The Scat Pack Is Back!

Back at the SEMA show, Mopar announced that they were bringing the legendary Scat Pack name—and attitude—back for select Dodge models. We're now happy to report that the Scat Pack equipment is available for Charger, Challenger, and Dart models. So is this more than just a sticker and stripe package?

Actually, yes it is. Three levels of Scat Pack packages are available. Level one on the Challenger and Charger gets you exhaust, cold air intake, and computer calibration. Level two adds a new cam and different engine tuning, and level three adds more tuning, ported and polished heads, along with headers. The Dart is a slightly different story with level one being comprised of a CAI, short-throw shifter, and brake upgrade. Level two with the Dart adds exhaust and engine calibration and level three adds all the other stuff plus performance suspension, even bigger brakes, and bigger front and rear sway bars.

We have no pricing at this time but we think this is really neat. Factory performance is alive and well!

2016 Camaro Gets New Chassis, Same Styling

The 2016 Camaro will be based on a different platform than the current model but don't expect major design changes from GM. The company has recently talked about the fact that the car will be rolling on the same platform currently used by the Cadillac CTS and ATS, which is cool. There will be some mechanical changes over the current aging Zeta platform but the styling will be more of an evolutionary change, which means that a little nip here and a little tuck there will be the only outward clues that things have changed.

We'll be interested to see what the new platform does for the Camaro's hefty curb weight. The company put lots of resources into shaving weight off of the Z28 to improve performance and handling so it will sure be neat to see how a platform change stacks up against the current chassis and body. —Brian Lohnes

AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge:

Enrollment Still Open, Sponsors Announced

The AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge is the world's premier engine dyno competition, held at the prestigious University of Northwestern Ohio every year in the month of October. Covered annually in the pages of Popular Hot Rodding and Engine Masters magazine, the AEMC has in past years paid out over $70,000 to the winner—last year's winner, Jon Kaase, took home the First Place check for $66,500 in contingency sponsor money. We're happy to announce that many of this year's sponsors have already signed up for the product categories listed below.

In other AEMC news, we have moved back the enrollment deadline for participant applications. In past years, the deadline for submissions was the middle of February. That deadline has been lifted in order to bring a larger 40-team field to the competition. The many amateur engine builders who are just now digging out from this year's hard winter will be happy to know that the train has not left the station without them. Please go to the Engine Masters section and download your AEMC application form today—we'd love to have your homegrown power recipe at this year's competition! —Johnny Hunkins

AEMC Sponsors

Company: Official:
AMSOIL Lubricant
Aeromotive Fuel Pump & Regulator
VP Racing Fuels Official Fuel
Company: Contingency:
Aeromotive Fuel Rails, Fuel Logs
Bryant Racing Crankshaft
Cometic Engine Gaskets
COMP Cams Camshaft, Lifters, Rocker Arms
Demon Carburetor
Diamond Pistons
Eagle Crankshaft, Connecting Rods
Edelbrock Cylinder Heads, EFI, Intake Manifold
FAST EFI, Ignition System
Holley Carburetor, EFI, Intake Manifold
Hooker Exhaust Headers
Innovators West Harmonic Balancer
Jon Kasse Racing Cylinder Heads
Lunati, LLC Camshaft, Crankshaft
MAHLE Motorsports Pistons, Piston Rings
MSD Ignition, Spark Plug Wires
Racing Head Service Cylinder Heads

Jack Trepanier Passes

It is with a heavy heart that we report the death of hot rodding great Jack Trepanier. Jack was the father of Troy Trepanier and one of the founding principals of Rad Rides By Troy in 1990. Jack could be found attending hot rod events all over the country displaying Rad Rides vehicles, and at the shop he was one of the most talented craftsmen in a building full of them.

Outside of his actual duties in the day-to-day operation of the business, Jack was most importantly a proud father who had the unique opportunity to work alongside his son in a business they both loved and excelled at. We've been run over with "reality shows" over the years thriving on sometimes toxic family relationships. There is a reason that you never saw one generated by the Rad Rides shop and that is because they aren't drama queens. The creativity and quality of the work was the driving force for the Trepanier family, and for those of us who love this stuff, we're lucky for that. Jack Trepanier will be missed by many, but his legacy is cemented in some of the most iconic hot rods of the last several decades.