million shares of GM common stock, or approximately 19 percent of the outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis.  Government ownership of GM stock was the result of the auto industry rescue that began under President George W. Bush in 2008 and which was expanded by President Barack Obama in 2009. The industry in general, and GM in particular, have rebounded sharply since the rescue.  Since the rescue, GM has announced investments of more than $7.3 billion in the U.S. and created or retained more than 20,000 jobs.</p>Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:55:56 -0500kansas-city-stars City Stars<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Lot S135.1 - 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro</p></p></div><p></p><p> Mecum Auctions’ most recent collector car auction in Kansas City, Missouri, topped off a great year. The event brought $11.5 million in sales, boosted the year’s total to near the coveted $300 million mark. With 520 lots sold at the Kansas City Convention Center, a strong sell-through rate of 65 percent was reached.<br /> Kansas City’s crowning achievement and top sale was a 2012 COPO Camaro (Lot S135.1). This purpose-built, factory drag car hammered at $140,000. The Twister Specials, built exclusively for the ford Kansas City Sales District dealers, refused to be outdone in their own hometown. Lot S89 brought in $140,000 as well with the next lot (S90) bringing $130,000.<br /> Top 10 for Kansas City<br />1. 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro (Lot S135.1) $140,000<br />2. 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Edition 428 CI (Lot S89) $140,000<br />3. 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Edition 351 CI (Lot S90) $130,000<br />4. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Touring (Lot S74) $125,000<br />5. 1968 Shelby G.T. 500 Convertible (Lot S68.1) $120,000<br />6. 1935 Cadillac 355D convertible (Lot S82) $117,500<br />7. 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge (Lot S111) $92,500<br />8. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window coupe (Lot S76) $87,000<br />9. 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV (Lot S109) $82,000<br />10. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1967 Conversion (Lot S63) $81,000</p> <p>Kansas City served as a strong close to the great success of the 2012 Mecum auction season. With 16 auctions, Mecum has more than doubled the amount of cars offered, as well as yearly sales, since 2010.<br /> Mecum will kick off 2013 with a 10-day event in Kissimmee, Florida, January 18-27. Details are available at <a href=""></a></p>Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:30:46 -0500gamer-vette<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Chevrolet and Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC (SCEA) are giving gamers a first-of-its-kind driving experience by offering a camouflaged Corvette C7 Test Prototype as a vehicle download in the critically acclaimed PS3™ racing game Gran Turismo®5.</p><p>Chevrolet and Polyphony Digital Inc., the developers of the award-winning Gran Turismo® franchise, collaborated to provide an authentic driving experience in a seventh-generation Corvette prototype currently available to only a handful of people in the world.</p> <p>During the creation of the virtual Corvette prototype, careful attention was paid to the tiniest details from the creases and wrinkles in the soft camouflage used to disguise the new design to specific driving characteristics that are currently being tuned and refined ahead of the vehicle’s official debut in January.</p> <p>“Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing.  “Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience.”</p> <p>All six previous generations of the Corvette have been available to players of the Gran Turismo series since the game’s inception and the Chevrolet nameplate remains one of the most popular vehicles to race.  The camouflaged Corvette C7 Test Prototype is immediately available for download through the PlayStation® Store from the PlayStation®3 at no additional cost. It can be driven on some of the world’s renowned race tracks, including Daytona International Speedway and the infamous Nurburgring – one of the track surfaces used in testing to evaluate the new Corvette’s driving dynamics.</p> <p>“Gran Turismo has had many firsts and we’re excited to partner with Chevrolet for yet another – bringing the first-ever Chevrolet prototype vehicle into a racing game,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital, Inc. “As car enthusiasts, we’re thrilled to give fans this extraordinary level of access to the seventh generation Corvette that otherwise would not be possible.”</p> <p>Click <a title="C7 Prototype" href="">HERE</a> for a quick PS3 video featuring the Next-Gen Corvette</p>Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:57:17 -0500celebrating-henry Henry<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>A key part of Ford Motor Company’s heritage returns home as a Model A built in 1903 is again with the Ford family, kicking off the year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of company founder Henry Ford.<br />Considered the oldest surviving Ford vehicle, the 1903 Model A was unveiled to Ford Motor Company employees by Executive Chairman Bill Ford, who purchased the vehicle at an auction in October.<br />“The timing was perfect to bring this key part of Ford heritage back to the family as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of my great-grandfather’s birth and his vision to improve people’s lives by making cars affordable for the average family,” said Bill Ford. “His vision to build cars that are reasonably priced, reliable and efficient still resonates and defines our vision today as well.”<br />MotorCities National Heritage Area and the Henry Ford Heritage Association teamed up with more than 30 Henry Ford-related collaborators to coordinate the yearlong celebration of events. These activities, highlighting Ford’s legacy, contributions and influence, include tours, educational programming, dramatic re-enactments, lectures, integration and special events at auto shows and more.<br />A dedicated website, <a href=""></a>, includes an interactive timeline of Ford’s life, tours, a calendar of 2013 events and information about efforts to preserve Henry Ford’s heritage.</p>Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:23:13 -0500your-choice Choice?<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>December has been the month where we have highlighted cars with the Wow Factor. We’ve seen 12 of them, but we know there are a lot more out there. Was your favorite car included? Did we miss your favorite Mustang or Corvette? How about any forgotten classics like Dusters or Novas or Galaxies? A list of 12 is only a start, so let us know what we should add. We’ll be checking our facebook site and we welcome your view (and pictures, too).</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0500helping-the-needy the Needy<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) will launch a community-focused program in January 2013 titled “Giving a Break.”  The $100,000 museum initiative includes an alliance with United Way Pierce County (Washington) to distribute ACM tickets to the area’s economically challenged, including veterans, children and elderly persons.<br />“A large portion of the funding for our museum came from our community,” said ACM President and CEO David Madeira. “Consequently, we feel a deep obligation to give back to our city. The ‘Giving a Break’ program is about making our world-class attraction accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of income or economic challenges.  After all, this is America’s Car Museum.”<br />“We recognize the importance of local attractions supporting and giving back to their community,” said Rick Allen, president and CEO of United Way Pierce County.  “ACM’s Giving a Break initiative is aimed at making the arts available to everyone in Tacoma, which is something we strongly support.  In this economic climate, we are finding those at the lower end of the economic scale being more and more cut off from even everyday family activities.  Today, it’s difficult for some to afford a movie for the family, a park entrance fee or a ballgame.  We’re very enthusiastic to participate in this deserving local effort sponsored by America’s Car Museum.”<br />For more information on ACM’s Giving a Break program, visit <a href=""></a>.</p>Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:12:20 -0500unwrapping-the-lt1 The LT1<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>When the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette arrives late next year, it will be powered by a technologically advanced, racing-proven 6.2L V-8 delivering an estimated 450 horsepower and helping produce 0-60 times in less than four seconds.</p><p>The new Corvette LT1 engine, the first of the Gen 5 family of Small Block engines, combines several advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing to support an advanced combustion system.  Click <a title="LT1 Assembly" href="">HERE</a> for a two-minute, animated LT1 assembly video.</p> <p>“Our objective for the development of the all-new LT1 was to raise the bar for performance car engines,” said Mary Barra, senior vice president, global product development. “We feel that we have achieved that by delivering a true technological masterpiece that seamlessly integrates a suite of advanced technologies that can only be found on a handful of engines in the world.</p> <p>“What makes this engine truly special is the advanced combustion system that extracts the full potential of these technologies. The art and science behind that combustion system make the Corvette LT1 one of the most advanced V-8 engines in the world,” said Barra.</p> <p>Output, performance, and fuel economy numbers will not be finalized until early next year, but the new LT1 engine is expected to deliver:</p> <p>■The most powerful standard Corvette ever, with preliminary output of 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm)<br />■The quickest standard Corvette ever, with estimated 0-60 performance of less than four seconds<br />■The most fuel-efficient Corvette ever, exceeding the 2013 EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon on the highway.<br />“The Holy Grail for developing a performance car is delivering greater performance and more power with greater fuel economy and that’s what we’ve achieved,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette chief engineer. “By leveraging technology, we are able to get more out of every drop of gasoline and because of that we expect the new Corvette will be the most fuel-efficient 450 horsepower car on the market.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Advanced combustion system</strong></p> <p>“The Corvette LT1 represents the most significant redesign in the Small Block’s nearly 60-year history – building on its legacy to make one of the world’s best engines even better,” said Sam Winegarden, vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering. “More than just great horsepower, the LT1 has been optimized to produce a broader power band. Below 4,000 rpm, the torque of the Corvette LT1 is comparable to that of the legendary, 7.0L LS7 out of the current Corvette Z06. The LT1 is a sweetheart of a power plant and drivers will feel its tremendous torque and power at every notch on the tachometer.”</p> <p>Increased power and efficiency were made possible by an unprecedented level of analysis, including computational fluid dynamics, to optimize the combustion system, the direct injection fuel system, active fuel management and variable valve timing systems that support it. More than 10 million hours of computational analysis were conducted on the engine program, including 6 million hours (CPU time) dedicated to the advanced combustion system.</p> <p>Direct injection is all-new to the engine architecture and is a primary contributor to its greater combustion efficiency by ensuring a more complete burn of the fuel in the air-fuel mixture. This is achieved by precisely controlling the mixture motion and fuel injection spray pattern. Direct injection also keeps the combustion chamber cooler, which allows for a higher compression ratio. Emissions are also reduced, particularly cold-start hydrocarbon emissions, which are cut by about 25 percent.</p> <p>Active Fuel Management (AFM) – a first-ever application on Corvette – helps save fuel by imperceptibly shutting down half of the engine’s cylinders in light-load driving.</p> <p>Continuously variable valve timing, which GM pioneered for overhead-valve engines, is refined to support the LT1 AFM and direct injection systems to further optimize performance, efficiency and emissions.</p> <p>These technologies support the all-new, advanced combustion system, which incorporates a new cylinder-head design and a new, sculpted piston design that is an integral contributor to the high-compression, mixture motion parameters enabled by direct injection.</p> <p>The LT1 head features smaller combustion chambers designed to complement the volume of the unique topography of the pistons’ heads. The smaller chamber size and sculpted pistons produce an 11.5:1 compression ratio, while the head features large, straight and rectangular intake ports with a slight twist to enhance mixture motion. This is complemented by a reversal of the intake and exhaust valve positions, as compared to the previous engine design. Also, the spark plug angle and depth have been revised to protrude farther into the chamber, placing the electrode closer to the center of the combustion to support optimal combustion.</p> <p>The pistons feature unique sculpted topography that was optimized via extensive analysis to precisely direct the fuel spray for a more complete combustion. The contours of the piston heads are machined to ensure dimensional accuracy – essential for precise control of mixture motion and the compression ratio.