The computer renderings of Kris Horton's fifth-generation Camaro have proven to be wildly popular (Sept. and Dec. 2003 PHR), and even after many months, continue to elicit an emotional response from readers. We've given both our stories and the reader email to GM executives, and so far we have not received any feedback from GM. Our belief is that GM is working on a new Camaro, but we can't prove it. For now, Kris' design talents remain completely untapped by Detroit automakers. That's a shame, but their loss is our gain. We'll be glad to continue using him!
Payne-fully DisappointedI'm continually disappointed in car magazines in terms of brand allegiance and national identity. Why is it so difficult for Popular Hot Rodding to expand its horizons beyond Detroit? I decry the import magazines just as heartily for neglecting Detroit. Is it inconceivable for you to extol the virtues of Honda's excellent build quality, or Mazda for their handling? Did you decry the death of the Toyota Supra Turbo in addition to the death of the Camaro? And why are you not praising the Subaru WRX STi and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution? This isn't about vehicular ethnicities. Please discontinue the bigoted taste in my mouth and keep your focus on the joys of working on-and driving the wheels off of-rad cars.Joel PayneVia the Internet
Rather than "vehicular ethnicity," we would use the term "niche." In order to get the quantity and quality of information readers demand, it is the practice for most car magazines to focus on one or more aspects that set cars into logical groups. In PHR, that generally means "domestic," "performance" "automobile" and "rear-wheel drive." Additionally, the core of our content is musclecar era cars with a g-Machine build style, but that isn't an absolute, only a guideline. If PHR doesn't suit your automotive tastes, we suggest you check out some of the other fine Primedia titles at www.primedia.com. As a side note, we do not find it productive, nor do we make it a practice, to cast other kinds of cars in a negative light. Many of us at PHR like or own other kinds of cars too, including those you mention. Please do not take our omission of these cars as a sign of dislike.
Team 385 UpdateAs the coordinator of Team 385 (BBF entry) in Memphis, I wanted to email you and express my appreciation of the fine treatment we received at the Memphis dyno facility. Not only were we made to feel welcome, but over and above our entire team was treated with respect and dignity. Nice experience for strangers in a new place. Thank you for your part in this.
I also wanted to offer an update on the Team 385 engine. After addressing our valve spring failure, we retested on Dave McLain's dyno and picked up about 30hp and a few pound feet at the peak. We ended up needing over 400 pounds of spring with the solid flat tappet cam we ran. After addressing the differences between Dave's dyno and the one at Comp in Memphis, we came out with 630 to 637 hp at 6,400 rpm. The springs eliminated the dip in our dyno curve just before 5,800 and on to 6,500.
In short, even with our tiny budget it cost less than $2K in cash. We still managed to pull together an entry that could have been competitive in the EMC challenge. Shoulda, woulda, coulda, huh? Regardless, our entire team is pleased with our performance and the outcome of the contest. My congrats to Mr. Kaase and thank you for your time.
Lastly, I wanted also to share with you a web address for big-block Ford fans that shows them how to get the most from the BBF platform and also offers how-tos for porting every BBF cylinder head casting available. That address is HTTP://reincarnation-automotive.comScott JohnstonTacoma, WA