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totted up that the car would need a uying and selling secondcomplete respray and various other hand cars is a dance. It jobs that'd cost more than the car always has been, and if was worth, that he and his mate had you don't know the steps, to take a day oﬀ work and drive you're going to get trodden on. Ask hundreds of miles only for me anyone who has been around to waste their time, then he cars – either mainstream bid me in the balls. They or classics/Americans – “That's were both big lads, and for any length of time easy to do from they got quite and you'll hear the aggressive, so if I'd stories. One guy will the relative been there on my own tell you how he safety of your I reckon I'd have given bought a car that was own computer in. Fortunately, a couple described as a mint keyboard” of lads in the other units survivor, only driven to can spot 'career hagglers' church on Sundays by a when they see them... Byelittle old lady, that turned bye, gentlemen. out to be a sculpture made out of Then there was the Fox Mustang Bond-o, held together with pure you can read about on page 84. A hope and fresh paint, and from the young lad, he was very keen to tell state of the drivetrain that lady who me everything about the car and drove it was probably Danica Patrick. answer any questions I might have. Another guy will tell you with a While I was down there, he told me gleam in his eye how he bought an about a car he'd had previously absolute ruin that looked like it had which he'd bought cheap as a donor been pulled out of a swamp, tarted it but it was quite nice so he sold it as a up with a wheelbarrowful of filler and driver. For quite a profit. The new a blow-over, told everyone it was a owner took the hump over a few mint survivor, then tucked up some issues, and has threatened court poor bell-end with the rancid old action, although I can see that shed for ten times what he paid for it. winding up a “he said/but he said” I have had a few buying/selling no-score draw, but not before experiences recently. First was that blasting it all over the internet... and Rover 75 with the Mustang V8 in. I mud sticks. bought it quite cheap, cleaned it up, Now, I don't know the buyer, and and listed it with the few faults it I've only met the seller once, so I had described. I got a call from only have the seller's side of the one guy, sounding dead story and what the buyer said on enthusiastic - “I really want Facebook and forums to go on, but this, will you hold it until I taking it to court is not so much a come and get it double-edged sword as a sword tomorrow?” Sure, I won't with a blade on either end – sell it out from under you nobody's going to come out if you're definitely coming. uninjured. Lots of people on the 'net The following day, he jumped to the buyer's defence, arrived (in a brand new Evocally slating the seller, but that's class Merc) with his mate, easy to do from the relative safety of and went around it, sucking your own computer keyboard. The his teeth. “This door's been internet, and eBay in particular, have blown in, it's blatantly obvious.” added a new dimension of steps to Really? I've snow-foamed, rinsed, the dance mentioned at the washed, leathered, cut, polished and beginning, so before you join in an waxed this car and I'm certain this online witch-hunt when you've only door's no diﬀerent from the other heard one side of the tale, just think, three. “You didn't post pictures of next time you're selling a car, would these marks on the bumpers.” No, you like it to be your name at the but I told you about them on the top of that thread? phone. By the time he'd finished, he'd
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THIS MONTH’S PRESSING ISSUES IN THE WORLD OF AMERICAN CARS
After its arch rival, Ford's Mustang, celebrated its 50th birthday about 18 months ago, Chevrolet's pony, the Camaro, finally hit its golden anniversary at the very end of September. The 29th, in fact; the date in 1966 when the first 1967 model Camaros went on sale. Since then there have been six generations of Chevy's beautiful bowtie baby – notwithstanding the sevenyear gap between the last of the F-bodies in 2002 and the first of the Holden-based fifth-gens in 2010 – and with more than five million sold, they're still as popular as they've ever been. “Through the course of its iconic 50-year history, Camaro has been a reflection of the times, forging in passionate
influences from customers, development teams and racing technology,” said Tom Peters, director of exterior design, Chevrolet Performance Cars. “What has remained consistent is the beautifully simple and powerful sculpture that has stayed instantly recognizable to our customers and enthusiasts of all ages. I have the same passion today as when I saw a Camaro for the very first time. It just makes you smile!” “Camaro fans share a lot of creative passion for the car —
passion for performance and for styling — that was passed along in every generation,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Camaro’s 50th birthday reminds us of Chevy’s history of ingenuity and design excellence. We want to honour our past by creating more exhilarating and stunning Camaros year after year, and that’s what we plan to do.” Good. We've already mentioned the 50th Anniversary special edition Camaros, but for more birthday fun, check out www.CamaroFifty.com.
Goodyear and the London School of Economics have launched a Europe-wide research project to investigate drivers’ attitudes and readiness to share the road with autonomous vehicles. One question is, as self-driving cars are designed to strictly adhere to the rules of the road, will other drivers take advantage of that and ‘bully’ the autonomous cars?!
Final Billing As you may have seen floating around the internet, the rumours are true – after decades of playing host to some of the biggest American car, hot rod and custom events, Billing Aquadrome is closing its doors to car shows in 2017.
This has left some of the major show organisers looking for alternative venues in a hurry. Here are a few words from Brendan McCarth of the AACI: “Throughout 2016, the events hosted by the American Auto Club International were plagued with rumours concerning Billing Aquadrome and the intentions of its owners, Pure Leisure Group, with regards to future vehicle events being held there. During the season, we, as the AACI Events Team, were assured that we would definitely be there again in 2017; indeed there was talk of a three-year contract as late as September. We had been told that our terms and conditions of operation at the venue would change, but other than that, because our events are and have been successful over the years, we would continue to hold them there. We were due to have a meeting with PLG at Billing to discuss T&Cs in mid-September, but after two scheduled meets were cancelled it seemed fairly obvious that there was a problem. On Tuesday, September 27th, I was contacted by telephone to inform me that with immediate effect, there would be no more vehicle events of any kind at Billing Aquadrome. So decades of American vehicle (and hot rod) tradition at the park have come to a very abrupt end. You may speculate as to why PLG would want to do such
a thing until dawn, but they are a business and they will have their reasoning behind it all. Anyway, speculation never really achieved anything, did it? “So for 2017, the AACI events will not be at Billing. At the time of writing, we don’t have a contracted venue, although we do have several in mind and we are trying to keep everything fairly central for obvious reasons. This would be an opportune time to explain why we did what we did back in 2008, when everyone was told (by the then organisers) that there would be no further events of this kind at Billing. The AACI members approached the Event Manager at the park to ask if we could put on an American vehicle event. She told us that we couldn’t, then quickly added that if we wanted to do any we’d have to do three. All we wanted to do was to keep it going, for the American vehicle scene in general. Nobody was out to make huge sums of money or gain anything materially from doing it. We just didn’t want to let it die. Twenty four successful events later and we’ve had our venue taken from us; taken from all of us actually. “We just wanted everyone to know that it wasn’t our decision and it isn’t our fault. We’d also like to thank everyone for their support over the years and, once we get a new home established, we hope that you’ll
continue to join us, wherever we eventually land.” We also contacted JF Soucy, the events manager at Billing Aquadrome, who said: “After a full review of our service at Billing Aquadrome, we are sorry to inform you of our decision not to renew the car show events for next year. This decision was very hard to make and we understand that it will probably upset you. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accommodate these events at a satisfactory level in the future due to re-organisation. The efforts will be put together to develop a full programme of 'family orientated' weekends and events. We are very positive about this change and hope our customers will be too! We are already starting with the next half term holidays; Planet Circus will be around from the
Wednesday, October 26th until Sunday 30th. Thank you for your understanding.” What that reorganisation consists of was not mentioned. However, it must be considerable as they are now turning away some massive events and the numbers they bring. Aside from the AACI's three huge events and the long-running NSRA Billing Fun Run, events like the Vauxhall Bedford Opel Association's event, the huge Land Rover event, the PT Cruiser meet and even Transit Mania all bring a lot of paying punters. It's the end of an era for many popular shows held at this popular central venue, but, as Brendan said, these events have enough momentum that they won't just disappear. Stay tuned, and when alternative venues are found, please support the clubs that are running them!
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At the beginning of September, the Moreno Valley, Californiabased Karma Automotive revealed their 2017 Revero at a private event in Laguna Beach. This luxury hybrid is based on the Fisker Karma, has a sticker price of $130,000, and is powered by electricity, petrol and solar power thanks to the solar roof panel.
Off-Site Camping Recently released by the iconic Airstream caravan company is the new Basecamp travel trailer. The lightest ‘van in the range, the compact Basecamp also stands a little taller on its wheels so it can go where no Airstream has been before. “It’s easy to get slowed down and overwhelmed by the detailed planning of and the packing for an adventure. We’ve all been there, and before you know it, you’re overwhelmed and putting the trip on the back burner,” said Airstream CEO and President, Bob Wheeler. “With its lighter weight and easier towing experience, Basecamp is a fully-loaded adventure waiting to
happen. All you need to do is head out and decide whether to go right
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After the summer’s Olympics, Brazil had something else to celebrate at the end of
September – the introduction of the all-new Jeep Compass, built at Jeep’s Goiana, Pernambuco assembly plant. Another truly global model, the new Compass will be produced with a range of 17 powertrains and be sold in more than 100 countries around the world. Its proper debut will be at the LA Auto Show in November, it’ll go on sale in North America in the first quarter of
2017 and be here in Europe some time next summer.
Ground To Air Missiles Did you know that the Hemi engine was first developed for the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft? Well, in recognition of that, and the fact that US airmen regularly used to race cars against aeroplanes
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up runways, Jeep UK performed a rather fun-looking publicity stunt, racing a Grand Cherokee SRT with a 6.4-litre Hemi driven by Ed Morris against a Silence SA1100 Twister aerobatic plane piloted by Peter Wells around a 1.8-mile course at Blyton Park in Lincolnshire. Both hit speeds in excess of 140mph, negotiated tight turns around seven-metre pylons and crossed the line about a second apart. Who won? Search for it on YouTube, or find the link on our Facebook page.
or left at the end of your driveway.” See www.airstream.com.
McQueen Is King The organisers of FordFest – held at Santa Pod mid-September – held a little survey to find out which Ford from the big or small screen was the showgoers’ favourite. At a British Ford event, packed out with British Fords, you might have expected it to be The Sweeney’s three-litre Consul, The Professionals’ Capri or Gene Hunt’s MkIII Cortina from Life on Mars, but those three were relegated to runners-up by Frank Bullitt’s iconic green Mustang! Even more surprising were Stasky & Hutch’s Torino and Memphis Raines’ Eleanor taking fifth and sixth place respectively. Harry Potter’s Anglia could only manage tenth.
According to confused.com, almost one third of UK motorists (32%) admit to being motorway middle lane hoggers, and 37% are unaware that this is an offence punishable by at least three points on their licence and a £100 spot fine. And yet, since this came into law in 2013, just 135 motorists have been prosecuted.
Far From Camp The Stateside aftermarket is in the final stages of getting ready for the massive SEMA Show in Las Vegas in early November, and none more so than Ringbrothers. While their own custom creations, such as this year’s ‘48 Cadillac, ‘69 Camaro and ‘65 Mustang convertible, are superstars in their own right, the brightest star is likely to be their ‘Happy Camper’, a 1972 Winnebago Brave. Called the world’s fastest Winnebago, this flying brick really flies thanks to a 900bhp engine, coupled with a ‘party-ready’ interior inspired by a tiki lounge and a WWII bomber...
Dodge recently released their 2017 paint palette with a number of colours and names inspired by (and in many cases, directly lifted from) their muscle car-era heritage. The colours
for Challenger, Charger, Viper, Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan include Green Go and Yellow Jacket, joining Plum Crazy, SubLime and Go Mango. Others include Blu By You, White
Knuckle, Bomber Brown, Octane Red, White Noise, TorRed, Blood Orange, Contusion Blue and Bruiser Grey. “Our heritageinspired paint names highlight how the Dodge brand attitude permeates through everything we do, even a simple detail like a colour name,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat – FCA North America. “For Dodge, the heritage-inspired names are more than just catchy ways to call out our paint – these names resonate with our customers, speaking to their personality, their car passion and their love of their Dodge.”
Paint It Black... Again
While the Dodge cars are going all things bright and beautiful, the 2017 Ram Night package is following the new trend for blacked-out trim. Based on the
1500 Sport model, the Night package is available on the regular cab, quad cab and crew cab bodies in 2WD or 4WD, long- or short-bed, with either the 3.6 Pentastar V6 or 5.7 V8 Hemi, and with bright silver metallic, bright white, brilliant black, Flame red or Granite Crystal metallic paint. It adds a black grille surround and badges, gloss black 20x9” alloy wheels with 275/60R20 blackwall tyres, and bold Ram-stamped tailgate
Lone Stars Know your audience, says the old mantra, and Ford were listening. If you want to sell pick-ups in the heart of pick-up country, you need to stand out. Check out the new Ford F-150 Dallas Cowboys Edition, limited to just 400 examples. Based on the F-150 XLT with Chrome Package, itself the best-selling model in Texas, this edition includes
with black lettering, plus bodycolour bumpers and so on. It’ll be available any time now.
Cowboys star badging on doors, tailgate and wheel centre caps, the Cowboys’ star logo moulded into the bedliner, etched onto the chrome step plates and stitched into the seats and floor mats, and blue-white-blue stripes along the sills. Each “1 of 400” dash plaque will be autographed by Dallas Cowboys owner and president, Jerry Jones.
Rebel’s Yell Ram Trucks recently revealed the Ram Rebel TRX concept based on the new Rebel which, thanks to the supercharged 6.2-litre 575bhp Hemi, is the most powerful factory half-ton pick-up ever. It has Severe Duty 4x4 gear and an eight-speed 10
TorqueFlite auto, and with huge wheel wells to clear the 37x13.5” tyres and more than a foot of suspension travel at each corner, it clearly has Ford’s Raptor in its sights. In fact, Ram reckon this TRX can maintain 100mph off-road.
Running alongside the London Classic Car Show at London’s Excel from February 23rd-26th is the newly-announced Historic Motorsport International show, with classic competition car displays, cars for sale and conferences, all included in the main show ticket price. See historicmotorsportinternational.co.uk for details.
ontracknews THIS MONTH’S RACING AND TRACK NEWS
The annual Flame & Thunder curtain closer is going to make Guy Fawkes’ plans look like a lit fart, reckons Santa Pod’s James Forster.
Flame & Thunder on Saturday, October 29th, is Santa Pod’s annual end of season celebration where we pull out all the stops to put on a show for one last time. The track features one of the most diverse entry lists
of the year, with a handful of vehicles from just about every class going; Pro ET, Super Pro ET, Street Eliminator, Outlaw Anglia, Outlaw Street and Gasser Circus are all well represented with a couple of Top Fuel Dragsters
and a sprinkling of jet cars for good measure too. There will be no fewer than five jet powered vehicles on site with two dragsters, a funny car, a two-thirds scale funny car and a jet-powered Peugeot 205... In addition to any wheelstands we may get from the racing there are two wheelie machines that will certainly be posing for photos throughout the day – Ronnie Picardo’s wheelie Stingray and the Murty family’s Backdraft wheelie fire truck. With darkness falling early, the bonfire will be at the heart of the action and no Flame & Thunder would be complete without a spectacular fireworks display. Lighting up the night sky will be the Aerosparx UK pyrotechnic display team who will be letting off a few fireworks of their own.
The live action arena features a special darkness show and with two monster trucks plus Lee Bowers and the Team Maximum Lock drift team from Malta, you won’t want to miss that one! Flame & Thunder is one show that offers something for everyone and there’s almost too much to list, with static displays featuring American cars and even a couple of American trucks, too, plus monster truck rides, mini monster trucks, the Extreme Action Sports show with trials biking and free running, Circus Whiz, a kids’ party, Pro Wrestling, steam engines, stage shows and much much more! To see the full line-up and book, check out www. santapod.com. Day tickets start from just £20 plus fees and don’t forget kids under 16 go free (max three per paying adult)!