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Race-proven state-of-the-art</strong></p> <p>The first Small Block V-8 debuted in the Corvette in 1955. It displaced 4.3L (265 cubic inches) and was rated at 195 horsepower, drawing air and fuel through a four-barrel carburetor. Five years later, V-8 power helped Corvette secure its first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>In 2012, the Small Block-powered Corvette Racing C6.R beat Ferrari, BMW and Porsche to sweep the drivers’, team, and manufacturer championships in production-based American Le Mans Series GT class. These championships make Corvette Racing the most successful team in ALMS history, with a total of 77 class wins, eight drivers’ championships, and nine manufacturer and team championships since 2001.</p> <p>“The engine requirements for a production car and a race car are remarkably similar,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer and program manager. “In both cases, you want an engine that is powerful and efficient, compact and lightweight, and durable. That combination is what made the original Small Block so successful. Today, the introduction of state-of-the-art technologies and engineering makes one of the best performance car engines in the world even better.”</p> <p>As an example, the new LT1 engine is 40 pounds lighter than a competitor’s twin-turbo 4.4L, DOHC V-8 with similar output. That weight savings not only improves the Corvette’s power-to-weight ratio, but also contributes to a near-perfect 50/50 weight balance for enhanced steering response and handling.</p> <p>The new LT1 is also four inches shorter in overall height than the competitive DOHC V-8. That also improves handling by lowering the center of gravity while enabling a low hood line – contributing to the Corvette’s iconic profile, as well as ensuring exceptional driver visibility.</p> <p>The new LT1 is the third engine in the Corvette’s history to be so-named, with previous versions introduced in 1970 (Gen 1) and 1992 (Gen 2). All iterations of the LT1 – and all Small Block engines – have shared a compact design philosophy that fosters greater packaging flexibility in sleek vehicles such as the Corvette.</p> <p>“The power and efficiency of the Small Block V-8 are hallmarks of Corvette performance,” said Lee. “But, the compact size and great power-to-weight are just as important for the overall driving experience. The all-new LT1 will play a huge role in making the all-new Corvette a world-class sports car, in terms of technology, performance, and refinement.”</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Engine features</strong></p> <p>The Gen 5 block was developed with math-based tools and data acquired in GM’s racing programs, providing a light, rigid foundation for an impressively smooth engine. Its deep-skirt design helps maximize strength and minimize vibration. As with the Gen 3 and Gen 4 Small Blocks, the bulkheads accommodate six-bolt, cross-bolted main-bearing caps that limit crank flex and stiffen the engine’s structure. A structural aluminum oil pan further stiffens the powertrain.</p> <p>The block features nodular iron main bearing caps, which represent a significant upgrade over more conventional powdered metal bearing caps. They are stronger and can better absorb vibrations and other harmonics to help produce smoother, quieter performance.</p> <p>Compared to the Gen 4 engine, the Gen 5’s cylinder block casting is all-new, but based on the same basic architecture. It was refined and modified to accommodate the mounting of the engine-driven direct injection high-pressure fuel pump. It also incorporates new engine mount attachments, new knock sensor locations, improved sealing and oil-spray piston cooling.</p> <p>The LT1 oiling system – including oil-spray piston cooling – was also optimized for improved performance. It is driven by a new, variable-displacement oil pump that enables more efficient oil delivery, per the engine’s operating conditions. Its dual-pressure control enables operation at a very efficient oil pressure at lower rpm coordinated with AFM and delivers higher pressure at higher engine speeds to provide a more robust lube system for aggressive engine operation.</p> <p>Standard oil-spray piston cooling sprays the underside of each piston and the surrounding cylinder wall with an extra layer of cooling oil, via small jets located at the bottom of the cylinders. For optimal efficiency, the oil jets are used only when they are needed the most: at start-up, giving the cylinders extra lubrication that reduces noise, and at higher engine speeds, when the engine load demands, for extra cooling and greater durability.</p> <p>An available dry-sump oiling system promotes exceptional lubrication system performance during aggressive driving maneuvers and high cornering loads. It includes two stages: a pressure stage and a scavenge stage. The pressure stage includes the new, dual-pressure-control and variable-displacement vane pump.</p> <p>Dexos semi-synthetic motor oil, with a 5W30 specification, helps reduce friction to further enhance the LT1’s efficiency.</p> <p>Compared to the Gen 4 Small Block, the camshaft remains in the same position relative to the crankshaft and is used with a new rear cam bearing, but it features an all-new “tri-lobe” designed lobe which exclusively drives the engine-mounted direct injection high-pressure fuel pump, which powers the direct-injection combustion system. The cam’s specifications include 14mm/13.3mm (0.551/0.524-inch) intake/exhaust lift, 200/207-crank angle degrees intake/exhaust duration at 0.050-inch tappet lift and a 116.5-degree cam angle lobe separation.</p> <p>The direct injection system features a very-high-pressure fuel pump, which delivers up to 15Mpa (150 bar). The high-pressure, engine-driven fuel pump is fed by a conventional fuel-tank-mounted pump. The direct injection pump is mounted in the “valley” between cylinder heads – beneath the intake manifold – and is driven by the camshaft at the rear of the engine. This location ensures any noise generated by the pump is muffled by the intake manifold and other insulation in the valley. </p> <p>One of the most distinctive features of the new engine is its domed rocker covers, which house the, patent-pending, integrated positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system that enhances oil economy and oil life, while reducing oil consumption and contributing to low emissions. The rocker covers also hold the direct-mount ignition coils for the coil-near-plug ignition system. Between the individual coil packs, the domed sections of the covers contain baffles that separate oil and air from the crankcase gases – about three times the oil/air separation capability of previous engines.</p> <p>The LT1’s intake manifold features a “runners in a box” design, wherein individual runners inside the manifold feed a plenum box that allows for excellent, high-efficiency airflow packaged beneath the car’s low hood line.</p> <p>Acoustic foam is sandwiched between the outside top of the intake manifold and an additional acoustic shell to reduce radiated engine noise, as well as fuel pump noise.</p> <p>The manifold is paired with an electronically controlled throttle, featuring an 87mm bore diameter and a “contactless” throttle position sensor design that is more durable and enables greater control.</p> <p>The LT-1 uses a cast version of the “four-into-one” short-header exhaust manifold design used on the Gen 4 LS7 engine. The cast header passages enable consistent exhaust flow into the “wide mouth” collector at the converter.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Additional features and technologies:</strong></p> <p>■A revised cooling system with an offset water pump and thermostat for more efficient performance<br />■Air induction humidity sensor ensures optimal combustion efficiency, regardless of the surrounding air’s humidity<br />■58X ignition system with individual ignition coil modules and iridium-tip spark plugs<br />■All-new “E92” engine controller.</p> <p><br /><strong>Gen 5 Small Block LT1 Specifications:</strong></p> <p><strong>Engine type:</strong>    90-degree V-8 with overhead valves; continuous VVT<br /><strong>Displacement:</strong>   6.2L (376 cubic inches)<br /><strong>Bore x Stroke (in / mm):</strong>  4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92<br /><strong>Cylinder block: </strong> cast aluminum with nodular main caps<br /><strong>Main bearing fasteners:</strong>  six, including two cross-bolts per cap<br /><strong>Crankshaft:</strong>    forged steel<br /><strong>Connecting rods:</strong>   powder metal, 6.125 inches in length<br /><strong>Pistons:</strong>    eutectic aluminum alloy <br /><strong>Compression ratio:</strong>   11.5:1<br /><strong>Cylinder heads:</strong>  319-T7 cast aluminum with 59.02cc combustion chambers<br /><strong>Valve angles (degrees):</strong>  12.5 intake, 12 exhaust<br /><strong>Intake valves:</strong>    2.13 inches (54mm) hollow<br /><strong>Exhaust valves:</strong>  1.59 inches (40.4mm) hollow sodium<br /><strong>Camshaft:</strong>    Hydraulic-type with tri-lobe for fuel-pump drive<br /><strong>Camshaft lift:</strong>    0.551-inch (14mm) intake / 0.524-inch (13.3mm) exhaust<br /><strong>Camshaft duration:</strong>  200-degrees intake / 207-degrees exhaust (at 0.050-inch)<br /><strong>Lobe separation angle:</strong>  116.5 degrees<br /><strong>Fuel delivery:</strong>    direct injection <br /><strong>Intake manifold:</strong>  “runners in a box” design; composite construction<br /><strong>Throttle:   </strong> 87mm electronically controlled throttle body<br /><strong>Ignition:</strong>    58X with individual coil-on-plug and iridium-tip spark plugs<br /><strong>Horsepower / kW:</strong>   450 / 335 (estimated)<br /><strong>Torque – lb.-ft. / Nm:</strong>   450 / 610 (estimated)<br /><strong>Max. engine speed</strong>  6,600 rpm (fuel cutoff)</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:44:12 -0500the-golden-age Golden Age<p><i>Barry Kluczyk</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Organized drag racing is at a crossroads.</p><p>Spectator attendance and participation in the bracket racing programs has declined in recent years. You can argue the advent of delay boxes and other launch aids has diminished the visceral thrill of the sport, but then again cars like Livernois Motorsports’ new Camaro ZL1 are just plain ruining it.</p> <p>Besides the track-only Bogart wheels and racing tires, this thing looks and drives like a showroom-fresh new car. This cannot be a racecar, but it has already gone 9.87 at 142 mph. In fact, Livernois’ Rick LeBlanc drove the car to the track, laid down that nine-second e.t. and drove the car home. Then he drove it to work the next day.</p> <p>It’s hard to get excited about the full-on race cars in the staging lanes when a car that looks like it belongs in the spectator parking lot rolls up with the AC on and quietly annihilates the asphalt and slinks off of the track while the driver fumbles for the “hair band” station on the satellite radio. Off the showroom floor, the ZL1 will nail 60 mph in four seconds flat and run up to a top speed of 184 mph. This one will better those numbers by a longshot. The good old days were never this good.</p> <p>“The ZL1 is an amazing piece,” says LeBlanc, who turned the nine-second blast during his first time at the track with the car. “We thought it would be quick, but to get so deeply into the 9s thrilled us. There’s a lot of potential here and we’re just getting started.”</p> <p>Chevrolet’s official testing posted “only” an 11.93 with an automatic-equipped model and an 11.96 with the Tremec six-speed manual. Livernois’ car packs the Hydra-Matic 6L90 automatic. Shaving more than two seconds from the factory’s best performance required cracking into the ZL1’s supercharged “LSA” 6.2-liter engine, which was rated at 580 horsepower before Livernois got a hold of it.</p> <p>They left the short block alone, which wasn’t a bad idea, because it already features a forged steel crankshaft and strong rods and pistons – although not the forged pistons found in the LSA’s higher-output brother, the 680hp LS9 of the Corvette ZR1. Nevertheless, the hypereutectic pistons have proven admirably strong and they’re cooled by integrated oil squirters that shoot oil at the bottoms of the pistons to enhance lubrication and keep them cooler under the heat-inducing load of maximum boost.</p> <p>Livernois swapped the cylinder heads for their own CNC-ported versions, which open up the intake passages for greater airflow, resulting in a solid 20 to 30 horsepower gain at the rear wheels. A set of dual-coil valve springs with titanium retainers and stock, 1.7-ratio rocker arms complete the assemblies. The heads are matched with the company’s Stage 2C High Lift camshaft, too, with specs that include .646-inch lift on both the intake and exhaust sides, 224/236 degrees of duration and a comparatively wide lobe separation angle of 117 degrees.</p> <p>The heads and cam are the primary drivers behind the engine’s stellar 707 rear-wheel horsepower output, which is nearly 850 horses at the crankshaft.</p> <p>The engine features racing-spec head studs, hardened pushrods, 63 lb-hr fuel injectors, a GM 90mm throttle body, cold NGK TR6 spark plugs, a 160-degree thermostat and Stainless Works two-inch long-tube headers. Feeding the engine is a dual fuel pump upgrade that ensures the LSA won’t go begging for juice at wide-open throttle. There’s a custom Precision Industries torque converter with a 2,600 rpm stall speed – although it stalls more around 3,500 rpm at the track.</p> <p>The Eaton-supplied 1.9-liter Roots-type blower for the LSA engine also received some attention, including the swap of the stock supercharger coupler for a solid one that eliminates the tendency for the stock one to rattle at low engine speed and wear on the supercharger shaft.</p> <p>Also, the stock 3.1-inch blower pulley was replaced with a smaller, 2.7-inch diameter pulley that enables the pair of four-lobe, high-helix rotors to spin faster and generate about four additional pounds of boost. It is balanced with a larger diameter balancer from Innovators West and a Metco oversized crank pulley ring. Finally, the blower is fed a greater dose of fresh air via a Rotofab-based cold-air intake system and the pressurized air charge is fed through a larger-than-stock heat exchanger that cools it considerably before it is forced into the combustion chambers.