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In the February 2016 issue of Motorhead we featured the 2003 SVT Cobra that belonged to local celebrity DJ Shawn Sanga. The car was immaculate, it was a complete and total showstopper with dozens of awards and “Best of Show” honors. One would think that after spending years to get the car just the way he wanted it, that Sanga would hold onto it, except of course for the simple little fact that he is very good friends with the man they call Mr. Muscle Cars, Nick Cincotti. If the name Nick Cincotti sounds familiar to you it is because in the past we have featured about a half dozen of his extremely high quality restorations, mostly GM Muscle cars. And so it began, Sanga spent a few weekends here and there at the Cincotti garage and got the itch for something from the Muscle Car era. While his Cobra was an extremely nice piece and was put together with the absolute best of everything, it just simply lacked the personality that a 60’s car possesses. Even I, having owned nothing but Mustangs have to admit that after a day at the Cincotti garage, I’m almost always on ebay and Craigslist looking for 66-67 GTO’s, 67-69 Firebirds, or other miscellaneous project cars. That’s where it starts, and that’s how DJ Sanga found his 1968 Camaro. The car overall was in great shape when he got it. It was complete, it ran and drove and needed very little to be a reliable cruiser. From the first turn of the key, Sanga knew he had made the right choice. The 383ci stroker had monstrous power, thanks in part to a period correct 144 Weiand B&M blower. The stock Muncie 4-speed helped transfer the power and a stock 10 bolt rear-end that spins a set of 3.73 gears. Stock suspension was retained with the exception of Lakewood Street and Strip Traction Bars. All four corners are capped off with 15x8 rallye wheels, with 235/60’s in the front and a wider 275/60 in the rear to deliver the perfect stance. Overall, the car had an acceptable finish for a cruiser but of course being quite the perfectionist, DJ Sanga decided to freshen the car up, inside and out. Joe Gulla did an absolutely incredible job reskinning all the seats while the car was in for body work, which consisted of replacing the floor boards and pulling a few small dings that occurred from everyday use. Goodmark’s 4 inch cowl hood caught Sanga’s eye and he figured while the car is being painted, now is the time to throw that in. Normally, a flawless black finish is the way to go, in my opinion, but Sanga took it one step further and went over the top with a pair of rally stripes painted with a Cadillac pearl white metallic that absolutely pops, like you wouldn’t believe. Once reassembled, the Camaro took a trip to Unique Car Care where veteran Detailer Rick Nelson worked his magic inside and out to deliver a breathtaking finish. Pictures really don’t do this car justice, as you really need to see it in person to appreciate all the hard work that went into the

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It was not that long ago, the aforementioned racers were youngsters in size small or extra small fire suits, trying on a Simpson Helmet for the first time, just like the one mom or dad wears on the weekend. They were once the envy of their schoolmates, who could only dream about sitting in an NHRA Jr. Dragster. Imagine the anticipation of getting into a Jr. dragster, preparing to rocket down the drag strip for the first time as a child. If you think Christmas Eve is a sleepless night for kids, imagine trying to sleep the night before

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I disappointed I wasn’t able to take home the Wally that day; of course. But nothing beats the feeling of racing in front of thousands of people, the smell of nitro in the air and racing on the same track as the pros, or signing the occasional autograph for race fans. Nothing beats a weekend of going rounds with the support of family and friends by my side. Joey Wallis: “I graduated from racing Jr’s in 2013. That was the year in which I won the championship at New England Dragway. Back when I first started in Jr’s, I raced at Oxford Dragway, in Maine, on Saturdays and in NH at NED

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Exotic Kille By MIKE GALLO You see them now and then, the Lamborghinis, the Porsches, the Ferraris and all the other exotics that we are led to believe are untouchable as far as performance goes. But this 2015 Nissan GT-R puts all of that nonsense to bed. This car is what the Lamborghini and Ferrari guys fear when they see it coming up on them or bet-

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Palmer Speedway road course and can also be seen at Quonset in Rhode Island racing the car. A few months back a Lamborghini owner made the mistake of pulling up to this car at the line and expected to beat this GTR but that didn’t work out so well for the Lamborghini as he was beaten very badly by this savage Nissan! Now that’s what I call an exotic killer.

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This car is as good as it gets and one of the reasons is because it was tuned by Weapons-Grade Performance in Connecticut. Their tuning skills are on point and second to none as this car speaks for their work. Another interesting bit of information is that Russell has a love of black vehicles as all of his cars are of the ebony shade. So you know he must have fun trying to keep these things clean LOL. I have had the pleasure of seeing Russell’s Corvette and his newest creation - this Nissan GTR - and I can tell you his attention to detail is second to none. He has an eye for making his cars functional as well as fast and, of course, absolutely beautiful works of art to

After selling his C6 ZO6 Corvette, Russell bought this car with the intention of making it an absolute monster on the streets and at the track. The car was bought as a one-owner car that was literally bought new by an older woman that never beat on the car at all. Russell had a vision and set right out with buying parts for the car.