Shakespeare County’s Jerry Cookson looks back on a superb NSRA Hot Rod Drags.
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the watchful eye of organiser and Wild Bunch co-ordinator Claire Meaddows, who had put a lot of time and effort into the proceedings beforehand only to see some of it washed away. However, those that took part put on a tremendous display of raw horsepower from the 20-plus vehicle line up in the centre of the track. Sunday was obviously a lot better, with the missing sun shining down on all and sundry and the staging lanes full to capacity. One of the most impressive runs for me came from Wayne Allman’s Mental Breakdown split-window VW. Powered by a full drag spec methanol motor, Wayne ran a stunning 7.173 second pass at 196.19 mph, his best ever numbers to date. No fuss but a lot of effort. Although we didn’t get to see the finals due to an eighth-mile oildown late in the last knockings of the day, we had a new Gasser Circus Champion crowned. Congratulations to team Green Onions and new driver taking over the hot seat
from dad Ray, Harvey Turner. The Turners’ classic ’55 Chevy shoebox has been around for a very long time so it’s great to see this car and popular team finally in the winner’s circle. Also congratulations to Cliff Griffin in securing yet another championship in the Outlaw Anglia class. With three teams in close proximity of lifting the title with no semis or finals run, the championship stays in Warwickshire for another 12 months thanks to his team, led by dad Frank.
With one round still to go, the quickest Supercharged Outlaw was the Ford Probe bodied Funny Car of Andy Gallimore. Once the nitro ride for ‘big’ Jim Whelen and later Tony Baker in the Nineties, Andy powered the plastic fantastic through for a great lap of 7.888s at 181.92mph. All in all, it wasn’t a bad Hot Rod Drags, the fans were there and the cars were there. In fact, the place was packed until home time for most. Next year’s dates will be announced in due course so stay glued to the pages of your favourite magazine!
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There were many highs at this year’s 28th annual NSRA Hot Rod Drags, but the biggest low of them all was the appalling weather which greeted us on Saturday. Rain, rain and more rain, all day long, depriving us of any quality track action! The weekend started rather well, with more than 90 drivers signed up to take part in the Friday Street Drags. In those five hours of track time for vehicles wearing slicks or treads, and without uncorked headers, local racer Pete Lane in his ’69 Plymouth Barracuda managed 16 passes to be awarded by the NSRA for the Most Runs Achieved. Well done, Pete. But the fastest time on the swept and dragged unprepped track went to Outlaw Street racer Jamie Murray, a time of 9.658s achieved from his SBC 105E Anglia, followed by Andy Park’s wheelstanding Model Y at 9.916. Although Saturday was a washout, track-wise, the weather did finally abate long enough for the traditional Cacklefest and flame burnouts (although slightly modified) to take place under ACM
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Trials and tribulations for Alex Peters at Snetterton Sprint.
The Crystal Palace sprint is a spectacular public event held over two days. Although not a championship event, my sponsors love it because members of the public crawl all over the Mustang and take pictures of themselves with it. I normally work as a marshal for the event on the first day, with the Mustang displayed on the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club stand, and race on the second day. Fortiesstyle singers, Elle and the Pocket Belles (facebook.com/
elleandpocketbelles), very sportingly climbed all over the car for a photo shoot. I really need to find a professional photographer to help out with this stuff! Crystal Palace has the slipperiest track of any sprint event, made up of parts of the old race circuit (last used in full in 1972 when Gerry Marshall won the Osram saloon trophy) as well as footpaths for the general public. My tyres were getting quite worn by this stage of the season, and, amusingly,
someone took photos of my car going around the Big Tree Bend hairpin showing that I was using more than the full width of the track with two wheels on the grass bank on the exit, whilst the Porsche 911 I was up against was only going as far as the middle of the track. Check out the video on my blog www.blacksunracing. co.uk and facebook.com/ BlackSunRacing and marvel how the Mustang slides around each corner, just missing the bollard at the apex of the first corner! Due to the crazy class
structures based on year of manufacture, where I am normally up against 4WD Nissan GTRs, I had the idea to hold a virtual championship for an imaginary V8 trophy. This was far more inspiring, chasing times on the results sheets after each run where I had a reasonable chance of winning! The competition was open to any car with a V8 with a cross plane crank (thereby ruling out any European cars with engines that sound like sewing machines!), so I was now up against Jason Andrews in a 1965 Mustang GT350 replica, Jim Giddings in a Triumph TR8, Clive Letherby in a Rover V8-engined Triumph TR6, rival motorsport journalist Julian Balme in a Ford Falcon Sprint and Richard Owen in a Ford Galaxie 500. It was a very exciting and close fought battle throughout the day, eventually being won by Jim Giddings, and I came third. None of us managed to match my time of 39.49 seconds from last year, which gives me hope for next year with new tyres and the possibility of finding a sponsor to fund a real trophy!
You can see more pictures and video of the lap at www.blacksunracing.co.uk and www.facebook.com/BlackSunRacing ACM
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Chinese researchers have managed to hack into a Tesla Model S and control the brakes, lights and mirrors while the car was moving... 12 miles away. They also made the car suddenly apply the brakes (under low-speed test conditions). They supplied their findings to Tesla, who supplied an over-the-air software update within 10 days, and a ‘bug bounty’ reward to the hackers.
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Six-figure Shelby Silverstone Auctions’ flagship sale at the high-end Salon Privé at the beginning of September certainly saw the bidding paddles flying, with plenty of cars changing hands for six digits.
One of them, among the Porsches and Jaguars, was a 1968 Shelby GT500, offered publicly for sale for the first time ever in Europe, and complete with a deluxe Marti report and a place on the Shelby World Register. This beauty flew past its £100,000 estimate, eventually hammering at a mighty £142,875. Other stars included a matching-numbers ‘65 Chevy
Corvette coupe at £60,750 and a ‘59 Cadillac Series 62 sedan at just a shade over £10,000. Bargain. Silverstone’s next sale is the Porsche-only event at Silverstone on October 15th, followed by their sale alongside the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at Birmingham’s NEC on November 12th and 13th. See www.silverstoneauctions.com to keep an eye on the catalogue.
Bowties At Barons
Baron’s Auctions are having another of their classics sales on October 25th, and among the varied lot lists are some standout Americans. First is a ‘93 Corvette coupe, a late C4 with a file of history and receipts, a recent repaint at Claremont Corvette, and an estimate of £12,000-14,000. Then there’s the obligatory
Mustang, a bright red ‘67 fastback with 289 and auto, expected to bring £28,00032,000. There’s also a brace of Chevy pick-ups, the first being a ‘47 with a small-block V8, roof chop, satin paint and drop-onthe-deck air suspension that’s hoping for £25,000-28,000; the other being a ‘53 with similar specification apart from some lovely dark teal paint. You’ll find them all at www. barons-auctions.com.
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Bat Crazy Film vehicles always fetch a premium, even when they're as odd as this one – the 'Batpod' from The Dark Knight Rises, one of more than 500 film and TV items auctioned at the end of September by The Prop Store at London's BFI IMAX. The custom-designed high-tech bike, which features 31” Hoosier tyres, fibreglass panels, cannon and laser targeting unit, is powered by a Honda 750 engine and comes with a Warner Bros
certificate of authenticity. It was expected to bring £60,00080,000 in the catalogue, but ended up hammering for a whopping £312,000! The Batsuit from the same film brought £192,000.
Beyond The Autodrome We haven’t heard much from Classics Central this year, but they’re back with a Halloween special sale on Sunday, October 30th at the Bedford Autodrome. Among the classics on offer is a 1964 Studebaker Hawk GT, the last year of production, with a Stude 289 and auto box, 53,000 miles, MoT until April and a guide price of £12,00014,000. Or how about a ‘71 Chevy C10 short-bed stepside pick-up with a warm 350,
overdrive 700R4 auto, wads of history and receipts and a fresh 12-month ticket, estimated to bring £16,000-18,000? Or my favourite, because I’m odd like that, a 1984 Chevrolet El Camino in gold with brown velour. It’s supposedly in good order and very original, but with the base-model 3.8 V6 I reckon the £12,000-14,000 estimate might be a little optimistic. I’d be happy to be proven wrong, though, so see www.classicscentral.co.uk.
Auburn Muscle Worldwide Auctions’ early September Auburn sale was packed from start to finish with desirable cars. Among them was a very unusual ‘69 Camaro RS/SS coupe; unusual because it had the RS and SS packages and was a completely unrestored survivor car, but still had its original three-speed manual. Who specs a Camaro with RS and SS packages but doesn’t tick the four-speed box?
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Either way, it sold for $39,050. Other stand-outs included a ‘70 Chevelle SS LS6 convertible with ‘rock-crusher’ manual ‘box that hammered for $112,000, a ‘70 Olds Cutlass 442 convertible that brought $74,800, a ‘66 Shelby GT350 pre-production prototype at a whopping $456,500, and plenty more besides. Their next sale is on April 22nd in Arlington, Texas, so see www.worldwideauctioneers.com for details.
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1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS Hot dam! It's a very new Chevelle convertible, back in 1964, looking very handsome in triple blue, with the top-of-the-range Malibu SS trim and bucket seats. Love the three-spoked Impala hubcaps, too. Full marks if you spotted that this picture was taken in front of the Shasta Dam across the Sacramento River in northern California, a dam finished fewer than 20 years before this picture was taken.
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Dear ACM, I thought I would send you a few of my snaps taken at the Goodwood Revival over the weekend of September 10th and 11th. As always it was an awesome weekend, despite the appalling weather on Saturday, and made even better by the period dress that most visitors wear – the opening event this year was a round-up of replica old American-style Stock cars doing a few laps round the track. It was quite a spectacle together with some very exciting racing on track all weekend. Although neither car nor American related, one of the highlights of the event was the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, the second leg of which was held on the Sunday on what would have been his 66th birthday. I also loved the brilliant display of old aircraft and Willys jeeps and on track some mighty Ford and Chevy engined race cars which made the ground shake as they thundered by. It’s quite an event and I am lucky enough to live close by. Marge Dowling, via email
Blimey, Marge, can you remember what your house looks like?! You guys seem to be out all the time! A lesson to us all – if anyone knows exactly how to enjoy their American cars and the Yank/hot rod scene, it's the Dowlings. Thanks for the photos, too. DS, ACM
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2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Interceptor
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2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Interceptor
You've heard of undercover cops? These guys are lower than that...
Words: Dave Smith Photography: Matt Richardson
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2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Interceptor
hen it comes to grimefighting, these guys know how to clean up the town. Their Crown Vic shines like the Crown Jewels, but when the going gets tough, they can drop it like it's hot. They need to, in their relentless pursuit of The Cam-Air-O on the mean streets of … Leicestershire? Right, that's enough of the lateevening Seventies cop show blarney, and we aren't talking Starsky and Hutch here, we're talking Clarke and Masterman. That's Tom and Dale respectively, and you're far less likely to find them sporting flares and chunky-knit cardigans than a machine polisher and a Meguiar's polo shirt. “Meguiar's is 15 years old in the UK, but we'd never had a demonstrator,” said senior marketing guy, Tom. “The powers that be allocated us some funding, so we began talking through our options. Lots of other companies do Volkswagens, but we didn't want to get hemmed into the VW scene because we attend more than 50 shows every year, right across the spectrum. Meguiar's is an American company so we reached the idea of doing an American car, but then what would best represent the company, in black? We'd gone through the more obvious suggestions of Mustangs and Chevrolets, but then Dale and I were looking on our laptops and we simultaneously said we'd had an idea... we turned the screens around, and we'd both found the same car! A Crown Victoria on air.
When it comes to lowriding customs, a late-model Crown Victoria probably isn't high up the list of obvious candidates, but this really works. It's hard to believe that this black paint (below), looking so liquid you could dive into it, is the paint Ford laid on it almost 10 years ago. The 'Protect & Shine' mantra was hand-painted, along with various other logos (right) including the striping on the spotlamp
“We looked at various cars in the UK, mostly tired patrol cars that had led a hard life that we would have to repaint. Show season was coming up, and we picked up an old trail from a guy who had one, who'd mentioned that his friend happened to have one too. We were on the road at the time, not far away, so we asked if there was any chance we could come and have a look right now! The guy had a big garage, in which was a blue patrol car, but then noticed this black Interceptor over in the corner. It was a little more than we wanted to spend, but it was in
“We reached the idea of doing an American car, but then what would best represent the company, in black?”
incredible condition and had all the right P71 bits, like the uprated propshaft, reinforced sump and Ford Motorsport hoses. The paint was tired and looked like it had been washed with a broom once a week, but the body was straight and the interior looked as though it had hardly been sat in. It didn't need any bodywork apart from a small dent in the bonnet that we had popped back out, and the bumper needed painting after we fitted the nudge bar. Other than that, it's the original paint, and three or four days of machine polishing brought it up lovely.
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2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Interceptor
“Simon at Nefarious Pinstriping laid down the yellow, the Meguiar's branding with the Protect And Shine logo and Sheriﬀ's badge, and hand painted. The vinyl 1901 squad car number on the roof is the year Meguiar's was founded, cut and applied by Syco Graphix, and the chrome trim around the windows was vinyl-wrapped in black. The nudge bar and pillar-mounted spotlight came as part of the sale – the guy took them oﬀ the blue patrol car – because we needed people to instantly know it was a police car. Then EMP fitted the custom straight-through exhaust, and that 4.6 V8 sounds thunderous! “The real work started when we took the car to Phil at The Install Company. We believe it's the first Crown Victoria on air in Europe, and there aren't many anywhere, plus we think it's the lowest one ever done. We took Phil the picture we'd both found on the internet and said, 'We want it lower than that.' This required lots of notching of the reinforced police-spec chassis, and having the AirLift kit
This P71 was always a 'detective' car in shadowy black, so the nudge bar and pillarmounted spotlamp were purloined from a fullydressed patrol car (right). Where the bumper needed trimming to ﬁt the nudge bar is the only bit of paint that isn't Ford original. Interceptors didn't bother with niceties like alloy wheels that would get damaged by potholes and such; they made do with simple steels and hubcaps (below), and the Meguiar's boys insist that they'll be staying. 'Detective' cars also didn't come with lovely yellow and red pinstripes...
custom-fabricated. It's totally unique, with a custom strut/bag combo, so we're on very good terms with the guys at AirLift. It was lots to learn, but Phil really pulled it out of the bag. Part of the air instal includes the boot installation, the carbon fibre air tanks
and full Kenwood audio set-up. The digital controller for the air suspension is hidden inside the casing of the CB radio. All the work Phil's done, he's absolutely nailed it. We always agreed that, when the budget came along, he'd be the one to do the work. ➔
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“We bought the car in February, and did our first show at the end of May, just two and a half months later. Phil had the car just two and a half weeks – he's a hard worker! Now it drops so low that the only thing stopping it is the sump; you could get a fag paper between the sump and the ground on full drop. We could probably go lower but we wanted to keep the police-spec steel wheels and hubcaps, we won't be changing them. “The whole point of the exercise was to do something rare and unusual that would become a precious finished product, but something fun and diﬀerent that said Meguiar's without having it blared down the side. This is certainly fun, and very comfortable as we cruise up and down the country doing shows all over the place, from local to national. We're both big car enthusiasts, so taking it to shows isn't a chore; it isn't even work! ➔
“It's totally unique, with a custom strut/bag combo, so we're on very good terms with the guys at AirLift” 24
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2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Interceptor
Let's take a look at the other star of our shoot, tattoo artist Gaz Hunter and his Cam-Air-O, the shadowy six-shooter being pursued by the down-lo Five-O. “When I was 19, I had a £1,500 '84 Camaro, then I went through three Capris before getting myself a 2005 Mustang,” says Gaz. “I drove the Mustang every day, but I had plenty of tuner buddies and wanted more power. In 2013, we went to Hawaii to book our wedding, and rented a 45th Anniversary Camaro SS. I was in love; as soon as we got home, the Mustang went up for sale! “Straight after that, I bought this 2011 V6 Camaro. Yes, I have the V6 conversation a lot, but it only had 12,000 miles on it, is a good daily driver and is quite powerful for a V6 at 323bhp. Straight away I had a double de-cat and fitted a K&N filter, so that should bring it up to nearer 330bhp. Either way, it absolutely destroys the '05 V8 Mustang and puts it to the road nicely too.
and you can certainly get some speed up, but then in three seconds you can lift it for speed bumps, all via the controller in the arm rest. “The boot install was meant to be practical, so I might go a bit crazy with it and go for the full audio install too. Or I might go for the twin-turbo V8 Slayer set-up for 500bhp, just to prove it can be done with a V6. Either way, I'm definitely going for the Brembo eight-pot brake upgrade over winter, plus some new wheels to really take it up a notch.