</p> <p>“We built the engine the way we develop packages for our customers,” says LeBlanc. “Since our experience has been so positive with it, we are now offering it as a package for $14,500.”</p> <p>We pressed LeBlanc on the chassis and suspension mods – and how much weight they cut out of the car to nudge it into the 9s. He swore on a stack of vintage car magazines that the rest of the car was as stock as the proverbial rock, with a race weight (including the driver) of 4,295 pounds.</p> <p>“Stock suspension, stock interior, stock everything,” he insisted. “We didn’t cut a pound out of the thing. Apart from the wheels and tires used at the track, it wore all the original equipment during the nine-second run.”</p> <p>At more than 4,000 pounds, there’s a lot of metal to move – and getting it up and moving effectively falls to a unique suspension system that was designed for hard, high-rpm launches. Compared to a Camaro SS, the ZL1 comes from the factory with a slew of unique components, including a stronger driveshaft and rear axle system.</p> <p>The rear axle has a large, 9.9-inch cast iron differential housing (the Camaro SS’s housing is aluminum), stronger axles and heavy-duty limited-slip differential. A rear differential cooler reduces temperatures in the differential by more than 100 degrees. Asymmetrical half-shafts – a 60mm hollow shaft on the right and a 33mm solid shaft on the left – offer different torsional stiffness rates, which work with the limited-slip differential to minimize the chance of wheel hop on hard launches. The rear stabilizer bar has drop links positioned outboard of the control arms, for more effective body roll control in turns, with crisp response to driver commands.</p> <p>Ensuring the Camaro ZL1 hauls down from hyperspace safely is the job of a braking system developed in conjunction with Brembo. Large 14.6-inch two-piece front rotors have six-piston calipers and the 14.4-inch rear rotors have four-piston calipers. It works very well and Livernois Motorsports left it alone.</p> <p>The ZL1 also benefits from the sophisticated Performance Traction Management (PTM) system. It integrates GM’s third-generation magnetic ride control – with driver-selectable Tour and Sport modes – with launch control, traction control, electronic stability control and electric power steering response to enhance performance.</p> <p>“The chassis/suspension set-up on the ZL1 is a thing of beauty and the engineers need to be commended for it,” says LeBlanc. “I’ve driven other modified Gen-5 Camaro SSs that didn’t feel nearly as stable and controllable on the track as the ZL1. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about going that fast in the car, but after the first pass, I knew I could go faster with any qualms. It’s that good.”</p> <p>It’s about this time in the average high-performance car feature that we discuss the other mods to the car, such as the interior upgrades. But again, there’s nothing to speak of. The leather/suede-like microfiber-trimmed cabin, with the flat-bottom steering wheel and boost gauge added to the “four pack” console gauges, is just as it was delivered from the dealership. Heck, we even had to ask LeBlanc to pull the factory plastic covers off the seats.</p> <p>“We don’t want to put a roll cage in the car,” says LeBlanc. “But now the drag strip guys know we’re too quick without one and they won’t let us run again.”</p> <p>The car’s very performance is making organized drag racing an endangered species. We love drag racing and know it won’t ever die, but as long daily-drivable strip killers like this one keep going quicker, we can’t help but wonder if the days of traditional bracket racing are numbered.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500the-long-over-haul Long (Over)Haul<p><i>Dave Verna</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1 The BPE kit came with pistons, rings, pins, Callies Compstar rods and the BPE crank. This will put us at 430 cubic inches without any extra modifications. The pistons come with a 1.5mm/1.5mm/3mm standard tension oil ring pack and have a 17cc dish to keep compression at a street friendly 10.5:1 with an aluminum head.</p></p></div><p>Let’s take a journey, step by step, through the process of building an engine.</p><p>The process is basically the same for every engine made, so everyone can take something from this story.</p> <p>We have worked with the guys at Fonse Performance before, and when we brought the idea of an engine build to them, letting us cover every single aspect, they didn’t blink, so prepare yourself for multiple installments of things you need to know before attempting a complete overhaul. We got down and dirty on this one and we’ll bring you along first-hand. You will be witnessing all the hard work, but it will pay off in the end with a reward of seeing the number we get on the dyno.</p> <p>We’ll cover all aspects of a performance build, but we’ll also show you several combinations you can duplicate from a mild street/strip engine through a progression of horsepower hunting. We’ll do the work for you, provide dyno testing to back up the results and you can duplicate what works best for you.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Foundation</p> <p>We started out wanting a small-block Mopar. For the last 10 years or so, the craze is to throw in a four-inch stroke crank to get more cubes and plenty of torque. We wanted to kick it up a notch and our first phone call was to Rod Bloomer at Bloomer Performance Engineering. This guy is strictly into the world of small-block Mopars and trying to break new ground delivering quality rotating assemblies at reasonable prices. Rod has developed several longer-stroke cranks and we elected to go with the 4.125-inch stroke to get us an additional 90 cubes from our 340 block. There are even longer strokes available, and while we could have easily went for more, the balancing act starts to take place as we could not have utilized all of the extra cubes with a stock style cylinder head, so it was deemed that the 4.125-inch would be our best bang for the buck.</p> <p>We started out with a 1979 “X” block we picked up from a project gone cold. The block had been machined, but sat in a garage for the better part of its life until we dropped it off at Fonse Performance. The machining done 10 years ago versus the precision available today is night and day and we plan to show it to you in the upcoming months.</p> <p>In engine building, it costs twice as much to do it right the second time around. Keep in mind that things add up fast and there are always incidentals you did not consider that will inevitably pop up. These are budget-killers and generally the point when some start skimping. One wrong part can take out thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours, and your new engine! If at all possible, it is best to wait to get the right part than to rush any part of the job.</p> <p>Be realistic and consider your options. It is best to set up a general guideline so you can get to your goals by a few different routes, then consider the best route. If you want an all-out racing engine, then list it. If you want a street/strip set-up, fine. If you want a 99 percent street set-up, you need to be honest with yourself and your intended usage and list the requirements you are considering.</p> <p>There is nothing wrong with planning for the future either. Say you want a street/strip engine that you’ll be putting in a fun car. Say you are currently looking to drive it to the track and race. You might benefit in an over-built bottom end to handle a shot of nitrous or maybe the day when you want to go faster. It all has to be considered; just be realistic in your goals as all of this is a compromise. Think of it as a scale with the words “street” on one side and “strip” on the other. Your decisions go under one side or the other; you can’t exactly have both in terms of parts. you would not throw a huge carb and lumpy cam in a street car, and by the same token you would not throw a small single-barrel and stock intake on a race car.</p> <p> </p> <p>The Machine Shop</p> <p>The fact is that most enthusiasts would love to build the engine themselves. The flip side of that coin is that most people don’t have the correct tools and know-how to complete every aspect. While final assembly is a rewarding experience, the details that go on before the final bolt-up are what count and make for a successful and long engine life.</p> <p>We selected a performance machine shop in our area who does all work-in house. It made for a great story and also makes it much easier to track progress and have accountability of your build. You need to find a place you can trust to do the work right. An interview with the shop will quickly give you a feel for the atmosphere where your engine will reside. If you don’t get the warm fuzzies during your interview, then it might be best to address it or look for another shop.</p> <p>View it as a job interview — for them! The shop needs to be able to present themselves in a professional manner. A guided tour of the facility will go a long way in terms of getting to know a shop and what they can do for you. If the shop is clean and well maintained, along with a track record of being in business for a length of time, you know you are headed in the right direction. Tooling has a lot to do with the quality of the product. Look for modern machinery, such as the machines we will show you in the upcoming months, to determine if the shop has your best interests.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Start Out Right</p> <p>You sit down and figure every part you need for your build, only to discover a few missed pieces along the way. While we didn’t miss the big things like pistons, or gaskets, we did have a few last minute orders to keep us chewing those greasy fingernails, waiting for the delivery truck! With the Internet at your disposal it is hard not to start clicking away and have a sizeable order put together in no time flat. Summit Racing played a valuable role in the acquisition of a ton of parts. It’s best to get a list together after you have set your goals and go over it several times to make sure your bases are covered.</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500when-two-worlds-collide Two Worlds Collide<p><i>Story provided</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1 The project began with a fire damaged 1968 Camaro RS convertible that was a total loss.</p></p></div><p>In a lab in central Illinois, a team of State Farm automotive repair experts has been conducting hands-on research on vehicles since the early 1990s.</p><p>Routinely, they take apart vehicles or study specific parts with the goal of finding the best and most cost-efficient way to repair damage. And as car designs and systems become more complex, these experts also help State Farm correctly diagnose damage, all in an effort to hold down insurances rates.</p> <p>They’re also a bunch of gearheads. And that’s what brings us to this story.</p> <p>With the spike in collector car prices in 2005, the company’s team needed to find a way to help agents and underwriters understand that the car type and its condition are critical to properly assessing the value for classics.</p> <p>As the country’s top auto insurer, State Farm is committed to accurately valuing and insuring autos, explained Earl Hyser, who heads the company’s Vehicle Research Facility. “Our people need to be well trained,” Hyser said. “The customer and we have to agree on the value of a collector car before we insure it — we state that value on the policy.”</p> <p>The value is used to determine the amount of premium a customer pays and, if a loss occurs, may be a factor in a claim settlement. “We don’t want to provide too little coverage or too much coverage – that’s not good for anyone,” Hyser said.</p> <p>The team came up with a plan centered on the idea of creating two training aids, a fully restored vehicle and a modified one. The idea was to show the attributes of a full rotisserie restoration and what certain vehicle modifications may look like, how they’re performed and whether they impact the value of a vehicle.</p> <p>But building, storing and mobilizing two vehicles didn’t make sense. That’s when they hatched the idea of building both training aids into one vehicle.</p> <p>To build their training aid, they used a 1968 Camaro RS convertible that, following an engine compartment fire, was deemed a total loss. The car came from the factory with a 327 cubic inch engine and an automatic transmission. It was a non-air car with a standard interior.</p> <p>Even before the fire damage, the car was in rough condition. The left rear unibody rail, or rear frame rail, was rusted away at the left leaf spring mounting perch. The car had three sets of floor pans that had been welded on top of each other over the years and the majority of the rust holes in the floor and rocker panels were patched with roof flashing from the home market and mudded up with plastic filler. The workmanship was very poor. The engine had been replaced at some point with a mid-’70s 350.</p> <p>This car was far from being a relevant historical vehicle. It would be best served in its current state.</p> <p>The driver’s side was built back to its factory build specifications, including using the Butternut Yellow paint color, with some minor modifications that few would be able to identify. In keeping with industry expectations, this side of the Camaro was “over restored.”</p> <p>“The driver’s side of the car never looked this good, not even when it was new in 1968!” Hyser said.</p> <p>If judged for originality or appraised as a complete restoration, there are a few things that may influence the outcome. For example, Hyser explained, the restored side should have wheel opening moldings, but they were removed. That side also had the larger chrome moldings at the belt line of the door and the quarter but they removed them and used the small felt trim. The headlamp door is completely black as compared to the grille.