Most Popular PHR Blogs
Why wait an entire month for your new issue of Popular Hot Rodding to arrive when you can see what we're up to on a daily basis? The PHR staff is online and posting blogs everyday, and we read the comments you leave on them. These are some examples of top blogs that have been posted recently. To read or comment on any of the blogs listed, just go to the popularhotrodding.com home page and type the search phrase into the "search" box in the upper righthand corner. You can also click on "Blogs," then check out the list of "Most Commented On" blogs. If you use the search function, you'll also get other related stories, news, blogs, or PHR forum posts. We check the comments frequently, and based on the interest level, we'll often develop stories based on what you say. We've already started our '75 Laguna project due to reader interest, and we're in the final stages of a 502 big-block buildup. Naturally, every red-blooded male reader wants to absorb every tidbit they can about tech editor Liz Miles, and opinions abound regarding young ladies in print, so don't be shy--weigh in!

Cool Model Car Site
While kicking around on the web looking for Laguna stuff, we discovered Randy Ayers' NASCAR Modeling Center, which is a clearinghouse forum for information on building NASCAR model cars. We were particularly interested in the section pertaining to our '75 Laguna (Grayside Racers Corner 1973 through 1989). These guys are really into old NASCAR stuff; in their quest to find the right paint scheme, decals, and build techniques, they really get into a lot of the actual specifics of the original race cars. There's lots of vintage trivia and rare photos--and best of all, lots of Laguna fans! If you're a G3 freak, swing by and check it out.

Against Cash For Clunkers
Old cars are the lifeblood of our hobby, but some Washington lawmakers are hoping to create a new nationwide scrappage program that would give U.S. tax dollars to consumers who turn in older cars to have them scrapped. Summit Racing Equipment and the more than 6,800 member companies of SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) are urging lawmakers to have this potential new program scrapped instead.

The new scrappage program, dubbed "Cash for Clunkers," would be part of a new economic stimulus package to help create jobs, and is specifically designed to spur new car sales. By the time you read this, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has most likely introduced the bill, but it may not be too late. Here's why the scrappage program should not be included in the stimulus package:

* Owners who turn in vehicles for crushing would receive a minimal payment to purchase a new car.

* Since many of these cars are sitting in garages or storage, the program is a misguided attempt to claim the country's air quality or fleet fuel mileage is being improved.

* The program would deny small businesses in the specialty automotive industry the availability of older cars necessary to develop new products and services.

* "Cash for Clunkers" would risk the destruction of classic, historic, and special-interest vehicles.

*"Cash for Clunkers" would reduce the availability of affordable transportation and repair parts used by low-income drivers.

* The program ignores better policy options--repair and upgrade is a win-win for consumers, dealers, manufacturers, and repair shops.

* The program would reduce the amount of parts and parts cars available for repair, restoration, and customization projects.

What Can You Do?
Please help us and fellow enthusiasts by expressing your opposition to the "Cash for Clunkers" scrappage program. Contact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-0100, or log on to http://speaker.house.gov/contact/ to send a message electronically.