This AMX has been racing since the '70s and has been painted blue, then white, and now red
From the '79 issue
Who: John D'Andrea
What: '69 AMC AMX
Where: Raceway Park, NJ
Why: John's AMX was featured in the Feb. '79 issue of Car Craft as part of an AMC builder's guide, and he still owns and races the car. In 1979, it ran 10.8 at 124 with a 5.13 gear and a 390 with 11.6:1 compression and a monster roller cam. Looks like little has changed.
Only 1,600-1,800 HP
Who: Jason Hardie
What: '65 Plymouth Barracuda
Where: Burford, Ontario, Canada
Why: We love this thing. The soon-to-be drag car is going to pack a 510-inch big-block Chevy that will run on nitromethane. Jason was smart enough to enlist the help of Smax Smith and Mark Morris, both builders of Top Fuel cars.
He Says: "Even though I can't really afford this, life is too short not to."
Mopar Drag Pak is Back
In 2009, Mopar introduced the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak program and promptly sold out of the 100 factory-built race cars. Thankfully, it's returning for 2010: a not-street-legal 6.1L Hemi V-8 Challenger you can get with a four-speed auto or six-speed manual tranny. It's based on the SRT8 Challenger and sanctioned for NHRA Stock, Super Stock, and Comp Eliminator racing. Drag race components (that dump 1,000 pounds from the production car) include a composite lift-off hood with functional scoop, Viper-style front seats, a cable-operated decklid release, lightweight front brake assemblies, and polycarbonate door windows. The MSRP is $39,999, and the car will go into production in the summer. To order one, you have to go to mopar.com and fill out an application.
Check out the small-bolt-pattern slots.
Almost Has The Wheel Up
Who: Kevin Hunt
What: '70 Dodge Dart
Where: Decatur, IL
Why: This is what mid-11s look like when you are driving a Dart. The front end almost wants to leave the ground. It works as a bracket car because of the column-shifted 727 and reasonable 3,800-rpm converter. It is 360 powered.
That's a what?
Who: Nick Holms
What: '74 Chevrolet Nova
Where: Somewhere in or near Texas.
Why: The Nova is cool enough. Then we saw the 13b-RE rotary this guy plans on installing. Nick says it came from a Eunos Cosmo, whatever that is. We're thinking a big car with a little high-winding engine might make a good road race car. The spec sheet says 600 hp with 25 pounds of turbo boost.
I was looking for my engine. Oh, there it is.
That is a GT42R T4 turbo.
Blown Part Of The Month
Last month we introduced this section as a way to flaunt readers' broken parts. This photo shows a Buick crank that turned and burned before it was pulled from a core 455. Note the black throws and ribbed bearing surface. Can you do better? Send it via email to CarCraft@carcraft.com with Blown Up! in the subject line and receive your magazine glory.
The $59 Engine Build
Man alive, that article (Apr. '10) brought back memories. In 1957, I blew up the V-8 in my '40 Ford. A buddy at school knew where I could get a 59A complete engine for free. The engine was seized with rust, so we dunked the thing in a large tub of some kind of penetrating oil over a weekend. We got it to turn over and did a compression check using a finger, and it was deemed finger fine. We did a tune-up and played with it until it fired up. Good enough! We then pulled the old engine and put in the new one in an afternoon. The total expenditure was maybe $15 for a 20hp increase, and it ran sumpin' fierce until I sold it and went into the Navy. -George Frick, via email
Good Article On Mod Motors
These motors love lots of boost and can handle it. A good example is John Mihovetz running a 4.6 with a stock aluminum Cobra block and B dual-port four-valve heads. It makes 2,300 hp at 52 pounds of boost. He won the '08 PSCA Pro Street class with a best time of 6.31 at 229 mph. Name the stock production automobile block that can handle that kind of boost. You can't. Give a thought to maybe a 5.4 four-valve Lincoln Navigator motor with a hair dryer hanging on it for your next engine build. -Bruce Rawlings, Greenfield, MN
Perhaps Glad has been spending too much time building $59 engines. Don't you guys have anyone who can actually edit the magazine? A few months ago you wrote a short thing on some work at the proving grounds where 12 archaeological sites were found, and you made a dinosaur joke. I, sir, am an archaeologist and I don't (expletive) dig up dinosaurs. That is paleontology. Archaeology would be people. If you guys are that hard up for dependable help, send me an advanced copy and some red pens and I'll be happy to help out for a free subscription and a credit in the mag. -James Thomas, digs up people
•There's a bill in Maryland under consideration that could send street racers to jail, even if the race does not end with anyone injured or worse
•The Chevy Suburban is 75 this year
•Lincoln Electric's 13th annual Motorsports Welding School is in session. You can learn the basics of welding and even work your way up to the advanced techniques. For a schedule of the five-day classes, visit lincolnelectric.com.
•Hot Wheels and Danica Patrick are working together on a car she is designing. Yes, it'll be called Danicar. Raise your hand if you didn't see that coming.
•Heard of the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, D.C.? Then you probably didn't know there was a display with the John Dillinger '33 Essex Teraplane getaway car. That one is gone and has been replaced by the '68 VW Beetle driven by Ted Bundy. The museum says it will use the deadly car to teach visitors how not to become victims of crime.
•Hollywood has multiple film projects in the works about John DeLorean.
•Cool new clothing dedicated to Dodge vehicles, including T's with the Super Bee, Challenger, and Charger logos, can be had from dodge.com/life.
Not suitable for awkwardfamilyphotos.com.
The second-gen C6.R from Cor-vette Racing has nabbed a new 5.5L, production-based, small-block V-8, the naturally aspirated LS5.5R, which is based on the Z06 7.0L LS7; the car itself stems from the ZR1. The C6.R will compete in the new unified GT class in American Le Mans and the GT2 class of 24 Hours of Le Mans, where rules include equipping the race car with as many production-based components as possible. Among the shared ZR1 production items are the aluminum framerails (also used on the Z06), windshield frame, drivetrain tunnel, firewall, floorpan, door-hinge pillars, aluminum frame, chassis structure, and steering column.
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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.
The coupe and convertible can be optioned with the package.
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.
"Being the law-abiding citizen I am, I try to do all my potentially illegal activities in
"This '74 Javelin was handed down to me from some friends who moved away. The AMX grille a
"This is Greg Lockey's '72 SS Camaro. The car has a mildly built 454, an automatic, and a
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