</p> <p>Hyser said that research shows that Camaro RS models built after mid-May 1968 could have had an all-black grille as opposed to the chrome on the center grille because there was a design change at that time. The exhaust header is not correct for this particular vehicle. The transmission was upgraded to a modern four-speed automatic. The subtleties go on and on.</p> <p>“These kinds of changes are some of the topics we cover in company training about vehicle restorations, appraisals, vehicle provenance, historical relevance and vehicle attributes that may impact a vehicle’s market value,” Hyser said.</p> <p>Some have asked why the team put a rally wheel with a red line tire on the front and a standard steel wheel with a full wheel cover on the rear, including the bias ply white wall tire. “We did this to illustrate a teaching point,” Hyser said. “Some vehicles could be optioned with various components. Plus, it wasn’t unheard of for a customer to buy a car, but have the dealer switch out the preferred wheels and tires from another similar car.</p> <p>“Does it impact value? Maybe, or maybe not,” he says.</p> <p>But there is another side to this story. “There’s so much going on with this side of the car it’s impossible to cover it all,” Hyser said about the intentionally modified portion of the Camaro.</p> <p>This side represents a modified 1968 Camaro SS convertible. Hyser added that some incorrectly believe it represents a 1967 Camaro, probably because the team shaved both side marker lights from the car.</p> <p>We’ll start with the most controversial area. Some parts of the sheetmetal were repaired with the same sub-standard processes they found when they stripped down the vehicle. “We did this to show that you never know what’s under the paint unless you’ve got documentation of the build,” he said. “Any skilled body man or painter will tell you they can hide anything under the paint. We wanted to prove the point: beauty, if only skin – or paint – deep, on the modified side of our Camaro.”</p> <p>Many of the team’s modifications enabled the demonstration of whether the value of a particular vehicle was impacted.</p> <p>“For example, imagine modifying a 1968 Camaro two-door hardtop with a six cylinder automatic by shaving the door handles,” Hyser suggested. “Would that negatively impact the car’s value? Now, let’s say we did the same thing to a 1968 big-block, numbers-matching RS/SS two-door hardtop, four-speed car. Calm down. We’d never do that, but you can see where those modifications may alter the value of this vehicle.”</p> <p>Some of the modifications performed for teaching points to the modified side of the car include shaving the door handle and lock as well as side marker lights and emblems, shaving the bumper bolts for a smoother look, swapping out the control arms for tubular arms with polyurethane bushings, swapping out the factory drum brakes for large caliper disc brakes, adding a subframe connector, adding custom-built stainless steel exhaust (side exit) with ceramic-coated header, adding nitrous that’s plumbed into the base plate of the carb, adding a hand-built air cleaner, adding one-off carbon fiber front wheel liner, replacing front valance parking light with a custom built carbon fiber brake duct attached to back side of opening, grafting an SS hood to the flat RS hood, adding full custom leather interior and cloth convertible top and spraying with a waterborne red basecoat with a high-solids clear on top, sanded and rubbed to a mirror smooth finish.</p> <p>“We take our role in insuring collector cars very seriously and we want to continue to develop and grow our highly skilled associates and agents,” Hyser said. “What better way to show that we truly understand collector cars than to use our passion and skills to build this one-of-a-kind training aid and share its purpose with all enthusiasts?</p> <p>“We’re really proud of our work on this car and continue to enjoy the positive comments we receive, not to mention the outright gawking we witness when we bring it to a new venue for training or to exhibit. Folks who see the car always want to know if it runs. It would run, but there are no fluids in the car so that it can be shown in any setting without the fear of leaking fluids. If you have the opportunity to see it first hand at a trade show, you’ll realize it’s a work of art.”</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500the-winner-is Winner Is<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Kimberly-Clark Professional, the makers of SCOTT® Pro Shop Towels, have announced Tony Semenuk of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, as the SCOTT® Pro Shop Towels “Take the Challenge” Sweepstakes winner. As the winner, Semenuk will receive a 2012 Dodge® Challenger® SRT on SPIKE TV’s Powerblock program alongside Penske Racing Driver, Sam Hornish, Jr. The reveal airs December 15th and 16th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on SPIKE TV. Semenuk’s entry was one of more than 105,000 entries in the “Take the Challenge” Sweepstakes<br />“When I saw the “Take the Challenge” Sweepstakes, I knew I had to enter. I use SCOTT® Pro Shop Towels in my garage and am a total car guy,” said Semenuk. “The idea of winning a 2012 Dodge® Challenger® SRT and being part of a Powerblock program taping was an opportunity of a lifetime. I can’t wait for the Powerblockshow to air so I can share my excitement with my friends and family.”<br />Car enthusiasts were asked to enter the SCOTT® Pro Shop Towels “Take the Challenge” Sweepstakes from March 10 – October 15, 2012, either online or via a mail-in entry. As the Grand Prize winner of the “Take the Challenge” Sweepstakes, Semenuk also received a trip for two to Nashville, Tenn., a customized Cover Craft Car Cover, and a one-year supply of SCOTT® Pro Shop Towels.<br />“We are thrilled to announce Tony Semenuk as the “Take the Challenge” Sweepstakes winner,” said Charlotte Ciccone, Associate Marketing Manager for Kimberly-Clark Professional. “Tony has a true passion for cars and do-it-yourself auto projects – he even uses SCOTT® Pro Shop Towels in his own garage. We’re excited to give an authentic car fanatic this great prize. We know Tony will enjoy many hours on the road with his new Dodge® Challenger® SRT.”</p>Thu, 13 Dec 2012 09:14:25 -0500the-rest-of-the-story Rest of the Story<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Arcadia Publishing has added a new entry in the popular Images of America series. This new book follows the previously released <em>Chevrolet 1911-1960</em> by Michael W.R. Davis. The latest book, also written by Davis, is entitled <em>Chevrolet: 1960-2012</em> and completes the history.<br />From 1960 to 2012, the U.S. auto industry and Chevrolet experienced fundamental changes in their products and business plans. In the 50-plus years illustrated in this book, two basic changes in the marketing of motor vehicles are evident: the rising proportion of trucks among all vehicles sold and the incursion of European and Asian brands into the market. Even though the number of different Chevrolet passenger car models tripled, total car sales for the brand fell. <em>Chevrolet: 1960-2012</em> relates the year-to-year evolution via what was once the largest-selling make.<br />This 128-page volume, which sells for $21.99, traces the second half (1960-2012) of Chevrolet’s 100-year history in photographic detail and provides an unparalleled spotter guide for long-forgotten or never-known Chevrolet cars and trucks.<br />It is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or <a href=""></a></p>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:39:49 -0500wow-factor-day-12 Factor Day 12<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>2010 Camaro</p></p></div><p></p><p>The arrival of the fifth generation Camaro instilled the modern muscle car wars in its greatest glory, offering competition once again to the Mustang and newly re-introduced Dodge Challenger. GM made a complete commitment to designing a car with universal appeal and no shortage of performance attributes. The car has continued to get attention since its 2010 model year release and numerous special editions keep the buyer interest high as distinctive styling and a strong color palette are offered.</p>Wed, 12 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500yager-gives-insider-s-view Gives Insider's View<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Mid America Motorworks Chief Cheerleader, Mike Yager, will be participating in the 6th Annual Corvette Market Insider’s seminar at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.</p><p>The seminar will take place on January 17, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Mike Yager with Jim Jordan, Kevin Mackay, Terry Michaelis, Lance Miller, Michael Pierce and Roy Sinor, will discuss significant events in the Corvette community over the past year and fair market prices for C1-C6 Corvettes. Mike Yager has been a participant in the seminar since 2010.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:44:34 -0500wow-factor-day-11 Factor Day 11<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1965 Mustang</p></p></div><p></p><p>The reveal of the Mustang on April 17, 1964 was one of the most pivotal events in all of automotive history. The car was shown at the New York World’s fair and simultaneous TV commercials on the three major networks drove thousands to car dealers. The success exceeded all estimates and has led to the longest continuous running brand of car in domestic production with its 50th anniversary in 2014 a highly anticipated event.</p>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500all-about-woody About Woody<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Fetherston Publishing has released a limited edition “treasure box” that will rev the engine of any die-hard classic automobile fan. The 400-page book has already achieved a string of five-star reviews from some of the automobile world’s most respected critics and the company will produce a limited run of their exclusive Treasure Box of Classic Woodys swag.<br />At the heart of the package is a 400-page book, built around 19 chapters, which captures the history of OEM station wagons, sedans, and convertibles, numerous one-offs, special builds, hot rods and even a chapter on the fake (aka wallpaper) Woodys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.<br />Opening out to 24 x 12 inches, readers can enjoy learning about the history of woody wagons. There’s a chapter on types of trees used to build Woodys, and also on the decals of the world of surfing.<br /><em>Fetherston’s Treasure Box of Classic Woodys</em> is delivered in a custom maple and mahogany box, which resembles a woody tailgate. The presentation includes the book, a Dime Store toy woody wagon, a wood sample set, vintage and contemporary surf decals, classic woody postcards, and two genuine postage stamps for inclusion in the frontispiece.<br />This intriguing and highly valued boxed set offers something extra special for the Woody fan this Christmas. It is priced at $459 (including free domestic shipping). The print run was only 500. For information, visit <a href=""></a></p>Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:22:27 -0500wow-factor-day-10 Factor Day 10<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1970 Plymouth Superbird</p></p></div><p></p><p>Developing technology on the race track and taking it to the streets isn’t a new idea.  The Plymouth Superbird became better known than its year-older counterpart, the Dodge Daytona, thanks in part to the Road Runner cartoon graphics and unique horn. The long, tall tail, used for the aero wars of the superspeedway tracks, added to the styling characteristics that got immediate attention on the streets. There was simply nothing like it, but it only lasted one year.</p>Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500wow-factor-day-9 Factor Day 9<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1955 Chevy Bel Air</p></p></div><p></p><p>They called it “The Hot One” and the 1955 Chevy Bel Air did everything it could to live up to that name. Powered by the new V-8 engine, it really came to life with the addition of the Power Pack option. A proud member of the “Tri-Five Chevy” group, the car offered styling for the period that was ahead of its domestic competitors. Like the ’57 Chevy that would follow, the ’55 was a choice for rodders and cruisers.</p>Sun, 09 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500student-trees Trees<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>The AACA Museum is excited to have Christmas trees decorated by local school students on display this year for the Spectacular Christmas Celebration. East Hanover Elementary School, Hershey High School, Lower Dauphin High School, Steelton High School, Upper Dauphin Middle School, and Robert G. Reid Elementary schools have decorated six different trees to show their holiday cheer!<br />The students will display their trees until January 6, 2013. The community and museum visitors will vote for your favorites. The top three schools with the most votes will win Visa gift cards. Third place will win $50, second place takes home $100 and first place will receive $150.<br />Along with the students’ trees, the museum has decorated our own themed trees. This year includes a Teddy Bear tree, the Grinch that Stole Christmas tree, Santa Claus tree, Snowman tree, favorite things of girls and boys trees, Coke™ tree and our new PEZ™ Dispenser tree.<br />While browsing through the Winter Wonderland, the museum will continue to have dozens of antique cars, buses, motorcycles and more on display for car lovers. To add to the holiday spirit, Ernie the Taxi from "It's a Wonderful Life" along with Herbie from "Herbie Rides Again" will be on display.<br />As a special Christmas treat, the indoor drive-in theatre will be showing seven different films.<br />Other holiday activities will continue throughout the month of December so be sure to check out the Museum's website (<a href=""></a> for more information. And don't forget to visit the museum to vote for your favorite student - decorated tree.