Wake Up-It's 2009!
We had lots of reader feedback from July's "Bangin' Gears" editorial ("Wake Up-It's 2009!"), which dealt with the intolerance that a few people have toward Pro Touring. To read the entire editorial, log onto www.popularhotrodding.com, keyword search: Bangin Gears.
I'm with you 100 percent. I look at every feature, not as a whole, but by its parts. I think about what items I could use in my ride. I can't ever say I like the whole package, because I like to have my own signature on it. But then there are other times where there may only be one or two ideas I like. I still appreciate the work and thought the builders put into the cars. Too many times I hear people "rag" on someone's car because it's not the type he likes. That'stoo bad, because there are a lot of great ideas that can be adapted. I belong to a car club (Huron Valley Rodders) where we have a large cross section of vehicles. We are always bench racing about cars in the magazine and talking about new ideas.
You need to understand we pay for the privilege to read your mag every month in the hope that the vision we dream of is in the pages and at times I am sure what we find does disappoint us, on the other hand, your livelihood is dependent upon people thinking that maybe this month the dream will be in the pages when we pick up your mag for the cover price, which in turn does trickle back to your pocket if people had no passion for this you might be back at a real job so pull your head outta your ass and realize to refer to these people who have enough passion to write to you about their dream as some ignorant person's post is the equivalent of putting a gun in your mouth and pulling the trigger so come down from the pulpit you put yourself on, and at least use your brain!
Big Lake, MN
Hey, just a typical reader ... who is atypical in a way that is relevant. I know what it's like to get "diverging opinions" from an audience. You stick to your guns on Pro Touring. The mag is balanced and fun. And for what it's worth, I agree with you. I have a '69 Firebird and just got a Hurst Supercharged SRT8 Challenger. After driving the big brute, I put some handling goodies on the 'Bird, and plan more. The Hurst Hemi is a beast, and has a real muscle car attitude. Anyway, take care. You've got a friend at ABC News.
Via the Internet
In response to July's editorial, I'd have to agree with you on many fronts. For years, I was only partial to drag cars and Chevy in particular. As I grow older, I'm appreciating more and more forms of motorsports and makes. Back in the day, it HAD to be a Pro Street car, or else I wasn't interested. I get something out of every car, or tech article I see or read. No, I'm not going to build my '56 to be a Pro Touring bruiser, but I still get a lot out of reading, and applying some parts of some articles (or cars) I see. You said at the last of the editorial, "...getting out from behind the computer keyboard and doing something about it." Well, I admire anybody who does just that! The old saying, "Put up or shut up" comes to mind.
Larry J. Thornton
Council Bluffs, IA
The G/28 Camaro
I've loved the buildup on g/28 so far! Get out there and enjoy the "G." You managed to construct possibly the finest example of a mid-second-gen Camaro to date, both functionally and aesthetically. Since the car is so functional, take advantage of it! Show it off! Try to get the "G" to match lap times with a Viper, Z06, or ZR-1 around Laguna Seca or Willow Springs. Proving that it can be done would motivate the masses and validate our attempts at improving classic iron. You'd only be helping to support the premise that older cars aren't obsolete, and outstanding performance can be had at much greater value than can be found on a showroom floor.
Via the Internet
We're working on a 400ci small-block for g/28 right now. We're also contemplating a suspension change, but haven't decided anything.
The 2010 Camaro
Thank's for your article on "20 Things You Didn't Know About the 2010 Camaro." It was very exciting, especially the gearbox shift pattern differences in the V-6 and V-8 models. I remember working as a valet and nestled into a Porsche 928, slid the lever into what I thought was First, and proceeded to almost hit the car behind me! Damn German engineering, I thought. A Camaro V-6 manual will take some getting used to!
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Get the V-8 SS, you'll be happier.
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