“I might go for the twin-turbo V8 Slayer set-up for 500bhp, just to prove it can be done with a V6” “After that, I tinted the windows, and then a friend introduced me to Phil, who does the air suspension. I'd heard a few bad things about air suspension, but after talking to Phil and riding in a couple of the cars he's converted, I was convinced. The guy's a genius with suspension and alignment, and when I saw pictures of a Challenger on air, I just thought: 'It's got to happen'. I believe mine is the first fifth-gen outside the US on air. “I took the car to Phil in April this year, and he used the full AirLift kit, which oﬀers a 6-7” drop, with 3H management that controls each bag individually and is self-adjusting so it never bottoms out. You can even control it remotely from your phone, so it goes from gasser to grass instantly; super cool. You'd never know it was on air when you're driving it, though, and that's what really sold it to me. It has a 'Motorway Mode' setting, low and firm for straight-line cruising,
“I use it for work, and just nipping about – that's what I wanted, a car that I could use every day that'd still look as cool as possible, and I've done 6,000 miles since the air conversion and had no problems. I've done quite a few of the German car and 'stanced' car shows, just to show them how cool American cars on air are – they look so cool slammed in front of the Euroboxes. Aside from the air suspension it's still largely standard; I've gone for the looks over performance so far, but will be going for performance next. The V6 cars do get looked down on, but a Camaro on air? People will walk straight past a blown street machine to look at a car on air.” Thanks to: “Vic at Lowpro; Phil at The Install Company; Mitch at Inspired Automotive; Tredwear tyre letters; The Integrity Tattoo Lounge, Ossett, Wakefield (www.integritytattoo.co.uk).” ACM
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“We've won three awards for it so far, which we're mega-chuﬀed about. We won Judges Choice at Fuelled Society, a Top 20 at Show And Glow, and Best Paint at the Gravity show! That was amazing, as it's still original Ford paint! This has been the toughest paintwork to keep on top of that we've ever had, it's so soft that you only have to look at it and there's a mark on it. “Over winter, after the NEC Classic Motor Show, we're going to do a full-
on hot rod interior with a bench seat conversion and everything covered in red leather or Alcantara, a total attention-seeking interior! We're also looking for a sixties van, an Econoline or an A100. The beauty of the Crown Vic as it sits is that we've done very few actual modifications, but each mod has a very high impact. We've created a monster. It sounds like a monster, too; it's bloody loud!” ACM
Tech Spec 2007 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Interceptor Ford 4.6 V8 Four-speed overdrive auto Custom Airlift struts/bags air suspension Standard brakes The Meguiar's Crown Vic and Gaz's Camaro (below) - two cars on air hiding under an aircraft that's on the ground! Although both cars drop so low they could probably hide under a Dachshund. These aren't just showponies either. Although both cars shine like a black diamond in a rice pudding, both see plenty of road miles and Gaz's Chevy is a daily driver. You can see the Crown Vic if you go along to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November Meguiar's have a large 'Pride of Ownership' display, you won't miss it.
“We've done very few actual modiﬁcations, but each mod has a very high impact. We've created a monster”
Standard Police Pursuit Pack steel wheels and 235/55R17 reinforced tyres Police option detective pack interior Kenwood double-DIN head unit and Kenwood door speaker upgrade Ford original black paint Hand painted custom pin striping All chrome wrapped black Search light, nudge bar, blue and red lights in grille and rear EMP straight-through exhaust, painted black Thanks to: “Phil at The Install Company, Kenwood UK for the audio, EMP for the noise, Airlift Performance, Syco Graphix, Reflex Auto Design, Nefarious Pinstriping, Bob for sorting all the electrics, Style & Shield for the tints, and Car Audio Security.”
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1974 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
With most of the 4x4 world rolling around in lifted Blazers, here's one sunshine special that's a little more down to earth. Words: Dave Smith Photography: Andy 'Fly' Tipping
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1974 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
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1974 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
he Chevy Blazer is a big, capable SUV that really helped bridge the gap between pickup and car. It was an SUV before the term SUV was invented, and a crossover car years before anybody invented those, either. It wasn't the first – the International Scout had been around since 1961, and the Ford Bronco since 1966, but both of those were square, basic, no-frills workhorses, barely a step up from the Jeep CJ. When the Blazer came along in '69 it oﬀered the same open-top fun as the IH or Ford, but with all the extras that, by then, were available to pick-up buyers – various small-block V8s, automatic transmissions, even air
The Blazer is an unusual construction. It's not like a pick-up with a separate cab and bed on a chassis; it's a onepiece body with no B-pillar, just like any other convertible (below). Ah, American Racing Torq Thrust IIs (below left) - is there any American car that they DON'T look great on?
conditioning. While the Scout and Bronco were more for park rangers, boonie-bashers, sand-dune racers and people who lived in swamps, the Blazer was for people who wanted a fun car that looked like it could do all those things, and at a push, probably could, even though most would never work harder than carrying a bunch of friends to Friday night football then play host to a tailgate party. The Scout and Bronco were to the Blazer what the Land Rover was to the Range Rover. The Blazer was a definite cut above, although it could still work hard for its living. It could traverse, it could tow and it could trot around town, but with a touch more civilisation.
Most were 4x4s but a few, like the one on these pages, were simply rear-wheel drive. Called the K5, they were little more than short-wheelbase trucks. The earlier ones are relatively uncommon, but, when they changed to this square, Tonka-toy styling in 1973, the Blazer really took oﬀ. All the early ones – again, like this one – had the full lift-oﬀ hardtop, but a few years later they changed to a half-cab style, with a fixed roof over the passengers and a lift-oﬀ hardtop that only covered what would be the pick-up bed. Everybody loved them, from oﬀroad fans to the US military, all of which contributed to the Tonka-toy K5 having a production run of almost 20
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1974 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
years before being phased out. They even lasted longer than the pick-ups they were based on – the new generation of C/K-series pick-ups came out in 1988, but the Blazer was littlechanged until 1992, when it was replaced by the Tahoe/Yukon. The Blazer name lived on in the more compact S10-based Blazer, but for the appearance of sheer monolithic indestructibility, you just can't beat the old K-series. The Californian-flavoured 2x4 you see before you is a '74 model that belongs to Mark Cockerill from Northamptonshire. Here's the story. “My old man had American cars years ago,” says Mark, ���and so did my uncle. I've
always wanted something American for myself. I've had everything else, but nothing American! I fancied a pick-up, but there are not enough seats for the family, and then this came along – the best of both worlds, a four-seat pick-up AND a convertible! ➔
“For the appearance of sheer monolithic indestructibility, you just can't beat the old K-series”
Mark (right) has found the perfect blend of truck, car and convertible in his Blazer. And Andy was lucky, picking this day for the photoshoot with that sunshine, the roof oﬀ and Tshirt-and-shorts temperatures, you could almost believe that this was Long Beach rather than Northamptonshire...
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“I found it on eBay, down Chichester way, so back in spring, I went down to look. I took my friend Johnny, who is into American stuﬀ and has a Barracuda, as he was also looking to buy a '67 Mustang for someone else, and the Mustang was about 20 miles from the Blazer so we made a day of it! We went around the Blazer, and Johnny picked up a few minor faults, but it was mostly in good order. I bought it and drove it home with no problems. “I didn't have much to do to it. It's an early one with the full factory hardtop,
which looked okay from a distance, but if you were blind you could have read it, there were that many marks on it! Kev at Three Ways sorted that out for me. It also had loads of stereo gear in there, probably fitted some time ago in the States, and most of it didn't work so I ripped it all out, made a new console, fitted a new head unit and got it all working. I like my stereo gear! “It's a two-wheel drive, which is unusual as most of them were fourwheel drive. I don't know how much it's been lowered by, but it's a lot. Before I bought this one I was looking at some
“I don't know how much it's been lowered by, but it's a lot”
The motor (far left) is a warmed-up 350-cube Chevy small-block, which gives enough hustle to shift this ﬂying brick along at an indecent rate. The interior is very red indeed (left centre), but that centre console is Mark's own work, and you don't have to look far to spot that he's a bit of an audiophile. There are as many sounds in the car as there are under the bonnet. With the hardtop oﬀ, it's a full convertible (below) but that roll bar is good common sense.
that were on air suspension, but that all looked like a lot of fuss. People ask me why I've lowered something like a Blazer, but that's just the way I like them. It certainly drives alright, a bit bouncy perhaps, being lowered, but it will cruise at 75mph no problem, and it's not too thirsty. It's very loud, though, especially on kickdown, and it doesn't hang about! It really shifts for such a bulky thing. I've not had it on the dyno, but that's not why I bought it – I just love it for the looks and the sound, that makes people’s heads turn. That's me all over! ➔
Tech Spec 1974 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 350 Chevrolet small-block GM Performance heads Edelbrock intake Edelbrock carburettor Comp Cams camshaft MSD HEI distributor MSD HD ignition leads Flowmaster side-exit system TH350 three-speed auto American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels BF Goodrich radials Thanks to: “My wife, Vicki, for putting up with me spending hours looking for a car, then buying it, then spending hours working on it. Thanks to Johnny Marsh for putting up with me all the way down to go and see it, and thanks to Kev at Three Ways for the job on the roof.”
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“The Flowmaster exhaust system exits just behind the rear wheels, but I'd rather see a pair of chrome tailpipes exiting under the rear bumper” “It even keeps the rain out! That was the first question I asked the seller – does it leak. I don't usually take it out in the rain, but when I've been caught out it does stay dry inside. You don't nail it in the wet, though; it's just a cruiser, it's not built for going sideways. The removable hardtop is great, but it's a bit awkward to fit and remove, plus you've then got to have somewhere to store it while it's oﬀ. You can get a full folding convertible roof from the States, but that's something I might consider next year. “It's been in the UK for about two years, and I'm the second owner since 34
it arrived. I run a garage, where I'm an MoT tester, so I've been sure to do proper conversions on the lights, although it can be switched back to US spec very easily. I've still got plenty of bits to do to it, but I just can't get the time. Over winter, I want to strip the interior out and fix a few bits and pieces, such as the driver's seat, which has a rip in it so I may reupholster the seats. I want to put my mark on the car, but don't want to take too much away from it, so I may just have them trimmed in leather. I may dress up the engine bay a little, and the steering box is leaking
Those vast wheelarches (above) hint at the car's capability for monstrous oﬀroad tyres, but when was the last time you saw a lowered Blazer? We've noticed an upturn in the fortunes of the big, square Seventies pick-up in the UK over recent years; maybe the K5 Blazer will follow in their tyretracks? We can but hope...