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2012 08:35:56 -0500wow-factor-day-8 Factor Day 8<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1970 Olds 442</p></p></div><p></p><p>The car got its name from the 400 cubic inch engine, four-barrel carburetor and twin exhausts. It became a separate model from the Cutlass or F-85 for 1968-1971. Designed as in-house competition for Pontiac, the Oldsmobile entry came into its own, especially with a partnership with Hurst that was more than just a shifter upgrade. The car paced the 1970 Indianapolis 500 and drew plenty of attention, especially with the introduction of W-30 performance package.</p>Sat, 08 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500takin-it-to-the-track' It To The Track!<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is proud to welcome the Racers Against Street Racing (RASR) brand to its network.</p><p>This long-standing SEMA effort is devoted to promoting safe and legal alternatives to illegal street racing.  The message of this nationwide organization is simple:  IF YOU WANT TO RACE, GO TO A RACETRACK. The goal of RASR is to provide resources to allow racing enthusiasts to participate in automotive-related events throughout the U.S in a safe and controlled environment.</p> <p>The reconfigured RASR website now includes newsworthy topics, a state-by-state race track locator, downloadable public service announcements, SEMA model legislation and more.</p> <p>“RASR’s mission aligns extremely well with the SAN’s general goal to protect the automotive hobby,” noted SAN Director Colby Martin.  “By arming performance enthusiasts with the means to promote legal and responsible behavior on the street, RASR will help strengthen and expand the SAN’s impact on this exciting automotive niche.”</p> <p>To learn more about RASR, visit <a href=""></a>. </p>Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:56:50 -0500wow-factor-day-7 Factor Day 7<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1992 Dodge Viper</p></p></div><p></p><p>New, different and bold were some of the ways the Dodge Viper was described when it was created in 1992. Officially called the RT/10, the world got its first look when the car was used to pace the 1991 Indianapolis 500, substituting for the Stealth. A team of 85 engineers designed the car, powered by a V-10 engine that had help from Lamborghini powertrain experts. The Viper has made a comeback for 2013 as the SRT Viper.</p>Fri, 07 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500lutz-honored Honored<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-indent: 0.5in;"><em></em><span style="font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin;">EyesOn Design will present a new award - the Design Catalyst Award - on Tuesday, January 15, during the North American International Auto Show.<br />The EyesOn Design Awards honor the best production and concept cars making their North American or worldwide debut at the Detroit North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The EyesOn Design Awards are selected by a panel of 25 active and retired design heads of automotive OEMs, transportation design chairs from top art schools, and an occasional designer from another field.<br />The Design Catalyst Award joins the Best Designed Concept Vehicle Award and the Best Designed Production Vehicle Award.<br />The Design Catalyst Award goes to an individual who recognizes the great among the many good designers, and serves to enable their continued success. The inaugural award will be presented by Wayne Cherry to Bob Lutz, of whom it has been said "he is responsible for more vehicle styling on the world's roads while at BMW, GM, Ford and Chrysler than any man alive".<br />Cherry, retired Vice President of Design at General Motors, credits Bob Lutz as the executive who empowered the successful string of vehicles in the Cherry era at General Motors.  Cherry himself will receive the EyesOn Design 2013 Lifetime Design Achievement Award next June as part of the EyesOn Design summer week of activities.<br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin;">A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO's research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired. The DIO is a division of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.</span><em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin;"><br /> <br /></span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-latin;"> </span></p>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:37:27 -0500ten-more-than-before More Than Before<p><i>Story Andy Bolig / Images Bill Erdman</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>We’re a unique lot, us auto enthusiasts. When given the opportunity, more often than not, we want more than what we’ve currently been blessed with.</p><p>Say for example, you’ve got this gorgeous base-model midyear Corvette. Do you find yourself saying, “Yeah, it’s not a high-horsepower version but …” And, if you have a great-running small-block, do you find yourself secretly pining for a large valve-covered one? If you were lucky enough to find a big-block under the hood of your ride, would a triangulated air cleaner make it better? Ultimately, if you had all that, where would you go from there?</p> <p>In the case of Guy and Pat Marwick, their 1967 Sting Ray already had a tri-power big block under the hood. They didn’t say whether it was initially a 390 or 435-horse version but either way, they still had aspirations for their favored midyear. No matter what engine a midyear might have been installed with, there’s always one option that trumps them all in the eyes of the performance enthusiast – L88.</p> <p>On paper, it looks like the L88 might give up a few ponies to the larger tri-powered engine, but don’t be fooled. While the GM books show the L88 at 430hp and the L71-equipped (tri-power) version at 435, there was a story not being told by GM. The L71’s listed 435 horsepower rating was acquired at its peak of 5,600 rpm. Obviously, the L88 was ABLE to reach its listed horsepower of 430, but what wasn’t said, was that it did it about 1,000 rpm below its max engine speed, where horsepower danced around 560. Picking a rating from earlier in the engine’s rpm range kept insurance companies, government agencies and even GM’s top brass from looking too closely at the option that was designed specifically for racing.</p> <p>In Guy and Pat’s situation, wanting more meant that the multi-carbed intake would need to go, being replaced with a factory-style single-four intake, topped off with that oh-so-cool bird’s nest of a flame retarder on top. Making use of the discarded item, it was exchanged for the L88-necessary items that would allow Guy and Pat to convert their Corvette into the car they wanted. They swapped it for an NOS cowl-induction hood and a radio-delete dash. Now turning a Corvette into an L88 clone, or tribute car, takes more than simply a hood and a dash, so other items were sourced that would make the change more authentic. The special J56 (Special HD Brakes) were added, along with a whining M22 transmission and of course, that beast of an engine that makes the RPO the darling of many an enthusiast.</p> <p>Rainmakers at GM had more reasons to downgrade the L88 than simply circumventing various agencies. The engine, while a god in a horsepower-hungry world, really wasn’t suited for on-road driving with its 12.5 to 1 compression and wildly-timed camshaft. Also, it didn’t have a choke, which made it finicky until the engine reached operating temperature. Since Guy was creating his car to suit his standards, he was free to depart from the parts listings in various restoration manuals and opted to defer to drivability, rather than numbers-matching. The “351 block” was built to operate like the vaunted L88, but was designed with a slightly lower compression to run on pump gas. He used a COMP Cams’ camshaft that was much more suited to street driving. It still operates the valves in those original aluminum GM heads, which have been ported and polished for a little more flow. Before the entire powerful package was assembled, everything was balanced and blueprinted.</p> <p>The rest of the package is equally impressive. The color combination of black and red is visually appealing and striking. Lacking comforts such as a heater or radio, the car cradles the passengers in leather seating, allowing them to comfortably enjoy the sound of the engine. The duet of that M22 “rock-crusher” transmission and those sidepipes is surely more melodic over anything the airways might have to offer. The red interior is still seasoned with hints of chrome from more meaningful items, rather than from some silly radio dials on the dash. The interior color bubbles up over the cowl and onto the Stinger of that requisite big-block hood.</p> <p>The entire package comes together to show not only what an L88-equipped ’67 Corvette can do, but also what it can be with some modern advancements. Whether you agree with the practice of building “tribute” or clone cars, you can’t argue that Guy and Pat’s Corvette is an awesome one. Something that many enthusiasts, whether secretly or openly, would love to have in their garages. The Marwicks can empathize with them all but likewise stand as an example that you don’t have to be content with only a dream.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500what-s-on-your-plate's on Your Plate?<p><i>Earl Duty</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>Our story begins with a call from Larry Clevenger, the owner of an original, unrestored 1938 Ford two-door sedan, with the 60hp flathead engine.</p><p>His problem: the clutch would not disengage when depressing the clutch pedal. This naturally led to lots of gear grinding when trying to put the transmission in any gear. An adjustment of the clutch rod had no effect on the clutch disengagement. After the challenge of removing the clutch assembly had been overcome, a visual inspection revealed that the source of the problem was due to a broken section on the clutch pressure plate.</p> <p>In my world of replacing a clutch system, it is a normal procedure to replace four basic parts to the assembly, i.e. clutch pressure plate, clutch disc, clutch release bearing, and the pilot bushing (or bearing). You should also have the flywheel resurfaced.</p> <p>After an Internet search, plus phone calls, I located a NOS (new old stock) 8½-inch pressure plate, new clutch release bearing, and pilot bearing. The challenge of locating an 8½-inch clutch disc would finish our parts round-up. The four suppliers of clutch parts I contacted simply said “send us the old clutch disc, and, we will rebuild it. We have no new 8½-inch discs for that application.”</p> <p>I recalled from my 12-year employment at Smedley’s Chevrolet in Vandalia, Ohio, there’s a company we had used for clutch rebuilding called Dayton Clutch & Joint. A phone call later with Keith Knight (company president) resulted in him saying, “Sure, we can rebuild that.” Well, this was too easy, in that I live approximately 30 miles from the facility. Long story short, I dropped the disc off and it was rebuilt as good as new. Had I not found a NOS pressure plate, they could have rebuilt the old one (the owner of the car requested I use the NOS pressure plate).</p> <p>Walter Knight started Dayton Clutch & Joint in 1956, and now over 50 years later, president Keith Knight and his crew are still rebuilding complete clutch systems. They also reline brakes, manufacture driveshafts, supply exhaust systems, etc. For a list of their services at both Dayton Clutch & Joint and Lima Clutch & Joint, check out their website.</p> <p>Their clutch rebuilding section boasts, “ANY CLUTCH EVER MADE.” So I asked the question; how large and how small? Keith’s reply, “we do large 15½ by 2-inch spline double discs, and go as small as four to five inches. Cone clutches would need to be inspected by us for availability of specific rebuild material.”</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500parts-in-perkasie YardsParts in Perkasie<p><i>Joe Sharretts</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>These days, it is very rare to find a salvage yard that has been run by the same family for over 50 years.</p><p>It is even more unusual to find that each generation of the family is on board with keeping the vintage theme. We have found such a place. It’s Geese Auto Salvage in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Perkasie.</p> <p>Started in 1960, Geese Auto Salvage holds over 1,000 cars and trucks (about 600 of these are new and 400 are old) with no plans to dwindle down the vintage fleet unless one is sold complete. Once checking in at the front office, you will pass large piles of scrap metal for recycling, which represents the other half of the business.</p> <p>There are two yard sections and the lower yard houses at least 600 cars, 100 of which range from 1935 to 1980. The balance is modern (1980 and up). The vintage pieces are all mixed in with the new. There are about 400 cars in the upper yard, of which 300 of these range from 1946 to 1980. Some of the vehicles are for sale as whole units only, but most are for parts.</p> <p>There are only a few vehicles from the ’30s and ’40s and only about a dozen ’50s examples in the yard. The other 350 plus vehicles are from 1960-1980 with most being from the late ’60s and early ’70s. While all makes and models are represented, we did note that there was an unusually high number of Javelins (seven) and Mustang IIs (eight). Both of these are unusual salvage yard finds.</p> <p>Geese saves everything old that they can, unless it is less than a shell or just in the way. You may browse all you like but please leave everything as you found it. Only an employee may remove a part.</p> <p> </p> <p>About the Yard</p> <p>Geese Auto Salvage is located at 1071 Spruce Lane, Perkasie, PA 18944. To contact the yard, call (215) 795-2302. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8-5 and Saturday from 8-12.