When the muscle car era ended unofficially in 1972, somebody forgot to tell Pontiac. The Pontiac Firebird, and the even more potent Trans Am, carried the muscle car banner pretty much unhampered from 1972 until modern fuel-injected performers hit showrooms in the mid-1980s. So when central casting came calling for a steed to carry the hero (Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Burt Reynolds, et al.), Pontiac almost always got the nod. That savvy move indebted a lot of performance freaks to the Pontiac fold for life-such as Kregg Reynolds of Knoxville, Maryland. Kregg's Super Duty '73 Trans Am-replete with period-correct shaker hood-was arguably the final supernova blast of performance before the lights went out in the Motor City for the subsequent decade and a half.

Car Owner: Kregg Reynolds; Knoxville, MD
Photographer: Kregg Reynolds
Camera: Minolta 8000
Model: Mary Hope
Photo location: Harper's Ferry, WV
Engine: Pontiac Super Duty 455
Cylinder heads: factory Pontiac
Camshaft: factory
Intake: Edelbrock
Carb/induction: Holley 750-cfm double-pumper
Transmission: Turbo 400
Rearend model & gearing: GM 10-bolt, 3.73 gears
Suspension/brakes: factory
Body & paint: factory Brewster Green
Peak hp: 290 hp
Best 1/4-mile time: n/a
Years owned: 1 year
Cost to build: $15,000

We got no cover letter or story explaining Kenny and Vicky Phillips' blown '69 Camaro, but it sure looks like it rocks. Lots of great equipment choices all around, but we predict a stronger transmission and suspension in the Phillips' future if they plan to continue drag racing. Model Jessica Baker is sizzling, and since we've got the space, we've got some tips for photog Spence Turner to make Jessica look even better: Recompose the setting so that the light comes in at a glancing angle, which will flatter Jessica's figure by showing more form. When doing this, a reflector off camera should light her face. Also, the leg nearest to the camera should be bent (not the far leg, as in the shot below); this will accentuate Jessica's figure in a good way, giving her more of an hourglass shape. And one piece of advice from tech editor Liz Miles: "Those shoes don't match at all. Try some black pumps."

Car Owner: Kenny & Vicky Phillips; Newburgh, IN
Photographer: Spence Turner; Newburgh, IN
Camera: Nikon D50
Model: Jessica Baker
Photo location: Evansville, IN
Engine: 468ci big-block Chevy
Cylinder heads: Canfield aluminum
Camshaft: Isky
Intake: BDS
Carb/induction: BDS 8-71 supercharger,
  dual 850 Demon carbs
Transmission: Turbo 350
Rearend model & gearing: Ford 9-inch
  with 3.50 gears
Suspension/brakes: factory; CalTracs bars in rear
Peak hp: 600 hp
Best ¼-mile time: 6.50/105 (1/8-mile)
Years owned: 16 years
Cost to build: $20,000