and needs a repair, but I knew about that before I bought it. The Flowmaster exhaust system exits just behind the rear wheels, but I'd rather see a pair of chrome tailpipes exiting under the rear bumper, so I might tackle that, too. “Most of the work needed is tidying, or redoing work that's been done before. We've been out a lot in it over summer, but I have one last event to go to in late September then it's coming oﬀ the road for the work. I'm definitely keeping it, though. I've had oﬀers, but it's not for sale. And the kids love it!” ACM
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This may be the popular Hot Rod Hayrideâ€™s last outing at Bisley Shooting Centre, but the fans were there to see it off in style. Words & Photography: Andy Davis Rumours about the demise of the Hot Rod Hayride have been circulated and pooh-poohed for a while now, but as it turned out, this really was the last Hayride at the Bisley Shooting Centre. New management apparently intend to concentrate on shooting activity in future, and while the pavilion ballroom was available for the bands and DJs, the bars and cafe in the pavilion complex had already been stripped out for refurbishment. No matter - two large marquee bars were organised next to the ballroom and in
the trade area by the open air veranda stage, and extra catering stands were brought in, so it was business as usual. By Friday evening the power parking spots outside the pavilion were already full, although there was a little less room this year as Valley Gas Speed Shop had brilliantly turned their trade stand into a mini art deco gas station, complete with a pair of petrol pumps and full illumination. Most people divided their time between mingling outside and dipping into the entertainment, headlined at midnight
by The Go Getters from Sweden, followed by dancing and burlesque until 2am. On Saturday there was one last trip to Tongham Dirt Oval for the Detonators Car Club Dust Up. Once again, participants were paired up to fling their rides around the oval in a sprint contest, which was free to enter with prizes for those demonstrating the most panache. We were also treated to three sessions from BRISCA Heritage Stock Car racers, who alarmed at least two photographers ďƒ¨
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as their good-natured jostling for position resulted in cars mounting the infield banking and in one case ending up on top of the Armco. These were apparently “demonstration runs” their races must be utter carnage! Back at Bisley, people gathered around the pavilion area in the early evening, creating a great atmosphere as trad-style, pre-’66 cars cruised past the diverse architecture of the shooting lodges, avoiding pedestrians in vintage garb as they rolled in and out of the showfield. Of course, those who had opted to give the oval trip a miss had started drinking early, and members of the Originals club were
already parading around in their wife/partner’s nightwear, although thankfully this was discarded before they made their way to the ballroom! A friend’s pick-up parked near the ballroom door made a convenient beer store and focal point for a convivial evening, which included a “freak show” cabaret on the veranda stage and the usual rockin’ sounds. Headliners the Pole Cats seemed pretty good, though I confess I only caught the end of their set after getting roped into a Jagermeister session in the bar by my brand new friend (Hi, Jodie). Towards the end, it seemed to dawn on people this was the last night at this
unique venue and many hung around outside the pavilion long after the entertainment stopped at 2am. The show finished on Sunday lunchtime with the traditional soapbox derby, and that was that. Some old regulars had started feeling the demise of Bisley may be no bad thing, as the event has become a lot more mainstream recently, but they were also hoping it would continue elsewhere, maybe in a back-to-basics format. Fear not – next year it moves to Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent with hangar parties, vintage plane rides and on-site dirt drags. The Hayride is dead; long live the Hayride! ACM
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After last year’s bank holiday soaking, Buster Lang really stepped their game up this year. Words: Dave Smith Photography: Sonia Hammond In mid-August, there was much rumbling around the Sandown Park area – Buster Lang and crew were in town. Their popular one-day show of previous years had made way for an ambitious weekender, this time with the added benefit of indoor areas
should the British summer once again turn distinctly unsummery. There was plenty going on, too. Aside from the big Baron’s auction, there were two halls crammed with show cars, plus the big VIP display area outside, with monster trophies
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showreport and cash prizes up for grabs for the showiest and shiniest. The staff were all attired accordingly, along with some patrolling police ladies who were distinctly un-Plod-like, and once the sun went down, there was a rather VIP area party atmosphere courtesy of Hard-Up Garage, who put on quite the burlesque show alongside their display of customs and rat-rods. ďƒ¨ 42
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So whether your thing was the cars, the Americana, or even filling your face in the Krispy Kreme-sponsored doughnut eating competition, there was something for everyone at this event. Plans are already afoot for next yearâ€™s event, hopefully once again in the inexplicably slack midAugust period, so stay tuned at www. busterlang.co.uk for details and make a date for an all-American show in the heart of the Home Counties. ACM 44
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The Pre-50 AAC celebrated its 50th birthday by bringing all things American to the Britishness of Blenheim. Words: Bruce Cox Photography: John Jackson The Rally of the Giants might sound like an X-Box game but, in fact, it is the annual gathering of the Pre-50 American Auto Club. This year the massive rally took place once again at Blenheim Palace, near Woodstock in Oxfordshire, and was the event with which the club celebrated its 50th anniversary. It saw some 350 American cars and trucks on parade and representing all eras from the pioneer days to the present. The Pre-50 AAC is Britainâ€™s biggest club catering for enthusiasts of classic/vintage American cars and trucks and, as such, has attained
an important place in the general vehicle preservation movement in the UK. It was founded half a century ago by just six young guys who realised that American vehicles were generally being neglected by the mainstream classic car preservation movement. So, in January 1966, a committee was formed and the club was born. When the club was first formed the committee felt that any vehicle built before 1950 should qualify as an American historic classic - hence the name. Over the past half-century, however, those parameters have
obviously had to change. In 1977 the dating was amended to include vehicles up to 1959, and in 2010, with an entirely new generation of enthusiasts having grown up, the classification was again changed to include any vehicle over 25 years old. So nowadays the annual Rally of the Giants is the one event of the year at which visitors can stroll amongst a display that truly illustrates the living history of the American car. Make a note in your diary for July 2017, and keep an eye on the clubâ€™s website at www.pre-50aac.com for the actual date and further details. ACM
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Field Of Dreams A corner of Devon goes all-American for the Can-Am Club’s Independence Day Weekender. Words: Dave Worrall Photography: Terry Pittaway
“If we build it, they will come.” So said Kevin Costner in the 1989 film Field of Dreams - and boy, did The National Can-Am Car Club do just that. Organised in conjunction with (and held at) Cofton Country Holiday Park, near Dawlish, Devon, hundreds of American car owners converged on this superb location between July 1st and 3rd to celebrate Independence Day Weekend. Although the Thursday saw several Can-Am club members arrive to help dress the field with flags and bunting, Friday saw most people arriving
throughout the day, heading for the huge marquee on the show field during the evening to meet up with fellow enthusiasts, enjoy a drink and meal, and dance to the music provided by Rock’n’Roll band, The Fabulous 59 Ford, who certainly had the audience rocking on their feet! However, it was Saturday that was the big attraction. Why? Well, this was the day we all took to the road in our cars for a cruise to Teignmouth, providing holiday-makers lining the streets with an awesome sight as
(Above) Lining-up for the start of the cruise on Saturday morning. (Below) Can-Am Club members celebrate the beginning of the event on the Friday night. (Right middle) Saturday night Fifties costume gals
more than 75 cars drove through the town and parked on the sea front for everyone, including Mayor Sadiq Khan, to admire. This was ‘poser heaven’ (aren’t all American car owners?) as the public saw a mixture of vehicles ranging from a Thirties hot rod to a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and a 2012 ‘Transformers Bumblebee’ Special Edition Camaro that had the kids buzzing (pardon the pun). But this was just the beginning of Saturday’s celebrations. Back on the show field saw even more people arrive for the evening’s entertainment, this time provided by an Elvis tribute act starring Adam Carter. The weather was good to us, and with the event attracting holiday-makers and the public from surrounding areas as well, many car owners displayed their vehicles outside the marquee as an added attraction to the festivities. They also took part in a ‘Best Dressed Fifties Costume’ contest. Even more so than the previous night, Elvis saw the dance area filled to capacity as everyone jived the night away - and with beer and cider just £3.50 a pint, and chilli nachos, jacket potatoes, burgers, wings, hot dogs etc coming thick and fast, nobody went to bed that night hungry or, dare I say, sober!
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showreport Sunday was show day. Vehicles started arriving on the field from around 8am - with the event officially open from 10am. Again, that great car builder in the sky looked down upon us favourably, with the sun bursting upon us from about 11am. Apart from the American car owners who were staying on site for the weekend (Cofton rent out static caravans and cottages, and have huge, beautifully laid-out areas for motor homes and tents) more cars arrived during the day. The Can-Am club did a sterling job marshalling the event, displaying over 145 cars for everyone to enjoy, whilst providing plenty of space to roam around, sit outside the beer tent, or crash out on the grass to sunbathe - yes, it was that
(Above) The Mayor Angela Fenn presented the trophies, which Keith Bloomfield on the right announced.
hot. For families in attendance there was a bouncy castle, face-painting, and a Buckin’ Bronco, whilst adults could peruse the Red Rocket stall which was selling Americana and all manner of US car-themed items, and also a stall selling vintage clothing. Local Mayor, Angela Fenn, joined the fun in the afternoon, and she and Can-Am club Chairman Keith Bloomfield walked the field to choose the trophy winners. At 4pm everyone gathered around the Can-Am Club stand where John Bugg was presented with Best in Show for his immaculate 1979 Lincoln Continental. During the day the public were handed flyers to enable them to vote too, with The People’s Choice trophy awarded to Gary Wray for his
stunning 1956 Chevy Bel Air. All in all, a superb weekend event that was enjoyed by everyone who attended including Steve Osmond (who used to work for the famous rod builder and TV personality Boyd Coddington in America) - whether you owned a Yank tank or not. Next year sees The National Can-Am Car Club celebrate its 50th anniversary and Independence Day Weekend will be back at Cofton, bigger and better than ever, for what looks like being one of the biggest USA car shows in the South West, and one that, like Wheels Day and Billing, will become a “must-go-to” event in every American car owner’s calendar across the country. ACM
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The Muscle Magnet Muscle cars of any description find themselves drawn to the annual gathering, the Mopar Euronats. Words: Dave Smith Photography: Jon Spoard For so many muscle car fans, the Mopar Euronationals is the go-to event every year, and has been for more than 20 years. It has a prime spot on the calendar, is wall-to-wall muscle all day and a great party atmosphere once the sun goes down. I spoke to one guy who said, “If I only get to go to one event each year, I make sure that it’s this one.” Even the sun showed up to this one. I still speak to people at other events who are convinced that this event is only open to Mopars; this couldn’t be further from the truth, all muscle machines are welcome, although there is a good-natured, amiable air of ‘come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough’ on
the track. Hardest of them all were the visiting Pro Modified class, and the wildest doorslammers anywhere running way down into the lowest of the low sixes is something definitely not to be missed. Top Sportsman were guesting – too, another very popular class with the spectators and competitors alike. Despite the pits and spectator stands and bank all being packed, there seemed to be fewer cars in the pairing lanes than usual on the Saturday. I wonder if many of the usual suspects, remembering the lengthy queues of yesteryear, elected to sit this one out and watch? Well, you missed out – those that did run got plenty of track time, and on a track
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SHOW WINNERS BEST IN SHOW John Castleman 1970 Plymouth Superbird WINGED WARRIORS John Castleman 1970 Plymouth Superbird MOST ORIGINAL MOPAR Gary Snell 1961 Chrysler Newport Convertible BEST RESTIFIED MOPAR Gary Bellamy 1972 Plymouth Satellite PARTICIPANTSâ€™ CHOICE Dave Hills 1968 Plymouth Satellite BEST MODERN MUSCLE Kevin Hanchant 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT BEST GM Ron Smith 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS BEST HOT ROD Jim Simkins 1934 Ford Roadster BEST VIPER Mark Kidman Dodge Viper GTS-R OLD TIMER Chris Denton 1939 Dodge Pick-up CA HEAT WINNER John Castleman 1970 Plymouth Superbird SYLVIA HAUSER CHOICE Glyn Biggs 1968 Dodge Charger R/T BEST CRUISE CAR Shaun Henstridge 1969 Plymouth Wagon TOP FIVE Peter Crofts 1969 Plymouth Satellite John Peto 1969 Dodge Dart Ed and Rob Yellott 1964 Dodge Dart GT Stuart Vear 1975 Chevy Stepside Truck Prestige Body Shop 1970 Dodge Charger
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fully prepped for Pro Mods! You’ll certainly know better for next year... Sunday is always the big day, with the usual fare of racing all day and showing and shining in the car corral off track. There were a bundle of snakes visiting, too, as the UK Viper club that had been parading at the Silverstone Classic the previous day made their way over to add to the numbers. The action paused only briefly for the ever-popular burnout competition, and after creating a cloud of thick smoke worthy of Woodstock, it was back to the quarter-miling. By mid-afternoon, breakages and fatigue were taking their toll, and after prizegiving, many were heading home while those remaining enjoyed the last opportunities on track. It had been another spectacular weekend, another superb effort from the organisers and MMA crew, once again proving that 54
this event is the annual muscle Mecca. Honestly, what’s not to like? There was a real clencher of a moment for Pete Youhill in his ninesecond Chevelle, when a full-bore launch caused a transmission cooler line to let go (look under the front bumper in the second pic). Trans fluid and slicks don’t work well together. Pete called his car the Pacemaker for a reason, and we bet his had
its work cut out for it just then, but someone must have been looking down on him because he managed to just miss everything in his erratic path, including the Camaro in the other lane. This spectacular photo sequence (above) comes courtesy of The Mad Welshman. Next year’s Mopar Euronationals will be back at Santa Pod over the weekend of July 28th to 30th! ACM
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MODERN MUSCLE Jonathon Martin, Dodge Viper 11.28 STOCK APPEARING Dave Billadeau, 1970 Plymouth GTX 13.79
PRODUCTION MOPAR Andy Carruthers 13.97 MODIFIED PRODUCTION Adam Nowak, Plymouth Road Runner 10.92 KING OF STREET Bri Wood, Dodge 9.72 UNLIMITED KING OF STREET Mag Bailey 8.92 FASTEST MOPAR Michael Touren, Pro Mod Barracuda 6.074 @ 236mph PAUL WORROW MEMORIAL CLASS Andy Robinson 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T 9.8 @ 135mph CLASH OF THE A-BODIES BIG-BLOCK Mark Bailey 1968 Plymouth Barracuda 8.92 @ 147mph SMALL-BLOCK/SIX-CYLINDER David Gray, Chrysler Charger 16.23 @ 82mph MMA SPIRIT OF THE NATS AWARD David Gray
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American Super Stock: Rounds 7&8 Where: York Raceway, When: August 28th-29th
Words: Dave Smith Photography: Richard Smith (rdsmith.zenfolio.com)
The August bank holiday weekend is always a popular event, and despite some heavy rain on the Saturday beforehand, the Sunday and Monday double-header promised to be a biggie. On the Sunday morning, despite a cool and damp start, there were 12 qualifiers for the all-American bracket. Leading the charge was Chris Wilson in the beautiful gold Dodge, a 13.21 on a 13.20 dial being good enough for pole position, with championship contenders Adam Nowak and Lee ‘Cookie’ Chiles hot on his heels. Getting the power down on the cool, damp track was proving to be tricky for some of the heavy-hitters, Nigel Preston and Pete Youhill’s 10-second Chevys being well off the pace. There were a couple of new Mustangs in the mix, too, with Pete Smith’s 2007 Shelby GT500 joining from the NSCC, Kris Thoburn bringing out an SN95 while his white machine is having surgery, and Andy Reynolds still in the S195 while the S10 pick-up is hors de combat. The first heat of eliminations opened with Nigel still being off the pace next
to a storming Dave Billadeau in the Plymouth wagon, then Mick Elsworth and Cookie Chiles each picked a cherry, Mick losing out by picking his two tenthousandths of a second before Cookie. Kiwi Thompson’s Duster ran a 10.47 on his 10.40 dial to finish Chris Wilson’s day, but then, as the track dried and began to warm up, the breakouts started coming. A double-breakout between championship leader Andy Reynolds and Richard Grainger went in Richard’s favour, while a similar doublebreakout between Kris Thoburn and Adam Nowak saw Adam come out on top. A red light from Pete Youhill gave Pete Smith a free trip to the next round to finish off the opening round. A short, sharp shower in the afternoon undid all the morning’s good work, but at least the racing was clean. A nice, close race saw Dave run 11.72 on his 11.65 dial, enough to finish off Adam who was 0.3 seconds adrift of his 11.08 dial, and Kiwi was closer to his dial but a better reaction from Richard clinched the race. It was a similar tale for Pete, who was
marginally closer to his dial but lost the race to Cookie’s sharper reaction. The semis were quickly dispatched, with Cookie’s 11.23 on an 11.19 dial being too close for Dave to beat, while Richard took an easy bye into the all-Mopar finals. After the rain stopped play mid-afternoon, the shadows were quite long when Cookie’s Valiant and Richard’s Road Runner took to the burnout
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boxes for the final. Both had stuck with the dial-ins they’d run in the first two rounds, Richard’s 11.50 meaning he’d get the green a blink before Cookie on 11.19. In the end, Cookie’s sharper reaction gave him 0.2 of a second to play with, and he was on the brakes at the top end to take the win, doing his championship chances a power of good. That evening, with the on-track KC Memorial cacklefest, big barbecue, live music and even a burlesque turn that opened a few eyes, the party was very lively and everyone went to bed happy. Whether that happiness would still be present in the morning remained to be seen... Fortunately (and unusually), bank holiday morning dawned dry and promised a day of sunshine, and that’s what it delivered. A few overnight additions to the ranks swelled the number to a perfect 16, a terrific number for a nice ladder, including Vic Parsons’ big red Belvedere, Karen Gregory in her Lightning and Howard Holmes in the beautiful Coronet R/T. Sam Carter-Chiles was in her 12-second Chrysler Crossfire, while hubby George was trying out his new machine in RWYB – a Morris Minor van with Fiat twin-cam power! Adam Nowak laid down an 11.011 on an 11.0 dial to take control of qualifying, with Nigel Preston and Andy Reynolds right behind, the top half of the field all being within 0.1 of their dials. It was going to be a tough day... It was indeed tough right from the off, especially in the opening battle of the Mustangs, as Pete Smith’s cherry handed the win to Kris Thoburn, shortly
before Andy Reynolds’ Mustang did exactly the same trick to gift the win to Kiwi. A miscroscopic breakout from Vic Parsons gave Pete Youhill’s Chevelle an easy ride, before Dave Billadeau ran 11.58 on an 11.58 dial to oust a breaking-out Sam. Lee Chiles had an easy solo ride thanks to a no-show from Chris Wilson, while Karen ran 13.53 on a 13.53 dial to stamp her authority all over Richard Grainger. Another noshow was Nigel Preston, the Camaro having electrical gremlins to give Mick Elsworth a free pass, before Howard Holmes broke out trying to match Adam Novak’s 11.0300 on his 11.02 dial. In the quarter finals, the racing on the sun-drenched, grippy track got tighter still. It opened with Kiwi’s 10.25 on a 10.23 dial, ending Dave’s day in the Plymouth long-roof, while Mick took a free pass to the semis when Kris broke out. Pete Youhill laid down a 10.456 on a 10.45 dial against a breakingout Adam, while a double breakout from Cookie and Karen came out in Cookie’s favour. Once again, packed pits and a busy race schedule meant that it was getting quite late before the semis came around, and it opened with Mick making a lightning reaction then throwing it all away on a breakout against Cookie. Then Pete, the last non-Mopar in the game, was pushed back from the line to allow Kiwi to run uncontested. Kiwi still ran 10.28 on his 10.23 dial, his terminal of 128mph over Cookie’s 123mph giving the man from Swindon lane choice in the final. The final, the battle of the A-bodies, would be a tense affair. Cookie chalked
11.03 on the blue Valiant; Kiwi kept 10.23 on the Duster. Cookie’s lights ran down eight tenths of a second before Kiwi’s, and Cookie was away with the better reaction time, storming down the track with Kiwi in catch-up mode, and catch up he did. Even though he was on the brakes at the top end, Cookie broke out by just five hundredths of a second, Kiwi running a superb 10.27 to take the trophy and a cash prize all the way home to Swindon. With only one round of American Super Stock left to run, on September 18th, the championship is still wide open. Andy and Mia went into the event with a commanding points lead, but Kris and Adam won’t be far behind. Cookie’s round win and runner-up points will probably help him leapfrog a couple of places too, so it’s going to go down to the wire. Can Andy and Mia stay ahead, or will one of the other guys step in to snatch it from their grasp? Find out here, next time... ACM
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Outlaw Street Round OS-5 & 6 Words & Photography: Mark Wallington
What: Round OS-5 When: August 20th-21st Where: Saturday Night Special & RWYB, Santa Pod Raceway Round OS-5 will be remembered as the ‘headwind from hell’ weekend. Mother Nature decided to pay the drag racers of Santa Pod a visit on the Saturday, and did all she could to blow the cars back up the track with everyone’s times seriously down from previous rounds and a few members commenting it was like hitting a brick wall once you got mid-track. As such, quite a few members decided to park their cars up come the afternoon and wait it out to see if either the winds dropped or if Sunday would be the day to race. This didn’t deter the few more determined (see: foolhardy) members though, with one member squeezing in 16 runs! Over the course of the weekend, despite the wind, Outlaw Street made a total of 128 runs down the track. The wind stayed for the day and into the evening racing, but come Sunday the sun came out and so did the PBs, with several members setting new bests including OS-34 Gary Carr in his ‘71 Chevrolet Nova, who has set a new PB every time he’s been out this season. He was top points-scorer for the weekend, his first win of the 2016 season.