</p> <p>From US113N, make a left onto Elephant Rd. and go three miles. Then, make a right onto Sweet Briar for a ¼ mile. Finally, make a right onto Spruce Lane and go for a half mile. Yard is on the left.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500parts-shopper-12 ShopperParts Shopper<p><i>By Eric Kaminsky</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Ford coupe body<br />Dennis Carpenter is now offering brand new, all-steel 1940 Ford coupe bodies. These reproductions by Real Deal Steel, exclusive to Carpenter, are assembled using fixtures and spot welding techniques employed in modern car manufacturing. They are constructed of high-strength, 19-gauge steel, with heavier 16-gauge steel inner bracing. The interior and trunk area floorpans are made to original specifications and will fit original or aftermarket 1940 frames. Two styles are available: with doors and decklid hinged and mounted, or without these items. Two firewall choices are also available: one with the original Ford configuration and the other with a smooth five-inch recess for street rods. All pieces are coated with a silver weld-through primer. The company also sells reproduction steel front fenders, doors, decklids floor pans and other 1940 sheetmetal separately.<br />Dennis Carpenter<br />(704) 786-8139<br /></p> <p>Art deco gauges<br />Give your classic car an art deco feel with the Cruiser AD line of gauges from Auto Meter. The tri-tone dials are backlit with LEDs and have an illuminated white pointer, and are finished with chrome bezels and domed lenses. Gauges come in two sizes, and include a tachometer and electronic programmable speedometer (both 33/8 inches), and fuel level, water temperature, oil pressure and voltmeter (all 21/16-inch).<br />Auto Meter, (866) 248-6356<br /></p> <p>Turn signal assembly<br />Replace a broken or missing parking light and turn signal on your 1951 Chevrolet with this assembly from Bob’s Classic Chevy. The 12-volt unit fits all 1951 models, and comes complete with lens, bucket, wiring and chrome bezel. It can be used or the left or right hand side. The company also sells complete taillight assemblies.<br />Bob’s Classic Chevy, (866) 572-4389<br /></p> <p>Hidden antenna<br />RetroSound U.S.A.’s new hidden antenna can help improve AM/FM radio reception without a visible mast on your vehicle’s fender or roof that can get broken or stolen. The unit features a 105-inch antenna cable and power lead, so it can be placed virtually anywhere in your vehicle. It utilizes a standard Motorola plug and ties into the radio power antenna lead. Reception is improved though active magnetic field circuitry.<br />RetroSound, (909) 364-1372<br /></p> <p>Extension cord holder<br />If you’re tired of trying to unravel kinked extension cords, then the RoboReel from Great Stuff might be the solution. Made from high-impact plastic, it is lightweight and portable, plus resistant to gas, oil and other chemicals. It comes with 50 feet of heavy-duty 12-gauge cord already installed, and includes dual thermostats and a 15-amp circuit breaker to prevent overheating. There is also a three-outlet receptacle at the end of the extension cord. The cord is rewound into the unit at the touch of a button, and a sensor stops it from being rewound if there is any obstruction. An emergency power shut-off turns off the unit in less than a second if the cord is completely severed to prevent electrical injuries. The cord will not retract while in use.<br />RoboReel<br />(888) 478-7883<br /></p> <p>SS emblem<br />Replace a missing or worn front fender Super Sport emblem on your 1969-’72 Chevelle with this reproduction piece from TrimParts. Each emblem is diecast zinc, which is then chrome plated for a show-quality shine. The letters are then hand painted. Sold in pairs, they are licensed GM Restoration Parts.<br />TrimParts<br />(513) 934-0815<br /></p> <p>Serpentine conversion kit<br />Add more excitement to your 326ci to 455ci Pontiac V-8 with the Revolver serpentine conversion kit from March Performance. Featuring a one-piece alternator and air conditioning bracket, the kit comes complete with a Powermaster or Tuff Stuff alternator, alternator pulley with fan and nose cover, matching chrome A/C compressor and nose cover, water pump, large diameter crank pulley, three idlers, belt tensioning tool and all necessary mounting hardware. If the engine is equipped with power steering, then there is a GM Type 2 power steering pump, canister steering pump, pulley and bracket with hardware. Options include a billet remote power steering reservoir and stainless steel braided power steering hose kits. Finishes include your choice of maintenance-free clear or black powdercoating.<br />March Performance, (888) 729-9070<br /></p> <p>Adjustable shifter handle<br />If you’ve swapped the transmission in your ride, but can’t get the shifter to feel right, then Twist Machine LLC may have the answer. The company’s adjustable shifter handle has seven different positions to place the knob exactly where you want it. It will fit any transmission with a flat stub and bolts 7/8-inch apart. CNC-machined from 6061 T-6 billet aluminum, each piece is hand-finished, and the kit comes complete with a 10-inch shifter handle, three adjusting inserts and all necessary hardware. Buyers have a choice of a black anodized or brushed finish.<br />Twist Machine LLC<br />(386) 236-8289<br /></p> <p>Mopar sheetmetal<br />Save time and money when doing sheetmetal repair on your 1970-’74 Challenger or other E-bodies with the Weld-Thru™ line from Classic Industries. Featuring a silver-weld through primer, the door frame and quarter panel assembly for the Challenger replaces the frame work around the doors, across the roof line and down the quarter panel to the rear wheel well. It includes the front kick panel and inner quarter area, as well as the outer rocker panels. Right and left hand pieces are sold separately. The inner cowl side hinge panel is stamped steel, made to factory specifications, and each bracket features the correct contours for a perfect fit. Available for either the right or left hand side, it fits the 1970-’74 Barracuda, Challenger or ’Cuda.<br />Classic Industries, <br />(800) 854-1280<br /></p> <p>A-body crossmembers<br />Auto Metal Direct has expanded its product line with rear frame crossmembers for 1964-’67 and 1968-’72 GM A-body cars (Chevrolet Chevelle, Pontiac GTO and LeMans, Buick Skylark and GS, and Oldsmobile Cutlass and 442). Two different styles are available, designed to fit exactly like factory originals. These reproduction pieces are licensed and manufactured under the GM Restoration Parts program. <br />Auto Metal Direct<br />(866) 591-8309<br /></p> <p>Mustang shifter plate<br />Dress up the look of your 2010-2012 automatic transmission-equipped V-6 or GT Mustang with this auto plate and stick kit from Hurst Shifters. The precision cut, billet aluminum plate that does not require any modification to the console, as it replaces the factory piece, and features a black anodized finish and etched Hurst logo. Adding the Hurst handle completes the transformation. The CNC-machined billet aluminum piece improves control and incorporates the pistol trigger mechanism for park/reverse lockout. It is available in either an anodized titanium or polished black Delrin finsh, and has the Hurst name engraved into the handle.<br />Hurst Shifters<br />(707) 544-4761<br /></p> <p>Shock mock-up tool<br />When building your vehicle’s chassis, simulate the final ride height and then determine the length of your coilover shocks with this mock-up tool from Speedway Motors. Made from steel and adjustable from 13½ to 21 inches, it is sold in pairs and includes 5/8-inch rod ends, ½-inch reducers, jam nuts and quick-release pins for making quick length changes.   <br />Speedway Motors<br />(800) 979-0122<br /></p>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0500wow-factor-day-6 Factor Day 6<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1963 Corvette</p></p></div><p></p><p>The Larry Shinoda-created “split window” was a one year only design and quite well received to this day. The car evolved from a racing car and served to push Corvette as a racing machine. According to <em>Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible</em>, firsts for that year included optional knock-off wheels, air conditioning and leather upholstery. It opened a body design that has withstood the test of time and celebrates its 50th year in style.</p>Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500chip-miller-honored Miller Honored<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The Bloomington Gold "Great Hall" recognizes ten people/organizations and ten cars annually that contribute or have contributed to the Corvette and collector car hobby.</p><p>The Hall inductions take place each June as part of the all-Corvette Bloomington Gold event, one of the largest of its type held annually. In 2013, the event will take place at the Assembly Hall grounds at the University of Illinois in Champaign and will host thousands of the nicest Corvettes in the hobby. The event is dubbed America's Original Corvette show and the induction of Miller and Carlisle Events will mark the fourth class of a planned five to be welcomed into the Hall.</p> <p>Miller co-founded Carlisle Events in 1974 with friend Bill Miller, Jr. Though the two weren't related, they not only shared a last name, they shared an amazing passion for all things automotive. In 1982, Chip's love of the Corvette sparked the launch of Corvettes at Carlisle. From day one, this event stood head and shoulders above many like it and was unquestionably the best all-Corvette event on the east coast. To this day, Corvettes at Carlisle sees an amazing passion and enthusiasm by its followers with attendees traveling from all points of the globe to be onsite. Corvettes at Carlisle grew from the automotive excitement of one man but has been enjoyed by more than 50,000 Corvette owners who line the Funfield each August.</p> <p>Sadly, Miller passed away in 2004 due to a rare disease known as Amyloidosis. Since then, his son Lance, original co-founder Bill Miller, Jr. and his son, Bill Miller III have continued to promote and produce some of the finest automotive events in the country. The Carlisle Events brand has become synonymous with not only the collector car hobby, but also the Corvette itself. With the recognition by Bloomington Gold and support from great events like it, Corvettes at Carlisle and Carlisle Events hope to continue energizing the car world for decades to come.</p> <p>"When Guy Larsen, a good friend of mine and President of Bloomington Gold, called me to inform me that my father was inducted into the Great Hall I was delighted," said Lance Miller. "Mr. Larsen went on to articulate that Carlisle Events would also be inducted and I couldn't think of a better way to start the holidays," continued Miller. "As many people are well aware, my father (Chip Miller) had oil flowing through his veins. He was the ultimate car guy and had an indisputable passion for Corvettes. He loved the Corvette hobby immensely, but he loved the people even more so. His passion for the cars, the people and the hobby was undeniable to anyone he came in contact with. I’m certain he’s looking down with that incredible smile I miss so dearly with great pride in being inducted in the Bloomington Gold Great Hall. Finally, I’d like to thank the Bloomington Gold team and Great Hall committee members for honoring my father and Carlisle Events; it’s a true honor."</p> <p><strong></strong> </p> <p><strong>The following will be inducted during the June, 2013 ceremony: </strong></p> <p><strong>Mike Antonick</strong> (NCRS member),<strong> Zora Arkus-Duntov</strong> (NCRS member), <strong>Bloomington Gold</strong> (Owned/run by NCRS member), <strong>Reeves Callaway</strong>, <strong>Carlisle Productions</strong> (Owned/run by NCRS members), <strong>Chip Miller</strong> (NCRS member), <strong>William Mitchell</strong>, <strong>Jim Perkins</strong> (NCRS member), <strong>Dr. Dick Thompson</strong> (NCRS member), <strong>Mike Yager</strong> (NCRS #222), <strong>1953 s/n 003</strong> (carried over from 2012), <strong>1957 Fuel Injection Icon</strong> (1 HP per CID), <strong>1961 Gulf Racing Icon</strong>,<strong> 1962 First 327</strong>,<strong> 1963 Grand Sport Icon</strong>, <strong>1965 First Big Block Icon</strong>, <strong>1967 L88 Daytona Racer</strong>, <strong>Chevrolet Corvette Factory Series Racer</strong>, <strong>Callaway Cars Icon</strong>, <strong>Z06 Icon</strong> (Factory production 500+ HP, 2006), <strong>ZR1 Icon</strong> (Factory production 600+ HP, 2009). </p>Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:14:11 -0500end-of-a-run of a Run<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Reports from the Detroit area say the Walter P. Chrysler Museum will close its doors to the public at the end of December. The Auburn Hills, Michigan, facility has reportedly lost money in the past two years and the closing is blamed on poor economies.<br /> The three-story, 55,000 square foot museum opened in 1999. As Chrysler faced bankruptcy in 2007, the museum was operated by a 501 (c) (3) non-profit. Chrysler leased the building to the museum group, which operated independent of the company. The museum showed income exceeding expenses in 2008 and 2009, but the trend has reversed.<br /> Chrysler will reportedly purchase the assets within the museum, which include 67 vehicles and special exhibits. This step was taken to prevent the collection from being fragmented in public sale. The museum will be closed and the building will be used only during special events.<br /> The Walter P. Chrysler Museum Foundation will merge with the Chrysler Foundation.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:15:21 -0500wow-factor-day-5 Factor Day 5<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>The first generation Ford Thunderbird was built to rival the Corvette in the two-seater market. The car was designed as a “personal luxury car” and not a sports car, selling on design. One of the unique factors was the porthole window seen in the top. The 1957 model broke sales records, but the company went to a four-seater in 1958. Ford brought back the two seater T-bird in 2002, but it didn’t sell well. Imitation is not flattery in all cases.