The rims are 20 inch by 10.5 in the front and 20 by 12 in the rear and they are made by Rohana wheel company, the tires are Toyo 888R’s and make the car hookup perfectly on the streets or the track. The wing and canard’s and brake cooling ducts are by APR which is a top company for these products. The car also has a Visconti fuel system that is good for 1100 wheel horsepower. A lot of guys have had problems with the transmissions in the GTRs but Russell has that problem

the quarter mile times are being kept under wraps just in case a competitor is reading this. I’m sure by now you have noticed the work of art in the form of the carbon fiber hood with the clear plexiglass window to showcase the motor. Well for starters it was shipped straight from Japan and the price tag was north of $3,000! Do you get the idea that no expense was spared with this car? Russell has won the spectator drags at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk Massachusetts with this car easily. And if that’s not enough, he races the car at

look upon. If you notice from the story there are a few incredible rolling pictures of this car in action. They were produced by a very talented young man by the Instagram tag @elj_photography401. His name is Efrain Leon. Check him out, you won’t be disappointed. Also, if you want to see this car in person check out any of the racetracks or events that were previously mentioned in the story or you can see it at the Cars and Coffee events at the Detail Garage of Swansea in Massachusetts. And for any of you exotic car owners reading this, don’t be mad, just be a little nervous if you see this car coming up on your six. Until next time Motorheads, enjoy.

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CAR SHOW OF PELHAM BENEFITTING THE PELHAM, NH FOOD PANTRY By XANDER YESSAIAN

Over the past two and a half years I can honestly say that I’ve been photographed in literally hundreds of vehicles ranging from race cars to show cars, and even a few exotics. While I’m considered the “Mopar Guy” here at Motorhead, I do in fact have a certain appreciation for the exotics, as obviously they are breathtaking in appearance and superb in performance and handling. My first experience in a high end car came in the form of a brand new Porsche owned by my friend Glenn, who let me check out the car at the Luggnutz Cruise Night a while back. Glenn appeared a few months later at a Veteran’s Benefit show with a brand new McLaren and once again let me check it out and get behind the wheel for some photo opportunities. This is pretty generous considering at the time I was barely a year old and

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SPEEDWAY UPDATE Woody Pitkat Riding High Following Two Thompson Wins in One Day By KYLE SOUZA THOMPSON, Conn. -- Sunday was a dream day of racing for Woody Pitkat. The former Sunoco Modified champion at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park captured the victory in the 25-lap Late Model feature driving for Hartwell Motorsports, then, followed it up with returning to Sunoco Modified victory lane driving for Dan Avery. It was two wins in one day for the Stafford, Connecticut, native. “It’s really hard to win two in one day, I’ve done it before at Stafford (Motor Speedway), but you have to realize the difference in the cars and the crews,” Pitkat said. “I would have been happy with one win but winning two is special because it’s so hard to win in anything. It’s awesome. It feels really good.” Pitkat started up at the front of the pack for the Late Model feature, and dominated the race, leading nearly all the laps in his No. 91. He was over one second ahead of second-place finisher Derek Gluchacki at the finish. “The Late Model win definitely lit a little bit of a fire in me,” Pitkat said. “It’s been a while; I don’t know when the last time I truly won a Late Model race was here at Thompson. It’s cool to be able to win for the Hartwell family. I started racing in the early 2000s and they were racing then. Jeff gave me an opportunity and we have been good together. We were good in the ACT Tour race here (on June 15) with a different car and I took some of the notes over here and it really woke it up.” Pitkat started outside the top five in the Sunoco

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Modifieds, and the beginning of the race didn’t quite go his way. He dropped back through the bottom of the top 10 and had to work his way through the field in the final laps. It was a restart with Todd Owen where Pitkat was able to slide into the top spot for good. He did have to hold off defending champion Keith Rocco on the final restart, though. “My crew chief just started changing of the car after the heat race and I was just hoping we didn’t go too far,” Pitkat joked. “When Kyle (James) took the bottom in the lead, we got slid backwards and I was just trying to keep my composure. Keith got a good start and I know it’s tough on the bottom, and Keith is almost a master at restarts. He’s the best up here, especially at restarts. I knew I could trust him and the best I had been all day was going to be on the top. I felt like if we got going, it seemed like we were driving away.” Double-duty isn’t anything new for Pitkat. He’s done it before, and he will continue to do it for the rest of the season. On NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour nights, Pitkat competes in three different divisions. He’s already won a race on the tour circuit at Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey and has finished inside the top 10 in both tour stops at Thompson. “One of the big things for me is trying to win one race in each series I run each year,” Pitkat said. “I now can say I’ve won a Sunoco Modified race, Late Model race and a Whelen Modified Tour race. Now I just have to win a Tri Track Open Modified Series race. Hopefully I can bring some of this momentum to the tour and start running a bit better.” Driving for both Hartwell Motorsports and Dan