Top 5 Reaction Times of OS-5: 1
Troy Attree in his LS1 Camaro
Rob Leyman, C10 pick-up
Debbie Taylor, Ford Mustang
Sera Dickinson, Z28 Camaro
George Ralph, Triumph
Top 6 Points-Scorers of OS-5: 1
Gary Carr, 1971 Chevrolet Nova
Chris Richards, Cobra Mustang
Pete Jackson, 1932 Ford Coupe
David Mahoney, first-gen Camaro
John Latham, PT Cruiser
Troy Attree, LS1 Camaro
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VW Action is a long established favourite on the Outlaw Street calendar, with this being the sixth consecutive year we’ve attended. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere and great mix of fast American cars versus fast VWs always ensures good banter and racing. In addition, thanks to the invitation by the VWA organisers and crew, traditionally Outlaw Street also participate in the night racing which is one of the highlights of the weekend. With more than 24 Outlaw Street cars attending across the weekend, and many more members attending to crew, the Outlaw Street base camp was a sight to see. With no racing on the Friday it’s a great time to relax, bench race and check out the evening bands, but come Saturday morning, everyone was up early and keen to race, with several members getting some early runs in as soon as the track opened. Unfortunately they were the lucky few, as, come mid-morning, the rain came in and stayed in, with the organisers having to make the sad announcement that, due to the non-stop rain, for the first time in VWA history they’d have to call a ‘rain-off’ for the Saturday, leaving no choice but to take shelter and enjoy the VWA entertainment. As this is VWA, there is plenty to do and see from numerous bands and a midnight movie to name but a few. The Santa Pod track staff were out early Sunday morning drying and working on the track in anticipation of a drier day. With the Sunday being a Peak Performance Test & Tune day, this meant the track was prepped to pro class standards and luckily this time the rain stayed away. The winner of the OS-6 Joe & Co sponsored Reaction Time Trophy with an impressive RT of 0.0938 was OS-67 Clive Dandridge in his 1967 Ford Mustang. Top 6 Reaction Times of OS-6:
What: Round OS-6 When: September 2nd-4th Where: VW Action, Santa Pod Raceway
Top 10 Points-Scorers overall: 1
David Mahoney, Gen One Camaro
Pete Jackson, 1932 Ford Coupe
Rob Leyman, C10 pick-up
Chris Richards, Cobra Mustang
Clive Dandridge, 1967 Ford Mustang,
Steve Newport Hall, 1966 Cobra
Steve Newport Hall, 1966 Cobra
David Onken, Ford Mustang
Troy Attree, LS1 Camaro
George Ralph, Triumph
Rob Leyman, C10 pick-up
Troy Attree, LS1 Camaro
George Ralph, Triumph
David Searle, Vauxhall Monaro
Linden Shepperson, MkII Ford Escort
Nigel Jenkins, Ford Mustang
Top 6 Points-Scorers of OS-6: 1
David Mahoney in his first-gen Camaro
Linden Shepperson, MkII Escort
Gary Carr, Chevrolet Nova
Troy Attree, LS1 Camaro
Kevin Shepperson, RS2000 Escort
Nick Hale, Mercedes
Remember, the end of season final points score is for six out of eight rounds. Currently there are 304 points between the top 12; 91 points between the top six; 30 points between the top three and just 16 points between first and second place. With only two rounds left of the 2016 season it’s still anyone’s game... The penultimate round of Outlaw Street, OS-7, was at Shakespeare County raceway for their Late Summer Madness Weekend over the weekend of September 24th to 25th. If you’d like further information about the series you can find out more at www.outlawstreet.co.uk.
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When? What? Where? Organisers! Please send any 2016 or 2017 event details to us at: American Car Magazine, The Outlook, 6 Sansome Walk, Worcester WR1 1LH or email: email@example.com Likewise your cruise meets for the Monthly Meetings section. October
October 8th - RWYB, Santa Pod, Northants, rwyb.com October 8th-9th - MidAutumn Madness RWYB, Shakespeare County Raceway, Stratford-upon-Avon, shakespearecountyraceway.com October 9th - Judgement Day, RWYB, York, yorkraceway.org.uk October 22nd-23rd Halloween Bonfire BurnUp, Shakespeare County Raceway, Stratford-upon-Avon, shakespearecountyraceway.com October 22nd-23rd - RWYB inc Saturday Night Special, Santa Pod, Northants, rwyb.com October 23rd - NSRA Northern Swap Meet, Magna, Rotherham S60 1DX, M1 j36, nsra.org.uk October 29th - Flame & Thunder, Santa Pod, Northants, santapod. com October 30th - RWYB, Santa Pod, Northants, rwyb.com
November 5th - Whitby Kustom, Westcliff School, Whitby YO21 3EG, pre-1975, 9am-3pm, 07770 586422, whitbykustom.com November 5th - Fireworks Frenzy, Santa Pod, santapod.co.uk November 10th-14th - Rhythm Riot, Pontins Holiday Centre, Camber, Sussex, rhythmriot.com November 11th-13th - Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham, necclassicmotorshow.com
January 12th-15th - Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham, autosportinternational.com February 24th-26th - Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, raceretro.com June 8th-11th - Hot Rods & Hills, Parkfoot Holiday Park, Ullswater, Cumbria, hotrodsandhills.co.uk July 28th-30th - 24th Mopar Euronationals, Santa Pod, mopareuronationals.co.uk
Monthly Meets Every Sunday – National Can Am car club, 2pm, The Viewpoint, Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, canamcarclub.org.uk 1st Tuesday – Black Country Cruisers, 7.30pm, The Greyhound Inn, Swindon near Wombourne, 01384 287243, blackcountrycruisers.co.uk 1st Wednesday – Hot Rod Night, 6pm on, Ace Café NW10, 0208 961 1000, ace-café-london.com 1st Wednesday & 3rd Wednesday – American Auto Mags Cruise, The Hollow Tree, off A49 Stretton WA4 4LX, 01606 888324, americanautomags.com, during British Summer Time ONLY! 1st and 3rd Wednesday – The Victory Wheelers meet, The Plough, Portsmouth Road, Burlesdon, Southampton SO31 8BT 1st Thursday – Petrolhead meet @ Witham and Blues (Apr-Oct), Boston, Lincs, PE22 7AJ, withamandblues.com 1st Sunday – V8 Mentalists Breakfast meet, The Coach House, Chelsham Common, Warlingham, Surrey CR6 9PB, 07950 258704 1st Sunday – AACNW Big meet, 10am on, Krispy Kreme Trafford Park, behind Trafford Centre, 0161 865 7684/01744 609404 1st Sunday – Goodwood Breakfast meet, Goodwood, W Sussex (NOT July or September) goodwood.com/breakfastclub 1st Sunday – Boneshakers SE, The Barley Mow, Selmeston, E. Sussex BN26 6UF, 07541 524430 or 07738 374905 1st Sunday – MOCGB South Coast Muzzers, Cams Mill, Fareham, Hants PO16 8AA, 10.30am on, tel Keith 07785 577552, Keith@its-ltd.net 2nd Wednesday – UK Street Machines, The George Inn, Main Rd, Wilby, Wellingborough NN8 2UB, ukstreetmachines.com 2nd Saturday – Big Moe’s Diner, A13 Newham, London IG11 0AD, bigmoesdiner.co.uk
When: November What: Superb weekends Where: Everywhere! It’s November, which means that the season has all but wound up, and what’s left has moved indoors. Not Whitby Kustom, of course; that’s resolutely outdoors on November 5th, but they breed them tough up north. This cool show happens alongside the big Goth festival in Whitby, so expect much Gothic and Steampunk goingson alongside this cool pre-1975 show that raises money for the local school. Or, that evening, you could head to Santa Pod there’s no racing, but there’ll be monster trucks, stunt shows and, of course, a huge bonfire alongside the eponymous Fireworks Frenzy.
The following weekend sees two big long-weekenders, beginning on the Thursday evening in Rye, Sussex, for Rhythm Riot 20, with bands from 20 countries playing live, 20 rockin’ DJs, and the whole Fifties experience on one site. Or, you could head to sunny Birmingham for the massive Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, huge halls packed with classics of all descriptions, with a big section devoted to Americans, customs and rods. It’s a big day out, but whichever you choose, make the best of it because after that, it’s all downhill until (shudder) Christmas....
2nd Sunday – The A602’s Breakfast Club, Old Warden, Biggleswade, Beds SG18 9EP, 10am, a602sstreetandstriprods.com, 07833 387792 3rd Monday – National Can Am Club, 7.30pm, Old Thatch, Wimborne Rd West, Ferndown, Dorset BH21 7NW, canamcarclub.org.uk 3rd Wednesday – The Bowling Green, Lichfield, Staffs, 7pm on 3rd Wednesday – The Head Gas Gits, North Star pub, Iver, Bucks SL0 9AL, facebook.com/groups/headgasgits 3rd Wednesday – A602’s Cruise Night, 7pm, Three Horseshoes, Hooks Cross, Watton at Stone, Herts SG14 3RY, a602sstreetandstriprods.com 3rd Friday - The Pebble Dash, Roedean Cafe, Marine Drive, Brighton BN2 5RL, 7.30pm on, see Facebook 3rd Sunday – Burnout Auto Club, meet 3pm, Wrey Arms, Sticklepath, Barnstaple, Devon, 07973 471125 or see Facebook 3rd Sunday – Fairmile Pub, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BW, 07802 166957 3rd Sunday – American Auto Mags Lunch Cruise, The Hollow Tree, Cheshire WA4 4LX, 11am on, winter months ONLY! 01606 888324 Last Wednesday – Woody’s Hot Rod & Classic meet, Woodland Waters, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3RT, Facebook “Hot Rod night at Woody’s Bar” Last Friday – National Can Am car club, 7pm, McDonalds, Wessex Gate Retail Park, Creekmoor, Poole, canamcarclub.org.uk Last Saturday – All American Cruise-In, 4pm on, Ace Café NW10, 0208 961 1000, ace-café-london.com Last Saturday – Chelsea Cruise, Chelsea Bridge SW8 4NG from 8pm, Derek 0208 765 1381 Last Saturday – Knights CC cruise, St James Retail Park, Knaresborough, N Yorks HG5 8PZ, March - September
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Wide-Open Muscle Author: Randy Leffingwell Published by: Motorbooks Price: £35 This title is a follow-up from one of Leffingwell's previous titles, Top Muscle. That was all about pure muscle cars; this one is similar, the only diﬀerence being that all these muscle cars have soft tops. Convertible tops don't really fit perfectly with the stripped-down, lightweight ethos of the muscle car, but there's something about those stunning shapes with the roof folded down that just looks so right. And that's what this book concentrates on. Sure, Leffingwell tells the story, much of it quoted from other works, but the real focus of this title is Tom Loeser's photography. Each chapter is about a diﬀerent muscle ragtop, and all these cars come from one collection – man, that's a hell of a collection, millions of dollars on wheels. The cars are shot against a black background, mostly using the light-painting technique that highlights every curve and crease in the bodywork without shadows, in such a way as to
American Muscle Cars Author: Darwin Holstrom Published by: Motorbooks Price: £35 This month we have two similarly themed books that each take a very diﬀerent approach. Let's start with American Muscle Cars, a large-format, top-quality glossy hardback with the sub-title 'A FullThrottle History'. This is a great read, a story-led tome that's not just about various muscle cars but also about how they came to be and, more importantly, why they came to be. Where did the demand for brute force in a straight line come from, and how did manufacturers meet that need? The new niche of 'muscle car' didn't just materialise out of thin air on the day that DeLorean and his team stuck a 389 V8 into a Tempest, just to see what would happen, so what preceded it? And where did it all go? It is a fascinating tale, superbly told by someone who is not just a fan but really 'gets' the appeal 64
that these cars had then, and why they still appeal to us today. It was a period of what Holstrom often refers to as “wretched excess”, so why would such obnoxious, gas-guzzling dinosaurs still thrill petrolheads more than 40 years after they became extinct? And why do we appear to be heading for another muscle car war here in the environmentally enlightened 21st century? Peppered throughout with period quotes from Hot Rod magazine, period pictures, and current photos of some stunning machinery owned by collectors courtesy of snapper Tom Glatch, this history of the muscle car is so much more than just a list of facts and figures. It's a real insight, a social history, without any of the cod-psychology; this is written from the heart.
make petrolheads catch their breath, go rather glassy-eyed and make that strange, slightly strangled noise in the back of their throat that signals lust overload. There are cars from all of the Big Three, each picture selected to show oﬀ the styling to maximum eﬀect, hood-up, hood-down, and every angle besides. Back in 1964, a US Supreme Court judge, trying a case under obscenity laws, famously said that the shorthand description of “hardcore pornography” was hard to quantify, “but I know it when I see it.” I got much the same feeling while reading this book. So, two titles, one story-led, one photo-led, both brilliant. Would I like to pick between the two? No. But don't forget, Christmas is coming, and unwrapping either of these on December 25th would fill almost everyone I know with a great deal of seasonal cheer...