</p>Wed, 05 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -05002013-nmra-schedule NMRA Schedule<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>The theme for the NMRA Ford Nationals 15th Anniversary Tour is “Focused” as special events dominate the 2013 racing schedule. The all-Ford series will feature a tighter schedule, more heads-up racing, and exciting special events. Over 4,000 racers and car show participants will be competing for fame and fortune.<br />As usual, the NMRA season opener is the 19th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA Spring Break Shootout, held March 7-10 at Bradenton Motorsports Park (Bradenton, Florida).  A little over a month later, the series travels to Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia, the weekend of April 11-14 for the 5th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals. Both NMRA and NMCA racers converge on one facility in one of the largest muscle car events of the year. <br />The third stop is a tribute to the Special Vehicle Team (SVT) as the factory Ford hot rod shop celebrates its 20th anniversary. Maryland International Raceway (MIR) in Mechanicsville, Maryland on May 3-5 will be the site of the event. NMRA and its racers head to a new venue in 2013, Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The weekend of June 14-16 has been reserved for this all-Ford extravaganza.<br />The NMRA and NMCA are brought together a second time in 2013 at Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, Illinois) in a four-day bash July 11-14. The 15th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA All-Ford World Finals will invade Beech Bend Raceway October 3-6, and Mustangs will take over the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky, which has played host to major Ford events since the first World Ford Challenge back in 1998.<br />Each NMRA national event also feature a huge UPR Products All-Ford car show, the largest all-Ford manufacturers midways and swap meets of the year.  Other activities include flame-throwing 300-plus mph jet car exhibitions and the world famous NMRA burnout contest, where past participants have gone as far as blowing tires and destroying engines for the roar of NMRA’s crowd!<br />For more information on the NMRA Ford Nationals, log on to <a href=""></a> or call (714) 444-2426. </p>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:53:50 -0500master-builder-award-1 Builder Award<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>The first of 15 Steele Rubber Products Master Builder Awards was awarded to Bob Olofson at Autorama in Houston, Texas.  Olofson restored a 1948 Dodge Power Wagon to original condition at his home in Georgetown, Texas.<br />“I was totally shocked … I was extremely honored to receive this award. Of all the trophies, awards and national class championships, this is at the very top of the list. I feel very grateful to have been selected,” Olofson said. <br />Steele Rubber Products Master Builder Awards are given to one outstanding vehicle restored with little or no professional help. All display vehicles at the Autorama events are automatically entered. The International Show Car Association (ISCA) selects one winner per show. <br />The Dodge Power Wagon was purchased in 1948 by the Heiman family as a farm and ranch tractor used to plow, bail, mow, deliver livestock and drive local children to the community barn dance. After 15 years, it was stored away in a barn and Olofson was asked by the family to restore it decades later.  This power wagon is rare because of the factory-delivered rear-mounted PTO and drive belt pulley system, driven by the transmission PTO which makes the truck capable of running in either direction. There is an engine-driven governor for use of controlling the rear PTO speed, which is controlled from inside the cab. He has kept the vehicle in its original condition adding only turn signals for safety and converting it to a 12-volt system but, leaving the starter as 6 volts.<br />“This truck has won more awards than I can count. There is also a sister truck to this ‘48 power wagon, a red 1949 power wagon and both trucks are restored to the same standard. Over the last five years, they have placed first and second in their class at every show they have been in,” Olofson added. Olofson is passionate about restorations. This is one of many restoration projects he has undertaken, including a 1951 amusement carousel.<br />He advises hobbyists to approach projects carefully, “One needs a lot of patience, take your time and plan the project out.”<br />There are 14 remaining Autorama shows scheduled through April 2013, one Steele Rubber Products Master Builder Award will be given per event.  The next show is scheduled for January 11-13, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Show details at<br />Steele Rubber Products manufactures quality rubber parts and weatherstrip for hot rods and classic cars. Visit to see the inventory of more than 12,000 parts and products.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 11:30:20 -0500wow-factor-day-4 Factor Day 4<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>2005 Mustang</p></p></div><p></p><p>By the time it had hit its 40th anniversary, the Ford Mustang had been through a few changes from its original style. Some believed it drifted away, but the release of the 2005 Mustang showed a combined styling of modern with a definite tip of the hat to the past. Many found elements of the 1967 Mustang in the 2005, which still carried the 4.6L engine, but injected new excitement into the brand and set up modern muscle wars.</p>Tue, 04 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500wow-factor-day-3 Factor Day 3<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1948 Tucker</p></p></div><p></p><p>Today, it could be a million dollar baby. The 1948 Tucker has a design that is very unique and the idea that the car was in existence for just one year makes it even more collectible and rare. The Cyclops “eye” third headlight (which had to be covered in states that only allowed two headlights) and rear engine were among the post-war innovations found. Just more than 50 were made due in part to the company’s financial issues. It is a rare find.</p>Mon, 03 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500wow-factor-day-2 Factor Day 2<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>1970 Pontiac Judge</p></p></div><p></p><p>The Pontiac Judge laid down the law during the muscle car era with distinctive graphics to go right along with the performance that defined the brand. The Judge was introduced in 1969 and carried through the 1971 model year.  Drawing double meaning from street supremacy and a popular comedy routine of the day “Here Come De Judge”, this iteration of the popular GTO model was available in any Pontiac color, but the Orbit Orange had the increased attention getting possibility.</p>Sun, 02 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500wow-factor-day-1 Factor Day 1<p><i>Kevin Harper</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>The iconic 1957 Chevy wasn’t big on new car sales but very impactful in popular culture. The final year of “shoebox” styling was aided by the fin design created to offset a new front end. The car remained popular as a used car bargain and was a favorite of hot rodders and street racers.  The 283 engine helped with the performance side and the low weight was attractive. The car was also the first to offer tubeless tires.</p> <p>(Note: A previous version said the 1957 Chevy had a 327 engine. The contributor inadvertantly mixed his first gen Camaro notes and presented incorrect information. We apologize for the error and confusion in the previously presented information - Larry Jewett, Editorial Director)</p>Sat, 01 Dec 2012 08:00:00 -0500on-the-road the Road<p><i>Larry Jewett</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>Webasto Product North America, a global, tier-one automotive and aftermarket equipment manufacturer, announced that in January 2013, the student-built vehicle it introduced in its booth at this year’s SEMA Show, will begin a nationwide tour with the Tjin Edition RoadShow. The 2013 Ford Mustang GT is the stunning byproduct of a collaborative effort that brought together top aftermarket equipment brands with students from the Baker College of Flint – Center for Transportation Technology.<br />From inception, the goal of the project was to develop the vehicle as a classroom-learning tool for students engaged in Baker College’s Auto Body and Automotive Service Technology curriculum. Baker is a national-level provider of high-quality service and restyling technicians for the automotive industry.<br />“We envisioned this initiative as an opportunity to showcase the skill and creativity of the automotive industry’s youth,” Josh Lupu, marketing manager for Webasto North America, said. “The project has put top manufacturers in touch with the future of the industry and has energized everyone in the process.”<br />Students from Baker’s Auto Body, Automotive Service and Welding & Automotive Restoration Programs each had a chance to contribute to the art and science behind the remarkable final product, and there was plenty of work to go around. The vehicle’s exterior modifications include a Webasto Hollandia 322L power sunroof, Roush body kit, Revelare Design cowl hood, 3dCarbon rear spoiler and a custom grabber blue and midnight grey paint job – all set off by iForged Legacy V2 wheels with Falken Azenis FK453 tires.<br />Katzkin leather seats and MRT Hi-Tech FX carbon fiber trim panels adorn the Mustang’s interior, while a Paxton Novi 2200-SL supercharger with a competition air inlet add extra muscle under the hood. The Pedders adjustable coil-over suspension system and Baer six-piston front and rear brakes bring first-rate control capabilities and stopping confidence to the package.<br />“This project was a great combination of practical experience and immediate gratification,” Dan Trahey, auto body and welding program director at Baker College Flint, said. “Our students’ craftsmanship got plenty of accolades at SEMA, and Neil Tjin’s decision to take the vehicle on his RoadShow tour validated the effort on every level.”<br />Tjin has long been recognized as one of the automotive industry’s most influential designers. The Tjin Edition RoadShow will display the customized Mustang at select events it will stage nationwide in 2013. Exposure from the tour will put the vehicle and the Baker College students’ craftsmanship in front of thousands of automotive aftermarket consumers and enthusiasts.<br />Those who inspect the RoadShow vehicle will also note the MRT After-Cat H-pipe, Interceptor axle back exhaust, Hi-Tech FX carbon fiber under-hood accents, JLT oil separator, Blow By Racing custom PCM calibration and Drew Technologies DashDAQ performance monitor.<br /> “Bringing industry and academics together on initiatives like this is not only good corporate citizenship – it’s smart business,” Tjin said. “The students of today will become the certified technicians and aftermarket artisans of tomorrow, and that ultimately benefits everyone involved.”</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:28:33 -0500the-right-stuff Right Stuff<p><i>Richard Truesdell</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>The word “Mustang” is synonymous with ruling the skies and the road.</p><p>In October, 1940, the airplane that would become known as the P-51 Mustang flew for the first time. Three years later, the P-51 Mustang helped turned the tide of the war in Europe. Mustangs were able to escort B-17 and B-24 bombers into the heart of the Third Reich, all the way to Berlin. Today, the P-51 Mustang is recognized as one of the best fighter aircraft of all time.</p> <p>In April, 1964, the first Ford Mustang was introduced to an eagerly awaiting public at the New York World’s Fair. The brainchild of Lee Iacocca, the Ford Mustang went on to become one of the best-selling nameplates of all time and was responsible for defining the category known to this day as the pony car. The Mustang remains the only pony car to have an uninterrupted production run from its inception.</p> <p>Dubbed “The Right Stuff” by its builder, Detroit Muscle out of Hudson, Florida, this 2012 Mustang GT combines heritage, history, and high performance in a package that is sure to inspire Mustang aficionados. The warbird-inspired paint adds even more to the picture.</p> <p>The Right Stuff Mustang serves as a comprehensive showcase for the latest in Mustang upgrades. The current generation 5.0-liter Mustang engine has had its output raised from 425 to 700 horsepower with the installation of a Kenne Bell 2.8-liter positive displacement, liquid-cooled, twin-screw supercharger. That system is engineered to meet the stringent CARB Certification requirements that enable it to be 50-state street legal.</p> <p>A free-flowing JBA low restriction cat-back dual exhaust system is capped off with large diameter bright exhaust tips that exit conspicuously at the rear of the vehicle. When we fired up the engine, it was apparent that this wasn’t a stock 5.0 Mustang. It sounded much more like a classic big-block Mustang muscle car from the ’60s.</p> <p>The Right Stuff Mustang stops as well as it goes, as its factory upgraded disc brakes are dressed up with MGP red powdercoated caliper covers. While the stock Mustang handles well, it is constrained by the balance that any OEM must be mindful of, the balance between cornering and ride comfort. In this case, the balance is tipped more in the direction of performance with the installation of a performance-tuned suspension by Hotchkis Performance. The suspension, lowered about an inch, makes it an even more superbly balanced driving machine.