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John D'Andreas 1969 AMC AMX & Nick Holms 1974 Chevy Nova - Readers' Pages

Photography by Courtesy of GM

Rookie Season
Who: Bill Mattingly
What: '69 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Where: Louisville, KY
Why: Bill waited until he was 46 years old to ask the wife for a Camaro. She told him it was his call. Now he's driving this 10-second '69 and kicking himself for not asking sooner. He Says: "This picture is of my first pass. For anyone who has never been in a car this fast, all I can say is, 'Put it to the floor, let off the button, and hold on!' I sure wish I had started doing this 25 years ago."

The Challenger: 4-0
Forty years old-that's the age of the Dodge Challenger this year, and since it's alive and well, things are looking pretty promising that there won't be a broken hip in its near future. In the mood for a quick history lesson? Too bad, here goes: The '70 Challenger arrived on the scene in the fall of 1969 and could be had only as a two-door hardtop or soft top. It used the Barracuda's platform, but the wheelbase was stretched 2 inches. You could get a base model, SE, R/T, or T/A, and various engines were available, including a 225ci inline-six and a 440ci V-8.

A TorqueFlite and a three- or four-speed standard trans were available. By 1972, the engine options dropped from nine to three. In 1978, a two-door coupe was imported from Mitsubishi with a 1.6L inline-four and a 2.6L four-banger. And in 1984, the Challenger was replaced by the Conquest-also from Mitsubishi. Cut to 2008: It's back.

Optional SVT Performance Package
Ford has unveiled the SVT Performance Package for the '11 Shelby GT500, allowing it to clock in 3 seconds faster per lap than the '10 GT500 (Ford ran it on a 2.3-mile test track to get that number), plus it can pull 1 lateral g and has an improved stopping distance over the base '11 Shelby. Stuff that makes the car track ready (track readier?) includes all-new, unidirectional, corner-specific Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires with a new tread compound (SVT engineers dealt directly with Goodyear on creating the rubber), lightweight wheels, a new 3.73 rear axle ratio, a lower ride height, tuned shocks, stiffer springs, and a special rear spoiler.

Burnout!

Light 'Em Up
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