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Dodge Charger 1966-1967 The Charger is one of the most iconic, instantly recognisable cars in the world. Even those who don't know one end of a car from the other but know a thing or two about early Eighties pop culture can spot a Charger. They're beautiful, muscular, desirable and expensive. At least, that's true of the 1968-1970 Chargers; there have been plenty more, but few seem to care about them. There's the Seventies B-bodies, the Eighties Charger based on the front-wheel drive Omni platform, the current four-door sedan that's been going ten years now, some unusual Brazilian and Australian version and, of course, the original. It started in 1964, with a concept car based on the Dodge Polara, with hideaway headlamps and a massive long fastback rear that swooped from the roof to the rear bumper. It was supposedly a response to the contemporary and similarly-styled AMC/Rambler Marlin, although that hardly set the world on fire. The first Charger was a little-known options package on the Dart, but the first Charger proper was introduced late in the 1966 model year with the lines of the concept car toned down a little. Based on the popular B-body Coronet underpinnings, it set out to bridge the gap between the smaller Mustang and Marlin and the larger Thunderbird in the 'personal luxury' market, without competing with Plymouth's Barracuda. All were V8s, from the base 318 via the 361 'Poly' to the big-block 383, with the 426 Hemi option available to turn it into a real stormer. Inside were four bucket seats arranged around a full-length centre console, with a woodgrain dash that featured electroluminescent lighting that made it glow a ghostly green. After some minor aerodynamic tweaks, the Charger was a car to contend with on the NASCAR circuit, as well as the drag strip in the hands of drivers such as the late Al 'The Lawman' Eckstrand, one of the early US visitors to Santa Pod. Few changes were made for 1967, the easiest to spot being side marker lights atop the front wings, and the centre console changing to standard length. The old 318 and 361 Poly engines were dropped in favour of the new 318 wedge, and the 383 was joined by the 440 big-block. The '66 Charger sold in excess of 34,000 units, but the '67 model sold fewer than half that, and few shed a tear when the whole fastback fad went out and the ever-popular long-hood-short-deck '68 Charger style came in. So is the first-gen Charger the original and the best, or was it just the opening salvo that missed the mark? We asked Dave at Billadeau Speed, Tony at TOVA.
“They changed from the polyspherical heads to the LA engines between 1966 and 1967, so it's possible you may find a '67 with a Poly engine in. I usually tell people to steer clear of the Poly – there are few parts available for them, no good stuﬀ on the aftermarket, and what is available will be more expensive than the same parts for a 383 or 440.” - DB “Nobody seems bothered with the Poly engine; they're a rather industrial unit, hardly a hot rod engine. If you have a nice car with a numbers-matching Poly engine, then keep it that way; otherwise, consider an engine swap. The later 440 is a wonderful engine.” - TO
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“The Charger kept the fabulous Fireball XL5 dashboard from the concept car, but it was expensive to manufacture, very troublesome, and expensive to fix. The electrics on these cars are awful, and it's mainly thanks to that dash – anything electrical that operates via the dash, you'll be lucky if it works.” - TO
“Bodywise, from the windscreen forwards, these are Coronets, but the rest is all unique to the Charger. Underneath it's all Coronet, so there's plenty of interchangeability and parts availability for the drivetrain is no problem.” - TO
“The hideaway headlamp covers are on electric motors, not vacuum. They switched to vacuum for the '68 models, but changed back to electric for the '70s! They usually work, assuming the dash switch works.” - TO
“Most Chargers had drum brakes all round. Disc brakes were an option, but very few selected it.” - TO
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“Those full-width rear lights are made of three very long strips, and they're very easy to break. Fortunately, reproductions are available.” - TO
“These Chargers rust in the same places as the Coronets – the rear quarters and arches in front of and behind the rear wheels.” - DB “Where the rear windscreen comes down to meet the bootlid, you get mega rust. This leads to a swimming pool in the boot, so that rots as well. This is a particularly poor design feature from Chrysler, but the car was rushed into production.” - TO
Conclusion “The Charger was introduced late in the '66 model year, so some sources will tell you that there's officially no 1966 model; they're all '67s. With 1968-1970 Chargers commanding daft money and the 1971'73s going the same way, the early models are starting to creep up. Even so, you can still pick up a 1966 Charger 383 for £10,000 less than a '68. The main problem is lack of availability of trim and panels.” - DB “These are a difficult car to keep on the road! Most of the trim and panels are unique to these early Chargers and there's very little repro around, so most parts will have to be sourced NOS or
second-hand, meaning they'll be top dollar and hard to find. There weren't that many of these cars made in the first place. Repro parts are coming along, but they're lagging way behind the other Chrysler models of the period. The Charger was sporty, but aimed at gentlemen rather than the kids. Even as the first Charger came out, Dodge knew that the '68 model was on the way, so the '66 and '67 may have been more of a stopgap model, just to get the Charger name recognised. If you want one, try to get a good, stock, unrestored one. Trying to resurrect a rusty wreck just isn't worth it right now, although values are beginning to creep up.” - TO
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1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Ever since I bought my Camaro I have hated the suspension. Absolutely hated it with a passion. When I first saw the car I was pleased that it had been lowered as from the factory the Camaro has the most horrific 4x4 ride height, but my joy was short-lived as once I actually started driving the car I realised how bad the suspension was. The springs were horrifically soft, the Camaro wallowing all over the road, bouncing drunkenly over undulations and just generally feeling sloppy and awful to drive, completely at odds with how I was expecting, or at least wanting, it to feel. I know that, traditionally, pony cars were never considered to be the greatest of handlers; lighter than their muscle car counterparts they may have been, but by the time the fourth gen F-bodies appeared, and especially once the facelifted LS1 cars hit showrooms, GM had
done a pretty good job with the Camaro’s and Firebird’s handling. Okay, contemporary road tests do tend to state that corners were best approached with caution, with one using the LS1’s prodigious thrust to then power out and onto the next stretch of straight road, but the Camaro and Firebird weren’t short on grip, allowing them to hang on in the corners and they could be driven pretty hard. But not my one. The awful lowering springs were the first problem, arguably the biggest problem but, with just under 60,000 miles showing on the odometer, the stock Delphi shocks were likely past their sell-by date and wanted changing for something new and, obviously, better. It was clear that the Camaro needed a complete suspension overhaul, so I began doing some research and drawing on previous experience to put together a shopping
list that would completely transform the chassis and take the car’s handling far beyond anything GM would have ever thought possible. As there are components from three separate companies involved, I figured it would make most sense to break this up into three instalments, covering each one and the parts I’d chosen, so this month we begin with
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Eibach springs and just the front antiroll bar. Strange as that may sound, I will explain later. Now, springs are great because they can quickly and easily transform the way a car handles without breaking the bank and can work perfectly well with stock shocks if you’ve not got a big budget or your car’s not covered many miles. You want to lower your car? You go for springs. You want to sharpen up the handling? You go for springs. Done wrong, though, as on my Camaro, they can right royally bugger everything up. Naturally, when researching springs for the Camaro a few American brands kept popping up but, having used and trusted Eibach on so many occasions in the past, and having always been impressed by their performance, I started searching to see if people had had much experience with the Pro-kit springs available from the German suspension giant. The answer was yes,
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but they didn’t appear to be a popular choice; however, further research revealed that while the company’s LS1 springs weren’t very popular, the LT1 springs were considered up there with the best aftermarket springs available for the Camaro. It all comes down to construction and spring rate; the LS1 Pro-kit springs are linear and have a lower spring rate, making them softer; the LT1 springs, meanwhile, are progressive, which essentially means you’re getting two springs in one and with it a variable spring rate, which is higher than that of the LS1 springs. This in turn means that with the LT1 springs you’ll get a relatively comfortable ride (these are performance springs, after all) in normal driving conditions thanks to the lower initial spring rate, but you’ll also get better, sharper handling and better body control once you start pushing on and the higher spring
rate comes into play. It’s a best of both worlds scenario, really, as well as offering a 1.3” drop over the standard ride height, meaning my Camaro was going to end up sitting roughly at the same height as before, but with vastly better road manners. Having picked out my chosen springs, I decided to have a look at the anti-roll bars on offer from Eibach as well, because I really wanted to do this properly and upgrade as many suspension components as I could to really make a difference. A thicker anti-roll bar is a great way of reducing body roll on its own without opting for stiffer suspension if you want to avoid a harsher ride, but combined with stiffer springs and shocks as part of the suspension upgrade triumvirate it can virtually eliminate all body roll, giving you incredibly flat cornering. When it comes to front anti-roll bars for the LS1 Camaro, 35mm is considered to be the
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perfect thickness; it’s what you’ll find just about every suspension company that covers the Camaro selling and it’s a substantial upgrade over the stock 30mm anti-roll bar. Eibach’s LS1 Camaro front anti-roll bar offering is 35mm, so that went straight onto my shopping list, but the company’s rear anti-roll bar is 25mm thick and that’s quite a bit too thick. Going too thick at the rear will increase a car’s propensity for oversteer and with rear-wheel drive V8 coupe the last thing you need is a car that’s more likely to oversteer than it already is. The Camaro needs no assistance in that area, which is why I decided to stick with just the front Eibach anti-roll bar and pick a different rear because, when it comes to anti-roll bars, matching front and rear thickness is more
important than buying everything from the same company. Redline American Muscle in Kent was tasked with the job of handling all my suspension upgrades and, while disassembling old suspension components is never a particularly easy task, fitting the Eibach bits was easy for the guys. At the rear, the springs sit on their own perches, so fitting the new ones was a breeze, while at the front the springs fit over the shocks, which means that I can’t keep my choice of shocks a surprise. The Eibach anti-roll bar comes complete with greased urethane bushes for an even tauter setup and shiny new mounting hardware as well. Very nice. So, that’s my springs and front anti-roll bar covered and next month we move onto the next step: shocks!
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Digital radio and hands-free calling in a 1980 Yank? What’s that all about? Let’s ask Paul. Words & photography: Paul Cowland
1980 Chevrolet Corvette Just in case you missed it last month, I had decided to treat my tidy old 1980 Corvette to something a little more fruity in the audio department, as the unit that was in the car when I acquired it left a lot to be desired. Arriving with what I assumed must have been the standard speakers, coupled with a budget DAB head unit, what creaked and groaned through the factory trim grilles left much to be desired. As this car is proving to be so reliable and useable, (that’s tempting fate – Ed!) it’s actually racking up quite a few daily-driven miles, so a few of the niceties that accompany modern day audio ownership certainly appealed. Having spoken to the thoroughly helpful – and ridiculously experienced chaps down the road at In-Car Services (ICS) in Leicester, I had been advised to go for a nicely priced Pioneer set-up. Having listened to my shopping list of features, as well as my sensible (as in quite meagre!) budget, father and son owners Rory and Eddy reckoned they had the very set-up in mind. Best of all, as none of us were exactly sure how much room the Corvette’s rear speaker bins would offer, the family-run firm reckoned it would have a plethora of
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options to fit that we could trial fit on the day, in order to find the perfect sound and fitment solution. Upon arrival, I was greeted with the usual amiable chat and a welcome cup of tea, before steaming straight into the fit in the clinical environs of ICS’s workshops. In the course of most fitments the team often needs to put interior trim parts and pieces on the floor, so it’s always nice to see a perfectly clean
work space when dropping off a cherished classic. I had already chosen the rather natty DEH-X7800DAB head unit – and we will come to the reasons why in just a moment. What we needed to find out, however, was the best speaker combination to fit up to the old Chevy. We thought a good place to start would be to remove the old units and see what we were working with. Surprisingly, given the fairly
try and fit the exceptionally awesome TS-A6924i 6x9” units, which really did look and sound the part in their demo room. Sadly, despite endless amounts of careful fettling, they were fractionally too big to fit, being very deep units. Next came an object lesson in why it’s worth supporting your local audio outlet, rather than just clicking and buying off the net. Why? Because then it was simplicity itself for the lads to go through their store room and try a few combinations until we could find one that sat neatly in the factory apertures! Try doing that with your online retailer! The lucky winner from this treasure hunt was a pair of TS-R6950S units, which are also threeway numbers and pack a great spread of crisp, clear sound with decent bass. Best of all, being a shallower unit, they dropped into the boot holes of the Corvette like GM made them to!
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average sound quality, these turned out to be an old Alpine and Kenwood pairing! To be fair, they did look a little worse for wear, so perhaps they had been enjoyed at full volume over the last 30-odd years! The front apertures would be an easy choice; a pair of the natty and neat 4x6” TS-A4613i units were found to be the perfect fit. These are a very cleverly packaged co-axial speaker that offers punching bass from the larger part of the cone with great mid and top range from the enclosed tweeter. Speakers have come a long way in the last few years, and upgrading to a new set is a great way of improving the sound in an old Yank. Best of all, from a purist’s point of view, if you hide them behind the factory speaker grilles, you don’t even ruin the looks of the interior! Out back, things were a little tougher. Team ICS really wanted to
Sold! Like I say, a great reason to spend a tiny bit more dealing with the pros when undertaking an install. Every problem is sortable – and all the work is guaranteed! Next up came the simple task (to them) of fitting up the head unit. Luckily, the car was already wired up with a modern connector plug, making this the work of mere minutes, once ICS had added a smart new cage and tidied up the wiring. Again, as my car already had a DAB aerial, this was also a much quicker task. Don’t worry if your car doesn’t have one though, as these can easily be added to Yanks of any age. The final finishing touch was unexpected – especially at this price level – a hands-free telephone microphone! Single DIN head units really have grown up, haven’t they? Once wired up and set up, it was time to see what the DEH-X7800DAB head unit could do. Being an old fashioned sort, I was adamant that it had to play CDs! It does that brilliantly, of course, but thanks to its Bluetooth connection, it also plays anything you have stored on your phone. You can also leave two separate phones connected concurrently too, by the way. The Bluetooth functionality also offers full hands-free phone connectivity, but what’s really cool, is
the ability to access phone book, call history and contacts data all from the neat LCD screen on the front. Totally legal to chat while you’re bombing along in your Eighties Yank? I’ll have some of that, thank you very much… If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a USB port out front, so you can load up thousands of your favourite MP3s on a memory stick and simply plug it into the fascia plate. Sounds like a long road trip is in order, to me! This unit will appeal to audiophiles by using the latest FLAC lossless format too, so everything stays crystal clear. The final finishing touch came by virtue of the fact that you can also customise the illumination colour of the front panel to ensure that this modern head unit doesn’t look too incongruous against your old bulb-illuminated dash. With a few key taps, it was a near-perfect colour match to the rest of the ’vette’s instrumentation, making it look really smart when travelling at night. With hundreds of new digital stations at my disposal, my phone book a finger tap away and a serious improvement in sound quality, I’m finding that I’m using the Corvette more than ever! This is good news all round, especially for the owner of my local petrol station… Until next time! ACM
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Project 13/30 gets more attention around the rear end than any Kardashian... Words & Photography: Dave Smith Last month, we left Project 13/30 with the axle all bushed and waiting for final reassembly. The rear brakes are going to be the heavy-duty 10” drums from an earlier Fox, so with the backplates all cleaned and painted, I fitted new slave cylinders then bolted them on (1). This is another example of aftermarket manufacturers 78
trying to save every half-penny – the little bolts weren't included, so I had to clean up the old ones and refit them. The old brake shoes appeared to have plenty of meat left on them, so I was planning to reuse them until I saw that they'd cracked around the rivets in places (2). Damned if I'll spoil the car for £25 of brake shoes, so I ordered some more.
I oﬀered the backplates up to the axle and bolted them on with some new Nyloc nuts and bolts (3). This is where I spotted a problem I hadn't considered – the 10” drums were only used on early Foxes, and the fluid lines go into the slave at an angle. Later Foxes, such as the one that provided this axle casing, have brackets for the anti-tramp Quad-Shock
arrangement... and on the lefthand side this would be right in the way (4). I'll come to that later. Anyway, in the meantime, with the backplates in place, I could fit the Summit 31-spline halfshafts which just slip in and get secured with the C-clips (5), then I could fit the diﬀ centre pin (6) and bolt. Tremendous, that's the axle back together (7), and looking good!