</p> <p>The exterior is enhanced with the installation of a standout set of wheels. Inspired by the original alloy wheels of a ’60s Mustang GT, these 20-inch wheels are a lightweight design that evokes the look of the classic-inspired originals, something that doesn’t always translate well when a vintage design is reinterpreted. Of course, a ’60s Mustang can only dream of the grip provided by modern tires, in this case, low-profile, ultra-high performance Toyo directional radial tires, 255/35ZR20s up front, 295/30ZR20s in the rear.</p> <p>Just like certain factory paint schemes, the exterior appearance is clearly a love-it, hate-it affair, as it emulates the paint scheme of an actual P-51 fighter. It starts with the Ford Racing Laguna Seca lower front fascia and air dam, punctuated with Rapid Red paint fore and aft, applied over a silver repaint with PPG Envirobase paint. The overall scheme is further accented with the top of the hood wearing Satin Black paint to minimize glare.</p> <p>On the inside, the interior is re-trimmed with glove-soft black hides and accented with red suede inserts and embroidered headrests that come courtesy of Katzkin. Matching red carpet mats by Designer Mat complete the theme. The console sports a six-speed shifter mounted in the Mustang’s traditional center console. The interior trim additions address one of the primary complaints that the interior is underwhelming of any production-based Mustang.</p> <p>With the 50th anniversary of the Mustang approaching, we’re certain to see many more Mustang tributes.</p> <p>The Right Stuff edition Mustang GT is the first of a proposed production run by Detroit Muscle and is owned by Duffy’s Collectible Cars based in Hiawatha, Iowa. Because it was a customer-owned car, we were not able to fully wring it out and explore, as Mustang P-51 fighter pilot legend Chuck Yeager would say, the edge of its performance envelope. But we got enough time behind the wheel to know that this is no ordinary Mustang.</p> <p>Here’s a warning to the “enemy”: The Right Stuff edition Mustang GT has its gun sight set on you.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:00:00 -0500ever-wondered-ldquo-y-rdquo Wondered “Y”<p><i>Jim Smart</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>What is it about the Y-Block Ford engine that continues to get our attention?</p><p>Perhaps it’s that soft series of exhaust pulses and the gentle chatter of those shaft-mounted rocker arms thrashing out a beat in rhythm with its true flat-tappet cam. We’ve all heard the Y-block in some form or another since its introduction in 1954 as the 239ci in Fords and 256ci in Mercurys.</p> <p>Ford’s Y-block V-8 really isn’t the company’s first overhead valve V-8. The larger displacement 317ci Lincoln Y-block was introduced in 1952 as a flathead replacement. What we like most about the Y-block and its larger cousin, the Lincoln Y-block, is its demeanor as a classic all-American V-8 engine. It is surely one of the best looking and sounding V-8s ever made in America.</p> <p>John Mummert’s website ( is an incredible treasure trove of Ford Y-block information if you’re into vintage Ford V-8s. We can say with confidence no one knows more about Ford Y-blocks than Mummert, who has a lifetime of experience building these engines. We’re going to impart some of that wisdom to you here.</p> <p>The Y-block is an interesting study because it incorporates nuances rarely seen anywhere else, like toadstool tappets you install through the bottom before cam installation and stacked intake ports that could be considered opposition to Chevrolet’s side-by-sides. It also utilizes a huge 16-pound cast iron timing cover and a precision-fit aluminum rear main seal cap. There’s an external oil pump and pipe style pick-up. Its flattop pistons are the size of trash cans, and if you know anything about the FE Series 332/352 big-blocks that arrived in 1958, you know the FE copped a number of Y-block design features, including its skirted Y-block persona and shaft-mounted rocker arms.</p> <p>Because skirted blocks were heavier, Ford eliminated them when it conceived the 90-degree small-block and 385-series V-8s in the 1960s. Yet eliminating skirted blocks also meant sacrificing strength. Look at Ford today with its skirted block modular and Coyote overhead cam V-8s. Skirted blocks are back in style for their indestructible demeanor and smoothness, which is one reason why Y-blocks remain great desirable V-8s a half-century later.</p> <p>Where the Y-block tends to fall short is power-making potential, though a few have been successful at it. Ted Eaton of Eaton Balancing has managed to get 540 horsepower and win the Engine Masters Challenge, but not without a lot of effort and raw talent. It was done with the new aluminum Y-block heads from John Mummert.</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:00:00 -0500readers-rides Rides<p><i>Eric Kaminsky</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p></p><p>It’s your pride and joy and we want to help you show it off, right here in Auto Enthusiast. We want to see your car and your passion and hear the story that connects you. Send your high-resolution pictures and details to us via e-mail to and we’ll tell your story.</p> <p>We don’t care about the color or the condition, but keep it American-made only, please.</p> <p><br />Owner:<br />Jim Lauenstein</p> <p>I have always owned Mustangs and when my son turned 18, we restored the 1969 Mustang and made it into a Mach 1 clone. We had a lot of help from a good friend at Frances Restorations in Missouri.</p> <p>I then purchased a 2007 California Special convertible in May of 2010. I found the car on, negotiated with the owner, then flew to Lansing, Michigan, to pick it up. It was in showroom condition and only had just over 17,000 miles.</p> <p>On my bucket list in life, picking up this car sits pretty high. My son also purchased a 2007 Mustang, which was made into a Mach One, and is his daily driver. It has a Shaker hood, Mach One striping, interior upgrades and was recently tuned for more power. All three cars are manual.</p> <p>The 1969 Mach One has a 351, to which we recently added a four-barrel. It also has a 3.73 gear in the rear end.  My CS has a 3.55 gear, cold air intake, premium tune and three-inch exhaust. All three cars are driven regularly. My son even takes the ’69 to work sometimes.</p> <p>Owner: Leo Kounis</p> <p>The Tempo is in my possession since October 2000 and came by pure chance. I had just returned to Greece from the United Kingdom and took a job in Athens. I was losing some five hours every day to commute to work.</p> <p>Being an enthusiast of American cars, I asked my mechanic Chris to locate an “everyday” U.S. cruiser for me. Chris came up with a two-door, automatic Ford Tempo. To be quite frank, though, I didn’t feel anything “exciting” about the Tempo. American cars in Greece in the early 2000s were subject to the notorious and very strict “Tekmirio” (Proof of Income) Law, resulting in very high taxation when compared to the same car model sold in Europe.</p> <p>During the first year of ownership, I got gradually attracted to the Tempo, particularly when it put its reliability, durability, fuel economy (5lt/100km) and roominess to the test!  After much time and thorough research, I finally managed to purchase all Ford Tempo/Mercury Topaz first generation-specific manuals, so as to evaluate what parts ought to be sourced/bought and what things were missing. I entrusted Connolly Leather Ltd. in Athens to refurbish the interior. The craftsmanship done was second to none, since all interior plastic parts and fabric were refurbished and re-upholstered to the highest standard.</p> <p>Over the years, the trusty and loyal Tempo accompanied the family until December 2007, when it gave up its spirit. The culprit was its 26-year-old ECM. After the shock, I decided to commence the time-consuming job of upgrading/overhauling the entire mechanics. It took Andy’s Auto Service in Athens, Greece, 3½ years to complete a full engine/transmission/driveline overhaul.</p> <p>The Tempo’s future is secured, thanks to it being accepted by the Hellenic Federation of Historic Vehicles, EOOE. It is my firm belief that this Tempo must be the only surviving example of the first generation throughout Europe! After so many years of time, sweat, tears, money and effort, the Tempo finally shines and gets the “thumbs up” wherever it appears; be it at classic car shows and cruises, or on the road from fellow motorists!</p> <p>Daily DriversTempo in Greece</p>Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:00:00 -0500new-car-spotlight Car Spotlight<p><i>Story Provided</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p><p>Chevrolet Spark ($12,245) The automatic gets 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The manual can claim 32/38 mpg.</p></p></div><p></p><p>American subcompacts have good fuel economy and are made to fit into tight spaces. The 2012 Ford Fiesta, for instance, can claim 29/40 mpg, which matches many hybrids. When their low prices are combined with their fuel economy, it seems as if these cars can pay their own way in terms of money saved at the gas pump.</p> <p><strong>Chevrolet Spark, base $12,245</strong><br />The all-new Chevrolet Spark is a subcompact that actually claims to seat four, and that’s more realistic than many competitors that try to squeeze in that fifth seat. Many see this as strictly a city car. It has an 84 horsepower engine which, despite the implications of a name like Spark, doesn’t have an electric motor boost. The automatic gets 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The manual can claim 32/38 mpg. Like the Cruze, Chevy has given it 10 airbags. Most have noted that the car’s price doesn’t allow it to offer many tech features. The MyLink infotainment system is available, but navigation is not an option. With a price that rivals used cars, this is Chevy's attempt to outmaneuver the expensive, smaller SmartCar.</p> <p><strong>Chevrolet Sonic, base $14,200</strong><br />This hatchback is Chevy’s answer to the Ford Fiesta. It too comes in many fun colors, has a clever exterior and is able to offer high gas mileage. Like the other Chevys, this one puts an emphasis on safety that starts with 10 airbags. It got five stars from the NHTSA and was a top pick by the IIHS. The turbocharged engine offers a healthy 40 mpg on the highway. For tech equipment, drivers can add MyLink Radio and a fun seven-inch color touchscreen. This small car even managed to earn Ward’s 10 Best Interiors, which shows how much better the materials are than you would expect in a car this inexpensive.</p> <p><strong>Ford Focus, base $16,500</strong><br />This car ranks high for safety, but it suffers from a rather boring interior. The exterior is sporty and aggressive compared to other, more meek and mild subcompacts. Whether it’s the base or a higher trim level, the Focus manages to be near the top of its class for gas mileage. In fact, for a slightly bigger car, it beats other subcompacts. The automatic transmission base S model gets 27 city/38 highway mpg. If the fuel economy package is added, this can raise to 28/40 mpg. The Focus also gets high marks for excellent handling, which is great for a small car. The main complaint against it is that it has poor rear visibility.</p> <p><strong>Chevrolet Cruze, base $17,130</strong><br />The Chevy Cruze has a bit more technology and a large trunk compared to its rivals. It offers a USB port and Bluetooth, for instance. It has 10 airbags, and consumers can choose important safety features such as a rearview camera, a rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Its high gas mileage ratings are complemented by a comfortable ride and accurate steering. The base engine only gets 22 mpg city but it can pull 35 mpg highway. Eco models can boost that to 42 mpg on the highway. Overall, this is a bigger car, but it is still small enough to squeeze out subcompact gas mileage.</p> <p><strong>Ford Fiesta, base $17,500</strong><br />This car often gets the highest scores on performance and safety. It’s exterior and interior are fairly high-rated, too, which is surprising for the low price. Just like the competing <a title="Mini Cooper" href="" target="_blank">Mini Cooper</a> the Fiesta is offered in many fun colors, which makes it a favorite among young, first-time car buyers. The high gas mileage comes with the Fiesta’s optional Super Fuel Economy package. The Ford Fiesta comes only as a sedan in the base model S or the SEL. You can only get the five-door hatchback from the SE and SES trims. For the price, the Fiesta has a fairly upscale, comfortable cabin. It’s perfect for urban living, fitting into tight parking spaces, and commuting. For its price, it also offers some luxury options such as heated seats, leather trim, automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, and heated outside mirrors.</p>Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:49:19 -0500extending-lsquo-drive-down-hunger-rsquo-initiative ‘Drive Down Hunger’ Initiative<p><i>Andy Bolig</i></p><div><img src='' alt=''></img><p></p></div><p>LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) announced today it will not hit the brakes on its “Drive Down Hunger” initiative this year.</p><p>Instead, thanks to strong community participation and response, North America’s largest auto museum will continue to offer discounts to visitors who bring two or more non-perishable food items during December.  All proceeds go to Northwest Harvest, one of Washington State’s leading food bank distributors.</p> <p>“Public response has been tremendous, so we’re extending the campaign through the end of the year,” said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO.  “The need for assistance in Tacoma is high, so please join us, spread the word and encourage your friends and family to Drive Down Hunger by bringing food to America’s Car Museum.”</p> <p>People can drop off non-perishable food items in ACM’s lobby between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.  Participants who donate two or more items will receive $2 off ACM admission, and kids (12 and under) with two or more canned goods will get in free.</p> <p><strong>For more information</strong></p> <p>Drive Down Hunger c/o<br />America’s Car Museum<br /><a href=""></a></p>Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:40:42 -0500