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nor did it really make a good first impression. I stored and drove the Cat until purchased.” This Mercury has always been in great shape. “It was repainted once after someone backed into it, and the original 351W engine was rebuilt with a mild cam mated to its stock FMX transmission.” New leaf springs were installed after many years of driving. “Cragar SS wheels were added to get the original hub caps off the car so that they don’t go missing.” Otherwise it has just needed typical maintenance. “We take the Cat out several times a month. I enjoy driving this car, it is smooth and easy. The power steering is such that you never really have to put much into it. For me, this is the car you take out for a cruise. It is powerful enough that you can travel down the freeway and not have to worry about getting in the way. Actually, the Cougar is such a nice drive that I really have to pay attention to the speedo so that I don’t get a ticket ‘cus it doesn’t really feel like it is going too fast. Driving the Cougar is a way to relax and take time away from those things that stress me.”

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I have had the privilege of being a contributing writer, artist and cartoonist with Motorhead Magazine for the past nine years. It all started not in the Ocean State, but actually in the Bay State, when Louis (Motorhead Publisher) and I first met at Gillette Stadium and Bass Pro Shop Bi-Weekly Thursday Night Cruise Event. I was set up with my Chevy Silverado Show Truck passing out Coloring Books, Magnets, Stickers and Coloring Posters to all of the kids and parents attending that venue. I was also selling and signing autographs on the inside cover of my Paperback Book titled; OUTLAW RUN. Louis introduced himself to me and we hit it off right away. Both having the same passion for the automotive lifestyle and hobby. Louis asked me if I would be interested in writing Feature Articles and drawing CARtoons for the magazine every month. Of course I said that I would be happy to do that for him. He also suggested turning my book, OUTLAW RUN, into a series that could be featured every month for all of his readers. I started writing, OUTLAW RUN Beyond The Book Series

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GEORGE ARAKELIAN, JR. Choosing a Car Bass Amplifier So, you’re beginning the process of choosing a car bass amplifier for your new subwoofer system. Your friend said you need at least 1,600 watts and his system sounds great so you shop around. You look at all kinds of amps at different prices. You’re wanting those watts but your wallet has only so much bucks to spend and you’re confused. How do you pick out the right amp? It’s tough, especially because there’s no real way to compare car amps to one another based on what they say, and the sales people just want to sell you what they want or they don’t really know any more about it than you do (you think). So what do you do? Of course I can just say A Custom Car Stereo Center where the salesperson really knows what they’re talking about and no one will steer you wrong.” But I won’t say that. Instead I’ll try to explain what to be aware of to make a good choice. First, realize that there exists the “the big lie” in advertising amp power with many brands of amps. Did you know that in car audio it is actually legal (no federal laws prohibits it) for the manufacturer to lie or deliberately mislead you about the power output of their amplifiers. Many of them do this and some brands do it with such exaggeration that it is laughable if you happen to know what is going on. Why do they do this? It’s simple. The bigger number of watts they can print on the packaging and on the amp, the more likely you are to buy it! So how to begin? Realistically, you need to take into account everything; the power amp, the woofers you are using or still need to buy, and the box (because all boxes are not the same). Also, don’t forget the installation, or the install parts you will need. At A Custom Car Stereo Center we begin by finding out what result you want and what king of woofers you intend to use. When choosing a car bass amplifier we try to match the real power output of the amp with the woofer requirements. It doesn’t make sense to spend all kinds of bucks on killer subwoofers that cost $300 each if you only have $150 to spend on the amp. But you say “The amp says 2000 watts. Isn’t that enough to drive my subs that are rated at 1000 watts each?” No! Remember that these manufacturers routinely over-rate their car amp power output specs, especially in the lower price ranges or with the non name brand amplifiers especially the brands you see at flea markets or in pawn shops or online on some sites. These amps are especially likely to be vastly over rated. As an example, we sell a mono bass amp in a promotional brand that says 1600 watts on it and it sells for under $120. Great deal, right. Yes and no. It’s a good amp for an entry level bass system if paired with the right subs and box, but it won’t come close to driving those expensive subs. Why? Because amps in that price range, regardless of the rating printed on the box actually put out far less than they say. This amp, which can sound good in the entry level bass system puts out somewhere around 75 to 125 real RMS watts per chan-