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carefully and didn't snap any drill bits, although the hole is a bit ragged... Then I bolted the union to its bracket and the bracket to the axle casing (11). The next problem was that slave cylinder. The superb Classic Tube stainless brake line kit was designed for the later cars with 9” brakes whose slave cylinders have unions at 90 degrees. This posed a problem (12) – with the aftermarket suspension arms, the Quad-Shock device should be redundant, so I could either cut the brackets oﬀ or try to bend my lovely new Classic Tube brake pipes to suit. I didn't want to do either, but after Hauser Racing spent so long carefully straightening the axle casing, did I really want to go generating red heat with an angle grinder? No, so I broke out the pipe bender (13) and carefully put an S-bend in the end of the left-hand pipe (14), fitted the other end to the three-way union, and clipped the pipe into place (15). ➔
One last thing: the breather. This is a simple little arrangement, like a chimney with a cap on (8), that screws into the top of the righthand axle tube and allows pressure to vent when things get warm without letting the oil out. The one from the donor car was clogged with goo and rusted so that it was letting nothing out, and when that happens, excess pressure will find another way out – usually the halfshaft or pinion oil seals – and take the oil with it. I cleaned this one up, soaked it in thinners, then blew it dry, gave it a misting of paint and fitted it (9) along with the brake pipe holding bracket that it retains. Next I addressed the bracket that holds the rear axle three-way brake pipe union. The new Goodridge union needs a bolt, but the OE union sat in a slot on the bracket, meaning I had to drill a round hole into a narrow slot (10) – a guaranteed drill bit snapper. With the bracket held in a cloth in the vice, I took it
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Next came the diﬀerential's rear cover. This one was another nice, trick piece from Summit Racing Equipment. It's a cast aluminium diﬀ cover kit (16) that has several benefits over the factory pressed steel piece. Firstly, it's much thicker so it won't bend, warp or rust through; secondly, it has a deeper dish in it which increases the oil capacity slightly; third, the cast aluminium is better at dissipating heat than pressed steel; and fourth, and most importantly, it has a couple of bolts with swivelling feet on the end that sit against the diﬀ carrier bearing caps and help prevent deflection under load (17). The factory saw fit to send 8.8” axles out with nothing more than a bead of silicone around the diﬀ cover; fortunately, this Summit kit comes with a proper gasket (18). You fit the load-bearing bolts into the cover from the inside, screwing them all the way down – you'll have a hell of a time seating
the diﬀ cover if those bolts are already touching the bearing caps – then bolt the diﬀ cover on using the included ARP 12-point-head three-eighth bolts (19). I tightened them up in criss-cross fashion, and, like most sumps and trans pans, they don't need a lot of torque to stay oil tight but, unlike most pressed-steel pans, when those bolts seat themselves they seat with a thump. I put a drop of Red Line gear oil on the first threads of the bearing bolts (20), not just to lubricate but also, because these are steel bolts going into an aluminium housing, to prevent dissimilar metal corrosion. Further down the thread I put a fair dollop of RTV silicone (21) to minimise the chances of diﬀ oil getting past the threads. Then I tightened the bearing bolts down onto the diﬀ carrier bearing caps with a hex key (22) – again, this doesn't need more than 10 or 15ft.lb. as the purpose is to prevent movement.
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Too much torque here and you'd start pushing the bearing caps out of round. Then I fitted the jam nuts and cleaned up the RTV that had squidged out (23), then fitted the magnetic drain plug (24) with a drop of oil on the threads. Then it was time for the oil – it's so much easier to fill a diﬀ with oil on the bench than it is insitu. I'd chosen a Red Line fully synthetic 75W140 gear oil (25) which is actually listed for later solid-axle Mustangs, but as Ford used the 8.8” right up until they went to IRS in 2015, I figured it'd do the trick. Red Line is a very well respected American brand – diﬀerentials are under intense pressure, especially with the torque even the most average V8 can provide, so if you've just spent a fortune rebuilding your axle, are you going to trust the crucial oiling duties to the dinosaur juice from your local accessory shop? Plus, this Red Line oil has the advantage in that it already contains friction modifiers for clutch-plate-type locker or limited-slip diﬀerentials. There's a whole range available from UK stockist, Old Hall
Performance. I found a clean funnel with a flexible spout and began pouring. It's crucial that the axle is level in both planes for this, as you're filling up to the bottom of the fill-plug hole, and if the axle's tilted nose-down or uneven left to right, you'll be overfilling. After two and a bit quarts (a US quart is one large Jack Daniel's short of a litre) it began leaking back out of the hole (26) – job done, so I fitted the filler plug. I also remembered to check that the now-redundant filler plug in the front of the diﬀ casing was tight; it wasn't, but it is now. I reattached the lower shock absorber mounting brackets to either tube (27) and that's that! I now have a rather handsome axle (28) ready to bolt up to the shell, then I'm one step closer to getting it back on its wheels... well, the back wheels, at least. There's no sense in building the brakes onto the backplates until the axle's installed as I'd have to take half of it apart again to attach the handbrake cables, so I turned my attention to things that need fixing before the axle can go on. ➔ ACM
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The main one of these was the little bracket that holds the union where the main front-to-rear brake pipe and the union-to-axle flexi-pipe meet. Ford riveted this onto a box section under the boot floor, using 8mm holes. Fat chance that my pop-riveter would pop an 8mm rivet, so I searched for alternatives. I was at the stage of trying to borrow a Riv-Nut tool when I realised that there was a double-thickness of metal where those holes were. I own two, count' em, two taps. One of them was five-sixteenths coarse thread, or as close as makes no diﬀerence to 8mm, and I happened to have some 5/16” UNC bolts. I gave it a try. There wasn't enough room to swing a proper tap driver, so I took it very carefully with a spanner (29) and I'll be damned it it didn't cut a lovely (if rather shallow) thread into both holes (30). It was certainly enough to hold this bracket nice and tight (31).
Whilst thinking about other jobs that would be easier to do while the shell's still on its spit, I had a brain-fart – let's say that I was considering nitrous for this car. With the bottle in the boot, I'd need to run the braided nitrous hose under the car. I looked in a cupboard and, well blow me down, a full NX nitrous kit (32)! I found the main bottle-to-solenoid braided line (33) in the kit, and strung it along the length of the shell to take the 'coil' out of it (34). Next time I'm down at the workshop I'll take a few measurements and maybe plumb the car for gas... Incidentally, if you're wondering how heavy a Ford 8.8” axle is, I can tell you that it's exactly heavy enough to bust an ancient Black & Decker Workmate (35), which in turn can lead to you putting your back out trying to stop your lovely, built axle from crashing to the concrete floor. Thanks heavens for old scissor jacks. ACM
TALES FROM THE GARAGES OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORK ON, AND CONTRIBUTE TO, AMERICAN CAR MAGAZINE Kev Carrington, Contributor 1973 Plymouth Duster
Hi, everyone. No progress to report on the Duster, so I really need to plan a working weekend to get the new motor put back together. If you read my piece from last month you will recall that I was contemplating some newer
muscle, either a Challenger or the Aussie brute, badged over here as a VXR8. Well, I got the ok from the financial controller (wife!) and I have just become the proud owner of a Sting Red Holden HSV E2 GTS. It has the 6.2 LS3 engine and has
been remapped to 455hp. I love it, and it is pretty damn quick as well. I believe it has some decent history, starting out with the famed DE5IRED number plate which I believe is owned by Vauxhall, and it ran at the
Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2010. I have evidence that it was owned by the Walkinshaw family early in its life, and it has a few special additions like the big brake kit, Walkinshaw induction and the bi-modal exhaust which sounds awesome – basically, flaps open at certain revs to scare others on the road, but it still sounds pretty aggressive just cruising around. The huge road tax (£510) annoys me a tad, but you can’t fight the system! Everywhere I go it attracts positive attention, and it is a blast to drive!
who wants a hot engine and manual ‘box. He has a few options. Option A, buy secondhand parts, rebuild them all or hope for the best. Option B, dig deep and buy a crate engine and ‘box and hope they live up to the brochures. Or option C, you buy a ready-built car with a sheaf of receipts and dyno sheets, drive it around a bit to make sure it’s what you’re after, then hoik out the engine and ‘box and sell the rolling shell to some poor fool with deep ideas and shallow pockets. And that’s what happened. In this instance, the poor fool even came along with his mate and took the engine and ‘box
out themselves! I like to do this to see where all the wiring and plumbing comes from and goes to... This meant a long Sunday removing the engine and ‘box before towing the shell home to the workshop. Having spent all my money on the shell, I had nothing left over to hire a trailer with so I had to tow 150 miles on the trusty old Solomatic A-frame – strictly speaking, not legal (it’s an unbraked trailer over 750kg), but I thought a late-night run would be okay. Getting to bed, filthy and knackered at 4.30am this morning, I did remark that I’m getting way too old for this sh...nonsense. Although that hasn’t stopped me just yet.
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Currently, I have a (touch wood) reliable daily driver that I really like, even if it is desperately dull, I have Project 13/30 which is progressing slowly but surely, and another couple of projects in the pipeline. Everything’s groovy, so what do I really not need? Another project, that’s right. So guess what I’ve just bought? What I have just bought is a 1990 Mustang GT, a car that’s known to me although I haven’t seen it in a while, on which the previous owner spent a lot of 84
money making it a brutally fast street car. What he then found was that this made it very unpleasant to drive on the street... I’m sure this is a familiar story to anyone building a street/strip car, getting waylaid by the pursuit of quick timeslips and forgetting that the car’s going to be 5% strip but 95% street. Cutting a long story short, he fell out of love with it and, after letting it sit for a long time, he sold it at a tremendous loss. Cut to the buyer, a young chap in London with a ‘68 Fastback
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jargonbuster We look at some of the famous names in Ford’s V8 engine hierarchy. Words: Dave Smith
Who’s The Boss?
Back in the late Sixties, it seems every high performance V8 engine had to have a name. Ford had many, but while the Cobra Jets were supposedly destined for the strip, the Boss was built for the race track. The Camaros and Shelbys were having fun in the SCCA Trans Am circuit races, and as Ford tried to pull their racing chops back from Shelby, they created a few monsters of their own. The Boss 302 was one of them. Released for the 1969 model year, this was designed for the SCCA’s 302-cube engine limit, but had little to do with the regular production Windsor 302 V8. For a start, it had a specially strengthened block with fourbolt mains, forged cross-drilled crank, special rods for high RPM use, a mechanical valvetrain and forged pistons. The heads, meanwhile, were canted-valve, large-port bruisers remarkably similar to those that would later 86
appear on the Cleveland engines – later, swapping Cleveland heads onto Windsor blocks would become a popular mod, the result being called a ClevOr. The Boss 302 was officially rated at 290bhp. Officially... While the Boss 302 was destined for the SCCA circuits, the Boss 429 was destined for NASCAR. It also featured four-bolt mains and forged steel rotating assembly, and though early models had a hydraulic valvetrain, later ones switched to mechanical. The real trick pieces, though, were the heads; big chunks of aluminium with hemispherical chambers and massive flow rates. It only used a single carburettor – as per NASCAR rules – and, for some reason, was dropped into the Mustang. This was an odd choice, as the Boss 429 was a wide engine and the Mustang engine bay was quite narrow, thanks to the shock towers, so Ford subcontracted Kar Kraft to
actually build the cars – Cobra Jet rolling shells were shipped to Kar Kraft to have the big Boss motors and four-speed manual transmissions fitted, which included moving the front suspension to suit. These motors were officially rated at 375bhp, which is laughable. Add around 50% and you’re in the ballpark. The Boss 302 and 429 only lasted two model years, 1969 and 1970, before being phased out. The name returned in 1971 on the R-code Boss 351 Mustang, and although the ‘72 R-code model wasn’t actually called a Boss, the motors were very similar. These Mustangs had 330bhp versions
of the 351C,with four-bolt mains, forged pistons and rods, but a cast-iron crank. The ‘72 version had open-chamber heads to lower the compression ratio and a milder cam, but in the dying days of the muscle car wars, this was the best anyone could hope for. Genuine 1969 and 1970 Boss Mustangs were always rare, and highly sought-after by muscle car enthusiasts. The 1971 and ‘72 Bosses have long suffered the ‘big, fat smog motor’ stigma associated with anything of the Seventies, but are certainly becoming appreciated by Mustang aficionados.
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What was the last great advance in oil filter technology? An upgrade can take just one brew. Words & photography: Dave Smith Back in the vintage days, most cars didn’t have an oil filter at all. Then they began using a bowl with a disposable filter element inside. These weren’t particularly efficient, and often leaky, so the steelcased disposable oil filter became popular. Then, further down the line again, they switched back to having a bowl that you unscrewed to replace the paper element inside; a terrific, all-new planetsaving idea, just like you’d find on a 1950 Morris Minor. But other than that, what else has changed? Changing your oil and filter is the most basic step in servicing your car. You warm the engine up (warm oil is thinner and flows/ drains better than cold oil), unscrew the drain plug, drain the old oil into a pan (1), pop the plug back in, unscrew the old oil filter, again over a drain pan, screw a new one in place, fill up with oil (2) and away you go. But here’s a new idea. This is a Hubb filter (3). It’s available in a whole range of fitments, it’s made of stainless steel, plus it’s reusable. Really? Yes. It comes with a simple plastic tool (4) that allows you to open the filter (5), clean it and reuse it, much like the better brands of air filter. I was slightly sceptical, as that must surely be just another opportunity for an oil leak, but I was very impressed with the quality of the piece. I checked the thread and the seal diameter (6) against the old filter, half-filled it with fresh oil (7) and screwed it on, and there it sat in my grubby engine bay, shining like a diamond in a coal miner’s ear’ole (8). It has subsequently done 1,000 miles without so much as a drip, the engine is quieter, and even took a tenth off its previous best at the drag strip three days after fitting, though whether that’s due to the filter or the Royal Purple oil I couldn’t say. Hubb makes some serious claims about their filters’ efficiency. For a start, there’s a second surgical stainless weave filter inside the filter you can see 88
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in pic 5, and when pressure builds up, the secondary filter comes into play – there’s no bypass, no drop in pressure, and they can flow up to 50 gallons per minute. They also claim to trap particles as small as two microns, and a 99% contaminant catch rate at 25 microns, where most standard filters can only manage 52%. They reckon this can double your filter change intervals, and they offer a 100,000 mile warranty.
I can certainly see the advantages. Many race teams use the oil filter as a monitor for engine condition by cutting them open to see what’s inside. Now you can just open it, check it, clean it and put it back together. Plus they look great – how many beautifully-dressed, billet-laden engine bays have been spoiled by a shonky orange or white oil filter sticking out like a sore thumb? Cheap? Don’t be silly, but
if Hubb’s claims are true, then these advantages, coupled with the fact that it’s theoretically the last oil filter you’ll have to buy and you’re doing a microscopic bit for the environment, mean that it’s money well spent. Could this be the biggest advance in oil filter technology since... the oil filter?! The only problem I can foresee is that my trusty old pound-shop chain oil filter remover is now useless.
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What’s In The Workshop International Rescue
There's a very unusual truck at Hauser Racing, but when it's finished it'll be FAB.
Hauser Racing, 01933 682500, www.hauserracing.com
Words & Photography: Dave Smith
When we were at Hauser Racing recently, we spotted this very unusual pick-up truck. According to the owner, Lee Harper, from Lincolnshire, it's a 1948 International Harvester KB1, built in Chicago as a right-hooker for export to South Africa. Apparently, the dashboard and bulkhead are symmetrical, so they could be built
left- or right-hand drive on the production line, not shipped CKD as many others did. “I bought this truck from a tractor dealer in Norwich eight years ago,” says Lee. “Now it’s back from Hauser Racing, and they've done the heavy work so I can carry on working on it at weekends and evenings.”
