Return Of The Super Bee
Everything old is the new black-so welcome back the Super Bee to a garage near you. A limited-edition version of the '07 Dodge Charger SRT8 will be the recipient of the Super Bee name, which debuted on Dodge Coronet models in 1968 and ended in 1971, the only year it appeared on the Charger. The new Bee is simply an appearance package with no performance upgrades beyond the standard SRT8.-Tori Tellem
Super Bee logos will appear on the front and rear fenders. The color? Detonator Yellow.
Specialty Equipment Market Association offers Scholarships in 2006
SEMA is offering scholarships for the best and brightest students engaged in studies leading to a career in the automotive specialty equipment industry or a related field. Second-year students in two-year universities or colleges and students in vocational or technical schools will receive $1,000. Graduate students and undergraduates with at least a junior standing at a four-year school will receive $2,000 to $3,000. All students must have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average and be enrolled in an accredited university, college, or proprietary program.
For more information about the SEMA scholarship or to download an application, visit sema.org or contact SEMA at 909/396-0289.-Douglas R. Glad
Camaro vs. Challenger
Curious to know which concept created the most verbal frenzy after the auto shows? It was the Chevy Camaro, which had 26 percent of "consumer buzz," according to Intelliseek, which analyzed more than a month's worth of online chatter. But Dodge's Challenger barely conceded the top spot; it garnered 24 percent of discussion, putting two musclecars at the top of the most-talked-about-vehicles list. As an aside, the Nissan Urge had 7 percent of the buzz-although we would be willing to wager that 6 percent thought they were in a different kind of chat room.-Tori Tellem
Interstate? We Say Inter-great!(OK, No We Don't)
The Chinese calendar is way cool-the Year of the Tiger. The Year of the Ox. The dragon. Even monkeys make the cut. And 2006 marks the Year of the Dog. Then there's the good ol' U.S. of A-2006 is the Year of the Interstate.
That's right. This you-don't-get-a-day-off-work footnote in our history acknowledges that this year the U.S. Interstate Highway System managed to turn 5-0. Quite a feat! Dwight D. Eisenhower was the man who got Congress to approve an interstate system. We suggest you take a moment of silence for this momentous occasion-and try not to think about monkeys.-Tori Tellem
Stolen Corvette Recovered-Nearly 40 Years Later
Alan Poster's convertible '68 Corvette was swiped from a garage in New York in 1969. But then 37 years later it was found-while on its way to a buyer in Sweden. Where it has been is anyone's guess.
While returned in decent shape, it did collect some war wounds along the way. Poster plans to restore it over the next couple of months, and GM Restoration Parts and Chevrolet have donated $2,500 in parts to help with the effort. As Poster told CNN, "It's going to be a labor of love, and I'm going to watch it too. I'm going to pay attention to it. I'm going to figure out why it came back and then make sure it stays."
Poster told Car Craft he owns a company called Reunion Blues (makers of high-end bags and cases for professional musicians) and has decided to rename the Vette with that same moniker. And he remains in touch with the NYPD, which is still looking for the perps-and is making progress.-Tori Tellem