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
||Fuel Pump & Regulator
|VP Racing Fuels
||Fuel Rails, Fuel Logs
||Camshaft, Lifters, Rocker Arms
||Crankshaft, Connecting Rods
||Cylinder Heads, EFI, Intake Manifold
||EFI, Ignition System
||Carburetor, EFI, Intake Manifold
|Jon Kasse Racing
||Pistons, Piston Rings
||Ignition, Spark Plug Wires
|Racing Head Service
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.
A Worthy Charger
I am writing you to tell you about my '69 Charger. Everyone keeps telling me that my car should be in the movies and that I should submit pictures to magazines. Well, here I am and I thought yours would be a good one. It has a complete Gen III Viper drivetrain and suspension, Viper Brakes, Viper pedals, and Billet SRT Wheels, wheelbase stretched 2 inches to improve handling and create a sleeker look, hand-fabricated aluminum fuel cell (relocated behind back seat) with aluminum hard fuel lines, and custom interior with push-button keyless start and Vintage Air. I could go on and on about the car. Oh yeah, it is no trailer queen either. This car gets driven like it was built to do! Thanks for consideration in your magazine.
That's a pretty sweet Charger you have there, Brent! You neglected to tell us it was already featured in Mopar Muscle magazine, a kind of important detail to leave out of your letter. Anybody wanting to take a closer look at it should point their browser over to www.MoparMuscleMagazine.com.
Steals & Deals
Being a long-time subscriber, I like your mag for the coverage of all types of cars. Your “Steals & Deals” in the April issue is spot on. Because good cars are getting scarce for the usual stuff it would have been interesting to know if you saw any GM G-bodies from '78 to '81 model years. The reason for only these years is they parallel the '78-81 Camaro, Firebird, and Corvette. So much can be done to the G-body cars now and owning a '78 Pontiac LeMans allows me to speak with knowledge. I scored this car for dirt cheap, and it had 51K original miles. Using caution like you would for any Michigan car, I got lucky. Owning a '74 Pontiac Ventura also puts me in the Johnny Hunkins league for different cars to upgrade.
Garden City, MI
What, are you psychic or something?! Early G-bodies totally rule, and if it weren't for our California smog law, we'd have one already. Everybody knows about the Malibu, but the Pontiac LeMans, Olds Cutlass, and Buick Regal from the '78-81 era are vastly overlooked as hot rodding fodder. They are screaming deals, true, but we did not find one at our swap meet to talk about in April's "Steals & Deals" story.
Muscle Car of the Year
I'm very disappointed to see the 2014 Muscle Car of the Year (MCOTY) rules. Seriously? With the caliber of cars that you want to attract you have them race in a parking lot? That is completely beneath the cars, it takes zero balls, and doesn't get close to testing how these cars are really supposed to work on a road course. I could bring a well setup Miata out and probably win the parking lot race. Lame.
I know of three to four cars you will not see at the MCOTY this year because we are not pulling our stuff out to play in a parking lot, run down the dragstrip, and slam the brakes a few times all to win something that can be mostly done with a wallet, or a stone-stock C7 Corvette. Better luck next time.
Jason, we would love to make MCOTY a bigger tent pole event and run this at a road course. In fact, we've pushed for that, but right now there just isn't enough interest to make it happen. You've got to remember we are trying to bridge the gap between the experienced racer like yourself and the folks who are only beginning to get involved. We want to get people more engaged, not make it more inaccessible. It's a fine line to walk, especially when people like yourself are simply satisfied to race a keyboard from behind a desk.