Hauser Racing have, indeed, done the heavy work. The chassis was in good order to begin with, and HRC boxed it for its full length before adding a Ford nine-inch axle on triangulated four-link and coil-overs at the rear, and Jaguar independent front suspension which, of course, maintains the right-hand drive. There's a full
stainless exhaust system, a new fuel tank and all new plumbing. It's been built to take Lee's own small-block and Tremec TKO600 five-speed manual, so now all he has to do is hook up the power steering pump, exhausts and plumbing, and he's good to go! We can't wait to see this one finished. ACM
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D E T S E T ’ N ’ D RIE TMeguiar'sHeadlightRestorationKit If there's one thing the inner editor in me can't stand, it's the inappropriate use of the word 'awesome'. We have many things to thank the Americans for, but using awesome to describe everything, no matter how mundane, isn't one of them. It's an adjective used to describe something extremely impressive or daunting; something that invokes awe. Meguiar's new headlight restoration kit is awesome. Here's why. Most modern cars use plastic headlamp lenses. They're lighter, easy to produce, and a lot more chip-and shatter-resistant than glass. However, over time, they go milky and cloudy, reducing light output and spoiling the lamp's beam pattern, which is an MoT fail. I recently had a Rover 75 V8, whose headlamps had done exactly that, so I tried this kit. It's a two-part kit, the first of which is a cleaner that you use with the included scouring pad – this fits Meguiar's own drill-powered DA, which I have, but it can be used by hand. It's a very mild abrasive, and I scoured the plastic headlamp cover then buﬀed it oﬀ.
It didn't look much diﬀerent, so I did it again – there are some strange contours on that lens – and it was better, but not perfect, so I had a third try. By this time, the two guys from the adjoining workshops were looking on. After the third try, I thought it looked about 75% better, and that'd have to do. The second
stage is a spray-on sealant, so I gave it a spray of that and... dear baby Jesus and all the little angels, what sorcery is this?! That damn lens was instantly transformed into looking like it had just come out of the box; it was suddenly flawless, like brandnew. All conversation stopped, and all three of us just gawped at
D E T S E T ’ N ’ D E RI TSealeySlideHammerGear/BearingPullerSet
I've had this kit for a few months now, and used it a couple of times, and I'm still impressed. A slide hammer is a simple arrangement, and this one seems to be built well enough for many years' service. The kit also comes with three threelegged pullers – one that grabs the outside of a gear or bearing by tightening down a tapered 92
collar, and two that grab from the inside by screwing in a tapered centre bolt. I used one of the latter to remove some wheel bearings from a couple of C-clip axles, and they worked swiftly and effectively. It gripped tightly enough that the whole, lengthy arrangement could support its own weight once applied, which is a good sign.
There were only a couple of problems. First, the fact that it's a lengthy arrangement means that having three hands would have been quite helpful. Secondly, it did damage the bearing, but this is mainly because the bearing in question doesn't have an inner race to work on, and it was going in the scrap anyway so it didn't matter.
AVAILABLE FROM: Meguiar's stockists, see www.meguiars.co.uk
it open-mouthed, as if our thinking strings had been cut. Now THAT is awe, and that means that Meguiar's Headlight Restoration Kit is awesome. I thank you. It would have been awarded 10,000rpm, but a week later there was the merest hint of clouding in one corner coming back. But it's still magic.
AVAILABLE FROM: Sealey stockists nationwide, see www.sealey.co.uk
Thirdly, when using a slide hammer, you should always be aware of where your knuckles are... but that's my fault, and a mistake I'm only likely to make once. In all, a good quality kit in a sturdy blow-moulded case that'll doubtless come in very useful and has the ability to get you out of the doo-doo on many tricky jobs.
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techstuﬀ The Missing Links You want a Tri-Chevy that looks like the past but rides and handles like the future? Try the latest GT Sport chassis from Art Morrison. The GT Sport has been around for a while, and is very popular with their rack and pinion steering and double wishbone front suspension, but the latest incarnation includes independent multi-link rear suspension that looks like something you'd find on a supercar, oﬀering better tracking and wheel control with a significant reduction in unsprung weight, noise and vibration. You can have it with the Camaro diﬀerential, or upgrade to a Strange S60 diﬀ for high horsepower applications. It's not quite a bolt-in; you do have to make some modifications to the boot floor, but if you're at the start of your Tri-Five project, chances are you'll have to cut the boot floor out anyway! If you don't have a Tri-Chevy you can still get the benefits of Art Morrison’s expertise with a compact multi-link IRS package on its own. It's designed to fit into a smaller area, especially one where boot floor height is a consideration, and is shorter and lower than the previous AME package. There are four track widths available – 55.5”, 57.5”, 59.5” and 61.5” - as well as a choice of 3.27, 3.45 or 3.91:1 final drive ratios. You'll need at least a 17” wheel to cover the 12.4” brake discs, or 18” if you go for the 14.3” Wilwood discs. For more details, see www.artmorrison.com and speak to your importer.
Weld Wheels have a couple of new styles in their catalogues, and they couldn't be more different.
Elephantasy If the old Hemi motor just can't provide the sort of power you want, then A) you're possibly a psychopath and B) you need to speak to Edelbrock.
First is the Rekon XT Cheyenne Pro, a bit of a styling blast from the past, but its super-strong one-piece forged aircraft-grade aluminium construction means it's bound to be a hit with the lifted Jeep and 4x4 crowd. It comes in 17x9”, 20x8.5”, 20x10” and 22x9” sizes, in five, six or eight-lug PCDs. Meanwhile, Weld subsidiary CCW Forged Performance has introduced the Concave Monoblock series, one-piece forged wheels that are fully customisable and tailored with shallow or deep concave profiles to fit high performance sports, muscle cars and sedans, especially those with OE or aftermarket big brakes. Each style is available in 18, 19 or 20” diameters up to 13” wide, and in 20 premium finishes. See www.weldwheels.com and speak to your importer.
Their recently released Power Package Top End kit for the venerable 426-528 Chrysler Hemi combines dyno-matched components for dynotested and proven results, all in one box. It includes an Edelbrock dual-quad intake, Victor Jr cylinder heads, a Rollin' Thunder camshaft, timing chain, head bolts and gasket set; everything you need. Bolted onto a 528, this combo made 705bhp and 623ft.lb. of torque with dual Edelbrock Performer carbs. That'd get your Mopar moving, so see www.edelbrock.com and speak to your Edelbrock dealer.
Cold Front Did the summer highlight the shortcomings of your hopped-up muscle car's cooling system? Perhaps, over winter, you should consider an upgrade, and Flex-a-lite have made it dead easy with their high-performance aluminium radiators and radiator/fan kits. These crossflow radiators dissipate heat quickly and efficiently, while the single or dual fan set-ups are housed in a special shroud so they look factory neat. Fans can be wired as pushers or pullers, and all mounting hardware is included. There are kits available for popular fitments including first- and third-gen Camaro, C3 Corvette, and first-gen and Fox-body Mustangs, so for a one-box answer to your overheating issues, go to www.summitracing.com. 96
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Worshipping Idle The laws of physics and maths that govern camshaft geometry and specs can be brain-achingly complex, but, at the end, nothing sounds as good as the lumpy idle of a V8 with a hot cam.
Launchtime Those guys at TCI Automotive clearly don't sleep, as they're coming up with new transmission products all the time. For instance, their new transbrake valve body kit for the GM 700R4, which allows you to stall the convertor for optimum torque oﬀ the line. The valve body is a reverse-pattern, manual shift unit with an integral transbrake solenoid operated from a pushbutton for hard launches, while still allowing torque converter lock-up in overdrive fourth. It's available now, with a full transmission package including this valve body coming out any time now. They've also introduced a range of single-disc, bolt-together torque converters that drop straight into late-model autos with no tuning required. These converters include woven carbon friction and lock-up control technology, pre-hardened billet steel hub and front and billet lock-up piston, they're furnace-brazed and balanced, plus they can be opened for servicing or re-stalling. They're available for Ford's 6R80, as found behind Coyote V8s, GM's 6L80 found in late Camaro and Cadillac CTS-V, and the GM 4L60E as found behind many earlier LS V8s. See www.tciauto.com and speak to your transmission builder.
Usually this is a by-product, but Comp Cams' Thumpr range pays attention not only to performance profiles, but how the engine sounds. You want that 'rumpetty-rump' idle? The Thumpr combines early intake opening and long exhaust duration with a generous overlap for an aggressive idle, combined with a choice of three grinds – Thumpr, Mutha Thumpr and Big Mutha Thumpr – to match power band requirements. They're available for some good ol' street rod motors, too, such as Ford Flatheads and Y-blocks, Buick Nailheads, Oldsmobile and Pontiac V8s, Fifties Chrysler Hemis, W-head Chevys and '63-on Cadillacs. See www.compcams.com and speak to your Comp dealer.
Shapeshifters Dropping a late-model engine and manual transmission into an older model makes for a superb cruiser, but what are the chances of the new shifter having the common decency to line up with the hole in the tunnel so that the lever drops nicely to hand? Slim. You need American Powertrain's White Lightning Revolution shifter. Using an exclusive independent bias adjustment, you can set a precise shift centring position with a turn of a screw, adjusting it for front/back, left/right and vertical oﬀset, and significantly improving the throw and accuracy. It's a low-profile design, as you're unlikely to have too much free space in the trans tunnel, and the billet aluminium base plate and billet steel core means it'll last the distance. They're available for Borg-Warner T-5, T-56, and Tremec TKO 500 and 600 transmissions, so go to www.summitracing.com and get your knob out.
On The Right Track Lowering your A- or G-body GM car or El Camino gives instant cool, but it's likely to throw your steering geometry right out, and bump steer will really upset your poise. Try this, the new race-tested bolt-in bump steer kit from UMI Performance. It allows you to relocate the outer tierod end lower (or higher, if needs be) than stock, helping to reduce or even eliminate toe change during suspension travel. Made from chrome-moly and anodised aluminium, it's strong, durable gear, and comes with various shims. See www.umiperformance.com and speak to your chassis guru. ACM
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Currie Favour If your project Mustang has been robbed of its 9” axle, or if you're looking to upgrade from an 8”, Currie Enterprises now make this perfect replica of a 9” housing. It'll drop directly into any 19671970 Mustang, with factory leaf spring pads and vent hole location, plus a notchback housing centre. The tubes even neck down from 3” to 2.75”, just like the OE ones, and the casing accepts stock or aftermarket third members, halfshafts and brakes. The main diﬀerence is that Currie added bonus features like billet steel small bearing housing ends and proper welding – no sloppy OE factory welds here. Check them out at www.summitracing.com.
Six Of One... Thanks to the right-hooking S550 Mustang being here on our doorstep, the sixth-gen Camaro seems to have been somewhat left out in the cold. Well, in its 50th birthday year, the Camaro is still going strong and, thanks to the likes of BMR Suspension, it can go even stronger. Check out the latest crop for 2016-on Camaros, starting with this driveshaft tunnel brace. Made from either CNC laser-cut 0.18” steel plate or 0.25” aluminium plate, they'll support and stiﬀen key points of the OE floor and prop tunnel, reducing flex during aggressive launches or hard cornering. They even bolt on to existing holes, so no drilling is required. Or how about BMR's adjustable sway bar end links, made from CNC-machined billet aluminium and DOM steel tube with greasable ball-joint style
ends? There's a set for the front and one for the rear, and they allow more articulation and less deflection while allowing adjustment for lowered cars or preloading for the track. Or, perhaps, BMR's double-adjustable rear toe rods? The OE rear rods are stamped steel with eccentric adjustment bolts, which will bend under load and change your rear suspension geometry. These arms will take all you can throw at them, complete with on-car toe adjustability without the eccentrics, so you can fit 'em and forget. See www.bmrsuspension.com and go and show those Mustangs who's boss...
Winter Is Coming... It's hard to admit, but summer (such as we had) is definitely over and that means cold weather.
Chamber Of Secrets
Your combustion chambers don't need to be secret any more, with the new Clarke CIC2410 LCD Inspection Camera.
With a tiny 9mm lens on a one-metre probe, images are relayed to the 61mm, 320x240 pixel TFT-LCD screen, allowing you unrivalled insight into the inner workings of your engine without dismantling, not to mention other uses including ceilings and cavity walls, ducts and drains. There are four LEDs on the probe with five light settings, so you can shed as much light as you need for the perfect view onscreen, and the kit includes an inspection mirror, magnetic pick-up tool and hook attachment, and all in a blow-moulded case for safe storage. Whether you're checking for engine damage or looking for mice, this is the budget-priced answer, so get yourself to your local Machine Mart store or see www.machinemart.co.uk. It would also wrap up beautifully for Christmas... 98
If you use your Yank all year round, it's a good idea to consider some winter wheels. You can't expect those lovely summer tyres that are so soft and grip so beautifully on dry tarmac to behave the same way in freezing slush; also, all that road salt will ruin your alloys. Nokian Tyres is not a common name here in the UK, but the Nordic company produced the world's first winter-specific tyres more than 80 years ago, and their testing centre at “White Hell” in Ivalo, Lapland, is way inside the Arctic Circle. This year's winter portfolio includes the premium Nokian WR A4, which allows more powerful cars to get that power down in treacherous conditions, and comes in 16 to 21” sizes, speed rated H to W with reinforced XL options. The WR D4 gets an A-rating for wet grip, reducing braking distance and fuel consumption, and ranges from 14 to 20” and Q to W speed ratings. The WR SUV3 is, predictably, aimed at SUVs, and in 15 to 21” diameters. All feature special winter compounds, reinforced sidewalls and load ratings up to XL. Find out more details and dealer locations at www.nokiantyres.com and stay on the road this winter.
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Muscle Car Corner Paul and Jason Dodd head for the muscle car magnet that is the Mopar Euronationals
Following on from last month, and two weeks after Dragstalgia, we are now both heading for the Mopars at 6am on the Friday morning and as we approach the M25, with the engine noise in the cockpit booming all around me, I am thinking we must be mad. The road to hell is clear, however, as was the trip all the way to the gates of Santa Pod that opened at 8am just as we were arriving, so it was worth the early start after all. So, first part of the mission complete, we are here safely with no dramas, and by midday we had set up base camp where we have for the last ten years or so at the top end of the strip by the big top tent, and both cars are race ready. What followed was two days of great racing and partying, with both cars running well and it was great fun racing each other. We had four side-by-side races in all and were caught on camera by many of the well-known photographers there. We got some prints from the resident photographer, Ian Blackett, and I have just ordered a couple of A3 prints from the Mad Welshman, aka Paul Evans, who got a great shot of us launching side-by-side. Performance-wise, I was very happy with how the new engine performed, with a best time of 11.30 at 118mph, especially as I had just put an old 850 double pumper on the motor for now. When I bought the engine, the Pro System 950 carb that was made specifically for it had been removed to use on another car, but I am in the process of getting it back on there and
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celebrate that all had gone well, especially when you consider that at the start of the year we took a perfectly good running car to pieces to install go-faster goodies from the engine to the rear end and resolved all the problems associated with it along the way, then moved on to my car for the engine transplant in the Olds and all is good. Some of our club mates ran well, too, with a PB of 9.5 for Alan Wise in his ProCharged Camaro, and a new 8.1 at 169mph PB for Mark Sheridan in his awesome twin turbo Hemi Cuda. We certainly did celebrate that evening and there was a great atmosphere down at the Fuelers bar where we mingled with the likes of some of the Mopars organisers, Tony O and Carl Johnson, and even our Ed, Dave Smith, got in on the action. As I looked around, all the familiar faces from the last 20 years were there, a bit older for sure, more
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