We Thank You!
Last year, we asked if anyone had early versions of HONK! or Car Craft magazines to help us complete our archives. The following guys stepped up and delivered what they had, including two first-edition copies of May 1953 HONK!
Robert "Bill" Johnson, Independence, KY
Joseph Schein, South Amboy, NJ
Gordon Nunamaker, Curtis, Ohio
Kenneth Anderson, North Branch, MN
Rick Mader, Wolfeboro, NH
Dave Wiers, Holland, NY
End of Glad?
Doug and Jeff somewhere between Phoenix and Los Angeles on Anti Tour 2009.
What is Glad doing in the back of Car Craft? No, I haven't been fired for doing AMC and turbo hand-grenade stories with eBay parts. I've been ordered to find as many new readers as I can using online tools like spycams and parts-sensing bots. Or something like that.
The new title is Content Director, and the new gig is to help you live your street machine dreams when you Google questions like: Why do my pistons hit my valves? And: Will my connecting rod explode at 9,000 rpm even if I revved it accidentally? Don't worry, I will still treasure your street-machine magazine and sharply reprimand new Editor-in-Chief John McGann if he does too many Chevy builds or stories about trucks. Speaking of the Bow Tie, Jeff Smith has also gone feral and will be writing online-exclusive, cam-degreeing and engine-swapping stories that you can find with your iPhone on cold, lonely nights in the garage.
Back in the 1960s, Woodward Avenue in Detroit enjoyed a reputation for street racing that was serious enough to eventually become its own small organization called the North Woodward Timing Association. The logo is loosely based on the original National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) logo and features a Studebaker Avanti being chased by a Detroit metro police car. If you think this is cool, you can buy one at GarageArt.com. Ours is an original from 1980. —Jeff Smith
We ran across an aluminum head and intake that's now available for the inline Ford 6 from Classic Inlines when we were shooting a tech story at Slover Porting. If you have to have one, you can find them at ClassicInlines.com.
Who: Jayne and Michael Hall
What: 1970 Ford Mustang
Where: London, KY
Why: Michael writes: "After restoring our 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, my daughter, Jayne, and I decided we wanted a 1970 Boss 302. We opted to clone one because it was within our budget, and we wanted it to be a daily driver. We spent months diligently searching the Internet until we found the perfect one. The car we bought has a built 302ci motor, Holley carburetor, four-speed close-ratio transmission, a Hurst shifter, power front disc brakes, and is a non-air-conditioning car. We added Magnum 500 wheels, front and rear spoilers, rear window slats, and a Traction-Lok differential. A year later, our car turned out to be the next best thing to owning a real Boss."
In Junkyard Builder of the May 2014 issue, we incorrectly identified Classic Instruments in one of the photo captions. Classic Instruments builds retrofit gauges; Classic Industries sells reproduction parts. We apologize for our inadvertent substitution.
"I know it's a 1969 Camaro, but it's an awesome burnout. Fake SS, real fun."
—Eric Foslien, via email
"This is my Hawaiian-style burnout at Hilo Drag Strip."
—Tony Andrade, via email
"My 1971 Dodge Demon ran 11-flat with street tires and a 440. Now it's got a 500-inch engine, and we're looking for 10.50s"
—Mick Noller, NSW Australia
If we can do this, you can too. Send burnout!! Photos to 831 S. Douglas St., El Segundo, CA 90245 or email it to CarCraft@carcraft.com with a single photo size of at least 1 MB. Then you will live forever.
"I took my Dodge Diplomat out the other day. This is what's left of the overdrive A833 after I dumped the clutch at 3,500 rpm."
—Tom Slick, via email
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We need more pictures of Burnouts, please. While you're at it, send any of your compliments, complaints, random musings, or pet pictures to us. Here's how:
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