52 Carbs In 52 Weeks
By the time you read this, the Holley sweepstakes for 52 Carbs In 52 Weeks has already started, but it's not too late to get in on the action because there are 52 chances to win. Here's the deal: Holley Performance Products is giving away one carburetor per week starting March 1, 2009, and continuing through March 1, 2010. If you want in on all the goodness, log on to www.holley.com and click on the "52 Carbs In 52 Weeks" banner. (Consumers can view the official rules, which also show alternative means of entry.) No purchase is necessary, and winners will be notified by email and posted on the Holley website as well. Winners can choose from any Holley carburetor made, except for Ultra HP carbs. Still, that gives you a huge selection to choose from, ranging from a 350cfm two-barrel, all the way up to a 1250-cfm Dominator.
Open Fuel Standard Act
Finally, something good from Washington. On March 12, legislation was introduced in both the House and the Senate for an Open Fuel Standard Act, which seeks to ensure that at least 80 percent of new cars sold in the United States be able to run on E85 or biodiesel by 2015. The goal is to reduce dependence on a single fuel source, but could also have unintended benefits for hot rodders. Flexible fuel vehicles aren't new, and they aren't expensive, but due to the reduced energy density of alcohol-based fuels, manufacturers must use fuel system components-primarily injectors and fuel pumps-with greater capacity. (Can you say easy blower bolt on?) Compression ratios can also be increased to take advantage of the higher-observed octane.
Pinks All Out
Saturday, April 25, marked an important milestone in street car drag racing. It was officially reborn. To use the hackneyed phrase: "This changes everything." Charlotte's state-of-the-art zMax dragstrip has been open since September 2008, but this marked an important milestone: It was the first time zMax had used all four of its quarter-mile lanes at the same time for the same race.
Although the initial intent of zMax's planners was to hold such an event, no promoter actually has had the stones to do it, until Rich Christensen of Pinks and Pinks All Out fame pushed hard to put it to the test. Christensen and the Speed Channel crew pulled it off while taping what may be the most widely watched episode ever of Pinks All Out. (The tentative air date for that episode is August 6, but is subject to change.)
The zMax facility pre-sold over 20,000 tickets to an event that otherwise features hot street machines. It was a wake-up call for traditional drag racing that will quickly reteach the sport's promoters to fulfill a very basic need: Entertain folks, and they will come. Next month, we'll bring you full coverage of the four-wide, side-by-side mayhem that marked the first time in 40 years this kind of racing has been done.
Contributing photographer, Robert McGaffin, just picked up this '65 Olds Cutlass F-85 as a project vehicle. We are currently mulling over what course of action to take, and we would like your input. Robert likes the Pro Touring look, so no big 'n' littles will likely show up on this A-body, but everything else is on the table. Power currently consists of the stock 330 ci through a Powerglide. Go to the PopularHotRodding.com website, and search "1965 Olds Cutlass," to find the blog on it. We'll be checking your responses before making any moves.
Rant Of The Month
No More Camaros!
I applaud your recent offer to publish reader projects regardless of condition. That is refreshing and commendable because the status quo was getting very old. I am vomiting day-glo sick of your mag and others featuring '69 Camaros with Z06 Vette motors or '70 Challengers with Viper motors. I personally have $15,000 in a '73 Hurst/Olds 442 with the GMPP ZZ4 crate motor and Turbo 400. Purists can cry, but it looks cool, spanks Mustangs, Chargers, and WRX Subarus regularly, and turns heads wherever I go. These are the types of cars you should feature, not some rich guy's garage jewelry.
Day-glo? You know they make antibiotics for that. Your car is featured in the "109 Reader Projects" story, on page 66.
"I am vomiting day-glo sick of your mag and others featuring '69 Camaros with Z06 Vette motors..."
What's the latest with Project g/28? I initially started picking up your magazine when the project started, and have every issue since. My dad has a '75 Camaro that's going to be moved over to my name soon. I've got the bug, and have big plans for it.
Check out the story on Air Ride's TigerCage ("Tight As A Drum" pg. 80), which we installed in g/28 this month.
You nailed something a lot of people don't get a chance to experience: driving your car at the start and end of each workday. My '69 Chevelle had 30,000 miles on it when I got it in the mid-'80s, and it has 270,000 now.
I remember waking up before 5 a.m. to get a chance to do a 0-to-whatever from the toll booth before Chicago traffic got too bad. It was an hour each way and the gas wouldn't do much more than two round trips without a fill up.
You said it all when you say you got to drive them. I have a '69 Camaro with basically the same 496, but it was built to drive, and that is what I do. There is something about getting out and making it happen with an old muscle car. The process you go through to do that minor stuff to keep them going is also something that keeps the fire inside, and the hammer down. What a release!
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What is the world coming to! Discrimination from Johnny Hunkins? There was not one lady featured in any of the May issue! We enjoy seeing ladies involved in our hobby. Keep up the good work.
Palm Coast, FL
You must not have been reading with your secret X-ray glasses. And what about tech editor, Liz Miles?
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