nel. While that’s not a big number, it is actually enough to make affordable subs sound good and beat relatively hard in an economical system. So while you won’t have 1600 real watts, you will have a decent sounding bass system for a budget price if you’ve properly matched your woofers to your amp and bass box. But it takes experience and intelligence to match the products up right. Most customers will make a mistake doing it or will think that this cheap amp should sound like a real 1600 watts. You don’t get something for nothing. How is the buyer to know how much power the car audio amplifier actually puts out? Sometimes these car amps are independently rated in magazine articles or in on-line articles, but mostly not. Even online forums may be misleading because one person’s experience won’t necessarily apply to your circumstances and you won’t have enough knowledge to know that. That’s why seeking the advice of experienced car audio professionals will make a difference. If the car audio manufacturer is a reputable name brand, then the RMS power ratings are fairly accurate. This makes choosing a car bass amplifier easier. However you will have to read the fine print. Often it is the max ratings that are printed on the amp. Max power ratings are made up figures strictly for advertising purposes. You can assume that many 1000 watt amps put out 75 to 250 real rms watts per channel, and the same for 1600 watt amps. We even have some manufacturers who put 3,000 watts max or 4,000 watts max on their car amps that sell for between $150 and $200. These amps are usually also in the same real power range of 100 to 200 real rms watts per channel, often have small fuses or even fake fuses that don’t do anything but mislead the customer into thinking the amp handles more current than it does. The only difference is some of these amps may be physically larger in size (even though the electronic parts inside the amp take up only a fraction of the available space, the rest of the space being empty!), have neater graphics, and portray the myth that they are more powerful when they’re not. Crazy. The buyer assumes he is getting a super deal and a really strong amp but he isn’t. Sorry Charlie. It ain’t happening. In our store we will give you real world info as to how well the amplifier you are thinking of purchasing from us will work in your system based on our experience with installing it in many other systems. If you need 1,000 watts per woofer to make them hit hard then that’s what we’ll show you. We always recommend an amp we know will work best based on the subs, box and vehicle you have. That’s what working with experienced car audio pros like us will give you. You can’t pick that out of a catalog. How many watts does it take to get good car stereo bass? For beginning lower priced systems you can actually have good bass for the lower power ranges of 70 to 125 rms watts per channel even though most of these amps will say 300 to 1,000 watts on them, as long as the woofers are the right ones for the situation and the sub box is the right design to maximize power output. These are things I will help you with in our store. For stronger and louder bass systems, power goes up

quickly. That’s because the human ear responds to sounds in a logarithmic way. That’s a mathematical way of saying that if you want to double your volume, you will need to quadruple your real rms power output. It is a car stereo industry acceptable standard that a noticeable or significant increase in sound or bass volume requires a doubling of your real output power! Even though the max rating may say 2,000 watts on your amp, if you have only a real 150 watts rms power per channel, changing to a 200 watt rms car amp (that says 3,000 watts on it) won’t help you much especially for the money you’ll spend and it’s not likely to be louder. Choosing a 300 watt rms per channel amp or a 600 watt mono rms car amplifier will double your power and give you a significant increase as long as your choosing a good brand. Obviously, we carry lots of amplifiers. There are differences in brands and amplifier design. Our experience in using and installing these car amps is the best way to get advice on making the right choice. This is a lot different than picking the amp because its price is cheap online or deciding on an amp because your friends have it. For doubling your volume you’ve got to quadruple the output power. If you have a 300 watt mono bass amp this means going with a real 1200 watt rms amplifier to get the desired increase in volume. This will be a big jump in price, will require much stronger subwoofers, maybe a different bass enclosure and may require some upgrades to your charging system, like an additional car battery in the rear next to the car amplifiers. There are other ways of improving sound and increasing volume. Different woofers, a different bass enclosure or subwoofer box design, a charging system upgrade with heavier power cable, extra battery can all make a difference. These are all things we can help you with in our store. We can quickly determine which course of action is likely to bring the biggest benefits for the least cost to you. In short, the more bass power the better as far as increasing volume goes. Picking the best amp for the job depends on real power output, the type of sub woofers being uses, your box design and the vehicle. These are all factors that an experienced store will take into account in making recommendations. If this makes you feel like you could use a little help, it should. That’s what car audio pros like me do for a living. We solve peoples’ car audio sound problems. If I don’t do a good job, you won’t be back. How does that help either of us. A Custom Car Stereo Center has a well earned reputation from many years of helping customers like yourself make the right purchase in choosing their bass amp and subs. We would like the opportunity to help you too. Please stop in. We’re here to serve you.

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